Consumers should not have to worry about being injured when using products. Although some products naturally carry the risk of injury if they are used improperly, if a consumer responsibly uses a product and follows all safety instructions, they should not be concerned about potentially sustaining injuries. Product designers, manufacturers, and marketers have a responsibility to minimize the chances of their products causing harm.
Unfortunately, sometimes consumers are injured as a result of someone’s negligence. If this has happened to you or a loved one, you may be able to recover compensation for such losses as medical bills, lost wages, and other losses and damages caused by a dangerous or defective product. A Lancaster, Pennsylvania product liability attorney at Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. is prepared to review your case and inform you of your legal options.
COMMON TYPES OF DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS
Many types of products can potentially be defective in a manner that causes injury. That said, the following specific types of products are particularly likely to cause harm when they are defective or when consumers are not provided with sufficient safety instructions and warnings:
- Automotive products
- Medical devices
Those are just a few noteworthy examples. If you have been injured as a result of using any type of product, contact a product liability lawyer sooner rather than later. The statute of limitations imposes a deadline for taking legal action in these circumstances. You need to file a claim or lawsuit before the deadline to avoid waiving your right to compensation.
THE ROLE OF A LANCASTER PRODUCT LIABILITY ATTORNEY
You are not automatically guaranteed compensation if you are injured when using a product. You must demonstrate that you were harmed because someone was negligent.
For example, perhaps you were injured when using a stepladder. Whether you are eligible to recover compensation for your losses will depend on the specific cause of your injuries.
You likely have grounds to file a claim or lawsuit if you were injured because a defective component of the stepladder allowed it to collapse without warning while you were standing on it. On the other hand, if you were injured because you fell off a stepladder while you were distracted, you probably would not be able to recover compensation.
When filing a product liability claim or lawsuit, you must present evidence of negligence. Negligence can take such forms as:
- A product’s designers overlook inherent design flaws that render a product unsafe
- A product’s manufacturers overlook defects
- A product’s marketers fail to warn of safety risks
- A product’s marketers fail to provide sufficient instructions for using a product
Gathering evidence of such negligence will often require conducting an investigation. A product liability lawyer can investigate your accident on your behalf, optimizing your chances of settling your claim or being awarded damages in court.
CONTACT A LANCASTER PRODUCT LIABILITY ATTORNEY
Our Lancaster product liability attorneys at Soloff & Zervanos have years of experience providing clients like yourself with effective representation. If you believe you have reason to file a product liability claim or lawsuit in our area, learn more about what we can do for you by contacting us online or calling us at 215-929-7216 to schedule your free consultation.