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Charlotte Defective Products Liability Attorney
As consumers, we trust that companies will create safe products for us and our families. Unfortunately, manufacturers do not always conduct proper safety tests, or obey existing federal guidelines that protect consumers. When businesses fail to meet safety standards and prematurely rush their products to market, innocent consumers can become seriously ill, suffer catastrophic injuries, or be wrongfully killed. If you or a family member was injured by a defective or dangerous product in North Carolina, our Charlotte defective product liability attorneys in Dewey, Ramsay, & Hunt, PA can help you fight for compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit. in her name.
At Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, PA, our team of attorneys brings more than 30 years of experience to every claim we handle. Consulting medical experts and analysts, our defective product attorneys use aggressive and proven strategies to build your case, demonstrate liability, and maximize the compensation you can obtain for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages. We have a track record of success because we understand what tactics work, whether in negotiation or litigation. For a free legal consultation on how we can help you with your defective product claim, contact our law offices online, or call Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, PA today at (704) 377-3737.
What is Product Liability?
Products liability is the area of personal injury law that deals with injuries caused by defective and dangerous products. The word “liability” means that an individual or company is responsible for expenses and losses that result from accidental injury or death.
Depending on how and why the dangerous defect developed, different parties may be held liable for injuries caused by a defective product. These parties may include:
- The company that designed the product
- The company that made the product
- The company that stored the product
- The company that transported the product
- Sellers who sold the product
- Other businesses or individuals
Examples of actions that can lead to liability include improper manufacturing procedures, failure to complete or conduct safety tests, store or transport the product under inappropriate conditions, or even fail to place adequate safety warnings on the finished product. Generally speaking, there are three basic types of claims for defective products:
- Lack of Warning Claims – If a product has the potential to be hazardous, it must be labeled with appropriate warnings that alert the consumer to hazards such as drowning hazard, or fire hazard. These warning labels must be clear and prominent. Failure to affix proper safety labels is known as “failure to warn” the consumer.
- Claims for Manufacturing Defects – Manufacturing errors are those that occur while the product is being assembled or prepared for the consumer. Depending on the product, manufacturing defects can result in hazards such as sharp edges, seat belts that can suffocate or break, parts that can scatter at high speeds, or engines that can overheat and catch fire or explode. In edible products such as food and drink, manufacturing defects can cause lethal toxins or bacteria that can contaminate the product.
- Design Defect Claims – If a product has serious design flaws, it could injure consumers no matter how well the product is assembled. Even if the product is perfectly built to your specifications, these specifications could hide a hazard.
Can I Sue for Injuries Caused by Defective Products?
If you or a family member was injured by a defective product, you may have a “cause of action” or cause for a claim or lawsuit. However, there are two challenges to recovering compensation:
- You must use evidence to prove that a defect in the product caused your injuries.
- You are against a company that has its own team of lawyers working to protect the business.
You are also bound by strict legal procedures and deadlines, which must be followed exactly. For these reasons, it is vital to ensure your case is handled by a skilled and effective dangerous products liability attorney in Charlotte. The team of attorneys at Dewey, Ramsay, & Hunt, PA have decades of experience representing injured consumers in lawsuits against manufacturers, sellers, designers, and other parties that allow dangerous products to reach the market. We are very well equipped with the resources necessary to investigate a wide variety of claims for defective products, including cases involving the following types of products:
- Automotive parts
- Food and drink
- Cables and cords
- Home appliance products
- Implants and medical devices
- Li-ion batteries and battery chargers
- Prescription drugs and non-prescription drugs
- Toasters, pressure cookers, and other kitchen equipment
- Toys, cribs, and other products for babies and children
- Helmets, seat belts, and other safety equipment
- Heating equipment and electric sheets
These and other products have the potential to cause serious injury and health problems when they are defective. Examples include:
- Broken bones
- Catastrophic injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Damage to the liver, lungs, or kidneys
- Heart failure
- Internal bleeding
- Paralysis or reduced movement
- Stab wounds
- Respiratory problems
- Severed fingers
- Soft tissue injuries (strains and sprains)
- Permanent scarring or disfigurement4
- Spinal cord injuries
- Third degree burns
- Brain trauma (TBI)
- Wrongful death
For a free consultation with the Charlotte product injury attorneys of Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, PA, contact us online, or call our law offices at (704) 377-3737.