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Over the past 65 years, Corboy & Demetrio has represented victims in the most complex and serious personal injury and wrongful death cases arising from defective products. Our proficient and successful attorneys have experience in all areas of consumer and business products, including defective design, manufacturing, and labeling.

We combine our exceptional experience with a deep commitment, dedication, and compassion for our clients, a relentless drive to achieve justice, and the resources necessary to pursue such serious and often expensive cases. Our work has resulted in fair and full compensation for our clients.

Below is a sample of the results we have achieved:

  • A $7.25 million settlement was secured on behalf of a young man who suffered third-degree burns over 90 percent of his body when a 55-gallon drum, which had previously contained a chemical, exploded
  • A Morris maintenance technician, represented by attorney Edward G. Willer, received a $5 million settlement for head injuries he sustained when he was pinned between an automated guided vehicle and a stationary rack while inspecting the vehicle
  • Evenflo and Sears Roebuck & Company agreed to a $2.6 million settlement for the wrongful death of an 8-month-old baby who died when the foldable side rails of his Happy Camper portable crib collapsed on him. Daniel S. Kirschner represented the family.
  • Corboy & Demetrio reached a $3 million settlement agreement with Kolcraft & Hasbro for the death of a 16-month-old child who was killed in a Playskool Trav'l Lite portable crib when the foldable side rails collapsed on his neck, strangling him. As a result of this horrific occurrence, Kids In Danger (KID), a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting children by improving children’s product safety, was founded by the parents of the child.
  • Represented by Philip Corboy, Jr., a 42-year-old man who survived a natural gas explosion as a result of leaking gas from an old Cobra flexible connector behind his stove, settled his lawsuit against People’s Gas Light & Coke Company for $3.25 million
  • In a highly publicized product liability case, Corboy & Demetrio represented the families of three individuals who died in the 1982 Tylenol tampering case, a nationwide poisoning scare in which seven persons became sick and died after taking cyanide-laced Tylenol. A confidential settlement was reached with Johnson & Johnson, the product's manufacturer, on the eve of trial by Philip H. Corboy on behalf of the victims' families. This led to laws requiring tamper-resistant packaging on all over-the-counter medicines.

Our representation includes but is not limited to the following areas:

Aircraft Defects   Automotive Defects 
Boat Defects Bus Defects
Defective Products Drug Product Liability
Drug and Medical Device Litigation  Electrical Equipment
Explosions Food Products Liability
Manufacturers Liability Motorcycle Defects
Pharmaceutical Litigation Watercraft Defects
Warranty Law  


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