The reality is that we live in an increasingly commercialized world. The number of goods and services available today vastly outnumber what was available 30 or even 20 years ago. According to the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, each year since 1960, there has been an increase in the number of cars sold – about 3.5 million.
The choices are endless – whether it’s a child picking a toy at a large toy store to a carpenter choosing a tool at a hardware store. Think of the cereal aisle at your local grocery store. The choices are endless; the products are endless. When thinking of what restaurant to go to in Philadelphia, you could literally spend hours taking your pick.
In addition, there is a corresponding increase in the number of accidents and injuries resulting from use of products and services. Just think about the number of restaurants, businesses, shopping malls and grocery stores there are today compared to 15 or 20 years ago. Basically, more products and services mean more accidents.
With the huge number of goods and services available, we place our safety in the hands of a large business or corporation, which often has one thing in mind – profits. This often means that a corporation or business will sacrifice consumer and customer safety for profits. When that happens, innocent people get injured.
The laws of PA and NJ allow those who are injured due to no fault of their own to file a lawsuit to receive compensation for injury. Of course, non-serious accidents do not warrant any type of legal action. However, sometimes, serious injuries lead to serious consequences. For example, someone who suffers a traumatic head injury as a result of a defective stairway or loses a hand in a power tool accident and is unable to return to work may be entitled to financial compensation to help offset the lack of income for the rest of their life.
The alternative is unacceptable. If we did not allow injured people to institute legal claims against the wrongdoer – the large company which chose profits over people, then we’d be taxing state and local general welfare systems, like Medicaid/Medicare and the Social Security Disability system.
If our system did not allow accident claims like product injury claims, then the injured person would have no choice but to receive aid from public government programs. However, our system allows injured people to seek justice by filing claims against wrongdoers – that’s the basic principle behind our justice system – personal/corporate responsibility. Especially when defective products are concerned, corporate responsibility means paying compensation when a defective product causes serious injury.
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