If a dangerous or defective product has harmed you, Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can help you seek damages. Our firm represents clients recovering from injuries from defective products. These products can be dangerous because of their design, manufacturing, and/or faulty marketing.
We will review the facts of your case and help you plan the next steps in pursuing your claim. A Valdosta product liability attorney will help you build a strong case and fight to get you just compensation for your losses and suffering.
Recoverable Damages in Your Valdosta Product Liability
Depending on the injuries you have suffered and your case’s unique circumstances, you may be eligible to recover damages. Product liability victims can recover two types of damages: economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages pay victims for the financial losses related to their injury, such as their medical bills and rehabilitation costs. They also compensate for an injury’s indirect costs, such as lost wages (past and ongoing), reduced earning ability, property damage, and other expenses.
Non-economic damages are not financial reimbursement. Instead, they compensate victims for intangible losses. In Georgia, to determine the amount of a pain and suffering award, a court will consider several factors of a victim’s situation (see Food Lion, Inc. v. Williams), including:
- How an injury interferes with the victim’s everyday living and enjoyment of life
- Impairment of bodily health and vigor
- The fear of extent of injury
- Shock of impact
- Mental anguish (past and future)
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Who’s Liable in a Product Liability Case?
Product liability is a branch of tort law that seeks justice on behalf of consumers injured by defective products. Anyone along the production chain could bear responsibility for a defective product and the resulting injuries.
Depending on each case’s unique circumstances and the type of defect, anyone from a product’s designers, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, or distributors may be held liable. Parts manufacturers, suppliers, and parties that assemble or install products can also bear responsibility in a product liability case.
Our Valdosta product liability attorney will investigate your case and determine the liable parties in your accident.
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Types of Defects in a Product Liability Case
Three types of product defects may subject a manufacturer to liability: market, manufacturing, and design defects.
Marketing defects occur when a manufacturer fails to safely “market” their product. Product designers and manufacturers must provide adequate instructions and warnings for dangerous products. Failure to do so can render a product unreasonably hazardous and expose its producers to liability.
For example, hair-dryer manufacturers must include electrical warnings on their products. Lack of such a warning would constitute a negligent failure to warn for which a hair-dryer manufacturer could be held liable.
A manufacturing defect occurs when a product departs from its intended design. While a product might be safely designed and include adequate warnings and instructions, it could be dangerous and subject to product liability because it isn’t made properly.
A “lemon” car is an example of a manufacturing defect. “Lemons” are cars based on safe designs or “blueprints,” but they are unusually dangerous because of error(s) that occur during the car’s production. These manufacturing defects render the car incompatible with its intended design and expose the manufacturer to liability for any resulting harm.
Conversely, a design defect is where the intended design or “blueprint” of a given product is faulty. Defective product designs result in the creation of harmful, unsafe products. This is the case even if they are made properly and come with sufficient warnings and instructions.
Product “recalls” are often the result of defective product designs. When a product’s designer becomes aware of its flawed design, it is not usual for them to recall the product to prevent further harm, injury, or liability.
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Evidence We Will Use to Establish Your Case
Filing a lawsuit can be time-consuming, especially if you are doing it on your own. You do not have to do this alone. Bader Scott Injury Lawyers’ team will help you build a product liability case that ensures your side is heard and could recover an award for your damages.
Our lawyers will walk you through each step of the process. One of these important steps is collecting evidence. Two types of evidence are valuable when building a strong products liability case: medical evidence and personal records.
One of the first steps in building a strong product liability case is collecting medical evidence. Because product liability cases concern injuries, medical documents are crucial in building the case. Doctor’s visits and hospital records are important, as well as any assessment, diagnostic, or treatment records that depict the severity, extent, or progression of your injury. These records are especially significant in cases where an injury occurred gradually because they put your injury into context.
Our office will help you collect these records and reach out to other relevant medical professionals, witnesses, or third parties who could support this aspect of your case.
In addition to well-documented medical records, accurate personal records can be beneficial in building your injury case. A thorough record of your experience with the defective product and details about how you suffered your injury are important. Notes about your symptoms, timelines, healing process, steps you have taken, or life changes you have made to manage your injury are all valuable.
While such details often seem easy to remember at the time, cases can extend for months, even years. Victims can forget undocumented information during that time despite its usefulness in showing how a defective product caused serious injuries. Maintaining personal records can strengthen your case.
You Must File Your Lawsuit By Georgia’s Statutory Deadline
If you are thinking about taking legal action in your Valdosta product liability case, you have two years to do so, per O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33. Per the same statute, you have two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit if you lost a loved one who died from their injuries after using a defective or dangerous product.
We will file your lawsuit with the civil court, saving you time. If you miss this important deadline, you risk losing your opportunity to recover compensation from the liable party.
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We are eager to hear your story and help you fight for justice. If you were unfairly injured because of a poorly designed, manufactured, or negligently marketed product, you deserve compensation, and the liable party should be held accountable.
We can answer any questions you have and help you explore your legal options and plan your next steps. To hear more about how we can help you build your case, call us today for a free consultation at (404) 888-8888.