As humans, we buy countless of these products every day and they are throughout our homes and businesses. Just think of how many products you interact with in just a brief span of a half-hour. How many packages full of Amazon orders have arrived at your front door lately?
The reality is that products are actually responsible for many injuries and even deaths day-to-day. The United States Consumer Products Safety Commission even states that “product liability cases have second-highest median damage awards in all personal injury cases.”
In an overview by Cornell Law School, “Products liability refers to the liability of any or all parties along the chain of manufacture of any product for damage caused by that product.”
We’re going to take a few moments and really dive into what that means, and even more importantly, what the citizens of South Carolina can do if they are a victim of personal injury caused by a defective product.
As your prospective product liability lawyer in Anderson, SC, there are some aspects of liability that you should know:
Manufacturer of the Component Parts
While, in theory, products should be designed, manufactured, and handled correctly, appropriately, and safely at all levels, this is not always the case.
If you pay attention to the news you’ll actually see headlines attached to product liability issues all the time with consumers claiming that products were manufactured and released to the general public knowing there were risk issues:
But the list, unfortunately, goes on and on.
When you need a defective product lawyer or run into a manufacturing error, there are three main areas regarding product liability:
This is where a product injury lawyer is invaluable. Anyone involved in the design, manufacturing, and release of a product has the responsibility to the general public to ensure the safety of said product. In a court of law, negligence relates to the “failure to use reasonable care, resulting in damage or injury to another.”
While many people might throw away the warning paperwork or not read the fine print on a product’s box, there’s a reason all of that is included. The people responsible for growing, producing, and creating products are liable for the dangers associated with the use of their products.
Many negligence claims involve things like design errors, manufacturing mistakes or carelessness, or a flat-out failure to provide warnings or risks associated with the use of a product.
Under a strict liability case, negligence does not even need to be proven. If a product is defectively designed, manufactured, or contains defective warnings or instructions, and has caused an injury or death it falls into this category, and anyone in the chain of distribution may be strictly liable, including but not limited to the manufacturer, broker, seller, or anyone else responsible for manufacturing or selling the product.
A product’s warranty is a statement made by the manufacturer about a product regarding quality and/or performance standards. It’s also a guarantee that upon a defect, the product will be repaired and/or replaced by the manufacturer.
A breach of warranty involves a situation in which a product should work a certain way as outlined in the actual warranty or said product, but it does not.
If you feel like you or a loved one has experienced an injury based on any of these issues with a product, we recommend an immediate next step being to contact legal representation.
At White Davis & White Law Firm we are here to do everything in our power to help you if you or a loved one are the victim of a personal injury caused by a defective product.
Whether you need a lemon product lawyer or any other legal counsel, you can trust that we have the experience and knowledge needed to hold manufacturers, distributors, and retailers accountable.
The White Davis & White Law Firm is located in Anderson, South Carolina, just 30 miles southwest of Greenville, but our client base spans across the cities of Columbia and Rock Hill as well. In addition to product liability cases, we support a wide range of personal injury and civil litigation cases from sexual harassment and drunk driving accidents to wrongful death accounts and false arrests.
Please do not hesitate to contact us today via phone or by completing our online form to schedule your personal consultation.
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