Defective Products Personal Liability Lawsuits

Oftentimes we hear about large settlements being awarded in personal injury cases that apply to product liability cases. What many people do not know is how product liability law works and who is responsible when a consumer is injured. A defective product is one that when used in accordance with directions causes damage or injury to the user. Product liability is common when and injury results because the product, the product label, or the instructions for use of the product were defective.

When Product Defects Occur
A product defect can occur in one of three stages, specifically, design, manufacturing and with product instructions or warnings. It is important for consumers to understand how these defects occur. In the design stage, a defect can mean the entire product is dangerous for the public. During manufacturing, the type of raw materials used can render the product dangerous, and during the labeling process, there may be a failure to warn about potential dangers or failure to provide sufficient instructions on the proper use of the product. An example of a potential danger warning would be small parts that can come off and cause choking in children.

Accountability for Defective Products
Anyone who is injured due to a defective product must be able to establish who is responsible for their injury. Liability may involve the company who manufactured the product, a person who repaired the product, or sellers. It is important to note that the category of sellers may also include distributors, wholesalers, or direct sellers.

Establishing Fault in Product Liability
Unlike other cases of personal injury where a victim may have to establish the other party was negligent, product liability suits require the victim to show:
  • The product had a defect
  • The consumer suffered an injury
  • The defect was responsible for the injury
The difference is that while a car accident victim must prove the other driver was negligent, in cases of defective products, the standard is strict liability.

The Right to File a Product Liability Lawsuit
The person who purchases a defective product and is injured by that product can file a personal injury lawsuit. However, the liability does not end there, if you were using someone's blender and it suddenly caught fire because of a defect, you also have the right to file a lawsuit as an injured party. The basis for filing a defective product lawsuit is that a person was using a product as intended, said product was defective, and the user suffered an injury because of the defect.

Monetary and Non-Monetary Damages Possible
When you or a loved one suffers an injury due to a defective product, it is possible to file a lawsuit to collect damages. Some of the damages you may be entitled to recover include medical expenses, damage that was caused by the product to your home, and lost wages. Non-monetary damages, those which did not cost you money may include pain and suffering and loss of consortium. In some instances, your personal injury attorney may also file a lawsuit for punitive damages which is a dollar amount to punish the conduct of the responsible party.

If you or a loved one was injured due to a defective product, contact a product liability attorney anywhere you live. While some of the information contained in this post applies to Georgia law, most states have similar statutes.


A little light reading: Slipper Socks

Slipper socks have many advantages over traditional socks and over traditional slippers. Let us review some of the benefits of slipper socks so you can determine if slipper socks are a good choice for you.

  • Children - Slipper socks have many advantages over traditional slippers and socks for children. Preventing our children from "sliding" along hardwood floors is easily stopped with the slipper socks that are available on the market today.  While older models of slipper socks had actual traditional slipper feet, the ones sold today do not have this type of bottom.  In fact, many of the slipper sock models sold today have little "nubs" on the bottom (which can feel something like walking on rabbit poo) which will prevent children from sliding along the floor.
  • Adults - Many of us suffer from cold feet. In fact, whether it is winter or summer, we often find that even when the rest of us feels perfectly comfortable, our feet are cold enough to be downright uncomfortable. In the winter time, your options are wearing shoes, wearing traditional slippers (increasing the risk of falling) or wearing slipper socks.  Many slipper socks are thin enough that they can be worn as socks in boots and shoes as well.

Other Advantages
Slipper socks have many other advantages over traditional socks and slippers.  Some of the advantages may surprise you!

  • Loose - Slipper socks are non-binding and might be more beneficial to those who have circulation problems.  The non-binding tops and wide feet can be extremely helpful for diabetics, seniors and those with poor circulation.
  • Washable - Another advantage of slipper socks is they are easy to wash and dry. They can go in the laundry with your regular wash and be cleaned just like socks. This gives a slipper sock a definite advantage over traditional slippers which can be non-washable or may deteriorate after too much laundering.

If you are looking for something to wear around your home and are not interested in wearing shoes all day long, slipper socks could be exactly what you are looking for.  There are many advantages to slipper socks.  Grab your slipper socks, a warm throw and your truffles and sit back and enjoy your favorite movie or book. You will soon discover all of the advantages of slipper socks.  Whether you are a man or a woman, slipper socks could be exactly what you were looking for!