Our law firm helps people who are critically injured by unsafe products. In some of our cases, the product has been recalled, but a recall is not necessary before we file a lawsuit and win a settlement.
A grieving mother hired us when her little one died while in a baby sling. She thought, correctly, that the cause of her baby’s death was the sling, that the design caused her infant’s face to roll into the fabric, preventing him from breathing.
Attorney Fred Pritzker took the case. He contacted the federal government about this product and urged the department to force a recall. After only a few weeks, a recall was issued. Fred could have just filed a lawsuit, gotten a settlement and moved on, but he made sure that this product was taken off of the market. This is what we do.
In another case, a medical product was recalled because it could fatally sicken newborns, although the exact cause of the illnesses was not determined. We got many calls from parents. Fred hired experts to find the cause. One expert, a renowned professor, did an in-depth study of these illnesses and how the product could have caused them. His research was published in a medical journal, and Fred used that research to win millions for our little clients and their parents.
A young man consumed food contaminated with a deadly bacteria called Listeria monocytogenes. After a few weeks, the bacteria had traveled to his brain and infected the meninges, the lining of the brain and spinal cord. This is called meningitis, and this young man almost died. He contacted our law firm, and Fred and attorney Eric Hageman flew to meet with him and his family. They found out that, before he got sick, he had eaten a product that had been recalled due to possible Listeria contamination. They pursued a settlement from the company that made the product and won millions.
Our lawyers have won millions for clients injured by defective and dangerous products, including the following 3 recoveries (read about our top cases):
- $45 million for clients who got kidney failure after using an over-the-counter medicine;
- $10 million for babies who contracted a mysterious illness after ingesting a medical product that was later recalled;
- $4.5 million for a client who ate at a restaurant and ended up in the hospital on dialysis due to kidney failure caused by an E. coli infection.
You can ask Fred and our other product liability lawyers if you have a personal injury or wrongful death claim against a company that sold a defective product.
A Recall Lawsuit Seeks Compensation for Harm from a Defective Product
A recall lawsuit involves personal injury or wrongful death caused by a defective product, one that is not reasonably safe for its intended use. “Intended use” includes all those uses a reasonably prudent person might make, bearing in mind its characteristics, warnings and labels. In many of our recall cases, the company was prompted to act by reports of personal injury or wrongful death. However, attorney Fred Pritzker has taken action that resulted in a company issuing one.
Federal agencies involved may include:
Most people do not know that the federal government can’t recall products, the agencies above can only urge companies to recall unsafe products. If that does not work, they can take legal steps to force a recall, but it is a slow process.
Just because a product is sold does not mean it is safe.
You may have a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the defective product, the wholesaler or distributor of the product, and often the retailer of the product. These suits involve one or more of the following:
- a bad design that puts consumers at risk of injury or wrongful death;
- a problem with the manufacturing process, either in general or for certain lots (manufacturing runs);
- a label with no warning about this particular risk of injury;
- instructions that do not address the risk and/or how to prevent harm.
Thousands of people receive injuries from recalled items each year. The makers of these unsafe products should be held responsible because that is what is fair. We make sure that happens and work to get settlement money for the following:
- all related medical expenses, even those that are expected in the future;
- income lost because the person has to get a lower paying job or can’t work;
- compensation for pain, emotional suffering, disability, disfigurement, and loss of quality of life.
If company executives and/or managers have behaved very badly, we seek “punitive damages” for our clients, meaning we ask for an additional, large amount of money to punish the company for the intentional or reckless behavior.
What to Do If You or a Loved One Has Been Injured
If you have been injured here are some things to consider:
- Save or retain the suspected item and any documents or packaging that accompanied it.
- Identify as much information about the product as possible including the name of the manufacturer, model name and number, place and date of purchase and serial number.
- Store it in a safe place and do not modify or change it.
- Obtain the name, address and telephone number of any witnesses.
- Do not discuss the case with anyone and do not give any written or recorded statements about it.
Product Liability Lawyers
You can call 1-888-377-8900 (toll free) or click here to contact our lawyers and get your free consultation. Our law firm has a reputation for success in complex lawsuits and is listed in U.S. News and World Report’s The Best Law Firms in America. Our product liability lawyers have been interviewed by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Lawyers USA and other publications. We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of people hurt or killed by defective items, including flammable furniture, industrial saws and shredding machines, automobiles, pumps and sprayers, hip implants, and dangerous drugs and other medical, some that caused severe infections.
News and Topics
X-Stand brand deer hunting tree stands sold between May 2017 through December 2018 have a cable assembly defect that can lead to corrosion and cable failure causing unexpected falls and serious injury. Multiple injuries have been reported and the product has been recalled.
The drug Elmiron, sold by Janssen Pharmaceuticals for treating bladder pain has been shown to cause eye damage in up to 50% of patients taking it.
Meningitis from Food Poisoning and Contaminated Medical Products
Our law firm has settled several meningitis lawsuits against food and drug companies. We have (and are) representing clients with meningitis (brain infection) from Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella, both bacteria that can contaminate food and cause severe illness. We have also settled cases for clients who got this kind of infection from contaminated medical products.
People who contract nontuberculous Mycobacteria chimaera (NTM) may have a lawsuit. Our lawyers will need to gather evidence to determine if if there is a connection between the infection and a medical product or unsanitary conditions.
Our lawyers are helping people who got an infection from an endoscope that was not cleaned adequately. There have been several outbreaks of hospital-acquired Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), involving Klebsiella species and Escherichia coli (E. coli).
Hospital Infection Outbreak
Our law firm helps clients with personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against manufacturers and compounding pharmacies that sell contaminated medicine that causes outbreaks of illness from bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. Our cases against hospitals involve infection outbreaks.