Each holiday season, we share the joy of gift giving with our friends, colleagues and loved ones. Sadly, there is a chance that one of the gifts you receive—whether it’s sports equipment, electronics, vehicle accessories or home décor—will result in your injury. A defective product, which typically has faulty manufacturing or a design flaw, can be a danger to the user or consumer who uses it, which could be you. If you received a defective gift, and you were injured as a result, what should you do next?
First, you must seek medical attention right away if your injuries are severe. Otherwise, you should clean and bandage a wound or apply cold water to a burn and make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible. Not only will this prevent further injury, it will also provide you with the documentation you will need in court to prove your personal injury.
Next, you must collect documents that identify the product, such as the box the product was in, instruction manuals, marketing materials and the product itself. It’s very important that you keep the defective product, preferably locked away and out of the reach.
Finally, you need to call an attorney. An experienced attorney can protect your rights, launch an investigation, collect documentation, and build a strong case to ensure you receive the compensation you may be legally entitled to. Keep in mind that product liability claims are subject to a statute of limitations (3 years in Michigan), so don’t wait too long or else you risk jeopardizing your right to file a claim.
If you or a family member was injured by a defective gift, please contact our Detroit product liability attorneys at Goodman Acker, P.C.
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