It has happened again, a large corporation put profits before the safety of its consumers. Over the last decade, Fiat Chrysler has been selling defective and potentially dangerous products to hundreds of thousands Americans. As a result, Fiat-Chrysler faces up to a $105-million-dollar fine and is being forced to buy back or repair hundreds of thousands of vehicles.
Of course, Fiat Chrysler is not the only company who has recently sold a defective product, it happens everyday in stores throughout America. We have all purchased a defective product at one time or another, whether big or small (I was recently stuck with a defective television set). Luckily, most of the time a faulty product just results in a return and an exchange. However, when you have been injured by the defective product, when that product has been recalled, or when the manufacturer/retailer claims that the product was not defective, you may be at a loss for what to do and you may need to file a potential claim in order to protect your rights.
If you have a potential products liability claim it is important that you act quickly and make sure you preserve all of the information/documentation you have regarding the product itself, where you purchased it, how you used it, and any damage or injuries that occurred as a result of its use. It is essential that you maintain any and all documents and keep records of everything that happened. These documents and notes will help you and your attorney in pursuing your claim. Further, if you talk to the product’s seller or manufacturer, make sure you make a journal of all of your conversations what was said, and by who.
In order to establish a claim for a defective product you generally need to establish the following:
- You suffered some injury, damage, or loss as a result of the product;
- The product was defective in either its manufacture or design;
- The defect caused the injury, damage, or loss at issue; and
- You were using the product the way it was intended.
If you have suffered some harm from a defective product, it is important to move quickly in order to protect your rights. It may be in your best interest to contact an attorney to see if you can establish the above elements and determine whether you have a viable claim. Further, if you have purchased a product you believe may be subject to a recall, feel free to click here to check whether a recall for your particular product has begun.
If you or someone you know has been injured or suffered damage as a result of a defective product, contact one of the products liability attorneys at Hipskind & McAninch for a free consultation at: 618.641.9189 (IL) | 314.312.2930 (MO) | firstname.lastname@example.org.
Authored by: Brady Mcaninch