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5 Things To Do If Injured By A Defective Product

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Although manufacturers are legally obligated to ensure that the products they sell are safe, there are situations in which design defects, manufacturing problems, or dishonest marketing practices result in dangerous products being released to the consumer market.

If a defective product has caused you to sustain personal injuries, you can seek justice and compensation for the damages you have suffered; this includes medical bills, lost wages, physical suffering, and emotional pain and suffering.

Here are five things you should do if you were injured by a defective or unsafe product:

1. Seek Medical Help Immediately

First and foremost, if possible, go to the nearest hospital and get your injuries treated. Do not wait and hope your pain or symptoms will go away as this could potentially compromise your health and recovery.

Apart from receiving medical treatment, going to a hospital means that your injury is  documented in medical records. This is an important step that will serve as evidence and documentation if you decide to file a product liability claim.

Once you leave the hospital, it’s important to follow your doctor’s advice. Failure to do so may not only slow down your recovery but could negatively impact your personal injury case.

2. Preserve the Product and Proof of Purchase

If possible, do not throw away the defective product or tamper with it in any way. Store it in a safe place until you talk to a lawyer. Keep any documentation, receipt, or instruction manuals that came with the product. If you still have the original packaging, preserve it too. This can all serve as valuable evidence.

3. Document Everything You Can

You will want to document everything you can about the product, including how and when it was sold to you, its cost, how you used it, how it failed, and more. If applicable, include photos and videos of any injuries caused by the defective product.

Your lawyer can help you acquire a copy of your medical records from the hospital or doctor who treated you after your incident. These documents will also be helpful when filing a product liability claim and may help bolster your case if it goes to court. 

4. Steer Clear of Social Media

If you have been injured by a defective product and are seeking compensation, it is best to stay away from social media since it has the potential to jeopardize your personal injury case. You should also avoid posting anything that could be considered slanderous or libelous.

5. Contact an Experienced Product Liability Lawyer

Under the Connecticut Product Liability Act, consumers have the right to sue the manufacturer for defective products within three (3) years of the date of injury. Because the law requires that defective product cases be filed within these strict time limits, you should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as you suspect that you have been injured by a defective or unsafe product. AHC Injury Law is a dedicated personal injury law firm with over two decades of experience handling personal injury and wrongful death claims. For a free consultation, call us at (203) 331-8888 or visit our website.



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