It is generally reasonable to assume the products you buy will be safe. Unfortunately, that is not always true. Many manufacturers release faulty products that harm consumers.
If you developed an illness or suffered an injury after using a defective product, you should consider talking to a Pittsburgh product liability lawyer. You might qualify for financial compensation.
Bordas & Bordas has worked with many consumers who have suffered injuries due to faulty products such as Johnson & Johnson talcum powder and Allergan textured breast implants. We have won millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients. Hiring a reputable injury attorney to fight on your behalf could positively impact the outcome of your case.
Common Defective Products
The skilled lawyers at our firm have handled many types of product liability cases. Some of the most common types of consumer goods involved in these cases include:
If you sustained an injury after using any of these types of products, we could help you determine whether you have a valid legal claim.
Types of Product Defects in a Pittsburgh Liability Claim
There are many types of product defects. The way we handle your case will likely vary depending on the type of defect that led to your injury. The consumer good you used may have had a defect related to the design, manufacturing, or marketing of the product.
A design defect is a flaw in a product’s initial blueprint that makes it unreasonably risky and poses a risk to future users. Usually, this form of defect impacts all of the company’s manufactured goods. To determine whether a design flaw exists, you might ask questions such as
- Was the product’s nature unreasonably hazardous before it was manufactured?
- Was it fair to expect that the product’s nature will endanger a potential user?
- At the time of production, could the manufacturer use a better design that was both cost-effective and does not change the product’s purpose?
Our attorneys know what types of questions to ask to identify a design defect.
A manufacturing defect results from a mistake during the production or storing process. All manufacturers are responsible for defects that arise during the construction of a good under the strict liability theory, regardless of whether they take precautions in the manufacturing process. These flaws are usually present in just a small percentage of a company’s manufactured products.
Marketing defects occur when a product is sold without proper warning labels or instructions. Without sufficient warnings, products that would normally be harmless could injure countless people.
Depending on the type of defect, a product liability attorney in Pittsburgh could help you file a claim against the manufacturer, wholesaler, or distributor.
What Compensation Could You Receive?
Lawsuits for faulty products can result in economic, non-economic, or punitive damages. The goal of economic and non-economic damages is to make you “whole” again following the injury.
Economic damages compensate you for any out-of-pocket costs, including lost wages, medical bills, and property damage. Non-economic damages cover subjective costs such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost quality of life
In rare cases, the court orders punitive damages to punish the defendant. Punitive damages may be granted solely at the judge’s discretion when a manufacturer’s negligence is considered particularly damaging. Our legal team could help you get the maximum amount of compensation available in your defective product case.
A Pittsburgh Product Liability Attorney Could Help
If you used a defective product that caused you to suffer an injury, you may be overwhelmed with medical bills and other costs. You should not have to suffer due to the manufacturer’s negligence. Call a Pittsburgh product liability lawyer from Bordas & Bordas today to schedule a consultation and start fighting for your right to compensation.