Product liability cases start after a customer is harmed while using a manufacturer’s product. Federal laws require all manufacturers to test the products for flaws, defects, or dangers to consumers, and if the companies find problems, the product must have warning labels. After the injuries, a victim can sue the manufacturers based on defective product laws and federal regulations.
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Hire An Attorney
Victims who have sustained an injury while using any product should consult an attorney about their injuries. A lawyer reviews the evidence the client has and determines if the claim is sufficient enough to collect compensation.
The person must have the product that caused the injuries and medical records that show what injuries the individual developed. When assessing the claim, a product liability attorney explains any additional steps the client must follow.
Report The Defective Product To The Federal Trade Commission
The Federal Trade Commission investigates products that could be dangerous for consumers, and the investigators issue a product recall if the consumer reports are substantiated. Before a claimant sues a manufacturer, an attorney may recommend filing a report with the government agency. If the authority issues a recall, the manufacturer is required to follow all conditions in the order, including providing any requested compensation to customers who sustained injuries.
Give The Defective Product To The Attorney
The victim must place the item into protective packaging if possible and surrender the product to their attorney. Most attorneys send the products to a forensic testing lab to show if the victim’s claim is probable. The findings show if the injuries are conclusive with using the product as described by the packaging instructions, but the results may also show that the victim didn’t follow the directions, too.
Generate Medical Records
After the person is injured, a trip to an emergency room is a must. The client needs medical records to show that they did get injured, and the records should show conclusively that the product caused the injuries.
A doctor could testify about the injuries and explain how the client used the products and how the product presents dangers to customers. In addition to the records, the doctor must explain how the injuries may affect the person long-term. If the injuries are minor, the claimant may not receive any compensation.
Calculate All Economic Losses
When presenting the case to the court, the client needs invoices from the doctor that shows how much the person incurred in healthcare costs. If the person lost wages because of the injuries, a financial statement from their employer shows how much in wages the individual lost. The cost of the product is another economic loss to present to the court.
If the injuries are life-altering, the court may offer some non-economic damages. Pain and suffering, mental anguish, and other tort allegations are managed through non-economic awards, and the victim must have sustained more serious injuries to collect the awards.
All products released to the public cannot present any risks without a proper warning label. The manufacturer must explain what to do if the product is a chemical, and a customer accidentally ingests the product.
All dangerous products should be reported to the Federal Trade Commission to allow the agency to launch an investigation. If a product recall happens, some victims collect compensation as directed by the authority.