Chicago Product Liability Attorneys Holding Companies Liable When They Put Profit Ahead of Safety
Strong representation against manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of defective products
Companies that design, manufacture, and sell products are strictly liable for the products they place into the stream of commerce. The burden is on the people and businesses that make the product to take the necessary measures to make sure it is safe for use by consumers. This is a substantial difference from most personal injury claims where the burden is on the injured person to prove carelessness or negligence.
Strict liability means that our Chicago product liability attorneys do not need to prove the business that created or sold the produce was negligent. It is common to file a negligence claim and a breach of warranty claim along with the product liability claim. There are pros and cons to each type of claim. The lawyers at Gainsberg Law work with product safety experts to determine that the defective item was defective and that it caused our client physical and emotional harm.
Product liability explained
The core requirements for any product liability claim are:
- The product must have an unreasonably dangerous defect.
- The defect must be what caused the injuries while you were using the product.
- The defect must have been created during the design stage, the manufacture stage, or the shipping stage.
Inaccurate or incomplete instructions on how to use the product, or poorly crafted marketing materials, can also be deemed defect, and contribute to a products liability claim.
Types of defective product claims
Almost any product that is sold can cause harm to a consumer. Some of the common types of defective product cases you can review with our Chicago product liability lawyers are:
- Electrical products. Appliances, entertainment products, and every electrical product should be designed and manufactured so the consumer can use and enjoy the item without fear of being hurt. Products must come with instructions that make sense and are effective.
- Toys and products for children. Children are especially susceptible to harm or even death when a toy, a crib, or any product designed for a child doesn’t work. Children don’t anticipate danger or know how to react when it occurs. Products designed for children must be safe.
- Medical products and medicines. Prosthetic equipment and heart monitors should not cause additional harm. Pharmaceuticals and drugs should not worsen a patient’s conditions. Anyone who makes or supplies bad devices or medicines should be held accountable.
- Auto parts. A product liability lawsuit may be warranted when tires fail, the car doesn’t steer properly, airbags don’t work, a car part was not recalled in time, or any car part fails to perform when needed.
- Workplace machinery and tools. When forklifts, scaffolds, or any piece of equipment or tool fails to work, the makers and the sellers may be liable.
When products fail, our lawyers may also bring a medical malpractice claim or a workers’ compensation claim, depending on where and how the accident happened.
When products cause you or a loved one harm, get guidance from an experienced Chicago product liability attorney
Whether it’s a pair of sunglasses that failed to protect your eyes, an electric blanket that caught fire, or car brakes that failed to make the car stop, our Chicago product liability lawyers can help you get justice. We understand how upsetting it is when the products you buy for pleasure, for work, or for your health cause broken bones, burns, bruises, or other injuries. For help now, please phone us at 312-313-1621 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.