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What is Product Liability in Personal Injury Law?

Bucks County Area’s Top Product Liability Attorney 

At Applebaum & Associates, we understand that dealing with injuries caused by defective or dangerous products can be extremely distressing. Product liability law is a crucial area of personal injury law that allows consumers to seek compensation when a product causes harm. If you or someone you know has been injured by a product, it’s essential to understand what product liability involves and how it can help you claim the compensation you deserve.

Defining Product Liability

Product liability refers to the legal responsibility held by manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and retailers to ensure products they make or sell do not cause harm. When these entities fail to meet this responsibility, and a product is defective or unreasonably dangerous, they can be held liable for any resulting damages. This area of law ensures that the rights of consumers are protected and that they have a means to seek compensation for their injuries.

Types of Product Defects

There are generally three types of defects that might lead to manufacturer or supplier liability:

  1. Design Defects: These are inherent flaws in the product’s design that make it dangerous, even if it is manufactured correctly. For instance, a car model with a tendency to flip over while making sharp turns possesses a design defect.
  2. Manufacturing Defects: These occur during the construction or production of the item. Despite a product being well-designed, it can become dangerous if something goes wrong during the manufacturing process. An example might be a batch of pharmaceuticals contaminated with a harmful substance.
  3. Marketing Defects: Also known as “failure to warn” defects, these involve inadequate instruction or warnings that fail to inform the consumer of potential risks of using the product. An example would be an electric tea kettle sold without adequate warnings about its uncovered heating element.

How is Liability Determined?

In product liability cases, the injured party must demonstrate that the product that caused injury was defective and that the defect made the product unreasonably dangerous. One significant aspect of product liability law is that it often operates under a principle called “strict liability.” Under strict liability, the injured party does not need to prove negligence; they only need to prove that the product was defective and that the defect led to their injury.

Why You Need a Personal Injury Attorney

Product liability cases can be complex due to the technicalities involved in proving that a product is defective and determining who is responsible for the defect. As such, it’s crucial to have an experienced personal injury attorney who can:

  • Conduct an in-depth investigation to gather evidence supporting your claim.
  • Identify all potential parties who could be held liable.
  • Navigate the complexities of product liability laws.
  • Advocate on your behalf in negotiations or at trial.

At Applebaum & Associates, we have extensive experience handling product liability cases across a broad range of industries. We understand the profound impact that a defective product can have on your life, and we are committed to helping you achieve the best possible outcome in your case.

Contact Our Bucks County Product Liability Attorney Today

If you believe that you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product, don’t hesitate to reach out for a consultation. Our skilled team is ready to review your case and guide you through the legal options available to you. Let us help you take the necessary steps towards securing the compensation and justice you deserve.

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