When you think of a personal injury law firm, the first thing that comes to mind might be medical malpractice cases, or maybe you think of auto accidents. An important thing to remember is that personal injury attorneys also handle product liability and premises liability cases. While these cases are complex, the circumstances that precipitated the legal claim are often straightforward. Keep reading for a brief explanation of these types of cases, and some tips if you feel you have been injured in a comparable manner.
What is Product Liability?
Simply put, a product liability case is a negligence claim against the manufacturer and/or seller of a dangerous or defective product. Now, we’ve all been hurt by products before; things like accidentally dropping a book on your foot or experiencing mild skin irritation after using a new moisturizer happen all the time. Those situations are often just a normal part of life. But a “product liability” claim is a claim against a product that failed or is defective and caused serious harm or disability. Also, a product manufacturer or seller can be liable if the product lacked a safety device like a guard.
When a company fails sells an unsafe product, you as a consumer are at risk. Unfortunately, many people are severely injured by products everyday. At Scartelli Olszewski, we believe that pursuing these cases actually prevents future injuries by bringing awareness to the unsafe product, and by holding the company accountable for their negligence.
What is Premises Liability?
A premises liability case differs from product liability in that rather than being hurt by a dangerous product, injury was caused by unsafe property. These cases are against people or businesses that fail to provide safe environments, including stores and parking lots, for employees and visitors. For example, unstable or absent handrails on the stairs might not seem like a big deal, but they can cause serious injuries.
What should I do if I think I’m the victim of an unsafe product or property?
If you have been injured in a circumstance similar to those described above, the most important thing you can do is seek immediate medical treatment for your injuries. In the case of premises liability, having photos of the area where the incident occurred can be very helpful. Similarly, do not throw away or destroy the product that caused the injury in the event of a possible product liability case. In addition, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as you are able. Don’t wait until you finish treatment, as there are deadlines to file a claim. To talk with someone from our experienced team at Scartelli Olszewski, call us today at 570-346-2600 or 570-822-1400.