Illinois Products Liability Litigation Statistics

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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.
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