Product Liability

Dangerous products can cause injuries…

Your home is filled with products you use on an everyday basis that have the potential of causing you or your loved ones’ great harm. Defective products can cause extensive, serious injury or even death.

Product liability can be broken down into three categories:

  • Design Defects: A product that is faulty or dangerous from the beginning based on its design, before it is even manufactured.
  • Manufacturing Defects: A product that is dangerous because of an error in manufacturing.
  • Marketing Defects: A product that lacks sufficient safety warnings, or is improperly labeled or marketed. (Source)

Examples of Product Injuries:

  • Furniture Instability: Between 2014 and 2016, there was an annual average of 30,700 injuries from furniture instability or tip-over. More troubling yet, 52% of those injuries involved children under 18 years old, while 84% of fatalities involved children between 1 month old and 14 years old. Of the tip-overs, 64% involved furniture, while 33% involved televisions. (Source)
  • Electrocution: Between 2010 and 2014, there was an annual average of 48 consumer deaths from electrocution, with most coming from appliances. (Source)
  • Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning: Between 2012 and 2014, there was an average of 149 deaths annually from CO poisoning. Of those deaths, the majority came from heating systems and engine-driven tools. (Source)

These are just a few ways in which a defective product can cause great harm, or worse, death. Skin burns, fires, poisonings, maimed appendages, eye damage, and more are possible. Injuries of this nature can cause victims great pain and suffering, physical and/or psychological damage, permanent injury, disfigurement, and disability. This is a great drain on your quality of life that may also have far-reaching financial implications. You could be facing a mountain of medical expenses and/or suffering lost wages from recovery time or permanent disability.

Unscrupulous manufacturers who put the bottom line above the safety of their customers need to be held accountable, you need to be compensated for your loss. This is where Jeff Kopis can help.

Fighting a battle with manufacturers of defective products is a difficult and complex process that needs an experienced hand. Many different entities are involved in a product finding its way to a user, including designers, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers.

Jeff has 25 years of legal experience trying both state and federal cases in Illinois and Missouri. Jeff knows how to help the victims of accidents and their families through trying times. You can schedule an appointment at Jeff’s office in Belleville, Illinois, to talk about your case, or Jeff will come to your home or even the hospital.