Product Liability

At Coogan Gallagher, our Chicago product liability attorneys are dedicated to helping victims of faulty, defective, or dangerous products get back on their feet. When a medical device or electronic component fails, it can mean more than inconvenience and delay. It can result in catastrophic consequences. We have successfully helped many clients and their families across the state of Illinois. Learn more about how we can help, and contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Chicago Product Liability Lawyers

Unsafe Products & Product Liability

Dangerous, defective, and overall unsafe products injure consumers every day. Some of the most common product liability lawsuits brought are related to injuries due to defective manufacturing, defective design, or a failure to provide proper instructions or warnings to consumers. Within the last few years, some of the general categories of products that have led to product liability litigation have included:

  • Metal hips
  • Ignition switch defects
  • Airbag issues
  • Mirena IUDs
  • The labeling of “natural” food products
  • Dangerous toys
  • Drug claims
  • Generic drugs / failure to warn / labeling claims among numerous cases related to medical devices, auto and home products, industrial products, pharmaceuticals, and tools

Product Liability Claims

Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed by dangerous and defective products. Holding those responsible for these injuries and deaths falls under product liability litigation. Some of the most common associated claims brought include:

  • Failure to test products properly so as to ensure consumer safety
  • Defective medical products, which result in more injuries, surgeries, and health issues for patients
  • Dangerous, defective automotive products that cause serious injuries and sometimes death

For instance, the failure of a knee or a hip implant can result in serious pain, additional surgeries, and massive medical expenses. When that happens, questions about what kind of product was used, whether scientists have researched the issues, and what can be done to investigate the case further are only the beginning.

All of these cases must be investigated by an experienced product liability attorney. Your lawyer should understand the basic issues as well as the complicated engineering, medical, and scientific issues that will determine whether there is a case that can be made and how to build it with you.

Product Liability Laws

Under Illinois law, product liability actions are based on the doctrine of strict liability against the product seller on account of several potential factors. These include: personal injury, property damage that resulted from the manufacture of the product, and warnings or instructions regarding the product.

Under the law, “seller” encompasses anyone involved in the entire process of the product. This can include anyone from the seller and distributor to the installer, producer, manufacturer, packager, etc.—essentially anyone who maintained or otherwise was involved in placing a product in the stream of commerce. This means that there could be many options to find justice for your claim.

A Product Liability Lawyer Can Help

One of the most important things our Chicago product liability lawyers can do for you is to level the playing field. We can do this by assembling a legal team to protect your interests in the same way that the defendant parties have likely already disseminated teams of investigators in an attempt to mitigate the companies’ liability in the accident. Product liability cases, in particular, hinge on conducting good investigations and providing the right expert testimony.

We know how injuries can impact both you and your family. Our primary purpose is to obtain justice for you and your loved ones. We can help you get the compensation you deserve and help see that your rights are protected. We welcome the opportunity to consult with you and discuss your options. Contact our product liability attorneys today.

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