Product Liability

The Jeffcoat Firm proudly represents South Carolina families who have been harmed by defective and hazardous products.

South Carolina product liability lawyers represent those with injuries arising from dangerous or defective products.  Fighting multi-national corporations that produce hazardous products requires exceptional skill and substantial resources, and The Jeffcoat Firm is well-equipped to litigate cases of this magnitude.

By law, companies that manufacture household goods, construction equipment, medical devices, and other consumer goods are required to alert the public if their products are unsafe or potentially hazardous for public use. Yet, every year hundreds of thousands of innocent people are injured by faulty household products, dangerous children’s toys, automotive defects, and unsafe equipment.

If you or someone you love has been harmed and wish to explore your legal options, your choice of an attorney can mean the difference between a large settlement or court award, and the loss of a product liability lawsuit. Backed by two decades of success, our personal injury lawyers will work hard to seek maximum damages on your behalf, so you and your family can have the financial means to regain some normalcy in your day-to-day living. Design flaws and defective products have the ability to destroy lives they were meant to enhance; don’t become a victim twice – contact The Jeffcoat Firm for a free case evaluation.

Laws regarding product liability

Product liability lawsuits may be based on claims of manufacturing defects, defective design, or a company’s failure to adequately warn of foreseeable risks and/or dangers for which the manufacturer should have known existed. Claims may level causes of action including strict liability, failure to warn, breach of implied and express warranties and negligence, among others. It is not uncommon for plaintiffs in these cases to be awarded multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements due to the life-altering injuries and economic losses sustained.

At The Jeffcoat Firm, our attorneys have successfully handled product liability claims against major manufacturers, helping victims recoup compensation for all related hospital and medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, reduced earning capacity, and other financial losses.

Product liability lawsuits may involve injuries caused by:

  • Equipment, tools and machinery failures
  • Design defects
  • Defective household products
  • Manufacturing defects
  • Pharmaceuticals and Prescription Drugs, e.g., Antidepressants (such as Paxil, Zoloft and Prozac), Sexual Dysfunction Drugs (like Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis), Actiq, Aranesp, Rezulin, Fen-Phen, Fentanyl, Baycol, PPA, Vioxx, Celebrex, Bextra, Crestor, Bendectin, Dilantin, Epogen, Fosamax, Ketek, Novantrone, Ortho Evra, DES, Thalidomide, Accutane, Phentermine, Parlodel, Permax, Premarin, Prempro, Procrit, Propulsid, Provera, Trasylol, Phenylpropanolamine, Oxycontin, Pyridostigmine Bromide, Zelnorm, Zyprexa, hormone therapy, and other prescription and non-prescription drugs
  • Defective medical devices
  • Construction Equipment
  • Toys
  • Recreational equipment
  • Toxic chemicals, for example, asbestos, pesticides, and mold
  • Defective boats, airplanes, and motorcycles
  • Climbers and tree stands
  • Dangerous motor vehicles
  • Tires, seat belts, airbags, and child car seats

Design and manufacturing defects & failure to warn

Injuries stemming from design defects and manufacturing defects may provide the basis for filing a personal injury lawsuit. Design flaws, such as the defect in many GM ignition switches, which led to a massive vehicle recall and settlement offer, typically affect the entire product line. Other automakers including Toyota have recalled millions of vehicles based on defective parts, such as floor mats and airbags that have the potential to cause severe personal injury or death.

Courts in the United States abide by one of two standards when hearing design defect claims:

  • A design defect exists if the product is unreasonably dangerous as designed; or
  • A design defect exists if the product is unsafe for its intended and reasonably foreseeable uses.

Defects during the manufacturing process can also occur, leaving consumers at risk for serious harm. This may involve substandard materials, blatant mistakes in the factory or other production flaws that make a product hazardous when used as intended. Examples include a metal hip replacement that fails early due to poor manufacturing practices, or a bottle of prescription medication that is contaminated as it is being processed in the factory.

Additionally, companies may be held liable if they failed to provide adequate warnings on a product and injury results. If you are harmed by a prescription drug, medical device or household goods that did not have sufficient warnings or instructions, the distributor, retailer, and manufacturer may be held accountable in a court of law.

Dedicated to getting the compensation you deserve

Food poisoning, hip and knee fractures, choking deaths, metallosis, and severe burns are just a few examples of the types of injuries caused by dangerous and defective products sold in the U.S. every year.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission and FDA are tasked with overseeing the approval of hundreds of new consumer products each month, but unfortunately, sufficient pre-market testing and clinical trials cannot always rule out the possibility of design defects or the possibility of injury when the product is used as intended.

Mr. Michael Jeffcoat and his legal team understand how stressful it is to be injured, and we strive to treat each client with the utmost compassion. If you decide to partner with our veteran product liability attorneys, you can rest assured you will be updated on all important litigation developments; your emails and calls will be promptly returned; we will utilize all resources to ensure your family is justly compensated for your pain and suffering.

Product liability lawyers you can count on

If you have had an incident with a product that caused an injury in South Carolina, or if your loved one died from the use or exposure to a dangerous product or substance, it is important that you know your rights under the law.  We invite you to contact us online, for a free consultation with an experienced South Carolina injury attorney.

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