In a product liability case, a product is generally alleged to be defective based on either its design or manufacture, or the fact that the warnings or instructions for the product were insufficient. As a result of these defects, you can be severely injured. Below is a brief summary of the elements of a product liability case, but the only way to know for sure if you can make a claim is to consult the experienced attorneys at Whetstone Perkins & Fulda.
Types of Defects in a Product Liability Case
There are three basic ways a product may become the subject of a lawsuit:
- Design defect. These products have a defect from their inception. Even if the product is manufactured correctly, the product will be unsafe in the hands of consumers because of the defect designed into the product
- Manufacturing defect. These products were designed appropriately, but then carelessness during the manufacturing process results in a defect. Sometimes entire units or lots of a product are affected
- Failure to warn. Certain products – chainsaws, lawn mowers, scissors – are inherently less safe to use than other products, but with proper warnings and instructions the user can avoid injury. When warnings are insufficient or instructions are lacking, then a defective product lawsuit can arise because the product could not have been used safely with the information provided to the user
Where your case falls within these categories may not be immediately apparent to you. Our attorneys will determine how to build your case so that you can focus on healing. The attorneys at Whetstone Perkins & Fulda are extensively experienced with these types of cases.
What to Do If You Were Injured by a Faulty Product
To pursue compensation in a claim, you must be able to show that the product did in fact have a defect or insufficient warnings/instructions, and you must be able to show that your injury was a direct result of the defect. It's not enough to have been injured while using a certain consumer product or driving a car with faulty tires; you must be able to show the connection between the defect and the accident that injured you.
Our attorneys have the experience, knowledge and skills to demonstrate how the product caused your injury. We also know how to tell the story of how your injury has impacted your life and livelihood. This is a story that arbitrators, mediators, judges and juries need to hear. You deserve to be compensated for each and every way the injury has affected you.
To find out if you a product liability case, please call Whetstone Perkins & Fulda at 803-799-9400, for a free case evaluation. Our experienced attorneys serve Myrtle Beach, Columbia, Kingstree and surrounding areas in South Carolina.