Orland Park Defective Products Attorney with Offices in Cook and DuPage Counties
Representing Clients for Product Liability Claims in Tinley Park, Burbank, and Across Northern Illinois
Over the years, the consumer market has grown tremendously. In some aspects, this is a positive thing: it gives buyers more options and purchasing power. Unfortunately, there is also a downside to the booming production industry. In order to stay relevant and earn more money, manufacturers push to create and produce new products at a faster rate and a reduced cost. This can lead to all sorts of problems, but the most concerning is that these poorly tested or cheaply made products often have dangerous defects that place consumers at risk.
At Schwartz Injury Law, we believe that consumers have a right to expect safe, functional products. When products fail to meet this expectation and cause serious injury, we aggressively represent them and assist them in pursuing damages for their losses. Our law firm is dedicated to your best interests and well-being, which is why we will proactively prepare your case for litigation. We stand by your side, work hard to help you hold negligent manufacturers responsible for their actions, and always pursue the maximum amount of compensation possible.
Dangerous and Defective Products
Manufacturing companies who negligently produce dangerous and defective products have one thing in mind: profit. They have cut corners, failed to fully test their products, and may have even attempted to cover up concerning and dangerous defects. In short, they have prioritized their bottom line over your safety. They have negligently placed you, your family, and the general public at risk. Even more concerning is the growing number of companies willing to behave in such a reckless and irresponsible manner. The following items are just a few examples of products that have recently led to injuries and fatalities:
- Unsafe/improperly handled food products,
- Vitamins and dietary supplements,
- Medical devices,
- Prescription drugs,
- Medical implants,
- Children's furniture,
- Children's car seats,
- Automobiles (and their internal parts),
- Recreational vehicles,
- Household furniture and appliances,
- Home decor,
- Cleaning supplies, and
Any of these products, as well as many others, have led to a wide range of injuries, including facial fractures, severe burns, illness, and even death. Unfortunately, it often takes a great deal of knowledge and resources to pursue compensation. This is due, in part, to the teams of attorneys that represent manufacturing companies. These agents, trained to head off injury claims, will do everything they can to keep their clients from blame.
Our seasoned attorney aggressively fights against this injustice. We recognize the impact that such an injury can have on your life, and we will put our experience to work for you. We are undeterred by teams of attorneys and insurance companies because we meticulously investigate the details of your case and proactively prepare for trial. This ultimately increases your chances of success in the pursuit of justice and fair compensation.
In Illinois, there is a two-year statute of limitations for product liability claims involving personal injuries. This means that a claim must be made within two years after the injury occurred, or two years after the injury was discovered. That is, a plaintiff can bring a claim within two years after they first knew or should have known about an injury. For defective product claims involving damage to property, the statute of limitations is five years.
There are three types of product liability claims that can be made. A strict liability claim involves an injury that occurred when a product was being used as it was intended due to a defect in the product or other unreasonably dangerous conditions. A breach of warranty claim may be made if an injury occurs because a product did not function as designed. A negligence claim may be based on the failure of a product manufacturer, distributor, or seller to take reasonable care to design or produce a product or warn about the dangers of using the product.
If a victim brings a product liability lawsuit against a product’s manufacturer, distributor, or seller, the jury in the case will make the determination of whether the product was defective and whether the defendant is liable for the plaintiff’s damages. Jurors may use a “consumer expectations test” to determine whether a product presented dangers that would not have been known to an ordinary consumer of the product, or a “risk-utility test” may be used to determine whether the risk of injury presented by a product outweighed the benefits of its use.
You can pursue compensation for any financial or personal losses you have experienced due to a defective product. These may include the costs of medical treatment for an injury, loss of income while recovering, impairment to earning capacity due to a disability, or physical and emotional pain and suffering. Victims may also be able to recover compensation for property damage, including the costs of repair or replacement of the defective product.
If a product liability claim is based on strict liability, it will not be necessary to prove that a defendant was negligent. In these cases, a plaintiff must simply show that a product had an unreasonably dangerous condition that caused their injury, and a defendant may be held liable even if they were not aware of the dangerous condition. However, some product liability claims may also involve negligence, such as when a manufacturer did not provide warnings about a product’s known hazards, or when a seller sold a product that they knew was dangerous.
Contact Attorney Allen N. Schwartz
If you or someone you love has been injured by a defective or dangerous product, contact us at 708-226-9000 and schedule a consultation with Schwartz Injury Law today. We will aggressively protect your rights, your future, and your interests. We proudly serve clients in Orland Park, Tinley Park, Burbank, Oak Lawn, Homer Glen, Mokena, Bedford Park, Palos Heights, and the surrounding suburbs.