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What to Do If You Have Suffered Harm from a Defective Product

In Uncategorized by Garrett, Walker, Aycoth & Olson, Attorneys at Law

Personal Injury Lawyer

When you purchase a product, whether it is a vehicle or blow-dryer, you expect it to work properly. You likely do not anticipate it to cause you harm. Unfortunately, however, consumers suffer injuries from defective products each day. If companies are negligent during the manufacturing or design process, a product is more likely to be dangerous to consumers. Common defective products include cleaning products, food, medications, vehicles, children’s toys and household appliances.

Here are the steps you should take if you have suffered harm from a defective product.

Get Medical Attention

First and foremost, you should get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible. Your health and well-being is of the utmost importance. Defective products can result in a wide range of injuries, including burns, broken bones, lacerations and head injuries. A doctor may perform a physical exam and conduct tests to properly diagnose your injury and then advise on the proper treatment. 

If you delay medical care, your injuries could worsen and become more difficult to treat. The defendant’s insurance company may also argue that you may be exaggerating your injuries if you did not seek medical care right away.

Collect Evidence

As with any personal injury case, you must have sufficient evidence. For one thing, you should try to keep the defective and store it in a safe place. If it is not possible to keep the product, take several photos of it. Also, if you still have the receipt for the product, make sure to keep it. If you suffered visible injuries from the defective product, like burns or cuts, you may want to take photos of them right away.

It may also be a good idea to document how the injury has affected your life. Consider writing about the healing process in a journal. For example, if you suffered a burn injury that has kept you up at night, you should jot that information down.

Be Careful About What You Post on Social Media

In this day and age, many people share intimate details about their lives on their social media pages. If you are pursuing compensation for an injury from a defective product, however, you will want to be extra cautious about what you post. The defendant’s legal team may be lurking on your social media to find information to use against you. For example, if you are claiming that you have suffered a head injury and post a photo of yourself at a party, the defendant’s insurance company may argue that you are not as injured as you claim to be.

Hire a Lawyer

Defective product cases can involve many complexities, so it is best to have someone knowledgeable and experienced on your side. Consult a personal injury lawyer, like one from David & Philpot, P.L., about your case as soon as possible. A lawyer can assess your case and help you file a timely claim against the negligent party.