Consumers have a reasonable expectation that the products they buy are safe for use. Companies that are part of the supply chain are responsible for ensuring their products are safe before they are released to the market for purchase. If someone’s negligence causes a person to suffer injury or death due to a defective product, the responsible party can be held accountable through a product liability lawsuit.
Purchasing and using products during the COVID-19 pandemic is full of many uncertainties. As a result, there are product liability issues that are emerging in response to the current public health crisis. Manufacturers of personal protective equipment like latex gloves, visors and face masks may face liability claims from consumers who get infected with the coronavirus even after using the products. The same applies to makers of various cleaning supplies and sanitizers.
Since the federal government enforced the Defense Production Act, a number of companies have repurposed their factories to make items that are needed during the ongoing pandemic. Large-scale manufacturing increases and the launch of new operations could lead to a rise in product liability claims.
Understandably, people are anxious about the coronavirus, and some companies are looking to profit off of their fears. Over the past few months, there have been businesses claiming that their products can prevent or cure COVID-19, often without scientific basis. These companies can open themselves up to potential coronavirus-related product liability claims from users who felt misled through false marketing or misinterpreted packaging.
If products are manufactured, designed or marketed incorrectly, they can cause a lot of harm to the user. If you have been injured due to a defective product, contact Briskman Briskman & Greenberg right away. Our Chicago personal injury attorneys can help you pursue fair compensation for all the costs that arise from your injuries.