Product Liability

We expect the things we buy to be safe, healthy, and useful. When they are defective and cause you injury, call the Southern Illinois product liability lawyers at Hassakis & Hassakis.

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Product Liability Attorneys Southern Illinois


Product Liability Lawyer Southern Illinois. You should expect to be able to go to a store, purchase goods you need, and be confident that they will work reliably and safely. However, this is not always the case and defective or dangerous products do indeed make it onto retail shelves. Even more unfortunate is that oftentimes companies will know that some of their products can be harmful but still allow them to be sold to consumers, despite the fact that they are legally responsible for producing reasonably safe goods.

At Hassakis & Hassakis, we believe that massive corporations should be held to a standard of care that anyone should have when they sell a potentially dangerous product to consumers all over Southern Illinois. Unlike injury claims, it can be difficult to prove that the manufacturer of a product or another party is responsible for your injuries caused by a product, but over the years, the legal system has streamlined the process for victims looking to obtain compensation for product liability. Our experienced Southern Illinois product liability lawyers have helped Southern Illinois residents just like you for more than 70 years and are ready to take your product liability case.

What Is Product Liability?

Product liability is when a defective product has caused an injury to you or someone you know. Under Illinois law, you can bring a claim against the manufacturer, seller, or distributor of a product to receive compensation for harms and losses suffered as a result of a defect.

Defects can happen for a number of reasons but, in many cases, it’s because companies rush products to market without ensuring they are safe so that they can drive the maximum amount of profits. They then don’t take the time to warn the public of known dangers.

These defects can fall into three major categories:

  • Design defects - These are defects that are inherent in the product design; thus, each product produced from this initial design is unreasonably dangerous. If you allege that a product has a design defect, you may be required to prove or show that a safer design could’ve been used by the manufacturer. Examples of defectively designed products could include space heaters that catch fire due to improper wiring, airbags that unnecessarily deploy without an impact, cars that are top-heavy and are more likely to tip over even in minor accidents, etc.
  • Manufacturing defects - These are defects in the manufacturing stage in which the product is not created as it should be according to its intended design. This can affect only one or up to millions of units sold and can occur at any stage in the product’s construction. Examples of manufacturing defects could include cars with defective brakes that cause brake failure accidents, children’s bicycles assembled without the necessary bolts that keep the front wheel attached, tires that were originally designed to hold up against wear and tear but a mistake in the manufacturing caused a tire blowout.
  • Warning defects - This is a failure (or defect) in the marketing of potentially dangerous products to consumers. In short, when the product does not come with the necessary and appropriate warnings and/or instructions, there are significant risks of injury. Examples can include prescription drugs that do not list all the potential side effects, booster seats that lack instruction on the proper weight in which a child should be in order to safely use them, etc.

Commonly Defective Products

  • Kitchen appliances
  • Cell phones
  • Car parts (brakes, tires, etc.)
  • Children's toys
  • Child safety seats
  • Cleaning products
  • Medical equipment
  • Prescription drugs
  • Contaminated food

Product Liability Lawyers in Southern Illinois

Injury Law Practice Areas


When you've been injured due to a defective product or tainted food, you need to contact a personal injury lawyer who not only has proven expertise in cases like yours, but also truly has your family's best interests at heart. The attorneys of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C. are accomplished lawyers in all areas of personal injury law and have been trusted by the Southern Illinois community for 70+ years. With your best interests at heart and a track record of successfully helping Illinois families recover from devastating events by obtaining the compensation they deserve, the personal injury lawyers of Hassakis & Hassakis offer the best legal representation available for you and your family after you have been injured in a car accident, workplace accident, dog bite, or any other type of personal injury.

Ready To Fight For You

Product Liability Attorneys Southern Illinois


Product Liability Lawyer Southern Illinois. You should expect to be able to go to a store, purchase goods you need, and be confident that they will work reliably and safely. However, this is not always the case and defective or dangerous products do indeed make it onto retail shelves. Even more unfortunate is that oftentimes companies will know that some of their products can be harmful but still allow them to be sold to consumers, despite the fact that they are legally responsible for producing reasonably safe goods.

At Hassakis & Hassakis, we believe that massive corporations should be held to a standard of care that anyone should have when they sell a potentially dangerous product to consumers all over Southern Illinois. Unlike injury claims, it can be difficult to prove that the manufacturer of a product or another party is responsible for your injuries caused by a product, but over the years, the legal system has streamlined the process for victims looking to obtain compensation for product liability. Our experienced Southern Illinois product liability lawyers have helped Southern Illinois residents just like you for more than 70 years and are ready to take your product liability case.

What Is Product Liability?

Product liability is when a defective product has caused an injury to you or someone you know. Under Illinois law, you can bring a claim against the manufacturer, seller, or distributor of a product to receive compensation for harms and losses suffered as a result of a defect.

