Defective or dangerous products are the cause of thousands of injuries every year in the U.S. The legal rules concerning who is responsible when a defective or dangerous product causes injury is different than typical injury law in Illinois. The differences in these legal rules sometimes make it easier for an injured person to recover damages. Sometimes these rules make it harder to recover.
Generally, for product liability to arise, at some point the product must have been sold in the marketplace or placed “in the stream of commerce”. Any person who foreseeably could have been injured by a product can recover for his or her injuries, as long as the product was sold to someone and was, in fact, shown to be defective.
Generally, liability for injuries caused by a product defect can rest with:
- The product manufacturer;
- A manufacturer of component parts;
- A party that assembles or installs the product;
- The wholesaler; and
- The retail store that sold the product to the consumer.
However, there are many nuances to Illinois product liability law. These nuances can, in many cases, directly affect your right to recover for an injury. It is critical that you consult with an experienced product liability lawyer to best protect your legal rights. Call us immediately if you suspect that a loved one or friend has been injured or killed by a defective product.
Call (312) 481-7007 or email Lawrence today.