February 7th, 2011When To Get a Defective Products Attorney
It is not at all unusual these days to buy a product that just doesn’t work as advertised, but sometimes the failure of a product to perform is more than just shoddy construction or design, but it is an actual defect. And, when that product defect causes you harm or cost in any way, then you should be looking to secure the services of a defective products attorney to assist you.
All of us have, at one time or another, bought a product that didn’t live up to expectations. It may even not have worked at all, but does that mean that you need the assistance of a defective products attorney? Not necessary. In general, in order for a product to be defective to the point of hiring a lawyer, not only does the product need to be somehow defective, but it also has to cause you some sort of harm.
It is not your job to determine if you have enough proof to show that the product is defective that is the defective products lawyer’s job. They know enough about products, the burden of proof, and the history of defective products to make the decision for you and to guide your lawsuit if you have one. Don’t ever think that you can handle this kind of issue on your own.
Identifying a product defect is not something that you can necessarily do on your own. In fact, most product defects have already been identified, but you have not been notified. Failure to notify users of a product’s defects is grounds for a defective product lawsuit and one of the reasons why you need to have a qualified defective products lawyer on your side.
When you are injured by a product, your first reaction may be to contact the retailer who sold the product to you, or the product manufacturer. If you can substantiate your injury, they may offer you an immediate settlement, anything from replacing the product to paying you off for your medical expenses. But, when you accept this kind of deal, not only are you cheating yourself, but you are also endangering other people who may be headed down the very same path that led to your injury.
There are any number of cases in the courts right now that affect you, but you probably don’t know about them. They may be cases brought about by people who were harmed by the very same products you are using today, but because you have not yet been harmed, or notified that there is some type of damage, you are using that product at your own peril. Should you eventually be harmed by it, a defective products attorney will be able to not only identify the defect but get in contact with other plaintiffs such as yourself.
Like all potential lawsuits, trying to do it on your own is a recipe disaster. Defective product law firms have extensive experience dealing with all types of defective products and they are able to protect your rights, whether you are one of many people that this has happened to, or you have an isolated incident of a defective product.
Finally, remember that the sooner you talk to an attorney, the better off you will be. If you speak directly to the manufacturer of the product, or the retail outlet at which it was sold, they may already have been notified by their lawyers to make you an offer. This offer will undoubtedly be considerably less than you would get had you hired your own defective products attorney, and you will regret taking that initial offer.
The injuries that you sustain from any kind of defective product often do not fully show themselves until long after the event. So, even if you think the injury is minor at this time, remember that it may have long term consequences, both in terms of your health and your financial security, so talk to a lawyer as soon as possible.