Champaign County Product Liability Lawyer
The things we buy are subject to product liability laws. We should not have to worry about what we buy, but sometimes these products can cause injuries. When a consumer product is deemed defective or dangerous, an injured victim can recover compensation from the manufacturer.
Product liability is based on state laws. Illinois recognizes two main theories. One is strict liability law, which means the seller, manufacturer, and others involved may be responsible for a defective product when it causes harm to someone. Under strict liability, a plaintiff must prove these three conditions:
- A condition or defect of the product injured the victim
- The condition or defect was unreasonably dangerous
- The condition or defect existed before the product left the manufacturer
Illinois also recognizes a negligence theory, which means that a plaintiff must prove these four elements:
- Duty. The manufacturer owed a duty of care to the victim.
- Breach. The manufacturer breached that duty.
- Causation. The breach caused the victim to suffer injury.
- Damages. The victim suffered an injury that resulted in damages, such as medical bills or pain and suffering.
If you have been injured by a defective product, get help from a Champaign County product liability lawyer at Patel Law, PC. Talk to us today to learn more about your legal rights.
Common Injuries From Defective Products
Defective products can cause the following injuries, among others:
Head injuries. A defective motorcycle, bicycle, or scooter can cause head injuries, even when the rider is wearing a helmet. A head injury can result in memory loss, concentration problems, and other long-term injuries.
Choking. Some toys have small parts that can break off and cause choking hazards for small children. If the issue is not handled quickly enough, it can lead to death.
Organ damage. Prescription drugs are supposed to help you feel better, but in some cases, medications can do more harm than good. They can affect various organs, including the heart, liver, and kidneys. Medical devices such as IUDs can also puncture various organs.
Burns. Defective household appliances can have faulty wiring, which may cause fires. These fires can result in severe burns, causing pain, infections, and disfigurement. Burn treatment can be extensive and costly.
Broken bones. When a product suddenly breaks, it can cause a person to suffer broken bones. One example is a child falling from a defective high chair. Broken bones can be painful and require long periods of treatment.
Contact Patel Law, PC Today
Defective products can cause significant injuries and even death. If you have been affected, make sure you take prompt legal action. You have just two years from the date of injury to file a claim.
The outcome you deserve begins with filing a claim. A Champaign County product liability lawyer from Patel Law, PC can help. With more than 30 years of experience, we have the experience you need to succeed in your case. To schedule a free consultation, call (217) 384-1111 or fill out the online form.