What is a product liability case?
Each year millions of people are injured and thousands are killed while operating or using consumer products. While some of these injuries result from operator error or misuse, many are caused by flaws in the design and manufacture of the product itself and others are caused by the manufacturer's failure to warn of hidden dangers. When these products cause injuries, consumers need an attorney who is prepared to take on the company and hold it responsible for the damage it caused. At Gautreaux Law, we have extensive experience with such “product liability” cases in Georgia and throughout the Southeast.
How do I know if I have a product liability case?
As consumers, we trust that companies take steps to ensure that their products are reasonably safe and free of defects. Governmental agencies require manufacturers and distributors to follow certain regulations and standards; however, defective and dangerous products still make their way to consumers.
Sometimes, the product's role in the accident is obvious – a fan catches on fire, a gas grill explodes, a golf cart flips over, or a tire blows out. In those instances, the primary question is whether or not a defect in the product actually caused the injuries. On other occasions, the cause of the accident is unknown or unexplained because the evidence has been damaged or there are no witnesses. This is often the case in house fires and single-vehicle accidents.
In all of these instances, it is important to contact an attorney who can investigate the case and determine whether a defective product played a role in the accident and resulting injuries. These defects are often hidden and can only be discovered after the product and the scene have been thoroughly examined and inspected by experts.
What should I do after an accident involving a product?
After obtaining proper medical treatment and care, it is critical to document the scene and preserve the evidence. The initial investigation is often performed by first responders, including police officers and firefighters, who routinely photograph and take notes regarding the scene and evidence. If the first responders do not take possession of the product involved in an accident, you should take steps to ensure that the product is preserved, maintained, and stored at a secure and covered location so that its condition is not changed. If you do not own the product or it has been towed or moved to another location, you should immediately notify the person or company who has the product and request that they preserve it for you.
Who should I contact regarding my product liability case?
At Gautreaux Law, we do not simply market ourselves as product liability lawyers – we actually have experience investigating, evaluating, litigating, and trying cases involving defective and dangerous products. We have handled cases involving personal injuries and property damage caused by:
• Household Tools
• Industrial Equipment
• All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
• Medical Devices• Household Appliances
• Light Fixtures
• Heating Pads
If you or a loved one has been injured and you suspect that a defective product may have been involved, please call us at 478-238-9758 or toll free at 888-876-6935, so that we can help you investigate and evaluate your claim. You may also contact one of our attorneys via email, or the contact form on our website. As always, there is no charge for the initial consultation.