WHAT IS A N.C. PRODUCTS LIABILITY ACTION?
Any action that produces damages and injury as a result of a defective product.
WHAT IS A DEFECTIVE PRODUCT?
A product is defective if the particular product involved in the injury is defectively designed, manufactured, or even marketed.
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF NORTH CAROLINA PRODUCTS LIABILITY ACTIONS?
Product liability lawsuits can be based on strict liability (fault not considered), negligence, warranties expressed, or breaches of implied (unexpressed) warranties provide by the N.C. statutes. These implied warranties include the implied warrant of merchantability, and the implied warranty of fitness for a particular purpose. The implied warrant of merchantability is means that the product is fit for the ordinary purpose for which it is used. The implied warranty of fitness of particular purpose occurs when a seller is aware of the specific purpose a buyer is using a product and the buyer relies on the skill and judgment of the seller to select or furnish the products.
WHO ARE POTENTIAL DEFENDANTS IN A PRODUCTS LIABILITY ACTION?
Depending on the facts of the case, potential defendants include the product manufacturer and designer, the component manufacturer, the assembler of the product, the wholesaler of the product, and even possibly the retailer. Thus, manufacturers are not the only ones at risk for defective products. You need a product liability attorney who can advise you of your rights.
As outside attorney for the large retailers in the state for over 9 years, Mr. Hardwick has handled hundreds of product liability actions. If you or someone you know has been injured in Charlotte or injured in North Carolina, contact the Law Offices of Benjamin R. Hardwick, PLLC at 704-277-1047 for a free consultation and speak to a Charlotte products liability lawyer and Charlotte attorney today.