What does Product Liability mean?

What does Product Liability mean?

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What does Product Liability Mean?

Product liability means you prove that a product is defective and that a defect has caused an injury or a death. It’s different than an ordinary case because you need experts, engineers, and especially reconstruction experts. You need all of these technical experts to be able to tell you:

“Yes, the product is defective.”

and

“Yes, this defect caused this accident and this injury or death.”

So, it’s a complicated area of the law which requires certain legal knowledge on behalf of the lawyers who handle those cases. It also requires an ability on behalf of those lawyers to hire the right experts to prove the case, ultimately to a jury if that’s required. In many cases, this expert presentation in a trial can cost literally hundreds of thousands of dollars because of the technology that’s needed in order to present those kinds of cases.

Have a potential product liability case? Contact us today.

Why Should I Hire The Cooper Firm?

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Why Should I Hire The Cooper Firm?

Clients who have a case involving catastrophic injury or wrongful death should hire The Cooper Firm because we are committed to relentlessly pursue justice on behalf of every one of our clients.

That’s not just a slogan. It means something to all of us at The Cooper Firm.

Relentless means we will leave no stone unturned in making sure that we uncover all the evidence necessary to ensure that whoever has harmed our client is held accountable.

Pursue. We pursue it all the way through trial. We are trial lawyers and we let clients know upfront that if necessary we are prepared to go to trial and present their case to a jury in order to hold those that harmed them accountable.

And ultimately, we are about justice and making sure that justice is served in every case where our clients are harmed. Although we can’t guarantee justice for all cases, we can guarantee we will relentlessly pursue it on their behalf.

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How the Auto Insurance Law Affects You

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How the Auto Insurance Law Affects You

Did you know that the Georgia legislature passed a law that could save you tens of thousands of dollars – and some unnecessary headaches?

It’s true. An insurance law allows Georgians to buy uninsured motorist coverage that stacks on top of liability coverage.

Here’s how it works: If you are injured in an accident which is not your fault, the driver who caused the accident is responsible for all harm caused. You probably already knew this but what you might not have known is that he might not have enough insurance to cover your losses. Fortunately, now there’s an easy solution – if you know what to ask for!

Here’s an example of how this works: Let’s assume that, with the accident, your medical bills and lost wages total $40,000. Suppose the at-fault driver has $25,000 in liability insurance. If you do the math, you’ll see that you’re now out $15,000! Under the old law, even if you had $25,000 in uninsured motorist insurance, you would not be permitted to stack this coverage on top of the driver’s liability coverage. So, your $25,000 would be worthless!

Under the law, however, you are permitted to stack your $25,000 in uninsured motorist coverage on top of the $25,000 liability insurance for a total of $50,000 in benefits. The law gives you this “stacking” option. Therefore, it’s critical that when you next purchase or renew your automobile insurance that you tell your agent that you want the stacking option. If you do not, you will be buying uninsured motorist coverage that is essentially worthless. The insurance companies will sometimes try to sell you this lousy coverage because they earn a premium and know they have little to no chance of ever paying out dollars on your behalf.

Therefore, remember the phrase, “I WANT STACKING UNINSURED MOTORIST COVERAGE!” Don’t let your agent talk you out of this coverage. Of course, you may have additional questions about your insurance. If so, please do not hesitate to contact our office and we will be happy to discuss this further with you.

Remember that knowledge is power, and it’s up to you to stay ahead of the game!

By Lance Cooper

Man Leaves Son in Hot Car and is Accused of Murder and Child Cruelty

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Georgia Man Leave Son in Hot Car

During a hearing last Thursday, surprising claims were shared regarding a Georgia man whose 22-month-old son died after being left in a hot car all day. Justin Harris Ross, 33-years-old, was accused with murder and was placed in jail without bond on June 18. During the hearing, allegations were shared that Harris had messaged six women at work while Cooper, his son, was dying in the car. One of the women was underage at the time. The messages included explicit texts with nude images. The temperature had reached 92 degrees in the car that day.

According to Detective Phil Stoddard’s testimony, Harris had buckled his son into his car seat after eating with him at Chic-fil-a that morning. Only thirty seconds after being in the car, Harris made a turn that would have revealed his son’s head in the back seat. Instead of turning towards his daycare, he turned to go to work. He also went to Home Depot during his lunch break where he bought light bulbs and threw them in the passenger side of his vehicle.

Earlier that month Harris had viewed Reddit pages on being ‘child-free.’ He had also searched ‘how to survive in prison’ and watched videos of the dangers of leaving dogs and children inside hot cars.

