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Last month, the Consumer Products Safety Commission issued a recall of roughly 120 log splitters due to the potential for the cylinder and cap to detach, striking a user or bystander. Log splitters are primarily used in residential and commercial firewood applications. Arborists and tree trimmers use them as well.

When these kinds of tools or machines cause injury, the laws of Pennsylvania and New Jersey allow victims to make defective product liability claims against product manufacturers as well as product distributors and retailers.

In order to succeed in a product liability lawsuit involving a recalled product, the injured victim would have to prove the following:

1. the recalled product was defective when it left the defendant’s control,
2. the defect was the legal, proximate cause of the accident or injury, and
3. damages.

log splitter product recallIn order to succeed in any products liability case, the product must be tested by an expert who can identify the nature and extent of the defect. Expert fees can easily exceed $10,000. If the case goes to trial, the costs can exceed $50,000. That’s why it’s important to have a knowledgeable product liability lawyer who has the experience and financial ability to prosecute these cases.

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To submit your case for review by our Pennsylvania and New Jersey product liability lawyers, call Click To Call. Our lawyers are available for a free, no obligation legal consultation, and can obtain special admission in other states, such as New York or Delaware, on a case by case basis.

Our products liability attorneys serve victims in the following areas: Allegheny County, PA; Berks County, PA; Bucks County, PA; Chester County, PA; Delaware County, PA; Lehigh County, PA; Montgomery County, PA; Northampton County, PA: Philadelphia County, PA; Atlantic County, NJ; Burlington County, NJ; Camden County, NJ; Cumberland County, NJ; Gloucester County, NJ; Salem County, NJ; New Castle County, DE; Kent County, DE; Atlantic City, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Newark, NJ; Doylestown, PA; Media, PA; West Chester, PA; Norristown, PA; Camden, NJ; Wilmington, DE; Newark, DE; Georgetown, DE; and New Castle, DE. Our lawyers can obtain special admission in other states on a case by case basis.

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Published: June 10, 2012