Posted on August 31, 2011 in General
If you suspect you’ve been injured by a defective product, you need: 1) to quickly protect the key evidence, and 2) find a lawyer who knows how to determine if a dangerous product was at fault.
You need to move quickly to preserve evidence. Evidence disappears quickly and without certain evidence it becomes impossible to obtain a judgment against the manufacturer of a defective product. Find the suspicious product, protect it and make sure that it stays in the same condition that it was in after the incident.
If the product is in someone else’s possession (such as a motor vehicle under police hold at a body shop) send a certified letter notifying everyone involved that the product is potential evidence and must not be destroyed. There is often other critical evidence besides the product, but you need a competent lawyer specialized in your kind of case to identify and preserve this evidence.
You need to find a lawyer with the skills and expertise to investigate the incident, the injuries and the product. Many times Americans do not realize that a defective product contributed to their injuries or to the death of a loved one. In fact, even lawyers without the requisite expertise may not recognize the evidence of a defective product.
For example, when someone dies in a car accident after being ejected, the police, family members, even lawyers assume that the seatbelt was not in use. Sometimes, however, the seatbelt unlatched during the collision. Certain seatbelts are vulnerable to unlatching when subjected to specific kinds of accident forces.
To investigate this kind of incident, you need to find a Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer who, first of all, knows to look, and second, knows what to look for. You need an attorney who knows which seatbelts are vulnerable, how they’re vulnerable and what evidence is left behind when a seatbelt buckle unlatches.
These cases require significant resources and special expertise and you should take great care in choosing a lawyer. Make sure your personal injury attorney can handle this kind of case and has had successful results.