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Man Loses Vision in One Eye After Defective Shop Vac Allegedly Ejected Metal Shard

Nature abhors a vacuum. So, too, apparently, does a man who says he lost vision in one eye after a shard of metal was ejected from a vacuum and hit him in the face.

According to the Madison St. Clair Record, the man has since filed a lawsuit against Shop Vac Corporation, the company responsible for manufacturing the device that allegedly caused the man’s loss of vision. Shop Vac Corporation is a business that produces heavy-duty industrial vacuum cleaners that can be used to clean up either dry or liquid spills.

The man was visiting friends at their home in August of 2010. While the man was there, one of the homeowners utilized a Shop Vac Ultra Plus wet/dry vacuum, model number 87M300, reports the Madison St. Clair Record. The current lawsuit against Shop Vac Corportation alleges that a piece of metal was ejected from the vacuum and hit him in the eye, which caused him to suffer a complete loss of vision in that eye as a result of the incident.

The basis of the claim suggests that Shop Vac Corporation is liable for the man’s injuries based on the fact that they negligently manufactured a defective product which allowed collected materials to become projectiles, and, that as a result of the dangerous, defective vacuum, the company is liable for the loss of vision in his eye and resulting medical expenses.

Under Illinois law, when a corporation manufactures a product and disseminates it to the public, that company is responsible for testing the merchandise prior to putting it on the market, and ensuring that when it is released to the public, it is safe for consumer use. If a product is made available to the public and, because of a flaw or defect the manufactured good, a consumer is injured, the corporation is responsible for the resulting damage, and a Chicago personal injury lawsuit may arise.

When companies are held responsible in Illinois product liability lawsuits, those businesses may be made to pay compensatory damages, which attempt to put an injured person back in the position he or she was in before being injured, such as compensation for medical and hospital expenses, and the loss of a normal life following the injury. Additionally, in some cases, punitive damages may also be awarded; punitive damages are intended to punish wrongdoers and send a message to the responsible corporation and other companies to be more careful in the future.

Our Chicago personal injury lawyers have extensive experience handling claims arising from injuries caused by defective products. If you have been harmed by a hazardous, or faulty product, contact an attorney to be advised of your rights under the law. You may be entitled to compensation for your suffering.