Many manufacturers focus more on profits than consumer safety. Most injuries caused by defective products could be avoided if the product designers and manufacturers did thorough testing of the products. But products are often rushed onto the market without adequate testing, putting North Carolina consumers at risk – including families and children in Shelby and surrounding communities.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from a defective product, let a Shelby product liability lawyer at Teddy, Meekins & Talbert explain your legal options. You may be entitled to claim compensation.
We offer the personalized attention of a small-town law firm combined with the experience of handling big lawsuits associated with larger firms. Whether you are in Shelby, Rutherfordton, Lincolnton, or Cleveland, Lincoln, or Rutherford counties, a skilled product liability lawyer at Teddy, Meekins & Talbert is available for an initial consultation at no charge.
Contact an NC product liability attorney by calling (704) 734-9512 or by using our online contact form.
When you work with a Shelby products liability attorney at Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, you can rely on us to:
While your claim is pending, you can rely on Teddy, Meekins & Talbert to keep you informed about what’s going on. Feel free to talk to your attorney to get answers to all your questions. We believe our clients truly deserve that level of personal attention.
Manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies have a legal responsibility to make products that are safe and effective when used as intended. When products cause injury, wrongful death or property damage, the manufacturer should be held accountable.
If you have been harmed by a defective product — whether it’s an SUV that rolls over, a medical device, a prescription drug with serious side effects, a car seat or a dangerous toy, for example — the manufacturer and others may be responsible for paying compensation for your losses.
Product liability cases require investigation by committed, persistent injury lawyers working with product safety engineers to test a product and determine what happened. Under North Carolina law, a product may be defective in several ways.
The product may have a defective design, be improperly manufactured or lack adequate safety warnings, making it unreasonably dangerous. Examples of products frequently cited in product liability lawsuits include:
If a worker is injured on the job by a piece of unsafe industrial machinery, workers’ compensation may pay for the worker’s medical expenses and a portion of lost wages, but the worker also may have legal rights to file a third-party lawsuit against the manufacturer of the unsafe machinery. Product liability claims often involve legal issues such as the lack of a safety warning or inadequate safety warnings.
Injuries from defective products or drugs will differ widely depending on what caused the injury. Some common injuries include:
In order to bring a defective product claim, you need to be able to prove that a product that caused an injury was defective, making the product unreasonably dangerous.
There are three general kinds of product defects:
In many other states, manufacturers are held to strict liability for unsafe products. That means there is no need to prove fault or lack of reasonable care in designing, producing or distributing a product. All you have to prove is that the product caused someone’s injuries.
In North Carolina, however, a negligence standard is used in defective product cases. Manufacturers may also be able to assert some defenses to the negligence claims, such as contributory negligence or running the statute of limitations. This makes it critical to work with an experienced North Carolina product liability attorney right from the start.
If you have been injured because of a faulty product, you may be entitled to economic, non-economic and perhaps punitive damages.
Economic damages include things like:
Non-economic damages may include:
Punitive damages are intended to punish rather than compensate you for some loss, and are sometimes awarded when the defendant’s actions were especially egregious or reckless.
If you have been injured by a faulty product, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. The legal team at Teddy, Meekins & Talbert is ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with you and help you get your life back.
In North Carolina, most product liability lawsuits must be filed within two years of the time of the injury. Let a product injury attorney review the specific facts of your accident and offer guidance.
Contact a professional North Carolina product liability attorney by calling (704) 487-1234 or by using our online contact form. Don’t wait to take action. Protect your future now.