Chicago Product Defect Attorneys
As a consumer, you have the right to expect that the products you buy should be reasonably safe when used in a manner consistent with their intended use.
Unfortunately, products are not always safe, and can result in injuries that range from poisoning and choking of children to serious cuts or puncture wounds to house fires.When this occurs, you and your family should not have to bear that cost alone. The company that sold the defective product should take responsibility for the defect that hurt you or your loved one.
This page can help you understand the source and types of product defects that can result in injury, but the best way to learn about your legal rights and options after a defective product injury, you need to talk to a lawyer in person. Please call (312) 957-4166 today for a free initial consultation at either of our convenient locations.
Many defective products are defective by design. Design defects occur when the product engineers at a company do not properly account for all the normal situations in which a product might reasonably be used. They may decide to use inappropriate materials, fail to put in appropriate safeguards, or not account for possible dangers to people outside the normal range of height, weight, or limb length. They may design products that present unreasonable hazards for children.
Often these design defects are not accidental, they are deliberate decisions to make a product more cost-effective so they can increase profits. Safety equipment is left off, cheaper materials are inserted, and concerns of engineers are put aside because the potential for increased profit is substantial.
Manufacturing defects occur when a product as it comes off the assembly line does not fulfill the engineered design. This may be the result of many different situations, such as poor quality control, subcontracting our manufacturing, hiring unskilled labor, or using old manufacturing practices.
Manufacturing defects also often result from cost decisions. Quality control can be expensive, as can updating machinery and practices. Outsourcing manufacturing can reduce costs, but subcontractors do not always live up to the original specifications, and may even substitute toxic ingredients for safe ones specified.
Unclear instructions can seem hilarious when reading them, but sometimes they result in deadly dangers. Assembly instructions and use instructions that are unclear can make products unsafe to use by most consumers. It is a manufacturer’s job to make sure you understand how to safely and properly use a product.
Instruction defects can occur when a company does not employ qualified dedicated staff to write instructions, adding the job to that of engineers or office staff.
Contact Our Product Defect Lawyers
Our experienced product defect lawyers understand that manufacturers have a responsibility to supply you with a safe product.When they do not, they have a responsibility to compensate you for your injuries. We also understand that not all product injuries may be eligible for compensation, so we offer free consultations about your legal rights and options.
Regardless of how you or a loved one was injured, to schedule a FREE initial consultation at either of our Chicago offices, please call email Willens Law Offices as soon as possible to find out how we can help you.