If your spouse has been diagnosed with a terminal illness after using a product, you could sue the product manufacturer or distributor of the product for damages. Businesses and manufacturers must make sure that products are safe to use before putting them on the market. Organizations such as the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Administration regulate and monitor products, but sometimes, products can become defective or hazardous due to changes from the manufacturer or because of the distributor's negligence.
If your spouse has a terminal illness caused by a product or company, you are probably wondering, "how can I prove that my spouse's illness was caused by the product or company?" or "When can I sue a company for product liability?"
In this FAQ, we'll discuss product liability, when victims can sue a company or manufacturer for damages, and in cases that are eligible to sue for wrongful death, what damages they can recover. If your spouse has been diagnosed with a terminal illness after using a product or because of a company's negligence, you need to talk to the personal injury lawyers in St. Louis at Burger Law. Call or contact our attorneys at 314-542-2222 or 618-272-2222. We don't charge any fees for our consultations, and we never ask for any attorney fees unless we recover compensation for your personal injury claim.
When Can I Sue a Company or Manufacturer for Wrongful Death?
If your spouse has been diagnosed with a terminal illness after using a product, you need to establish a connection between their use of the product, their illness, and the company. Proving product liability requires the following pieces of evidence:
- Proof of purchase - copies of receipts or in workers' compensation cases, invoice records from your employer
- Injuries caused by the product - past and present medical records from a physician
- The product's defect - police and medical reports can prove that the accident was caused by the product's defect and are strong pieces of evidence in product liability claims
- Proper use - that you were using the product as intended and following the manufacturer's instructions when using it
Most product liability wrongful death claims can recover economic and non-economic damages, plus funeral and burial expenses, with representation from a wrongful death lawyer in St. Louis. An experienced lawyer can help establish liability in your case, protect you and your spouse from the company's insurance agents, and recover a settlement for your spouse's damages in trial or with an out of court settlement.
Speak with Our Wrongful Death Lawyers in St. Louis
In August of 2018, Monsanto was ordered by a judge to pay $289 million in damages to man after he was diagnosed with cancer caused by the household weedkiller. Recently, the St. Louis wrongful death lawyers at Burger Law recovered a wrongful death settlement from a global pharmaceutical company after a man was killed because of a mislabeled medication dose.
Burger Law is dedicated to fighting for personal injury victims in Missouri and Illinois. If you need help determining if you can file a wrongful death claim against a business or manufacturer after your spouse was diagnosed with a terminal illness due to their negligence, call 314-542-2222 or 618-272-2222. We don't charge any fees for consultations, and never ask for any attorney fees unless we win compensation for your case.