Most of us purchase products every week. While most products are safe for the most part, some products are dangerous or flawed, also known as defective. However, when we are purchasing products, we usually don’t assume that they will hurt us or our loved ones. The reality is that many products are recalled after it is too late—after people have already suffered injuries or death due to product defects.
Safety Comes First When Buying and Using Products
Although we shouldn’t have to worry about products we purchase causing us harm, we do. The best way to protect yourself and your family is to do research on the product you want to purchase prior to handing over your credit card. However, the research shouldn’t stop there. It is wise to be in-the-know even after purchasing a certain item. This is especially true if it’s a vehicle, large purchase, or anything related to your children, such as toys, cribs, and medicine. For this reason, frequently check the websites for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to learn about the latest recalls.
While you may have never had a problem with a product before, all it takes is one bad product to cause you harm. This is why it is important to know about dangerous products, what to do if you have a recalled product, what to do if a product causes you harm, and what your legal rights are.
- What you should know about dangerous products? A product can be defective in design, in manufacturing, or because it failed to warn of the potential for harm. If more information was provided, or if the product was designed or manufactured properly, then the product may not have caused harm. Examples of product defects include airbag defects, vehicle defects, tire defects, defects in children’s toys, crib defects, and medication defects.
- What should you do if you have a recalled product? If, after conducting online research, you found that your product is part of a recall—mandatory or voluntary—it is not safe for continued use. There should be instructions online at CPSC, or you should have received a notice from the company involved. Follow these instructions for returning the item, getting the item fixed, or to receive a refund.
- What should you do if a product causes you harm? If you were injured by a product you believe to be defective, seek medical treatment, document everything, report the unsafe product to CPSC (or NHTSA if vehicle related or FDA if food or drug related), and call a product liability attorney.
- What are your legal rights? After you have been injured by a dangerous product in Kentucky, you need to speak with a skilled attorney immediately. A lawyer will be able to advise you of your next steps, protect your interests, and help you get a fair financial recovery from the company liable.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product, please call the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson for a free consultation with a qualified Northern Kentucky product liability lawyer at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 today.