May is National Bike Month, an initiative sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists to promote bike riding and, more to the point, safety while bike riding. In our state, the months of May through November are the months in which there are increased numbers of traffic collisions involving pedalists....KEEP READING
When we buy something, we assume that it wouldn’t be offered for sale if it weren’t safe to use. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Every year, thousands of Americans are injured by unsafe consumer products such as defective children’s toys, unsafe household items, contaminated food and many others.
If you or someone you care about was hurt or killed by a defective product, contact the Louthian Law Firm today at Toll free: 888-926-0051 or Locally: 803-454-1200 or online for a free evaluation of your case.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, a federal agency charged with monitoring the safety of the things we buy and use, recalls hundreds of products each year, and reports that defective products cost America more than $700 billion annually. Those products have included millions of cars that were released into the marketplace with serious defects, from faulty tires that failed at highway speed to design flaws that caused deadly rollover accidents.
Manufacturers have a legal duty not to offer us unsafe products without warning. When they fail in that duty and someone is seriously injured or killed, we have the right to hold them legally and financially responsible for those injuries. South Carolina law defines three ways in which consumers can claim a product was defective:
An injured consumer may sue over a defective product even if he or she was not the original buyer, but must show that the defective product caused the injury; that it was used as intended and that it was not substantially altered. Unsafe prescription drugs are a special type of defective consumer product.
Government agencies that keep track of defective products and allow consumers to make formal complaints include the Federal Trade Commission; the Consumer Product Safety Commission; the Food and Drug Administration and the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs.
If you or someone you care about has been injured by a defective product, you have the right to ask the manufacturer for money to cover your medical bills, property damage, pain and suffering and any permanent disability or loss. In order to protect that right, you should speak with the experienced product injuries attorneys at the Louthian Law Firm as soon as possible. We have more than 50 years of experience helping injured South Carolinians seek justice, and we’re committed to ensuring that you get the best legal representation possible. For a free consultation, call us today at Toll free: 888-926-0051 or Locally: 803-454-120, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form.