Millions of people of all sizes and ages suffer injuries because of dangerous or defective products every year in the United States. The Land of Lincoln is no exception, and countless residents are harmed not because of improper use of certain products, but simply because the products were improperly designed or manufactured.
Some injuries resulting from unsafe products can be particularly catastrophic, and victims may be required to seek several months or even years of medical rehabilitation while being unable to return to work. Multiple parties could be liable to victims for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages resulting from defective or dangerous products.
Lawyer for Products Liability Injuries in Chicago, IL
If you sustained severe injuries or your loved one was killed in northern Illinois by a dangerous or defective product, it will be in your best interest to immediately seek legal representation. Susan E. Loggans & Associates represents clients throughout Cook County, including Des Plaines, Berwyn, Burbank, Calumet City, Chicago, and several other nearby communities.
Susan E. Loggans is an experienced personal injury attorney in Chicago who is also the author of Products Liability Litigation: Case Evaluation, a book utilized by numerous law students and civil law practitioners. Call (312) 201-8600 to have our lawyer review your case and answer all of your legal questions during a free initial consultation. Susan E. Loggans & Associates represents clients on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay our firm nothing if you do not receive a financial award.
Cook County Products Liability Information Center
- What does a plaintiff need to prove in a product liability claim?
- Which kinds of products are usually involved in these cases?
- Where can I learn more about product liability in Chicago?
A product liability claim in Illinois is typically based on one of three types of liability:
- Strict Liability — Strict liability applies to products that, if defective, could be expected to cause physical harm to the consumer or user. The plaintiff does not need to prove a defendant’s negligence, but he or she must prove that the product causing injury was in an unreasonably dangerous and defective condition when it left the manufacturer’s control, the product was defectively designed or manufactured, or the manufacturer, distributor, or retailer failed to warn of the dangerous condition of the product.
- Negligence — In a negligence action, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant failed to exercise ordinary care in the design, production, and distribution of a product that subsequently caused injury to the plaintiff. A negligence action includes three basic elements: 1) The defendant had a duty of care to the plaintiff; 2) The defendant breached the duty of care, and 3) The breach directly caused injury to the plaintiff.
- Breach of Warranty — Beach of an implied warranty and breach of an express warranty are two causes of action based upon contract law rather than tort law.
Any one of a number of everyday objects could potentially cause serious injuries if it is improperly designed or manufactured. When a person has been injured by a dangerous or defective product, it is important to keep as much information as possible about the product—including its original packaging, any receipts, and certainly the faulty product itself (try to store it in a safe location that avoids others being harmed by it as well).
Some of the most common kinds of products that are grounds for product liability claims include, but are not limited to:
- Children's toys
- Construction equipment
- Electrical equipment
- Food or drink products
- Heavy machinery
- Household appliances
- Medical devices
- Motor vehicle parts
- Recreational goods
- Toxic chemicals
Illinois Attorney General | Product Recalls — Visit this section of the Illinois Attorney General’s website to view recalled products alerts. The Illinois Attorney General enforces the Children's Product Safety Act, the law requiring manufacturers and retailers to provide notice to consumers when products intended for children have been deemed unsafe. The website also has links to additional websites with information about recalled products.
Illinois Pattern Jury Instructions | Civil | 400.00 Strict Product Liability — View the full text of civil jury instructions as drafted by the Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions in Civil Cases. You can learn more about the origins of strict liability, parties subject to strict product liability, and the meaning of “unreasonably dangerous.” Additional sections cover affirmative defenses, proximate cause, and assumption of risk.
Susan E. Loggans & Associates | Chicago Products Liability Attorney
Did you sustain catastrophic injuries or was your loved one killed by a defective or dangerous product in Cook County? You should avoid entering any settlement negotiations without legal counsel. Susan E. Loggans & Associates can fight to protect your rights and help you get the compensation you need and deserve.
Chicago personal injury lawyer Susan E. Loggans represents individuals in Oak Forest, Park Ridge, Elgin, Elmhurst, Evanston, and many surrounding areas of northern Illinois. Our attorney will provide a complete evaluation of your case as soon as you call (312) 201-8600 or fill out an online contact form to receive a free, no-obligation consultation.