Alexander City Product Liability Attorneys
Product Liability Cases in Tallapoosa County
As consumers, we rely on countless products to make our lives easier, safer, and more convenient. Unfortunately, when these products are defective, they do just the opposite. All too often, defective and dangerous products are responsible for devastating accidents, catastrophic injuries, and death.
If you were injured, or if someone you love died, due to a defective product, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Founded in 1991, Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law represents clients throughout Tallapoosa County and the surrounding areas who have suffered devastating losses as a result of manufacturer negligence. Our Alexander City product liability lawyers are known for their aggressive approach to litigation, an approach that has helped our firm recover more than $1 billion for our clients.
Learn how we can help you with your product liability claim; call (205) 973-6915 for a free case evaluation with a member of our team.
Types of Product Defects
It is important to distinguish between products that are defective and those that are dangerous. To be considered “defective,” a product must have some flaw that renders it unreasonably unsafe for ordinary, typical use. If a person has altered or modified the product in some way, this does not mean the product is defective, even if the alterations render it unreasonably unsafe.
Furthermore, a dangerous product is not necessary defective. Only if it contains a flaw that causes it to pose an unreasonable risk of injury is it considered defective. For example, a power tool is inherently dangerous, but when it is used correctly and as intended by the manufacturer, it does not pose an unreasonable risk of injury to the user. However, if a power tool is missing safety guards or comes without instructions and/or warnings, it may be considered defective.
There are three main types of product defects:
- Design Defects: A design defect occurs when a product is inherently flawed due to its actual design. In other words, if the design of the product makes it unreasonably unsafe for consumers to use it, the product likely has a design defect.
- Manufacturing Defects: A manufacturing defect occurs when a product is properly designed, but a flaw is introduced during the production phase. Manufacturing defects affect single units rather than an entire line of products.
- Labeling Defects: A labeling defect (sometimes called a “marketing defect”) occurs when a product is missing important information, such as instructions or safety warnings, thereby making the product unreasonably unsafe for ordinary use.
Although most product liability cases are brought against the manufacturer, the designer, seller, or distributor could also be liable depending on the type of defect the product has. Our Alexander City product liability lawyers work with a team of industry experts and draw on more than 30 years of experience to determine whether a defective product contributed to our client’s injuries, what type of defect the product had, and who is liable for our client’s damages. We use this information to build powerful, evidence-based claims and fight for maximum compensation for our clients.
Examples of Common Defective Products
Although any product can be defective, some types of products tend to be the subject of product liability litigation more often than others.
Some examples of common defective products include:
- Autos and auto parts, such as airbags, seatbelts, and engine parts
- Children’s products, including toys, cribs, and baby formula
- Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications
- Medical devices, such as knee and hip replacements
- Firearms, including gun safety defects
- Gas appliances, such as water heaters and clothes dryers
- Household cleaners and chemicals
- Industrial equipment, tools, and machinery
- Agricultural products, such as pesticides and herbicides
- Contaminated food and beverage products
If you believe that your accident or injuries were caused by a defective product, reach out to our team at Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law to learn more about your legal rights and options. We are happy to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have.
How to File a Defective Product Claim
Defective product claims are somewhat different than standard personal injury claims. Because defective products tend to affect multiple people, the simplest way to resolve these claims is often through mass litigation. If you were injured by a defective product that has affected several people, hundreds, or even thousands, you could be eligible to take part in a class action lawsuit or mass tort. Mass torts are typically more applicable when victims are affected in different ways by the same defective product, such as a faulty medical device or unreasonably dangerous medication.
However, in some cases, it may be more appropriate to file a single-plaintiff claim or lawsuit. These cases are similar to typical personal injury claims in that they involve a single person or party bringing a claim or lawsuit against a liable entity, such as a manufacturer or product distributor.
Our attorneys can review your case at no cost and help you determine the best path forward. We have decades of experience navigating complex product liability claims and are prepared to aggressively advocate for you.
Seeking Maximum Compensation for Injured Individuals
At Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law, we recognize the impact a serious injury can have on your life. You may be facing massive medical bills, physical limitations, permanent disability, and other challenges. To make matters worse, you may have to miss work for weeks or months while you heal, and if you are permanently disabled, you may be unable to earn a living for yourself and your family. All of this can place victims and their loved ones under serious financial stress.
Our goal is to make the liable party pay for all of your damages, including economic and non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering. It is important that you act quickly, as you typically only have two years from the date of injury (or the date the injury was discovered/reasonably could have been discovered) to file a lawsuit. If the statute of limitations passes, you will almost certainly lose your right to file a lawsuit and will not be able to recover compensation for your damages.
There is no cost and no risk in talking to a member of our team about your potential case. We offer contingency fees, meaning we only get paid if we recover a settlement or verdict for you.