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If you or a loved suffered an injury from a dangerous product in Scranton, the experienced Scranton product liability lawyers at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys can help you get the justice you deserve. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling complex product liability claims involving defective auto parts, prescription drugs, heavy machinery, and household consumer products. A Scranton personal injury lawyer at our firm will review the details of your case for free, and help you determine the next steps to take.

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What is a Product Liability Claim?

Companies that design, manufacture, distribute and sell products have a responsibility to ensure their products are safe for consumers. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of people are injured by defective and unsafe products each year.

Typically, there are three types of product defects:

  • A defect in the design of the product
  • Flaw in manufacturing
  • Defect in marketing/failure to warn/inadequate instructions

Defective Design

Defective design refers to flaws or inadequacies in the initial design of a product that make it inherently dangerous or unsafe for its intended use.
This type of defect occurs before the product is manufactured and affects all units of the product.
Examples of defective design include:

  • A car with a design flaw that makes it prone to rollovers.
  • A children's toy with small parts that pose a choking hazard.

In cases of defective design, the entire product line may be subject to recall, and the manufacturer may be held liable for injuries resulting from the defect.

Manufacturing Defects

Manufacturing defects occur during the production process and result in individual products that deviate from the intended design, making them unsafe for use.
Unlike defective design, manufacturing defects affect only a portion of the product line and may not be present in every unit.
Examples of manufacturing defects include:

  • A batch of medication contaminated with harmful substances due to a mistake in the manufacturing process.
  • A car with a faulty brake system due to an error in assembly.

Failure to Warn

Failure to warn, also known as marketing defects or inadequate warnings, occurs when a manufacturer fails to provide sufficient warnings or instructions about the potential dangers associated with the use of their product.
This type of defect often arises when a product has inherent risks that are not obvious to the user.
Examples of failure to warn include:

  • Prescription medications that do not adequately warn about potential side effects or interactions with other drugs.
  • Household cleaning products that do not warn about the dangers of mixing certain chemicals.

A number of parties, including the designer, manufacturer, supplier, distributor, and retail merchant can bear responsibility in a defective product case.

What is Pennsylvania's Strict Liability Law?

product liability lawyerUnder Pennsylvania product liability law, the doctrine of “strict liability” dictates that a person or company involved in the production or distribution of a defective product can be held liable whether they knew about the defect or not. Under strict liability, the victim must prove that a defect exists and that the defect caused the injury.

The product injury lawyers at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys in Scranton have extensive experience with accident claims involving product defects. Whether the problem was in the design, manufacturing, or marketing of the product involved in the Scranton accident, we can help. We work closely with experts to identify the defect or hazard. In some cases, the defect may lie not with the product itself but rather with the warnings, or lack thereof, that accompany it. Manufacturers may fail to take into account how consumers will use their products, resulting in unsafe and hazardous conditions. In the worst cases, a product injury may be fatal, resulting in a wrongful death suit.

What are the Different Types of Product Liability Claims in Scranton, PA?

The main types of product liability claims in Scranton are defective medical devices, dangerous drugs, defective automobile parts, dangerous industrial equipment, defective household appliances, and dangerous toys.

Defective Medical Devices

Patients have a right to seek compensation for injuries they have suffered due to defective medical devices in Scranton. Many hospitals in Scranton, including Regional Hospital of Scranton, Geisinger Community Medical Center and Moses Taylor hospital, perform hundreds of surgeries and medical procedures each day. Unfortunately, many of the devices used in the medical field contain potentially harmful defects. It can take years for patients' complaints and complications to result in a product recall. A Scranton product liability attorney can help you understand your options and best course of legal action if you've been injured due to a defective medical device in Scranton. Some dangerous medical devices can include:

  • Defective mesh implants
  • Metal on metal hip replacement implants
  • Defective knee replacement parts
  • Surgical equipment
  • Stents
  • IVC blood clot filters

Dangerous Prescription Drugs and Pharmaceuticals

Medications can be rushed onto the market without adequate testing or knowledge of long-term side effects. The FDA often recalls only after they have received reports of hundreds of injuries, or after independent research verifies dangers. By then, it is too late for the many consumers who unknowingly took those dangerous drugs. Examples of drugs that have been found to be dangerous include:

  • Accutane
  • Actos
  • Ambien
  • Chantix
  • Crestor
  • Cybalta
  • Lipitor
  • Low-T
  • Paxil
  • Prozac
  • Risperdal
  • Xarelto
  • Yaz/Yasmin
  • Zoloft

If you suffered serious harm related to a prescription drug, contact a Scranton product liability lawyer at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys for a free consultation.

