Thanks to the efforts of committed product liability trial lawyers and increased government regulation, manufacturers and retailers are becoming more tuned in to the existence of defective products which may cause catastrophic injuries and, unfortunately, wrongful death.
Almost daily, a number of recalls are published, and some critics claim that consumers are experiencing “recall fatigue”. Over the past year, there has been a spike in food product recalls. In the last quarter of 2011, there were 176 food product recalls by over 150 companies. Last year, there were over 2,365 defective products recalled from pharmaceutical products to infant toys and chairs.
As an experienced Pennsylvania product liability attorney who has handled cases of death and serious injury for over three decades, I do not believe there is ever such a thing as “recall fatigue” as consumers must always have a right to know if there is a problem or defect regarding a particular product. Thank God, we live in an age of increased technology where it is easy to disseminate a message of a consumer recall for a potentially dangerous product. The federal government is also more involved with recalls of consumer products and operates a website http://recalls.gov as a single unified website. The USDA also offers consumers a twitter feed that will make recalls instantaneous. With the increased use of social media, including, but not limited to, Facebook, consumers and social networkers now increasingly take it upon themselves to provide a constant flood of dangerous product and recall information.
Historically, manufacturers seem to emphasize profitability rather than consumer safety and with increased monitoring by the government, as well as product liability lawyers, manufacturers can be held responsible if they fail to enhance the safety of their products in the field and may be subject to fines or lawsuits and even the ultimate blow to profitability, punitive damages.
Every year in America, unsafe products will cause approximately 30,000 deaths and even more injuries. Even after a recall when the manufacturer discovers the danger of the product, there may be additional legal liability. If a manufacturer intentionally conceals information and does a poor job of providing notice of a dangerous product in Pennsylvania or anywhere else in the United States, they may be subjected to additional damages, including punitive damages.
Each product liability case is unique and requires a careful evaluation to determine what entities may bear legal responsibility for the accident, injury, or death and in the case of a recall, all those in the product distribution chain may be held accountable including but not limited to distributors, wholesalers, and retailers. It is important if you were involved in an accident caused by a defective product or one that has been recalled to contact an experienced product liability lawyer who possesses the expertise to investigate and trace the chain of design, supply, and distribution.
The experienced Pennsylvania product liability lawyers of Reiff & Bily understand that profitability should never trump consumer safety and always offer a free, no obligation consultation to those injured or killed due to the use of a defective or recalled product. Our lawyers have been recognized as The Top 100 Trial Lawyers by National Trial Lawyers and have been consistently selected for inclusion as Super Lawyers® from 2007 through 2012 and have also been named Top Northeast Attorneys, Top Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Attorneys. Contact us toll free at (800) 421-9595 or online at www.reiffandbily.com.