Find Lawyers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Practice Area Overview
Products liability, therefore, often involves complex litigation. The nature of a products liability claim is dependent on the jurisdiction or state where the injured person lives, the type of product, and the variety and cause of the defect. Product defects can surface in different facets of the user experience including defects in design, manufacturing, or even when a manufacturer fails to warn of associated dangers in the product’s use. Moreover, liability in these cases can rest on many different parties ascending the supply chain up to the original manufacturer - from the manufacturer and distributor to the supplier and retailer. After gathering all of this information, a knowledgeable attorney will determine the appropriate type of claim that should be pursued including strict liability, negligence, breach of warranty, or even fraud.
Strict Liability: Rather than focus on the behavior of the manufacturer (as in negligence), strict liability claims focus on the product itself. Under strict liability, the manufacturer is liable for harm caused by the defective product, even if the manufacturer was not negligent in making that product defective.
Negligence: This case type most resembles an ordinary negligence lawsuit. In addition to duty, defect, causation, and injury, the injured party needs to prove that the manufacturer or seller breached its duty to the person harmed.
Breach of Warranty: When the maker of a product warrants its characteristics, if it fails in one of those characteristics and the failure causes an injury, a breach of warranty claim arises. Warranties can be express (written or sometimes verbal) or implied by law.
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Melinda Ghilardi is a trial lawyer with nearly 40 years of experience. Prior to joining Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys, Melinda worked with the Federal Defender’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania for over three decades. Melinda began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in Lackawanna County.
Paul Lagnese is a partner with Berger & Lagnese, LLC. Mr. Lagnese focuses on representing people who have been injured because of the mistakes of doctors and hospitals. One area of special interest for Mr. Lagnese has been representing children who have suffered severe brain injuries at the time of birth. One of his cases resulted in a $6,000,000 jury verdict against Indiana Hospital and one of its doctors for a little girl who was caused to suffer from severe Cerebral Palsy because of th...
Joining Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys in 2020, Ed Monsky brings more than 35 years of experience in representing people and businesses in motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, products liability, professional liability and workers’ compensation claims throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. Currently he focuses on pre-litigation and workers’ compensation cases. At the beginning of his illustrious legal career, Ed served as law clerk for the Honorable Forrest Schaeffer ...
John Mulcahey joined Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys in 2014. As a highly skilled personal injury lawyer and formidable trial advocate, John has helped thousands of families in Pennsylvania to get the justice and compensation they deserve. The cases he handled resulted in millions of dollars in settlements for his clients. With over two decades of practicing experience in personal injury law, John has been praised statewide for his work. He is Board Certified in Civil Pretrial Practice A...
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