What to Do After Being Injured by a Defective Product

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No one picks up a product with the expectation of being injured. However, defective products can have catastrophic effects when injuries occur. The results of the injuries can be life-changing.

They can even result in death in some cases.

Your lawyers know just how devastating the effects of injuries caused by defective products can be. They’ll fight to get you maximum compensation for your injuries.

The attorneys offer a free consultation for personal injury cases. You can discuss your case with a knowledgeable and experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer without worrying about legal fees or the obligation to hire the lawyers. Contact your lawyers now to get a professional case evaluation.

Types of Product Defects

Manufacturers have a duty of care towards their customers. They are required by law to provide consumers with products that are reasonably safe for their use. If they fail to do so, they can be held liable for the injuries consumers suffer as a result of using these products.

Defective products are products that aren’t safe to use.

These products may pose a risk to the consumer when they are used as intended. Our New Jersey product liability attorneys are experienced at representing victims of products with defects that fall under any of the following main categories:

Design defects

These include products in which the design is defective. The product, therefore, is dangerous even when used as intended. In order to pursue compensation or defective product design, your lawyers will show that the defect was inherent in the product. They will show that the product could be safer for use with changes in the design.

Manufacturing defects

These include products that have a safe design but developed defects as a result of an error in the assembly or packaging processes. In such instances, we will show that the product that caused the injury does not correspond to the design. Your lawyers will prove that the alteration to the product resulted in the injury and therefore rendered the product unsafe for use. These types of defects often have an impact on a number of items and not all the products from the manufacturer.

Failure-to-Warn defects

Products that pose a danger should include clear label advice to mitigate the risks to the users of the products. It is important to alert the public of the dangers no matter how effective the design or manufacturer of the product is.

The product should come with clear instructions on how to use the product safely as well as warnings on the risks of using the product.

A failure to do so would result in the product being classified as being defective. For example, drug companies are required to list all potential side effects and risks of using the medication.

They will otherwise be held liable for injuries or disease conditions resulting from the use of their products.

Common Types of Defective Products

Defective products fall into various categories. Our New Jersey Personal Injury attorneys have successfully represented victims of product liability cases involving:

■ Defective auto parts – see our New Jersey auto accident attorney page

■ Defective medical devices

■ Defective or dangerous drugs

■ Defective or dangerous toys

■ Defective household products

■ Defective machinery and equipment

Winning a defective product liability case can be difficult. The steps you take following the injury, therefore, play an important role in determining the outcome of your case. The New Jersey product liability lawyers recommend that you:

Seek professional medical assistance

Just as with any other personal injury case, it is important to seek medical attention as soon after the injury as you can. This is important for ensuring timely treatment for your injuries. It will help prevent the development of complications.

The medical report from your doctor is important for building your case too. It will help establish that the injuries you suffered were a result of using the defective product.

Collect or preserve evidence

Wherever possible be sure to preserve any evidence relating to the defective product and the resulting injuries. This means taking photos of the product as well as your injuries, keeping receipts or prescriptions, and writing down everything you can remember about the incident.

It also means preserving the product.

Stop using the product. In the case of drugs or medical devices, you may need to consult with your doctor to determine the best action to take. Wherever possible put the defective item along with all its labels and packaging in a safe place.

All this evidence will come in handy when building your case. It will help to shift the scales in your favor.

Who Can Be Held Liable

When you are injured by a defective product there are various parties that can be held liable. Our New Jersey product liability attorneys will seek compensation from any or a combination of the parties listed below:

■ The designer of the product or part

■ The manufacturer of the product or part

■ Parties involved in the assembly or installation of the product or part

■ The distributor

■ The retailer

Talk to a New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer for Liability

If you or someone you love has been injured by a defective product, contact your lawyers today. They provide free consultation for product liability cases. You will get to talk to an experienced lawyer who will carefully evaluate the merits of your case.

Your lawyers will fight for your right to compensation for your injuries and losses as a result of the use of the defective product. In addition, Rosengard Law Group offers a wide range of free legal services to its clients. A knowledgeable lawyer is always available at 833-323-4448 if you have legal questions. You can reach them at 496 Kings Highway North, Suite 220B, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.