Monthly Archives: July 2015

Product Liability

Unfortunately, people are often injured by defective or dangerous products.

When you buy a new product you expect that it will have gone through a series of safety checks to ensure that it is fit for use. Most of the time, by the time the product is being sold to the consumers it is safe for use.

However, in some circumstances accidents do happen as a result of defective or dangerous products slipping through the net.

For example if the accident was due to a defective product such as a chair you purchased and brought home, which then broke beneath your weight or a piece of electrical equipment, which caught fire and burned you, then you would be entitled to make a personal injury claim against the manufacturer of the faulty product or the person who sold it to you.

Dangerous products can also be items of food which are sold to you and are not safe to be eaten. If you contract food poisoning as a result of a product which was sold to you in an unfit condition, you may be able to make a dangerous product compensation claim.

We recently helped a man who was left injured when a chair that he was sitting on collapsed under him. The man had purchased the standard white plastic chair, from a large supermarket, only two days before the accident happened. As a result he was left with lower back, pelvic and hip pain.

Due to his injuries, the restaurant owner was unable to return to his occupation for a few months following the accident as he had difficulties standing for long periods of time.

With our help and investigations, the supplier of the chair accepted responsibility for the accident. We were able to help secure compensation of £14,000 for the injured man.

To make a successful faulty product injury compensation claim, you would need to prove that another person was responsible for your personal injury.

To help your case, you should report the dangerous product accident to the person responsible for it as soon as possible, make a note of your accident in the accident book if possible, take names and addresses of witnesses to the accident and if appropriate retain and take photographs of the faulty product itself. You should also keep the original purchase receipt for the dangerous product as it may be required as evidence.

If you are intending to claim expenses such as prescription costs and travelling expenses as part of your faulty product injury claim, remember to keep receipts as evidence.

In the United Kingdom, there is a standard time limit of three years in which a personal injury claim for compensation should be made. If legal proceedings are not started in court within three years, you may lose your entitlement to claim. The three year deadline usually begins either from the date of the accident or from the date that you knew that your injury was linked to the original accident or exposure (whichever is latest) called the date of knowledge.

To discuss your potential claim call us today on 01704 532 229.