Injuries can happen when you least expect it, especially by a product that is defective and caused an injury that is out of your control. This may leave you wondering what you can do after an injury happens when a product is defective. These tips will help you be prepared for a potential injury lawsuit.
Photograph The Product In Its Current State
You'll want to take photographs of the product right after the injury happened. This includes not moving the product if possible so that you know what its exact location was at. For example, If you have a pressure cooker that exploded, you'll want to document that the pressure cooker was located on a flat kitchen surface and not in an awkward position that could have caused the malfunction.
Photograph Your Injuries
You should also immediately document the injuries that you sustained as a result of the product. If an exploding pressure cooker caused burns, then you'll want to document the extent of the burns right after the injury and when the injury looks its worst. Your case may not be settled until months down the road when the injury has healed, and you will not have the evidence you need if you did not take photographs in the moment.
Get Immediate Medical Attention
Defective product lawsuits are the most viable if you are actually injured enough to cause damages. This means that you had to get medical attention to treat the injury, which resulted in medical bills. If you are injured and need to see a doctor, then visit a doctor as soon as possible This not only helps show the seriousness of the injury but also documents your injuries and has them evaluated by a medical professional.
Hold Onto The Defective Product
If you reach out to the manufacturer regarding your defective product, they'll likely request that you send it back to them so that they can see what caused it to malfunction. Make sure that you hold onto the product and do not send it back to them. The manufacturer is likely to not return it to you, and then you've lost a key piece of evidence that you will need to settle the case. This is especially important if the product does not look physically damaged but still causes an injury.
Contact a law office like Hoines Law Office, P.C. for more information about personal injury law.