Chicago Products Liability Lawyers
The injury attorneys at Lloyd Miller Law bring more than 75 years of combined experience to the table to ensure that negligent manufacturers and sellers are held accountable when dangerous products cause victims in Chicago to be seriously injured or killed.
If an unsafe product caused you or your loved one to be injured in Chicago, Berwyn, Cicero, Oak Lawn, or a nearby suburb, call the products liability lawyers at Lloyd Miller Law for a free consultation. 773-838-8100.
Do You Have a Products Liability Claim?
When product manufacturers, distributors, and sellers place dangerous goods on the market and someone is injured or killed, the victim and his or her family may have a products liability claim. To determine whether a claim is valid, however, our injury attorneys consider three legal theories.
Strict Liability Theory
Under strict liability, you may be able to recover damages even if the manufacturer, distributor, seller, component parts supplier, or another party in the chain of commerce exercised due care. For a claim to be successful, it only matters that:
Negligence is often used as a basis for liability in injury or wrongful death cases that involve unsafe products in Illinois. If you can prove that anyone in the manufacturing and supply chain was negligent and that the party’s negligence caused you to be injured, you may be able to recover compensation based on negligence. The elements needed for your case to be successful include:
Breach of Warranty
Because several limitations restrict the use of “breach of warranty” in products liability cases, this theory is seldom used. However, if you can prove that the seller breached an implied or express warranty and the defendant’s breach caused your injuries, you may be able to file an injury claim based on breach of warranty.
What Are Product Defects?
Three types of product defects can give rise to a products liability claim.
Design defects happen when a product’s configuration makes it unsafe. When design defects exist, all of the products with the same configuration are defective. Design defects might include dangerous ingredients, designated material types, or problems with the way a product is structured. In many cases, design defects do not become apparent until dangerous products injure or kill somebody.
Manufacturing defects happen while the product is under construction. Examples of manufacturing defects might include instances when a product is contaminated with a toxic substance, is missing parts, or departs from the intended design during the manufacturing process.
Improper labeling, insufficient safety warnings, inadequate instructions, or implied promises that lead to unreasonable dangers are marketing defects that can result in catastrophic injuries.
Dangerous Products Are Everywhere
Unsafe products change the lives of people in Illinois every day. They are lurking in our workplaces, in our homes, and throughout our communities. We see defective products in the form of children’s toys, medications and medical devices, cleaning products, tools, motor vehicles, appliances, and even food and beverages.
When a dangerous product is identified, the manufacturer and/or the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issues a recall to protect the public. A recall is not necessary to achieve a successful outcome in a products liability case, however. Some of the most commonly recalled products in the United States include:
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Frequently Asked Questions About Products Liability
What damages are available in a products liability lawsuit in Illinois?
Victims who are injured by defective products may be able to recover compensation for:
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
- Emotional Trauma
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
- Punitive Damages
Who can I sue for defective product injuries?
Designers, manufacturers, distributors, sellers, and any other party in the supply chain may be able to be held liable for injuries caused by dangerous products. In some cases, multiple parties may be responsible for product defects.
How long does a dangerous product injury case take?
Products liability cases often involve extensive investigations and an abundance of other steps. As such, many cases take years to resolve in court. Often, manufacturers and sellers offer settlements prior to trial. If negotiations lead to a satisfactory settlement agreement, you could receive compensation much more quickly.
Types of Injury Cases Our Accident Attorneys Handle
The attorneys at Lloyd Miller Law handle injury cases that stem from a wide range of incident types. We are: