If you have lost a loved one because of a defective or dangerous product and have filed a lawsuit, you may become a victim of financial ruin as well. When dealing with multiple jurisdictions in a lawsuit, a case can take much longer to settle. If such delays cause financial hardship, lawsuit funding may be a viable option.
A grieving Illinois mother has filed a lawsuit against a Canadian furniture manufacturer following the death of her 2-year-old son. The child apparently was attempting to climb onto the dresser in his bedroom when it toppled on top of him. The little boy died from suffocation under the weight of the dresser.
The lawsuit alleges that the manufacturer did not provide warnings or instructions to help prevent the tip-over. The suit also names the now dissolved local distributor of the dresser and its owners. The plaintiff is seeking compensatory damages on behalf of her son. Her attorney anticipates the suit could be transferred to federal court because of the multiple jurisdictions. “We’re dealing with a Canadian company, so it’s going to take longer,” he said.
The dresser as originally constructed lacked anchoring straps to secure it to a wall. In May 2009, there was a voluntary industry change requiring that tip-over restraints that would attach to the interior wall, framing or other support be included with all dressers. The manufacturer has recalled nearly 300 Natart Chelsea three-drawer dressers since the incident and is supplying owners of the dressers with a retrofit kit to secure the furniture to a wall. Today’s models of the same piece of furniture come with the anchor straps.
While most defective product cases are never intentional, it is up to manufacturers to protect consumers. Lawsuits help ensure that in the future safety comes first. In the meantime, when a company is negligent, victims are entitled to just compensation. Families waiting out the litigation process may be in need of financial assistance known as lawsuit funding, a cash advance against a pending claim. In order to determine whether funding is a viable option in your case, complete an online application or call our office. Our lawsuit funding options are based on the merits and strengths of your lawsuit; credit rating and employment history are not important. Because our funding in on a non-recourse basis, you only repay the cash advance if you win your case. If not, the money is yours to keep. Funds are usually available within 24 – 48 hours. If you need financial relief during a pending claim, don’t let the bills pile up and ruin your credit. Contact Lawsuit Financial today!