When you purchase a product, you expect it to function properly without causing harm from a dangerous defect. Unfortunately, this does not always happen and can lead to catastrophic injuries. In these cases, it is crucial to seek the help of a Quad Cities product liability lawyer. Our team has helped numerous clients recover damages after suffering from injuries or even the wrongful death of a loved one caused by dangerous products.
What Is Product Liability?
Product liability encompasses dangerous products that fail to perform as expected and cause harm to users. For example, when a product does not meet promised specifications and injures or harms users, it is considered defective. These defects can have serious consequences, causing injuries that can significantly alter one’s life. In such cases, a personal injury claim may be filed, seeking compensation for the losses incurred due to the damage caused by the defective product.
Each state has different statutes of limitations for filing a product liability claim. In Illinois, the injured consumer must file a claim within two years of purchasing the product. If property damage occurs due to the defective product, the statute of limitations is extended to five years.
According to Iowa Code § 614.1(2), an injured consumer must file a product liability claim within two years of sustaining an injury from the defective product. However, a provision called “The Discovery Rule” allows victims injured by a defective product to file a claim when they discover their injury.
Under product liability, dangerous products are categorized by defects, including defects in warning, manufacturing flaws, and defective designs.
- Defects in Warning: refers to products that are marketed without providing any initial information about possible danger or harm, such as a product sold without a warning label.
- Manufacturing Defects: this is the most common type of product liability case. Manufacturing defects include any product with a design flaw. The most common example of manufacturing defects are cars with faulty parts.
- Defective Design: this category includes products with a defect in the design that causes the product to malfunction.
No matter what kind of dangerous product caused your injury, a Quad Cities product liability lawyer can help you receive compensation for your injuries.
Examples of Dangerous Products
Any product that is either supposed to be consumed or used might be characterized as a dangerous product if it does not work as intended and causes harm. Some common examples of dangerous products our product liability lawyers have helped clients with in the past include:
- Defective car parts that lead to a car accident
- Drugs and medical devices that cause harmful side effects, injuries, or that do not work as intended
- Malfunctioning electronics that overheat or catch fire that cause burn injuries
- Products sold without warning labels or proper safety information or instructions
How Can a Quad Cities Product Liability Lawyer Help?
Every year, defective products injure or kill thousands of people. But unfortunately, these manufacturing defects often go undiscovered until enough people have suffered injuries to warrant media attention. Product liability lawyers specialize in holding manufacturers, distributors, and sellers accountable for injuries or damages caused by their products.
Suppose a product caused you harm due to a manufacturing defect, defective design, or a failure to warn. In that case, a Quad Cities product liability lawyer can help you obtain compensation for the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Lost wages and loss of future income
- Medical bills, both past and future
- Medication costs
- Medical equipment costs
- Loss of consortium
- Emotional distress
Contact a Quad Cities Product Liability Lawyer Today
Product liability cases can be complex, involving extensive investigations and expert testimony, so having a lawyer on your side is essential. Winstein, Kavensky & Cunningham is staffed with experienced attorneys to serve your needs in the unfortunate event you are injured due to the purchase of a defective product.
Contact Winstein, Kavensky, & Cunningham for a free case consultation today. Our team takes cases on a “no win, no fee” basis, meaning you don’t owe us anything unless we win. Our attorneys are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Get in touch with us by phone at (309) 794-1515, LiveChat, or by filling out our contact form.