As an American consumer, the last thing you’d expect is to purchase a product, take it home, and have the product inflict a serious injury upon you. Unfortunately, this is something that happens far more often than you’d think, and if you are someone who has been injured due to a defective product, you are most likely now looking to file a product liability claim against the liable company. Please continue reading and speak with our experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys to learn more about these lawsuits and how our firm can help you. Here are some of the questions you may have:
Who is responsible if I am injured by a defective product?
Product liability claims are notoriously complex, as there are various types of product liability claims, and the route we take largely depends upon the circumstances of your injury. The most common types of product liability claims are as follows:
- Negligent product design: Product designers are responsible for creating a product that operates efficiently and fulfills its purpose in the market. However, they are also responsible for ensuring that the product is safe for all who use it, and when they fail to do so, people can sustain serious injuries as a result.
- Negligent product manufacturer: This is when a product is initially safe, though it becomes unsafe after the product manufacturer diverted from the initially-safe blueprint. Manufacturers often do this either to save time or money, though in certain cases they may do so completely unintentionally. Regardless, doing so can cause serious injuries, and if you were injured as a result, you most likely have a valid lawsuit.
- Failure to warn: This is when a company fails to place warning labels on a product that is safe if used correctly, though the product poses serious risks if used incorrectly. These warnings include choking hazards, instructions on how (or how not) to use the product, and more. When consumers are not informed about what not to do, they may seriously hurt themselves as a result.
How long will I have to file a product liability claim in the state of Pennsylvania?
If you are injured in an accident due to a defective product, you should take legal action as swiftly as possible. This is because there is a statute of limitations in place regarding product liability claims in Pennsylvania. Since the statute of limitations is, generally, two years, you will, generally, have two years from the date of your accident to take legal action against the party responsible for your injuries. If you wait any longer than two years, you will most likely be permanently time-barred from suing. Our firm is ready to help you today–all you have to do is ask.
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