Defective Products FAQ

1. What is the process that protects you from defective and unsafe products?

Both the Food and Drug Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commission help protect consumers from suffering injuries or death as the result of defective or unsafe products. These agencies evaluate products, looking for issues and problems that could be potentially harmful. In addition, there is a network of state and federal laws designed to protect consumers from dangerous products.

2. How much is a defective product case worth?

There is no standard amount of money that defective product cases are worth. To determine the value of your case, the North Carolina defective product lawyers at Henson Fuerst will evaluate how your injuries were caused, the severity of your injuries, and what future expenses you will have as a result of your injuries.

For defective product claims, you may be eligible for the following damages:

  • medical bills resulting from the defective product,
  • lost wages for time out of work,
  • any out-of-pocket expenses related to your injuries,
  • physical pain and mental suffering,
  • and permanent disability.

3. Who’s liable for a defective product?

Typically, when a product fails to perform as planned, it is the designer or manufacturer of the product that should be held accountable. As North Carolina defective product lawyers, it’s our job to determine why the product malfunctioned and prove the designer or manufacturer is liable for the injuries you suffered as a result of the faulty product.

4. How long do I have to file a claim?

In North Carolina, you have two time limits to consider when filing a product liability claim.

  • Statute of Limitations
    To meet the state’s statute of limitations, you must file a personal injury claim within three years from the date of injury, or within two years for cases involving death.
  • Statute of Repose
    In North Carolina, you generally must file or resolve a defective product claim within 12 years from the date of manufacture or sale of the product unless it involves real estate, in which case, it is six years from the date of manufacture or sale.

There are exceptions to both of these deadlines, so it’s best to consult a North Carolina defective product lawyer to help you determine what the applicable time limits for your case are.

5. How have lawyers improved auto safety?

Lawyers have helped improve safety standards in vehicles by pursing legal action when consumers have been harmed as a result of faulty car parts. From faulty airbags and seat belts to rollover and roof crush accidents, lawyers have helped improve how designers and manufacturers create and assemble vehicles.

Here are more ways lawyers have helped protect drivers.