Bethlehem Product Liability Lawyer
When you purchase products at the store, you expect that they will be safe and work as expected. In most cases, they work as intended. Sometimes they don’t, though, causing serious injury and even death to consumers.
The law requires manufacturers and sellers to protect consumers by providing warnings on products that may contain potential hazards. They should also work to ensure that defective or malfunctioning parts are not used in their goods. When a customer is injured due to negligence on these parts, either the manufacturer or the distributor can be held liable.
However, suing a large company is not an easy task. These corporations often have high-powered legal teams in place to protect them. You are at a disadvantage.
The O’Donnell Law Offices can help. We understand the complexities involved with these cases. Contact our Bethlehem product liability lawyer to schedule a consultation.
Common Defective Products
Any product can be defective, but the most commonly defective ones include:
- Medical devices
- Motor vehicles
- Household appliances
- Cleaning products
- Industrial machinery
Types of Defective Product Claims
Products can be defective in several ways. There are three main types of product liability claims:
- Defective manufacture. A defectively manufactured product is flawed because of some error that occurred when it was made. For example, there may have been a problem at the factory where the product was made, now making the injury-causing product different from all the other ones. Some examples include a swing set with a cracked chain, a vehicle with missing brakes, or a food or drink tainted with a poisonous substance. In order to recover compensation, the injury must have been caused by the manufacturing defect.
- Defective design. Defective design claims require the victim to prove that an entire line of products is inherently dangerous. Examples of a design defect include a type of sunglasses that fails to protect the eyes from UV rays or electric blankets that can cause electrocution when turned on too high. To recover compensation, the injury must have been caused by the defective design.
- Failure to provide adequate instructions or warnings. These claims typically involve a product that is dangerous in some way and the user has to exercise special precautions or diligence when using it. Some examples of products that fall under this category include electric tea kettles, corrosive chemicals, and medications such as cough syrups. The injury must result from the failure to warn or properly instruct.
Contact O’Donnell Law Offices Today
A defective product can affect you or a loved one in many ways. Many people are injured or killed by defects. Get the compensation you deserve by filing a product liability claim against the manufacturer.
A Bethlehem product liability lawyer at O’Donnell Law Offices will aggressively fight for your legal rights. To schedule a free consultation with our office, fill out the online form or call (570) 821-5717.