Pennsylvania Defective Product Lawsuits
When you bring a a new product in to your house, you have a right to assume that it is safe for the purpose for which it was created. For example, laptop and cellphone batteries should not catch on fire. But they have been known to do so from time-to-time. If the battery or the laptop itself was manufactured improperly, and you are injured, you likely have a product liability case against the battery or device manufacturer. However, in order to have a case, your product liability lawyer will need to prove the existence of a manufacturing or design flaw. Product liability is a unique area of the law, requiring a lawyer to understand both legal and technical issues. Your defective product attorney must be up-to-date on the changes in the law that happened in 2013 as well as familiar with how to work with engineers and other expert witnesses who can help to prove why the item that hurt you did so.
Product liability cases are generally broken into three categories:
- Design defects – A defect in the actual design of the product.
- Manufacturing defects – A problem in how the product is assembled.
- Marketing defects – The manufacturer or seller failed to disclose dangers of a product.
Types of Defective Products
Any kind of product may be defective and could potentially be the basis for a lawsuit. Common areas in which we see injuries due to defective products include:
- Consumer items
- Laptops burning people
- Batteries exploding or bursting into flame
- Remember the Firestone tires that had a tendency to shred?
- SUV rollovers
- Brake failures – many Toyotas were recalled
- The current air bag recall
- Gas tank issues – the Ford Pinto case was one of the first major car product liability cases
- Child car seats – Graco has a lawsuit against it due to issues with carseats.
- Drugs – numerous medications cause serious problems. In some cases those medications have already found to be defective. In other cases, litigation is pending.
- Food – over the past several years, the safety of food has become a serious issue. There have been numerous cases of unsafe food handling resulting in contamination. This has resulted in serious illness and death.
- Toys – toys that are too small can lead to chocking. Some toys are unsafe due to lead content or other issues.
If you were injured by a defective product, please contact us at 888-979-7298. In these cases, not only do you have an opportunity to secure the compensation to which you are entitled for your injuries, but you can help take a dangerous product off the market and prevent other people from being injured.