When was the last time you went shopping and came back with a product that injured you? Have you been injured by a faulty product? Although the U.S has stringent rules in place to ensure this shouldn’t happen, sometimes products slip through the net.
In these rare cases where you have been affected by a faulty product, you might be able to take action under certain circumstances.
Here’s everything you need to know about product liability.
Get Treatment First
The most important step you must take when you are affected by a faulty product is to seek medical treatment. If you have ingested or inhaled the product then you must go to an emergency room right away to ensure there are no side effects and you can be given treatment. This is known as a defective product injury.
If the product has caused you physical damage such as cut you open or scratched you up then you must tend to this straight away.
If it’s possible try to take some photographs of your injury and get a medical report in case you need to use this at a later date. Your first thought should be towards recovery though and not a lawsuit.
Research the Product
After you or your loved one has recovered from the injuries from the product you must now research the product thoroughly.
Was the product genuine or did you mistakenly purchase a fake product? Find the packaging and see if there is a serial number or reference number on it: you could call the company and check with them to see if this number is correct and matches with the details you have on the product.
Does the packaging look genuine and can you compare it to the packaging on the same product that you know is genuine?
If you have a fake product then you will need to hire a lawyer to track down the company who sold it to you. The genuine company behind the product would have an interest in tracking down counterfeit products and might be willing to help you here.
If the product was from a genuine company then you will need to sue them. Get a good lawyer to contact them first to see if you can come to an out of court settlement. If you don’t know where to start looking for a lawyer, try this law firm.
File Your Claim as Soon as You Can
Many states and federal law also has a statute of limitations for product liability lawsuits that you need to be aware of.
Don’t leave your case too long or you might not be eligible to file a lawsuit, however, strong your case might appear.
You may feel that suing everyone is not the way to solve the world’s problems but the idea of America as an overly litigious society is a myth. Lawsuits can discourage manufacturers and companies from putting out faulty products.
If you think a lawsuit is not worth bothering with remember that in the future lawsuits might well be done through online courts making the experience even simpler.
Product Liability: Safety First but Timing Is Key
You can gain a lot from filing a product liability lawsuit. It doesn’t just involve you getting compensation it can also stop others from being affected by the faulty product. Safety should always come first.
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