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Home > Personal Injury > Product Liability

Product Liability Accident Claims

If you are unlucky enough to suffer an accident as a result of a faulty product, it is possible that you may be able to bring a personal injury claim for damages.

Clear Answers offer specialist personal injury claim advice for product liability claims. You need a good personal injury lawyer to outline the correct legal route for compensation. We can also organise the sometimes complicated process of finding the right defendant in a supply line and proving legal fault against them.

There are three main potential grounds for establishing a right to compensation in a product liability claim.

1. Did you buy the product?

If you are injured as a result of a defect in something you have bought, there may be an injury claim against the shop or seller under the Sale of Goods Act 1979 which says that all goods shall be of satisfactory quality and fit for their purpose for which they are to be used.

2. Did you use the product?

Did you use the product or were you injured by it, even if you did not buy it?

If you did not buy the goods, or want to sue someone other than the seller you may have a claim in negligence.

Claims against, say, a manufacturer can be more complicated than against a seller and you need will specialist claim advice.

You would need in this case to show what had gone wrong in production.

You also need someone to identify carefully who was to blame in the chain of supply to the manufacturer and whether the manufacturer can legally be blamed after the supply.

3. Finally you may have grounds for an accident claim under the Consumer Protection Act 1987.

The Act provides liability for the injured consumer against almost anyone in the supply line from manufacture to sale, without having to prove fault against the supplier, if you can show injury was caused by use of their product and the product had a defect.

This Act contains some defences, one example of which is that there is no liability if the defect could not have been known about having regard to technical and scientific knowledge at the time of manufacture.

What to do if you have an accident with a product?

If an accident happens as a result of a defective product, always keep evidence the purchase of the product, the faulty product itself, of doctors visited and treatments, and keep receipts for any injury related expenses.

Clear Answers lawyers are experts in all aspects of personal injury work and in how to pursue claims for damages. They will be able to advise you whether a claim for damages is possible, give guidance and assistance on how the claim can be pursued and ensure that all the correct evidence is obtained to secure the best result for you.

Multi party actions for product liability

In some product liability cases it is clear that you are just one of many different consumers who have suffered as a result of the same product.

In such cases, the courts will coordinate the legal action and appoint lead solicitors to represent the claimants and/or to deal with one or more of the legal issues. Clear Answers specialist personal injury lawyers have huge experience in handling multi party claims and assisting in the complex legal processes involved.

Please visit our section on information and advice for more details on making a personal injury compensation claim.

Strict time limits apply to making a claim for any type of personal injury, so please contact an experienced solicitor as soon as you think you may have a claim for compensation.

Telephone us now on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms.

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