Attorneys Experienced in Handling Product Liability Actions
At Reiff & Bily our firm has provided trusted and effective personal injury representation for decades. If you or someone you love has been injured by a product, you may be able to take legal action under Pennsylvania’s strict liability laws. Our attorneys make this determination only after a thorough investigation and assessment of your case. We offer free and confidential consultations and are happy to answer any of your questions regarding these legal issues.
Our Attorneys Explain the Legal Doctrine of Strict Liability
Strict liability is a legal doctrine that assigns responsibility for any injury or damage regardless of intent. Stated differently, this legal responsibility is imposed in different circumstance but can include
- Product manufacturers – If the manufacture of a product deviates from the specifications a strict liability claim may apply
- Businesses engaged in certain operations – Typically courts have help businesses involved in “ultra-hazardous operations” strictly liable for any damage them may cause. Companies involved in excavating or blasting are the are typical examples but the doctrine may have more expansive reach
- Owners of an animal – While Pennsylvania’s dog bite law is not pure strict liability, the owner of a dog may be held to that standard if the injuries are “severe” or the dog was known to be dangerous previously. Additionally, strict liability may be imposed for medical bills only even without negligence or bad behavior.
While strict liability can be an essential legal tool it is certainly not without its limits.
What are the Limitations on Strict Liability Law in Pennsylvania?
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently clarified certain elements of strict liability. In Pennsylvania, legal action can only be pursued if the product was being used by its intended user, rather than any person at all. The clarification stemmed from a case involving a child who was injured while using a lighter. The Plaintiffs claimed that the lighter was defective because it wasn’t child-proof but the Supreme Court ruled that lighters were not intended for children and therefore were exempt from liability in that case.
In the lighter case, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court determined and drew up a new set of guidelines regarding strict liability that encompassed negligence and design properties as well. If a product was not designed in a way that took into account reasonably foreseeable problems then the manufacturer could still be held accountable for any damages or injuries that occurred from its use. However because the law is so complicated, an experienced Pennsylvania product liability law firm is essential.
Put Our Decades of Experience to Work for You
Because the laws are always being challenged and reinterpreted, it is important to hire experienced and up-to-date legal counsel for your case. Reiff & Bily is a respected defective product law firm located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is listed in the Bar of Registered Preeminent Lawyers International Edition. We offer no-obligation evaluations and offer contingency-fee arrangements meaning, we are not paid until we win or settle your product liability case. If you or someone you love has been injured and you believe it was the fault of a product, contact our offices today.