The lawyers at Hissey Mulderig & Friend have decades of legal experience handling product liability cases involving hazardous commercial products, dangerous drugs and medical devices, or other cases.
If you or a loved one have been injured, contact our law firm for a free legal consultation by calling toll-free at 1-855-922-3660, or by sending us a message with our free case evaluation form on the right side of this page.
Injured Consumers & Patients Have Legal Rights
Every year, millions of people are hospitalized and thousands more are killed as a result of injuries resulting from defective consumer products, prescription or over-the-counter drugs, or medical devices. Consumers who are hurt by these dangerous products have legal rights!
Product liability lawsuits involve cases in which consumers or patients were harmed as a result of defective medical or commercial products. These lawsuits often involve allegations that the manufacturers knew, or should have known, that their products were defective and dangerous, but failed to take steps to correct these defects and protect the public from injury.
Consumers and patients have a right to expect that they will not be harmed when they use products, drugs, or medical devices as intended by their manufacturers. Individuals who are harmed by defective or dangerous products have a legal right to file a lawsuit and seek compensation for the injuries they have suffered.
How Does a Product Liability Lawsuit Work?
Normally, individuals who file personal injury claims, such as medical malpractice or car accidents, must prove that their injuries were the result of negligence on the part of the defendant.
These lawsuits usually include, but are not limited to, allegations such as:
- Breach of warranty: Warranties involve both express warranties, written warranties that come directly from the manufacturer, and implied warranties, legal rules that vary from state to state which guarantee that a product can be safely used for its intended purpose.
- Defective design: Design defects involve allegations of inherent problems with the way a product is designed, leading an increased risk of injury for individuals who use these products.
- Defective manufacturing: In some cases, products become dangerous because of issues that arise during the manufacturing process. Manufacturing defects may be the fault of the company that owns the product, or of a company they hired for the product’s assembly or manufacture.
- Failure to warn: Companies have a responsibility to warn consumers and patients about potential side effects or safety issues with their products. When they fail to alert the public about potential dangers, this is known as failure to warn.
Who Can File a Product Liability Lawsuit?
In the state of Pennsylvania, anyone who could have foreseeably purchased and been harmed by a product is eligible to file a product liability lawsuit against manufacturers of defective, dangerous products.
Consumers or patients who incur medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, or emotional distress as a result of injuries caused by defective products can file a lawsuit against manufacturers of the products that caused their injuries.
When a defective or dangerous product results in death, the family members of the deceased individual can file a lawsuit for wrongful death against the manufacturer, which allows them to receive compensation for the costs their family member would have received.
How Long Do I Have to File a Case?
The statute of limitations for product liability lawsuits in the state of Pennsylvania is typically two years. This means that you typically have two years from the date upon which the injury occurred to you or a loved one to file a case.
Failure to take legal action within the statute of limitations may result in you becoming permanently barred from pursuing legal compensation in your case.
What Kind of Compensation Could I Receive?
Individuals who are harmed by defective or dangerous products may be eligible to pursue damages for:
- Emotional distress
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
In product liability cases that are filed by family members on behalf of a deceased individual, the family may qualify to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, funeral expenses, or loss of consortium.
Our Product Liability Practice Areas
Currently, Hissey Mulderig & Friend is actively involved in seeking potential clients in the following product liability practice areas:
- Chemical Hair Straighteners: Recent studies have shown that women who use chemical hair straighteners or hair relaxers are more likely to develop uterine cancer than women who never used these products. Women who used hair straighteners or relaxers may also face an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer or endometrial cancer.
- Paragard Copper IUDs: Paragard intrauterine devices may break while they are being removed or still in use, which can cause serious complications, including organ damage, uterine perforation, cervical perforation, infertility, or other side effects.
Contact Us for a Free Legal Consultation
If you or a loved one have been injured by dangerous commercial products, drugs, or medical devices, you may qualify to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for your injuries.
For a free legal consultation to find out if you qualify, contact the lawyers at Hissey Mulderig & Friend by calling our offices toll-free at 1-855-922-3660, or by filling out our free case evaluation form located on the top of this page.
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