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Product Defect Attorney Advice Column Part 3

Product Defect Attorney Advice Column Part 3

Welcome again to SHOOP | A PROFESSIONAL LAW CORPORATION's Product Defect Attorney Advice Column. The firm's founder, David Shoop, has handled all manner of product defect and product liability claims over the past decade, ranging from those resulting in catastrophic personal injury to multi-million dollar property damage claims.

Previously, we discussed methods by which to report defective products to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). This week we discuss what to do if you or a loved one has suffered personal injury as a result of the use of or contact with a defective product.

After you or your family member has received appropriate medical attention and treatment, there are a number of steps that must be taken to protect your legal rights:

Step One: IDENTIFY the potentially defective product. Write down the name of the product and its manufacturer. Did the product have any serial numbers, markings or other identifiers? If so, write those down as well.

Step Two: PRESERVE the potentially defective product and ALL of its component parts - even if the product appears to be broken, cracked or burned. Engineering consultants will generally need to conduct a forensic examination of the potentially defective product and any related related components to determine how the product failed. If the potentially defective product is not preserved for inspection and examination, evidentiary issues may exist that could diminish your legal rights.

Step Three: NOTIFY the experienced Los Angeles product defect attorneys at SHOOP | A PROFESSIONAL LAW CORPORATION as soon as possible at (866) 884-1717. It is important to bear in mind that certain statutes of limitation apply to product defect and personal injury cases in California, and contacting us as soon as possible is very important.

In sum, remembering to IDENTIFY, PRESERVE and NOTIFY will serve to protect your legal rights in the event you or a loved one have suffered personal injury as a result of your use or interaction with a defective product (a product with a defective design, a product with manufacturing defects or a product with defective warnings).


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