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In the United States, there is a certain standard of safety and quality that is expected from goods bought and produced. In some cases, these standards are not met and unfortunately, the results may be extremely serious, including personal injury or even wrongful death. At Van Sant Law, LLC, our Atlanta defective product lawyers assist victims and their families through these tough times in aggressively pursuing the product liability damages they deserve. If a defective or unsafe product has caused you or a loved one injury, contact a Georgia injury lawyer to find out how we can fight for your rights and protect your interests.
Types of Defective Products
Product liability law (the area of law covering unsafe products) is not limited to retail or manufactured goods. Some defective items that are commonly identified by our Atlanta defective product attorneys are:
- Industrial products
- Defective airbags
- Defective tires
- DePuy hip replacements
- Medical devices & instruments
- Prescription and non-prescription drugs and medicines
- Vehicle components
There are many other product categories that can be covered by product liability law. Product liability law essentially considers three types of defective product – manufacturing defects, design defects, and marketing defects. Manufacturing defects refer to a defect that has occurred somewhere in the process of construction, even though the design may have been sound. Design defects occur due to a design flaw and are a generic flaw with the product. Unsafe or defective marketing refers to improper or insufficient labeling, instructions or improper safety warnings. Product liability law generally considers matters on a ‘strict liability’ basis, meaning regardless of care exercised, if a defect in the product exists then the supplier or manufacturer will be liable for it.
DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson, created a hip resurfacing and total hip replacement system which went on the market in July of 2003. In August of 2010, DePuy issued a recall on their implant systems due to a higher than normal failure rate connected with their product. Many patients who received the hip devices have suffered several side effects and some have required a second hip replacement surgery.
Our Defective Product Attorneys Can Help
At Van Sant Law, LLC, our Georgia defective product liability lawyers are assisting patients who received these DePuy products to receive full compensation for the adverse effects of these defective devices. If you received a hip replacement before 2003, you will not be eligible for compensation based on this recall. For those who are eligible, it is important that you contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney quickly. Some compensation will be paid to patients from the companies involved. These funds, however, may not fully resolve all medical bills associated with the results of the DePuy system or cover blood and other tests that can be required to assess your medical condition. They also do not cover your pain and suffering and any time spent away from work.
The problems with the DePuy devices include a loosening or misalignment of components, bone fractures, pain, dislocation, and infection. Some patients have experienced an allergic reaction to metallic debris from the DePuy system. Others have developed a pseudotumor, a soft tissue mass formed due to the excess of metallic debris. It is best to see your doctor who can perform tests to determine the state of your hip replacement and any side effects from it.
Filing a DePuy Personal Injury Lawsuit
Many lawsuits have been filed against DePuy and you may be informed of the recall from one of the companies involved. We want you to know that it is important to seek the advice of one of our skilled Atlanta defective product lawyers before signing any documents provided by the companies. You may be inadvertently signing a waiver that would prohibit you from getting the full compensation possible, both now and in the future. We offer our help on the basis that you will have to pay no legal fees if we do not obtain compensation on your behalf.
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