What to do if my hair straightener blew in my hand and shocked me so badlt that I had to go to the hospital?

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What to do if my hair straightener blew in my hand and shocked me so badlt that I had to go to the hospital?

I have contacted the company and they asked for pictures but they also want me to send them the faulty device. Do I do this or should I seek representation?

Asked on May 7, 2013 under Personal Injury, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

How badly were you hurt, and how much out-of-pocket (not reimbursed by insurance) did you spend for medical care? Even if the device was faulty--that is, it was designed or manufactured badly, and not that it blew because you had damaged it somehow--the company would only be liable, for responsible for your medical costs, lost wages (if any), and "pain and suffering" if you suffered some significant and at least somewhat long-last (at least a week or so) disability, scarring, chronic pain affecting your life, etc. If you did not spend a lot of money, did not have much in the way of long-lasting effects, and/or did not lose much income, a lawsuit would not be worthwhile, so you may wish to send them the device and see what they offer you. On the other hand, if you did suffer significant injury or incur significant costs (or lose alot of income), you should probably consult with an attorney first.


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