A warranty is a legal statement by the manufacturer of a product guaranteeing certain legal conditions to the consumer. Many products have additional elements to their warranties and several offer the potential to extend a warranty. Any breach of that warranty, whether it is legally known as an implied warranty or express warranty means that some aspect of the product is unreasonable to the buyer.
Pennsylvania product liability law covers consumers for any breach of implied or express warranty. An express warranty guarantees the consumer that the product can be returned, replaced or repaired given certain conditions. This warranty can be either on a contract regarding the product, as part of the store policy, bought additionally or even stated orally by the person selling the item. An express warranty guarantees that a product will work when used in a certain way otherwise it can be returned, exchanged or repaired.
An implied warranty means that the product must be in reasonable condition in order to meet or exceed the buyer's reasonable expectations. The product, in other words, must reasonably do what its manufacturer or marketer claims that it does. Other implied warranties may also include social expectations of a product that are not clearly outlined by the maker or marketer of that product. Because this is such a complex area of the law, especially in Pennsylvania, implied warranties are often handled by experienced Philadelphia implied warranty lawyers.
Some examples of implied warranties include the warranty of fitness and the warranty of title. A warranty of fitness is when a person relies on a seller to choose an appropriate item. A buyer might ask a seller to pick an adequate child car seat, for example. If the buyer receives an unsafe car seat then the warranty of fitness was not followed through. The warranty of title gives the assurance that the goods being bought are being done so in a legal manner. Warranty of title warranties cover purchases of stolen goods or other illegal transactions.
Whenever one of these warranties is broken or violated then an illegal act has also occurred. When communication with the manufacturer, seller or marketer is not enough to remedy this broken warranty then an experienced Pennsylvania breach of warranty attorney can help. Because the laws and issues surrounding the breach of implied and express warranties can be so complicated, it is always a good idea to have experienced legal assistance on your side.
Our warranty lawyers offer free consultations on any potential case. If you have any questions or concerns regarding a product that you purchased recently, do not hesitate to contact our law office through this website. While our office is located in Philadelphia we can and have handled similar cases throughout Pennsylvania.
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Product Liability Case Results
- Confidential Products Liability Recovery: Plaintiff suffered second-degree burns on upper torso because the cooling system in his motor vehicle erupted violently. The defective products case was filed against auto manufacturer.
- $990,000 Product Liability: Plaintiff decedent electrocuted while installing air conditioner in a window. Settled immediately prior to trial for $990,000.
- $850,000 Product Liability: Product liability action against manufacturer of 3-wheel all terrain vehicle. Plaintiff suffered a traumatic stroke resulting in partial paralysis. Settled immediately prior to trial for $850,000.
- $335,000 Product Liability: Plaintiff sustained tear of anterior cruciate ligament to his knee when an industrial scissor-lift he was operating fell after drifting into a small hole. Case settled at mediation for $335,000.
- $205,000 Product Liability: Plaintiff sustained open, comminuted fractures of tibia and fibula when lawn mower blade broke and struck plaintiff's leg. Jury awarded verdict of $205,000.
- $160,164 Products Liability Verdict Settlement: Plaintiff is injured at work while cutting asphalt with a saw blade.
- $125,000 Product Liability Result: For school injury caused by defective hydraulic door closing on student.
- $100,000 Products Liability Jury Verdict plus $60,163.00 in Delay Damages: Plaintiff required surgery after cutting teeth of defective 14-inch high-speed saw blade separated and penetrated plaintiff's boot and right ankle.
- $78,500 Recovery: Woman using cosmetic cream that doesn't come with directions or the proper warning sustains skin burns under her eyes.