Protecting Pittsburgh Clients Harmed by Defective Products
Skilled representation after you are injured because of a dangerous drug, defective auto part or a flawed product design
When you purchase a product you have an expectation that it will do what the label promises it will do. However, sometimes a product can cause harm, injury and even death due to a host of problems from poor design, a defect in the manufacturing process or the product maker’s failure to warn the consumer about the inherent danger of using the product.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury caused by a defective product, you may be able to take legal action against those responsible for your injuries. At the Pittsburgh-based law firm of McKenna & Associates, PC, we have represented countless consumers who have been severely injured by defective products whether at home or in the workplace. We will investigate your claim and build a strong case against the manufacturer and/or seller. By taking legal action you are sending the product producer a strong message about the importance of product safety, and protecting others from experiencing the same injuries as you have suffered.
Grounds for a products liability lawsuit
A “poor” product is not necessarily a dangerous product. If your new hairdryer is not strong enough to work effectively, you cannot bring a products liability lawsuit against the manufacturer. If, however, that hair dryer is so strong, and heats the air so much that your suffer burns on your scalp even though you were using the dryer as instructed – in this case, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. That is because products liability lawsuits must prove that product in question caused you a serious personal injury because of a:
- Defective design, in which the defect is inherent in the product. For example: is there any safeguard in place to keep the dryer from heating too much?
- Manufacturing defect, meaning the product’s defect was introduced in the manufacturing or processing of the product. For example: is the valve which regulates the dryer’s temperature missing from your specific unit?
- Failure to warn on behalf of the product manufacturer that there are dangers associated with using the product. For example: is there are label on the box or the dryer that tells you just how hot the dryer might get?
If the evidence shows that your injuries were indeed caused by a defective product – in this case, the dryer – and that the manufacturer, distributor or retailer who created, shipped or sold the product did nothing to warn you of its potential to cause you harm, then a skilled products liability attorney can help you file a suit for compensation against the responsible party.
Common products liability claims
At McKenna & Associates, we help people who have been injured by defective or dangerous products by fighting on their behalf in trials and in settlement negotiations. Some of the claims we handle most often include:
- Airbag injuries
- Dangerous drugs
- Defective autos
- Defective electronic products
- Defective medical devices
- Equipment failures
- Unsafe baby toys and furniture
When you work with an experienced Pittsburgh products liability attorney from McKenna & Associates, you can rest easy that your best interests and goals are always forefront in our minds. We can advise you when it might be appropriate to join a class action or when to file your own lawsuit against a product manufacturer. There are significant costs involved in pursuing a legal claim, so if the prospect of winning a substantial settlement does not look promising, joining a class action might be more appropriate. We fight aggressively for the compensation to cover your medical costs now and in the future, and for your pain and suffering, disfigurement, emotional trauma and lost wages.
Contact a Pittsburgh products liability lawyer today
Were you injured by a defective product? At the law firm of McKenna & Associates we strive to hold the responsible parties liable for your injuries and fight for the compensation you deserve. Please call 412.346.4354 or fill out our contact form to make an appointment at our Pittsburgh office. We are proud to help families throughout News Castle, Greensburg, Indiana, Washington, Beaver and Butler, Pennsylvania, and in West Virginia and Ohio.