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Products liability lawsuit needs careful planning

When a North Dakotan suffers injuries that were caused by a defective product, grounds likely exist for a civil lawsuit against the manufacturer, designer, retailer or other entity in the supply chain of the item. However, navigation of a products liability lawsuit is challenging. Various aspects must be considered, and the skills of experienced legal counsel is typically necessary.

Despite the differences in details of each case, the goal of every products liability lawsuit is similar. It involves the pursuit of compensation for financial and other losses following a serious injury or death caused by a defective product. In all cases, evidence must be gathered once the services of an attorney are obtained, and the viability of the claim is assessed. The required documentation will likely include proof of purchase, original guarantee or warranty (if applicable), along with the defective product (if available).

It may also help to obtain the product's schematics, technical details and design documents along with photographs of the injuries caused by it. Medical records related to illnesses or injuries caused by the product, along with bills for medical treatment, are also important. Depositions or interviews with experts and witnesses can also be valuable to the case. In cases of injuries caused by consumables, the evidence concerning the dangerous product may include food, drinks, medication, etc.

The next step will be the filing of the lawsuit in a North Dakota civil court. The complicated legal process could be eased with the support and guidance of an experienced products liability attorney. When the presentation is successful and liability is assessed, the court will then adjudicate documented financial losses to determine the value of a monetary judgment.

Source: consumersafety.org, "A Look Inside Product Liability Lawsuits: Consultation", Curtis Weyant, Accessed on Dec. 29, 2017

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