How to Tell If You Have a Product Liability Claim
When most of us buy products, we hope to use them for some specific purpose, whether for pleasure, relaxation or education. We rarely expect that a product we buy could cause us injury. When this does happen, you may be able to submit a product liability claim. Proving your case, however, can get a little tricky. You need to have hard evidence on your side and strong legal representation to get what you deserve, and our attorneys at the Disparti Law Group would like to be the ones to help you.
We have more than 30 years of experience in the Chicago area and have seen many product liability cases. As a result, we know what to look for. If your case doesn’t satisfy the following the requirements, you will have a hard time winning your claim.
Document Your Injuries
If a defective product caused your injury, you will need to make sure that you document that injury as much as possible, meaning that you need hospital records and statements showing actual monetary loss. If the product was defective but did not physically cause you harm, then you will have a tough time with your product liability claim. If you have the necessary documentation, though, you might have a case. There are other factors to take into account as well.
Prove the Product is Defective
If you are unable to prove that the product was defective in the first place, then insurance companies can say that something else caused your injury. That being said, it can be difficult trying to discover if there was a defect in the product. Typically, manufacturing errors are easy to prove: you can point to a crack or flaw in the structure that led to the defect. Trying to prove that an actual design error caused your injury can be a lot harder, though, so keep that in mind when deciding whether or not to move forward with a product liability claim.
How Did the Product Cause Your Injury?
To get just compensation from your product liability claim, you need to show how exactly the defective product caused you injury. While many such situations can be easy to trace and prove, there are just as many scenarios that are not so straightforward. You will therefore want to be very thorough in your explanation.
Did You Use the Product Incorrectly?
Along the same lines, you need to show that you were using the product correctly when the injury and accident occurred. Otherwise, insurance companies will claim that your injury was due to your own negligence.
Hire a Product Liability Attorney
Many product liability claims can lead to big payouts for people who have suffered grievous injuries, but the important thing to keep in mind is not the money. Rather, if you have actually been harmed by a defective product, it is your right to seek compensation.
The legal hurdles you will have to jump, however, often prove too high, denying many people the benefits they deserve. The Disparti Law Group believes this to be unfair, and we are committed to helping you with your product liability claim. If you have any further questions or want to learn more, contact one of our representatives today.