Go see a personal injury attorney before you do anything else.
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Consult with a personal injury attorney before surrendering the juicer to the product manufacturer. Most P I attorneys have free consults and the fees are contingent on if you receive any money,. There is no upfront fees. Do not talk to the manufacturer withou an attorney present. Iam sorry about your injuries.
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My apologies for hearing about your exploding juicer and resulting injuries. Until you have spoken to a personal injury attorney, DO NOT: (A) hand anything over to the juicer company; (B) give any statements to the juicer company.
Keep it. And hire a lawyer to preserve your rights. It is a good case. There are three aspects to every case- liability (which means "fault" which is fairly clear), causation (which means you suffered new or worsened injuries) and damages which range from medical bills to the inconvenience caused. We are happy to help.
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No, do NOT send the juicer to the manufacturer! There is no legal requirement that you do that, nor do you want to lose control over the key piece of evidence in the case. I have litigated defective product cases in state and federal court, including a case somewhat similar to yours in which a client suffered an eye injury as a result of a defective product. Product liability litigation is amongst the most complex and expensive in personal injury law. When I have a client that has been injured by a defective product, I take possession of that product from the client, and it goes into my evidence storage. It does NOT go to the manufacturer. If a lawsuit is filed, then the manufacturer will be entitled under the rules to inspect the product and/or have it's expert inspect the product. The inspection will be done on mutually agreeable terms that do not destroy the product. If the parties cannot agree on the procedure for the inspection/testing/analysis, or if the defendant (or plaintiff) needs to do a destruct test and the opposition opposes it, then a hearing will take place in which the Court issues an order outlining the inspection and/or testing procedure.
On my website I have an entire page dedicated to product liability claims that you may find interesting in light of this incident.