Types of Product Liability

Product Liability Cases New Jersey, Pennsylvania

Handling Complex Cases of Dangerous Products and Drugs


Product liability
claims typically fall under one of three categories: defective manufacture, defective design, or failure to provide adequate warnings or instructions concerning the proper use of the product. Consumers who are injured by dangerous or defective products are entitled to file product liability claims against the manufacturer or distributor and recover financial compensation for their injuries. Vlasac & Shmaruk, LLC, has many years of experience handling complex product liability cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey areas. Please contact our personal injury law firm for more information, or to schedule a free consultation with our attorneys.

Manufacturing Defects

If a product contains a manufacturing defect, this means that an error occurred during its fabrication or assembly. Defectively manufactured products have a flaw caused by a deviation from the product’s design specifications; other products of the same make and model manufactured according to these specifications would not have this flaw. For a manufacturing defect claim to be successful, the plaintiff’s attorney must be able to show that the defect caused the victim’s injury. For example, in a case involving faulty tires, the attorney must demonstrate that the tires caused the victim to get into an accident and suffer serious injuries.

Design Defects

The design of certain products is inherently dangerous or defective. Even if a line of products is impeccably manufactured, substandard design can cause the products to injure users. For example, the design of some vehicles lends to their tendency to rollover, or certain pieces of electronic equipment are prone to electrocuting users. If this design defect causes an injury, the victim can file a claim to recover compensation. Many class action suits against automobile or drug manufacturers are based on design defects.

Failure to Provide Sufficient Warnings/Instructions

The third type of product liability claim involves the failure to provide sufficient warnings and/or instructions that include information about the proper use of the product. It is the responsibility of the manufacturer and/or distributor to clearly publish information about the risks or potential dangers associated with their products in language that the average consumer is able to understand. An example of a failure-to-warn claim is a medication that does not include a warning of contraindicated drugs.

Learn More about Product Liability Cases

If you would like more information about product liability cases, please contact the Pennsylvania or New Jersey offices of Vlasac & Shmaruk, LLC. Our multilingual attorneys, John Vlasac and Boris Shmaruk, would be happy to discuss the merit of your claim and possible legal options during a free consultation.