Did You Receive a Defective Product for Christmas? Here’s What You Should Do

It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is already coming to a close. While Christmas morning was intended to be filled with excitement, what should you do if it was instead filled with a trip to the ER because of a defective product? What happens when a product is poorly designed or manufactured, leading to an injury? That’s what we discuss down below.

Types of Product Liability Claims

Product liability claims can fall into any of the following categories:

  • Manufacturer defects: A manufacturer defect occurs during the manufacturing of a product.
  • Design defects: Design defects occur during the initial design of a type of product.
  • Warning defects: If there is any risk involved with a product, the warning label should clearly state it. Warning labels should also tell consumers how to use the product.

Whether one of the items under the tree causes a fire or is designed in a way that injures the user’s finger or other body part, you may have legal options available.

Common Types of Product Injuries

Product defects can lead to all types of injuries. Here are a few of the most common types of injuries:

  • Burns or chemical burns
  • Poisoning
  • Choking
  • Deep cuts or lacerations

These injuries will almost always require immediate medical care. In addition to a fast trip to the emergency room, you or your child may also require ongoing medical care. There is also the pain and suffering to consider. Suffering an extreme injury on what is supposed to be a joyous occasion can be fearful.

Some parents may also need to take time off from work to tend to the injured child or family member. Dangerous products can also damage other household items with a fire.

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If you were injured using a product, then the responsible party may be liable for damages. This could include your emergency and future medical bills, lost wages, property damages, and pain and suffering. While this may be difficult to prove, it is just as important as any of the other costs involved.

However, it is not always easy to prove a defective product case. You need to not only demonstrate that the product is unsafe, but also that it led to an injury. This requires the collection of evidence including medical records and witness reports. In many cases, it is also ideal to have the product as evidence. If possible, it is best to secure the product in a safe location. Of course, if it is a safety risk, then remove it from the home, and figure out the details later.

We hope that you and your family had a good holiday celebration that is free from any product injuries. But, if a manufacturer or designer’s negligence leads to an injury, then it is only right that they cover your costs. If you or a loved one is injured this holiday season, we encourage you to check out your legal options with us.

Read more: Proving a Product Liability Case: What You Need to Know

Contact a Galloway Township Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Product Injury Case in New Jersey

Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a product injury in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at the Law Offices of Richard A. Stoloff represent clients injured because of a product in Galloway Township, Pleasantville, Ventnor City, Hammonton, and throughout New Jersey. Call (609) 601-2233 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 605 New Road, Linwood, NJ 08221, as well as an office in Philadelphia, PA.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.