Consumers should be able to purchase products without having to worry about being harmed, but unfortunately this isn't always the case. Products are recalled nearly every day because they pose a hazard to both children and adults across the country. If you used a product for its intended purpose and were injured in the process, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. Below you'll find more information about the steps to take after being injured, including what to do with a defective product.
1. Call Police or Emergency Services
Most of the time, you do not need to contact the police when dealing with a defective product. However, if you were hurt in an accident because your vehicle was defective, you should call the police so they can compile an accident record, which may be useful in court.
2. Seek Medical Attention
Do not wait on going to the doctor's office or a hospital after being injured by a defective product. If you take too long, the liable party may play down your injuries.
3. Store the Product in a Safe Place
Do not get rid of the defective product that caused your injuries; your attorney will need it to prove that a defect does indeed exist.
4. Establish a Timeline
Most states have a statute of limitations on personal injury claims. In Nevada, you have two years to file a personal injury claim, and four years for a product liability claim. Write down notes on the day of the incident and keep track of how much time you have left to file a claim.
5. Identify Possible Parties
Once you begin building your case, you need to figure out all the potential parties in your product liability case, including the manufacturer, distributer, designer, and whoever sold you the product.
6. Establish Damages and Build Your Case
Look at your medical bills, projected future medical costs, lost wages, and other damages that you want to be compensated for.
7. Contact an Attorney
An experienced product liability attorney can help you gather evidence, calculate your damages, identify liable parties, and help you avoid costly mistakes.
If were injured by a defective product, contact our Henderson personal injury lawyers at McDonald Law Offices, PLLC to schedule a free consultation. Our firm is dedicated to fighting for your rights so that you can focus on recovery and healing.
Call (702) 850-8004 or contact us online today.