We’ve all read news stories about defective products causing serious injuries and huge lawsuits. A few years ago, GM made headlines when it’s faulty ignition switches caused car accidents and deaths.
In 2002, tobacco product manufacturers had to pay $28 million to a woman who claimed that she developed lung cancer because the company didn’t warn her of the health risks associated with smoking, reports Investopedia.
Another famous product liability case happened when a woman was severely burned by coffee from McDonald’s. She claimed that the coffee was being served at a hazardous temperature.
Pharmaceutical companies are constantly involved in lawsuits regarding health issues that their products cause.
Unfortunately, something like this could happen to you!
If you were injured because of a defective product in Pittsburgh, you might be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to get compensation for your damages.
Keep reading for your guide to product liability in Pittsburgh, PA, and what to do if you’re injured because of a faulty product.
What Kind of Defects Can You Sue For?
Whether you were injured because of medication side effects, or a problem with your vehicle, or spoiled food product, it’s important to understand what kind of defects you are suing for.
What is “Strict Liability?”
If you’re pursuing a lawsuit regarding injuries from a defective product, it’s most likely that your situation will operate under the “strict liability” law. LegalZoom explains that under strict liability, if a product is defective or causes injury, the manufacturer or seller of the product will be liable.
What Evidence Do You Need in a Strict Liability Case?
Who Can You Sue?
You might have grounds to sue the manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer. Depending on the details of your case, you might be able to sue one or more of these parties. An attorney will help you understand who was really at fault and how to argue your case. For example, if you become sick with severe food poisoning after eating spoiled food, this might be the fault of the retailer storing the product improperly rather than a manufacturing defect.
What Can You Claim in Your Lawsuit?
In most lawsuits, you’ll have the option to claim the following:
Injured in Pittsburgh because of a defective product? It’s time to get justice by claiming your compensation! Scanlon & Wojton, LLC can help you discover your options! Call (412) 918-1241 or message us online.
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304 Ross Street, Suite 510
Pittsburgh, PA, 15219
Phone: (412) 918-1241