Product liability laws hold the manufacturers and distributors of dangerous or defective products liable for any injuries caused by a defective product. Depending on the circumstances of the defect, a product liability lawsuit may be filed against anyone along a product’s supply chain including the designer, manufacturer, wholesaler, marketer and retailer.
Victims of product liability claims are entitled to money damages, just like the victims of other personal injury actions. Damages in product liability lawsuit – whether reached by settlement or verdict – may include the following compensatory damages:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of future income
- Household services
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Permanent disability
Additionally, in some cases, the victim of product liability may also be able to recover punitive damages, which are intended to punish the perpetrator and deter any future wrongdoing.
Product liability damages depend on a number of factors, including the injuries sustained, the expenses incurred to repair the injuries and damages, and whether punitive damages are awarded.
Because dangerous or defective products often affect a number of people, product liability claims are frequently brought as class action lawsuits. Damage awards in a product liability class action lawsuit compensate a large group of plaintiffs with similar claims against the defendant.
In order to collect money from a class action damages award, you must first identify yourself as a member of the class action lawsuit. Eligible members of a class action lawsuit will usually receive a notice in the mail with instructions on how to become a member of the class. If you have not received notice in the mail, you should contact a knowledgeable class action attorney, like the Chicago class action lawyers at Ankin Law Office, LLC, to learn more about the necessary steps to becoming a member of the class.
The Chicago product liability attorneys at Ankin Law Office, LLC focus on representing the victims of all types of product liability claims, including unsafe pharmaceuticals, defective medical devices, and dangerous toys and children’s products, as both individual claims and class action lawsuits.
Contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago product liability lawyers to learn more about the damages available in a product liability lawsuit.