We use all sorts of consumer products – cars, appliances, tools – every day. If one of these products malfunctions and causes a serious injury, however, it is important to know what to do next to protect your rights for getting the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.
Defective product claims can be quite complex, and you can be sure that the manufacturer, distributor or retailer that you are taking action against will try to mount a strong defense and cast doubt on your claims.
To ensure that you have the strongest possible claim, remember the following steps:
Preserve the defective product and any documentation that you can
It will not be enough to simply say that the product injured you. A defective product claim has to prove that your injuries are a direct result of the defect in the product. For example, if you were hurt in a car accident, you will have to prove that the defective car part was the direct cause of that accident. If the product is destroyed, try to take pictures of it to document any damage.
Additionally, the defense will likely try to argue that you were not using the product in its intended fashion. The instructions will show how a user is supposed to use the product and contain any possible safety warnings. If the documentation did not include any warnings, or there were no caution stickers attached to your product, you may have a greater chance of success.
See a doctor as quickly as possible
Just like any other personal injury case, you will need medical evidence to prove the extent of your injuries and that your injuries were a direct result of the defective product.
Talk to an attorney as soon as possible
For a defective product claim, you should talk to a personal injury lawyers who has extensive experience and a track record of success in these types of complex cases. They often take a larger investment of time and resources.
The Quinn Firm has that track record of success. We have a large network of outside experts, including engineers, that we can work with to determine if the product that you used had a dangerous defect that the manufacturer failed to warn you about. We understand the tactics the defense will try to use to weaken your claims, and we know how to fight back against them.
To learn more, we invite you to call our firm today at 866-641-8996 to schedule your free consultation.