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Erie, PA Defective Products Attorneys

Aggressive Defective Products Lawyers Fight to Hold Manufacturers Responsible for Injuries Caused by Their Products

We trust that the products that we and our family members use every day — our cars, appliances, tools, recreation, and sports equipment, and toys — have been safely designed and manufactured. And while the vast majority of products are perfectly safe to use, there are unfortunately still incidents in which a defective product causes someone to suffer a serious or fatal injury. When a defective product injures somebody, the manufacturer should be held accountable to compensate that injured victim for his or her medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

The Erie defective products attorneys of Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. have fought to protect the rights and interests of injured victims of defective products. We are passionate advocates for our clients, and we work tirelessly to get them the financial recovery they need after they’ve been injured by a defective product.

Types of Defective Products Claims That We Handle

Under Pennsylvania law, there are three primary types of defective products claims. At Purchase, George & Murphey, we have successfully helped recover compensation under all three kinds of defective products claims. The three categories of claims are:

  • Defective design: In a defective design claim, an injured person alleges that the basic design of the product itself is defective in some way; thus, all copies of the product sharing that design are defective. A defective design claim can be proven under either the consumer expectation standard, in which the product is shown to be more dangerous than a reasonable consumer would expect, or under the risk-utility standard, in which risk of injury from the product’s use outweighed the expense or burden of taking precautions against that particular risk of injury.
  • Manufacturing defect: A manufacturing defect alleges that something went wrong during the manufacturing process of the product that rendered the product dangerous. These defects may only affect a single copy of a product, a larger production batch of products, or sometimes even the entire production run of the product.
  • Failure to instruct or warn: A claim of a failure to instruct or warn alleges that the manufacturer failed to provide adequate warnings of the risks of injury in using the product or failed to provide adequate instructions as to the product’s safe, intended use. For example, a toy that presents a choking hazard must carry a warning of that hazard.

We’ve handled defective products claims involving all kinds of defective products, such as:

  • Motor vehicles or motor vehicle parts
  • Toys
  • Tools
  • Lawncare equipment
  • Recreational or sports equipment
  • Prescription medication
  • Medical devices or equipment

Contact our Erie defective products attorneys today to discuss your case and to learn more about what type of potential defective product claim you may have.

How Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. Can Help Protect Your Rights Following Injuries Caused by a Defective Product

When you’ve been injured by a defective product, you may not initially realize that you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer of the product. For years, the defective products attorneys of Purchase, George & Murphey have helped the residents of Erie and surrounding areas get the compensation they need and deserve when they are harmed by defectively designed or manufactured products.

Our attorneys can help you pursue your defective product case, beginning with a thorough investigation, including examining the specific example of the product that injured you, if possible. We also work with engineering and liability experts to help build a persuasive case to demonstrate why your product is legally defective and how it resulted in your injury. We understand how critical it is when you’ve been seriously injured to get compensation as quickly as possible, so we aggressively negotiate with the manufacturers and their insurers to get you a full and fair settlement. Of course, we recognize that settlement doesn’t always lead to the compensation you deserve, so we also work diligently to prepare your case for trial to get you maximum compensation in a verdict in your favor.

Our attorneys take on the work of fighting against the corporations and insurance companies to get you the financial compensation you deserve, so that you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery and getting back to your normal life.

Schedule a No-Obligation Case Evaluation with the Defective Products Attorneys at Purchase, George & Murphey to Discuss Your Case and Learn More about Your Legal Rights

If you or a loved one have been injured by a defective product in Erie or elsewhere in northwest Pennsylvania, contact the experienced defective product attorneys of Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case and to learn more about your rights and options for seeking compensation for the injuries and other harm you have suffered.

About Erie, PA

Erie, Pennsylvania is the county seat of Erie County, Pennsylvania, located on the southern shore of Lake Erie. Erie is the largest city in northwest Pennsylvania and the fourth-largest city in the entire state. The city of Erie (along with the similarly-named county and Great Lake) is named for the Erie Native Americans, who inhabited the area in which present-day Erie is located until the mid-1600s. Erie is also known as the “Flagship City”, as the city served as the homeport for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s flagship vessel, the USS Niagara, during the War of 1812. Although Erie continues to be a manufacturing hub, dating back to the shipbuilding industries in the mid-19th century, since the 1970s the city has worked to grow its technology, service industry, and tourism sectors.

Frequently Asked Questions about Defective Products Cases in Erie, PA

FAQ: How long do I have to file a defective product lawsuit?

A person who is injured by a defective product has a limited period of time in which to file a lawsuit to seek compensation for his or her injuries and damages. This period of time is called the statute of limitations. Under Pennsylvania law, the statute of limitations on defective products is two years, measured from the date of your injury, or two years from the date that an injured party discovered or reasonably should have discovered the cause of his or her injury. If you do not file your defective products lawsuit within the statute of limitations, the court can permanently dismiss your case.

FAQ: Do I need to prove that the product’s manufacturer was negligent?

Not necessarily. Pennsylvania law recognizes strict liability for defective products claims. Although you can argue that the defective nature of your product was due to the manufacturer’s negligence, it is not necessary to show that the product was negligently designed or manufactured in order to succeed on a defective products claim. All that is required is to show that the product was in a legally defective condition; however, proving that a product was defective is itself already a legally and factually complicated task.

Personal Injury Case Results

$1,250,000

Car accident

At approximately 50 mph, a young woman’s vehicle collided with a truck. Both vehicles were totaled. Client suffered multiple injuries including complex fractures and a myocardial contusion.

$700,000

Motorcycle Fatality

Client’s husband was killed in a motorcycle accident caused by a careless driver. His underinsured motorist carrier originally denied coverage, based on a policy exclusion, and then offered only half the coverage.

Criminal Defense Case Results

Charges Dropped

DUI, Lane violation & Careless driving

Late at night, a driver turned right at a stop light and crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic. His BAC was over the legal limit. He was charged with DUI, a lane violation and careless driving.

Not Guilty

Sex Offense

An instructor at a local high school was accused by a student of indecent assault on the last day of school. After four days of trial, the jury acquitted the instructor of all charges.

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Mr. George and his entire office staff were very kind and helping me through my first ever experience with the law. He was able to get me exactly what he said he would in the outcome of my trial. The entire staff was very informative and kept me up to date on everything. Very pleased with my experience and would most definately recommend him to others.

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