Product Liability

Edwards Kirby won the largest product liability verdict in North Carolina history when our attorneys recovered a $25 million jury award on behalf of Valerie Lakey, a young girl who suffered horrific injuries from a hazardous swimming pool drain. Since then, we have continued to win compensation, by settlement or trial, for victims of dangerous, defective, or poorly designed products.

We represent individual plaintiffs in product liability cases involving household goods, medical devices, automotive components and other products, such as:

  • Defective tires, including tread loss and blowouts
  • Poorly designed child car safety seats, airbags and other automotive safety components
  • Children’s toys
  • Industrial equipment, machinery and tools
  • Recreational equipment, such as target arrows, sporting goods, outdoor heating devices, camp stoves or propane grills


In establishing liability against the manufacturer or distributor of a dangerous or defective product, we use engineering experts and carefully examine the circumstances of the accident to determine whether there is fault involving the design, the manufacture, or the instructions for the product. In some cases, liability will turn on the adequacy of product warnings and instructions for safe use.

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