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Injured By A Defective Product?
Follow These Three Important Steps.

If you or your child has suffered a severe burn or catastrophic injury because of a defective or dangerous product, you may be feeling overwhelmed and intimidated, especially if you think you will have to deal with the often complex legal system.

When you have no idea where to start, the three steps below can help with your product liability claim. Following these simple steps can protect your legal rights and help you obtain the justice you and your family deserve ― not to mention help make sure others will not have to suffer the same horrors as you.

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    Identify The Product

    Whether a defective car part, malfunctioning medical device, faulty heater or any other defective device is to blame for your injuries, the first step you need to take after seeking medical treatment is to properly identify the at-fault product. This means you should write down the name, model, serial number and manufacturer of the product. Basically, you just need to make sure you have documented any identifying information. Also, if your cellphone has a camera, use it to take photos of the product.

  • 2

    Preserve Evidence

    No matter what, you should always preserve the potentially defective product and every single one of its parts. Even if the product appears burned or broken, you need to make sure the evidence is preserved, especially since engineering consultants will need to examine the product and all of its components when determining how it failed. We cannot stress enough how important it is that you follow this step. If you don't properly preserve the evidence, it may hurt your case down the road.

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    Notify Us

    Regardless of the defective product involved, you need to contact the experienced product liability lawyers at SHOOP | A PROFESSIONAL LAW CORPORATION as soon as possible. There is no time to waste as the statute of limitations for your claim may be running out. The sooner you reach out to us for help, the sooner we can begin working on your case. So call us today for your FREE consultation.

What Damages May I Be Entitled To?

Depending on the circumstances, including whether you can establish liability, you may be entitled to several forms of compensation when a defective product causes you to suffer a severe burn injury or any other harm. These damages may include claims for medical costs, lost income, loss of earning capacity, physical and vocational rehabilitation expenses and long-term care costs as well as pain and suffering.

There may also be cases where a company’s conduct in relation to the defective product is malicious, oppressive and/or fraudulent, in which case punitive or exemplary damages may be awarded to punish and deter the company from any future, unlawful conduct.

Understanding The Different Types Of Product Defects

While there are countless types of defective products and product liability claims, most can be defined and grouped into one of the following three categories:

  1. Manufacturing defects

    When there is a defect in the manufacturing process, it is quite easy for a large batch of dangerous products to hit the marketplace, thereby putting you and your family at risk.

  2. Design defects

    When a product is designed poorly from the start, it is quite possible that every single one poses a danger to anyone who purchases it.

  3. Inadequate warnings

    When a product has a known or potential safety risk, a company has a duty to include a warning label and/or proper instructions with the product. If it fails to do so, it may be liable.

Depending on the type of defect involved in your case, one or several parties may be legally responsible for your injuries, and therefore potentially named as defendants in your lawsuit. For instance, if your injuries are caused by a manufacturing or design defect, you may be able to seek compensation from the company that actually made/designed the product. Alternatively, if inadequate warnings are to blame for your injuries, it's possible that you may be able to seek a claim against the retailer that sold you the product, in addition to the manufacturer.

Regardless of which category your claim may fall into, however, it is important to contact one of the experienced catastrophic injury attorneys at SHOOP | A PROFESSIONAL LAW CORPORATION right away. We can help explain your legal options and carefully walk you through this complex process.

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