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What can I do if I have been injured by an everyday product?

Many different types of accidents occur involving a number of different types of everyday products. Victims may wonder what options they have to recover compensation for damages suffered in a product liability accident.

Today, companies are typically held strictly liable for the injuries and harm caused to consumers by a dangerous or defective product. Products can be dangerous or defective because of a design flaw or manufacturing defect. Alternately, the producer or assembler of a product may have failed to provide adequate warning of a risk or hazard, called insufficient warning, or failed to provide adequate instructions for the consumer to use the product.

Because of the many ways in which a product manufacturer, wholesaler, assembler, distributor or retailer, can be involved with a defective product, all parties may be held strictly liable when a victim has been injured by a defective product. When a company is liable for a defective product, the injured victim only has to prove that the company or manufacturer made a defective product.

To help prove that the company is responsible for manufacturing a defective product, it can be important to retain the product or the parts of the product that caused the injury. In addition, it is important to record the name of the manufacturer of the product, as well as the model and serial numbers for the product. If possible, injured victims should also retain packaging, receipts and product instructions. It is also useful to create a written record of the incident and to take photos of the incident, including where it occurred and the injury that was caused. It is typically helpful to document an accident that results in injury. The safety of consumers is important, which is why injured victims should be familiar with the options available to them when they have suffered a product injury.

Source: American Bar Association, "Personal Injury Product Liability," Accessed July 6, 2015

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