Products Liability

Products purchased for consumer use are subject to an implied warranty of safety. This means that manufacturers and distributors must abide by certain standards of health and safety in producing goods sold to consumers.  If you have been injured due to a manufacturing defect or design flaw in a product you have purchased, you may have a claim for liability against the manufacturer and distributors to recover losses you suffer.  

Under North Carolina law, manufacturers and distributors can be held responsible for their faulty products for any one of the following three reasons:

  • Unreasonable manner of manufacture or design of products, creating a risk of harm to the consumer
  • Failure to reasonably warn consumers of product dangers
  • Failure to reasonably instruct consumers on proper use of the product

Most products liability claims arise from faulty products designed or manufactured for personal use, and can include the following types of products:

  • Hazardous toys, games, children’s clothing, or other products targeted to children
  • Gas, electric and power source products
  • Blueprints or design drawings
  • Cars, car parts and/or systems (such as airbags)
  • Dangerous medications and drugs
  • Defective medical products and devices
  • Dangerous or defective tools or appliances
  • Asbestos products

Products can also include goods you purchase that are not necessarily manufactured, like domestic and exotic pets, real estate, and food that makes you ill.

If you believe you have a products liability claim, try to keep the suspect product in its original condition and, if possible, preserve the product packaging and purchase receipt.  These documents are important pieces of evidence that strengthen your case.

Products liability cases are complex matters to litigate.  Because of the complexity of products liability lawsuits, having an experienced attorney with a background of handling products liability cases on your side can make all the difference in whether you get the compensation you deserve. We can help you navigate this complicated area of the law and acquire reimbursement for your medical expenses, provide for future medical costs, recover current and future wage and economic losses, and ensure compensation for your pain and suffering.  

At DeMent Askew & Johnson, our attorneys bring more than 40 years of experience in representing people who have been injured by defective products.  We are skilled products liability trial lawyers. Call us today for a free consultation at 919-833-5555.


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Raleigh, NC 27601-2950


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July 11, 2016

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In a unanimous opinion filed on December 18, 2018, a three-judge Court of Appeals panel affirmed the $6.12 Million Dollar jury verdict Mr. Johnson and associate Chynna Smith won on behalf of their client, a former state firearms examiner, Beth Desmond, in her libel case against the Raleigh News & Observer and reporter Mandy Locke.…

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Mr. Johnson’s client was driving north on Capital Blvd., approaching the intersection with Wake Union Church Road. The Defendant was driving south on Capital Blvd in a large SUV owned by a local landscaping company. As our client approached the intersection, the traffic light for her direction of traffic was emitting a steady green light.…

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November 14, 2016

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North Carolina Crime Lab Firearms Examiner Wins 9 Million Dollar Verdict in 3 ½ Week Long Libel Jury Trial Against the News and Observer

October 14, 2016

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