Many consumer goods companies are negligent. They may fail to thoroughly test a product before it goes to market or even fail to report a defective product. Such negligence can have serious consequences, but the customers may suffer greater consequences than the companies.
Our firm holds these companies accountable. If you or someone you care about was harmed by a consumer product, we can hold the responsible company accountable and recover your due damages for you. During a free consultation, we’ll tell you more about how an Altoona personal injury lawyer from our firm will help.
What Damages Can I Claim in My Altoona Product Liability Case?
A defective product can cause a number of different personal injuries, such as burns, cuts, and broken bones. Some injuries can even be fatal. For example, a defective vehicle airbag can actually cause fatal lacerations.
Your doctor can help you determine what your damages are, but a personal injury lawyer from our firm can help, too. The lawyer can determine what your financial and intangible damages are, such as your lost wages and your mental suffering. Afterwards, your lawyer can list your damages for the insurance company, ensuring all of them are covered. Your list may include:
- Lost wages
- Property repair or replacement bills
- Your doctor’s bills
- Other medical bills, such as bills for rehabilitation
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish, if you lost a loved one
- Funeral costs
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of companionship
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What Is My Altoona Product Liability Claim Worth?
Once you have a list of your damages, you or one of our firm’s lawyers can determine their value. However, you may find it difficult to valuate your intangible damages by yourself, so you may want to leave this to a lawyer from our firm. Our lawyers draw from experience to value your intangible damages, like pain and suffering.
Our professional valuation may prevent the insurance company from devaluing your claim. This could help us settle your claim successfully.
Our firm can also review a claim for Social Security Disability (Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income) to ensure your damages are valued accurately.
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Negotiating Your Settlement or Litigating Your Case
Many claimants struggle to settle a case fairly with a large insurance company. It can be especially difficult to settle fairly with the insurer of a large consumer goods company. These insurers can be intimidating, especially when they employ their tactics for diminishing a claim.
Our Altoona product liability lawyers know how to handle these tactics and the insurers themselves. Our lawyers also know how to negotiate settlements and persuade insurers to negotiate.
The Deadline for an Altoona Product Liability Lawsuit
If you’re considering suing the company responsible for your injuries, our firm can help you consider the possibility. We can also help you meet the filing deadline for a product liability lawsuit at a point in your case. In Pennsylvania, this deadline is 2 years from the date of an incident, according to Pa. C.S.A. § 5524.
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The Basis for Product Liability Legal Action in Pennsylvania
Under state law, federal law, and industry guidelines, consumer goods companies are responsible for ensuring their products are safe to use. These companies include product designers, manufacturers, testers, retailers, and distributors. When one of these companies fails to ensure a product is safe or fails to report a defective product, the company is liable for the consequences of this negligence.
The product you used may have been:
- Poorly designed
- Manufactured with a defect
- Tested improperly
- Sold with no or poor instructions
- Advertised without adequate warnings
- Defective but sold anyways
Any of those examples of negligence can be the basis for a product liability legal action.
Pennsylvania’s Standards for Liability
The state of Pennsylvania uses 2 standards when determining liability in a case like yours. One standard is the Consumer Expectations Standard which can establish a product’s actual defective condition. The other standard is the Risk-Utility Standard which can establish other criteria.
It’s necessary to establish the criteria under at least one approach in order to prove a company produced a defective product and is liable in a product liability case. The Altoona, PA products liability attorneys at our firm understand Pennsylvania’s standards for liability and how to establish negligence in a case like yours.
About Our Altoona Products Liability Lawyers
Our Pennsylvania personal injury firm has been managing product liability cases like yours and other personal injury cases for over 4 decades now. We have a lot of experience handling stubborn insurers, opposing attorneys, settlement negotiations, and court proceedings. We also have experience managing wrongful death cases, so you can reach out to us if you lost a loved one due to a consumer good company’s negligence.
Our Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys have managed tens of thousands of cases, but we give each case and each client the attention they deserve. We also fight for the compensation our clients deserve and don’t back down from large companies, their insurers, or their lawyers. You can expect your attorney to fight for you in court if it will benefit your case.
Your attorney can provide their services at no cost unless your attorney recovers compensation for you. This arrangement should make hiring a product liability lawyer in Altoona, PA affordable for you.
Connect With Berger and Green for Your Altoona Product Liability Attorney
Your initial consultation with us comes at no cost. During this consultation, we’ll ask about what happened to you or the person you care about, and then we’ll tell you more about working with your product liability attorney in Altoona, PA. We’ll also answer any of your questions.
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