There are an infinite number of ways a person can be injured by a defective product. There is also any number of companies who could be found responsible if an injury occurs.
Anyone associated with the production, design, manufacture (even manufacturers of component parts), retailer and wholesalers may be liable. An experienced product liability attorney will be a tremendous asset to your case and can mean the difference in being fully compensated for your injury.
Here are things you need to do if you are injured due to a defective product of any kind:
Get medical treatment.
Do not wait for any reason. Initial medical reports are effective evidence. Also, make sure to follow your doctor’s orders and document pain, stress and unseen injuries.
Save the product as is.
Do not destroy or alter it in any way. It becomes evidence in your case. Try to find paperwork such as instructions and operating manuals.
If you’re injured at work…
Report the accident and get the names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses. Make sure to take pictures of the accident scene, if possible.
Speak to an attorney.
A product liability case requires a tremendous amount of preparation. Investigation is required to determine if the defect occurred in design, manufacturing or if there was inadequate warning outlining any dangers associated with normal use.
Do not accept a settlement, if offered, before speaking to an attorney. To do so may limit your ability to collect for damages in the future. Also, don’t give a recorded statement or sign anything without counsel.
An experienced product liability attorney increases the chances of a favorable outcome. If you’ve been injured, seek the advice of reputable law firm.