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Product liability lawsuit filed over cold pack injuries

When you use medical care products, you expect that they have been properly tested to ensure they are safe. You don't expect that these products will cause you more harm than good. Sadly, there are cases in which defective medical devices and products cause injury to patients. A recent lawsuit filed in the Cook County Circuit Court shows one example of what can happen when a medical care product doesn't include proper warnings for consumers.

The complainant's problems with the product began when she was given a cold pack after fainting at a Melrose Park festival. The Melrose Park Fire Department treated her by giving her a deluxe cold pack. That cold pack allegedly caused bruises, broken bones and severe nervous system shock. The woman says she became sick.

The lawsuit seeks more than $50,000 in damages for alleged product negligence and strict product liability. It claims that Rapid Aid Corp. and Medline Industries Inc. failed to adequately warn consumers that prolonged cold pack use could cause severe burns.

Consumers expect that medical care product manufacturers will warn them of potential side effects or problems that can be caused by the products. When that expectation isn't met, injuries can occur. Anyone who is injured by a medical product because of reasons similar to this woman has the right to seek compensation for injuries just like she did.

Anyone who opts to seek compensation for injuries due to product liability issues should make sure they fully understand the process for seeking that compensation. The more informed they are, the more they can protect their interests as the case moves forward.

Source: The Cook County Record, "Woman claims cold pack manufacturers failed to warn that prolonged use could lead to burns," Annie Cosby, July 10, 2014

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