As a consumer, you trust the products you buy are safe to use. Products are supposed to undergo rigorous testing to make sure they don’t pose any threats to consumers. However, when this process is ignored or there are other problems with the product, you or a loved one can get hurt. While dealing with your injuries can be difficult, you can take legal steps to get justice. Defective products fall under product liability, where you can hold the manufacturer or distributor liable for selling the faulty product and causing your injuries. These cases can get complicated. It’s in your best interests to have a Peru product liability lawyer at your side.
The injury attorneys at Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP have proudly stood up for people who were wrongfully injured by defective products and can do the same for you. We know how your injuries can cause a great amount of stress because you’re trying to get the care you need, trying to figure out how are you going to pay for it and wondering when you’re going to be able to return to work. Our lawyers in Peru know that your case will have unique details and circumstances. We’ll carefully review your case and can assist you in getting the compensation you deserve.
Illinois Product Liability Law
Our attorneys are well-versed in product liability law. You may benefit from knowing how this law applies in your state. The Illinois General Assembly details the state’s product liability laws:
- When one files a product liability case, the action is based on strict liability doctrine, and it’s brought against the seller of the product for personal injury, property damage, and economic or other damages. Personal injury includes illness, disease, disability, and death.
- Strict liability states the seller may be held responsible when a faulty product causes injuries.
- The seller responsible could be one of the following parties: the manufacturer, packager, distributor, seller, labels, markets, or any other part of the commerce process that makes a product that is or will be available for consumer purchase.
Product liability lawsuits may also help protect other consumers from getting similar injuries. There are a few procedures that get dangerous products off shelves.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can issue a recall when products are in violation of their safety laws. Most manufacturers and distributors will take part in a voluntary recall, where they will take care of the defective products to protect public health, but the FDA will monitor recalls and how the company conducts the procedure.
The FDA will also evaluate the product for any health hazards. They’ll find if the product causes disease, injury, reacts with existing health conditions, the likelihood of the hazard occurring, and the hazard’s consequences.
However, sometimes these actions aren’t taken in time before you are hurt. When you’re filing your claim, you’ll have to know who you’re filing it against. Let’s take a look at who can be responsible for your injuries.
Determining Liability with Defective Products
The responsible party may not be the one that you think. Your lawyer will take the time to figure out who was responsible for your injuries. There are a few steps in the process to get a product onto the market where the product can become dangerous.
- Manufacturer error. The manufacturer may cut corners with the materials they use to make the product or rush through testing to get the product on the market more quickly.
- Design flaw. A design flaw could mean the product will break down over time and become a hazard.
- Packaging flaw/failure to warn. The packaging needs to have clear instructions on how to use the item. If there’s misleading or misprinted information, then the consumer could use the product in an unsafe way. This also includes how-to graphics. Failing to warn users of dangers that could arise when using the product could also be the cause of injuries.
Examining the product, the scene of the accident, and copies of your medical records could help your lawyer figure out the product’s flaw. Our firm is up to the task of taking in every small detail to find out what happened.
Unfortunately, any product can have a flaw while it’s being made, packaged, and put on shelves. Some areas that may have defective products include:
- Defective medical devices
- Dangerous drugs
- Household items
- Children’s toys
- Power tools
When there’s an issue with any of these devices, the resulting injuries could put someone in the hospital or require extensive treatment. Let’s learn more about hazardous product injuries.
Defective Products Can Cause Serious Injuries
The injury depends on the type of product and the flaw. Your lawyer look into your account of how the injury occurred and your medical records to help determine how these injuries happened. Some common types of injuries include:
- Burn injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
A product could have electrical issues that cause it to spark and could potentially burn the person using it or start a fire. No matter the injury, you could be left with damages like medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our Peru attorneys will fight to help you recover those damages so you can focus on recovering.
Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP Is Here for You
When a harmful product has turned your life upside down, you deserve to have trusted legal representation. We know that standing up to a manufacturing company can be intimidating, but we’ll make sure your voice is heard. When you speak up, you’re advocating for yourself and possibly preventing others from sustaining injuries from the same defective product.
Our lawyers provide Illinois citizens with the help they need for their product liability claims. We will do everything we can to get you the compensation you deserve. For a free consultation, give our firm a call today.