Under South African law, manufacturers, retailers, distributors and suppliers can all be held liable for damages caused by defective or hazardous products.
If you’re injured due to defective or dangerous merchandise, you may be able to claim damages such as:
- past medical expenses
- future medical expenses and hospital costs
- past and future loss of earnings
- general damages for pain and suffering.
At DSC Attorneys, we specialise in personal injury law and our team of medico-legal experts has extensive experience in handling product liability claims. We offer a free initial consultation and work on a "no win, no fee" basis.
About the Consumer Protection Act of 2008
The Consumer Protection Act of 2008 was introduced to safeguard South African consumers from flawed or defective goods, whether the goods are locally produced or imported. It provides clear remedies for those affected by defective or dangerous merchandise.
A consequence of the Act is that the onus is no longer on the consumer to prove fault or negligence in a product liability claim. The entire supply chain is now required by law to ensure that all products are safe for their intended uses.
Complexities of product liability claims
Product liability claims are often complex, and each claim is unique. An exhaustive investigation into the origin of a product and of its supply chain may be required just to identify the correct defendant for a product liability claim.
It may also be necessary to conduct product testing to prove that a product failed to meet the required standards defined by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), and that this resulted in harm.
Why choose DSC Attorneys?
DSC Attorneys has extensive experience in the specialist domain of personal injury law and litigation. Our attorneys have the technical knowledge and strategic associations with the requisite regulatory bodies to help ensure a successful product liability claim on your behalf.
All our attorneys are members of the Cape Law Society and the American Association for Justice and are accredited by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners.
DSC Attorney believes that quality legal services should be available to all South Africans. Consequently, we offer a free first consultation and operate on a no-win, no-fee basis.