Despite consumer protection laws put in place to protect us, defective products are still out there injuring unaware consumers. We see constant recalls of unsafe products, but unfortunately not many people know about the recalls.
If you have been hurt or injured from a defective product, the first and most important thing is to seek the medical attention you need. But what do you do next?
First, let’s explore the different types of defective products. There are 3 basic categories used to group these defects.
1. Design Defects. These products are considered dangerous by design. The way the product was designed from the beginning put the consumer at risk for injury.
2. Manufacturing Defects. For a manufacturing defect, it was during the process of creating the product that caused the defect. This is the most common category of product defect.
3. Marketing Defects. If a product is incorrectly labeled, and this label resulted in a defective product, it would be considered a marketing defect. This failure to warn the consumer could lead to a product-related injury.
Steps to Take After an Injury
The first step is always to seek immediate medical intention after any injury, including one caused by a defective product. After you have received medical care, there are important steps to take if you believe the manufacturer, or someone involved with the promotion or design of the product, is at fault.
1. Keep the Product
If you or a loved one has suffered any injury as a result of a product, it is important to preserve the product. You will need to maintain the product and take lots of photos or videos of it. Without the product, it is incredibly difficult to determine if there is a case against the manufacturer.
2. Document the Incident
Any medical bills, photos of the incident, notes from what happened, statements from witnesses, etc. should be collected in order to tell the full story of the incident. If you do not own the product, immediately take photos as evidence.
3. Seek Representation
If you have been involved in a defective product-related personal injury, you will need to take swift action. Whether it is the designer, manufacturer, or retailer who is at fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury or losses. We understand that our clients not only have to bear the physical pain of an injury, but they also have to deal with the significant financial hardship that comes from the mounting medical bills and inability to return to work. Lawsuits against large corporations and insurance companies can be extremely costly and complex. Armed with deep pockets, insurance defense lawyers have unlimited resources, and they are willing to spend any amount necessary to prevent a large verdict. That is why we represent clients on a contingency fee basis, meaning we don’t get paid unless you do.
If you or a loved one has been in injured by a defective product, call us right now at 949-753-9100 or contact us here for a free consultation and case evaluation!