Been harmed by a faulty product and need to make an injury claim in Newtownards?
Manufacturers, producers and importers all have a responsibility to ensure the goods they supply to consumers are safe. If they do not and someone is harmed, the injured party may be entitled to make an injury claim.
The legal duty of manufacturers, producers and Importers and how they should comply
To comply with the law, these organisations should:
- Warn consumers about any risks attached to their products
- Make sure the information regarding the risks is easily understandable to the consumer
- Continually monitor the safety of their products
- Take immediate action if a safety problem is found
- Notify Trading Standards as soon as they realise a product they have put on the market is unsafe to consumers
If you have had an accident in which you were injured because of a defective product, you may be able to make an injury claim.
Shops and wholesalers
Shops and wholesalers do not normally have any responsibility towards the safety of the consumer or the consumers’ property. However, if they knowingly sold an unsafe product, then they immediately become liable and must give the details of their supplier to Trading Standards.
The power of the Trading Standards Officers
Trading Standards officers have the power to seize goods to take them away for safety testing. Sometimes they will visit retailers, without announcing who they are and buy the goods to take away for testing – this means no one gets any warning about their investigation. Once they have found an unsafe product, they have the power to:
- Immediately stop all sales of the faulty products
- Insist on a recall of the faulty products
- Ask the courts for permission to destroy all the faulty goods
- Prosecute the guilty party
Prosecution can result in heavy fines being imposed and occasionally a custodial sentence has to be served.
The areas of your injury claim in Newtownards
If you do have to make an injury claim, your claim would be made up of several areas of your life, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Anxiety and stress
- Loss of earnings
- Travel costs
- Medical costs
- Care cots
- Any other cost or loss that is a direct result of the accident in which you were injured.
When you are ready to make your personal injury compensation claim
When you are ready to start your claim, then you should contact Accident Advice Helpline. We have the expertise needed to ensure that every aspect of your claim is examined to maximise the amount of compensation you receive. We were established in 2000 to help many thousands of blameless victims achieve the compensation awards to which they were entitled.
On our website, there is a test to complete and in just 30 seconds will let you know if you qualify to make a personal injury compensation claim. If you do, it will give you a rough idea of the amount of compensation you may receive.
Our helpline freephone, 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993., has friendly advisors, there to talk through your accident and resulting injuries. They will give you free legal advice and if you wish to continue with your claim, start the process for you.