Chicago, IL Product Liability Lawyer
Have you ever seen those commercials late at night asking if someone has taken one medication or another and had an adverse reaction? Have you ever gotten food poisoning from a fast food restaurant? If so, then you have had experience with products liability.
Products liability is a broad area of law concerning injuries that are caused by consumer products. Any type of product that you buy can be the subject of a products liability lawsuit. The product in question could be a:
- garden hose
- kitchen appliance
- prescription drug
- any other item you might purchase.
What kinds of product defects are there?
There are three types of product defects that can potentially cause injury and give rise to a products liability claim. These are:
- Design Defects – many injuries are caused by products that are dangerous due to the way they were designed.
- Manufacturing Defects – sometimes defects occur during the manufacturing process, which may affect some of the products but not all of them.
- Marketing Defects – product packaging, instructions, or warnings may be insufficient to warn against injury.
What if I cut myself with a pair of scissors?
It depends, really. The key question to ask is whether you were using the product in a way that the manufacturer meant for the product to be used. If you were using the scissors as a screwdriver and they slipped out of your hand and cut you, then you may not have a products liability claim. This is because the manufacturer did not intend for you to use the scissors as a screwdriver. On the other hand, if you are cutting fabric with the scissors and they come apart because of some defect, causing you injury, then you may have a products liability claim. Basically, your claim will come down to these four elements:
- You were injured or suffered losses.
- The product is defective.
- The defect caused your injury.
- You were using the product as it was intended.
If you have been injured by a consumer product, it’s important that you seek the advice of a skilled products liability attorney to help you determine your rights. Our products liability attorneys at Malman Law have the experience to understand what does and does not constitute a products liability claim.
What if I did not buy the product that injured me?
In products liability cases, the injured party does not actually have to be the party that purchased the defective product. A family member or friend could have purchased the product. So long as the defective product could have foreseeably hurt the injured party, that party can recover for his or her injuries, as long as the product was sold to someone.
Who is responsible in a products liability lawsuit?
In Illinois, an injured person can sue anyone in the product’s chain of distribution. This can include:
- the product manufacturer
- a manufacturer of component parts
- a party that assembles or installs the product
- a wholesaler
- a retailer
Products liability lawsuits can be quite complex. The products liability attorneys at Malman Law have the experience, skills, and resources to navigate the complexities of these types of lawsuits.
Someone told me my claim was frivolous, but I’m really hurt, what should I do?
Products liability claims are no laughing matter. Everyday people are seriously injured – and sometimes killed – by products that they use on a daily basis. It is critical to understand your rights under the law. You may be compensated for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and more. Our dedicated products liability attorneys at Malman Law enlist top experts to assess the extent of your case, and we have a proven track record of success in evaluating complex products liability claims.
While some people may scoff at products liability lawsuits, the fact of the matter is that the manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers of consumer products have a responsibility to make sure that the products that they sell are safe for people to use. If a person is injured or killed by using an unsafe product, the one who made that product available to him or her must be held responsible. Holding those companies and individuals responsible for their products makes the world a safer place.
Who can I trust to help me get me the recovery I deserve?
Our goal at Malman Law is to provide competent, thorough representation to people injured by defective or unsafe products to obtain the maximum recovery possible. Our products liability attorneys will skillfully navigate the complexities of your particular case and guide you through the process.
We are a local Chicago firm that believes that those who introduce dangerous products to the public must be held accountable for their actions. If a defective product has injured you, you owe it to yourself to find a competent and dedicated attorney to represent your interests. Thousands of others have trusted us with their products liability cases. Let’s talk about how we can earn your trust. Call or email us to schedule a free consultation, or visit our conveniently located offices in Chicago’s “Loop.”