Defective Product Lawsuit
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 of the sling caused her infant’s face to roll into the fabric, preventing him from breathing.
Attorneys at Pritzker Hageman took the case. Our legal team contacted the federal government about this product and urged the department to force a recall. After only a few weeks, a recall was issued. Our attorneys could have just filed a lawsuit, gotten a settlement and moved on, but we made sure that this product was taken off of the market. This is what we do. We work to get maximum compensation and justice for people injured by defective products and we strive to force needed changes that will protect public safety.
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In another case, a medical product was recalled because it could fatally sicken newborns, although the exact cause of the illnesses was not determined. After receiving many calls from parents, our law firm hired experts to find the cause. A renowned professor on the expert team we assembled 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 our attorneys were able to use that research to win millions in compensation for our injured infant clients and their parents.
While many people might not consider tainted food to be a defective product, it most certainly is. Food is supposed to be safe to eat! In one of our legal cases, 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. The sickness this caused is called meningitis, and this young man almost died from it. He contacted our law firm, and our attorneys quickly flew out 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 in compensation. This money will make a huge difference in being able to deal with the ongoing health consequences that can occur with a Listeria infection.
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 our 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, on many occasions it has been our attorney’s actions that finally led to a company issuing a recall.
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.
In situations where company executives and/or managers have behaved very badly, we seek “punitive damages” for our clients, which means that 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, shredding machines, automobiles, pumps and sprayers, hip implants, and dangerous drugs and other medical, some which caused severe infections.
Recalls and Unsafe Products
Fisher-Price Recalls Rock ‘n Play Sleepers and Kids2 Recalls Rocking Sleepers After Additional Infant Deaths Reported
This recall includes all models of Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleepers and all models of Kids2 Rocking Sleepers. This is a re-announcement of recalls for the same models of rocking sleepers originally recalled in April, 2019.
Target Recalls Pillowfort Weighted Blankets
Target and the U.S. Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall for more than 200,000 Pillowfort Weighted Blankets due to the risk of suffocation.
Target received four reports of children getting trapped after unzipping and entering the blankets. Two children, a four-year-old girl, and a six-year-old girl died from asphyxia at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
The recalled blankets were sold exclusively at Target retail stores and online at target.com. The item number can be found printed on a fabric tag on the blanket cover. Item numbers included in the recall include:
- 097-02-0140 (unicorn white)
- 097-02-0148 (space navy)
- 097-02-0361 (pink)
- 097-02-0363 (blue)
- 097-02-0364 (gray)
- 097-02-1603 (buffalo plaid red)
- 097-02-3904 (blue constellation)
- 097-02-3905 (unicorn pink)
The Laundress Recalls Laundry and Cleaning Products Due to Bacterial Contamination
The Laundress issued a recall for about 8 million units of laundry detergent and household cleaning products due to exposure to bacteria. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), testing identified dangerous bacteria in the recalled products, including Burkholderia cepacia complex (B. cepacia), Klebsiella aerogenes, and multiple different species of Pseudomonas.
To date, the CPSC has received eleven reports of Pseudomonas infections. People can get sick when they inhale the bacteria or it enters the body through the eyes or a break in the skin. People with weakened immune systems, external medical devices, and underlying lung conditions are at high risk for infection.
The recalled products were sold between January 2021 and September 2022 online and at retailers including TheLaundress.com, Amazon.com, The Laundress, Bloomingdale’s, The Container Store, Saks Fifth Avenue, Target, Nordstrom, Jenni Kayne, Kith, Peruvian Connection, N.Peal, Brooklinen, and others.
All products have “The Landress – New York” printed on the top of the label. Products that are part of the recall can be identified by the following lot codes.
- Lot codes that begin with the letter F and the last four digits are numbered 9354 or less
- Lot codes that begin with the letter H and the last four digits are numbered 2262 or less
- Lot codes that begin with the letter T and the last four digits are numbered 5264 or less
Ancheer E-bikes Recalled For Burn Injury Hazard
Ancheer recalled about 22,000 electric bikes due to the risk of a lithium-ion battery fire or explosion. There have been six reports of fires and explosions, including four with burn injuries. The recall involves e-bikes with the model number AM001907 found on the packaging and instruction manual. A cylindrical battery shaped like a water bottle distinguishes the model from other products. The recalled e-bikes were sold between January 2016 and June 2022 at the following retailers:
EXACTECH Knee, Hip and Ankle Joint Implants Have Been Recalled
Hundreds of thousands of replacement joint implants, some in use since 2004, have been recalled by Exactech after it was discovered that defective packaging could allow oxygen to degrade the plastic in the joint prior to it being surgically implanted in patients. The affected joints can fail over time leading to serious injury and requiring their surgical removal and replacement with a new joint.
