Pennsylvania Product Liability

Pennsylvania law recognizes multiple causes of action where someone suffers an injury due to a defective product. These types of cases are known as “products liability” cases.

A products liability action may succeed without any wrongdoing on the part of the manufacturer or distributor. To succeed in Pennsylvania, one must simply show “(1) that the product was defective, (2) that the defect existed when it left the hands of the defendant, and (3) that the defect caused the harm.” Putt v. Yates-Am. Mach. Co.722 A.2d 217, 220 (Pa. Super. Ct. 1998). Thus, liability may result from what are known as design defects, manufacturing defects, or warning defects. (more…)