Consumers expect the products they use to be safely designed, manufactured, and function properly. If a manufacturer or seller fails to meet the requisite standards, it could create a defective product that harms its users. While an injured party is entitled to recover damages caused by the defective product, mistakes are often made that hurt their chances of receiving favorable outcomes. The following steps will help you avoid such mistakes if defective products injure you or a loved one.
Following Recall Instructions
When companies and manufacturers are aware of a defective product, they will (usually) issue a recall of the defective product. The recall will provide the public with information, such as “stop using the item,” and instructions to return it for a refund or repair the defect. Once these recalls are issued, the consumer is responsible for following the instructions provided by the company. If you fail to comply and continue to use the product, then it will be difficult to pin the liability onto the manufacturer for a subsequent injury.
Seek Medical Care Immediately
If you or a loved one is injured by a defective product — even if it appears non-life-threatening — you should visit your doctor for examination immediately. This way, you’ll have documented evidence that lays out the extent of your injuries and possible side effects. Plus, the doctor’s visit shows that you took timely and reasonable action to mitigate your damages.
Hold onto the Defective Product
If it’s reasonably safe to hold onto the product, you must do so. The product itself, any other items in the package, or proof of purchase could be used as evidence in your case. If you know you want to pursue legal actions to recover damages, do not make the mistake of throwing out the defective product.
Seek Out a Personal Injury Lawyer As Soon As Possible
Don’t wait to learn that a product is defective before seeking out a personal injury lawyer. As soon as you know of an injury caused by a product, the countdown on the statute of limitations surrounding product liability cases in Maryland will start to run. Get in contact with a personal injury lawyer at The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek to help you navigate this complex area of the law.
Contact The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, LLC Today
Do you believe that you or your loved one has suffered as a result of medical malpractice or medical neglect? You need to talk to an experienced team of local lawyers today.
The lawyers at Cardaro & Peek, LLC have the experience and resources necessary to investigate and litigate all types of medical claims throughout Maryland and Washington D.C. Cardaro & Peek, LLC has medical personnel on staff and has access to nationally recognized, board-certified physicians and other experts, to assist in the investigation, analysis, and prosecution of all types of medical malpractice claims. If you or a loved one have experienced malpractice, give us a call at 410-752-6166. Please visit our website www.cardarolaw.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for more information.