Yesterday, I cut myself with a new disposable razor. It TOOK OFF a 2 x 1 inch piece of skin under of my sideburns. I was using an expensive shave gel and being careful. The affected area is now a dark red-purple Color. It will probable become a permanent scar. I still have the razor and packaging in a Ziploc bag and I have taken several pics of my face
You would need to prove the product is defective in some way. Simply cutting yourself with a razor does not mean it is defective. I suggest you bring the razor to a attorney who practices in product liability for a full review.
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You have a potential products liability case, whether the product was itself defective or its design. Be sure you keep the razor and packaging as it identifies the particular razor you used. You need to ascertain the extent of any scarring. Therefore you should consult with a dermatologist or other physician to determine whether there will be a permanent scar. Time will tell. You should also consult with a personal injury attorney to determine the statute of limitations. The attorney will also guide you on all of the above steps and inform you if you have a worthwhile case.
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Is it defective and unreasonably dangerous? A razor has to be sharp to work, so what is the defect? If there isn't one, there is no case.
You should see a plastic surgeon ASAP about the wound whether there is a case or not.
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You can call a products liability lawyer, but normally the injuries have to be catastrophic to justify the costs of bringing such a case. By catastrophic, I mean you die from the cut or lose part of your face. Even then, the lawyer has a very difficult liability situation trying to prove your razor was defective.
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Take photos of your cut now, and have one of the above lawyers in your state investigate it, sound good?
Not likely. You would have to show the razor is defective in some fashion. By thier nature, razors are dangerous and carry the inherent risk of cutting you. What remains somewhat odd would be that you continued to use the razor to cut 2 inches of skin that you feel will result in scarring but for some reason didn't stop so there may otherwise be issues about how the razor was used that need to be addressed also.
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This appears to be an unusual situation. Make sure you keep all of the gel product and the razor etc. You should obtain needed medical care and treatment immediately and follow the doctor's advice. Do not give any statements to the adverse party or insurance company nor grant them access to any medical records. Photograph the injuries and the damage done to any property. Contact a personal injury attorney in your area as soon as possible so that you can protect your rights. You may also find it helpful to review the Legal Guides I have published on Avvo.com dealing with many of the issues you are now facing. You can access my Legal Guides through my profile page on Avvo.
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There is inherent risk of injury when placing a blade to your face. however, I would bring picture and the razor to a product liability attorney to get their opinion. If the product was defective and the defect caused the injury you may have a case.
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