Product Liability Attorneys in Macon-Bibb County
When you purchase a product from a wholesaler or retail store, you expect it to function as advertised. We have all felt the disappointment that comes from a product failing to perform as well as we had hoped, but some of us have even worse experiences. If a product is severely defective, it may be dangerous.
Thousands of Americans suffer injuries from defective or dangerous products each year, and Cooper, Barton & Cooper routinely fights against this gross negligence. If you sustained an injury from a defective product, we are ready to advocate for your right to compensation. When you work with our product liability lawyers, you benefit from more than 30 years of collective experience and a passion for serving the victims of careless error and corporate greed.
Call our product liability attorneys at (478) 202-7050 today for more information about your rights. We are available all hours of the day, every day of the week.
What Is Product Liability?
Product liability laws differ in each state, but they generally require products to meet the ordinary expectations of consumers. A defect that leads to an injury, therefore, fails to meet those ordinary expectations, and manufacturers and/or sellers may be held liable for damages in court.
Parties we may hold liable on your behalf include:
- The manufacturer of the product or its component parts
- The assembler or installer of the product
- The wholesaler or retail store that sold the product
Especially for a product that is widely distributed by a well-established company, many different entities may be involved in the product’s lifespan, from initial design to packaging and delivery. Determining who is at fault can be a complex and extensive process, but we have decades of experience handling these cases and we look forward to taking on yours. You don’t need to do this on your own.
How to Prove Fault in a Product Liability Case
To hold one or more of the parties listed above liable for your injury, the defect that caused you harm must be a design, manufacturing, or marketing defect. Design defects are unsafe qualities present in the product even before it is physically manufactured. Manufacturing defects are issues that occur during the product’s creation or assembly. Marketing defects may include labeling, instructions or safety warnings that do not properly protect the consumer from harm.
Once we determine what type of defect led to your injury, we will devise a strategy to demonstrate that someone in the product’s chain of distribution is liable.
The three types of product liability are:
- Negligence—theory that someone’s carelessness caused the injury. This is the most common basis for holding a party legally responsible. The plaintiff must prove they have been injured and the defendant had a legal duty, breached that legal duty, and directly caused the injury as a result.
- Breach of warranty—proves liability because the seller explicitly guaranteed a certain standard of quality, but the product failed to meet that standard. Written warranties in the U.S. must include the details of replacement, repair, or refund. The express warranty states what the consumer can expect from the product regarding quality and functionality for a specified time period.
- Strict liability—allows a consumer to recover compensation from a manufacturer that sells products to the general public without having to prove negligence. The manufacturer must be in the business of regularly selling that product, so this does not include thrift stores or garage sales. To be held liable, the manufacturer must have designed, produced, or handled the product in a way that created an unreasonably dangerous defect, injuring the consumer during proper/intended use.
Our product liability lawyers at Cooper, Barton & Cooper understand the complex nuances of each of these circumstances. We will thoroughly investigate your case and then carefully determine how to best pursue the compensation you deserve.
Get in Touch with Our Skilled Legal Team Today
While no amount of money will atone for a company’s negligence, financial security can help you obtain the treatment you need to recover. Cooper, Barton & Cooper is dedicated to achieving favorable resolutions for each of our clients so, when possible, they can get back on their feet and return to life as it was before their injury.
Don’t wait to learn about your rights. We provide legal counsel and representation with respect for your situation and commitment to your future. Call (478) 202-7050 to schedule you free case evaluation today.
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