Product recalls are far too many and many have very little consequence. However, there are deadly consequences if a product is not recalled and it does not work properly. When a product is recalled like a vehicle or toy, it can be easy to just simply return it to the store or dispose of it in another fashion.
Where things can get tricky is when a food item is recalled. You may have already ingested the product which means there is no way to return or dispose of the product. Then there is the question of whether or not you have already been injured by the product. If you have been injured by food that has been recalled you need to collect any possible evidence like receipts and packaging and consult with a food recall lawyer.
Types of Food Recalls
There are several reasons a food recall can happen but the most common are:
- Presence of foreign objects
- Incorrectly labeled products
- Presence of bacteria or organisms
What to Do With a Recalled Product
Hearing that a food item you purchased is up for a recall can be a scary thing. The first step is to do some research and head the recall notice. In the notice, it will provide information as to why the product was recalled and what the company is doing to remedy the situation. In some cases, the recall will require you to contact the producer or retailer depending on what the issue is.
You will then be issued a new product or a refund for the product. The next scenario has a caveat attached. Typically you would be instructed to dispose of a food item. The caveat is, if you are injured because of the product, your food recall lawyer will need the item to document it as evidence.
Potential Food Recall Injuries
Regardless of if you were injured by a food item or another type of product, the first step you should take is to seek medical attention. There are two main reasons for this, the first being you need to be properly taken care of and diagnosed. The second is, the documentation of your injury will be crucial to your food recall lawyer.
There are three federal classifications for food recalls. The first being a Class III which is when the food product will not likely cause illness. The second would be Class II where the food item poses a possibility to cause illness. The last classification is Class I, which is the most serious, this is when if you eat the product it will cause serious health issues or even death.
Legal Representation from Thomas J. Henry
A food recall lawyer has a big job to do to get you compensation and you need to find an attorney you can trust to do just that. A personal injury attorney must prove that the manufacture of the food item has a duty of care to the consumer and that they breached that duty. They must prove that you were injured by the product and that damages were sustained as a result. Contact an experienced food recall lawyer at Thomas J. Henry at 866-517-5659 today.