If you sustained injuries because of a dangerous or defective product in Lancaster, PA, you might be entitled to significant compensation. Manufacturers can be strictly liable for the harm they cause. An experienced Lancaster product liability lawyer at Marzzacco Niven & Associates can help you fight to recover money for medical bills, lost wages, and your pain and suffering.
We have over 120 years of experience with cases involving complex personal injury laws–and we’ve recovered tens of millions of dollars to help our injured clients get back on their feet again.
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How Marzzacco Niven & Associates Can Help With a Product Liability Claim in Lancaster, PA
Product liability cases are rarely simple. Big corporations don’t often admit that their products are dangerous or defective. Instead, you’ll have to prove exactly how and why you were injured. Even if the manufacturer has accepted responsibility, you’ll still have to establish the damages you’ve sustained.
Our personal injury lawyers in Lancaster at Marzzacco Niven & Associates have the experience and resources to stand up and protect your legal rights.
Hiring us means you’ll have a skilled attorney to:
- Identify the product defect and prove that it caused your injuries
- Hire experts and specialists to strengthen your claim
- Calculate the value of your damages claim
- Negotiate with the insurance companies and defense lawyers to maximize your settlement
Product manufacturers have teams of attorneys to protect them. If a class action settlement has already been reached, those attorneys will work hard to downplay the value of your claim.
Over the years, our lawyers have been recognized by Super Lawyers, the Best Lawyers of America, and the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40. With our Lancaster personal injury lawyers by your side, you can be confident that you’re getting the fair compensation you deserve.
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How Common Are Injuries Caused by Defective Products?
Injuries caused by unsafe products are shockingly common. Every year, it’s estimated that dangerous products cause about 40 million injuries and 46,000 deaths in the United States alone. Any type of product can become dangerous if defective.
The following statistics illustrate the problem:
- In a single year, about 1,000 automotive recalls of safety equipment like seat belts and airbags impacted millions of Americans
- A study showed that about one-third of all FDA-approved drugs that reach the market have side effects that aren’t identified until patients are harmed
- Over a ten-year period, defective medical devices caused 1.7 million injuries and approximately 83,000 fatalities worldwide
Thousands of additional injuries are caused by defective children’s products.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and other agencies regulate consumer products in the U.S. Still, significant harm is often caused before a product is recalled. Other defective products are never recalled by the manufacturer.
You may have a valid claim for compensation even if the product that injured you was never recalled. To learn more about your legal options, call Marzzacco Niven & Associates to schedule a free case review with an experienced Lancaster product liability attorney today.
What is My Lancaster Product Liability Case Worth?
Every personal injury case is different. Some cases may be worth a few thousand, while others can be worth millions. The nature of the harm you’ve suffered will be important in determining how much your personal injury claim is worth.
Factors that tend to be most relevant include:
- The severity of your injuries
- Whether the product caused permanent damage
- Whether you lost wages, income, or future earning potential
- The type of product defect involved
- Whether you have a claim under strict liability or negligence theories
- Whether others were impacted
- Whether your case qualifies for a class-action lawsuit
A serious injury can impact your life in dramatic ways. Hiring an experienced attorney is the best way to get a sense of your case’s value.
Our lawyers are here to stand up for you. Just give us a quick call to schedule your free consultation today.
What Types of Damages Are Available to Victims in a Product Liability Case?
If successful, victims who are harmed by dangerous products can recover compensation for economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages compensate for your tangible financial losses, such as:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning potential
- Property damage
Non-economic damages give victims compensation for their personal losses and suffering, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Diminished quality of life
- Physical disfigurement and scarring
- Mental health disorders, including anxiety and depression
- Loss of consortium
In rare cases, punitive damages may be available. For example, if the product manufacturer knew about serious risks and sold the product anyway, judges and juries may award damages to punish them for the harm they’ve caused.
Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for Getting Hurt in Pennsylvania?
Manufacturing companies often try to blame consumers for misusing a product. Under strict liability laws, you can recover damages if you misused the product in a reasonably foreseeable way.
In a negligence case, you won’t always lose your right to compensation under Pennsylvania comparative negligence laws, even if you were partly responsible. However, your damages can be reduced if your negligence also contributed to your injuries.
Our Lancaster Product Liability Lawyers Will Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Injuries
Defective products can cause serious damage. If you were harmed, you deserve to be fully compensated for your losses.
Some common injuries caused by dangerous products include:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Soft tissue damage
- Internal injuries
- Cancer and other illnesses
- Broken bones
- Nerve injuries
- Eye injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Wrongful death of a loved one
You don’t have to deal with the consequences of these injuries alone. Instead of relying on a lawyer directory, call our lawyers in Lancaster County to schedule a free initial consultation today.
We Handle All Types of Product Liability Claims in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
At Marzzacco Niven & Associates, we handle all types of product liability claims, including those involving:
- Dangerous drugs, including Opioids, Zantac, Elmiron, Prilosec
- Defective medical devices, including IVC filters, hip implants, hernia mesh, and CPAP machines
- Children’s products, including toys, car seats, and furniture
- Household appliances
- Personal care products
- Tools and machinery
- Household chemicals
- Lawn care products, including Roundup weedkiller
- Airbags, seat belts, and other vehicle safety equipment
Depending on the facts, you may be eligible to participate in a class-action lawsuit or multidistrict litigation (MDL). Our lawyers will evaluate your case and do everything we can to maximize your settlement or verdict. Just call our law firm to schedule your free case evaluation today.
Overview of Product Liability Laws in Pennsylvania
Under Pennsylvania product liability laws, responsible parties can be held strictly liable for damages caused by defective products. That includes manufacturers, designers, distributors, and, in some cases, even retailers.
You won’t always have to prove that someone was negligent to recover damages. While that can sometimes make it easier to seek compensation, product liability claims tend to be complex.
It’s important to seek legal advice from an experienced lawyer who can help you identify the defect and find out why you were hurt.
When is a Product Considered Defective?
Product manufacturers can be liable for three types of product defects:
- Design defects
- Manufacturing defects
- Marketing defects
A design defect is a defect in the product’s overall design. Even if the product is assembled correctly, it will still be unreasonably dangerous because of the way it was designed. For example, Roundup weed killer suffers from a design defect because of the danger created by the product’s active ingredient.
Products that suffer from manufacturing defects would be safe if assembled correctly. These products only become dangerous because of a mistake during the manufacturing process. For example, if a drug is contaminated during manufacturing, it suffers from a manufacturing defect.
A marketing defect is a failure to warn consumers about non-obvious risks. Some products will never be 100% safe. Still, manufacturers are required to warn consumers about potential dangers and side effects.
How Long Do I Have to File a Product Liability Lawsuit in Pennsylvania?
The statute of limitations in Pennsylvania is two years. Injured parties generally have two years from the date of an accident to file a personal injury lawsuit – or risk losing their right to sue for damages.
In product liability cases, the two-year clock doesn’t start to run until the date you knew about the injury or reasonably should have known about the injury.
Contact a Lancaster Product Liability Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Do you have questions about your legal rights after a dangerous or defective product injured you? Call a Lancaster product liability lawyer at Marzzacco Niven & Associates for help today. We work on a contingency fee basis, so there’s no fee unless we recover compensation for you.
Other Practice Areas In Lancaster, PA
Here are some of the additional case types that our personal injury cases in Lancaster that we can help with: