Many people become injured by defective products every day. In fact, though many product recalls are issued in a public manner, many more are issued quietly and consumers may not even be aware of them. It is important to understand the right actions to take after you have been injured by a defective product to ensure the best possible outcome for your case. Here are some of the best steps to take to protect yourself and obtain the right compensation after you or one of your loved ones has been injured by a defective product.
Seek Medical Care
It is very important to seek medical care after you have been injured by a defective product. Though it may seem like a relatively minor injury, it can lead to complications, especially if you don’t obtain the appropriate treatment. It is similarly important to have official records when you undertake a personal injury case due to a defective product. Your healthcare provider will record the extent of your injury, the related medical bills, and the treatment that has been undertaken. When you fail to obtain medical attention, it is likely that you will be unsuccessful in your lawsuit.
Do Some Research
You will want to ensure that you do appropriate research following your injury. This will help you to identify if there has been a recall for the product that caused the injury. In many cases, this will prevent you from having to complete the lawsuit, because the company will simply pay for damages. The right research can also help you to find if there is currently a lawsuit in place due to other people becoming injured by the product. This can help to develop a far more effective case. You also need to do the research to find an experienced personal injury attorney in order to provide the best possible outcome for your personal injury case.
Hire a Personal Injury Attorney
Personal injury cases can be incredibly complex. It is critical to consult with a professional personal injury attorney in order to provide you with the guidance to navigate the personal injury process. Large companies often have legal teams, so it is important to hire a personal injury attorney to help level the field. This can go a long way toward helping you to obtain the compensation that you are entitled to. This is particularly important for defective product suits, because it can be difficult to determine liability in these situations. The right attorney can ensure a far better outcome for your case.
Identify Parties Involved
It will be important to identify all of the parties that are involved in the case. This may include people like the manufacturer of the product, the retailer that sold the product, and many other individuals. The plaintiff doesn’t necessarily have to be the person that purchased the product. For example, if someone lends a product that they purchased to another person and that person is injured by it, they will be the plaintiff in the case. It is important to ensure that you compile information regarding each party that is involved in the entire case.
A personal injury case requires evidence in order to provide the best outcome. You need to gather records that will help to support your case. This includes medical bills, information about other lawsuits, records regarding the involved parties, and more. Consulting with a professional injury attorney can help you to determine the required information and documentation that is necessary to help in supporting your case.
There are several important things that you must consider prior to undertaking a defective product personal injury case. First and foremost, you must have been injured or have suffered monetary losses. For example, even if you managed to avoid injury, you may still have a case if the product caused damage to your property. If you haven’t been injured and haven’t experienced monetary loss, you will likely have no basis for your case, even if you can prove that the product was defective. Secondly, the product has to have been defective. If the injury was a result of slipping while using the product, rather than the product being defective, it is unlikely that you will have a successful personal injury case.
Similar to the last consideration, it is important that the defect was the cause of your injury. If external factors caused the injury, you probably can’t consider it a defective product case. Finally, it is important that you were using the product as it was intended. If you fail to use the product in the manner it was intended, it is likely that the manufacturer will use this as a hole in your case. If all of these considerations are met, you are likely to have a successful defective product personal injury case.
Don’t Dispose of the Product
It is important to keep the defective product after you have been injured, even though it might be tempting to throw it away. The product itself is critical evidence that will be necessary in supporting your case. You may also want to save the packaging, as well as the instruction manual and receipt from the purchase of the product. These items can all be used as evidence in your personal injury case.
Take Care About What you Say
Be careful when interacting with anyone without the guidance of your professional injury attorney. For example, if you admit that it may have been your fault, because you aren’t entirely certain that you were using the product correctly, it is unlikely that you will have a successful case.
Defective product personal injury cases can be rather difficult to navigate. Here at LeBaron & Jensen, we offer superior personal injury legal guidance in order to ensure that you can obtain the compensation that you are entitled to. To learn more about how our legal services can improve the outcome of your defective product case, contact our expert team today!