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Injured by a defective product? Avoid these common mistakes

You’ve just bought a new coffee maker. As you set it up and start brewing your first pot, the glass suddenly shatters, causing severe cuts and burns to your hand. Your injuries are painful, and you’re now facing medical bills and time off work to recover.

The scenario above is far too common. Thousands of cases where people suffer injuries due to defective products are reported every year across the country. As a victim, you could be entitled to compensation for the harm and losses arising from the defective product. However, it helps to avoid these common mistakes that could hinder your chances of recovering a fair settlement.

Not seeking immediate medical attention

Failure to seek medical attention may affect your product liability claim in several ways. For starters, you can’t prove that you suffered injuries without medical records. Additionally, you cannot demonstrate their extent. Medical evidence can also help connect your injuries to the defective product, which is crucial to your claim.

Not preserving the defective product

Do not discard the defective product or attempt to repair it. You might interfere with crucial evidence and weaken your case. Keep the defective product in its current condition, as it may be examined to assess its defect and determine liability.

Accepting a quick settlement offer

Manufacturers and insurance companies may offer you a quick settlement to resolve the matter. However, the settlement may fall short of what you deserve.  Do not accept any offers without fully understanding your damages. It could limit your options for recovering the compensation you are entitled to.

Overlooking legal guidance

Product liability claims can be complex. The claims process involves identifying the negligent parties, proving causation and quantifying your damages, among other hurdles. Seeking experienced legal assistance can help you understand your rights and ensure you take the necessary steps to build a strong case.