With hundreds of thousands of products in the marketplace today, it is perhaps not surprising that every now and then one is found to be faulty or defective in some way. It is to the credit of the manufacturers however that very few products are ever found to have some kind of problem. In reality, most products are perfectly safe and effective to use for the purpose they are intended for.
With that said however, it is good to know what your rights are in relation to a faulty product. If something is defective, it may simply not work the way it should. It may not necessarily cause you any injury even if you used it. However this is not always the case.
How might you be injured by a defective product?
People who have successfully sought defective product injury compensation are those who have been able to provide proof that a particular product was defective. This points to the manufacturer as being negligent in terms of providing something that was not fit for purpose.
You could be injured in a minor way, perhaps cutting a finger on a sharp part of the product for example. On the other hand the injury could be more severe. If an electrical product is involved you might end up being electrocuted if it is not designed or built properly to ensure it is safe.
How can you find out if you could get defective product injury compensation?
Firstly you must have suffered some kind of injury. Mental injuries can also be claimed for if you have been affected in this way, as well as physical injuries. It can also help to retain the product that caused you the problem, as this can be used as evidence. You should ideally seek help for your injuries as quickly as possible after the accident occurs, since this will provide further evidence that you were indeed injured.
If this all sounds quite intense, don’t worry. The team working for Accident Advice Helpline are on hand to make sure you can get some help just when you need it most. You can easily reach them by calling 0800 689 0500, which is our free enquiry line number.
With just one call you can find out whether you are able to make a compensation claim on a no win, no fee basis.
Date Published: October 25, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead