Although the weather in Illinois has been fairly mild this winter, after the recent snow, our Chicago personal injury lawyers want to take a moment to remind people to be careful when using snowblowers this season.
According to a report by MSNBC, across the Midwest, State emergency officials are renewing their warnings about snowblowers after seven men suffered severe hand injuries this week. The injuries occurred when the men used their hands to clear wet snow from their snowblowers. Officials say that four of the men required surgery, and three of those had to have at least one finger partially or completely amputated.
When consumers buy products off the shelves of retail stores, those customers have the right to expect that the product will not be unreasonably dangerous. Special laws are in place to protect consumers from hazardous products, and to help customers recover after they have been injured.
When a company manufactures a product to be marketed to the public, the company is responsible for ensuring the safety of that product. There are three main types of Illinois product liability claims:
1. A manufacturing defect, which generally occurs when an otherwise safe product is assembled carelessly;
2. A design defect, which occurs when, no matter how well the product is put together, its intent or layout is inherently dangerous;
3. A failure to warn, which can occur when a product markets a product that they know to be potentially hazardous, and fails to warn consumers of the latent danger.
In this case, following the last point of potential liability, when customers are harmed because they are unaware that the snowblowers may cause harm when individuals remove snow from them by hand, the manufacturer may be made to pay for hospital and medical bills incurred, as well as any other types of damages that arise from using the product.
A spokesperson on behalf of the Mayo Clinic who treated some of the men said that the hospital generally sees one or two such injuries per winter, and it was unusual to see so many injuries in a single day, reported MSNBC. In accordance with recommendations put forth by emergency officials, our Chicago personal injury lawyers want to remind people to turn off a clogged snowblower before clearing it, and also to dislodge snow with a stick or broom, never one’s hands.
Our attorneys have extensive experience handling Illinois products liability cases and have the knowledge and diligence to handle even the most complicated cases. We are particularly proud of the changes that our Chicago personal injury lawyers’ efforts have brought in the area of products liability cases. In many instances, our attorneys have not only recovered substantial verdicts and settlements for our clients, but also helped to ensure that defective products were removed from the market and prevented from causing any further pain, suffering, and damage to consumers.
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a defective product, contact an attorney immediately to obtain a better understanding of your rights under the law. Special laws are in place to protect consumers, and you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.