Illinois product liability law flows from the principle that a manufacturer can be liable for injuries or deaths caused by a product that is unreasonably dangerous when put to its intended use. A product can be unreasonably dangerous due to a defective design, a manufacturing defect or the failure to provide adequate warnings of potential hazards.
Medical products can be dangerous if defective. Stryker Corporation, a manufacturer of orthopedic devices, recently settled civil and criminal investigations by the U.S. Justice Department stemming from Stryker's marketing of its orthopedic knee replacement product. The matter was finally settled by the company for a whopping $80 million.