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It happens more often than you think: someone is trying to get into a package such as a plastic blister pack or clam-shell, and they have to fetch their scissors or a knife to get it open. One false move and there’s an injury on hand, one that could have been prevented. Manufacturers know that their packaging is often difficult to get into, and there’s even something called “wrap rage,” which refers to the frustration someone experiences when dealing with particularly difficult packaging, but is it something that you can file a personal injury claim over?

Company Liability

Generally speaking, companies are not held liable for injuries sustained by people trying to open their packaging. Companies can’t be held responsible for the method by which their customers attempt to open their packages, just the product within the package. For instance, if injuries were caused by a product failure or malfunction, then a consumer could lodge a complaint against the company. But simple problems with difficulty opening plastic packaging are not grounds for things like lawsuits.

Other Product Issues to Note

If you sustain injury from something like spoiled packaged food or a product that malfunctions while you’re using it, it’s important to note everything that happened leading up to and during the event that caused your injury. Keep records of any medical bills you incur from the injury, then contact a personal injury lawyer who can help you determine what to do with the case. In some cases, manufacturers can be held liable for negligence if the products they are selling are dangerous to consumers. You’ll need documentation as well as, most likely, the original packaging for the product that caused the injury, in case it has important markings like lot number or ship date. 

Firm Awards & Recognitions

Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the American Institute of Legal Counsel. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

    Prospective members of The NTL are carefully screened prior to receiving an invitation for membership.

  • Top Attorneys Diamond Member

  • Top Attorneys of North America 2019-2020

  • The American Institute of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only professional organization composed of premier trial attorneys from each state. These attorneys exemplify the very best qualities and qualifications of an attorney. Each attorney must meet stringent qualifications as a civil or criminal trial attorney. These attorneys practice in a variety of fields to help and promote the ethical and elite practice of law. Selection is based on a thorough multi phase process which includes peer nominations and third party research. Each member must be in good standing with their local compliance organization. Membership is extended to only a select few in each state and/or region.

  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

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