In this Blog category you will find articles legal issues relating to injury do to the failure of a product or service. Personal Injury at work and Insurance Liability Claims may require the help of an attorney. A good lawyer can protect your rights under the law.

New CPSC Rule Bans Toxic Phthalates in Children’s Toys

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After nearly a decade of proposals and delays, in October 2017 the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a final rule prohibiting the manufacture, distribution, and sale of toys and child care products containing five phthalate chemicals known to cause neurodevelopmental and reproductive disorders in children.

Phthalates are chemicals used to soften or plasticize vinyl. The CPSC’s 2017 final rule bans five phthalates in children’s toys, however does not require warning labels on products containing these toxic chemicals.

CDC Detects Widespread Phthalate Exposure

As early as 2003, researchers at the US […]

By |December 11th, 2017|Child Injury Accidents, Product Liability|

Airbag Giant TAKATA Files Bankruptcy

IMPORTANT SAFETY RECALL…

The defect in these vehicles could kill or injure you or other people in your vehicle.

Tens of millions of drivers around the country have received alarming safety recall notices clearly stating how defective airbag inflators under pressure could cause the airbags to rupture and kill them. From owners of reliable Asian brands to owners of luxury European machines, almost no one is safe from these ticking time bombs. The recalls started showing up in people’s mailboxes back in 2008, with Honda issuing the first round for […]

By |August 30th, 2017|Auto Accidents, Product Liability|

Tainted Marijuana Still Reaching Consumers

After The Oregonian uncovered widespread inconsistencies in statewide testing of medical marijuana that led to the discovery of potent pesticide use, the state issued its first “health alert” tied to marijuana. As part of the investigation, reporters tested various samples of marijuana purchased at several Oregon dispensaries. Results were shocking. Samples that had passed state-mandated pesticide tests contained sky-high levels of pesticides such as spinosad. The samples were tested by OG Analytical and Pacific Agricultural Laboratory.

Eight of ten samples of marijuana concentrates, extracts made from marijuana […]

By |June 13th, 2017|Product Liability|

CPSC Opens Investigation into Exploding Hoverboard Death

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) opened a federal investigation into a fire March 2017 that killed a 3-year-old girl and injured four others, two of them critically. The fire occurred when a hoverboard plugged into an outlet exploded in flames. More than six months earlier, the CSPC had issued an official recall of over 500,000 hoverboards over fire hazards posed by the devices’ lithium-ion battery packs.

CSPC Begins Investigating Manufacturers and Testing Hoverboards

Following reports between November and December 2015 of igniting and exploding hoverboards damaging property, with one home completely […]

By |March 25th, 2017|Product Liability|

Inventor of Lithium Ion Battery Introduces Better Battery

John Goodenough, professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, has developed the first all-solid-state battery cells that are safer, faster-charging, longer-lasting and rechargeable, for handheld mobile devices, electric cars and stationary energy storage. 

Working at Oxford in 1980, John Goodenough and his colleagues invented the rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the standard for most of today’s electronic devices. Over thirty years later, Goodenough has invented an even better battery that is solid-state, with a glass compound instead of liquid seen […]

By |March 19th, 2017|Product Liability|

Automakers Named in Takata Airbag Hazard Cover-up

At least four automakers knew that Takata airbags were dangerous and could rupture violently, yet continued to install those airbags in their vehicles to save on costs, according to a recent class action suit filed by lawyers representing victims of the defect.

Takata Enters Guilty Plea

Takata admitted to hiding problems for years in their inflators that can cause them to explode with too much force, shooting shrapnel into drivers and passengers, resulting in at least eleven deaths and over 100 injuries in the United States. On February 27, 2017, Takata Corporation pleaded […]

By |March 4th, 2017|Product Liability|

What Makes Lithium Ion Batteries Volatile?

In the past two months three major manufacturers have issued recalls involving lithium-ion battery packs in their computers due to overheating and danger of combustion. What makes lithium-ion batteries volatile and why are they so often used in power electronics?

On January 2, 2017, following reports of battery packs overheating and melting, Toshiba expanded its recall of laptop computer battery packs due to burn and fire hazards from overheating. 91,000 units were previously recalled in the U.S. on March 30, 2016. About 83,000 units in the U.S., 10,000 units in Canada, and […]

By |February 26th, 2017|Product Liability|

Lawsuits Target Dangerous Blood Thinner Xarelto

Cases of uncontrolled bleeding in some patients who took the anticoagulant Xarelto have prompted lawsuits against drug makers Johnson & Johnson and Bayer Healthcare. With no antidote to the bleeding, the drug can cause severe health problems and even death.

One of a new class of anticoagulants, Xarelto was developed by Bayer and marketed in the United States by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a division of Johnson & Johnson. It was approved in July 2011 to reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism following joint replacement surgery and for use by people suffering from atrial fibrillation. The manufacturers now plan to broaden its usage to include acute coronary syndrome.

Xarelto is the cornerstone of Bayer’s pharmaceutical business. Annual sales of Xarelto in the United States were expected to top $1 billion dollars last year, and the company has predicted the drug’s sales will eventually top $3.5 billion a year.

The Case Against Xarelto

Xarelto was promoted as superior to Warfarin (also known as Coumadin) because it is easier to take and requires less frequent monitoring to maintain correct dosage. However, unlike Warfarin there is not currently an antidote for the severe bleeding that can be caused by Xarelto, and warnings given to patients and doctors have been insufficient. Blood monitoring, which the manufacturers said was not needed, could actually reduce the risk of Xarelto bleeding injuries.

Thousands of patients using Xarelto have experienced hemorrhages, gastrointestinal bleeding, strokes and even death. A similar case was brought against blood thinner Pradaxa, however more adverse side effects have been reported with Xarelto than with Pradaxa. In June 2016, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices reported that Xarelto was linked to more serious injuries than any other drug monitored. According to the report, the blood thinner accounted for 10,674 reports of fatal, disabling, and serious injuries in 2015.

As of January 2017, there were more than 14,000 Xarelto lawsuits filed in federal court, and many more have been filed in state courts. It is hoped that those patients suffering from uncontrolled bleeding after taking Xarelto will be fully compensated for their injuries, while the manufacturers will be pushed to improve the information they provide consumers and physicians to make an informed choice about whether they want to use Xarelto.

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By |February 26th, 2017|Product Liability|

Johnson & Johnson Withheld Levaquin Risk of Peripheral Neuropathy

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A lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey on December 6, 2016 by a California man left with a debilitating form of nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy after using the popular antibiotic Levaquin in 2013.

Levaquin is part of a class of antibiotics, known as fluoroquinolones, which also includes Avelox and Cipro. Use of the antibiotics has been curtailed in the past year as more information about the risk of peripheral neuropathy and other health problems has surfaced. Peripheral neuropathy involves […]

By |December 10th, 2016|Product Liability|

Lightning Playground Slides Recalled After Child Finger Amputations

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Following incidents of broken welds causing children to suffered finger amputations, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on December 7, 2016 issued a recall of the Lightning Slide stainless steel playground slide manufactured by Playworld Systems, Inc,.

About 1,300 Lightning Slides, manufactured in the United States by Playworld Systems, Inc. of Lewisburg, PA and Horizon Industries, of Columbia, PA, have been sold by independent distributors over the last sixteen years with stainless steel welds attaching the bedway to the sidewalls that can crack and separate, allowing a child’s fingers to get […]

By |December 10th, 2016|Child Injury Accidents, Product Liability|