Product Liability

James Ackerman helps people recover the compensation they deserve when they are hurt by using unsafe, dangerous, or defective products. Manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers, and others who make the products available to the public are held responsible for the injuries these products cause.

The statute of limitations for an Illinois product liability claim is 2 years with the discovery rule. There may be other circumstances that can complicate this type of claim, such as:

  • when you purchased/came into possession of the product;
  • the warranty on the product; and
  • when the injury was actually discovered.

Product liability law is often very complicated. Part of such a claim will involve identifying the type of liability involved and the responsible party or parties. With defective product claims there can be more than one liable party, such as, the designer, manufacturer, retailer, or marketer. There are basically 3 types of liability that may be used in an Illinois product liability claim:

Strict Liability

Applies to defective products that are sold or leased and may have an expectation to cause injury.

Breach of Warranty

Breach of an implied warranty and/or breach of an express warranty, which means that the product did not do what it was designed to do.


Negligence applies to the manufacturer, distributor, retailer, or others involved in the making or selling of the product. This could cover claims where there was a manufacturing defect or a failure to warn consumers about the product’s dangers.

Injuries may include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical Devices
  • DePuy Him Implants
  • Heart Implants
  • Recalls
  • Marketing Defects
  • Manufacturing Defects