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Injured by a Dangerous Item? – Talk to a Product Liability Lawyer
We use thousands of products each day. We expect them to work. Too often, the things we use cause harm. If you’re hurt by a dangerous product, you may deserve financial compensation.
At Gibbons Legal Personal Injury and Accident Lawyers, we are experienced product liability lawyers. We help people in Philadelphia and the surrounding region when they’re hurt by dangerous goods.
Understanding Product Liability
Product liability is the type of legal case for someone who is hurt by a defective good or item.
But what is product liability?
Parties who manufacture, distribute and sell the things we use have legal obligations. They must design and manufacture goods that are safe. If a product is defective, it may hurt someone. If a dangerous product hurts someone, those responsible may have liability to the victim or their family. This kind of liability is called product liability.
Am I the Victim of a Dangerous Product?
Product liability may arise for three reasons:
A product may be defective because of the way it is designed. Using the risk-utility test, the risk of injury created by the product may outweigh the burden of taking precautions or using a different design. Alternatively, defective design may be based on consumer expectations, where a product is more dangerous than the consumer would expect.
Sometimes, a mistake happens in the manufacturing process. Manufacturing defects can cause a product to malfunction. The result may be a legal liability to victims.
Inadequate warnings and instructions
Sometimes, a product needs warnings and instructions to be used safely. A manufacturer must provide necessary instructions. A product may be unreasonably dangerous because the manufacturer does not provide the information consumers need to use the product safely.
Consumer Rights for Injured Victims
If you are a victim of a dangerous product or if a family member has been harmed, you have important consumer rights. In Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania, you may seek financial compensation.
Examples of Product Liability
Here are some examples of product liability claims:
- A poorly designed motor vehicle is in a car accident. The gas tank explodes, seriously injuring victims. A different design likely would have prevented the gas tank from exploding.
- Medical devices cause unexpected complications for a patient. The complications are serious. The risks of the medical device outweighed its benefits.
- Airbags fail to deploy in a car crash. Victims have more serious injuries than they would have had if the airbags had worked.
- When a ride malfunctions at an amusement park, a victim suffers severe lacerations and bruising.
- Designers of a patio space fail to test the weight bearing capacity of the structure. A collapse results in severe injury to several people.
- Chemicals, medicines, and consumable goods may cause cancer, allergic reactions, and other medical problems.
- A tool malfunctions and slips during use. The victim is harmed by blunt force trauma.
These are just some examples. Nearly any product we use has the potential of being defective. Our product liability lawyers can determine what happened in your case and if you qualify to bring a claim.
Compensation a victim may receive
Here are some types of compensation you may receive for a product liability injury:
- Medical bills, both current and in the future
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Compensation for lost wages and long-term career disruption
- Mental and emotional distress
- Loss of lifestyle and enjoyment of life
- Scars and disfigurement
- Wrongful death damages
Harm from a dangerous product can change a victim’s life. Compensation should reflect the many ways that a victim suffers, both personally and financially.
Product Liability FAQs
What is the product liability law in PA?
The product liability law in Pennsylvania is that a victim or family members may claim compensation if they are harmed by an unreasonably dangerous product. A product may be dangerous because of its design, a manufacturing defect, or inadequate warnings for product use.
What is a product liability lawsuit?
A product liability lawsuit is the legal action a person takes to receive compensation when they are hurt by a dangerous product. It is a civil case, the goal is to receive a monetary payment that represents the victim’s losses. A victim may have a lawyer of their choice represent them.
Why file a products liability lawsuit?
A product liability lawsuit can provide monetary compensation for a victim and their family. It may provide answers about what happened, justice for the victim, and awareness that prevents something similar from happening to someone else.
What is the statute of limitations for product liability in Pennsylvania?
The statute of limitations for product liability in Pennsylvania is two years. A victim has two years to begin a claim in most cases. However, the discovery rule applies in cases of fraudulent concealment.
Who may be at fault for a defective product?
A product manufacturer is one party that may be at fault for a defective product. Other parties may be liable, too, like the product designer, a distributor, or a retailer.
Talk to a Philadelphia Product Liability Lawyer
From the heart of Philadelphia, we are product liability lawyers. We are Gibbons Legal Personal Injury and Accident Lawyers. If you or a loved one has been hurt, you can talk to a product liability lawyer now. See how we can assist you. We can even start your case today.