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.
James T. Johnson
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