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Hammack Law Firm provides complimentary consultations and evaluations for those who suffered injuries due to a defective product in Anderson County, S.C. and areas nearby. A member of our team at Hammack Law Firm can speak with you about your legal options today.

Under South Carolina’s product liability and personal injury laws, an Anderson product liability lawyer from our team may be able to hold the product designer, manufacturer, or distributor responsible for your injuries. You may receive fair compensation for the harm you suffered, including your physical, financial, and psychological damages. You can learn more during a free consultation.

Common Injuries Seen in Product Liability Cases in Anderson

Product liability claims can produce a wide variety of injuries. Some of the possible injuries a defective product may cause that you may seek compensation for include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions
  • Contusions or abrasions
  • Lacerations leading to sepsis
  • Whiplash
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Facial injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Loss of limbs
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Other emotional injuries
  • Organ failure
  • Internal bleeding
  • Bone fractures

If a defective product caused you to suffer one of these or another injury and you are unsure where to turn for help and support, we can discuss your case with you and explain how we may make the liable party pay for your suffering.

How Can Hammack Law Firm Hold the Liable Party Responsible in My Case?

When our lawyers handle a personal injury or negligence case, there are generally two ways for us to hold the at-fault party responsible. Both involve securing financial recovery for our client. They are:

  • Filing an insurance claim and negotiating a settlement agreement with the insurer
  • Filing a civil lawsuit and taking the case to trial for a court award

Most cases settle, but we investigate and prepare every claim like we are going to court. This allows us to be ready if we need to sue. It also allows us to build a stronger argument for just compensation and then sue to force more from the insurer if they refuse to provide an appropriate offer.

What Types of Damages Can I Recover with My Product Liability Claim?

Our team identifies the damages our client suffered due to their injuries. We document them as a part of the evidence to support their case. This serves as the basis of their insurance claim and plays a key role in determining the value of their case.

The recoverable damages in a product liability claim vary but often include:

  • Medical bills and other healthcare costs, current and future
  • Lost wages and other income
  • Diminished ability to earn a living due to related impairments
  • Property damages
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death losses if a family member died from their injuries

Our Team Seeks Justice for Anderson Personal Injury Victims

Our Anderson personal injury lawyers at Hammack Law Firm give each client we represent a lot of time and attention. Our work includes answering questions, addressing concerns, explaining what to expect, developing their claim, and building a personal relationship with the client.

We strive to make each of our clients feel like a friend or family member while seeking justice on their behalf. Past clients have expressed appreciation via Google reviews for the time we take to care for them and their case.

With each claim we file, our goal is to hold the negligent parties accountable for their carelessness and secure financial compensation for our client. We believe this will help make South Carolina a safer place for everyone. As part of this process, we:

  • Investigate what happened
  • Identify the parties involved and their roles in causing the incident
  • Document our client’s injuries and damages
  • Value the claim
  • Demand a fair payment from the liable party’s insurer
  • Negotiate for an appropriate settlement agreement
  • Take a case to court if necessary

We will do all we can to fight for the compensation our clients deserve after an Anderson defective product injury.

How Can I Prove a Big Corporation Acted Negligently and Caused My Injuries?

When we handle a product liability case in Anderson County, we first identify the type of defect that caused the issue. In general, there are three options:

  • Defects in design
  • Defects in manufacturing
  • Breach of warranty

This helps us understand who may be responsible for what happened. In some cases, the designer, manufacturer, and retailer are all the same company. In others, the product’s designer may have sold a defective or dangerous product to another company for manufacture or distribution. In general, the liable party may be:

  • The company that designed the product
  • The product manufacturer
  • The distributor or retailer of the product

After identifying the liable party, we will aim to hold them strictly liable in most cases. This means we do not have to prove they acted negligently in the process of making the product. We simply need to show they made the product, and it has a defect that hurt our client.

This is especially important because the companies that manufacture some of the most commonly defective products are huge, multinational corporations. Some of the most common products we see in these cases include:

  • Cars, car parts, and other related components
  • Medical drugs and devices
  • Appliances and tools
  • Toys and other items for babies and children

Sometimes, we discover that our client is one of dozens of consumers who have been similarly injured by a product. Product liability claims support the formation of a mass tort, including class action lawsuits or multidistrict litigation. We will discuss these types of cases further with you if they apply in your case.

The Timeline for Suing in an Anderson, S.C., Product Liability Case

Most personal injury victims have up to three years to file a lawsuit under S.C. Ann. § 15-3-530. However, exceptions and unusual circumstances in some cases could alter this timeline. In addition, there are many steps we must take before we know whether suing the liable party is necessary.

To this end, we need to investigate an incident and develop a claim as early as possible. This allows us to recover evidence that could disappear or get lost, take our time with the investigation, and work to secure compensation for our client without rushing.

If similar cases seek class status or the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidates the case into a mass tort, it could alter the timeline of your case, as well.

What Is Your Anderson Product Liability Claim Worth?

One of the most important responsibilities your Anderson product liability attorney will have is calculating the value of your claim. When someone else is responsible for causing your injuries, you have the right to be made whole.

This means they should compensate you for every loss and every way the accident or the injuries you sustained have negatively affected your life. To ensure we consider every loss, your attorney will place your damages into two categories: economic and non-economic.

Economic Damages

Economic damages are financial in nature. They have fixed monetary values, and you can prove them easily with financial records, paystubs, bank statements, receipts, and other documents. Some of the possible types of economic damages you could recover as part of your Anderson product liability claim include:

  • Loss of income
  • Diminished earning capacity, including retirement savings contributions, bonuses, salary increases, and other benefits
  • Hospital bills
  • Costs of diagnostic imaging
  • Prescription medication fees
  • Transportation costs
  • Costs of physical therapy
  • Mental health counseling fees
  • Costs of medical equipment
  • Other necessary medical expenses
  • Property damages
  • Costs of increased insurance premiums
  • Unexpected child care expenses
  • Costs of household maintenance and upkeep

Essentially, you may seek reimbursement for any financial expense related to your product liability injuries as part of your civil or insurance claim. However, you may be surprised to learn that economic damages are not the only loss you can seek to recover in your case.

Non-economic Damages

Non-economic damages do not have a fixed monetary value. In fact, for them to have a financial value at all, your attorney will need to assign one after carefully reviewing the ways your life has been affected accordingly.

Just because non-economic damages do not have a financial value does not mean they are not valuable. In fact, many injury victims report that non-economic damages are significantly more impactful than economic ones. With that in mind, some of the different types of non-economic damages you could recover in your product liability claim include:

  • Diminished quality of life
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of companionship and love
  • Loss of support in guidance
  • Loss of society and advice
  • Skin scarring and disfigurement
  • Inconvenience
  • Reputational damage

Speak with a Team Member from Hammack Law Firm Today

Our product liability team at Hammack Law Firm will review your injury case today for free. We want to talk with you about what happened, the injuries you suffered, and the losses you incurred. We represent victims of defective products in Anderson and may be able to help you. We work on a contingency-fee basis.

Call (864) 326-3333(864) 326-3333 now to learn more.

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