We purchase, plug-in, and install products in our homes to make life safer and easier, but what happens when those products end up endangering our families? The government recalls hundreds of dangerous products each year, and yet there are still hazardous items on store shelves right now.
If you or a family member are seriously hurt by something around the house, you can’t assume the manufacturer will be first in line to help in your family’s recovery. At Philadelphia’s Pearce Law Firm P.C., our founder Edith Pearce and our defective product attorneys have experience taking on big companies who design and sell these gadgets, appliances, electronics, and other items that can hurt people. We make sure these companies accept liability for their mistakes and demand that they provide full compensation for anyone in your family put in harm’s way. Contact us for a free consultation if you or a loved one suffered a serious injury.
Defective Product Dangers in Philadelphia Homes
These hazards can take so many forms around the house and the examples are nearly endless. The threat can come from furniture and electronics made to easily tip over. Dressers, TV stands, and some appliances can present this type of danger.
Bedding, household chemicals, and even defective fireworks can all be the products that cause your family harm. Companies that make appliances, extension cords, and home improvement tools are also common offenders.
The National Safety Council found that In 2019, over 13 million people were treated in emergency rooms for injuries caused by consumer products. And the problem is that much more of a frightening concern because children and older Americans are most often at risk.
These dangers aren’t just confined to homes. Products used in public places can also injure visitors, including shopping carts in stores and playground equipment.
Defective Product Liability Cases
The term “failure to warn” is a legal concept applied to cases against manufacturers who ignore possible dangers to their customers. It describes the failure of a manufacturer to caution customers that a product carries an increased risk of injury to those who use or operate the device.
If it’s apparent a company was negligent in warning consumers about a threat, victims can file a defective product liability claim.
You and your attorney can point to problems in three general areas regarding safety:
- Unsafe design – The problem started with the product’s design. No matter how well the product is manufactured, the design always had a dangerous flaw that could put anyone who used the product in harm’s way.
- Unsafe manufacture – Something in the way a product was manufactured created a hazard. It may be a problem that arises as the parts are made, or in the process of assembling the parts into a final product. The manufacturer can be made aware of the problem and still not stop production.
- Poorly written instructions or insufficient warnings – The instruction manual may instruct you to install or use the product in what turns out to be an unsafe manner. The instructions may be unclear. Warning labels may have been needed to make consumers aware of a safety hazard, for example on a prescription bottle, but sadly weren’t included.
An Attorney Who Can Help Your Family Recover After an Accident
You may have purchased a product or it may be something that came with your home that causes a devastating accident. In the aftermath, families can face the challenges of recovering from injuries, missing work, all while trying to figure out how to pay hospital and doctor bills.
Trying to deal with insurance companies, handling extensive paperwork, and getting a fair settlement is an overwhelming task for someone already dealing with a serious personal injury. Most individuals are not equipped to deal with these details following a serious accident and you can easily be taken advantage of. That’s why professional legal help is your best protection. The Pearce Law Firm is here to help you document every detail and deal with every legal issue.
To protect your rights following a serious personal injury or a tragic death due to an accident, you should consult a personal injury law firm with experience in these matters as soon as possible. Within the first week, important physical evidence can be lost, and witnesses may become hard to find. Click Here for: Frequently Asked Defective Product Questions.
Compensation in a Defective Product Case
Damages that a personal injury victim and the victim’s family are entitled to recover may include: hospital and medical expenses; past and future lost earnings; past and future permanent physical disability, such as a limp, scars, chronic pain syndrome; emotional distress, such as depression and anxiety; emotional suffering caused by the death of a loved one and many more.
A Philadelphia Attorney Who Will Fight for You
Having worked for years for an insurance company and for an accident defense firm, Philadelphia personal injury lawyer Edith Pearce uses her expert knowledge from inside the industry to help you recover expenses, replace income and make sure that your losses, your pain and suffering, your property damage and your injuries are adequately compensated.
Edith Pearce, an experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyer, and her team will thoroughly investigate your accident and work diligently to either arrive at a settlement or proceed to trial to obtain full and fair compensation. Our law firm uses a combination of aggressive discovery, site visits, witness interviews, close examination of medical records, private investigators, and the assistance of medical and engineering experts to provide our personal injury victim clients with state-of-the-art legal representation.
Contact a Philadelphia Defective Product Attorney
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident in Philadelphia or anywhere in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, please contact us today for a FREE PERSONAL INJURY CONSULTATION.
Remember – acting quickly is important as it allows us to fully investigate your personal injury claim and better document conditions as they were at the time of your accident.