Millions of products are available for sale on store shelves. Most of these products are safe, thanks to strong consumer protection laws. However, product testing cannot catch every flawed product. This means that the public is always at a small risk of injury from products. This is why product manuals have pages after page of warnings.
Nevertheless, sometimes a company hides a flaw in a product or is not aware that a product could cause injury to its users. This is when the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls the defective product. The CSPC ensures that any product placed in stores is properly tested.
Testing for other goods such as food, cosmetics, drugs, or medical devices are handled by other federal agencies.
Injured by a Defective Product?
People injured by products should talk to a personal injury lawyer who has experience with product liability lawsuits. A product liability attorney will help you evaluate your case and organize your evidence. The legal advice they provide will help you build a strong case and increase the chance for success.
Injured persons can also send in a report to the CPSC for an investigation. If testing proves there was a problem with the product, then they can force the manufacturer to recall the product. A recall may also make it much easier for those who experienced injuries to pursue damages; however, that depends on the specifics related to the injury.
For example, a hot new toy hits the Christmas shelves. However, the toy may have parts that break off that aren’t part of the design. These could present a choking hazard to small children. This would be grounds for a recall or for public warnings about the products. Anyone injured by the product could point to the recall to say that there is proof that the product was dangerous.
Consumers are able to learn which products are under recall by the CPSC by going to CPSC Recalls. This page will describe the problem, the recommended action, and anything the manufacturer is doing to remedy the problem such as issuing refunds.
If you want to file a report on an unsafe product, like Just For Men, you can visit SaferProducts.gov. If you are looking to research information regarding the safety of a product, there are reports that are available to the public, which may help provide you with evidence of a problem you experienced with a product that may be useful for your case.
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The announcement of these Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls is a double-edged sword if you are seeking damages. They can help you prove your case. However, if your injury occurred long after the recall announcement, you may be held liable for your injury. Manufacturers also protect themselves by placing warnings inside of manuals. It’s not just required by law for them; they also serve as protection against claims in court by people who misused a product.
That’s why it’s important to speak with a personal injury attorney with experience in product claims. They will investigate the situation to gauge your chances of receiving damages from the injury and represent you in court.
Don’t be intimidated if the defective product comes from a large company. You can indeed get the compensation you need to recover from your injuries. In addition, the U.S. has strong consumer protection laws. If you have been injured by a defective product please don’t hesitate to contact Galligan Law for a free consultation.