Often product liability cases stem from product defects in consumer items like cars, prescription drugs, medical devices or even food. That is because people trust their health and safety with these types of items on a daily basis and if they fail, they can cause serious injuries or even death for the consumer. Occasionally, product liability cases will also emanate from consumer items that are much more non-threatening, but can still cause serious injuries.
Recently, a Chicago woman filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the parent company of TJ Maxx after she was sitting in a chair and it collapsed, causing her to lose her unborn baby. The woman, who was almost eight months pregnant was considering buying the chair when it collapsed at the TJ Maxx store in July 2012. She felt a pain in her abdomen, thigh and left leg following the fall. She was quickly taken to the hospital and the following week, she experienced decreased fetal movement. Within a short time after the accident, medical staff determined that the fetus was dead and the woman gave birth to a stillborn girl. A medical report on the baby’s death indicated that the baby died when she was deprived of oxygen after the woman’s placental lining had separated from the uterus.