When Pennsylvania residents purchase products, they expect them to work correctly. They also expect them to be safe. While some products have inherent risks -- like knives or ladders -- these risks should be minimized when the products are used safety. Non-dangerous products should not pose any risk of harm to consumers.
However, many products that shouldn't be dangerous end up causing harm. In these cases there are defects in the product that cause it to not work like it should. One of these types of defects are manufacturing defects.
What are manufacturing defects? If you have been injured by a product, you may wonder what caused the issue. In some cases, the product was produced incorrectly. The company that made the product did not intend for this error to occur. Instead, something in the manufacturing process went wrong in order to create a defect in the product. In other words, the product deviated from its intended design when some error took place. This error caused the product to malfunction or cause injuries.
In these cases, manufactures can be held liable for manufacturing defects. Under product liability law, companies can be held strictly liable for damages caused by unsafe products for injuries caused by a manufacturing defect. In these cases, the injured party must have gotten hurt while using the product for its intended use.
However, these defects can be difficult to prove. Contributing factors, like using the product for a way outside of its intended use or using it negligently, can eliminate a person's ability to recover damages in these cases. This blog post is intended only to be informational and cannot help people decide if they have the right to compensation. A product liability attorney, on the other hand, can help people who have been injured by defective products.