Product Liability – Product Recalls:
We trust that the goods and products we buy will be safe to use and work properly. When a doctor prescribes a drug for you, you need to know that the medication is safe to take. When you buy a new bicycle for your child’s birthday, you need to know that the bike is in a safe condition for your child to ride. In Illinois, the manufacturers and sellers of goods and products are required by law to ensure that all products they sell are safe to use. Unfortunately, unsafe products are sold to unsuspecting customers and these products may have injured you or a loved one.
Any company that makes or sells a defective or “unreasonably dangerous” good is strictly liable for any injuries and damages caused by the product. A product is considered unreasonably dangerous or defective if it caused an injury to someone who was using the product how it was meant to be used. You may have heard of a product, such as a child’s toy or drug, being “recalled” – if a product recall has been issued for a good you bought, that is almost always a sign that the good is dangerous or defective. Information on the most serious product recalls is available from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
A product can be defective because it was improperly designed or because of a flaw that occurred when it was being put together. For example, in Illinois, a bicyclist may bring a claim against the manufacturer or seller of a bicycle or bicycle component that is unreasonably dangerous when the flaw in the bicycle or component results in an injury. Companies must also provide proper warnings and instructions for how to use their products. For example, pharmaceutical drugs must come with warnings about potential side effects and possible harmful drug interactions.
The attorneys at Keating Law Offices can help if you, or a loved one, have been injured by an unsafe product. Our firm has successfully helped those injured by defective products to receive the compensation they deserve. If you believe that you have been injured by an unsafe product, please call us today.