Steps to Take After a Product Liability Accident
No one expects to be injured by a defective or dangerous product, but it’s important to be prepared in case you are so you have an easier time recovering compensation for medical bills and lost wages. A person may recover against the designer, manufacturer or seller of the product, based on one of the following: strict liability, negligence, or breach and warranty. If you’re involved in a product liability accident, these are the steps to take:
1. Medical Attention
Even if your injury doesn’t seem or feel serious, you need to seek medical attention. Not only is it for your own well-being, it also provides doctor verification and documentation of your injuries, which will be crucial evidence in your product liability case.
It’s very important you keep the defective product. Put it in a bag, if possible, and keep it somewhere safe, out of the reach of a child. You will most likely need it as evidence for your case.
A quick online search may bring up others already involved in a class action lawsuit for the same product and injuries. While companies usually send a notice to product owners, the letters can get lost or sent to the wrong person, especially if the product is a gift or purchased second-hand. If there is a class action lawsuit, you can easily join. If not, you will have to pursue a product liability claim with an attorney.
As long as you weren’t using the product incorrectly when you got hurt, you can pretty easily narrow down the parties liable for your injuries. An attorney can help you pinpoint whether it was a defect in the design or the way the product was manufactured in the warehouse.
5. Legal Representation
If you have been injured by a defective or dangerous product, you need to enlist the legal guidance of an experienced attorney. At Morris Wilson, P.C., our Montgomery County product liability attorneys can help you collect documentation, prove fault, and get you the compensation you need.
Call (610) 810-2082 or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation.