What You Need to Know About Product Liability Claims in Pennsylvania

If you live in Pennsylvania and you believe you were recently harmed due to a defective product, or by a product that otherwise did not work as a reasonable person would have expected, there is a very good chance you may have a valid product liability claim. Please continue reading and speak with our experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys to learn more about product liability claims and how we can help you through every step of the legal process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How do I know if I have a valid product liability claim?

There are generally three primary causes for product liability claims: negligent product design, negligent product manufacturing, and a failure to warn. To start, you may sue a product designer for an injury if you believe that the product was negligently designed, or was designed without considering consumer safety. However, to win such a lawsuit, you will have to prove that the product could have been designed in a safer, more economically feasible way that would not hinder its performance. To sue a manufacturer for negligence, on the other hand, you will have to prove that though the product was safely designed, the manufacturer diverted from the product’s initial blueprint, either to save time, money, or because of sheer carelessness, and that negligence caused the product to become unsafe, thereby causing your injuries. Finally, a failure to warn is rather self-explanatory: when a product is safe, but may pose a safety hazard if improperly used, such as a chainsaw, there must be a clear label regarding how to use, and how not to use the product so any reasonable consumer can stay out of harm’s way.

How long will I have to file a product liability claim in the state of Pennsylvania?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims, including those involving product liability, is, generally, two years in Pennsylvania. This means that if you have been harmed by a product, you will have two years from the date of your injury to take legal action against the party responsible. Do not make the mistake of waiting any longer than two years to sue, for if you do, you will most likely be permanently time-barred from doing so. We are ready to begin the claims process on your behalf today–all you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call.

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