Every day, the news media is filled with stories of manufacturers announcing recalls of dangerous, defective products. Sometimes these recalls are relatively small and precautionary. Other times, however, these recalls are massive enterprises affecting millions of Americans; the General Motors ignition recalls in 2013 and 2014 are examples of the latter.
It's always a good idea to pay attention to these recalls and ensure that you are returning any recalled products. And if you have been hurt by a product that was eventually recalled, you should speak to our Atlanta product liability lawyers as soon as possible.
If you live in the Atlanta, Georgia area and you need an experienced product liability attorney, please call Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC today at 404-760-7400 for a free consultation.
Recalls and Liability
Companies will issue recalls for a number of reasons, some of which are laudatory and some of which are self-interested. Motivations are complicated, and it's certainly better for a company to issue a voluntary recall than to hide the dangers of a product.
However, it's important to remember that a recall does not protect a company from liability related to the recalled product. In other words, if you've been hurt by product x, only to hear soon after that product x has been recalled by the Acme Corporation, you still have a potential case against Acme for its negligence in design and manufacture.
Recalls do raise complicated legal issues, especially related to class action lawsuits and economic damages. Courts have often found that a refund offered as part of a recall nullifies any potential class action suit related to a recalled product.
Big corporations have armies of very good, very expensive lawyers advising them at every step of the process during a recall. Their public statements are carefully calculated and vetted, and they make sure not to say or do anything that would open them to further liability.
As the victim of a defective product, you deserve to have someone on your side, someone who's looking out for your interests. That's what our product liability attorneys do. We make sure the law works for everyone, not just the big corporations.
Don't try and figure out the liability questions related to a recalled product that has hurt you. Our experienced Atlanta product liability lawyers are experienced at the highly complex legal, technological and medical issues at play in recall cases. Arrange a free consultation and tell us your story.
If you're a resident of the Atlanta, Georgia area and you want to speak to our experienced product liability attorneys, please contact Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC today for a free consultation.