Product Liability

When Unsafe Products Result In Injury Or Death

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Every one of us is surrounded by products.  At work, at home, and everywhere in between, barely a minute passes without a consumer product at our fingertips.

When we shop online or in the aisles of a department store we trust the product on display is reliable.  We expect the product is designed to get the job done or meet our needs. More importantly, we assume the product is safe to use. In fact, we rarely give safety a second thought.

Regrettably not every company whose products fill the world deserves our trust.  Corporations often overlook consumer safety in the race to beat the competition, boost sales, and earn record profits.

The law of product liability holds corporations accountable when they design, manufacture, distribute or sell dangerous products that injure people.  In Pennsylvania and throughout the United States courts apply the law of strict liability.  Under the legal theory of strict liability, corporations are held accountable to consumers injured by a product proven to be unsafe for its intended or foreseeable use.

Our Experience

The attorneys of Meyers Evans Lupetin and Unatin have handled many product liability cases and helped victims and their families recover settlements and verdicts to assist with the costs of medical care and pain and suffering after their injuries.

We Have Handled Product Liability Cases Including:

  • Prescription drugs
  • Medical devices
  • Defective tires
  • Industrial machinery
  • Dangerous exercise equipment
  • Unsafe household appliances
  • Harmful children’s toys
  • Defective playground equipment

Product liability cases are based on one or more of three different types of product defects:

  1. A product is defective under the law when it lacks appropriate warnings of potential hazards or instructions people need to know about in order to use the product safely.  A claim based on such a defect is known as a “failure to warn” claim.
  2. A product causes injury as the result of an inherently flawed design.  This type of product liability claim is known as a “design defect” claim.
  3. A product causes injury due to a defect that is the result of a glitch in the manufacturing process. Called a “manufacturing defect” claim, the injured party must prove their injury was caused because the product failed to meet the manufacturer’s typical design or specifications.

Time Limits on Filing

In the state of Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations on personal injury claims is typically 2 years. There are some circumstance in which that time frame may be extended. Click here to read more about Pennsylvania statutes of limitations.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to an unsafe product, contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation.

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