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Purchase A Dangerous & Defective Product? You May Need An Attorney

Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd.
Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd.

January 28, 2016

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There are so many products on the market today that it can be difficult to choose which ones will be right for you, or give you what you need for a price you’re happy with. Once you do select a product, you trust that it will work the way you need it to, and that it won’t cause you harm. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Products can be defective in that they break, stop working, or don’t deliver what they promised. They can also be defective in a dangerous way, or simply dangerous even when used correctly and working properly.

Naturally, defective and dangerous products should not be on the market and they can cause harm. If you have been hurt by a product that was defective, or that was dangerous just based on its design or method of operation, it’s important that you get fair compensation for your injuries. When you need a defective product attorney, Chicago can provide you with options, but you will want to select the right attorney for your needs and your specific case. Lawyers have specialties, and you want a lawyer that has worked on cases similar to yours with good results.

Types of Product Defect Claims

There are three different types of product defects that you may use when you make a claim for personal injury caused by a product. These are:

  • Defects in Manufacturing – When a product has been made in such a way that the actual manufacturing of it can render it dangerous, you may have a claim if you’re harmed from it. Manufacturers are responsible for making sure that their products, and the way those products are created, are all safe and done properly.

  • Defects in Design – The design of the product must be safe, and it has to be created in a way that keeps it safe when it is used as intended. If the product doesn’t hold up to the usage that would be normal for it because of a poor design, the manufacturer may be liable for cases of harm caused by that product.

  • Defects in Warnings – If there are risks from using a product, a manufacturer must provide warnings for those risks. If they fail to provide warnings for risks that would be expected to come up through the normal use and operation of a product, there is the potential for liability if someone is injured.

For each of these kinds of defects, you have legal remedies to consider. Depending on the specific situation, strict liability or negligence may apply to your case. There can be other types of remedies used, but these are not as commonly seen when it comes to address an issue with product liability based on a defect or a product that is just simply dangerous.

What to Do When You’ve Been Injured

If you’ve been harmed by a defective or dangerous product, you want the best defective product attorney Chicago has to offer when it comes to your type of case. Choosing the right attorney could be critical to making sure you get the help required to have a successful outcome to your case. Keep good records of the injury, any costs you incur because of the damage done, and anything else surrounding the case. If you have video of the event, save it. If you’ve called the company that made the product, trying to get some assistance, also make note of that interaction.

The more information you can provide to your attorney, the more you can help be an active participant in your own case. Then your attorney will have more to work with, but don’t despair if you don’t have a lot of information. If you’ve been harmed by a product that is dangerous or defective, you should pursue fair and just compensation for your injuries.

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