You Should Feel Safe Using The Products You Purchase
When you purchase a product, you have the right to expect it to be safe for its intended use. Sometimes, businesses put profits before the safety of their customers, and serious injuries can occur. From faulty automobile parts to products that are not engineered with safety in mind, a defective product can cause severe injury.
Manufacturers and companies have an obligation to produce safe items. When an injury occurs due to a failure with their product, they may be held liable. At Dunn Harrington Trial Lawyers, our product liability lawyers have helped clients recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional damages that a defective product can cause. Our attorneys are licensed in Illinois, Ohio, Indiana and Michigan and can help clients across the Midwest.
When A Company Fails The Duty To Produce Safe Products
From airplane parts and medical devices to kitchen appliances, every product has the potential to cause harm. Product defects come in different forms: design defects, manufacturing defects or marketing of the product.
Design defects are issues with the actual design of the product. A design defect typically impacts the entire product line instead of individual units. Examples of design defects are structurally unstable products and mechanical defects in automobiles. In these cases, the claim is brought against the company responsible for the design.
A manufacturing defect happens when an error or oversight occurs while creating a product. These defects often only impact one to a few items in a product line. Manufacturing defects include using wrong or inferior materials and improper assembly. Manufacturing defect claims operate under strict liability. This means that if a product leaves the factory, has a defect and causes an injury, then the manufacturer has to pay compensation for your injuries.
A marketing defect often occurs when a product has inadequate warnings or instructions that lead to an injury. A manufacturer has a duty to inform and warn consumers about dangers that are not obvious to the user. For example, inadequate instructions on use could cause an injury if the product is misused or if there is failure to warn about medication side effects.
You May Have Limited Time To File A Product Liability Lawsuit
When a defective product injures you, you may have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. Laws vary from state to state regarding who you can file a suit against and how much time you have to file.
In Illinois, you have two years to bring product liability claims if it involves personal claims and five years if it involves property damage. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you can file for a breach of warranty, strict liability and negligence. In Ohio and Indiana, you have two years from the date of injury. However, a claim must be filed in Indiana within 10 years of purchasing or receiving the product. In Michigan, you have three years to file a product liability claim.
The process of filing a product liability claim is complicated. Each type of lawsuit has requirements that must be met. Our experienced attorneys can help you determine the kind of case to file and the damages you may pursue.
We Can Help You Recover What You Have Lost
You deserve to trust the products you are purchasing. When a defect or inadequate warning causes harm, don’t hesitate to contact a product liability attorney at Dunn Harrington Trial Lawyers to discuss your case. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation at 872-282-4603 or online.