Chicago Product Liability Lawyers
Unfortunately, dangerous and defective consumer products sold to the public cause vast numbers of injuries every year. These products can range from food and household goods to tools, appliances, pharmaceuticals, automobiles and their components, and more. Manufacturers and their distributors of these products are responsible for ensuring that they are safe for consumers to use as directed. Where proof of manufacturer negligence is shown to be the cause of consumer injury, it falls under “product liability” laws.
At Angelini, Ori + Abate, our competent legal team is well-versed in product liability laws and how to hold negligent entities responsible in personal injury claims and lawsuits. When dealing with large corporations that have huge financial resources and their own legal teams dedicated to fighting liability, it is essential that you work with an experienced and skilled trial lawyer. Our team of proven litigators have the ability to mount well-constructed claims in such cases seeking the compensation to which you are entitled.
Product liability falls under state law designed to protect the public from defective products that cause harm when used as directed. The manufacturers of products are required to make them to meet ordinary expectations of safety and effectiveness. When these products contain some kind of defect or prove to be dangerous, it is considered that they fail that standard. Legal claims can be made against the manufacturer, based on negligence, warranty breaches, or what is called “strict liability,” which makes them responsible regardless of their intent. Thus, if an injury was caused by taking medication prescribed by your doctor, from driving in a car with defective brakes or airbags, or your child was injured by toxic lead levels in toys or other gear, you may have the grounds for a product liability case.
Those who can be held responsible can include not only the manufacturer but the makers of the product’s component parts, the factory that assembled it, and wholesalers and retailers that sold it.
Product defects are categorized into three types as follows:
- Design defects: the original design of the product contained within it a flaw that made it unsafe.
- Manufacturing defects: how it was manufactured or assembled was faulty.
- Marketing defects: improper labeling, missing or poor directions for use, or deficient safety warnings can be cause for liability.
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If a defective product injured you or a family member, you have the right to seek damages in a claim or lawsuit for your medical expenses, wage or income loss, pain and suffering, and emotional trauma. Prevailing in such a claim not only provides you with justice but acts for the public good by forcing manufacturers to produce safer products for everyone.
Get legal advice from a Chicago product liability lawyer at Angelini, Ori + Abate by contacting us about your case.