When a defective product causes harm, the injuries can be devastating. They can also cause a lot of other issues, such as forcing you to miss work and having to go through different procedures or processes to heal. This situation wasn’t your fault, so you shouldn’t be responsible for the damages. A Philadelphia product liability lawyer from Shrager & Sachs can give you the legal aid you need.
We represent citizens in the Philadelphia area and all over Pennsylvania. Our lawyers are passionate about standing up for the rights of those who have been wronged. We’ll do everything we can to hold the guilty party responsible for their actions to let them know that their negligence is unacceptable and had terrible consequences for you.
What Is Product Liability?
Whenever consumers purchase a product, whether it’s an auto part or an appliance for their house, that product is supposed to be safe to use. Manufacturers are supposed to take steps to make sure the product they make is safe. When they don’t do this, they risk putting a hazardous product on the market, which can injure people. Product liability law allows those who were wrongfully injured to get compensation for what they’ve been through.
The Philadelphia attorneys at Shrager & Sachs have handled plenty of cases where a defective product caused harm to someone. We understand what you’re going through and are ready to help. It’s important to meet with a defective product lawyer as soon as possible because personal injury cases have a statute of limitations. In Pennsylvania, a product liability case has a limit of two years from when the injury happened. If you file a claim after this point, your case may not be considered valid, which means you won’t be able to get compensation.
You may be depending on a settlement to help you afford the costs of your injuries. Facing the expenses on your own could lead to difficult financial situations that you should have never had to deal with in the first place. You’ll want to do everything you can to get a fair settlement.
The advantages of contacting our product liability lawyers quickly after you’ve been injured include a higher chance of locating available evidence and knowing we have plenty of time to look at your case from every angle. The physical evidence will be fresh and could be preserved for your case. Photographic evidence of the defect, the scene of the accident, or injuries could help support your claim. We’ll also have time to collect copies of medical records that will give more detailed reports of how the product injured you and what you had to go through in order to treat it.
What Makes Products Defective?
There are several ways that products can become hazardous. When there is a manufacturer error, they may fail to use safe materials when making the product or could fail to foresee issues that could arise with the product that could be harmful in the future. A design error could mean the product wears or breaks down over time.
Some cases may include products that don’t have a defect, but their packaging is misleading or is missing crucial information. If a product is incorrectly labeled, then someone may use it incorrectly and hurt themselves. Manufacturers are supposed to anticipate obvious ways a consumer could possibly mishandle the product and provide warnings that would prevent this. When they do not include this crucial information on their product, it’s referred to as a failure to warn.
These mistakes can affect any kind of product. One common product is defective auto parts. Issues with brakes, steering, or other mechanical aspects of a car need to be dependable for the driver to be safe. If they experience an issue with seat belts or airbags, their life could be put in danger when they need those safety features to work the most.
Medical devices can also break down and harm patients. If someone got an implant or a joint replacement and the device comes out of place, they can experience a lot of pain and will most likely have to undergo another surgery to fix the problem. But implants aren’t the only kind of medical devices. Plenty of hospitals depend on medical devices to tell them information about their patient or to monitor vital signs. If something is wrong with the machine, they may not know if something is wrong with their patient.
Everyday appliances like microwaves or fans could have a flaw that puts people in danger. Faults could lead to electrical issues that make the products a fire hazard. Defective children’s toys are also a fire concern. If the device breaks down, there’s a risk for burn injuries.
Another example of a product liability lawsuit are products like electronic cigarettes which are found to be more dangerous than consumers are led to realize. Despite these items having warning labels about potential hazards, evidence may be found that shows that they manufacturers realized the products were more dangerous than the labels implied or affected different consumers in different ways. In the case of e-cigs, for example, evidence is now suggesting that despite the items being marketed toward teenagers, they are most dangerous to younger users.
No matter the kind of defect or injury that it caused, your attorneys in Philadelphia will make sure your voice is heard. You don’t have to worry about your voice getting drowned out—we’ll make sure that the responsible party knows that their negligent actions resulted in your wrongful injury.
Mass Tort Cases: What Are They and What Are They For?
Mass tort action is a civil lawsuit that involves a group of people who were similarly hurt by the same party. In the case of product liability, the product in question is what caused injuries for multiple parties.
Before a mass tort lawsuit happens, the plaintiffs’ attorney needs to get permission from the court. The court will look at four points to determine if the case can proceed. They’ll look at the number of plaintiffs who claim they were injured, their geographic location, if they all suffered from similar injuries, and if there’s a common product that the plaintiffs claim are the cause of their injuries.
It’s important to know the difference between a mass tort case and a class action lawsuit so you know what to expect if you’re involved in one. Your Philadelphia lawyer can tell you about the key differences that set a mass tort apart from a class action. Individual plaintiffs have their own claims and trials. In class actions, there is typically one trial that combines the plaintiffs’ cases into one. One of the advantages of a mass tort case is that because individuals have their own case, their attorneys have the opportunity to fight for their specific damages and possibly win them a better recovery settlement. These court proceedings may be swifter as well because information from a case can be used in another.
Building Your Case with a Philadelphia Attorney
We will fight for you to recover damages for what you’ve been through. The damages we aim to get for you can be categorized under economic or noneconomic. The economic damages can be easily calculated. They take into account possible lost wages from missing work in the past and what you may have to miss in the future, and your medical expenses are included too. Then, the noneconomic damages are added as well. These aren’t from monetary losses, but other things you have lost as a result of the injury. Pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life and activities are typically included in these damages.
From there, your product liability lawyer will aim to prove that the product was unsafe and you had no warning that could have prevented your injury. When you used the product as it was supposed to be used, its defect caused you harm through no fault of your own. We’re not intimidated by manufacturing companies and will fight for you no matter what.
Trusted Lawyers from Shrager & Sachs Can Help You Get Justice
When an injury from a defective product puts your life on hold, you can act quickly to get it back on track. Getting in touch with the lawyers at Shrager & Sachs will help you move forward with what happened to you. We’ll meet in an obligation-free consultation, where we can discuss your case, your options, and answer any questions that you have. From there, we can start the process to file your claim and the fight to get you the compensation you deserve.