When a person purchases a product for a business, they are putting trust in the product's manufacturer that the item is safe to use as long as reasonable safety guidelines are followed. When design flaws and other issues are present with the product, injuries to employees are possible. These injuries can lead to significant expenses. A recent product liability lawsuit filed in the Cook County Circuit Court alleges that an oven manufacturer's faulty oven design caused injuries to an employee.
The lawsuit was filed by the employee who was injured. The defendant in the case is the oven manufacturer, Auto-Bake Americas LLC. The plaintiff claims that on May 16, 2012, he was cleaning the oven when he was burned. He say that a door opened and chemicals were splashed and spilled. These chemicals burned his skin.
Damages in excess of $50,000 are being sought, as well as court costs. The defendant is accused of negligently manufacturing and designing the system. It is also accused of failing to inspect the oven prior to selling it to Dawn Foods.
Any manufacturer who has a product that involves chemicals or heat has a duty to make sure that the people who use the product can do so in a safe manner. In this case, the system was allegedly faulty, which allowed a door to unexpectedly open as the user was cleaning a pan washer. That is unacceptable.
This man has opted to exercise his right to seek compensation for his injuries. Anyone who has been injured by a faulty or defective product can seek compensation as this man did. Knowing the laws and process for seeking compensation in Illinois might help to take some of the stress out of the process.
Source: The Cook County Record, "Bakery employee sues oven manufacturer over burns, alleges faulty design" Ben Hart, May. 23, 2014