Shelby Product Liability Attorneys

Our Shelby product liability lawyers represent clients harmed by recalled, defective or faulty products.

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.

How We Help Victims of Defective Products in North Carolina

When you work with a Shelby products liability attorney at Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, you can rely on us to:

  • Fully investigate how you were injured by a defective product.
  • Talk to experts about the cause of your injuries, the extent of your losses, and other important factors about the case.
  • File your claim with the manufacturer, distributor, retailer or other party responsible for the defective product.
  • If necessary, file a lawsuit in the proper Superior Court and prepare for litigation.
  • Negotiate for a settlement that provides you with full and fair compensation without going to court, if possible.
  • Take your case to trial and present your case to the jury if a negotiated settlement isn’t possible.

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.

Product Liability Cases Shelby, NC

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.

Common Issues With Defective Products

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:

  • Automotive products such as tires and airbags
  • Medical devices such as hip implants
  • Appliances with defective wiring
  • Unsafe power tools and machinery
  • Dangerous children’s toys

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.

Types of Injuries Common With Defective Products or Drugs                                      

Injuries from defective products or drugs will differ widely depending on what caused the injury. Some common injuries include:

  • Choking and burn injuries from defective products. These most commonly affect children, who like to put things in their mouths and who often do not realize when something is hot.
  • Organ failure and fractures. This is most common with defective drugs, especially long-term use of defective drugs.
  • Head injuries. These are common when using defective helmets or other protective gear.
  • Death. Fatal injuries are common in defective vehicles.

What to Expect With a Defective Product Claim

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:

  1. Design defects – The defect was in the original design of the product before it was even produced.
  2. Manufacturing defects – A product was made unsafe because of a defect of manufacturing or assembly.
  3. Marketing defects – Insufficient warning or instructions given on a product.                          

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.

Types of Compensation Available

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:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Reduced of eliminated earning capacity
  • Occupational retraining
  • Short-term or long-term disability
  • Other measureable damages

Non-economic damages may include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish

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.

Broad Experience Handling Product Liability Lawsuits in North Carolina

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.

About Teddy, Meekins & Talbert

The law office of Teddy, Meekins & Talbert is located in Shelby, N.C. approximately 40 miles west of Charlotte, N.C. Our mission is to provide aggressive, innovative, and passionate representation for people who are often in the midst of stress and anxiety associated with legal problems.

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