Injured by a Defective Product?
Businesses that manufacture or sell products are obligated to ensure that they will not harm consumers. Unfortunately, many companies do not live up to this responsibility, and the consequences can be severe. Defective products can cause personal injury, property damage, or even wrongful death. If this has happened to you or a family member, the Chicago product liability attorney at Powell & Pisman, PLLC can fight on your behalf in order to get you the compensation that you deserve.
To give you a better understanding of defective products cases, it’s important to know the types of product liability cases a Chicago defective product lawyer can help you with. By contacting a compassionate and highly competent Chicago product liability attorney, you can explore your legal options and know your rights as a consumer.
At Powell & Pisman, PLLC, we’ve helped dozens of people that have been injured because of deceptive marketing practices and negligent manufacturing, and we can help you, too. If you or a loved one have been injured by a defective product, contact us immediately to schedule a free consultation.
Illinois Defective Product Cases
The majority of product liability cases are caused by manufacturing defects. In these cases, a product has been designed in a safe way, but some danger was introduced because of incompetent or negligent manufacturing.
For example, your child uses a bicycle with a perfectly safe design. However, the company that made the bicycle used a faulty part during the manufacturing process. The faulty part leads to your child having an injury caused by a bicycle accident. Although the use of the part was unintentional, the manufacturer is considered liable for your child’s pain and suffering.
Another common cause of dangerous products are design defects. In these cases, harm is due to faulty design or insufficient testing.
Let’s use a ladder as an example. A company designed a stylish ladder, but its sleek looks come at the expense of weight bearing. In a rush to get the product to market, the manufacturer did not adequately test the ladder. Because the ladder cannot support the advertised weight, you suffered an injury. Your injury was caused by a design defect.
At the end of the day, if there are risks of harm involved in using a product – harm that simply cannot be avoided – then the manufacturer or designer of the product is required to issue a clear warning.
These warnings can come in the form of labels printed directly on the product or box, as well as prominent warnings in the user manual. Warning labels should be easy to identify and clear enough for everyone to comprehend. If the manufacturer fails to make warnings clear, the distributor and retailer may be held responsible – in addition to the manufacturer – for a failure to warn.
Why Should You Contact a Chicago Product Liability Attorney?
Getting injured by a favorite vehicle, tool, or electronic device isn’t something that anyone plans. Nevertheless, every year, thousands of people suffer injuries or are even killed by defective products. Sadly, these product defects often go unreported until enough serious injuries have occurred to garner news coverage.
Whether you’ve been injured by a defective product because of a manufacturing flaw, poor design, or a failure to warn, you could be eligible for compensation. By contacting a Chicago product liability attorney, you give yourself or a loved one that was harmed a fighting chance to get compensation for injuries, pain, suffering, and other losses.
Contact a Chicago Product Liability Lawyer
Paul Powell and Steve Pisman have helped clients recover total settlements approaching nearly $250 million in the past 17 years. Many times, the settlements and judgments awarded to our clients have been valued over $1-million. Equally as important as our results, we truly care about our clients, their well being, and their rights. Our attorneys are proud of taking care of our clients with genuine care, while representing them with ferocity in court. You can be assured of being treated with the utmost kindness and professionalism when dealing with Powell & Pisman, PLLC.