We all rely on countless products made all around the world. However, product manufacturers should not be allowed to cut corners and endanger your safety or the safety of your loved ones. Consumers have rights. So do workers who are required to use machinery or other types of equipment.
If you have been injured by a defective product, you may be able to file a product liability claim. You deserve to be compensated for your pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages. Additionally, you have a right to hold negligent parties responsible for your injuries.
Since many product manufacturers have an army of lawyers to dispute civil claims, you need an experienced product liability attorney who is not afraid to take on the most difficult cases. The Law Firm of Craig A. Altman is a team of experienced product liability and personal injury lawyers in Philadelphia, PA, and surrounding counties who will fight to secure you the financial compensation you deserve.
No manufacturer is free from paying damages for defective or dangerous products, unsafe products, design defects, component parts, or other potential risks that lead to severe injuries.
Manufacturers can be held liable for:
Manufacturing defects – When the product doesn’t work the way it should, it may be a defective product. Since manufacturing defects are not intended to be part of a product, these kinds of defects tend to appear in only a small percentage of the product.
Design defects – A manufacturer must design a product in a safe way that does not endanger users. If the manufacturer is unable to do this without destroying the economic utility of the product, the manufacturer should provide adequate warning labels.
Inadequate product warnings – A manufacturer must provide sufficient and clearly visible warning labels or instructions to ensure a product can be used in a safe manner.
Defective machinery – Construction site accidents may be caused by defective cranes or power saws. If you are injured on the job, you can pursue workers’ compensation benefits.
Defective vehicles – Accidents caused by unintended acceleration, defective seatbelts, airbag failures, or door failures can seriously injure or kill vehicle occupants, other motorists, and pedestrians
Defective medical devices
Dangerous drugs – Pharmaceutical errors caused by a drug manufacturer’s inadequate research can lead to serious injuries, including heart attacks, strokes, and seizures
Our Philadelphia legal team has knowledge of product liability law and the experience necessary to file strong product liability claims. The Philadelphia product liability attorneys at the Law Offices of Craig A. Altman know how to identify the responsible parties, determine if your injuries are the result of a defective product, a dangerous product, manufacturing defect, and can manage the complex cases often seen in a product liability case.
*The Law Offices of Craig A. Altman does not offer any guarantee of case results. Past success in litigation does not guarantee success in any new or future lawsuit.
The Law Offices of Craig A. Altman will help you seek monetary compensation for:
Hospital bills can be overwhelming, particularly if your accident caused brain & spinal injuries or other serious injuries. Reimbursement for medical bills is an essential part of recovery in an injury case.
Serious injury to your neck and/or back may require years of medical attention and exhaustive physical therapy.
Recovery for lost wages is essential. In addition, you could be entitled to income continuation.
A personal injury case must be filed within a certain period of time as per PA law. A personal injury lawyer can explain what is called the “statute of limitations” in detail. Basically, the statute of limitations on personal injury cases in Pennsylvania is two years from the date of your injury.
After this time has passed, you may be barred forever from bringing a claim. Additionally, your insurance company might require you to provide a statement within 30 days of the accident. Our Pennsylvania personal injury attorney will make sure all necessary documentation for your case is filed in a timely fashion.
The Law Offices of Craig A. Altman is proud of the reputation it has built successfully negotiating and litigating for clients who have suffered personal injuries due to someone’s negligence.
Learn more about this personal injury law firm, the legal team, and its verdicts and settlements. An experienced attorney is what you will need and want if you seek to obtain maximum compensation for your injury case.
Gather and preserve evidence. It is crucial that your attorney preserves the physical evidence in your case before it is lost or misplaced.
Question witnesses. Your attorney should interview key witnesses in your case. It is important that witnesses be questioned as early in the process as possible before they forget crucial details about your accident.
Determine liability. Many times, companies will try to pin the blame for an accident on the injured person. A knowledgeable products liability lawyer will be able to sort through the facts, question the potentially liable parties, and determine precisely who is at fault for your injuries.
Secure expert witnesses. Since expert witnesses tend to be vital in product liability cases, your attorney should have access to an array of experts across a wide range of fields to testify on your behalf.
Determine damages. An attorney will review your medical records, with an appropriate expert, to determine the extent of your injuries. Companies may argue that you had a preexisting injury. However, an experienced attorney understands that the existence of prior injuries does not preclude a person from compensation for the aggravation of those prior injuries.
