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Injuries from Defective Products

From flashlights to children’s toys to power banks, the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s databank of product recalls for the early part of 2019 is already extensive.

These products have been recalled for many different reasons – but all pose a risk to the public. The Philadelphia products liability lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC will advocate for you if you were injured by using a defective product.

Common Injuries Caused by Defective Products

Products are generally recalled because they have the potential to injure consumers.

Defective products may cause injuries in the following ways:

Acute Injuries

Poorly manufactured or assembled products can break without warning, leading to sudden injuries for the user. Acute injuries occur immediately as a result of such product failures. These may include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Lacerations
  • Punctures
  • Broken bones
  • Sprains and strains
  • Head injuries

Defects in cars, trucks, and other vehicles are a common source of acute injuries. When airbags, seatbelts, brakes, and other crucial equipment fails during a crash, the results can be catastrophic for car accident victims.


According to the National Safety Council (NSC), choking is the fourth leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Babies and small children are especially at risk of choking, because they tend to put objects in their mouth. Small objects or parts can become lodged in a child’s throat, cutting off their air supply.

Even when parents and caregivers are cautious and remove all tiny toys from the child’s reach, pieces can break off from larger toys and become ingested.

Organ Failure

Many consumers may not realize that over-the-counter and prescription medications can also be defective. Some medications cause dangerous side effects unbeknownst to the user, while others may be mislabeled or marketed, causing consumers to take the wrong dosage or create dangerous interactions with other drugs.

Defective pharmaceuticals can lead to irreparable or fatal heart, kidney, or liver damage.

Shocks and Burns

Everywhere we turn, we seem to be “plugged in” to some device or another. New forms of technology are exciting, but they also sometimes come with risks both serious and fatal, including shocks, burns, and fires.

Besides electronics and appliances, clothing and furniture is sometimes defective for not meeting federal flammability standards.

Types of Product Defects

Individuals who are harmed by using a product deemed safe for consumers may have reason to file a defective product liability claim to recover damages for their injuries.

Product defects are classified into three general categories:

  • Design defect: A problem inherent in the design of the product that exists before it ever reaches the manufacturer, these defects apply to the entire line of products
  • Manufacturing defect: Although the design is sound, this defect occurs at some point in the manufacturing or assembly process. This flaw generally applies to a single or small group of items, rather than the entire line of products
  • Marketing defect: Marketing defects refer to products that are sold without adequate instructions for safe use, or the warnings about the risks of not using the products as intended

Proving Defective Product Liability Claims

To move forward and pursue damages for your injuries, your Philadelphia products liability lawyer reviews your case to ensure it meets the basic, strict liability criteria for a defective product liability claim:

  • You were injured while using a certain product
  • That product is defective in one of the ways listed above
  • That defect caused your injuries
  • You were using the product as intended when you became injured

Products liability claims can be complex and difficult to prove. The manufacturer can try to say you were using the product incorrectly, or that your injuries were not caused by their product.

For the best chance of proving your claim and recovering the compensation you deserve for your medical care and pain and suffering, it is always best to enlist the counsel of a Philadelphia products liability lawyer with extensive experience handling tough product liability cases.

Philadelphia Products Liability Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Advocate for Clients Injured by Dangerous Products

The Philadelphia products liability lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC are dedicated to consumer safety. We are ready to take on the company who designed, produced, or marketed your product, and hold them accountable for unsafe practices. We advocate for consumers to make products safer for the future.

To get started, call 215-569-8488 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation today. We are proud to serve clients throughout Pennsylvania, including but not limited to Philadelphia, Delaware County, and Chester County, as well as across New Jersey and Delaware.