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Defective Products

Individuals harmed by faulty products have a right to seek compensatory damages, which encompass both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages address quantifiable expenses incurred due to the injuries, whereas non-economic damages encompass less tangible repercussions. Additionally, punitive damages may be considered in certain situations to penalize parties responsible for exceptionally egregious or unacceptable behavior.

Our South Carolina product liability lawyers will work to recover maximum compensation for all losses, including:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost income
  • Lost earning potential
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Were you recently injured by a defective product? Contact us online or call (843) 438-7480 to discuss your case and start exploring your legal options.

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Proving a Product Liability Claim

Winning a product liability claim doesn’t require demonstrating negligence. However, you do need to establish four key elements to secure compensation successfully. Our team at Bell Legal Group delves into thorough research and utilizes scientific evidence to construct compelling cases.

We can assist you in substantiating the four essential elements of a product liability claim:

  • The defective product caused your injury. To pursue a successful product liability claim, it’s imperative to demonstrate that your losses stem directly from the defective product. Nearly suffering an injury is insufficient; actual harm is essential for a valid claim.
  • The product exhibits a defect. Subsequently, you must establish that the product falls under one of the categories outlined earlier, which entails proving that it possesses a manufacturing defect, design flaw, or inadequate warnings or instructions.
  • The product’s defect resulted in your injuries. It’s crucial to establish a direct connection between the defect and your injuries, ruling out any other contributing factors. Typically, this necessitates detailing the specific sequence of events that led to your injury. Our state-of-the-art Science and Research Center allows us to recreate malfunctions and accidents, aiding in this process.
  • You used the product as intended. Lastly, it’s vital to eliminate the possibility that you were using the product unsafely or in a manner not intended or recommended by the manufacturer. If you disregarded safety warnings or employed the product outside its intended scope of use, your claim may be weakened.

Due to these time constraints, it is strongly advisable to reach out to our team at Bell Legal Group promptly following an accident. Neglecting to file before the relevant statute of limitations expires could potentially lead to the forfeiture of your right to initiate a personal injury claim. Our South Carolina personal injury attorneys are available to explain your legal rights thoroughly and offer guidance on the appropriate timing and procedure for pursuing compensation.

How Long Do I Have to File a Product Liability Lawsuit in South Carolina?

In South Carolina, the statute of limitations for product liability lawsuits stands at three years. This signifies that you are required to commence the legal proceedings within three years from the date of your injury caused by a faulty product. If the unfortunate event of a fatality occurs due to a defective product, the executor of the deceased’s estate has a three-year window from their passing to initiate a wrongful death claim. However, if a government entity is the defendant, you have a narrower timeframe of two years from the date of harm to file your lawsuit.

The state does incorporate a discovery rule that extends the statute of limitations if your injuries were not immediately apparent. This often occurs in cases involving defective pharmaceuticals, where the adverse effects may not manifest until several years after initial consumption. In such instances, you are granted three years from the date you discovered or should have reasonably discovered your injuries to initiate a claim.

J. Edward Bell III

Founder and Senior Partner

South Carolina attorney Ed Bell founded Bell Legal Group more than 40 years ago. With offices in Georgetown, SC, and Raleigh, NC, he focuses his practice on a variety of cases that range from medical malpractice, personal injury, automobile safety and defects, product liability, environmental law, police misconduct, and prison abuse.

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