Several different stories have been released on how Harris reacted after he pulled into the shopping center ‘discovering’ his dead son. “For him to enter the car … when the child had been dead and rigor mortis had set in, and the testimony is the stench in the car was overwhelming at that point in time, that he — in spite of that — got in the car and drove it for some distance before he took any action to check on the welfare of his child, I find there is probable cause for the two charges contained in the warrant,” Cobb County Chief Magistrate Frank Cox shared with the courtroom.

Harris never called 911 after he found his son.  He stated that he did not reach anyone on his phone, but phone records show that he made three calls. One of the calls was to his employer which lasted 6 minutes. When asked to get off his phone, Harris said “F*** you” to the police officer who took his phone and handcuffed him.

Defense attorney H. Maddox Kilgore, shared that Harris was partially deaf in one ear which could have caused him not to hear his son in the back seat.

Source: CNN, Police: Father was ‘sexting’ as son was dying in hot car, Elliot C. McLaughlin and Dana Ford, July 4, 2014.

Georgia car accident disrupts funeral procession

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Georgia car accident disrupts funeral procession

Being a part of a funeral procession is not something anyone wants to be a part of. However, when there is a large group in the procession, there is often a police presence to help control traffic and keep the entire procession safe and together. Despite efforts to keep the procession safe and together recently in Georgia, a terrible car accident occurred as a funeral procession made its way through an intersection.

The incident occurred as an elderly couple were in a car behind the police motorcycle who was helping control traffic. As they approached a red light, a truck came along and hit the vehicle. The 80-year-old woman in the passenger side died as a result of the impact.

A couple who witnessed the crashed rushed over to help the elderly couple. The elderly man at the wheel was seriously injured. The couple who helped at the scene said the man was holding the woman’s hand and calling her name. There is an investigation into the crash.

Regardless of any criminal charges, the family left behind and/or the elderly man (it was not specifically reported if he and the deceased victim were married) in the car accident may be able to pursue civil damage claims against the driver who hit them. When a driver has killed someone in an accident resulting from their own negligence, they may be held responsible for the damages they caused. A successfully litigated claim in Georgia could help victims with the financial aftermath of the crash, such as medical bills, funeral costs, and pain and suffering.

 

Georgia car accident leads to pedestrian injuries

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Georgia car accident leads to pedestrian injuries

Walking through a parking lot of any kind of store can be dangerous for anyone if drivers pulling in and out are not aware of people or vehicles around them. For one Georgia pedestrian hanging out in a convenience store parking lot, being in the wrong spot at the wrong time when a driver lost control may have led to his injuries from a car accident. The accident happened just after noon on a Sunday.

A man who authorities believe is in his 50s was in the parking lot when a car came along. He was standing near a propane filling station when the accident occurred. The car struck the man and pinned him in between the car and the wall of the store.

Witnesses at the scene contend they heard the car rev its motor just before it went up on the curb and hit the man who was standing there. The driver told police on the scene that his accelerator was stuck. The victim suffered a leg injury and was also bleeding. It is unclear if the driver will face any criminal or traffic charges. Moreover, the extent of the victim’s injuries was not further detailed.

Leg injuries, such as the one the man suffered in this car accident, can lead to missed work time — which potentially translates into lost wages. The victim retains the right to pursue a civil claim for monetary damages against the driver and any separate owner of the vehicle involved in this pedestrian accident. A successful litigation could result in an award of monetary damages ordered by a Georgia court that could help alleviate the costs of the accident, including medical bills and lost wages.

 

Fatal accident in Georgia takes 2 lives

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Fatal accident in Georgia takes 2 lives

Whenever someone has car issues while driving, getting off the roadway and out of the path of oncoming cars is imperative. However, there are times when someone gets a disabled car off the road or stops to help someone in need and they are still in danger. Recently in Georgia, two people lost their lives as a fatal accident occurred as a disabled vehicle was being assisted on the side of the road.

The accident occurred as a car ran out of gas and was on the shoulder of the road. Another driver stopped to be of assistance. As they were on the shoulder of the road, a Jeep came along. The Jeep crashed into the two vehicles, rear-ending one then hitting the side of the other.

One pedestrian who was in between the car that ran out of gas and the other vehicle assisting them was killed. A passenger in the car that stopped to help was also killed when that vehicle was rear-ended. Three other people were injured in the crash. The driver of the car that wrecked into the stopped vehicles was believed to be under the influence of alcohol, and authorities say charges are likely forthcoming.

The criminal aspect of this fatal accident may render severe penalties for the 28-year-old allegedly impaired driver. However, the families of those who died in the Georgia car accident are also entitled to pursue a civil suit. If they are able to establish negligence to the satisfaction of a civil court presiding over the lawsuit, they may be able to garner monetary damages that can help them deal with the aftermath of the fatal accident.

