Dangerous Drugs and Defective Products – Attorneys Who Are On Your Side
Pennsylvania lawyers who fight for people injured by harmful products
When you buy a product – whether it’s a medication you get from a pharmacy, a household appliance you pick up from a big box store or some other product – you have certain rights. Drug manufacturers have a responsibility to make pharmaceuticals that are safe and cause no harm to people. Big companies have an obligation to create and distribute safe products.
But people are injured or die every day because of dangerous drugs and defective products. Typically, the causes of these injuries and deaths are traced back to defective design, manufacturing error or a failure to warn the consumer about possible harm.
The manufacturer, wholesaler or retailer of a product may have liability if an injury or death is the result of the product. This includes the manufacturer of component parts of the product and any other party in the distributive chain. This area of law is known as product liability.
If you or a loved one was injured by a dangerous drug or a defective product, contact a Pennsylvania attorney at Marcus & Mack today. We will protect your rights. After all, helping inured people is what we do. In fact, it’s all we do.
We will take an aggressive stand on your behalf. Big corporations and insurance companies don’t intimidate us.
Just about everyone has to take some kind of prescription medication or over-the-counter drug. When we do, we expect the medication will help make us better or treat our symptoms.
Unfortunately, prescription medications can harm consumers. Serious and potentially fatal drug side effects are linked to a variety of popular medications that help pharmaceutical companies make billions of dollars in profits. Injuries or even death due to the negligence of big drug companies happen every day in the United States.
Eager to see the profits roll in, large drug companies may quickly put a new drug into the marketplace without adequately testing it and making sure it’s safe for the public. It’s alarming to find out that someone has been injured unnecessarily simply because a drug company put profits before safety. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration or a drug manufacturer may order a drug recall after receiving reports of injuries or death.
The following is a brief list of some of the drugs linked to dangerous side effects:
Side effects linked to these drugs range from birth defects to increased heart attack and cancer risks. Some medications may increase suicidal thoughts or may cause liver damage and failure.
You have the right to be fully and duly informed of a drug’s proper dosage, potential interactions with other drugs, side effects as well as other information. Contact Marcus & Mack immediately if you or a loved one has been harmed or died after exposure to a dangerous drug.
A medication that causes adverse side effects may be classified as a defective product, but a product liability case may be linked to any number of defective or dangerous products. As a consumer you have a right to be safe whether you are using a piece of gym equipment, heavy machinery or a household product. It is important to get aggressive representation from an attorney who has experience with defective product law and product liability law. Talk to Marcus & Mack today to know your rights! We help the injured in a variety of product liability lawsuits.
Example of a Product Liability Case
As an example of a potential negligence case, let’s say someone gets injured after using a power drill with a design defect. Parties that could be named as defendants in a product liability lawsuit may include:
- The maker of the drill
- The distributor
- The wholesaler
- The retail store where it was originally purchased
Generally speaking, the law requires that a product meet the ordinary expectations of the consumer. When a product has an unexpected defect or danger, the product cannot be said to meet the ordinary expectations of the consumer.
What is the Product Liability Law in Pennsylvania?
Pennsylvania law of strict product liability is based on Sec. 402A of the Restatement (2d) of Torts. Under Pennsylvania strict product liability law, a manufacturer/supplier of a product is the guarantor of its safety. The manufacturer/supplier is liable for any harm that a defect in its product causes. A defect may be found where the product left the manufacturer and supplier’s control lacking any element necessary to make it safe for its intended use or possessing any feature that rendered it unsafe for the intended use. Intended use includes any reasonably foreseeable use of a product.
A defective condition, creating strict liability, is not limited to defects in the design or manufacture of a product. The manufacturer and supplier of a product must also provide such warnings and instructions as are necessary to inform the user or consumer of the possible risks and inherent limitations of the product in a form that will reach the consumer. If there are no warnings or instructions included with the product, this may be considered a defect.
The law of strict product liability concentrates on the safety of the product rather than on the reasonableness of the manufacturer and supplier’s conduct. The manufacturer and supplier of a product may be liable for harm caused by its defective product even where it has exercised all possible care in the preparation and sale of its product.
How Marcus & Mack Can Help
We have nearly 100 years of combined legal experience. We vigorously fight for the rights of clients who have been injured by dangerous drugs and defective products. To find out how we have helped others, read our testimonials. We urge you to contact us to schedule a free consultation. A delay may affect your rights, so act promptly. Call (800) 488-0338 now. Discover the difference Marcus & Mack can make.