DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS LAWSUITS
Have you or a loved one been injured because of defective products?
Today, now more than ever we hear of stories of people being harmed from machinery, toys, equipment, or many other products.
Lawsuits related to defective products seem to be gaining in popularity. Many times corporations will attempt to recall a product but this is usually done after there has already been significant harm or damage.
You as a consumer do have rights and corporations have a responsibility to ensure that their products are safe. The purpose of this article is to show what defines a defective product and what you can do if you have suffered an injury through a company's negligence.
What defines a defective product?
In general terms, a product is considered defective if it is unreasonably dangerous, does not carry sufficient warnings or the manufacture files to provide complete and adequate instructions for use of the product.
No, if this is your case then you should just return the product for exchange or refund. For you to be able to bring a lawsuit against the product, there has to be sufficient harm done through negligence or incompetence.
Won't the company just say that I didn't use it properly?
They may try but if you can demonstrate that the product presented unreasonable dangers when used under reasonable circumstances then you have a good chance of bringing a lawsuit against the product.
What should I do if I feel I have been harmed by a product that is defective?
You should gather as much documentation as possible. Keep receipts and names and addresses from where you bought the product. If anyone witnesses the injury then take their statements as well. Take photographs and if possible video tape. Do not call the company because they may not have your best interests in mind.
Should I get an attorney and what can they do for me?
Defective product claims are an area that it's best not to try to "go it alone." An attorney that specializes in personal injury claims can advise you on the merits of your case. They also may be able to advise you on what types of compensation you can expect. Generally you can claim for medical expenses, loss of wages due to missed work, pain, suffering and mental anguish. Products that are defective can cause injury or even kill. Some companies will attempt to do the right thing but many will deny liability. A lawsuit of this type will help hold corporations accountable for their negligence and incompetence.
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