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Savannah Product Liability Lawyer

An injury arising from the use of a defective product can lead to serious or even life-altering consequences. As such, they can present a significant financial burden on the victim and his or her family. If you or a loved one recently suffered harm while using a defective product, you need help from an experienced attorney. Contact the Savannah law firm of Butler Wooten & Peak LLP to schedule a free review of your legal options.

Our experience makes us uniquely equipped to handle your case. Other reasons include:

  • In our 30 years practicing law, we have secured several settlements in excess of $100 million, including the largest collected settlement in U.S. history.
  • We are selective about the kinds of cases we accept, which allows us to focus our full attention on the needs of our clients.
  • We operate on a contingency-fee basis, which means our clients never owe anything until we win a settlement or a court makes a judgment in their favor.

What Is Product Liability?

The manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of the products consumers use every day have a responsibility to assure that these are reasonably safe. When a person incurs an injury from using a dangerous or defective product, anyone involved in making or distributing the product may be responsible. Many different types of product liability claims exist, including:

  • Design Defects. Claims arising from inherent flaws in a product’s design. Sometimes, a product defect affects an entire line of products. An example might be a slide with edges that are short enough for a child to fall off during use.
  • Manufacturing Defects. A defect that affects a select number of products in a line such as a dangerous or defective condition from an error in the manufacturing process. For example, baby food tainted with E. coli might give rise to this type of claim.
  • Failure To Warn. A failure to warn claim might exist when the product’s instructions do not highlight a danger that might not be obvious to a user. For example, noxious chemicals should include instructions for proper ventilation and safety gear.

Examples of Product Liability

Grounds for a product liability claim may exist any time a dangerous or defective condition of a product leads to injury. Common examples of product liability claims include:

  • Automotive recalls or defects
  • Dangerous side effects arising from the use of medication
  • Food poisoning claims
  • Exploding e-cigarettes and vaping pens
  • Defective phone batteries (i.e., exploding lithium-ion batteries)

Who Is Liable?

In a product liability case, anyone involved in the manufacture, distribution, or retail of a product may be liable for a consumer’s injuries. The nature of liability will depend on the unique circumstances that govern the case. For example, a producer will likely be responsible for any food illnesses that result from improper handling of an ingredient. However, if a producer or manufacturer issues a recall for a food item known to cause illness and a store neglects to take the dangerous item off the shelves, it may be liable for any damages that result.

An attorney can help identify the parties responsible for the defective product and hold them responsible for damages. Plaintiffs in a product liability claim may be able to collect the following types of damages:

  • Economic Damages. Economic damages to compensate for the material losses of the accident. Examples include medical bills, lost wages, and more.
  • General Damages. General damages to provide reimbursement for intangible losses such as physical pain and suffering, as well as loss of life quality.

An attorney can help determine the parties responsible and hold them wholly accountable for the injuries they caused. If you or a loved one recently suffered damages from use of a defective product, you need the help of Butler Wooten & Peak LLP. Contact us to schedule a free case evaluation today. (912) 443-4036