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From auto parts and medical devices to children’s toys and household products, the things we use everyday should be safe. Unfortunately, defective and dangerous products of all kinds injure consumers in Philadelphia every day. If you or your child were harmed by an unsafe product, appliance, or medicine, a product liability lawyer at Munley Law can help your family get the justice you deserve. We represent people who have been injured or who lost a loved one due to defective products and hold negligent companies responsible.
If you or a loved one were injured by a dangerous or defective product, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. Under products liability law, companies that design, manufacture, and sell unsafe products can be held liable for victims’ injury-related losses. Pennsylvania’s product liability law holds these companies “strictly liable” for victims’ losses. This means that proof of negligence is not required. If you can show that an injury is the result of a product defect, this is enough to prove your right to financial recovery.
However, this does not mean that proving a product liability claim is easy. In fact, the large corporations that sell defective products vigorously dispute product liability claims, and they will often blame individuals for their own injuries. This is where product liability attorneys come into play.
Our Philadelphia product liability lawyers have a national reputation for successfully representing victims of dangerous and defective products. Our litigation team is renowned for its experience in complex cases, and attorney Marion Munley earned the title of Product Liability Lawyer of the Year, 2017. We have the experience and resources needed to take on major corporations and their big defense firms, and we pursue every case with the goal of maximizing our client’s financial recovery.
“This law firm handled my product liability case with great professionalism. I got an outstanding recovery. The service was fast and friendly. They really are the best. I would recommend them to anyone.” – Satisfied Client
Product Liability Cases We Handle
Our Philadelphia product liability lawyers represent clients who have suffered due to incidents involving all types of dangerous and defective products. The product liability team at Munley Law have handled cases involving:
- Automotive defects (including Takata airbags, GM ignition switch recalls, and more)
- Explosive e-cigarettes
- Hernia mesh and other implants
- Harmful prescription drugs or over the counter medicine
- Faulty machinery and construction equipment
- IVC blood clot filters
- Stryker hip implants
- Talcum powder linked to ovarian cancer
- Taxotere chemotherapy treatment
There are many different types of products that can result in serious injury because of poor design, faulty construction, or insufficient warning labels. The product liability and personal injury lawyers at Munley Law have handled cases against automakers, drug companies, tech companies, and equipment manufacturers of all sizes. Taking on a big company can be intimidating; having the right lawyer on your side can level the playing field no matter who your opponent is.
How to Prove a Product Liability Claim
In Pennsylvania, it is not necessary to prove that a company was negligent in order to file a product liability lawsuit. However, there are specific criteria you must prove in order for your claim to succeed. Under Pennsylvania’s product liability law, there are three primary ways in which a product can be considered legally defective. These are:
- Design Defect – The product includes an unsafe feature or lacks a feature that makes it safe for use or consumption.
- Manufacturing Defect – The product is unsafe as a result of an issue with its construction or manufacture.
- Failure to Warn – The product lacked adequate instructions or warnings about potential risks.
You will need the help of experienced Philadelphia product liability lawyers to prove this.
Philadelphia Product Liability Claims: Answers to FAQs
Q: What if I was injured by a machine or harmful substance at work?
If you were hurt on the job, you should report the injury to your supervisor and file a workers’ compensation claim. However, if your injury was caused by a faulty piece of machinery, equipment, or other harmful product, you may also be able to file a product liability lawsuit in addition to claiming workers’ compensation. When heavy machinery malfunctions, it often results in serious injuries, amputations, or permanent scarring or disability. A lawyer at Munley Law can help ensure you receive specific loss payments as well as any additional compensation you are entitled to.
Every situation is different, so the best way to find out your legal options is to speak with an experienced injury lawyer in Philadelphia. Call Munley Law for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Q: Can I sue if a product has been recalled?
Yes. In many cases, when a product is found to be unsafe, the manufacturer will recall the product from the marketplace. However, this typically does not occur until multiple people have been seriously harmed. If you were hurt by a recalled product, contact a product liability lawyer to learn more about your rights.
Q: What is the difference between a mass tort and a class action lawsuit?
If you’ve been injured by a dangerous product, chances are you’re not alone. Often, defective products result in class action lawsuits or mass torts. Both of these types of legal action involve multiple plaintiffs who have been harmed by a single defendant, especially when the defendant is a large corporation. In both types of proceedings, plaintiffs with similar grievances are consolidated into a single lawsuit rather than hundreds of individual court cases. However, there are some differences between the two. In a class action, the group of plaintiffs are treated as a single entity. In a mass tort, each plaintiff’s claim is evaluated individually, and compensation is awarded according to the damages suffered by each individual. If you were hurt by a product that may be the subject of a class action or mass tort, a Philadelphia product liability lawyer at Munley Law can help you decide how to proceed.
Q: Can a product be considered legally defective if it hasn’t been recalled?
Yes. While millions of products are recalled each year, these recalls are issued only after a dangerous feature has been discovered. On the other hand, many defective products are never recalled at all. Therefore, while you can check to see if the product that injured you or a family member has been recalled, this should not be a factor in your decision to speak with a products liability lawyer.
Q: What compensation is available for injuries from dangerous and defective products?
In a product liability case, you can seek to recover compensation for all of your injury-related losses. These losses can be far greater than most victims realize. Therefore, you should speak with an attorney about your legal rights if you have any suspicion that you may have a product liability claim because of a defective product. The losses that can be recovered in a product liability case include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and physical disfigurement
- Emotional distress
- Other financial and non-financial losses
Q: What is the statute of limitations for product liability claims in Pennsylvania?
Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations for product liability claims is two years from the date of injury. However, under the “discovery rule,” it is possible for this deadline to be extended under certain circumstances. If you sustained injuries because of defective products and you believe that you may have a claim, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible – even if you think your claim may have expired.
Schedule Your Free Consultation at Munley Law
For more information about the compensation available for defective product-related injuries in Pennsylvania, please contact us to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation. To speak with a Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Munley Law in confidence, call (570) 338-4494 or inquire online today.