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Product Liability Concerns

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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If you have product liability concerns based on personal experience or observation, you can find information about what agency handles consumer safety issues in your state by going to your local library or your state's official website. When you or a loved one has suffered serious injury or there has been a death related to what appears to be a defective product, you can search for product liability attorneys in your local phone book or online. Whichever you choose, you should have as much information about the situation as possible.

Product Liability Concerns and Documentation

Your son was playing with one of the new large squirt guns in your above-ground pool. Without warning a small plastic piece of the squirt gun hit your daughter's eye when your son pulled the trigger. Since you just bought the squirt gun and know that no one had played with it before the injury occurred, you suspect that the product was defective.

Obviously, the first thing to do is to take care of the injured child, but, as soon as possible, it's important to write down everything you and your family members can remember about the incident. If it's at all possible, you might want to take a picture of the injury as well. Of course, you will want to get the medical records associated with the injury. Finally, you should gather all of the pieces of the potentially defective product and keep them in one place.

Attorneys and Product Liability Concerns

You can call an attorney any time you feel you need legal guidance. If you cannot afford an attorney or cannot find one who will offer you a free consultation, you can contact your local state's attorney's office for advice. If you believe that a defective product seriously injured you or a family member, you have the right to pursue restitution. You should also remember that, if your product was defective, others could suffer the same injuries if you don't follow up. Victims who have voiced their product liability concerns or taken the manufacturer to court have made significant changes in the way many products are manufactured.

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