Most defective products don’t have the ability to cause serious injury or death to the user. That being said, this is not always the case. For instance, defective product injuries can result from a power tool, car, lawnmower, toy, or anything else that is sold to consumers. When an injury from a defective product does occur, it is often severe, leading to expensive medical needs.
Common Causes of Defective Product Injuries
Generally speaking, product defect injuries can be a direct result of a design flaw, improper assembly, a malfunctioning part, or the lack of safety instructions and warnings. As you will see on the “Defective Product Injuries” page on our website, there are three types of defects:
- Design defects
- Marketing defects
- Manufacturing defects
Product designers, manufacturers, and marketers are expected to provide consumers with a product that is safe for use. While some products may carry some degree of risk, the product must include warning labels that inform consumers of them. If enough consumers are injured using a product, then it may lead to a recall, which pulls the item off of shelves.
Steps to Take Following a Defective Product Injury
If you feel you have been injured by a defective product, you may be wondering what type of legal rights you have. Above all else, you must prove that the product is defective. If you experience injuries due to a defective product, consider taking these steps:
- Receive medical care: The first, and most important, thing to do following a product injury is to receive medical care.
- Preserve the evidence: You will want to begin preserving the evidence as soon as possible. This includes putting the defective product in a safe location.
- Report the injury: It is also important to report the injury to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, to prevent others from experiencing the same injury.
- Contact a defective product lawyer: A lawyer can help you evaluate your legal options, while also helping you navigate the details of the case.
Determining the type of defect that led to your injury is al an important step to understanding your available legal options. Proving negligence of wrongdoing can be difficult, so working with a lawyer can be helpful to your case. If you have a case, your lawyer will begin collecting evidence to demonstrate defects with either the design, marketing, or manufacturing.
Determining Responsibility in a Defective Product Case
Typically, a claim for an injury is brought against the retailer, distributor, manufacturer, and/or wholesaler. Your personal injury lawyer can explain your legal rights, while also determining who is responsible for the injury. Your lawyer will consider a few elements, including who acted in a negligent manner, leading to your injury.
Reach Out to Us Today to Determine Your Legal Options
If you have been injured due to a defective product, contact us today to discuss your situation and schedule a free initial consultation. Soon enough, you will know how to move forward to receive the compensation you deserve. Compensation through a product liability case can help you recover from your injury by providing you with funds you need for medical costs and wages.