With offices in Chicago and Schaumburg, Klest Injury Law Firm serves those injured by defective products throughout Chicagoland and across the nation. Led by attorney Joe Klest, who has more than 30 years of experience fighting for clients injured due to dangerous or defective products, we serve as the aggressive advocates you need on your side.
Warnings on Defective and Dangerous Products
Companies are required to manufacture safe products and provide adequate warning for any unsafe features. When companies manufacture defective products and one of those products causes serious injury, the person injured deserves to be compensated.
Likewise, if a company manufactures dangerous products and fails to adequately warn you of the dangers, you may be entitled to compensation for any injuries caused by the product.
Dangerous or defective products may pose a danger for several reasons. Manufacturing defects mean the product was built incorrectly. Design defects mean the product was unsafe at conception. Failure to warn of danger defects simply mean that the safe use of the product was not clear from labeling and warnings. Defective products occur in every area of commerce, and include the following:
- Children's toys
- Medical devices
- Motor vehicle parts
- Power tools
- Defective and dangerous drugs
- Electrical appliances
- Explosives and fireworks
- Computer equipment
- Industrial equipment
Defective Auto Parts
Car companies have recalled millions of vehicles for a wide range of safety defects. Every auto maker, from Ford, Chevy and Jeep, to Hyundai, Toyota and BMW has sold vehicles with faulty parts or design. Cars are sold to consumers with faulty brakes, unsafe steering, electrical problems that can prevent airbags and other safety equipment from working, and countless other defects that endanger drivers and passengers. We help the victims of those dangerous vehicles collect the compensation they deserve after an accident.
Some common motor vehicle defects include the following:
- Defective seat belts
- Defective tires
- Defective airbags
- Defective design
- Defective roof structure
- Defective gas tank placement
- Defective brakes
Defective and Dangerous Drugs
Defective and dangerous drugs can cause serious injury, have debilitating side effects, and in extreme cases, cause death. Drug companies are obligated to inform you of these dangers, and to recall products either defectively made or with known problems.
Often the manufacturers of drugs and medical devices can face liability with people who are injured by these products. Every year many drugs or medical devices are recalled because they are dangerous or defective or have side effects that were not adequately investigated prior to their release.
If you believe you have been injured by a drug or medical device, it is important to seek medical attention and then obtain the services of an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
Often, the first step in the legal process is to investigate the files of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to determine whether the drug or medical device has been recalled due to defects or other similar injuries that it caused. Liability frequently lies with the drug company when the drug company either downplays or fails to report statistical increases in side effects.
Recent drugs and medical devices that have resulted in significant cases against the manufacturers are:
In addition, the FDA publishes a monthly list of recalls, market withdrawals and safety alerts, which can be found here.
Medical Device Recalls
Medical devices are intended to prolong life, not shorten it. Medical device companies make millions of dollars on the products they manufacture. If you have been injured due to a defective medical device, you may be entitled to compensation.
If a known problem arises due to a defective medical device, the device is typically recalled by the manufacturer. Unfortunately, many people may be injured or killed before the recall is complete, or may not even be aware of a recall until after they have been injured. Some known medical devices that have been the subject of manufacturer recalls, include pacemakers (Guidant pacemaker and Medtronic pacemaker), defibrillators (Guidant defibrillator and Medtronic defibrillator), and dialysis machines (LifeSite dialysis machine).