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Product Liability Lawyers in Gainesville

Fighting for Victims of Defective Products

Companies have a duty to make sure the products they create are reasonably safe for public use. Unfortunately, defective products do still make it onto the consumer market. When this happens, innocent individuals can be seriously hurt. In extreme cases, defective products can even cause wrongful deaths.

At Hasty Pope, LLP, we strive to hold negligent companies accountable when they prioritize profits over consumer safety. If you or a loved one suffered severe, life-altering injuries as a result of a defective product, contact our firm as soon as possible. In Georgia, injured individuals have two years from the date of the injury to file a defective product personal injury claim. However, the sooner you act the better, as medical records, witness accounts, and other vital information can be more difficult to obtain as time passes.

To speak with a defective products lawyer in Gainesville, call our firm at (770) 741-1951 or contact us online and request your free initial consultation.

When Is a Product “Defective?”

A defective product is any product that poses unreasonably safety risks to users when used correctly and/or as intended. Generally, defective products fall into one of three categories, though it is possible for defective products to fall into multiple categories.

These three categories include:

  • Defective Design: This means that there was a flaw or defect in the initial design of the product. Products with a defective design tend to be inherently dangerous, even when manufactured correctly.
  • Defective Manufacturing: With this type of defect, some mistake occurs during the production phase. Manufacturing defects are generally categorized as errors, such as a tainted batch of cough syrup, that nevertheless lead to serious injuries.
  • Defective Marketing: Defective marketing refers to defects in how the product is marketed for use. This can include failure to include adequate warning labels, instructions, or possible side effects.

    Any type of product can be considered defective if it meets one or more of the above criteria. This includes defective automobile parts like tires and brakes, defective toys or electronics, or defective medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs.

    What to Do if You Were Harmed by a Defective Product

    If you suffered serious injuries while using a product as intended, you may be able to hold one or more negligent parties accountable for your damages. Defective product claims, also known as product liability claims, can be incredibly complex due to the number and type of liable parties involved. Anyone from the product designer to the product manufacturer to the product distributor—or a combination thereof—could be responsible for your injuries. It is important to contact an experienced Gainesville product liability lawyer who can help you seek just recovery for your damages.

    While every case is different, you may be able to recover compensation for the following damages:

    • Medical treatment, immediate and future
    • Lost wages and/or income
    • Pain and suffering
    • Emotional distress
    • Loss of enjoyment
    • Reduced or lost earning ability

      In certain cases, you may also be able to pursue punitive damages if you can show that the liable party was egregiously negligent. This might be the case if a drug manufacturer knew a certain drug was unreasonably dangerous but manufactured it anyway or if an automobile manufacturer failed to recall thousands of defective vehicles.

      Injured by a defective product? Contact Hasty Pope, LLP online or by phone at (770) 741-1951 for a complimentary case evaluation today.

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