South Carolina Product Liability Attorneys
If you or someone you love was injured by a defective product, it may be possible to recover monetary damages from the manufacturer, designer, or another party. Our South Carolina product liability lawyers offer aggressive and compassionate representation in these cases, and we don’t charge any attorneys’ fees unless we win.
To discuss your case in a free consultation, call us today at 864-585-3873. A member of our team will come to you if you are unable to come to us.
How Much Is My Claim Worth?
While no honest attorney would ever guarantee a specific outcome in a defective product case, your attorney can approximate a fair settlement based on the facts of your case. Unfortunately, it won’t be possible to estimate a reasonable settlement until a thorough investigation has been performed.
In the meantime, you might find it helpful to know some of the factors that could impact the potential value of your claim. They include:
- Amount of Wages Lost: After being injured, you may have been unable to work and earn a living. Those lost wages might be recoverable. Also, if it is reasonably certain that your injuries will diminish your income-earning capacity in the future, you may be entitled to compensation for loss of future wages.
- Severity of Injuries: In most cases, serious or permanent injuries and disabilities warrant higher settlements and verdicts due to additional medical costs and pain and suffering.
- Value of Non-Economic Damages: As part of a claim, you may also be able to seek compensation for non-economic damages. Examples of such damages include pain and suffering, loss of life enjoyment, mental anguish, and disfigurement.
- Long-Term Effects of Injuries: If you have a long road to recovery or will never return to full health, you may require ongoing medical care, home and vehicle modifications, domestic assistance, and other vital services. The cost of these necessary services might be recoverable.
- Your Own Liability: If your own negligence somehow contributed to your injuries, it might not be possible to obtain compensation for 100 percent of your losses.
- Whether You’ve Made Mistakes: There are steps you must take and mistakes you must avoid throughout the claims process to protect your case. Some mistakes could lead to the denial of your claim or the reduction of your damages award. Examples of such mistakes include delaying the initial medical assessment, ignoring doctor’s orders, and posting on social media.
- The Available Insurance Coverage: Generally, product manufacturers have the insurance and assets to cover the damages caused by product defects. In some scenarios, though, an injury victim’s recovery is limited by the available insurance coverage.
What Mistakes Should I Avoid When Filing a Claim?
Even if you were using the product responsibly and for its intended purpose, it is still possible to make mistakes that could later compromise your claim. Below are a few errors you should avoid throughout the proceedings:
- Providing a recorded statement to the insurance company or defendant;
- Posting photos of yourself on social media, or mentioning the accident, your injury, or facts pertaining to your case;
- Returning to work or strenuous activities too soon—against your doctor’s orders; or
- Failing to preserve critical evidence such as the product that caused your injury.
Discuss Your Case with a South Carolina Product Liability Attorney
Defective product cases can be incredibly complex. Product manufacturers often have powerful attorneys on retainer who are tasked with protecting the company’s legal and financial interests.
At Hodge & Langley Law Firm, we have the resources and experience to take on even the largest businesses and their insurance companies. For a free consultation, call us today at 864-585-3873.
DISCLAIMER: NONE OF THIS INFORMATION SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AS A DESCRIPTION OR CHARACTERIZATION OF THE QUALITY OF THE FIRM'S REPRESENTATION AND IN NO WAY SHOULD BE INTERPRETED AS A GUARANTEE OF A SPECIFIC RESULT FOR YOUR CASE OR ANY CASE. EVERY CASE IS DIFFERENT AND MUST BE EVALUATED ON ITS OWN MERITS.