Every day in the United States people are injured by defective products. Although there are numerous state and federal laws aimed at preventing defective products from making it into the hands of consumers, a significant number of them do, often causing serious harm to the consumer. If you are one of those consumers, you should know what to do if you have been injured by a product. Although every situation is unique, there are some common steps that apply to most instances of injury by a defective product, including:
- Seek medical treatment immediately. Always have a thorough medical examination done immediately if you are injured in any kind of accident. Doing so accomplishes two important things. First, it ensures that you do not have hidden injuries that do not have external symptoms, such as a traumatic brain injury. Second, it establishes the necessary legal nexus between your use of the product and your injuries.
- Document the defect. Take pictures of the product, the area where the accident occurred, and your injuries. Also make sure to retain copies your medical records relating to your injuries. Keep the defective product as well if possible and practical.
- Document the purchase. Look for your proof of purchase, warranties, and any other evidence that shows when you purchased the product and from whom. In a product liability lawsuit anyone in the “chain of distribution” could potentially be held liable for injuries caused by a defective product. Finding those potential defendants begins at the point of purchase.
- Check for recalls. Products are voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer all the time. If your product is the subject of a recall you need to know. Products other than automobiles can be checked on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website. Automobile recalls can be checked on the National Highway Transportation Safety Commission’s website.
- Contact an experienced product liability attorney. As the victim of a defective product you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact an experienced Louisiana product liability attorney as soon as possible to determine what additional steps you may need to take to ensure that you and your rights are protected.
If you have additional questions or concerns about defective products, or you have been injured by a defective product, contact the Louisiana product liability attorneys at Broussard & Hart, L.L.C., by calling 337-439-2450 to schedule your appointment today.