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Tracing the History of a Defective Product

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Daniel J. O'Brien
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In some personal injury claims, it's fairly easy to determine who is liable for your injuries. For instance, if someone were to run a red light and broadside your car, it would be relatively easy to assign fault in your case. But other types of personal injury claims-such as those caused by defective products-are a bit more difficult to navigate.

Because there are numerous parties who have a role in getting a defective product into the hands of unwitting consumers, product liability claims are particularly complex.

An Example of Fault in a Product Liability Claim 

Let's say, for instance, that your child suffered a serious head injury after falling from a defective high chair. Your child must cope with severe, life-changing injuries and your family is left with mounting medical bills that you should not have to pay. In order to determine who is liable in such a case, you can trace the history of the product that caused your injury.

For the sake of our example, let's say that some of the key components of the chair were manufactured in China with materials that did not meet U.S. safety standards. They were shipped to a factory in Ohio for assembly, where the plant manager recognized the inadequacy of the materials, but as a cost-cutting measure, proceeded to use them to assemble the high chairs. Next, the defective products made their way to a national store in Philadelphia, where, after a few months, the store's management received notice of a product recall on the high chairs, but neglected to remove them until several weeks after the fact. 

In such a case, your Philadelphia product liability lawyer may be able to prove negligence on the part of the manufacturer, the assembler and the retailer. If the company that owned the brand of high chair had knowledge of the defects, but continued to market and sell the chairs in order to avoid a costly product recall, they also might be held liable for damages.

To learn more about product liability and who is to blame in such a case, visit our library. 

You shouldn't have to suffer and pay for expensive medical bills that were caused by another person or company's negligence. Contact a Philadelphia product liability lawyer at White & Williams LLP today. We will provide a free, no obligation consultation on your case. 1-877-944-8396

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