Many Americans suffer injuries from defective or damaged products every year. We trust that the products we use are safe, but defects in design and manufacturing or negligence in safety standards can lead to serious injuries; some can be life-altering or even fatal. If a defective product injures you, talk with an attorney from Clifford Law Offices. Our attorneys have decades of experience representing clients in product liability lawsuits, winning millions for our clients.
When you work with our firm, we ensure open communication and dedication to your case. We treat our clients like family and work hard to ensure they receive fair compensation after a product liability claim.
In Illinois, product liability refers to the legal responsibility of a product manufacturer, distributor, producer, or other entity to ensure its products are safe to use and consume. The responsible party must pay compensation to a victim if a product causes injury to an individual. Any member of the chain of production may bear liability for injuries suffered from the product.
You can file three types of product defect claims:
Illinois law applies a statute of limitations to product liability lawsuits. If your claim relates to a personal injury lawsuit, you have two years from the date of the incident to file. If your claim relates to property damage, you have five years from the date of the incident to file.
By filing a product liability lawsuit, you can claim possible damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, property damage, and other costs related to your injuries.
Each product defect claim contains a different set of liability conditions that you and your attorney will have to prove, some of which include:
For strict liability lawsuits, there must be proof of the existence of at least one of the following conditions:
For negligence lawsuits, there must be proof that:
It is not easy to prove liability in product liability lawsuits. If the manufacturer does not settle immediately, its legal team may attempt to prove you were partly at fault. They may say that you used the product incorrectly, leading to your injury. They are less likely to assign fault to you with representation from an attorney skilled in product liability to help you.
Did a defective product injure you? Are you thinking of filing a product liability lawsuit? Our award-winning Chicago firm has decades of experience fighting to recover fair compensation for our clients. Contact us today to schedule a free case review.