Even with the best safety precautions in place, accidents happen. Though these incidents are often products of operator or consumer error, defective products do exist. When a business is producing an unreasonably unsafe product and flaws in the product itself are causing injuries, we act as advocates for you, the consumer, against these defective products.
We have a number of government agencies that mandate safety and impose regulations on manufacturers in an effort to keep the public safe. Unfortunately, it does happen that dangerous products still make it to the marketplace. Medications, cars and parts, children's toys – all these items get recalled at some time or another; thankfully it's fairly infrequent, but it's important to be aware of the possibility of these risks and practice good consumer practices like those suggested below.
Do you need legal representation?
If you or a family member is injured by a product that has been deemed defective or seems unreasonably dangerous, it important to consult with an experienced defective product attorney who understands the complexities of product liability claims. If you choose to contact an attorney, be sure to select a firm you are comfortable with and that treats you with dignity and respect. Ask your friends and family for recommendations. Meet the attorney face to face before agreeing to be represented; don’t just call a number from a television commercial or interstate billboard.
Reducing Your Risk
Obviously, consumers can’t go around being paranoid or consumed by fear at the thought of using a product that may be defective or dangerous, but there are easy steps you can take to reduce the risk of being injured by a defective product:
- Always fill out and mail in product registrations – these registrations are free to mail back to the company and enable the manufacturer to contact consumers quickly should a recall be issued.
- Always read and follow instructions – read owners’ manuals thoroughly, and follow the safety advice included. Be sure to look over prescription information and talk to your physician about any potentially harmful side effects or reactions when taken in combination with other drugs.
- Use common sense – wear the appropriate safety equipment when operating machinery or using power equipment. Inspect toys for sharp edges or small parts before you give them to a child.