Products Liability Fact Sheet: When The Things You Buy Hurt You
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, an entity that maintains the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, is the leading source of data about consumer product-related injuries in the country and annually issues a report detailing the incidence rates of non-fatal injuries resulting from consumer products. In 2013, it was reported that:
- 56% of consumer product-related injuries are sustained by men in the United States.
- Nearly 40% of consumer product injuries are sustained by children and teenagers (ages 0-19).
- 16% of injuries caused by consumer products are sustained by babies and toddlers (ages 0-4).
- The top 5 most commonly cited injuries include lacerations, strains/sprains, contusions/abrasions, fractures and internal injuries.
- The top 5 most commonly cited injury sites include head, fingers, face, lower trunk of the body and ankle.
Hospitals and healthcare centers across Philadelphia see countless injuries caused by consumer products each year.
There is bound to be a defective product, defective design, or a product that is inadequately labeled with a warning that will cause injury to a Philadelphian at some point. When you are injured by a product in some way, you need to contact an experienced product liability attorney.
Common Product Liability Causes of Injuries
Product liability claims stem from instances where a person uses a product in a normal way, but somehow sustains a personal injury resulting from use of the product. A wide range of different product types can be the source of a product liability claim, from electric blankets, to pharmaceutical drugs, to automobiles. There are three main categories into which product liability cases breakdown into:
Defectively Manufactured Products
Injuries are caused by defectively manufactured products when the product is flawed in some way because of an error in the process of making the product, thereby making the defective product different from others on the shelf or in the same line of products.
Defectively Designed Products
The design of a product may be inherently dangerous or defective. Products with a defective design are made correctly, i.e., according to their specifications, and so the defective design can be found in any and all of the products in the line.
Inadequate Warning or Instructions On A Product
Injuries can result if a product is inadequately labeled with warnings or instructions for use. Generally, the product is dangerous in a non-obvious way and requires undisclosed precautions or diligence when using the product.
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Dangerous or defective products are the source of many injuries suffered by Philadelphians each year. Whether your case involves a product that is defectively made, defectively designed or lacks the appropriate warnings or instructions for use, the team of experienced products liability lawyers at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC have worked with many Philly clients with injuries sustained from products liability cases. We can provide you with the help and legal guidance you need after your injury.
Investigating Product Liability Claims Requires Resources
Looking into the root case of a product liability claim requires a substantial amount of time and resources. The investigating attorney must have a thorough knowledge of product liability and personal injury law and the wherewithal to conduct a thorough investigation into your case. The product that caused your injury will need to be identified and examined, and compared to other products of the same type, make and model. The type of product liability claim will need to be clearly identified, i.e., defective product, defective design or inadequate warning or instructions for use, and a strong case will need to be built around the facts. When your injuries are the attributable to a consumer product that does not work the way it is supposed to, you need a team of experienced product liability lawyers with the knowledge and experience necessary to bring your case to justice. With many product liability cases, there is a heavy reliance on the opinions of experts as to whether a specific, single product is defective, whether the whole line of products is inherently unsafe by design, or whether the product should have had warning labels or instructions on the product in order to enhance safety. These experts need to be leaders in their particular field, with a high level of expertise and knowledge about the particular product in question. Designers, engineers and scientists make for excellent expert witnesses in product liability cases.
Various tests will need to be conducted by qualified professionals on the product that caused your injuries. If the product was destroyed or damaged as a result of its use that caused your injuries, testing will need to be done on the remains of the product. Failure analysis will need to be performed to identify the exact fault in the product that caused the injury, and engineers and designers will need to be consulted as to whether an alternative design would have been a safer option.
All of the test results, expert witness testimony, your various medical records related to the injury and any evidence of other damage that was sustained as a result of the defective product (for example, property damage occurred when a defective product caught fire) will need to be prepared as evidence for your product liability case. The professionals at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC have access to a unique network of experts, scientists and engineers that are leaders in their fields.
We help our Philadelphia clients get the justice they deserve by fighting to hold those responsible for our clients’ injuries responsible for their actions. Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC is known for our aggressive representation of our clients in product liability cases and have a demonstrated track record of obtaining successful results for our clients. We have made a commitment to you, and will do whatever it takes to build a strong case supporting your position. We have the finances to conduct a thorough investigation of your case, and will put up a fight for your rights.
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