Defective Product Attorney Decatur
We expect that the products we use on a daily basis will work as intended. TVs, computers, cell phones and other electronics should work without electrocuting us. Toasters, coffee makers, and blenders should do their job without emitting sparks or catching fire. Cars should safely take us to our destinations without blowing up or driving erratically.
While most manufacturers perform safety tests on their products and do their best to ensure that consumers will not be harmed, defective products do occur from time to time. Sometimes defects affect just a few products. In other cases, they are more widespread, affecting batches of products, often resulting in thousands of defective products. Defective products can cause everything from minor injuries to burns to amputations and even death.
If your or a loved one has been injured or killed by a defective product, seek legal help from Patel Law. Our defective product lawyers in Illinois have more than 20 years of experience helping injured victims receive the most compensation possible.
Types of Product Defects
- Design defect. A design defect is the most widespread product liability issue. It means that the issue is found in the design, and the design is essentially the heart of how products are made. If the design is flawed, this means that all products are defective.
- Marketing defect. Marketing does not refer to advertising in this case, but instead the documentation that comes with the product. Are there clear instructions? Are there warning labels? The consumer should know how to use the product without issues.
- Manufacturing defect. These defects are not related to the design but rather to the way the product was manufactured. When a manufacturer defect occurs, not all products are affected. It may be just a couple items or a small batch.
Proving a Product Liability Claim
To recover compensation for a defective product, you must be able to prove your injuries in a product liability claim. There are four elements that you must show. All four of the following must be proven:
- You suffered injuries or other damages. Not all defective products lead to injury. You must show that you had medical bills, property damage or missed work.
- The product is defective. You must show that there was some error involved in the manufacturing process or that the product is dangerous.
- The defect caused your injury. There must be a correlation between product use and your injury. You must not have caused your own injury.
- You were using the product as intended. You must not have been using the product in an unsafe manner. For example, you should not have been putting a fork in the toaster. You should not have been off-roading in your sports car.
Examples of Defective Product Cases
When you think of defective products, you may immediately think of automobiles and appliances. There are other items we use on a daily basis that can be defective, as well. They include the following:
- Apparel. Defective apparel may include improper construction, uncomfortable fabric, hidden objects and poor fire resistance.
- Cosmetics/chemicals. Cosmetics and chemicals often contain various ingredients. They may be considered defective if they harm someone during normal use.
- Food. Consumers should be able to buy fresh food that has not yet expired. Tainted food can cause a consumer to contract food poisoning or another foodborne illness.
- Tools. While tools can be inherently dangerous if not used properly, some tools cause injury even during normal use. For example, parts may come off or an electrical tool may turn on by itself.
- Drugs. All drugs have side effects, but if they are not made aware to consumers, they can lead to product liability issues. For example, a consumer may want to use a different drug that does not cause a heart attack or stroke.
- Medical devices. Medical devices are often used inside the body to prevent joint and organ damage. Sometimes they fail, causing serious harm to the patient.
Contact a Defective Product Injury Lawyer in Decatur Today
Defective products are no laughing matter. A toaster that electrocutes you while toasting your bread or car that suddenly drives out of control can both lead to serious health consequences.
If a manufacturer’s negligence caused you to suffer harm from a defective product, seek legal help from a defective product lawyer in Decatur. The team from Patel Law has helped clients obtain substantial awards for medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and other damages caused by another person’s negligence. To schedule a consultation, fill out the online form or call (217) 384-1111.