Solomon & Relihan Offers Tips on Dealing with Defective Products

March 22, 2011

Although consumer products are supposed to meet safety standards before being put on the market, thousands of people are injured or killed by defective products every year. The lawyers at Solomon & Relihan have represented many victims of defective products and have put together a list of tips for people for both preventing injury from defective products and taking the proper steps after an injury occurs.

Phoenix, AZ (Vocus/PRWEB) March 21, 2011

When consumers in the United States buy products, whether it is food, automobiles, children’s toys, medication, or any other product, they generally trust that the product is safe and will not harm or kill them. The U.S government has a myriad of agencies and regulations that are supposed to ensure the safety of the products people buy. However, anyone who watches the news will notice the frequency of product recalls of all kinds. And these highly publicized recalls only represent a fraction of the defective products in the marketplace at any given time.

Recalls are initiated either by the manufacturer of the product or a government regulatory agency, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Recalls are only issued after there is significant evidence that a product has a serious defect that has caused repeated problems in its customers. This means that many customers will already be seriously injured or even killed by a product before a recall begins and that there are many defective products on the market whose defects have not yet come to life and resulted in a recall.

The attorneys at Solomon & Relihan have been representing victims of defective products for over 30 years. Solomon & Relihan offers the following advice on dealing with defective products:

-Stay informed about recalls. Visit the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Federal Consumer Information Center to learn about the latest recalls.

-Read product safety information carefully. The safety information included on products is often hard to find and difficult to understand.

-Know what is in the products you buy. Many products contain dangerous materials, from lead in children’s toys to aspartame in diet soft drinks.

If a person is injured or made ill by a product, he or she should take the following steps:

-If possible, save what is left of the defective product.

-See a doctor immediately if injured or made ill in any way.

-Take photographs of any visible injuries and the defective product.

-Save written documentation of purchase, eg. purchase receipts, cancelled checks, ets., and any written material pertaining to the product.

-Notify the manufacturer.

-Contact an attorney.

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