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Investigating Your Product Liability Claim
While proving that a product is defective may be more straightforward in some cases, such as those involving products which have been the subject of research studies and / or recalls, it can be difficult in others. This is true when injuries or illnesses have not yet been reported or associated with products.
In any situation, it becomes vital for victims to work with experienced and resourceful attorneys who can handle the necessary leg-work required of these cases. At Edwards Kirby, some of the actions we take in defective product cases include:
- Preserving the defective product in question as soon as possible, and ensuring it is preserved safely and correctly so as not to raise chain of custody issues.
- Investigating the surrounding circumstances of your accident and injury, and determining how the product may be to blame.
- Working with experts who can provide testimony regarding the safety and function of certain products, and / or the nature, severity, and financial repercussions associated with your injuries.
- Communicating with Defendants and insurance carriers to exchange evidence and information (a process called discovery).
Our attorneys prepare each case as if it were going to trial, and work to obtain resolutions that account for the needs of our clients. Our preparation gives us leverage in negotiating fair out-of-court settlement offers, and our reputation as proven trial attorneys lets the opposition know they’re in for a fight should they refuse to make a fair offer, or choose to litigate.
Product Liability Cases We Handle
Product liability applies to a wide range of consumer products, equipment, and substances – from household goods and auto parts to medical devices and medications. Our firm has the experience to handle a range of product claims, and represents victims and families who’ve suffered the most severe losses, including life-altering catastrophic injuries and wrongful death.
Examples of defective product cases we handle, among others, include:
- Defective tires, including tread loss and blowouts
- Poorly designed child car safety seats, airbags, and other auto safety components
- Industrial equipment, machinery, and tools
- Children’s toys
- Swimming pools and swimming pool equipment
- Recreational equipment, such as sporting goods, camp stoves, or propane grills
- Recreational motor vehicles, including ROVs and ATVs
- Medical devices, medications, and medical equipment
- Toxic substances
In establishing liability against the manufacturer or distributor of a dangerous or defective product, we use engineering experts and carefully examine the circumstances of the accident to determine whether there is fault involving the design, the manufacturer, or the instructions for the product. In some cases, liability will turn on the adequacy of product warnings and instructions for safe use.
Whatever your case may involve, bringing your case to the attention of an attorney as soon as possible is important. Not only will doing so help commence a prompt investigation, it can also ensure you file any lawsuit within the statute of limitations.
In North Carolina, the statute of limitations in product liability cases is generally 3 years from the date of injury, and within 12 years of the product’s initial purchase.
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Edwards Kirby won the largest product liability verdict in North Carolina history when our attorneys recovered a $25 million jury award on behalf of a young girl who suffered devastating injuries from a hazardous swimming pool drain. Since then, we have continued to win compensation, by settlement or trial, for victims of dangerous, defective, or poorly designed products.
If you have questions about a potential defective product case, our Raleigh lawyers are here to help. Contact us to request a FREE Consultation.
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