New Castle Defective Product Lawyer
If you suffer a serious injury from a defective product, the manufacturing company may be financially responsible. A defective product lawyer in New Castle, Pennsylvania can help you go up against the powerful insurance companies and legal teams of a product manufacturer or distributor. The lawyers at Dallas W. Hartman, P.C. can help you fight for fair financial compensation.
Why Choose Us?
- We offer free consultations to new clients, so you can get answers at no financial risk.
- Our lawyers have many years of experience handling product liability claims.
- Although we settle most product liability claims, we also have the power to go to trial.
- Our personal injury lawyers in New Castle operate on a contingency fee basis.
What is Product Liability?
Product liability is the facet of personal injury law that centers on defective products. Product liability states that a manufacturer, distributor or seller is responsible for consumer injuries, illnesses and deaths that result from defective products.
This law is in place to hold manufacturing companies accountable for the safety of their products. Injured consumers can recover compensation without proving negligence (a strict product liability claim) if the item contained one of three types of defects:
- Design defect. An issue with the design of a product before it is manufactured. An inherent flaw in the design that makes it unreasonably dangerous for consumers.
- Manufacturing defect. A mistake or problem that occurs in the course of the manufacture or assembly of a product, resulting in a faulty or defective item.
- Marketing defect. Flaws in how the product is packaged, marketed, advertised or labeled, leading to an item that is dangerous for customers.
If the product that injured you contained one of these defects and you have proof that it caused your injury, you do not need to prove negligence to be entitled to a settlement. You may also have grounds to file a product liability claim on the grounds of negligence, however, if the defendant was careless in creating the defective product, or a breach of warranty if the defendant caused your injury by failing to fulfill a promise or guarantee to its customers.
Who is Liable for Defective Products?
The party most responsible for releasing a product with a dangerous defect will most likely be liable for related accidents and injuries. You may need an attorney to trace the product’s history through the supply chain to determine exactly where something went wrong. Multiple parties could bear responsibility for allowing a defective product to fall into the hands of a consumer:
- The manufacturer
- The manufacturer of parts or components
- The part supplier
- A marketer
- The distributor
- A wholesaler
- A retailer
A lawyer can help you identify the liable party or parties during your product liability claim. This party’s insurance carrier will most likely be who pays for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and other losses.
Time Limits on a Defective Product Claim
You do not have an unlimited amount of time to file a product liability lawsuit in Pennsylvania. There is a statute of limitations of two years for most personal injury cases, including product liability claims. The discovery rule gives you two years from the date of injury discovery if this differs from the date of the injury.
If you fail to take legal action within two years of your accident or injury, you will most likely lose the right to pursue financial compensation. This is why it is important to contact a product liability lawyer as soon as possible.
Get Help From an Injury Lawyer in Pennsylvania
A defective product can cause life-threatening injuries. If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury because of a defective and dangerous product in New Castle, Pennsylvania, contact a lawyer from Dallas W. Hartman, P.C to schedule a free consultation. Find out how we can help you today.