3 Important Things To Do If You Have Been Injured By A Defective Product in California
If you have been injured by a defective product in California, you may not know what to do next. And, you are probably worried about your injuries and how you will pay for the medical treatment you need.
You may be asking:
“What about my lost wages and pain and suffering?”
“Can I file a lawsuit to seek compensation for my injuries and losses?”
Succeeding in a defective product lawsuit can be complicated and require a greater deal of time and money. This is why it is important to hire an experienced California product liability attorney who can help you preserve your right to compensation and increase your chances of success.
What to Do After Being Injured by a Defective Product
Companies that design, manufacture, or sell products to consumers must ensure that those products are safe to use. Defective products can be dangerous and can cause serious injuries and death.
If a product can be proved to be defective or inherently dangerous in some way, those who designed, manufactured, or distributed the product may be held liable to you for any injuries and/or losses you sustained as a result of the defect.
That said, there are a few things that you can do after you have been injured by a defective product that will greatly increase your chance of succeeding in a potential lawsuit:
#1 Seek Immediate Medical Attention
Seek immediate medical attention for your injuries in order to 1) preserve your health and 2) document your injuries. Failing to seek immediate medical treatment after an accident can be detrimental to your health and allow the defendant’s lawyers to try and argue that either your injuries were not that serious, or that something other than their client’s product caused them.
#2 Preserve the Product
Another very important thing to do if you have been injured by a defective product is to keep the product, along with any packaging, instructions, and warning that came with it. It is also important to hang on to any receipts, bills, or other things that can be used to document when and where you purchased the product.
It may also be a good idea to purchase an “exemplar product”. In other words, go to the same store where you bought the product that you believe to be defective and purchase another one that you will keep (unopened) to be used as an example of how the product was packaged and sold.
#3 Consult with An Experienced Attorney
The third and most important thing to do if you have been injured by a defective product is to locate and contact an attorney who has experience handling defective product cases like yours.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product in California, it’s important to speak with an experienced California defective product attorney as soon as possible. The statute of limitations for bringing a defective product lawsuit in California are very strict. So, don’t delay.
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