The recall includes OPTETRAK, TRULIANT and VANTAGE knee implants; Acumatch, NOVATION and MCS hip implants and components; and all Exactech VANTAGE ankle implants.
4moms Recalls MamaRoo Baby Swings and RockaRoo Rockers After Baby Dies
4moms recalled millions of MamaRoo baby swings and RockaRoo rockers after a 10-month-old baby died from asphyxiation. The CPSC recall says when the swings and rockers are not in use, their restraint straps can hang below the seat, causing crawling infants to become entangled in the straps.
There have been two reports of entanglement incidents with the MamaRoo swing, where one 10-month-old infant died from asphyxiation. Another 10-month-old infant suffered bruising to the neck before being rescued by a caregiver. No injuries associated with the RockaRoo rockers have been reported.
The 4moms recall includes the following baby swings and rockers, which were sold at BuyBuy Baby, Target, 4moms.com, and amazon.com from January 2010 to August 2022.
|Recalled MamaRoo Baby Swings||Recalled RockaRoo Baby Rockers|
|Versions 1.0 and 2.0 (model number 4M-005)||Model number 3M-012|
|Version 3.0 (model number 1026)|
|Version 4.0 (model number 1037)|
FDA Warns Caregivers Against Using Inflatable Neck Floats After Baby Dies, Another Hospitalized
The FDA issued a warning for caregivers not to use inflatable neck floats with babies for water therapy after one baby died and another was hospitalized.
Risks associated with using the neck floats include drowning, suffocation, and neck injuries. Babies with developmental delays or special needs such as spina bifida, SMA type 1, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy have an increased risk of serious injury or death.
The neck floats are not FDA approved. Some companies have marketed their products for babies as young as two weeks old.
Caregivers have used neck floats during a baby’s bath, while a baby is swimming, and as a water therapy tool. The FDA has received reports of at least one death and one hospitalization associated with using neck floats.
The FDA’s recommendations for caregivers include the following:
- Do not use inflatable neck floats as a physical therapy tool for babies.
- Be aware that using neck floats as a floatation device for babies with special needs can lead to an increased risk of serious injury or death.
- Be aware that baby neck floats are not FDA approved.
- If a neck float has injured a baby in your care, report the incident to the FDA.
Medtronic Recalls HVAD Pump Implant Kit For Pump Weld Defect
Medtronic recalled 1,614 HVAD pump implant kits after a pump weld defect caused one death and two injuries. The pump implant kits are part of the HeartWare HVAD System, which is used in cardiac transplant patients to help the heart pump blood to the rest of the body. The recall includes the following models, distributed between October 11, 2006, and June 3, 2021:
The pump weld defect was found after an inspection of explanted pumps that were returned to Medtronic. An analysis showed that moisture entered the center post of the pump, causing corrosion and internal magnets to demagnetize. Patients with the recalled devices may have symptoms that resemble pump thrombosis, including fatigue, dark urine, and yellowed eyes. The pump weld defect may lead to pump malfunction, major surgery for pump replacement, severe organ dysfunction, stroke, and death.
Bestar Recalls Wall Beds for Crush Injury Hazard, 1 Death Reported
Bestar recalled 129,000 wall beds due to serious impact and crush injury hazards after one death and 60 injuries were reported. In July 2018, a 79-year-old woman died from a spinal injury after a Bestar bed detached from the wall and fell on her. There have been 60 other reports of injuries from Bestar wall beds detaching and hitting consumers.
Bestar sold the wall beds online from June 2014 to March 2022 through wayfair.com, costco.com, cymax.com, and amazon.com. The recall includes the following queen and full-size models:
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends that consumers stop using the recalled wall beds immediately.
Better Homes & Gardens Aromatherapy Room Spray Sold at Walmart Linked to Melioidosis Illnesses and Deaths
The aromatherapy spray, which came in multiple scents, has been linked to at least four illnesses and two deaths. The spray was sold at Walmart stores in 18 states.
On June 2, 2021, after multiple patients contracted Tuberculosis, Aziyo Biologics recalled 154 units of its FiberCel Bone Matrix. The recalled product was distributed by Medtronic to hospitals in 20 states. Pritzker Hageman Tuberculosis infection disease lawyers are investigating and a Tuberculosis bone graft lawsuit is possible.
Eco-Gel 200 and MediChoice Ultrasound Gel, Manufactured by Eco-Med, Recalled for Bacterial Contamination
The ultrasound gel has been recalled due to contamination by Burkholderia cepacia complex bacteria. At least 15 people have had infections linked to improperly sterilized Eco-Gel 200 and MediChoice ultrasound gel. More cases may still be identified. Exposure to this contaminated ultrasound gel may lead to blood infections, sepsis, and potentially death. If you or a loved one has been infected as a result of this contaminated ultrasound gel, contact our experienced medical product infection lawyers today.
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.