Product Liability

You have the right to expect that a product you have spent your hard-earned money on is safe to use. But poor product design, manufacture or labeling can cause injury or death.

To cite just one example, in a recent three-month period, child and infant product recalls rose 18 percent from the previous quarter, with more than 200 reported safety incidents causing 13 injuries and five deaths.  New international standards for consumer protection may help, but when design problems, defects, and inadequate safety information cause injuries the lack of standard product identification and traceability means that only highly skilled product liability lawyers can secure just compensation for those injured.

Burke Wise Morrissey Kaveny have represented dozens of individuals and families who have been injured due to defective products. We are skilled at interpreting the provisions of Illinois law, which impose liability on anyone who sells any product that has a defective condition that is unreasonably dangerous to consumers, users, or their property. We also have access to the expert scientific and technical necessary to show that a manufacturer or seller is liable if the warnings given about the product are inadequate.

When Burke Wise brings a product liability lawsuit on your behalf, you get a combination of trial and negotiating skill, case management sophistication, solid technical knowledge and innovative strategies to pursue your claim. As skilled trial lawyers we aggressively present a knowledgeable yet practical case that is crafted to refute the arguments of manufacturers and their insurers. Whether your claim involves injury from design or manufacturing defects, failure to warn or product misuse, we have the experience to develop the most convincing arguments for you on scientific, technical and legal grounds.

We are well qualified to handle the most complex factors involving expert witnesses, discovery and other trial preparation. With an extensive medical malpractice capability and in-depth understanding of medical terminology, our firm knows how to convey the pain and suffering you or a loved one suffered from a defective product.

Successes

$11 Million Brain Injury Verdict After Appeal, Retrial

A 64-year-old man — who suffered severe brain damage after a ladder he was using collapsed — won an $11 million federal verdict during a…

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$4.055 Million Settlement for Workplace Injury from New Shoring Product

We represented a 44-year-old carpenter and his wife in this workplace injury and product liability action. The carpenter was an employee of Walsh Construction Company,…

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$5.2 Million Settlement in Fatal Railroad Yard Accident

We represented the family of a 58-year-old crane operator who was killed in an accident when the top part of a crane collapsed on his…

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$3 Million Settlement in Product Liability Death

A 16-month-old boy was killed when a faulty crib collapsed on him. The crib had been recalled five years earlier.

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$1.55 Million Settlement for Elevator Cable Product Liability

The elevator cables installed at the Sheraton Towers Hotel in Chicago were defective in producing an unusual black-tarry substance when in use. Our client, an…

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$3.53 Million Award for Imported Butane Stove Explosion Death

Our client was the widow of a Korean man who with her had operated a corner grocery store in Chicago. The couple used a small,…

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$2 Million for Family of Air Crash Victim

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$2.6 Million Jury Verdict for Workplace Defective Product

A garbage sorter lost part of his foot when he became entangled in a paper baling machine. He had been tryng to clear a jam…

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$1.825 Million for Product Liability

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$1.4 Million in Product Liability Case

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