One of our roles as Chicago product liability lawyers is to raise awareness and help victims of ill-manufactured goods. The products involved often include things that consumers buy for themselves on store shelves. In addition, those dangerous items are often specialized tools that average consumers do not buy directly—instead they fall victim to the items through other means.
One such issue was discussed by MSNBC yesterday involving tainted medical wipes. The Food and Drug Administration recently asked H&P Industries, the manufacturer of the defective medical product, to stop its distribution. The problem stemmed from alcohol wipes that were recalled after concerns were raised about contamination of a rare infection—bacteria Bacillus cereus. The wipes were used on many patients, causing many to suffer serious infections and at least one death; the victim was a two-year old child.
The acting director of the Food and Drug Administration explained that they “have evidence that shows this firm made and distributed products with a variety of opportunistic pathogens.”
The fact remains that our economic system often makes it impossible for many who make purchases, or rely on medical supplies, to check on the quality of that material before their use. Consequently, the legal system has created a system whereby the manufacturers of these items are held responsible for their safety and must pay for the consequences of their damage. It takes a few initial victims to come forward and share their story before the malfeasance is corrected and all future victims are spared the same heartache.