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The steering column in a driver’s car is faulty and causes the driver to lose control and crash. A hair dryer overheats and catches fire, and badly burns a woman’s hand. A man’s pacemaker malfunctions and he has a heart attack.
In the modern era, virtually everything we buy, use, or consume is made by someone else — the clothes we wear, the cars we drive, the toys our children play with, the equipment we use to do our jobs. It’s all manufactured somewhere using processes that have little to do with our daily lives. We don’t tend to give much thought about how things are made, or what safeguards are in place to make sure that the products we use aren’t harmful. We rely on designers and manufacturers to be aware of potential dangers and to make products so that they’re safe for our use.
When someone is injured or killed because a product was designed or manufactured in a way that made it unsafe, the person or company responsible for the defect should be held accountable. Illinois law allows for that accountability through product liability lawsuits. In a product liability lawsuit, a user or consumer who has been hurt can sue the designer or maker of the defective product for compensation. Monetary damages that may be recovered include:
Pinpointing liability for your injuries can be complicated because of the many people involved in the process of designing, manufacturing, and marketing goods. Defects can happen at any point in the process and can take different forms. Illinois law allows you to recover compensation for:
To be successful in your product liability claim, you have to be able to prove that your injuries were caused by the defect. For example, if you were hurt in a car crash because your steering column was defective, you would need to show that the steering column was the cause of the accident and not some other cause like running a red light.
Some common types of product liability lawsuits we see involve defects in:
Product liability lawsuits can be very complicated. Proving defects can involve information that’s very specialized and technical, such as engineering schematics or blueprints, and often means that expert witnesses are needed to testify about how the product should have been designed or manufactured in order to be safe. A Chicago product liability attorney who has extensive experience with product liability issues will be an invaluable resource if you decide to pursue a claim. At a time when your energy is best used to focus on your recovery and your family, a personal injury attorney can handle the details of your claim from investigating your injury and gathering evidence to negotiating a fair settlement or arguing for a jury award. Our attorneys also work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don’t owe us payment until we win your case.
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