A Philadelphia product liability lawyer is the best person to protect injured consumers and Pennsylvania residents. Personal injury lawyers have knowledge of product liability law and the experience necessary to file strong product liability claims. They can evaluate if you were injured due to a dangerous or defective product and recover the compensation you deserve.
The Philadelphia product liability attorneys at the Law Offices of Craig A. Altman know how to identify the responsible parties, determine if your injuries are the result of a product defect, a dangerous product, manufacturing defect, and can manage the complex cases often seen in a product liability case.
The first thing anyone should do if injured is to seek medical treatment. Your health and well-being are paramount.
If you or a family member or other person on your behalf is able, you should follow these general guidelines. It will protect you, make your case stronger and enable your Philadelphia product liability lawyers to better evaluate your case:
Do not throw away the defective products
Collect the names of witnesses
Obtain a copy of your medical records
Journal all facts and details you remember about the accident
Journal your medical treatment
Keep all doctor appointments and follow doctor’s orders for recovery and treatment
Do not speak to the other party’s insurance adjusters
Do not give a recorded statement to an adjuster or car insurance company
Do not admit fault to any parties, witnesses, insurance adjusters, or others
Stay off social media (no comments, photos, or updates on your status)
Your Philadelphia product liability lawyers are best positioned to assist you once you have received medical care. They will advise you on how to best seek financial recovery for injuries resulting from unsafe products.
As the victim of defective products, you may have suffered severe or even catastrophic injuries leading to economic claims (lost wages, medical bills) or non-economic damages (emotional distress. Injuries for which you can recover damages include:
Brain injuries (TBI)
Spinal cord injuries
Neck and back injuries
Sprain, strains and soft tissue damage
Mental or emotional anguish
Loss of vision or hearing
There are many legal issues in a product liability case. A product liability lawyer will be best able to evaluate your case and determine, based on the facts and circumstances, what kind of personal injury claim you may have under Pennsylvania law for your physical pain, medical bills, medical treatment, and non-economic damages.
In a defective product case, you may be able to recover economic, noneconomic, and punitive damages. In Pennsylvania, there are two main types of damages: compensatory damages and punitive damages:
Compensatory damages are designed to make you whole after an accident. You may suffer both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic Damages include:
Medical bills and expenses
Non-economic damages by their nature are more difficult to calculate. This is where pain and suffering and emotional distress are covered. These damages include:
Loss of ability to work
Loss of future earnings
Loss of enjoyment of life
Loss of consortium
Emotional pain and distress
Punitive damages are designed to punish a person for intentional conduct. This means the conduct of the manufacturer was more than negligent. While punitive damages may not be appropriate in a product liability case, that does not mean your personal injury lawyer won’t consider them depending on the facts of your case.
There is no simple answer to this question. Each case has to be evaluated by an experienced personal injury attorney in order to determine the potential amount of damages an injured person can recover.
Initially, your personal injury lawyer will weigh how severe your injuries were; your age and health at the time of the accident; whether you have a job or not and if you were the sole provider for the family and how many members you supported; and whether you had any fault in the accident.
Products liability law is complex. However, if the defective products result in injuries, you have legal rights and can file a product liability case. As with any personal injury claim, there will be both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages will compensate you for financial costs incurred as a result of the accident. The idea is to “make you whole” or in other words, put you back in the financial place you were in before the accident Such damages would include:
Present and future medical expenses which includes ambulance fees, hospitalization, surgery, medication, medical equipment, surgeries, and doctor visits
Physical therapy and other necessary and related rehabilitation treatment and costs
The cost of replacing or repairing damaged property
Lost Income and wages
Loss of future earnings
Temporary or permanent disability
These types of damages are relatively straightforward. So long as they are related to the accident, they are proven by the medical bills and expenses incurred.
Non-economic damages include:
Pain and suffering
Loss of consortium
Loss of enjoyment of life
These damages require a different level of proof than the economic damages as there are no bills to prove the amount. This does not mean the damages are any less real. They require the experience and knowledge of a negligence lawyer. Product liability attorneys will have knowledge of how the insurance company may weigh a claim for these non-economic damages and be able to evaluate what kind of demand they may make and/or argue for in a settlement conference or at a trial.
Product safety must be a priority for manufacturers. Unfortunately, some companies put profits over people. If you’ve been injured because of a defective product, the experienced product liability lawyers at the Law Offices of Craig A. Altman can help you. We have a proven track record with product liability cases in Pennsylvania, so we know how to get results in your case. Call us today, or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.