Take These Steps to Save Evidence in Your Product Liability Case
If you or a family member was seriously injured due to a product defect, your first response might be to contact the manufacturer. However, that is not a good idea for a few reasons. These include the following:
- The manufacturer will not volunteer to compensate you fully for your injuries, such as paying your medical bills and for your pain and suffering.
- The manufacturer will probably require you to return the product, depriving you of important evidence.
- The manufacturer will just offer you a refund of the purchase price of the product that does nothing to really compensate you.
Instead, you should contact an experienced defective product attorney and preserve evidence that could help prove your potential product liability case.
Steps You Should Take to Prove a Product Is Defective
In a product liability case, you must prove that the product was defective, that the manufacturer had a duty to make or sell a safe product, that the defects caused your injuries, and that you suffered injuries. To help your attorney prove the product was defective, you should do the following:
- Save the defective product in the same condition as when it caused your injury.
- Do not have the product repaired as this would destroy important evidence in your case.
- Save the product packaging and instructions as this may be helpful in showing the manufacturer failed to adequately warn you of a danger.
- Save the receipt for your purchase of the item.
- Keep your receipts and any medical records regarding the treatment you received for your injuries.
- Check online to see if this product was recalled or is on a dangerous product list.
- Take pictures of the product and your injuries.
In some cases, the product may have been destroyed when you were injured. You should try to save what is left of it. Even if that is not possible or someone disposed of it, you should consult with an experienced attorney who may know of other ways to prove the product was defective. Call me today at 888.716.8021 to schedule a FREE consultation to learn about your legal options.
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