The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that defective products have caused about 29.5 million injuries, with hundreds of thousands occurring each year, and they claim the lives of approximately 22,000 innocent victims every year in the United States. Product manufacturers are responsible for ensuring that their products are free from defects that could cause these injuries and deaths. When they fail to do so, they can be held liable for the damages that are incurred.
Wrongful death lawyers in Illinois see a wide variety of cases that involve defective products that kill. Some of the most common types include:
When a victim suffers fatal injuries that are caused by defective products, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit to hold the responsible manufacturer and even the retailer responsible. If the lawsuit is successful the parties may be able to recover medical expenses incurred before death, lost wages and future income, and financial compensation for loss of consortium and other damages.