Defective Product Lawyers in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Products Liability Attorneys

When you buy a product, you have a basic right as a consumer to rely on the implied safety of the product. Companies have an obligation to design and manufacture safe products and give appropriate notice of their dangers — when they fail to do so, you have a right to seek action.

The chain of responsibility that follows dangerous and defective products from the market to the end user is complicated and slippery, and often counter-intuitive. But the U.S. has robust laws to protect consumer rights in all the ways they can be trampled. An experienced law firm like McEldrew Purtell can be key to unlocking the costs of a product that companies and retailers try to pass on to consumers.

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Auto Defect Crashworthiness

Automobile manufacturers are required to go to great lengths to ensure that cars perform properly under normal driving conditions and protect occupants from serious injuries in a crash.

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Button Battery Ingestion

If your child ingested a button battery and suffered a severe injury, a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the toy or device may be warranted.

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Defective Power Tools Injury

Whether you are home using your power tools or in the workplace, accidents involving power tools can be extremely severe and lead to serious injury.

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Defective Smoke Detector Injury

There is almost nothing more devastating than an accident that could have been prevented and our team is here to help you bring a defective product claim against the smoke alarm manufacturer.

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Defective Tires

If you have been in a car accident due to a defective tire and were injured as a result, you may need the help of a defective tire lawyer.

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Fire & Damages Linked to AmazonBasic Products

Over the past four years, over 70 AmazonBasics items have been reported as hazardous by consumers.

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Fisher-Price Rock ā€™nā€™ Play Sleeper Defective Product

Fisher Price has recalled 4.7 million Rock nā€™ Play Sleepers and warned consumers against using it. The massive recall comes after 32 infants tragically lost their life since 2011.

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Rollaway Injury

Several lawsuits have now been brought against Jaguar for their Range Rover/Land Rover models that utilize a rotary gear shifting knob.

The 3 Main Dangers of Defective Products

When products used in their intended fashion are found to cause harm, the problem can usually be traced to one of three shortcomings — all of which are protected against by federal law.

  • Manufacturing defects: These defects happen during the manufacturing process and were never intended to be part of the product. This type of defect is typically only found in a small percentage of a company’s manufactured goods, but manufacturers are still liable for such defects.
  • Design defect: A design defect is a flaw built into the design of a product, and will typically be found in all of a company’s manufactured products.
  • Failure to warn: In addition to assuring the proper functioning of a product, those in the chain of distribution can be liable if warnings or instructions could have prevented injury from foreseeable risks — or if the warnings themselves, when followed properly, caused the injury.

Types of Product Liability Lawsuits

There are three main avenues to pursuing justice in product liability lawsuits. They break down in the following ways:

Negligence

In claims of negligence, a lawsuit must show that a defect occurred because of negligence in the product development process — caused by poor design, testing or errors in the manufacturing process.

Strict liability

Most product liability cases are pursued in terms of strict liability — only needing to prove that a defect in the product exists and an injury was sustained as a result. For strict liability to be applicable, a product must have been bought new and not secondhand.

Breach of warranty

A product’s warranty covers both the expressed terms of the product’s warranty, and those implied — that intended use will not cause harm to the user.

Who is Responsible for an Unsafe Product?

Consumer safety laws protect consumers from malfeasance throughout the chain of distribution, and apply to manufacturers, distributors and retailers. Plaintiffs don’t need to pick and choose amongst the separate parties responsible for a product, as the law extends through the distribution chain.

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When to Consult with an Experienced Product Liability Attorney

At McEldrew Purtell, we have over 30 years of experience in litigating product liability cases. We take all claims on a contingency basis, and will only charge you attorney fees if we are able to obtain financial compensation for your losses.

McEldrew Purtell welcomes clients local to our Philadelphia offices and those from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and further afield. To schedule a meeting for a free consultation, fill out our form or call us directly at (215) 545-8800.