Lighter Manufacturer Settles Personal Injury Lawsuit for $200,000 After Failing to Make Their Products Child-Proof.

Corporations too often seem to have but one objective: make the biggest profit possible.  This dangerous objective can result in cutting corners and avoiding safety measures. When that happens, a product may be manufactured in a way that is defective or harmful to consumers.  Because of this, there are strict guidelines and mandates that companies must meet with respect to designing and manufacturing products for consumers.  Customers have an expectation that they can rely on the quality and safety of the goods they purchase, and defects that result from a manufacturer’s negligence can result in injury or other damages to the customer.  When that happens, hiring a Boston product liability lawyer expert may be necessary.

One tragic reminder of the necessity for product safety recently occurred in Shenango Valley, Pennsylvania.   Gwendolyn Phillips and her grandson, Neil Williams, brought a wrongful death and product liability lawsuit against the lighter manufacturer, Swedish Match, after a fire took the lives of Phillips’ daughter, Williams’ mother, and two of Philips’ grandsons.  One of the deceased grandsons, two-year-old Jerome Campbell, reportedly used a Swedish Match lighter to ignite linens in the family’s apartment one night. The flames grew out of control. Before the apartment could be safely evacuated, Jerome, Williams and three-year-old Alphonse Crawford had died of smoke inhalation.

Phillips sued on behalf of Williams and the estate of her daughter and grandsons, alleging that Swedish Match was negligently by failing to make their lighter childproof.  An investigation revealed that Swedish Match was aware of the dangers and capable of implementing safety measures in their design, but nevertheless chose not to do so.  According to, Swedish Match agreed to pay $200,000 in personal injury damages to the plaintiffs rather than continue the matter to trial.

If you or a family member have been injured or incurred damages because of a defective product, contact one of our Boston product liability injury attorney specialists today. You may be entitled to substantial money damages for your personal injuries.  Call 617-787-3700 or email [email protected] now to learn all about your legal rights.  

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Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay Over Half a Billion Dollars Due to Defective Artificial Hip Product.

When buying goods,  people operate under the presumption that what they’re buying will be of a certain minimum quality and dependability.  But what happens when a product, or an entire series of products, are defective because of manufacturing process that was used or because they were otherwise improperly made?  The unassuming purchaser may be wrongfully injured or killed because of such a defect.  This is especially true when the device is of a medical or surgical nature.  While medical science has developed enough to allow us to replace some defective body parts with prosthetics, the prosthetic being used must be of the highest quality and caliber in order to avoid future complications for the patient.  When other concerns, such as making large corporate profits, take precedence over making a safe, reliable product, customers can be seriously harmed, and the negligent manufacturer may be ordered to compensate them for their injuries.

This is what happened to Johnson & Johnson recently as a result of their DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. During a hip replacement, the surgeon removes the damaged sections of a person’s hip joint and replaces them with parts that are usually constructed of metal and very hard plastic. This artificial joint (prosthesis) helps reduce the patient’s pain and improves functionality; the surgery often performed if a person has severe Rheumatoid Arthritis or Osteoarthritis, i.e. wear-and-tear arthritis.  It is obviously imperative that the hip replacement and its components parts are properly manufactured and assembled, as the only way to remove or adjust them is through invasive surgery. There are, however, over 7,000 plaintiffs across the country who are suing Johnson & Johnson alleging that their metal hip replacements are defective and cause them considerable pain and discomfort.

Five of the plaintiffs filed a lawsuit together in Texas after they alleged that their DePuy Pinnacle implants were defective.  The lawsuit specifies that the DePuy implants caused metal debris to enter into patients’ bloodstreams, causing severe injuries and sometimes leading to revision surgery.  During the trial, it was also revealed that Johnson & Johnson officials paid hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to orthopedic surgeons to use and recommend this product and forged testing results to make the product appear safer than it actually was. According to, the court found that Johnson & Johnson’s recklessness caused the plaintiffs’ injuries and ordered them to pay a total of $142 million in personal injury damages to compensate the victims for their pain and suffering, as well as their considerable medical expenses due to additional surgeries.  The court was particularly upset regarding how Johnson & Johnson used bribery and deception to sell their product, and ordered them to pay an additional $360 million in punitive damages due to the callousness of their behavior. 

Have you or a loved one been injured because of a defective product? If so, you may be entitled to substantial compensation for your physical injuries, as well as any emotional trauma and lost wages.  The Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates has spent decades skillfully representing injured clients, helping them get millions of dollars in personal injury damages.  Please call our Boston accident attorneys 24/7 at 617-787-3700 or email us at [email protected] for your free and private consultation. 

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Amount of Personal Injury Cases Concerning E-Cigarettes Has Increased.

An e-cigarette is a vaporizer that simulates the feeling of smoking, but without tobacco combustion. It has a battery that heats up a coil, which heats liquid nicotine and creates the vapor. In the past few years, many smokers have turned to using e-cigarettes in the hope that the device will assist them in quitting. However, the benefits and health risks of e-cigarettes are still uncertain. Moreover, there has been no evidence presented that indicates that e-cigarettes help people quit smoking.

The legal world is seeing a rise in the amount of personal injury cases brought to court due to e-cigarettes. Many of these cases involve a user being severely burned or injured by the devices. According to the Personal Injury Bureau, a recent incident left a 21-year-old man in a medically induced coma. The young man was using the e-cigarette when the device exploded and the mouthpiece went down his throat and exploded again. He suffered internal and external burns to his face, mouth, neck and lungs.

There have been other cases of people suffering burns to their face and lungs when an e-cigarette has exploded in their pockets.

E-cigarettes have also been the cause of several home fires. One homeowner in Phoenix, Arizona discovered her bedroom caught fire after the cartridge of an e-cigarette overheated when plugged into the charger. The FDA has also banned e-cigarettes in checked baggage after two luggage fires in 2014 and 2015.

Our Boston, MA product liability lawyer expert will get you fair and just compensation for your burn injuries. Contact our Massachusetts product liability attorney specialists today at 617-787-3700 or email us at [email protected].

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