Potentially dangerous situations are created when consumer products do not function as they are supposed to, particularly when the products involve heavy machinery or potentially combustible materials. When defects in products are discovered, it is not always entirely clear with whom the fault lies. While it is always possible that there was a manufacturing error, the design of the product itself might be faulty. Accordingly, those who wish to file a lawsuit under the theory of product liability must first determine who to sue based on who was most responsible. In such a situation, it would be wise to contact an expert products liability attorney at 617-787-3700.
When California resident William Foley’s house burned down after a defective battery in his vaping device malfunctioned, his insurer, who paid him $400,000, wanted to pin responsibility on someone involved in the production of the device to recoup the money. Interestingly, the insurer (State Farm), elected to go after Amazon in addition to the company that actually made the battery.
This is one of three cases pending in various Courts of Appeals in the United States that have named Amazon as part of a products liability suit. Amazon contends that it neither designed, manufactured, nor sold the batteries, but instead is merely a vehicle to streamline the purchase process. Moreover, Amazon claims to be protected by the Communications Decency Act, which protects online publishers from claims based on content provided by somebody else. While previous rulings suggest that Amazon will not be found liable in any of the cases, it is still an interesting question that could have potentially major ramifications for the electronic commerce giant.
Medical technology, without a doubt, has changed medicine for the better. New devices have made medical procedures safer, quicker, and produce better results. Prosthetic limbs have allowed the disabled to get their lives back, and the amount of data doctors now have available to them is significantly greater and crucial for research. However, there are isolated instances where medical technology does more harm than good. Devices that are relied upon by thousands of people, yet have received insufficient testing, can be disastrous. In such a situation, it would be wise to contact an expert personal injury attorney at 617-787-3700.
Recently, the FDA conducted a massive recall of a knee implant device produced by Zimmer Biomet, a medical device company headquartered in Indiana, could result in dozens of lawsuits against the company. Called the Zimmer Persona, this device was designed to make knee replacements easier, more efficient, and more effective. However, upon discovering that the implants come loose extremely often, the FDA announced that the product will be recalled.
Loose knee implants cause extreme pain and can be accompanied by joint stiffness and arthritic symptoms. Because Zimmer Biomet sold many of these devices, it is likely at least some of those that were adversely affected by the product will bring legal action against the company. Many of the complaints are stemming from the fact that patients were not properly warned about the potential complications from the implants, so it is likely that physicians will be involved in lawsuits as well.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a faulty product or insufficient information regarding the use of that product, you may be entitled to significant monetary relief. Act now and contact an expert products liability attorney here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to discuss your potential claim. Call our injury attorney professionals today at 617-787-3700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!
Products that are mass marketed are generally run through a gauntlet of tests. These tests are meant to ensure not only consumer satisfaction, but also consumer safety, as any potentially dangerous defect present in a product can amount to great liability and money damages for the manufacturer or distributor of such a product. Even after these tests are run, however, there is always the potential for unforeseen problems with a product. Hopefully, these problems will be minor. But in some cases, they can be severe and extremely dangerous, causing harm to unaware consumers. In such a situation, it would be wise to contact an expert products liability attorney at 617-787-3700.
Hoverboards seem like a product straight out of the future, allowing users to achieve the sensation of floating while they direct the board wherever they wish to go. Unfortunately, since the product has been introduced, there has reportedly been a major safety hazard: the boards can burst into flames almost without warning. Since these products are generally kept in households, this is a particularly severe problem.
A tragic example of severity comes with the story of two girls killed in a fire in their home in Pennsylvania. An investigation into the fire reportedly revealed that it had been started by a hoverboard produced by the company LayZ Board. The family of the girls have filed a lawsuit against the importer and distributor of the product, alleging that they were negligent in continuing to market the product even though they were allegedly aware of the defect.