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Avoiding the Most Common Mistakes Made By Consumers Injured by Dangerous or Defective Products

The biggest mistake you can make when you have been injured by a defective product is to dispose of the product, the product packaging or the receipt information. You need to preserve the evidence if you go to trial. Tests need to be conducted to demonstrate precisely how a:

  • Device malfunctioned
  • Prescription drug caused harm
  • Toxic exposure resulted in an illness or disease
  • Toy presented a risk of choking or suffocation
  • Mass-produced food item resulted in food poisoning
  • Variety of consumer products caused you to sustain damages

Vital clues about how the accident occurred need to be preserved by the St. Louis product liability attorneys you hire to handle your case.

According to the latest Product Liability Insurance Report published by the Missouri Department of Insurance, more than half of all product liability claims in Missouri were settled without payment in 2011. Of the 632 claims that were paid, 77 percent were closed for less than $10,000.

If you have been injured by a defective product, a product liability attorney is your ultimate advocate. He or she can provide advice and counsel in the prosecution of the retailer, dealer, manufacturer, distributor or wholesaler responsible for causing your family to sustain serious personal and financial losses for a medically diagnosed injury.

If you have been injured by a defective product that is used in a commercial setting such as a tanning salon or a beauty parlor, time is of the essence if you want your case to proceed toward trial. The defective device probably contains a model or Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) that can be used to track a history of breakdowns in other areas of the country. Other product liability claims involve joining class action lawsuits, particularly if the product is part of a multinational brand. Depending on the type of accident and the scope of the injury, a St. Louis defective product lawyer can assist you with pursuing the best possible avenue of legal remedy.

For more information about product liability and consumer safety laws, contact an attorney at the Guirl Law Firm, LLC.

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