Chicago parents may assume all children's products sold to consumers are safe. After all, we have strong government rules set up to safeguard us against the sale of dangerous children's toys. As high as safety standards are in the U.S., some defective children's products slip into the marketplace.
Any product sold to Illinois consumers can be dangerous under certain circumstances. State laws outline the proof required in product liability cases against manufacturers. In some cases, a plaintiff must show a product maker's negligence was responsible for an injury or death, while other lawsuits are based on a theory of strict liability.
Nine children, under age 15, died in the U.S. in 2013 from injuries involving toys, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Two-thirds of the deaths were due to choking or asphyxiation. The harmful products were familiar toys – balls, marbles, toy foods and balloons.
Many liability claims require injured parties to produce proof of a defendant's negligence. That approach is used in Illinois product liability cases, but alternate theories are available including strict liability. Evidence of negligence is not required to show a car manufacturer created a defective product.
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.
Buying power tools is something that most men enjoy doing. Items like saws, nail guns and other tools help these men to complete jobs much easier than if they were to use hand tools. When a man purchases power tools, he probably expects that the tools will be properly assembled and contain proper safety measures. Sadly, that is not always the case.
When an accident causes a serious injury or death in Chicago, police concentrate on whether a crime has been committed. Investigations are closed, if no foul play is found. Law enforcers find or eliminate wrongdoing, but criminal and civil cases are different.
You've probably heard the expression "You get what you pay for." So, does that mean when you buy something at a Chicago store that a product can be dangerous because it's inexpensive? If you burn your hand on a kitchen stove, the injury is no less painful because of the appliance's value.
Chips and salsa is a snack enjoyed by many Chicago residents. Some people have their favorite brands, swearing by certain chips and blends. Yet, others just like salsa and are willing to give any kind a try.
What is meant to be a fun children's toy can quickly turn into a parent's worst nightmare. Over the years, with lawsuits against toy manufacturers, many are learning that not all toys on the market are safe for children.