Do You Have Injuries From A Household Product?
If you have serious injuries using a home appliance, garden tool, children’s toy, landscaping equipment, prescription drug, car or truck or any other type of “consumer good,” you may be able to file a product liability claim against the store where you bought it and the manufacturer of the item.
There are three categories of product liability claims:
- Defective product design – The design itself is found to make the product hazardous or toxic to consumers
- Manufacturing defects – Errors were made along the course of manufacturing the product, such as parts are missing or misaligned, poor stitching, or use of low-quality materials
- A flaw in marketing or labeling – The product came with no warning labels about potential dangers, had no instructions for use or there were misrepresentations about the product
Suppliers and manufacturers must provide safe products for consumers and can be responsible to pay for your medical bills, rehabilitation costs lost, and future wages and other punitive damages when they do not. Product liability cases require many layers of proof and frequently require a trial in court. That is why it is important to speak with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer such as Jon Hawk as soon as possible after your injury occurs. With more than 25 years of experience, he has an excellent track record for helping his clients get financial compensation for their injuries and losses.
Product Liability Cases In Georgia Are Complex
It is not going to be easy to prove your injuries are because of a bad design, poor manufacturing, or incorrect labeling. You got hurt. Shouldn’t that be enough proof? It is not. When you hire Jon, an experienced product liability lawyer, you can get the help you need to gather your medical history and product purchase records. Jon and his team will also investigate the manufacturer’s background for similar complaints in a timely manner.
There are time limits to file a claim. In Georgia, you have two years from the date of your injury or the discovery that your injury is due to the defective product to file a claim to seek compensation for your injuries. In addition, Georgia is a comparative negligence state. This means that state law may limit the amount of damages you will be able to collect. For example, if the court finds that you are 50% or more at fault for your injuries, you will not be able to recover financial compensation for your injury. If you are found less than 50% responsible, the court could award damages, but decrease the award by the percentage it finds you responsible.
You Do Not Have To Settle For Less
Let Jon tell your story in court. Contact Hawk Law Firm in Macon today to discuss your circumstances with him during a free consultation. He will take the time to listen to you and help you understand all of your legal options. He is unafraid to take your claim into the courtroom or take your case to trial if it is in your best interests to do so. Send him an email or call him at 478-845-6244 for a consultation.