4 Important Steps to Take after a Defective Product Injury
When you buy a product, you have faith it will do what it is designed and advertised to do. You do not expect the product to cause you injury. Unfortunately, many products you use or consume have the potential to cause you harm. Because of design defects, manufacturing problems, or dishonest marketing practices, dangerous products can get released to the consumer market.
Lawmakers have instituted product liability laws to protect consumers. Product liability laws hold companies that design, manufacture, and distribute defective products accountable for their actions by making them compensate consumers they have harmed.
But, proving injury and liability falls to the consumer which can be difficult. If you get injured by a defective product, taking the following actions could improve the success of your product liability case:
Get Medical Treatment
As with any time you get injured, you should first seek medical attention. Ensuring your health is the most important thing. Getting medical treatment also creates documentation of your injuries. These medical records will play an important role in your product liability case. Be sure to follow the treatment plan your doctor recommends. Failing to follow through with treatment could hurt your product injury claim.
Preserve the Product
If possible, you need to keep and store the defective product that caused your injury. If you cannot keep the product, then try to take as many photographs or videos of it as you can. You should also try to keep any product packaging and documents that came with the product. This includes receipts showing proof of purchase.
Having this evidence makes it easier to determine a case of product liability.
Document the Incident
Any information you provide about how the defective product caused your injury can help with proving liability. Documentation such as photos of the incident, your notes of what happened, witness statements, medical records, etc. helps tell the full story of your defective product injury.
Seek Legal Representation
Product liability law can be complex. Companies defending defective product lawsuits will hire lawyers and fight any way they can to prevent pay compensation.
You need an experienced product liability lawyer to help protect and fight for your interests. A product liability lawyer has the resources available to help you investigate and prove defective product liability. A product liability lawyer also knows how to get you the full compensation you deserve.
Brock & Stout’s attorneys have been helping clients get compensation for defective product injuries for over 20 years. We know how a defective product injury can devastate you physically, emotionally and financially. If you have been injured because of a defective product, contact us for a free evaluation and let us see if we can help you.