While we presume household appliances are safe, many of the products we used on a daily basis pose some risk of harm. If a person sustains injuries due to a defective product, he or she may be able to recover damages from the manufacture of the product. In Mary Sheffield v. Conair Corporation, a Georgia Court of Appeals affirmed that in assessing whether the design of a product is unreasonably dangerous a court must engage in a risk-utility analysis in which they assess whether the risks inherent in a design outweigh the usefulness of a product. If you are a Georgia resident who sustained injuries due to a defective product you should retain an experienced Georgia products liability attorney to assess your case and whether you may be able to recover damages.
Allegedly, the plaintiff and her mother lived together in an apartment. The plaintiff was using a heating pad manufactured by the defendant on her neck. Approximately an hour and a half after the plaintiff began used the heating pad, her mother came to check on her and noticed an unusual odor. The plaintiff’s mother then pulled back the sheets and noticed the heating pad had burned the mattress. The plaintiff got out of bed, after which flames spread through the mattress and nearby curtains. The apartment subsequently burned down. The fire department conducted an investigation and the fire chief stated he believed the fire started in the area of the heating pad. The plaintiff filed a suit against the defendant alleged the heating pad had a design defect and alleged claims of negligence, strict liability, and failure to warn against the defendant.