Philadelphia Product Liability Lawyer
If you stop and think about your daily routine, you likely come into contact with hundreds of products each day, whether it’s a shower head, a toothbrush, makeup or aftershave, your vehicle, home decor, a television, fitness equipment, or something else. Manufacturers in the United States have the legal and moral responsibility to ensure all products that they bring to market are safe for public use or consumption. Even when companies go through rigorous quality control and testing, they still might introduce a dangerous product to the public, which can cause property damage, physical harm, and can sometimes be fatal.
If you, your child, or another loved one has suffered harm because of a defective product, Pennsylvania law entitles you to seek compensation for damages in civil court. Product liability lawsuits often involve the manufacturer and at least one or two other parties, making them highly complex and requiring the representation of a qualified attorney who really understands product liability law. The experienced legal team at the Levin Firm is here to help you with your product liability claim. If you live in the Greater Philadelphia area, contact us at (215) 825-5183 for a free consultation, to discuss the details of your injury, and to determine the best course of action for your case.
The Levin Firm’s Commitment To Individuals Injured By Defective Products
The qualified personal injury attorneys at the Levin Firm have extensive experience advocating for clients who have suffered injury as a result of another party’s intentional harm or negligence, including those who have been injured by a defective product. Their continued commitment to professional excellence and client service has resulted in the recovery of millions of dollars in damages for their clients. Each injury and situation has characteristics that can detract from or add to the value of a claim, so it’s impossible to guarantee an outcome for any one case. You can, however, rest easily knowing that the legal team at the Levin Firm is on your side and will aggressively pursue the best outcome given your specific circumstances.
What is a Defective Product?
You probably realize that a defective product is a product that doesn’t work, but from a legal standpoint, a consumer product can have three types of defects: design defects, manufacturing defects, and marketing/information defects. Below we explain each in-depth:
A design defect occurs during the conceptual and design stage of a new product. From a legal standpoint, products with defective designs are unreasonably dangerous to consumers. Pennsylvania courts use two different standards to asses whether a product has a defective design.
- Consumer-expectation test. This test assesses the extent to which a product performs as safely as an ordinary consumer would expect, assuming the consumer is using the product as intended by the manufacturer.
- Risk-utility test. This text determines whether a product has a design defect by assessing whether the product’s utility outweighs its risk of injury. The risk-utility test usually carries less weight, but it is an extra tool for your attorney to use to support your case.
A manufacturing defect occurs when a new product is built or assembled. Generally, the design of the product was safe, but the execution of the design created a defect. This means the product is dangerous because its actual performance is less safe than intended. Manufacturing defects can occur because of poor materials or parts, errors in construction, assembly, or shipping, malfunctioning machinery, and many other types of errors that occur before the product is distributed or sold.
Product manufacturers are required to provide instructions to consumers for all products and warn consumers of any hazardous features. Depending on the specific consumer product, failure to include instructions, improper labeling, or inadequate warnings might be considered a marketing or information defect.
Defective Product Injuries
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) collects, records, and maintains data about defective products and related injuries. With millions of products available for purchase, the CPSC stays busy. Examples of the types of products the CPSC gathers data on include toxic chemicals, lighters, furniture, appliances, electronics, construction tools, kitchen items, sports and recreation products, children’s products, and toys. Depending on the exact product and circumstances, those who have been harmed might suffer a wide array of injuries from a defective product. According to the CPSC, defective products can lead to the following injuries: