Myrtle Beach Product Liability Lawyer
Whether at home, work, on vacation, or in the car, consumer products touch nearly every aspect of our day-to-day lives. We use a range of manufactured goods for everything from drying out hair to toasting bread. Unfortunately, the manufacturers of these products don’t always use the care they should in designing, manufacturing, labeling, and selling these products, which can have serious repercussions for consumers. Manufacturers who are negligent in fulfilling their responsibilities to consumers can be held liable for their carelessness, so if you were hurt while using a defective consumer product, you should think about reaching out to an experienced Myrtle Beach product liability lawyer about your legal options.
Types of Defective Product Lawsuits
Companies that manufacture consumer products are required to perform safety tests, look for safe design alternatives, and implement quality controls, all of which is supposed to keep dangerous products from the homes of consumers. A company that fails to take these steps could produce a product that is unsafe because of the way it was designed. In defective design cases, there may be thousands of defective products. In other scenarios, a product’s design may be safe, but a flaw in the manufacturing process could have caused it to be dangerous, in which case, only some of the products may be dangerous.
There are even precautions that manufacturers must take when a product is inherently dangerous (i.e. power tools and lawn mowers). With these kinds of products, manufacturers must make sure that they warn consumers about the dangers that come with using the items and must also provide complete instructions on the use of those products. Failing to do so can result in a legal claim based on a failure to warn.
When a consumer sustains an injury after using a defective product, South Carolina law allows that person to sue for damages. These types of suits can be brought against a range of parties in the supply chain, including:
- The product’s manufacturer;
- The wholesaler or distributor who supplied the product to the seller; and
- The retailer that sold the product.
Fortunately, in South Carolina, injured parties don’t need to prove that a manufacturer or other party was negligent in order to recover damages after being injured by a defective product. Instead, manufacturers and sellers can be held strictly liable if the victim can provide evidence demonstrating that:
- The product had an unreasonably dangerous defect that resulted in an injury;
- The injury occurred while the product was being used as intended; and
- The product hadn’t been changed from its original condition.
This could require the help of experts who can inspect the product and explain how it should have been made safer. All defective product claims must be filed within three years of the date of the injury.
Call the Experienced Myrtle Beach Product Liability Lawyers at the Stanley Law Group
A defect in virtually any kind of product could end up causing serious injuries to a consumer. If you were injured by a defective consumer product, you can trust our Myrtle Beach product liability lawyers to help you get the damages you deserve. Call The Stanley Law Group at 803-799-4700 to learn more.