Wherever you live in the UK, when you buy a product you expect it to work properly and be safe. The main responsibility for this lies with the manufacturer, importer or producer. They have to make sure that all goods sold to consumers are safe for their intended purposes.
If one of them fails in this duty, and you are injured as a result, then you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim. To do this, you might want to use a personal injury lawyer in Markington to help you.
How to avoid facing a personal injury lawyer in Markington
All responsible parties need to make sure that nothing can go wrong with the goods they supply to consumers, but if there are any potential risks at all they should:
- Warn consumers of the potential risks on each individual product;
- Act on any health and safety concerns they find straight away;
- Ensure that warnings are easily understandable to the consumer; and
- Continuously monitor the safety of their products.
Any of them that do not comply with the health and safety regulations, as well as any that apply to their own particular type of product, can be taken to court and heavily fined. It has been known in some instances for a custodial sentence to be given by the courts.
Report to Trading Standards if you have a problem
If your product was unsafe, it stands to reason that there could be many more out there in the same condition. It is because of this that you need to report your faulty product to the Trading Standards Officers. They have the power to:
- Demand a recall of the defective goods;
- Get permission from the courts to destroy the goods;
- Prosecute the guilty party, which can result in heavy fines or imprisonment;
- Seize goods for safety testing; and
- Order the halt of sales of the product.
What about the retailers?
Retailers are not as responsible as the manufacturers, unless they knowingly sell a product that is unsafe. However, retailers should take particular care with high-risk products such as food, medicines, toys and fireworks.
A personal injury lawyer in Markington at Accident Advice Helpline can help you to make your defective product compensation claim
Accident Advice Helpline can help yout to make your defective product injury claim. We were established in 2000 to provide access to justice to non-fault victims of accidents under the no win no fee agreement. This was introduced to the personal injury claims industry in the 1999 Finance Act, after legal aid for claims was abolished in 1998.
On our website there is a compensation calculator, which we refer to as the 30-second test because that is all it takes to find out if you qualify to make a personal injury claim. Not only that, it will give you an indication of the amount you can expect to be awarded.
Our freephone helpline number is 0800 180 4123. You can speak to one of our friendly advisors, who will be pleased to assist you all they can.
Date Published: 1st March 2014