When you are injured by a product, you might wonder if you can receive compensation for your injuries. Product manufacturers cannot anticipate every possible way that a product can be dangerous. However, they must take steps to make their products safer when they are unreasonably dangerous. If an unreasonably dangerous product is put on the market and causes you to become injured, you should speak with a product claim attorney immediately. Read on to learn more about these cases.
Unreasonably Dangerous Products
An unreasonably dangerous product is any product that poses a much greater risk than what would be expected. For example, a portable electric stove that causes burns when accidentally touched would not be considered unreasonably dangerous since a stove is expected to be hot. However, a computer that catches on fire might be considered unreasonably dangerous.
Unreasonably dangerous products fall under strict liability because the product manufacturer will be held responsible regardless of whether they showed due care when designing or manufacturing the product. For the product to be dangerous at all is enough. This is because consumers shouldn't have to worry about a product coming with an unexpected hazard.
Your Injuries Must be Connected to the Product
The product cannot simply be dangerous. You must also prove that your injuries were specifically caused by the unreasonable danger posed by the product and that you were using the product as it was intended. For example, if you used an electrical product under rainy conditions and this was clearly warned against on the product's warning label, the manufacturer might not be considered responsible for the accident.
Because there are so many things that you will need to prove, it's important to consult with a product claim attorney if you have become injured by a product. You will need to work closely with your doctor not only to recover from your injuries but also to gather the medical evidence that is necessary to prove that you were injured as a result of the defective product.
Compensation for Your Injuries
Once you have proven that the product injured you, the next step is the calculate the damages you have suffered. This will include the medical bills you will need to pay, long-term medical expenses, lost wages, lost future wages, and pain and suffering. Once you have calculated these damages, you will be able to send a demand letter to the product designer or manufacturer to request a payment.
To learn more, contact product claim attorneys like those at Labine Law Firm.