Illinois Products Liability Litigation Statistics
The following is a list of useful statistics and information concerning Illinois products liability litigation in the last ten years (since 2005):
- There have been 110 medical malpractice cases.
- All of the cases filed were in state courts.
- Only 19 of them recovered more than $5 million, or roughly 17%.
- 52 of them recovered nothing at all, or roughly 47%.
- 7 of them recovered something under $100,000, or roughly 6%.
- 19 of them recovered something between $100,000 and $1,000,000, or roughly 17%.
- 13 of them recovered something between $1,000,000 and $5,000,000, or roughly 13%.
- The most popular venues for litigation included Cook and the collar counties.
- The typical case about two and a half years from start to finish.
- Only between 10% and 20% cases actually go to trial.
- The most common issues in Illinois products liability cases related to asbestos, cars, equipment/tools, toys, toxic materials, food/beverage, and medical/health products.
- The cases were near equally divided between defective design, manufacturer, and warnings.
- In terms of liability schemes, a little over 10% of the cases were for breach of warranty, one-third were for strict liability, and the rest were for negligence.
- Common and conspicuous defendants included Ford Motor Company, Honeywell, and Abbot Laboratories.
- Of all cases awarding plaintiffs more than $5 million, approximately 37% were against car companies and approximately 21% were against pharmaceutical companies/healthcare companies.