Charleston, IL Product Liability Attorneys
Fighting for Injured Consumers in Coles County
As consumers, when we purchase a product for home use, we expect it to be safe. As we make our decision to purchase one product over another and as we determine how much we are willing to pay for it, we certainly evaluate the benefit we will receive from the product. When looking at two seemingly identical products, if we notice that one is safer than the other, we will surely choose the safer product for our family.
Sometimes products are placed on the market or in the "stream of commerce" before they should be. This can occur if manufacturers are focused on profits over safety, which results in products being assembled by overworked or malfunctioning machines, products being assembled too quickly, or products being sold before they are fully tested. When this happens, the consumer who purchases the product may be injured by the defective product. Defective products can cause injuries and death.
The following products have been associated with harmful effects:
When defective products cause harm, it is important for manufacturers, sellers, and distributors to be held accountable. A product manufacturer is required to ensure that it adheres to applicable safety regulations. A product distributor is responsible for safely transporting products from the original manufacturer to the seller or retailer. The product seller or retailer is then responsible for ensuring the product is safe when it is placed on the shelves to be sold.
The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm is committed to holding business entities and their employees responsible for wrongdoing and negligence that lead to defective and dangerous products. Our Charleston product liability attorneys fight for fair results for injured consumers and the families of consumers who have lost their lives due to product defects.
To find out more about our practice and how we can help you, call (217) 394-5885. We have offices in Charleston, IL and St. Louis, MO.
Types of Product Liability Claims
Typically, three types of claims may result from an injury caused by a defective product:
- Defective Design – When the entire batch of products contains a defect, it may be a "design defect." Such a defect typically occurs when the manufacturer simply performed inadequate research and/or did not test the product for safety. For example, if a blender is designed in a way that permits the blade to become detached if the blender reaches a certain speed, it is likely that all blenders of that make and model are dangerous and, therefore, defective.
- Manufacturing Defect – If only that particular product is defective as opposed to all products of that make and model, it may be a "manufacturing defect." Sometimes the assembly process contains a flaw and one or a few products made on a particular day are defective. For example, if a batch of children's toys are painted with paint that contains too much lead, it may be a manufacturing defect.
- Failure to Warn – If you have ever received a safety recall notice from your car dealer, you realize how important such warnings are. Without these warnings, we would not know when our vehicle is unsafe. It is understandable that sometimes, manufacturers realize things need fixing after time. Under such circumstances, the manufacturer is charged with advising the end-users (the consumers) that their products need adjustments. Similarly, sometimes products are simply inherently dangerous but are still needed. We know that lawnmowers are dangerous because they contain a very sharp blade. To make sure that no one is hurt by this blade, a lawnmower manufacturer will place warnings on the lawnmower itself and in the instruction booklets. If the manufacturers fail to provide sufficient warnings and/or instructions for use, they may be liable.
Contact Our Experienced Product Liability Team Today
If you or a loved one has fallen victim to a defective consumer product, you may be entitled to compensation. These cases are complex, and your opponent will likely have considerable resources to counter your claim. With over 100 collective years of knowledge and experience, and resources of our own, we at The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm may be able to effectively protect your interests in your product liability claim. We have offices in Charleston, IL and St. Louis, MO and serve clients across Coles County.