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Steps To Take If You Are Injured By A Defective Product

by Maurice Moore

When a person purchases a product, they do not expect that product to cause any type of injury. However, defective products are not uncommon, nor are injuries caused by defective products uncommon. By definition, a defective product is one which has issues due to design or manufacturing problems or a lack of warnings or proper directions on how the product is intended to be used. In the majority of cases, the manufacturer of a product is held liable if a defective product is sold and causes an injury. If you have been injured due to the use of a defective product, take the following steps:

See Your Doctor

No matter what type of injury you sustain after using a defective product, it is essential to see your doctor as soon as possible. Seeking medical care is very important to ensure that you make a full recovery without any complications. In addition, when you see your doctor, all information about the extent of your injuries and the type of treatment that they require will be documented in your medical records. This information will play an essential role when you file your personal injury claim with the manufacturer of the defective product and their insurance company.

Keep the Defective Product

After being injured by a defective product, your first instinct may be to throw the product in the trash. However, doing so is a big mistake. While you should immediately cease use of the defective product, it is important to hold on to it. Take photographs of the defective product from several angles and then place it in a safe place. Make sure that you do not tamper with the product or modify it in any way. Having the defective product on hand will help strengthen your personal injury claim.

Hire a Personal Injury Attorney

If you have been injured by a defective product, the smartest thing that you can do is hire an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you. Defective product injury claims can be quite complicated, so they can be very difficult for a person without any legal experience to handle. A personal injury attorney will have the skills and expertise needed to prove that the manufacturer of the product is liable for your injuries. In addition, an attorney will prepare your claim and provide ample evidence in order to maximize your settlement and ensure that you receive what you deserve. 

To learn more about defective product claims, contact a personal injury attorney in your area.