Your Winston-Salem Defective Product Attorneys
Like most consumers, we trust that the makers and manufacturers of goods we purchase will not sell us products that will cause us harm. Whether the product is a food, device, or pharmaceutical drug, we trust that it has been fully tested and that we have been properly warned of any and all hazards associated with the product. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
At Lewis & Keller, our defective product attorneys have represented many individuals who have been seriously injured and families suffering from wrongful death due to a hazardous or unsafe product.
If you or a loved one has been injured by an unsafe product, you may be eligible to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, physical injury, and mental anguish.
Here for You
Our attorneys are accessible and responsive to your needs. We understand that you may have questions or concerns about your case, and we are here to provide answers and guidance every step of the way.
Our attorneys are known for their tenacity in pursuing justice for our clients. We will aggressively represent you against large corporations and insurance companies to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you don’t pay us anything unless we win your case, and we offer free consultations to all clients. We believe that everyone deserves access to justice, regardless of their financial situation.
You Don’t Have To Face This Defective product case Alone
No one should have to experience a traumatic event from using a product that was allowed on the market for purchase. Yet, defective products, whether by design, the way they were manufactured, or by having insufficient information or warnings of potential dangers, pose a very real threat of harm. Serious injuries can result from the use of a flawed product. Depending on what the defective product is, a victim could suffer disabling injuries or death.
The caring and proficient North Carolina product defect attorneys at Lewis & Keller understand how shocking it can be to suffer physical bodily harm or death from a faulty product. But consumers have protections and can take action when the products that they purchased caused their injuries. The legal team at Lewis & Keller is dedicated to helping individuals preserve their rights and hold negligent parties accountable for allowing the distribution of faulty products.
Do You Have a Defective Product Case?
A product liability claim can arise if any type of consumer goods or medication is considered defective, unsafe, or a cause of injury to consumers. At our firm, we have the knowledge and resources necessary to help those innocent victims in North Carolina who may have suffered injuries caused by defective products.
Common Product Defects
Due to the strict manufacturing laws that are in place for most industries, consumers have been accustomed to products performing as they are advertised – provided that they are used in the way they were intended. Unfortunately, due to mass-production techniques and questionable sources of raw materials, sometimes things can go wrong.
A list of common products that have been cause for serious personal injury and subsequent class action lawsuits, may include those below:
- seatbelt failure
- car roofs crushing instead of protecting their occupants in a crash
- power tool failure causing serious injury
- building materials causing health problems
- pharmaceutical products
- poorly designed and manufactured footwear
- defective household chemicals
- tobacco products
- sporting and recreational goods
Whether you suffered from contaminated food products, a malfunctioning medical device, or a recalled product, our product liability attorneys are available to help you with your personal injury claim.
Common Injuries From Defective Products
Defective products can cause a range of injuries, from minor cuts and bruises to severe burns, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, and even death. Common injuries caused by defective products include:
- Burns and electrocution
- Amputations and disfigurement
- Broken bones and fractures
- Head and brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Vision and hearing loss
- Illness or disease caused by exposure to hazardous substances
Product liability Statute of Limitations
In North Carolina, there is a three-year statute of limitations for product liability claims. This means that you have three years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer or other parties responsible for the defect. Act quickly and seek legal advice as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected.
Proving Product Liability
To hold a manufacturer or other party liable for a defective product, you must show that:
- The product was defective and unreasonably dangerous
- The defect caused your injury
- You were using the product as it was intended to be used
Our attorneys have the knowledge and resources to investigate the cause of your injury and determine who is at fault. We work with experts in various fields to build a strong case on your behalf and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Hurt by a Defective Product? Don’t Let Negligent Manufacturers Get Away With It
At Lewis & Keller, our attorneys have a proven track record of holding manufacturers accountable for producing dangerous products. If you were injured by a defective product, we are here to help you fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.
What Damages Are Awarded in a Defective Product Claim?
Defective product claims can secure many different types of compensation for victims. The following examples show some types of damages a victim may include in their claim for the losses they suffered.
- A family that lost a child due to a defective baby product may receive damages accounting for the emotional trauma to the family that the incident caused. It could also warrant burial and funeral expenses.
- If a product causes a person to lose their sight, they may be entitled to wages that they would have been able to earn if they were not blinded.
- A product that causes significant physical injuries like broken bones and internal organ damage may require a victim to have surgery, need physical therapy, and be put on prescription medications. All of these medical expenses can be recovered in a product defect claim in North Carolina.
How Can Lewis & Keller Help?
Product liability claims often require that a victim was using the product in the correct way and how it was intended to be used but was still injured. This can be difficult to show without the help of an attorney who knows how to find evidence that clearly details how a product is unsafe for public consumption.
The product defect attorneys at Lewis & Keller understand how difficult it can be to figure out what to do in the aftermath of a defective product injury, especially when physical bodily harm is severe. Victims who are injured are often experiencing physical and emotional pain, and taking on the stress of managing a legal claim can be a heavy burden to bear.
This is why connecting with an attorney at Lewis & Keller can be advantageous, as our seasoned attorneys can take the heavy weight of managing a claim off of your shoulders and onto their own. In certain cases, we may also associate with outside attorneys as lead counsel, at no additional cost to you. We pride ourselves on being a champion for every client, every time.
What Comes Next?
The first step in pursuing a defective product claim is to schedule a consultation with an experienced attorney at Lewis & Keller. During the consultation, we will review the details of your case and provide a preliminary assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of your claim. This consultation is provided at no cost to you, and there is no obligation to hire our firm.
Once you have decided to pursue your defective product claim, our attorneys will begin collecting and analyzing evidence related to your case. This includes reviewing product specifications, manufacturing processes, and any other documentation that may be relevant to your case. We may also work with industry experts and investigators to help build a strong case.
After we have gathered all relevant evidence, our attorneys will begin negotiating with the defendant’s legal team or insurance company. We will present a strong case that demonstrates the defendant’s liability and the extent of your damages. Our goal is to negotiate a fair settlement that fully compensates for your losses, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If we are able to negotiate a settlement that meets your needs, we will advise you on whether to accept the offer or continue to pursue your case in court. If you accept the settlement, the funds will be disbursed to you in accordance with the terms of the agreement.
Product Liability FAQs
How Is Product Liability Defined in North Carolina?
Product liability is an area of law that holds manufacturers, distributors, and sellers responsible for injuries caused by their defective products. If a product is found to have a defect that makes it unreasonably dangerous, those responsible for bringing it to market must be held accountable.
Should I Accept a Settlement Offer From the Manufacturer Before Hiring an Attorney?
It’s generally not advisable to accept a settlement offer from the manufacturer or their insurance company before consulting with an attorney. These companies may try to settle for less than you are entitled to, and our attorneys can help you negotiate a fair settlement that fully compensates you for your injuries.
How Much Does It Cost To Hire a Product Liability Attorney From Lewis & Keller?
At Lewis & Keller, we offer free consultations to discuss your case and determine if we can help you. If we take on your case, we work on a contingency fee basis, which means we don’t charge any fees until we win your case.
How Long Do I Have To File a Lawsuit After an Injury Caused By a Defective Product?
In North Carolina, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits, including product liability cases, is generally three years from the date of the injury. However, there may be exceptions to this rule, so it’s important to contact one of our attorneys as soon as possible to discuss your case.