RECORD SETTLEMENTS AND VERDICTS: $3.5 million dollars in the ob/gyn malpractice case of Hutchins v. Dr. Hartman, Jackson County, IL• $2.3 million dollar record verdict on top of $2.75 million dollar settlement in 2017 in the construction zone car crash case of Adams & Borum v. Terminix, Jackson County, IL• $2.4 million dollar record medical malpractice verdict in the medical malpractice wrongful death case of Yates v. Dr. Doolittle, Williamson County, IL• $1.51 million dollar record verdict in the medical malpractice injury case of Day v. Franklin Hospital, Franklin County, IL; and $900,000 dollar record verdict in the death case of Bowles v. American Legion, Gallatin County, IL VERDICTS: • Yates v. Legatus Emergency Services of Southern Illinois (medical malpractice) Williamson County Circuit Court $ 2,439,000.00. • Day v. Franklin Hospital (medical malpractice amputation) Franklin County Circuit Court $1.51 million dollars • Bowles v. New Haven American Legion(wrongful death) Gallatin County Circuit Court $941,468.31 • Greenley v. Dr. Valdez (medical malpractice amputation) Williamson County Circuit Court $800,000.00. • Pyatt v. Lawson (truck/car crash) Jackson County Circuit Court $660,000.00. • Evans v. Shannon (wrongful death teenager) Jackson County Circuit Court $500,000.00. • Johns v. Gray (car accident herniated disc) Williamson County Circuit Court $407,000.00 SETTLEMENTS: • OB/GYN medical malpractice: $3.5 million • Leg amputation medical malpractice: $1.2 million • $1.65 million settlement for perforated esophagus June 11, 2014 in Nehring v. Southern Illinois Medical Services and MAIC • Construction accident/work comp: $1.2 million • Truck-van collision/wrongful death: $1 million • Truck-car collision: $950,000.00 • Race car crash/wrongful death: confidential settlement • Heart attack/medical malpractice/injury: $750,000.00 • Heart attack/wrongful death: confidential settlement •Products liability/tire failure/broken neck: confidential settlement • Liability/injury from Barn Door: $581,000 • Car crash/herniated disc: $400,000.00 • Bus-car collision/spine injury: $387,500 • Car crash: $385,000 • Truck-car collision: $350,000 • Work comp/back injury: $300,000 • Truck-car collision: $250,000 • Fallen shelf/back injury: $265,000 • Work comp/injury: $228,474 plus hundreds of thousands of dollars for medical bills • Slip and fall/knee injury: $225,000 • Failure to protect/employer negligence: $180,000.00 • Work comp/back injury: $150,000 • Work comp/leg fracture: $125,000 • Work comp/foot fracture: $100,000
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Product Failure & Liability in Carbondale, Illinois

If you think that you were seriously injured, or a loved one suffered a death due to the failure of a product, please allow us to investigate your incident and use our resources and knowledge to help you with your case. We have the financial resources and the contacts to have your case evaluated by professionals in order to determine if a product defect was indeed the cause of your injuries or the cause of the death of a loved one.
These cases are typically very complicated and expensive to investigate, so our product cases are necessarily limited to only serious injury or death claims.

Consumers should be able to trust that the products they purchase are safe. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. At The Hughes Law Firm, we represent people who have been the unfortunate victims of a dangerous or defective product. Our clients have included victims of defective medical devices, defective machinery, defective equine equipment and defective consumer goods.
Products liability is a specialized area of injury law. The law recognizes that when a manufacturer or distributor places an unreasonable dangerous and defective product into the market place, it should be liable for all resulting harm caused by that defective product. However, proof of such is a complex and expensive undertaking requiring experience and resources.
Costruction Worker and Falling Pipe - Failure and Liability in Carbondale, IL
A product can be defective in design, in the manner it was manufactured or in its failure to properly warn the end users of its potentially dangerous nature. When we handle a products liability case, we look for:
  • Design flaws
  • Failure to give proper warnings
  • Manufacturing errors
  • Failure to inspect
In some situations a manufacturer can be strictly liable for all injuries caused by its products' defects and in other situations it can be liable for breach of warranty. The law in this area has become increasingly complex, involving the interplay between state laws protecting the public from injurious products and federal regulation of many products and industries, including medical devices, pharmaceutical products and regulations of the automotive industry.

While we all would assume that the goal of these laws and regulations is to protect the public from dangerous products, in truth, it is often the opposite. For instance, while the FDA must approve all medical devices before they can be marketed, the FDA does a poor job of screening many products. Yet, manufacturers all claim that once the FDA has approved their products, lawsuits against them for product defects are pre-empted. The issue of federal pre-emption is currently a hotly contested issue in products liability cases. Because matters are so complex, it is critical that you work with a team of experienced attorneys that is familiar with these complex claims. The Hughes Law Firm has experienced product liability attorneys who have individually handled such claims to a successful conclusion.
Contact us today for more information about how we can help you with issues product failure.