Design Defect Attorney in Chicago

Solid Legal Representation You Can Trust

When you decide to purchase a product, you put your trust into the designers and manufacturers to produce an item that is safe and free of harm. In an ideal world, all the products in the market would be harmless. However, we do not live in an ideal world. Sometimes, the trust you place in designers is broken when a device causes injury and damage because of preventable flaws. The designer is responsible for presenting a safe item.

Unfortunately, there are a myriad of incorrectly designed products. These items can cause irreparable harm. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury because of a defective design, you may be eligible for compensation.

Call our Chicago product liability attorneys at (312) 313-0202 to see if you have a case.

Examples of Defective Design

Design defects are inherent flaws in the structure and design of a device. They can cause insurmountable damage. Design defects differ from manufacturing defects because even if you used the best materials and process possible to create a product, it would still be dangerous. The problem lies in the design itself.

Examples of design defects include:

  • A vehicle that catches fire if driven above 30 miles an hour
  • A chainsaw that does not have a hand guard
  • An electrical blanket that does not have the proper wiring and can catch fire

Design defects can occur in a variety of different products. It is the designer’s responsibility to ensure what they produce is safe.

Cost-Benefit Analysis

In order to prove a product has a defective design, plaintiffs often must show that, hypothetically, there is an alternative way of designing a safer version of the product. Courts usually look to see if the design poses an evident risk of danger or if the design error occurs during intended use of the product. In order to determine the feasibility of the redesign, courts look at the cost-benefit analysis.

Cost-benefit analysis takes into consideration how much redesigning a product will cost. They then look at that cost against how much one would have to pay in damages and injuries if the defective design remains. Ultimately, what is best for the public influences the court’s decision in defective design cases.

Allow Our Experienced Design Defect Attorneys Help You

At Power, Rogers & Smith, L.L.P., our lawyers are knowledgeable in product liability cases and can use their legal experience to help you. You should not have to fear injury or harm when buying a product. If you or a loved one has suffered because of a design defect, contact our Chicago lawyers today. We can review your story and see if you have case.

Call (312) 313-0202 today for your free consultation.