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Product Liability Lawyer in Belleville, IL

Product Liability Lawyer in Belleville, IL

Sometimes accidents are caused by bad products. These products may have been negligently designed or manufactured. They may have not been put together properly or perhaps adequate warnings were not given to the user of the product. Bad products can lead to catastrophic injuries including death, broken bones, surgeries and amputations. These don’t simply arise to large industrial or construction equipment. A case may arise from a chair collapsing, bicycle handle parts not put on properly, or even certain medical devices or implants.

Products liability claims are very expensive to pursue and sometimes the injuries involved do not justify the expense of paying experts to prove the claims. Eric has experience in pursuit of these types of cases and can properly evaluate the claim and identify the responsible parties. When these products may have injured a lot of people, sometimes Class action or Mass Tort litigation may be involved. While we do not handle class actions or mass tort cases, we have been successful associating with a local firm that specializes in these types of claims. You might see advertisements on television seeking clients for injuries from medications or asbestos. Almost all of these firms are located hundreds or thousands of miles away and the claimant may never meet their lawyer. We refer our clients to local firms for these claims. The clients actually meet with the mass tort lawyer handling the claim. If you think you might have injuries from medications, faulty medical devices or asbestos, give us a call and we can meet with you with the lawyer we associate with for these claims.

Uninsured and underinsured coverage is coverage on you and anybody in your vehicle. It comes in to play when the driver at fault either doesn’t have coverage or doesn’t have enough coverage. In the past few years, more and more people have very low liability insurance limits. There are a lot of people with the state minimum coverage. We have seen people with catastrophic injuries caused by another person who has only minimal coverage. This is when the “underinsured” provision of your own policy kicks in but, in order to be effective, your underinsured limits need to exceed the liability coverage of the at fault driver (with certain exceptions) and you must get permission from your own carrier to accept the liability limit of the at fault driver. A claim is made and if a settlement cannot be reached then the matter goes to Arbitration.

Sometimes people don’t want to turn matters into their own insurance company but why not? It is coverage you pay for and, unlike your liability limit that provides coverage for another if you cause the accident.

I always advise people to buy as much under and uninsured coverage they can afford.

A person’s uninsured coverage comes into the picture when there is a collision and the other party is uninsured and when there is a “hit-and-run” accident and the driver that caused the accident cannot be found! Most insurance policies state that there must be proof of contact between vehicles.

Examples of other products cases include cases against an automotive company, a manufacturer of car seats for children, a manufacturer of folding chairs, the maker of a bicycle for faulty handle bars and various claims involving mining equipment.

Product Liability Attorney in Belleville, IL

Kirkpatrick Law Offices is a reputable legal firm dedicated to providing expert counsel and representation, with a particular focus on Product Liability Lawsuits in Illinois. Product liability cases can arise when consumers are harmed due to a defective or dangerous product. In this comprehensive article, we explore the key aspects of product liability lawsuits in Illinois, shedding light on the legal framework and how Kirkpatrick Law Offices can guide you through the complexities of such cases.

Understanding Product Liability Lawsuits in Illinois:

Basis of Product Liability:

Product liability cases typically revolve around the legal responsibility of manufacturers, distributors, and retailers for placing a defective or unsafe product in the hands of consumers. In Illinois, product liability claims may be based on negligence, strict liability, or breach of warranty.

Types of Defects:

Product defects can manifest in various ways, including design defects, manufacturing defects, and marketing defects (inadequate warnings or instructions). Kirkpatrick Law Offices has extensive experience identifying and litigating cases involving these different types of defects.

Proving Liability:

Successful product liability claims require demonstrating that the product was defective, the defect caused the injuries or damages, and the plaintiff was using the product as intended. Kirkpatrick Law Offices employs a thorough approach to gathering evidence and expert testimony to establish liability in these cases.

Statute of Limitations:

In Illinois, there is a time limit, or statute of limitations, within which a product liability lawsuit must be filed. It’s crucial to act promptly after discovering an injury to ensure compliance with these limitations. Kirkpatrick Law Offices advises clients on the applicable deadlines and ensures timely filing.

Frequently Asked Questions about Product Liability Lawsuits in Illinois:

Q: What should I do if I’ve been injured by a defective product in Illinois?

A: If you’ve suffered injuries due to a defective product, seek medical attention immediately. Preserve the product and any related documentation. Contact Kirkpatrick Law Offices promptly, and our experienced attorneys will guide you through the necessary steps to pursue a product liability claim.

Q: What types of damages can be recovered in a product liability lawsuit?

A: Damages in a product liability case may include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and in some cases, punitive damages. The specific damages depend on the nature and severity of the injuries. Kirkpatrick Law Offices diligently assesses each case to determine the appropriate compensation for clients.

Q: Who can be held liable in a product liability lawsuit?

A: Liability can extend to various parties in the product supply chain, including manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and sometimes even the designers or engineers. Kirkpatrick Law Offices conducts thorough investigations to identify all potentially liable parties in a product liability case.

Q: How do I prove that a product was defective?

A: Proving a product was defective often requires a combination of expert analysis, witness testimony, and documentation. Kirkpatrick Law Offices works with professionals in relevant fields to build a compelling case, demonstrating the defect and its connection to the injuries suffered.

Q: Is there a time limit for filing a product liability lawsuit in Illinois?

A: Yes, there is a statute of limitations for product liability lawsuits in Illinois. The time limit varies depending on the nature of the claim and when the injury was discovered. It is crucial to consult with Kirkpatrick Law Offices promptly to ensure compliance with these time constraints.

Q: What sets Kirkpatrick Law Offices apart in handling product liability cases?

A: Kirkpatrick Law Offices brings a wealth of experience and a dedicated team of attorneys to the table. Our firm’s commitment to thorough investigation, strategic litigation, and client advocacy sets us apart. We prioritize our clients’ well-being and work tirelessly to secure the compensation they deserve.

Kirkpatrick Law Offices stands as a trusted product liability lawyer and an ally for individuals navigating the complexities of Product Liability Lawsuits in Illinois. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to a defective product, our seasoned attorneys are ready to provide expert guidance and legal representation. With a commitment to justice and a track record of success, Kirkpatrick Law Offices is your partner in seeking fair compensation and holding those responsible for defective products accountable. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards securing your rights in a product liability case.

Kirkpatrick Law Offices

3 Executive Woods Ct,
Swansea, IL 62226

(618) 239-6070
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