Our Chicago personal injury lawyers read with concern that the FDA has recently advocated for a recall of contact lenses produced by major contact lens manufacturing corporation, CooperVision, Inc.
CooperVision, Inc. is the fourth largest contact lens maker in the world, and the number one manufacturer of toric lenses, worldwide. Nevertheless, federal health regulators have issued public warnings and recalled nearly 780,000 contact lenses because of residue left behind in the lenses from manufacturing.
In a safety alert distributed by the FDA, the substance left in and on the lenses was identified as a silicone oil residue. As a result, the FDA issued a Class I recall, which is the most serious type of recall, indicating that a defective product poses a severe risk of harm to consumers, including significant injury or death.
The safety recall was prompted because consumers of the contact lenses have reported problems including discomfort, hazy vision, severe pain, and eye injuries requiring medical treatment and, in some cases, hospitalization. Many of these injuries have been linked to the CooperVision brand of Avaira Toric lenses, but other reports involved CooperVision brands other than Avaira Toric. Since the first complaint, dozens of consumers have reported problems that have been as severe as corneal abrasions and tears that required emergency medical treatment.
Affected CooperVision contact lenses were marketed to consumers in the United States, Australia, Hong Kong, and Spain. They were sold at eye-care providers internationally, and across the United States, including at large retail chain stores such as Walmart, Costco, and LensCrafters.
Users of contact lenses made by CooperVision are urged to return the potentially dangerous products and seek medical care if they are experiencing symptoms of eye irritation. In a statement posted on the FDA’s website, officials on behalf of CooperVision wrote: “If your lenses have been recalled, immediately remove your existing lenses, discontinue lens wear and return your lenses to your eye care practitioner or point of purchase.” Consumers can check to see if their lenses are affected by the recall by either calling the toll-free consumer hotline at 1-855-526-6737 or by checking CooperVision’s website.
Unquestionably this situation provides a prime example of Illinois products liability law. When a company manufactures and distributes products to the public, that company is responsible for any injuries caused by dangerous or defective products. Companies are expected to test their products prior to putting them on the market to ensure public safety. When defects affect consumers, those companies can be liable for damages resulting from the injuries their merchandise causes.
Our Illinois personal injury attorneys have handled a number of products liability cases and have extensive experience in handling consumer complaints over dangerous products. Our attorneys even won a $3 million settlement against a car manufacturer that improperly designed the fuel delivery system of a vehicle, resulting in a fuel-fed fire after a head-on collision that killed the occupants of the vehicle. Although that case differs in its facts from the situation involving contact lenses, the companies responsible for manufacturing and distributing the products are liable for the harm that occurred because of their products’ defect.
If you or a loved one have suffered because of a dangerous or defective product, contact an attorney immediately to better understand your rights under the law.