Some products Pittsburgh consumers buy carry an element of risk. Manufacturers are expected to provide consumers with clear instructions and warnings about inappropriate use. Product liability claims allege a consumer's injury or death was due to a defect – a product that was improperly designed, manufactured or sold.
Verdicts in defective product cases sometimes hinge on whether a consumer used a product in a safe manner. For instance, a manufacturer might not be liable for an injured consumer, who fell after balancing on one foot while standing on top of a ladder. A court could find the consumer used the ladder in an unreasonable way, against manufacturer recommendations and warnings.