Athens Product Liability Attorneys

Representing Alabama clients who have been injured by defective products

Most of the time, we give no thought to the products that we surround ourselves with and that make our lives so much easier. But when they cause an injury or death, a product takes on a different significance. Whether the prescription medication that you have been taking caused you to have a leg amputated, or the defective brakes on another vehicle that crashed into yours caused a serious injury, defective products can wreak havoc in our lives. If a defective product has caused a serious injury or the death of a loved one, you do have legal recourse.

The experienced product liability lawyers at Martin & Helms are here to protect your right to recover fair compensation for your injuries and losses. We offer free consultations where you can receive legal guidance related to your case, and you will not pay attorney fees until we have recovered compensation for you.

Types of defective product claims our Athens injury lawyers handle

  • Children’s toys and furniture, strollers, car seats
  • Automotive defects such as malfunctioning airbags, tires, brakes, seat belts, seat backs, fuel tanks, accelerators
  • Defective drugs such as Actos, Januvia, Invokana, Xarelto, Taxotere and talcum powder
  • Defective medical devices such as defibrillators, pacemakers, artificial hip implants, IVC filters, power morcellators, IUDs and hernia mesh
  • Household products and appliances such as exploding water heaters and faulty carbon monoxide alarms
  • Tools and equipment such as power tools, lawnmowers and ladders

What are the three types of product defects which can create liability?

There are a few different ways in which a product can be defective. Product liability law has three general categories for product defects:

  • Design defects. The infamous Ford Pinto is an example of a design defect. The designers placed the gas tanks behind the back seats so if the vehicle were struck from behind in a rear-end crash, the tanks would explode.
  • Manufacturing defects. These affect a specific batch or run of a product because the flaw is introduced in the production process, such as when a drug is accidentally contaminated with harmful substances.
  • Failure to warn or marketing defects. This concerns inadequate warning labels, or knowledge of potential harms that are hidden from the public. Johnson & Johnson failing to warn about asbestos in their baby powder is one example; 3M lying to the public (and the government) about their faulty earplugs is another.

Your Athens product liability lawyer will explain which category your defective product injury case falls under.

What must you prove in a product liability claim?

If you sustained an injury from a defective product, you will have to prove the following elements:

  • The product was defective when it left the control of the manufacturer;
  • The plaintiff did not alter the product in any way before they used it according to its intended purpose; and
  • The product’s defect caused the plaintiff’s injury.

Alabama’s pure contributory negligence standard applies here, too. Make sure to call Martin & Helms about your injury, so we can guide you through your options.

Claiming damages for a dangerous product

If you are successful in proving the manufacturer’s liability in causing your injury, there are several different types of damages you could recover depending on the circumstances surrounding your case including:

  • Medical costs
  • Wage losses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Disability
  • Loss of consortium
  • Other losses

At Martin & Helms we put our clients’ needs first. If you have been injured because of a defective product, we are here to protect your right to recover fair compensation. Our Athens personal injury attorneys are dedicated to making the process less stressful for our clients. Reach out and schedule a consultation so that we can advise you about your legal options.

Schedule a free consultation with our experienced Athens product liability lawyers today

An injury from a defective product can cause devastating injuries. The skilled Athens product liability lawyers At Martin & Helms know what it takes to fight for and win compensation when a defective product has caused you harm. You may call us at 256-539-1990 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. We work with injured clients in Decatur, Huntsville, Madison and throughout the state.