Source: CBS Atlanta, , No author, Nov. 10, 2013

Georgia car accident leaves pedestrian injured

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Georgia car accident leaves pedestrian injured

Walking or skateboarding down the road can typically be a safe mode of transportation when drivers in cars are paying attention to what they are doing and what is around them. Yet, despite the low risk of becoming involved in a car accident, many pedestrians do fall victim to being hit by cars each year. Recently on a Georgia roadway, a 19-year-old was hit along the roadway and the driver who hit him then allegedly left the scene.

The accident occurred just after midnight on a Saturday. The 19-year-old was reportedly hit and left on the road as the driver of a white Toyota fled the scene. The victim was able to walk despite his injuries to a nearby home and seek help. He was then transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The police later announced they found the suspected Toyota Camry and driver they believed to be involved in the accident. The State Police are investigating the hit-and-run incident. They have said charges may be pending against the driver. The pedestrian was on a skateboard at the time of the car accident.

While criminal charges may be forthcoming for the driver involved, the incident additionally could result in a civil claim. The victim may be able to purse the claim in a Georgia civil court and possibly be awarded damages from the car accident. Any damages awarded to the victim may prove helpful as he contends with medical bills, possible lost wages or other financial implications stemming from being hit alongside the road.

Source: newtoncitizen.com, Georgia State Patrol IDs suspected driver in Saturday’s hit-and-run accident, Aimee Jones, Oct. 21, 2013

Holiday Car Accident Cases on Georgia Roadways: Be Careful

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Holiday Car Accidents

More than 250 people were injured in motor vehicle accidents across the state of Georgia over the Thanksgiving weekend. Records were tabulated for the period from 6 p.m. on the night before Thanksgiving until midnight on Sunday the weekend. Unfortunately, there were also 19 people who were victims of a fatal accident in that time period as well. With the holiday season now in full swing, readers may benefit from understanding the significance of some of the figures reported.

While the number of deaths is consistent with statistics for the same period in 2011, every fatal accident remains a tragedy. Georgia State Patrol investigated over half of the fatal accidents, while the remaining ones were handled by local authorities. In addition to vehicles colliding and single vehicle crashes, there was also one reported pedestrian fatality.

Authorities note that almost all of the fatal accident cases investigated were the result of driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol, driving too fast or failing to wear safety restraints. More than one third of the fatalities investigated by the Georgia State Patrol involved DUI. Almost two thirds involved a failure to wear seat belts.

While the specific details of each fatal accident were not reported, countless families have obviously been shattered by the tragedies. In those instances where a fatality was caused by the negligence of another driver, a wrongful death lawsuit may be an appropriate remedy under our state laws. That type of claim, which must be based on proof of negligence said to have proximately caused the death, provides an opportunity for surviving family to pursue claims for monetary damages occasioned by the negligent acts of others.

Source: Suwanee, GA Patch, “19 Die in Traffic Accidents in Georgia over Thanksgiving Holiday,” Nov. 26, 2012

Truck accident takes Georgia woman’s life

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Truck accident takes Georgia woman’s life

Being on the highway can be particularly stressful for car drivers when any other vehicles are around. But, being in close proximity of large 18-wheeler trucks can be very precarious for some drivers on the highway. In Georgia, a recent truck accident resulted in the death of a car driver involved.

The 57-year-old woman was driving down the highway when she was trying to make a left-hand turn. A tractor-trailer then came along and hit her vehicle. The collision happened on the driver’s side and caused significant injuries to the woman. She unfortunately died from her injuries.

The driver of the tractor-trailer involved was not injured in the incident. As of now, police do not expect to file criminal charges against the tractor-trailer driver. However, they are still investigating the incident. This does not mean that he won’t face potential legal trouble in the form of civil lawsuits in the future.

A truck accident can be much more devastating than when two cars collide. There may also be times when a truck accident occurs on Georgia highways because the truck is overloaded, the driver is overly tired or distracted or there are mechanical issues with the truck. If an investigation into a crash points to a cause that shows the tractor trailer driver or trucking company was negligent or reckless in some way, the family of a victim may be able to pursue civil action that could garner monetary damages. Any kind of monetary damages that a victim or their family are awarded could help them deal with unexpected costs, such as mounting medical bills, ongoing treatments, lost wages and funeral costs.

Source: CBS Atlanta, Woman dead after accident with semi-truck in Mableton, Mandi Milligan, Oct. 11, 2013


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