As product liability lawyers, we know that when a company designs a product to sell to the public, they have a responsibility to ensure that it is safe. When a manufacturer makes the product, they have a responsibility to ensure it is made properly and it is also safe. If either of these groups of people knows of a problem when the product is used as instructed that could cause injury, they have an obligation to warn the consumer of the problem.
Sometimes a product (such as medication) has some risk to certain age groups or people using other medications, but they feel that the good of the product outweighs the risk. Still, they must provide that information to the consumer so that the consumer can make a judgment on whether or not they want to take the risk.
When these things do not happen, and someone is injured, a defective product lawyer uses the law and the judicial system to hold the responsible parties accountable. This is how the victim is compensated for their injury, pain, and financial losses due to the defective product.
The Clock Is Ticking
From the day you were injured, you only have 2 years to seek justice. That may seem like a long time to you, but be encouraged to act quickly. The process of finding evidence to back up your claim of product liability is tedious. The product may have been sold around the world and finding other victims of the defect may not be as easy as you would think. Companies go to great lengths to keep settlements out of the news.
The legal process is not designed to be easy. Everything is done in advance to avoid lengthy court battles. This means a lot of negotiation. Your attorney needs time to make your case and make the company accountable for your losses.
Texas has another law regarding time. If the product that hurt you was manufactured more than 15 years before you used it, you cannot sue. However, there are many factors to be considered.
What To Do If You Are A Victim
The first thing you need to do is seek medical attention. Your health is a top priority. Hold on to the product and any packaging it came in if possible. If you have the receipt from where you purchased it, that will help. If not, try to find where you bought it through your bank or credit card statement.
Take photographs. Photograph the product, the results of the product, and all of your injuries. Make a list of anyone who was with you and witnessed the injury.
Grab a notebook with pockets in the front and begin keeping records of every problem you have. Note the dates and times when you were in pain. Keep a record of your medical visits, prescriptions, and over the counter medications you took.
Follow your doctor’s orders and keep your follow-up appointments.
What You Should Not Do
Do not talk to the company or any representatives about the injury. Refer them to your defective product claims attorney. Do not give any statements at all. Everything you say can be twisted to sound different.
Do not post about your injury or legal action on social media. In fact, it is best if you refrain from using social media until your case is settled. People have been known to take photos, postings, and other things from social media and present it in court as if you are not hurt and are having a great life.
Follow the advice of your defective product claims lawyers and let them do the fighting for you.