Product Liability Claims – What You Need to Know
Sometimes a dangerous product is sold without proper testing to ensure safety. Or certain products may roll off the line that are defective and get distributed either knowingly or unknowingly. These products may also cause serious harm. If you have been the victim of personal injury due to a product that is defective or dangerous, what should you know?
Keep the Product!
Your first instinct may be to throw away the item that hurt you, but this is a mistake if you think you may have a potential claim. If the product is defective, you will need to have the specific product that injured you for your case as the manufacturer may be able to provide safe examples. When it comes to dangerous products, a manufacturer may try to get rid of all of the product to avoid liability. If you do not keep your product, there may be no proof that the dangerous item even exists.
Keep the Documentation
You want everything from the instruction manual to your original receipt. This will allow you to back up claims as to the recommended use of the product by the manufacturer as well as the fact that you legally obtained the item that caused the injury.
Don’t Alter the Product
If you make any changes to the product, the manufacturer will try to claim that your alterations are what made the product dangerous, even if the changes you made are seemingly unrelated to the injury.
Seek Legal Counsel Right Away
Liability is usually limited under state law, so don’t wait to seek legal counsel and pursue damages from the company. The personal injury lawyers at the Petrov Law Firm will be happy to help you seek due compensation for the injuries you have received.