Many consumer products are recalled every year due to safety issues. These products can range from food products to electronics, appliances, tools, toys, vehicles and vehicle parts, cosmetics, household goods, and more. When the use of any consumer product leads to the injury or death of the user, the manufacturer may be held responsible for damages in what is known as a product liability case. Sometimes, consumers are harmed by using a product prior to its recall which may lead to a valid claim of negligence against the manufacturer.
Examples of recently recalled products include a Class I recall of the Nephros SafeSpout and SafeShower water filters. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled these products due to reports of infection and death in consumers who used them. According to the FDA, a Class I recall means that a situation exists "in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to" the product may cause a serious health threat. These water filters, which are attached to faucets and shower heads, contain a filter which can break down resulting in the person being exposed to viruses and bacteria.
Another defective consumer product which led to a class action lawsuit recently was the Brazilian Blowout hair product which gave off toxic formaldehyde gas when the product was labeled as formaldehyde-free. These emissions led to adverse health conditions by hair stylists and their customers. The lawsuit was recently settled for $4.5 million to be paid out to claimants.
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The above examples illustrate product liability which falls under the general category of personal injury. Those who make defective consumer products may be held accountable for damages when the product is shown to cause harm. These cases often involve large corporations and potential claimants should seek the advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer for representation.
Pavich Law Group, P.C. is a personal injury law firm serving Joliet, Chicago, and Dyer. Its attorneys are seasoned trial lawyers who have shown their competence and commitment through a proven track record of results. The firm has been recognized by Super Lawyers and received a top rating by Avvo, which ranks law firms. The attorney team has obtained significant monetary awards on behalf of their clients through negotiated settlements as well as favorable verdicts. They have decades of experience in this field. If you believe you have been harmed due to the negligence of another, whether that party is a product manufacturer, another individual, or any other group, contact the firm to discuss your potential claim in a free case consultation.