Vehicle Recalls and Auto Parts Defects

takata airbag recall lawyerRecalls have reached an all-time high in the auto industry. While recalls help keep potentially unsafe vehicles off the road, it may be hard for drivers to obtain replacement parts, or even become aware that their vehicle is under recall. In some cases, auto parts manufacturers conceal failed tests and continue to market a product with reasonable probability of failure. A malfunctioning airbag, or faulty ignition switch can lead to a deadly accident.  If you or a loved one suffered an injury caused by a faulty or defective vehicle or auto part, we can help you seek compensation from all liable parties.

Dangerous Industrial Equipment in Scranton

Workers  hurt on the job due to a malfunctioning or unsafe piece of machinery may have the right to collect more than just workers' comp. If your injury resulted from a faulty piece of equipment, the manufacturer of the machine may be responsible. Injuries can include loss of sight, loss of hearing, amputation, brain injury, spinal cord injury, crushed body parts and wrongful death. Dangerous equipment and machinery could include:

  • Table saw accidents
  • Punch press accidents
  • Conveyor line accidents
  • Gas field accidents
  • Cranes & construction equipment accidents
  • Bulldozer accidents
  • Farm equipment accidents
  • Defective power tools
  • Circular saw defects
  • Nail gun accidents
  • Scaffolding collapse
  • Tractor accidents

Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys won a $12 million verdict for a forklift accident victim who lost her leg

Defective Toys, Car Seats and Children's Products

Seemingly harmless household products like toys, car seats, and electronics can turn deadly. Every year, more than 250,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for injuries sustained from toys, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Companies responsible for manufacturing and selling toys in the U.S. must comply with all federal safety standards and regulations for production, testing and shipping. Toys producers in other countries do not follow the same stringent safety regulations, however.

Defective toys,  electronics and other children's products can be very dangerous, posing chocking hazards, suffocation hazards, fire hazards and fall hazards. If the product is unsafe or proper warning and safety instructions are not provided, the results can be devastating for a child. The following have all caused injuries resulting in product liability cases:

  • Unsafe child safety seats
  • Defective baby furniture
  • Exploding hoverboards
  • Flammable children's clothing
  • Bicycle injuries
  • Dangerous toys with small parts

Defective Household Appliances in Scranton

Thousands of Americans visit the emergency room each year for injuries they sustained from harmful products in their own homes. Injuries such as burns, electrocution, choking, crushing injuries, entrapment and chemical poisoning have resulted from faulty and dangerous household appliances. Faulty furnaces, generators and defective space heaters can result in carbon monoxide poisoning.  Injuries have also occurred from home electronics, such as exploding cellphones or exploding e-cigarettes, as well as outdoor tools, such as lawn mowers, hedge trimmers and various power tools.

Frequently Asked Questions about Product Liability Lawsuits in Scranton

How long do I have to file a product liability claim?

The for filing a product liability varies by state; in Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years.  It's essential to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure that you meet the deadline for filing your claim.

What should I do if I've been injured by a defective product?

If you've been injured by a defective product, it's important to seek medical attention immediately. Preserve the product and any evidence related to the incident, such as packaging, receipts, and witness contact information. Then, consult with a product liability attorney to discuss your legal options.

What if the product that caused my injury has been recalled?

A product recall does not necessarily absolve the manufacturer of liability for injuries caused by the defective product. If you've been injured by a recalled product, you may still have grounds for a product liability claim and may be entitled to compensation for your damages.

Contact a Scranton product liability lawyer For a Free Consultation

If you've been injured or a family member has died as the result of a dangerous or defective product, it's important to contact a product liability attorney before the statute of limitations for product liability in Pennsylvania. Manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure their products are safe. When manufacturing defects, design failures or negligence results in injury or death to a consumer, our Scranton product injury lawyers will hold the responsible parities accountable.

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