There are millions of products purchased every single day across the world. While all of these products, and the people who purchase them, are very different, one thing is similar: products are purchased because we believe they will enhance our lives. When a product does the exact opposite–causes us harm–the incident can be shocking.
At the law offices of van der Veen, Hartshorn and Levin, our Allentown product liability attorneys can help you to understand your rights if a defective product has harmed you.
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Three Types of Product Liability Claims
In the event that a manufacturer creates a product that contains a defect, and this defect causes harm to a consumer, the manufacturer may be held liable for any damages. There are three types of product defects that may lead to product liability claims:
- Manufacturing defect. In the event that a product is defectively manufactured and causes injury to a party, the manufacturer may be held liable. An example of this would be the adhesive that is used on tires becoming contaminated with sawdust during the manufacture process, leading to a separation of tire tread.
- Design defect. Sometimes, products are not defectively manufactured, but are instead inherently dangerous in their design. For example, if a vehicle is “top heavy” and therefore more likely to roll over on a sharp turn, it may be dangerously designed.
- Warning or/and labeling defect. Finally, products must contain labels that explain how they are to be used and any hazards presented by product use. If a product does not contain such a label regarding a known hazard, the manufacturer may be liable for any harm that results.
Types of Products that May Be Defective or Dangerous
The list of the types of products that may be defective or dangerous is lengthy; nearly any product has the potential to cause harm. Product liability suits commonly involve:
- Baby furniture;
- Motor vehicles;
- Appliances and electronics;
- Prescription medications; and
- Tools and construction equipment.
Who’s Liable for My Harm?
If you have been harmed by using a product that was defectively manufactured, designed, or labeled you may be able to recover compensation for your economic and noneconomic losses. You must prove the defect, that you were using the product as intended at the time you were harmed, the extent of your damages, and that your injuries would not have occurred but for the defect.
While each situation is unique, parties that may be held liable include both the manufacturer of the product and anyone along the chain of distribution.
Call Our Allentown Product Liability Attorneys Today
Filing a claim against a large company can be difficult and intimidating – our lawyers are here to provide you with the support you need. Our Allentown product liability lawyers have experience managing a broad range of product liability case types, and have a history of recovering large settlements for our clients.
For a free, confidential consultation, please call us today or send us a message at your convenience. We work hard for you.