How to Handle Injury from a Defective Father’s Day Gift
You probably love giving your dad a Father’s Day gift, and it’s often something practical like a grill or tool. Usually, these products are designed and manufactured just as they’re supposed to be and provide the proper warnings and instructions for safe use.
However, injuries can still occur because the product is defective in some way. If your father is injured by a defective product, you may need a Louisiana defective product lawyer. At Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys, our lawyers are ready to represent you 24/7.
What Are Defective Products?
Products become defective when they are unreasonably dangerous to the user, causing physical harm as a result.
They’re usually categorized in the following 3 ways:
1. Defects in Design
In this type of product liability, the product’s design is dangerous or defective. It may have been assembled perfectly, but the way in which it was designed makes it unsafe.
For instance, a power saw that was designed without a guard to protect the user’s hands from the blade is an example of a defectively designed product.
2. Defects in Manufacturing
Manufacturing defects are flaws made during the creation of the product. For example, a hammock could be manufactured with a cracked chain that breaks and causes the swing – and your dad – to crash to the ground and suffer an injury.
3. Failure to Provide Adequate Warnings or Instructions
This type of product liability is also called a marketing defect. It refers to products that are dangerous in a way that’s not obvious and/or should carry a warning about special precautions the user should take. This could apply to a power tool that comes without adequate instructions or warnings.
What Should You do if Your Dad is Injured by his Father’s Day Gift?
A Louisiana defective product lawyer at Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys can help you and your dad determine whether you should file a legal claim related to his defective gift. The following are a few things to keep in mind:
How Do You Establish Blame?
An injury must have occurred, and it must have happened as a result of the product’s defect. Your dad also should have been using the product as it was intended. This doesn’t mean that the way he was using the product has to perfectly conform to the manufacturer’s specifications. He needs only to behave as an ordinary consumer would.
Who Is to Blame?
Blame could possibly lie with more than one party. For example, any of the following could bear responsibility:
- The product’s manufacturer
- A manufacturer of parts used in the product
- The wholesaler
- The store that sold the product
What Kind of Evidence Do You Need?
The following types of evidence can help your dad establish his case:
- The product itself (if possible)
- Any packaging or instructions that were with it
- Visual records detailing any injuries (photos, etc.)
- Medical records proving injuries as well as your dad’s expenses related to his injury
- Documentation of any lost time at work
Getting Help from a Louisiana Defective Product Lawyer
If you or your dad has been injured by a defective Father’s Day gift or another product, call a Louisiana defective product lawyer at Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys today. We’re also available when and how you need us – in our office from 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., by phone 24/7, and online anytime LiveChat. You won’t need any money upfront because we provide free consultations, and you won’t pay a fee unless we win your case.
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