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Winnebago County product liability attorneysThe Fourth of July is one of America’s favorite holidays. The day is most often celebrated with backyard cookouts, children swimming in swimming pools, and of course, fireworks. While watching fireworks light up the sky can be a delightful experience for children and adults alike, fireworks can also present serious risks. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that last year’s Independence Day celebrations resulted in approximately 9,100 fireworks-related injuries which required emergency room treatment. Sadly, the USCPC also reports that five individuals lost their lives due to fireworks incidents in 2018. There are several ways you and your loved ones can enjoy an injury-free Independence Day celebration this year, including making sure that the fireworks you plan to enjoy are safe and free of any defects.   

Fireworks Which Have Been Recalled Should Not Be Ignited or Kept

Nearly 38,000 fireworks sold in the United States which contained inaccurate levels of pyrotechnic material have been recalled. The fireworks were recalled because the defect cause an explosion much greater than what the firework is intended to produce. This defect puts consumers at risk for serious injuries—especially burns. For a complete list of the recalled fireworks, see the CPSC website. If you currently have any of the recalled fireworks, it is very important that you do not use them.

The CPSC also implores the public to follow safe firework handling procedures this Fourth of July. This includes only using legal fireworks sold by reputable sources, never pointing a firework at a person or crowd, moving away from fireworks immediately after they are ignited, and keeping a bucket of water around in case of an emergency.

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Rockford product liability attorneyWhen a product is thought to be unsafe or numerous reports are made regarding injuries sustained from a product, that product is sometimes recalled. Individuals who own recalled products are encouraged to immediately stop using the product and return it to the store they bought it from. According to Consumer Reports, an astounding 34 million products were recalled last year alone. Recalled products can include anything from faulty automobile parts to unsafe children’s’ toys. Individuals who are injured by a defective or malfunctioning product may choose to seek compensation for their injuries through a product liability claim.

Some Target Brand iPhone Chargers May Pose a Risk to Users

Electronic products like appliances, computers, smartphones, and electrical cords can be especially dangerous when they are defective. In 2016, consumers were horrified to learn of reports that Samsung Galaxy Note 7 cell phones were bursting into flames. Samsung recalled an astounding 1 million phones after learning about the dangerous risk of ignition. They provided consumers with refunds and exchanges, but it was not enough to fully solve the problem. Consumers reported that the replacement phones also caught fire, so Samsung had to recall those as well. We now know that the spontaneous ignition problem was caused by a design failure in the original Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and a manufacturing defect in the replacement phones.

Now, another product is being recalled after reports of spontaneous smoking and ignition. Target was forced to recall their “Heyday” brand iPhone chargers after 14 reports were filed about chargers which sparked, caught on fire, or began smoking. Anyone with this brand of charger is asked to cease use of the device and return it to Target for a refund. Some people have sustained burns to their fingers after using the product, but fortunately there have not been any serious injuries or deaths associated with this particular faulty product.

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Winnebago County product liability attorneysWhen consumers take a medication, they understandably assume the medication will do more good than harm. Medications often contain powerful ingredients which can be dangerous or even deadly if managed improperly. Pharmaceutical companies must therefore be held to a high standard of quality and precision when it comes to manufacturing medications. Drug makers who sell medications they know to be defective must be held accountable. If you or someone you love has suffered because of a defective product, you should know that a defective product liability claim is one avenue for collecting compensation.  

FDA Continues Recalls of Several Popular Medications

Prinston Pharmaceuticals has decided to recall a blood pressure medication called “irbesartan” after it was discovered that the medication contained high levels of a cancer-causing ingredient. The medication is designed to block the effects of a hormone responsible for narrowing blood vessels. Chemical testing revealed that the medication contained unacceptable levels of nitrosodiethylamine, or NDEA, which is a probable carcinogen.

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. This most recent recall is only one of several recalls linked to a pharmaceutical factory in China involving blood pressure medication. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has paused all new drug shipments from this factory. Another factory in India has also been linked to several medication recalls. In July 2018, the FDA issued a recall of several pharmaceutical drugs containing a component called “valsartan” due to the increased risk of cancer. Consumers of the recalled drugs are encouraged to speak with their doctor about alternative treatments.

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Winnebago County product liability attorneyThe holiday season is upon us and everywhere parents, grandparents, and friends are buying children’s toys. You may have heard about children and baby products being recalled over safety concerns in the past. While the vast majority of children’s toys and other products are safe, many children are injured and even killed by defective toys, furniture, and other items. If your child was injured due to a malfunctioning or defective toy, you may be eligible for compensation.

Toy-Related Injuries Can Cause Lasting Damage

The Consumer Product and Safety Commission (CPSC) received thirteen reports of toy-related deaths during 2017. The victims were all under 12 years of age. Over half of the fatal incidents involved riding toys like scooters and ride-on cars. Emergency room physicians treated an estimated 251,700 children for injuries caused by toys in 2017. Some of the most common toy-related injuries include bruising and abrasions, burns, lacerations, bone fractures, puncture wounds, suffocation, and strangulation.

Assigning Blame in an Injury Case

Toy injury claims are like other personal injury claims in that they are based on the legal concept of product liability. Parents who wish to seek compensation after their child was injured by a toy must prove that:

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Rockford defective drugs attorneyDespite the existence of federal agencies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), dangerous and defective drugs still manage to make it to pharmacy shelves with alarming regularity. Hardly a year goes by where without a major drug manufacturer being called out for products that injure those who take them. Unfortunately, such cases often drag on for many years. One example can be found in the case being brought against the maker of AndroGel.

Compensatory and Punitive Damages

According to court records, a Tennessee man began using the testosterone replace drug AndroGel in 2010. He used the product for two months and stopped when he suffered a heart attack. The man filed a lawsuit against AbbVie, the Chicago-based manufacturer of AndroGel, on the basis that the company failed to warn patients about the risks of heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots. His claim was one about 6,000 similar claims filed against the company.

In April of this year, a federal jury in Chicago found in favor of the man and awarded him $140,000 in compensatory damages. The jury also ordered AbbVie to pay $140 million in punitive damages. 

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