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Taking legal action after being hurt by a defective product

When you buy a product from a local store, you expect it to be safe to use. You expect that the seller will know where they're getting products, that the manufacturer will be creating safe items and that the wholesaler won't allow dangerous items to be sold.

In Montana, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers can be held accountable if a product is defective and results in injuries. For example, if you purchase a laptop that explodes when it overheats, that product was clearly dangerous and did not work as intended. If you were injured because of the explosion or fire it caused, then you could pursue a claim against the seller.

What do you do if you're hurt by a defective product?

After getting hurt due to a defective product, your first step will always be to seek medical care. Once you are stable, you can reach out to your attorney. Your attorney can go over your case and talk to you about whether it's strong enough to pursue a claim or not.

Several different parties could be held liable if your injuries can be linked to a malfunctioning device, recalled item or issue as a result of design, manufacturing or marketing defects.

If you're injured by a defective product in Montana, you have three years to make your claim from the date of your injury (or when you discovered it). Your attorney can help you put together a claim if you want to hold the manufacturer, seller or others responsible for the injuries that you suffered and seek compensation for expenses and damages.

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