Product Liability Laws in Pennsylvania

People buy products from companies expecting them to be safe and work properly. Usually, this is true and there are no problems. However, it is possible for a product to be defective in some cases. If a mistake is made or protocol is deviated from during production, a defective product might be made. When this happens, they can malfunction and cause severe injuries to its users.

Manufacturers that are negligent in producing and selling safe products may be held liable for injuries that happen as a result. This is done through product liability laws. When an injured party wishes to pursue a lawsuit, they should contact an experienced attorney to assist their case.

What is Product Liability?

All manufacturers are obligated by law to create and sell products that are user safe. This ensures that those who buy them are safe. If a manufacturer does not provide a consumer with this standard of care, they can be held responsible for any injuries because of defective products through product liability. Defective products can be made if a mistake happens or if a manufacturer cuts corners during production. When manufacturers are negligent, they can put the general public at risk for serious injuries. Defects are sometimes seen in children’s toys, household appliances, or even motor vehicles.

In addition to this, product liability also requires manufacturers to provide warning labels with their products. This ensures that all users are informed of how to use the product correctly to avoid becoming injured. It also helps manufacturers avoid lawsuits in the event that a consumer uses a product incorrectly. If a product does not have a warning label, the manufacturer may be held liable for negligence if a person becomes injured as a result.

Types of Cases

There are different types of product liability cases that are seen in court. These accidents can generally be placed in three categories:

  • Design defect: When the design of a product injures a user because the designer did not consider user safety when making it. To prove negligence, the injured party must show a safer and economically feasible design existed and could have been used instead.
  • Manufacturer defect: If a manufacturer fails to follow the usual protocol during production, a product can malfunction and injure someone. To prove negligence, the injured party must show that protocol was breached.
  • Failure to warn: When an injury happens because a manufacturer failed to provide a warning label. In these situations, it is important to keep the product as it can be used as evidence in court.

Compensation

When a person is injured in an accident due to a defective product, they may require medical attention depending on the severity of their injuries. This can lead to overwhelming medical bills that can become difficult to manage. It is because of this that they may be able to receive financial compensation for their injuries. This allows the injured party to focus on recovering from their injuries without worrying about affording the expenses incurred as a result of the accident. If a manufacturer is found liable for the accident, they may owe the injured party compensation to cover these expenses.

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