Consumers often expect that the products they use are safe. However, sometimes, a company may be negligent in ensuring the safety of its product, resulting in severe injury. If you were injured as a result of a defective product, you may be entitled to a product liability claim and the ability to recover compensation for your burdens. Contact our experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys today to learn more about your options.
What is product liability in Pennsylvania?
Companies have a duty to create products that are guaranteed safe for their consumers to use, known as product liability. If a company cannot meet this standard of care, product liability can hold them responsible for creating a defective product. Product liability issues can happen with several different types of goods, like children’s toys, appliances, or motor vehicles. Companies are required to provide label instructions on how to use their product in a safe manner. A consumer may be able to hold a manufacturer responsible if they are hurt as a result of them failing to provide safety instructions. If an individual is injured because of a faulty product, they may be able to hold the company liable through product liability laws.
What types of product liabilities can be brought to court?
Consumers can be injured in many different ways as a result of a defective product. There are three types of defect cases that courts commonly see. They include the following:
- Design defect: If a product’s design causes injuries as a result of the designer not considering the user’s safety, a lawsuit may arise. In this case, the injured party must show that a safer and economically reachable alternative design could have been used.
- Manufacturer defect: If a person is injured because a manufacturer does not follow the standard guidelines when producing a product, they may be held liable. In this type of lawsuit, the injured party has the burden of proving that these guidelines were not followed when creating their product.
- Failure to warn: If a company does not follow the typical guidelines when producing a product, it may have defects that can injure a person. In court, a consumer should bring in the product to be used as evidence.
Can I receive compensation for a product liability claim?
If a consumer is injured as a result of a defective product, they may be entitled to financial compensation for their burdens. Injuries can cause the need for extensive medical attention, resulting in medical bills. If a consumer was injured as a result of a company’s defective product, they may owe the injured party compensation to cover their financial costs.
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