We invest in products and services almost every day, but do we purchase them wisely and safely? Through the years, there have been numerous reported product liability cases involving children’s products and poisoning, Carbon Monoxide poisonings, fires, electrocutions, hazard screening, fireworks, submersion, and sports and recreation. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission or CPSC, about 8000 product-related deaths and about 380,000 product-related injuries are reported and reviewed each year.
To avoid becoming a victim of product liability, here are some simple ways to ensure that the products and services you are purchasing will not cause you any inconvenience:
o The Company and The Product’s Reputation
It is always wise to do some research about the company and their products before you decide to do business with them. You can go online and find honest reviews in forums and websites about different companies and products submitted by other consumers who have purchased similar products and services. Educating yourself about the product and services will help you avoid inconveniences such as injuries and wasting money.
o Secure All Warranties and Agreements in Writing
There is nothing better than to have all business transactions, agreements and warranties in writing. This will help save you all the trouble in terms of returns, exchange and repairs. Though you may have come to an oral agreement with a salesperson, it is better to have him or her put everything discussed in writing, including the warranty being offered.
o Read the Fine Print
Most products and their ads will have fine print and these must not be ignored. There are times when we become so eager to buy the product or secure the service that we end up paying first before reading the fine print. There are also products that do not have fine print or have misleading information, so you should do some research on them or opt for similar products that have proper labeling and fine print.
o Check the Products and Services Provided Before Paying
Consumers must learn to inspect the products and services provided before paying for them to make sure that they are in good working condition. Sometimes their defects are discovered too late and if the defects are severe, they can lead to injuries and even death. This is why you should have some knowledge about the products and services you are investing in or have a friend who has knowledge or experience in the product and services, accompany you. If the defects are detected later on, but have not caused you any harm, you must make sure that the agreement or warranty offered covers for repairs or returns.
What Happens If You Become a Victim of Product Liability?
In the event that you become a victim of product liability, the manufacturing chain shall be held responsible for your injuries. This chain includes the manufacturer, designer, assembler, wholesaler, retailer and distributor. However, if the company refuses to fix the problem or to resolve the matter with you then the best way to handle this is by consulting with a product liability attorney. Product liability cases are categorized into: o Strict Liability o Breach of Warranty o Negligence A product liability case is very complicated and it can take months and even years, but it is only justified that you file a case against the liable party that caused you inconvenience or even injuries so that they may compensate you for all the expenses incurred. However, in order to avoid becoming a product liability victim, the best thing you can do is to follow the tips provided, when purchasing any products and services.
About the Author : Valerie Jones is a Freelance writer specializing in product liability and personal injury claims. She regularly contributes articles relating to personal injury for BobCohenLaw.com.