Product Liability Lawyer Serving in Carol Stream, St. Charles, and Chicago
The Illinois personal injury attorneys at Johnson, Westra, Broecker, Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. look out for people who have been injured by dangerous or defective products. Our product liability lawyers have the skills and resources to take on the big corporations and hold them accountable when dangerous products they release to the public cause serious personal injury or wrongful death.
Illinois Products Liability Law
There are many different legal theories under which a company can be liable for an injury caused by a defective product. Unlike auto accidents or other personal injury actions, a products liability case generally does not focus on whether the company was negligent or not. The fact that it released a defective product that injured a consumer is usually enough to hold the product maker liable.
There are three main ways in which a product can be found to be defective under products liability law. It can be defectively designed or defectively manufactured, or it can have inadequate warnings and instructions.
Serious personal injury or wrongful death can occur when a product is not properly designed. For instance, an automobile that is designed with the electrical system running too close to the fuel line can cause the car to explode on even a low-speed impact and change what would otherwise be a relatively minor accident into a major tragedy. Circular saws and other power tools should be designed with guards to prevent accidental injury, and household appliances such as irons and space heaters should contain automatic shut-off devices to prevent the product from overheating and starting a fire. Any fault that makes a product unsafe is potentially the result of a defective design.
A breakdown in the manufacturing process, from human error to machine malfunction to the inclusion of substandard component parts, can create a faulty unit subject to catastrophic failure at the worst possible moment. Whether only one unit or thousands are affected, the manufacturer may be liable for any and all injuries that result.
Failure to Warn
A product may be considered defective if it does not include easy-to-understand instructions for its safe use, as well as clear warnings about safety hazards and the proper precautions that should be taken to ensure safety. Warnings might include keeping a flammable product away from heat or open flame, a requirement to use the product only in a well-ventilated area, or the necessity of wearing gloves, masks, goggles or other safety gear when using the product.
Seek Experienced Legal Help for Your Illinois Products Liability Claim
If you have been injured by a defective product in the Chicago area, contact Johnson, Westra, Broecker, Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. at our offices in Chicago, Carol Stream or St. Charles. No case or company is too large for our lawyers to handle. When corporations put profits ahead of people, our experienced litigators work tirelessly to see that justice is done.