Personal injuries caused by the wrongdoing of others or by dangerous and defective products can change an injured person’s life. Car, motorcycle, truck, and other motor-vehicle accidents brought on by negligent drivers or defects in one or more vehicles can result in catastrophic injuries to accident victims from which they may never fully recover. Negligent medical care during a woman’s pregnancy or the labor and delivery stages of childbirth can cause serious birth injury to both mother and child. Medical malpractice during routine office visits, surgeries, and hospital stays may also result in serious personal injuries to patients. Defective toys, household products, workplace equipment, and other products can cause burns, amputations, suffocation, and other devastating injuries. When a plaintiff’s personal injury, no matter how serious, is found to have been caused by someone’s negligence or by the plaintiff’s use of or exposure to a defective product, the negligent party or product producers and distributors may be held legally responsible for the plaintiff’s resultant damages in a negligence or products-liability personal-injury action.
The Killino Firm’s Pennsylvania personal-injury attorneys have extensive experience with personal-injury cases, including those arising out of negligence, medical malpractice, or defective products. If you have been injured or one of your family members has died due to medical malpractice, other negligence, or a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation through legal action. Contact The Killino Firm’s Pennsylvania personal-injury lawyers at 877-875-2927 for a no-cost evaluation of your case and additional information about your legal rights and options.
Legal Liability for Personal Injuries Caused by Medical Malpractice
Americans usually trust their doctors and other healthcare professionals to administer healthcare services with expertise and the utmost of care—and, in most cases, this trust is fully justified. When physicians or other healthcare providers commit errors or provide substandard care through negligent actions or omissions, however, patients whose personal injuries are caused by such medical malpractice may be entitled to financial compensation for the damages they have suffered.
Medical malpractice may result in patients’ personal injuries in a great many ways. A physician’s negligent failure to diagnose an illness in time to prevent a patient’s serious complications, an anesthesiologist’s negligent administration of oxygen to a patient undergoing a surgical procedure, a hospital’s negligent institution or enforcement of protocols for patients’ safety, or a nurse’s negligent administration of medications or monitoring of a patient’s vital signs are only a few of the myriad instances of negligent medical care that may lead to the liability of healthcare providers for resultant injuries sustained by patients.
Legal Liability for Personal Injuries Caused by Other Negligence
Plaintiffs’ personal injuries may also be caused by other types of negligence. Negligent drivers of cars, trucks, and other motor vehicles, for example, frequently cause traffic accidents and resultant injuries to their own passengers, the occupants of other vehicles, or pedestrians. When a plaintiff’s traffic-accident injuries are found to have been caused by another’s negligent driving, the negligent driver may be held liable in a negligence personal-injury action for the damages suffered by the injured plaintiff as a result of his or her injuries.
The negligence of business owners and/or those hired by business owners to maintain and repair business premises may also result in personal injuries to business patrons for which the business owners and hired maintenance or repair entities may be held liable. Daycare centers, amusement parks, zoos, restaurants, grocery stores, hotels, and owners of private residences, for instance, may all be held liable for personal injuries found to have been caused by a breach of the duty of care owed to those who come onto their premises or avail themselves of their services.
Legal Liability for Personal Injuries Caused by Defective Products
Defective products are another frequent cause of personal injuries that could have been prevented and for which the producers and distributors of such products may be held legally accountable. Under Pennsylvania law, the manufacturers and other entities involved in the production and distribution of defective products may be held strictly liable for personal injuries caused by defects in products’ design, manufacture, or warnings and instructions that render the products unreasonably dangerous for consumers’ use. When a plaintiff’s injuries are shown to have been caused by such a product defect, the product’s designer, manufacturer, suppliers, assemblers, and distributors may be held liable for the damages suffered by the plaintiff even if none of the defendants was negligent in producing the defective product or in distributing it to consumers. In order for a products-liability defendant in the chain of a defective product’s production and distribution to be held strictly liable, the product must be shown to have contained a defect at the time the product was sold and when the plaintiff’s injury-causing accident occurred. A plaintiff must also demonstrate that the product was being used as it was intended to be used or as it was reasonably expected to be used when the injury-causing accident occurred.
If you have been injured as a result of medical malpractice, other negligence, or a defective product, The Killino Firm’s Pennsylvania personal-injury lawyers can help you obtain the justice you deserve from the parties responsible for your injuries. Contact us at 877-875-2927 for experienced and aggressive assistance with your personal-injury case.