Various laws exist to protect consumers against injuries caused by defective products. If you or your loved one sustained injuries from a product due to flaws in its design, manufacture or failure to warn about possible risks, you can bring a defective product claim against the manufacturer.
Like all other personal injury claims, you have to prove certain elements of your claim to get compensation. When it comes to a defective product, you have to show:
- The product itself was unreasonably dangerous for consumer use due to its design, manufacturing or handling during shipping
- That defect caused your injury while you were using the product for its intended uses
- You hadn’t substantially altered the product from the way it was sold
The evidence you need
The defective product is the most crucial piece of evidence, and you need to store it properly. It might not be possible to prove a defect if you discarded the product after the accident.
In addition, any relevant documents relating to the defective product such as purchase receipts, product packaging, warning labels or instructional material may also be important in your case.
It is also advisable to document your accident. Pictures of your injuries and the defective product as soon as the accident occurred may go a long way in recreating the accident scene.
Do not take any chances
It is advisable to familiarize yourself with defective product claims and what you should expect in your case to maximize the chances of getting the compensation you deserve. Experienced legal guidance can help you understand the strengths and weaknesses of your case and guide you through the process.