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The family of a Marine veteran who died at a Veterans Affairs facility in Tomah, Wis., due to a toxic mixture of more than a dozen drugs, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the U.S. government, the Associated Press reported late Monday. Jason Simcakoski died in 2014. His family is arguing the VA caregivers improperly prescribed and administered drugs. The suit also alleges the government agency did not provide sufficient...
Whole grain oats, peanuts and…pesticide? On Wednesday, three lawsuits were filed against General Mills' granola bar purveyor Nature Valley. The company’s snack bars are currently labeled as being made with “100% natural whole grain oats." But one lawsuit alleges that they actually contain small quantities of the pesticide glyphosate. According to the litigation, filed in District Courts in New York, California, and...
Metro police have dedicated extra resources to figuring out what's behind a man peering into the windows of homes in Franklin Township. No arrests have been made and police are uncertain a crime has even been committed. The video is clear. The man can be seen walking up to the house. at one point, barking dogs seem to scare him away. But another time, he looks into windows, comes back again and even tries the keypad. ...Click...
The FBI is probing whether any illegal activity led to the creation and passage of Indiana’s contentious new vaping law. State Sen. Phil Boots, a Crawfordsville Republican, told IBJ he spoke with an FBI agent about the law more than a month ago. And Evan McMahon, who runs an advocacy group that had opposed the law, also told IBJ he talked to an FBI agent “a week or so ago.” He said they had an in-depth conversation about the...
Celebrity hair stylist, Chaz Dean, creator of the popular Wen hair care products, and the products manufacturer, Guthy-Renker LLC, have proposed a $26.25 million settlement to end class action claims filed by women across the country who allege that the product, which is promoted as containing no harsh chemicals, left them with severe hair loss and bald spots. More than 200 women have joined the class since lead plaintiff, Amy...

Product Liability

Product Liability

Manufacturers have a duty and responsibility to provide consumers with products that are safe and reliable.  Unfortunately, some manufacturers disregard this responsibility in favor of cost-cutting practices such as using materials of lesser quality or ignoring essential quality control measures.  When defective products reach the marketplace, it is the consumers who pay the price for the manufacturers’ irresponsibility.  Defective products can cause serious injuries and wrongful death – and product liability laws have been enacted to provide consumers with legal protection and recourse against manufacturer negligence.  Some instances of product liability follow:

Defective Design

This is a flaw in the basic design upon which a product is manufactured.  During production, a design defect can be repeated inadvertently throughout an entire product line.  Examples of defective product designs may include toys with small parts that present choking hazards for small children or electrical appliances that catch fire during normal use.  In many cases, a product with a design defect is recalled from the market.

Defective Manufacturing

When manufacturers cut corners to reduce costs, their products can ultimately jeopardize the safety of consumers.  Defective product manufacturing results from the use of substandard materials or insufficient quality control during production.  These shortcuts can lessen the integrity of a product and result in a defective product reaching the marketplace.  For instance, a new automobile may be equipped with faulty brakes or poor-quality tires that fail in due course, causing a serious car accident.

Inadequate Warning

Products known to be potentially dangerous are required to bear warnings to consumers or include instructions for their proper and safe use.  When these warnings or instructions are absent or inadequate and consumers are injured, product liability laws provide victims with recourse to obtain financial compensation.  Prescription and over-the-counter-medications, lawn equipment, space heaters and household cleaners are some products that should include such warnings and instructions.

Defective Product Compensation

Defective products can cause serious, and potentially fatal, injuries that are often compounded by the financial hardships that both victims and their families may face.   An experienced defective product and product liability lawyer can assist individuals in obtaining compensation for:

  • Lost present and future wages
  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • In cases involving wrongful death, victims’ spouses and children may be able to obtain compensation for loss of love and affection.
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