Who Is Liable for a Defective Product?

It seems obvious. If youve been harmed by a defective product, you deserve to be compensated. Otherwise, how can any of us trust in the things we buy? In Pennsylvania, however, it is unclear who is liable and in what circumstances when a product turns on its user. This is one of the most tangled areas of Pennsylvania law, and any effort to recover damages from a defective product requires the help of a Lancaster product liability lawyer.

Pennsylvania law currently favors a liability-based version of defective products claims. If you are injured by a product, whether anybody was deliberately negligent or not, you can claim damages from the producer or vendor of that product. This is a highly liberal version of liability law, one quite favorable to people making claims. There is a movement in the law to a more restrictive version of the law favoring a negligence-based interpretation of liability.

This is a higher threshold, and one that some courts demand while others do not. The upshot anyone bringing a product liability claim should be prepared to demonstrate that the manufacturer or vendor of that product had grounds to know it was defective, or the opportunity to prevent harm. This is the kind of case that only a Lancaster product liability lawyer can make.

No one should live in fear that everyday household products will make them ill or do them harm. Manufacturers and vendors should be held to account if a product causes harm even if they were not aware that it would. How else can we bring pressure on industry to be careful to create safe products? If you believe you have been harmed by a product you purchased, you need to consult with a products liability attorney in Lancaster immediately. Let the attorneys of McDonald At Law protect your rights.

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