Helping Clients Injured by Defective Products Obtain Financial Recovery
Dangerous and defective products are responsible for millions of injuries and thousands of deaths every year. If you were injured or a loved one died as a result of a product defect, you may be able to obtain financial recovery from the manufacturer or other party along the supply chain.
The Chicago injury lawyers at Cohen and Bodo focus on representing clients who were injured or lost a loved one in a fatal accident involving negligence or a product defect. We represent clients who have been injured by the following types of defective products:
- Dangerous baby products and toys
- Unsafe pharmaceuticals
- Defective medical devices
- Auto defects
- Machine accidents in manufacturing factories
- Power Tools and Saws
- Unsafe or contaminated food
- Toxic chemicals
We are committed to obtaining maximum compensation for our clients, as evidenced by our very favorable settlements and verdicts and we provide clients with caring and compassionate legal representation every step of the way. Contact our office at (847) 790-4246 to schedule a free consultation with a defective product attorney to learn more about a possible product liability claim.
Liability for Defective Products
When a consumer is injured by a defective product, he or she may be entitled to compensation under the legal theory of product liability, which holds manufacturers, designers, retailers, wholesalers, marketers, and any other party along the supply chain liable for dangerous or defective products. Product liability laws vary depending on the type of product and applicable state laws, but some general theories of product liability include:
- Strict liability: Many states hold manufacturers strictly liable for injuries caused by defective products, regardless of whether the manufacturer knew or should have known that the product was defective. If strict liability laws apply, the injured party just needs to prove that an unreasonably dangerous defect existed at the time the product left the manufacturer’s control and that he or she was injured as a result of the defect.
- Negligence: Like other personal injury tort cases, negligence holds the defendant liable if it knew or should have known of the product’s defect, but failed to comply with its duty of care to protect the public.
- Breach of warranty: Depending on the product or the type of defect, a manufacturer or distributor can be liable for injuries caused as result of its failure to comply with a written or implied warranty that the product is safe and free from defects. Breach of warranty claims often apply to lawsuits involving unsafe pharmaceuticals in which the drug maker failed to include adequate warning information on the product label.
If the defendant is found liable for the defective product, the plaintiff can generally recover for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Additionally, in some particularly egregious cases in which the defendant knew of the product defect yet failed to warn the public or correct the problem, the plaintiff may also be awarded punitive damages. Unlike compensatory damages, punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant and deter future misconduct.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you were injured by a defective product, you need a personal injury lawyer who understands the complex legal theories of product liability. Because the injury lawyers at Cohen and Bodo focus on accident and injury claims, we have an in-depth understanding of product liability laws. We use our vast legal knowledge and our exceptional litigation experience to get favorable results for our clients.
Contact our office at (847) 790-4246 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago injury lawyers.