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The holiday season is a time when many give and receive gifts. You don’t want this joyous experience to be ruined because you or a loved one is injured when using a new product that’s been gifted for the holidays.

Avoid this by keeping the following advice in mind:

ALWAYS Read the Instructions

It doesn’t matter how confident someone is in their ability to safely use a new product without consulting the instruction manual. Reading the instructions is a simple task that can significantly minimize one’s chances of being harmed as a result of using a product they might not have used in the past.

Read Reviews

If you’re considering giving someone a certain item as a gift, but you have concerns regarding how safe it is, read reviews and conduct some online research to determine if it has a reputation for causing harm. Purchase a different item if you learn a product you were thinking about buying is known to put users at risk of injury.

Be Sober

Plenty of people overindulge in alcohol when celebrating during the holidays. This can put them at risk of being injured if they attempt to use certain new gifts while in an intoxicated state. Examples of gifts one shouldn’t use when intoxicated include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Appliances
  • Hardware
  • Paintball guns, BB guns, and other such toy weapons
  • Fitness equipment

Monitor Children

Kids may be particularly excited about the prospect of receiving gifts during the holiday season. In their excitement, children may be less inclined to listen to their elders when they’re told not to play with certain potentially dangerous toys by themselves.

Remember that when giving kids gifts this year. You may need to be even more vigilant than you usually are to ensure your children aren’t disobeying you and playing with toys that could theoretically cause injury when you’re not there to supervise them.

Examine New Items

If a gift is one that naturally has the potential to cause injury, you may want to check it for any signs of damage or defects before using it. Even if you use a product according to the instructions provided by its manufacturer, you might nevertheless be harmed if the product is defective.

That said, if you or someone you love is harmed as a result of using a defective product, you should be familiar with your legal rights in these circumstances. You might have the option to seek compensation for medical bills and other such losses resulting from an accident involving a defective product by filing an insurance claim.

Consider reviewing your case with an attorney before doing so. A lawyer can improve your chances of recovering the compensation you deserve when facing off against the insurance company.

At Allegiance Law, our California defective products attorneys want the holiday season to be safe for you and yours. That said, if you are injured because a product’s manufacturers or designers were negligent, we can help you pursue compensation accordingly. Learn more by contacting us online or calling us at 415-404-6395.

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