Georgia Product Liability Lawyers

Many different types of products can potentially give rise to a product liability claim. Injuries can arise from an automobile, heavy equipment, clothing, household appliances, chemicals, food, beverages, or industrial machines. In many cases, the defective product may be a medical device or prescription drug.

What’s important to know is that if the product was defectively designed, manufactured, processed or distributed – without adequate warning of its risks – then a consumer or patient may have a right to recover compensation from the seller or manufacturer of that product for any injury caused by that defect.

At Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., our product liability lawyers understand the physical pain, emotional anguish and financial burdens that result when individuals or their loves ones are hurt by defective products. We believe the makers of defective products should be held accountable, and victims and their families fully compensated for their losses.

We have experience representing those who have been harmed by defective products in state and federal courts across the country, including complex, multi-district litigation (MDL) cases that involve multiple plaintiffs and defendants. As committed consumer safety advocates, every case is important to us.

If you believe you or a loved one has been harmed by a defective product, we want to help you. Call us today at (866) 354-3544 or use our online form to receive a free consultation at one of our Northeast Georgia offices in Athens or Lake Oconee.

Types of Defective Products

The product liability attorneys of Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., represent victims of defective products in a variety of different cases, including those that involve:

  • Automobiles: SUV, van and light truck rollovers are all too common. These rollovers may be caused by poor stability design, flawed suspension systems, brake failures and tire defects, such as detreading or delamination. In many cases, injuries may be worsened by flawed safety features and restraint systems, such as roof supports, headrests, seatbacks, airbags and seatbelts. Fires may also occur as the result of a defect, including electrical fires that are triggered by bad wiring, fuel system fires involving defective valves and gas tanks that rupture upon impact. Additionally, motorists face risks from defects in steering and transmission systems, sudden acceleration, and many other problems.
  • Medical devices: Medical products that are supposed to improve a patient’s condition may end up causing the patient’s health to worsen or could even cause death. Hip implants, shoulder pain pumps, intraocular lens implants, defibrillators, pacemakers, transvaginal surgical mesh (or pelvic floor mesh) are all examples of defective medical devices that have been the subjects of litigation in recent years. Our firm has been on the forefront of complex, nationwide medical device litigation for several years.
  • Household products and appliances: Common kitchen appliances such as ovens, toasters, fryers and griddles can feature defective wiring that leads to overheating and fires. Other household products that have caused injuries include children’s toys, clothing items, drop-side cribs/beds, Roman shades, Chinese drywall, electric blankets, space heaters, fans, laundry machines, vacuum cleaners, furnaces, propane grills and gas water heaters. Manufacturers of household products such as cleaning solutions, eye care solution, bug spray and other consumer chemicals can also harm those exposed to the product.

In general, product defects arise in these settings:

  • Manufacturing: This involves a product that was not built in the way the manufacturer intended and is often shown by comparing another sample of the product.
  • Design: When the risk of danger from a product’s design outweighs any potential benefit that could be gained from the design, the manufacturer may be legally responsible.
  • Failure to Warn: All products that fall into consumer’s hands must contain adequate warnings, labels and instructions that allow for safe use of the product.

Georgia Product Liability / Defective Products Law

Georgia law provides many potential paths to legal relief for victims of defective products, which is defined as a product that “when sold by the manufacturer was not merchantable and reasonably suited to the use intended.” Different causes of action include:

  • Strict Liability: This theory allows action to be taken against manufacturers as well as anyone who manufactures, assembles and packages a product according to a manufacturer’s specifications. A party does not need to show that the manufacturer was negligent. All that is required is proof that the manufacturing, design or marketing defect existed when the product was first sold, and that this defect proximately caused bodily injury.
  • Negligence: Under a traditional negligence claim, what needs to be shown is that the manufacturer, distributor or retailer breached its duty to act within a reasonable standard of care.
  • Warranty: Companies need to be held liable when their products fail to live up to express or implied warranties.

How We Can Help You

At Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., we’ll put our attorneys, staff, investigators, experts and other resources on your case. For instance, our experts can help explain how a product should have been safely manufactured, designed or marketed, and why the defective product caused your injury. We can also engage in product testing, extensive depositions and document reviews and presentation of your case using state-of-the-art technology and exhibits.

Product manufacturers are well funded and well organized, and they will vigorously contest any challenges to the products they sell. However, our resources and experience can help to level the playing field for you.

Contact Our Georgia Product Liability Attorneys Today

Since 1984, the law firm of Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., has assisted victims and their families in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits from across Georgia in the cities of Atlanta, Albany, Augusta, Macon, Columbus, Brunswick and Savannah, as well as Athens, Greensboro, Eatonton, Winder, Commerce, Covington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Elberton, Hartwell, Homer, Lexington, Crawford, Gainesville, Milledgeville, Winterville, Hull, Danielsville, Comer, Colbert, Watkinsville and Bogart and surrounding Northeast Georgia communities in Clarke, Oconee, Barrow, Banks, Franklin, Hall, Habersham, Stephens, Jasper, Jones, Baldwin, Hart, Elbert, Greene, Putnam, Columbia, Richmond, Newton, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Walton and Oglethorpe counties. Our lawyers have also been involved in significant, complex nationwide litigation, and we have represented clients and tried cases in many other states across the country.

Our Georgia product liability attorneys are innovative counselors and aggressive advocates who have been recognized by Super Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America, among others, for the quality of their legal skill and professional service.

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury or complications from a defective automotive part, medical device, household item or other product, call us today at (866) 354-3544 or use our online form to learn how we can help you and to receive a free consultation. We won’t simply refer your case to another law firm. We will listen to you, answer your questions and work with you to map out a path to legal relief.