Have You Been Seriously Injured by a Defective or Unsafe Product?
You, or a family member, have been seriously injured by a defective or unsafe product - and you’re unsure what to do next. Should you call the manufacturer? The police? The media? Not only do you need answers, you need help and compensation for what you’ve gone through.
First, it’s important to understand that you have to act quickly to protect your rights. Why?
Because if you’re seriously injured, you’re more likely to contact the manufacturer or seller of the product. Unfortunately, the seller or manufacturer will probably take the product back to their facility as quickly as possible—before testing can be conducted on it. This can ruin the ability of you and your attorney to determine why the incident occurred.
A good rule of thumb to follow is that a product should never be tested until 1) all potential parties have been notified and 2) an agreed testing (or inspection) protocol is in place. Unfortunately, many people lose the ability to file a lawsuit against responsible parties by not following this rule.
There’s one thing you can count on: the manufacturer or seller will be acting in their best interests. This is why it’s important to quickly find and speak with an experienced attorney who can advocate for you.
Specializing in Product Liability Cases: Attorney Paul Thomson, Personal Injury Attorney
Many attorneys think that product liability cases are an easy win. They think they can just contact the product seller or manufacturer and get a quick check…that they can get away with doing little work and then charge a lot.
This is just not true—and it’s the exact opposite of my approach. I’m Attorney Paul Thomson, and I know this first-hand because of my extensive experience working with clients like you who have been injured by defective and unsafe products. I have handled a variety of different product liability cases…from defective products like cribs causing death to a dog leash causing blindness and from defective automobiles causing paralysis to industrial products causing severe burns.
These issues are very serious. Many times they involve intricate engineering, design and warning issues as well as complex regulations and standards. These cases are very time consuming, costly and require a lawyer with proven, successful experience in defective products.
My goal is to do what’s best for each client…and that means honesty and answers come first. If you’d like to talk to an experienced defective products attorney about your experience, I will listen carefully and will let you know what options are available to you. Call my office today at (540) 777-4900 or toll free at 1-877-471-3353. As always, there is no charge, and no obligation required.
What Types of Cases Have I Handled?
I have successfully worked with the victims of many defective product cases. This includes products made by some of the largest companies in the world and cases that involved:
- defective airbag–loss of an eye
- defective glue/adhesive–severe burn injuries
- defective roof of a truck involved in a rollover–paralysis
- defective blow torch or cutting torch–severe 3rd degree burns
- defective retractable dog leash–loss of an eye
- defective hose clamp–scalding/burn injuries
- defective baby crib–death
- defective hip implants–severe hip injury
- defective tractors–one caused a death another severe back injuries
- defective fluid filled coupler–severe burn injuries
- defective coal trailer–shoulder and neck injury
- defective motorcycle part–severe fracture of the leg
- defective portable soccer goal–death
- defective bulldozer–case is pending now
Checklist: What to do if You or a Family Member Have Been Injured by a Defective Product
- Make sure that the product and all of its parts are secured and not put back into service or taken apart.
- Do not allow any testing or inspection of the product by anyone until you have retained a lawyer. Let your attorney make that decision.
- Make sure that photographs of the incident scene are taken as soon as possible.
- Record the name, model number and all other information about the manufacturer and seller of the product.
- Obtain any owner’s manuals, instructions, warranty booklets, catalogs and invoices or receipts for the product.
- Get the name, address and phone number of all witnesses.
- Take photographs of your injuries.
- Do not speak to the manufacturer, seller or their insurance adjuster until you have consulted with an attorney.
- Do not delay seeking medical treatment, hoping things will get better. Delays in medical treatment will be used against you by insurance companies.
- Be sure to report to your doctor how the incident occurred and what your injuries are. Mention all injuries, no matter how minor they are. What seems minor now, can develop into something serious later. Make sure you report any headaches, dizziness, loss of consciousness, confusion, or memory problems, regardless of how minor these may seem at the time.
- Do not sign any documents without consulting with an attorney.
I have worked with many victims and have won dozens of defective product lawsuits. If you have any questions or want to know how I can help, don’t hesitate to reach out. Call my office today for a free consultation at (540) 777-4900 or toll free at 1-877-471-3353.