Defects can happen for a number of reasons but, in many cases, it’s because companies rush products to market without ensuring they are safe so that they can drive the maximum amount of profits. They then don’t take the time to warn the public of known dangers.

These defects can fall into three major categories:

  • Design defects - These are defects that are inherent in the product design; thus, each product produced from this initial design is unreasonably dangerous. If you allege that a product has a design defect, you may be required to prove or show that a safer design could’ve been used by the manufacturer. Examples of defectively designed products could include space heaters that catch fire due to improper wiring, airbags that unnecessarily deploy without an impact, cars that are top-heavy and are more likely to tip over even in minor accidents, etc.
  • Manufacturing defects - These are defects in the manufacturing stage in which the product is not created as it should be according to its intended design. This can affect only one or up to millions of units sold and can occur at any stage in the product’s construction. Examples of manufacturing defects could include cars with defective brakes that cause brake failure accidents, children’s bicycles assembled without the necessary bolts that keep the front wheel attached, tires that were originally designed to hold up against wear and tear but a mistake in the manufacturing caused a tire blowout.
  • Warning defects - This is a failure (or defect) in the marketing of potentially dangerous products to consumers. In short, when the product does not come with the necessary and appropriate warnings and/or instructions, there are significant risks of injury. Examples can include prescription drugs that do not list all the potential side effects, booster seats that lack instruction on the proper weight in which a child should be in order to safely use them, etc.

Commonly Defective Products

  • Kitchen appliances
  • Cell phones
  • Car parts (brakes, tires, etc.)
  • Children's toys
  • Child safety seats
  • Cleaning products
  • Medical equipment
  • Prescription drugs
  • Contaminated food

Product Liability Lawyers in Southern Illinois

Injury Law Practice Areas


When you've been injured due to a defective product or tainted food, you need to contact a personal injury lawyer who not only has proven expertise in cases like yours, but also truly has your family's best interests at heart. The attorneys of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C. are accomplished lawyers in all areas of personal injury law and have been trusted by the Southern Illinois community for 70+ years. With your best interests at heart and a track record of successfully helping Illinois families recover from devastating events by obtaining the compensation they deserve, the personal injury lawyers of Hassakis & Hassakis offer the best legal representation available for you and your family after you have been injured in a car accident, workplace accident, dog bite, or any other type of personal injury.

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Product Liability Claims in Illinois

Product liability claims in Illinois are divided into three different legal theories: strict liability, negligence, and breach of warranty. There are multiple differences between each type, which is important to know when filing a Southern Illinois product liability suit.

Strict Liabilty

Strict liability means that anyone involved in the manufacture, distribution, or sale of a product can be held responsible when that product is defective and causes someone harm in any way. These require all three of these components to be present:

  • The plaintiff's injury came from a defect or condition of the product;
  • The product's defect was unreasonably dangerous, and;
  • The defect or condition existed while the product was still in the defendant's possession (i.e. before it was sold to a plaintiff).

The theory behind strict liability is that one must prove that a product's defect potentially could have caused physical harm to a consumer, yet was still released commercially. The burden of proof in these cases is on the plaintiff to prove that the product was defective in one of the three ways listed above.

Negligence

A negligence claim means that a defendant failed to exercise a proper standard of care during the design, production, or distribution of a product. In these cases, a plaintiff must prove that negligence directly led to the product harming them.

Negligence claims require that these three elements must be met:

  • A duty of care was owed to the injured plaintiff;
  • The defendant breached this duty, and;
  • Said breach of duty directly resulted in injury/damages to a plaintiff
  • In these cases, plaintiffs still must prove harm came to them because the product was defective.

    Breach of Warranty

    Breach of warranty cases assume either an implied, verbal, or written contract was made between buyer and seller, and that contract's standards were not met. These cases are also divided into two major types:

    • Express warranty means that a written or verbal warranty was offered, and then followed by injury from a product.
    • Implied warranty means that there is a genuine expectation that consumers can assume that a product is "merchantable", or that the goods are "fit for a particular purpose". Implied warranties are part of a sale transaction (unless specifically legally excluded) so that buyers can purchase goods with the confidence that they meet certain minimum safety standards.

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Product liability cases are rarely simple or straightforward. The company you are up against is likely large, profitable, and covered by an extensive insurance policy with an aggressive insurance company. They will try to take advantage of you by offering you a lower settlement than you deserve or, worse, placing the blame on you so that they don't have to pay anything at all. The potentially contentious and complicated situation is why you should work with a defective product attorney as soon as possible. By having a team of veteran Southern Illinois product liability lawyers like the ones at Hassakis & Hassakis represent you, you show the company that you are serious about pursuing compensation. We put you on a more level playing field with big companies.

When you've been injured by a defective product, talk to the law firm that has been a valued member of the Southern Illinois community since 1950 and has helped our neighbors get the justice they deserve after a personal injury accident. Call Hassakis & Hassakis today at (618)-244-5335 or contact us online to schedule a free review of your case and put our experienced legal team to work for you.

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