Savannah Product Liability Lawyers Fighting for You
Enforcing product liability laws against manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of harmful products and devices
Companies that create and manufacture products are responsible for ensuring the safety of those products. Consumers rely on these companies to properly design the cars they use, the medications they take, and the electronics they enjoy.
At Harris Lowry Manton LLP, our Savannah product liability lawyers use product safety experts, engineers, and other professionals to help prove that products were improperly made. We then work with your medical team and independent doctors to show that the product defect caused your injuries or the death of a loved one.
Our attorneys have obtained numerous million-dollar verdicts for our clients. We demand compensation for the physical pain and suffering our clients endure, and for any loss of limb or amputation, scarring, or disfigurement. We demand economic loss when victims cannot work. Our attorneys file wrongful death claims on behalf of the families of deceased victims.
Why are Product Liability Cases so Important to Litigate?
Types of Savannah defective product cases we handle
Products can be found defective in several ways – perhaps the product was improperly designed, or not manufactured according to the design specifications, or the instructions on using the products were incomplete or inaccurate.
Our Savannah product liability attorneys represent victims and families of product defects across Georgia and in class action lawsuits for the following types of products:
The brakes, tires, steering mechanisms, fuel lines, and other parts of any car, truck, motorcycle, bus, or other motorized vehicle must work properly on demand. Drivers need to rely on the car to speed up, turn, stop, and maneuver through every type of traffic condition. Vehicles with defects can act unpredictably and cause serious accidents.
Patients expect that medical implants of any type will make them better, not worse. We handle medical defect cases involving heart stents, pacemakers, hip replacements, defibrillators, biomedical products, and other devices.
Medications that cause harm
Doctors prescribe pharmaceuticals for a broad range of injuries and diseases. Defective drugs can cause heart failure, damage to organs, anxiety, and other physical and emotional problems including death. Pharmaceutical companies make a lot of money off their drugs. They have a duty to work with the FDA and conduct their own tests before they allow the public to use them.
Products with talcum powder
Recent court cases, including class action lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, indicate that talcum powder can cause women to have ovarian cancer.
Aviation defects can cause multiple deaths and catastrophic injuries. We bring claims against manufacturers when engines malfunction or parts fail, or when a defect in the design or production leads to a serious incident.
Products for children
Children are especially likely to suffer injuries from product defects because they are not fully developed and they fail to understand how to react if a product is not working. Some of the products that must be designed properly for children are toys, escalators, car seats, ATVs, fabrics, and bicycles.
Workers at industrial sites, commercial sites, and at other locations rely on the equipment and tools they use to work as intended. When heavy machinery is improperly made or designed the wrong way, workers can die or need extensive medical care.
Our Savannah product liability lawyers file class action lawsuits for multiple plaintiffs who are injured or die from any defects. We also file private complaints for individuals and wrongful death claims for families.
What are the three types of product defects?
A product defect means that a certain element, or elements, of a consumer product has an inherent issue that makes it unsafe. Product defects typically fall into one of three categories, although it’s certainly possible that a dangerous product can have more than one type of defect.
The three types of product defects include:
- Design defects. With a design defect, a product is faulty or dangerous from the beginning. It means the product was defective right from the beginning, and every product on the market will suffer from the same defect. An example of a design defect might be a particular make and model of an SUV prone to rollover even in normal driving conditions. It means every SUV on the market from that manufacturer that is the same make and model has the same defect due to its design.
- Manufacturing defects. Manufacturing defects happen later in the process. In this case, the product may be designed correctly, but an error occurs in the manufacturing process and only a percentage of products are affected. An example of a manufacturing defect is if a specific factory run of blender parts goes wrong, and that batch hits the shelves and injures consumers. Only that specific manufacturing run would be affected.
- Warning defects. As you know, most consumer products come with warning labels and instructions, especially inherently dangerous products like power tools or kitchen appliances. If a product comes with improper (or no) warning label, consumers may suffer injury.
The attorneys at Harris Lowry Manton investigate your particular circumstances to find out what kind of defect caused your accident and injuries.
Who’s liable for my injuries from a dangerous product?
When you’re injured from a defective or dangerous product, you may be eligible for compensation. But where does responsibility lie? You may hold one or more parties accountable depending on your situation. You and your attorney may file a negligence or product liability claim against the:
- Manufacturer, which is responsible for designing and creating the product. A manufacturer may be subject to additional penalties if it was aware of the defect or hazard when it released the product for consumers.
- Distributor, which acts as a “middleman” between manufacturers and retailers. Manufacturers typically ship products to warehouses or other companies, who then distribute the product to retailers. If the distributor makes errors in storage or damages the product in any way, consumers can suffer injury.
- Retailer, which is the store where a consumer purchased the defective product. Retailers can be held liable for injuries if they knowingly sell dangerous products or fail to remove them from the shelves after government warnings or recalls.
Our product liability attorneys work to hold the right parties responsible for your injuries and seek fair compensation to help you recover.
Who can bring a product liability claim?
Georgia’s product liability laws fall under the state statute, O.C.GA. § 51-1-11. Per this law, if you’re injured by a defective product, you don’t need proof you purchased the product to file suit against the manufacturer. You may file a claim even if you weren’t the person who made the original purchase. However, for a successful product liability claim, the court expects you to prove four important elements:
- The product in question had a defect at the time of your injury
- That defect caused your injury or the death of a loved one
- The product, when it harmed you, was generally in the same condition as when it left the manufacturer
- You were using the item in the manner in which it was intended
Under Georgia’s strict liability laws, you likely won’t have to prove the manufacturer was negligent. Product manufacturers can be held responsible for consumer injuries, regardless of whether or not the manufacturer was negligent with their product. Almost anyone can bring a defective product case if they’ve suffered injury, but it’s best to consult with experienced counsel first.
Even experienced personal injury lawyers refer cases to us. In just one example of our trial work, we helped a woman and her husband obtain a $40 million judgment against Ford Motor Company when her Ford Explorer malfunctioned and ran her over, fracturing her spine and causing permanent paralysis.
Get a strong Savannah product liability lawyer on your side
Product liability cases require a unique understanding of the law. The attorneys at Harris Lowry Manton understand the complexities behind these types of cases and are ready to advocate for consumers just like you. For experienced help now, please call our Savannah office at 912-417-3774 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation.
410 E. Broughton Street
Savannah, GA 31401