Charlotte Product Liability Lawyer
As consumers, we trust companies to create products that are safe for us and our families to use. Unfortunately, manufacturers don’t always conduct proper safety testing, or obey the federal guidelines in place to protect consumers from harm. When businesses fail to meet safety standards and rush a product to the market prematurely, innocent consumers can become seriously ill, suffer catastrophic injuries, or even be wrongfully killed. If you or one of your family members was injured by a defective or dangerous product in North Carolina, the Charlotte product liability lawyers of Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A. can help you fight for compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf.
At Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A., our knowledgeable team of attorneys brings more than 30 years of experience to every claim we handle. Consulting with analysts and medical experts, our defective product lawyers use aggressive, proven strategies to build your case, demonstrate liability, and maximize the compensation you can recover for medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other damages. We have an accomplished track record because we understand what tactics work, whether we are negotiating a settlement or litigating in court. For a free legal consultation about how we can help with your product liability claim, contact our law offices online, or call Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A. at (704) 377-3737 today.
What is Product Liability?
Product liability is the area of personal injury law that deals with injuries caused by dangerous, defective products. The word “liability” means that an individual or company is responsible for the expenses and losses resulting from an accidental injury or death.
Depending on how and why the hazardous defect developed, many different parties can be held liable when a consumer is hurt due to using an unsafe product. These parties could include:
- The company that designed the product
- The company that manufactured the product
- The company that stored the product
- The company that shipped the product
- Retailers that sold the product
- Other businesses or individuals
Examples of actions that could lead to liability include improper manufacturing procedures, failure to complete or conduct safety testing, storing or shipping the product under improper conditions, or even failing to place adequate safety warnings on the finished product. Generally speaking, there are three basic types of product liability claims:
- Failure to Warn Claims – If a product has the potential to be dangerous, it must be labeled with appropriate warnings that alert the consumer to hazards, such as choking hazards or fire hazards. These caution labels must be clear and prominent. Failure to use adequate safety labels is known as “failure to warn” the consumer.
- Manufacturing Defect Claims – Manufacturing defects are defects that occur while the product is being prepared or assembled for the consumer. Depending on the product, manufacturing defects can result in hazards like sharp edges that can cut, safety buckles or straps that can strangle or come undone, pieces that can fly off at high speeds, or motors and engines that can overheat and catch on fire or explode. In edible products like food and beverages, manufacturing defects can cause deadly toxins or bacteria to contaminate the product.
- Design Defect Claims – If a product has a serious design flaw, it can harm consumers regardless of how skillfully it is assembled or manufactured. Even if the product is built perfectly to specifications, the specifications themselves conceal hidden danger.
Can I Sue for Injury Caused by Defective Products?
If you or one of your family members was injured by a defective product, you may have a “cause of action,” or cause to bring a claim or lawsuit. However, there are two challenges to recovering compensation:
- You must use evidence to prove that a product defect caused your injuries.
- You will be up against a company that has its own team of attorneys working to protect the business from liability.
You will also be bound to strict legal procedures and deadlines, which are very important to follow exactly. For these reasons, it is critical to make sure that a skilled and effective product injury lawyer in Charlotte is handling your case.
The team of attorneys at Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A. has decades of experience representing injured consumers in lawsuits against product manufacturers, retailers, designers, and other parties who help dangerous products reach the market. We are thoroughly equipped with the resources needed to investigate a wide range of product liability claims, including cases involving the following types of products:
- Automobiles and car parts
- Food and drink
- Helmets, seatbelts, and other safety equipment
- Household appliances
- Lithium-ion batteries and battery chargers
- Medical implants and devices
- Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications
- Space heaters and electric blankets
- Toasters, pressure cookers, and other kitchen appliances
- Toys, cribs, and other products for babies and children
- Wires, cords, and cables
When compromised by defects, these and other products have potential to cause serious injuries and health problems. Examples include:
- Amputation injuries
- Broken bones
- Catastrophic injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Damage to the liver, lungs, or kidneys
- Heart failure
- Internal bleeding
- Paralysis or reduced mobility
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Puncture wounds
- Respiratory problems
- Severed fingers, toes, or thumbs
- Soft tissue injuries (sprains and strains)
- Spinal cord injury (SCI)
- Third degree burns
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Wrongful death
Charlotte, NC Product Liability Attorneys Fighting for Settlements
You may be entitled to financial compensation if you, your spouse, your child, or one of your parents was injured by a dangerous product. This could include compensation for medical bills, future medical costs, lost income, reductions to your earning capacity, pain and suffering, property damage, mental anguish, loss of consortium, and other damages. However, product liability lawsuits demand complex technical analyses of product designs and company safety records, making skilled legal representation essential. For a free legal consultation with the Charlotte product injury attorneys of Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A., contact us online, or call our law offices at (704) 377-3737.