Defective Product Injury Cases in Columbia

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Every day, thousands are injured or killed as a result of a defective product. Some of these injuries can be very serious, requiring extensive medical treatment or leading to life-long disabilities.

The range of injuries can be from minor scratches to loss of limb, including:

If this has happened to you or a loved one, contact a Columbia personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. You may be entitled to significant compensation. A knowledgeable Columbia product liability lawyer can help you determine how to move forward to recover compensation.

Investigating a Product Liability Accident in Columbia, SC

Many everyday products have the potential for causing injury or death. If the consumer is using the product inappropriately, it may not be the fault of the manufacturer, if there are sufficient warnings and directions. If the product is defective in any way, the manufacture, retailer or other parties could be held liable. Common products that could be defective include the following:

Dangerous Commercial Products: Claims & Lawsuits

Under South Carolina law, liability of seller for defective products will be determined though an investigation into the facts and whether that entity sold the product in an unreasonably dangerous condition for the consumer to use for its intended purpose. The law also requires the user or consumer to be aware of the dangers involved with using the products and to avoid the obvious conditions that could lead to injury. Some of the most common defective products that can cause serious injuries are:

  • Automobiles
  • Appliances
  • Medications
  • Toys
  • Industrial products

When there is an injury or death caused by a defective product, it's important to investigate every detail as soon as possible after the incident. This can include scene investigations, witness interviews, and of course, extensive research into the product itself. It is essential that you consult with a Columbia personal injury lawyer who knows how to effectively probe the circumstances in order to seek justice and full compensation.

At the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, we understand how painful injuries or wrongful death can impact your life and future well-being and happiness. Determining who is responsible can be a complex task. We are committed to helping you.

Establishing a Product Liability Case

As you establish a product liability claim, it is important to have everything set in place. You should first be aware of the types of product defects that can exist, as this will have an impact on your case.

  • Design flaw/defect – When the product was designed with a defect that causes the entire line to be dangerous.
  • Manufacturing flaw/defect – When a product that is otherwise safely designed becomes dangerous because the manufacturer made an error and failed to construct the product based on its specifications.
  • Inadequate warnings/instructions – When instructions are not complete or do not provide proper direction for the product’s use.

As you build a product liability case regarding a defective product, you will need to build it in the following manner:

  1. Establish that the product was defective
  2. Prove that the defect existed prior to the release of the product
  3. Show that the defect caused your damages

A product liability case will need to be fully developed, which is where our firm can come in to handle your case.

Types of Defective Product Cases

There are numerous products that can be classified as defective and result in substantial pain and suffering to the user. Some of the common destructive classifications are listed below. If you or a loved one have been impacted by a defect of this sort, do not hesitate to reach out to us at once.

Defective Medical Devices

Common medical devices that can fail include hip replaces or vaginal mesh implanting. If a medical device fails, the victim can be left in a tragic or even fatal circumstance. Our firm can handle your case by determining the specific cause of the medical defect and find the right party to hold responsible. We can also assist those who have experienced serious side effects from unsafe prescription drugs.

Auto Defects

In some cases, the party you will have to pursue is the manufacturer or automaker of your vehicle if an auto defect has led to your injury. Our firm can investigate the case to determine what went wrong and who is likely to blame. There are many dangerous auto defect possibilities, and we can help you build a case based on the specifics of yours.

Act Quickly - Statute of Limitations for Product Liability Claims

Even with the facts in your favor, there are still time limits restricting the time you have to file a claim or lawsuit, referred to as statutes of limitations. It is necessary to file a complaint within a certain number of years after the injury took place. In South Carolina, a lawsuit must be brought against the negligent party within 3 years. Failure to meet this deadline will lead to you no longer having the right to file a claim. If you were injured by a defective product, you should immediately contact our Columbia product liability attorney so we can advise you on your case.

Additional Resources

Defective Drug Injuries

Defective Toy Injuries

Workers' Compensation

Defective Packaging

Recalled Ammunition


At the Law Offices of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, our attorneys will listen to your story, use our experience in product liability to investigate the facts, and craft a case to pursue the maximum level of compensation, as we believe you fully deserve. If you have been injured using a product and are not sure whether or not you have a case, please contact our personal injury lawyer now to for information about filing a claim. We are available to represent clients throughout Columbia and all surrounding areas.


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