What You Need to Know about Georgia’s Strict Liability Laws

Strict liability is a legal standard that holds those at fault for one’s injuries entirely liable. Regardless of intent or negligence, strict liability allows those injured to receive coverage and holds those at fault responsible to provide compensation. This is what you need to know about strict liability in Georgia.

Georgia maintains strict liability laws in the case of product defects and animal attacks to ensure the manufacturer or owners are liable for resulting injuries. This means those injured can press charges and are legally entitled to be compensated for damages, regardless of intent or without having to establish proof of negligence,

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Georgia’s Strict Liability For Animal Attacks

Two Georgia statutes require the animal owner be held liable for injuries caused by an animal attack.

Georgia’s ‘dog-bite’ law, Statute 51-2-7, holds that the owner of a vicious or dangerous animal that carelessly manages the animal or allows the animal to go at liberty is responsible if the animal causes great injury to another person.

Georgia Statute 51-2-6 protects the rights of livestock owners by ensuring a dog owner is held responsible in the scenario that the dog kills or injures any livestock.

Strict Liability for Defective Products

Georgia Code Section 51-1-11 maintains strict liability laws for defective products to ensure the company, manufacturer, or retailer is held entirely responsible for any damages ensued. Design defects, manufacturing mistakes, or a failure to include a warning label are all causes which an injured person may press charges against a company. Manufacturers have a legal standard of safety that they owe consumers for the products they produce. This allows for strict liability to apply in the case of product defects.

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FAQS About Strict Liability in Georgia

Are all products subject to strict liability?

Yes, every item produced and made available to purchase is subject to strict liability laws.

How is a product considered ‘defective’?

A product is defective when an issue exists in its design, manufacture, or instructions/label warning. Manufacturing defects are unintended flaws that occur during the assembly of a product and consequently cause the product to be more dangerous than it would have been if assembled correctly. A design defect occurs when there is an issue with the actual design of the product, even if the assembly was entirely correct.

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