Charlotte, NC Defective Products Attorneys
Legal advocacy when you’re injured by a dangerous product throughout North Carolina
As consumers, we use dozens of products every day. From our vehicles to space heaters to medical devices, we expect and need these products to work as advertised and in a safe manner. When manufacturers put unsafe products on the market and consumers suffer injuries as a result, these companies must be held responsible for their negligence.
At Price, Petho & Associates, we are here to help when you need a Charlotte defective product attorney. If you or a loved one have sustained an injury caused by a faulty product, we will investigate every aspect of your claim so we can secure full compensation for your losses. We hold the right people accountable, and ensure these dangerous products are taken off the market so no other people suffer harm.
What would you like to know?
What is a defective product?
Defective products reach the shelves and the online marketplaces every day. Generally, products experience defects in one of three ways:
- Defective design. Some products have significant design flaws from the very start that make them dangerous for consumers. Unfortunately, these flawed designs often make it through regular inspections when a product is being tested.
- Manufacturing defect. Even a well-designed product could be damaged or altered during the manufacturing process. This can lead to the product being rendered harmful to consumers.
- Failing to provide instructions or warnings. Consumers depend on warnings and instructions to let them know how to properly use or consume a product. Anytime a product’s label or literature is incorrect or misleading, consumers could be seriously injured.
When browsing Recalls.gov, the federal government’s recall resource, you will see that just about every type of product can sustain a defect. This includes vehicles, boats, medications, cosmetics, cleaning supplies, foods, beverages, toys, appliances, electronics, and more.
What is a product recall?
Products undergo recalls when manufacturers, regulatory bodies, or even consumers themselves discover safety issues or defects that can potentially cause injury. Although most recalls are voluntary, in some instances the government must step in and issue a mandatory recall when a manufacturer fails to take the appropriate action to keep consumers safe.
In most cases, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) handles product recalls in the United States. They maintain a current and searchable list of consumer recalls in hundreds of categories. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) handles all vehicle-related recalls, and the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) oversees all food, medication, and cosmetic-related product recalls.
Typically, when a product is recalled, a consumer is provided with appropriate next steps. These can include returning the product to the manufacturer, having the product repaired or replaced, or receiving additional parts or instructions. We do advise, however, if you are injured by a defective product to put it away in a safe place if possible. Do not return it to the manufacturer until you consult with an attorney.
What are some examples of Charlotte defective products?
The National Safety Council (NSC) collects and analyzes information about consumer product injuries each year, including data from the CPSC. They report that in 2020, almost 11 million Americans required emergency room treatment for injuries from consumer products. Further, most injured people were children and the elderly.
According to the NSC, the top three consumer product-related injuries come from:
- Stairs, ramps, landings, and floors, with 2.7 million total injuries.
- Beds, pillows, and mattresses, with 816,000 total injuries.
- Chairs, sofas, and sofa beds, with 545,000 total injuries.
Other products causing frequent injury include soaps and detergents, television sets and stands, and cooking ranges and ovens.
What kinds of injuries do defective and dangerous products cause?
Defective products can lead to catastrophic injuries as well as internal trauma and physical illnesses. The most common injuries caused by a faulty product include:
These injuries can change a person’s life forever, causing long-term or permanent disability. It’s crucial to have experienced legal representation on your side to ensure you or your loved one recover the compensation to which you are entitled.
How long do I have to file a Charlotte product liability claim?
Any victim injured by a defective product in North Carolina must file a claim within three years from when the injury occurred, per the state statute of limitations for personal injury. However, there is also an overall statute of repose of 12 years in place for product liability claims. This means that a product liability claim cannot be filed more than 12 years after the product’s initial purchase, regardless of when a victim sustains an injury caused by the defective product.
Contact our experienced attorneys as soon as possible after your injury, or discovery of your injury, so we can get started building your case immediately.
What is the value of my Charlotte defective product case?
If you or somebody you care about has sustained an injury or illness caused by a defective product, reach out to the team at Price, Petho & Associates for knowledgeable help today. We have extensive experience handling serious injury cases across the state, including those related to faulty products. Our team holds the right people responsible for your injuries and losses, working to recover compensation including:
- Full coverage of your medical bills, current and future
- Lost income if you cannot work due to your injuries
- General household out-of-pocket expenses related to your accident
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
In cases of the wrongful death of a loved one, your family may also be eligible for funeral and burial expenses, as well as other compensation. Our attorneys can provide more details at a free consultation.
Is there a defective product attorney near me?
Price, Petho & Associates is located at 1420 Elizabeth Ave in Charlotte. We also maintain offices in Rockingham and Rutherfordton for your convenience. If you are too injured to come to us, we make home and hospital visits as well.
Dependable Charlotte product liability attorneys advocating for you
When manufacturers fail to take precautions with their products and consumers get hurt, these companies must be held liable for the injuries they cause. The Charlotte defective product attorneys at Price, Petho & Associates have the resources and knowledge to hold them accountable, as well as ensure they cause no further harm. We work to secure financial compensation for your losses while you take the time you need to recover from your injuries. Reach out today to schedule a consultation by calling 704-372-2160 today or filling out our contact form. Serving Charlotte, Rockingham, Rutherfordton, North Carolina, and South Carolina.