What is a Product Liability Case in Pennsylvania?

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December 16, 2019
Legally Reviewed By Attorney Rand Spear, Esq.

People purchase items with the expectation that they are safe, not that they will harm them. Usually, this is true and there are no problems. However, there are cases in which products are defective and can malfunction. When this happens, it can cause dangerous accidents that injure those who use them. When a person suffers from a product malfunction, they may want to pursue legal action against the party responsible. This is possible through product liability laws. During these situations, it is important to retain the services of an experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorney for assistance.

What is Product Liability?

Manufacturers are liable for what they produce under product liability. It requires companies to make and sell products that are safe to use. This is so that consumers can do so without the threat of injury. When manufacturers are negligent when producing an item, they can cause a product to be defective and cause significant injuries as a result. Negligence can include anything that deviates from the usual process of production. It is because of this that they can be held liable for any injuries that do occur through product liability law. Malfunctions occur in items such as household appliances, children’s toys, motor vehicles, and more.

Under product liability law, manufacturers are also required to provide warning labels on products that can be dangerous if not used correctly. With these labels, consumers know how to use the product properly and avoid harm. Without a label, they can be misused and cause injury. When this happens, manufacturers can also be held liable in the event that there is no warning.

What Types of Products Can Be Involved?

An injury can occur as a result of a defective product in many ways. There are three common types of defect cases that are seen in court: design defects, manufacturer defects, and the failure to warn. Design defects occur when the style of the product was not taken into account by the designer. Manufacturer defects, like the name implies, is when a manufacturer deviates from protocol during production and creates a faulty product. Failure to warn is when a warning label is not put on a potentially hazardous product.

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If you or a loved one has been in a personal injury accident in Pennsylvania, it’s important that you contact an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney to help you with your case and to make sure that you are not taken advantage of. Contact Spear Greenfield to get the right attorney in your corner.