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.
All around us, there are examples of safety measures taken by a state or local government to prevent accidents and lower the risk of injury in everyday activities such as driving. These safety measures are so ingrained in the way we see the world that we do not even stop to consider their purpose when we see them. Construction cones, guardrails, and even traffic signs are all things we depend on to keep us safe. However, sometimes these products do not work as intended, and can fail to prevent, or in some cases exacerbate, accidents and resulting personal injuries. In such a situation, it may be wise to contact an expert personal injury attorney at 617-787-3700.
According to reports, guardrails designed by Lindsay Corporation made for the purpose of absorbing impact in the case of car crashes have failed to do so on several occasions, leading to lawsuits coming out of Tennessee and South Carolina. The rails allegedly pierced through cars that have struck them instead of absorbing the impact. In one case, the rail killed one woman, while in another case, a woman was pierced so badly that she needed to have her leg amputated.
Officials in South Carolina have said that they have no plans to remove the guardrails currently in place. Tennessee transportation officials, on the other hand, have made it a priority to replace certain guardrails that they have deemed unfit for their purpose. Spokespeople for Lindsay Corporation have acknowledged that while any guardrail they manufacture should be of the highest quality and able to prevent injury, they are not able to prevent every tragedy, and occasional injuries do not indicate that there is a design flaw.
Medical technologies such as hip and knee replacements are amazing innovations that have helped thousands of people all over the world with debilitating injuries. However, they are also a potentially tremendous source of liability for physicians and manufacturers. Unfortunately, botched procedures and faulty devices can cause further injury. In such a situation, it may be wise to contact an expert products liability attorney at 617-787-3700.
Because many medical devices involve new technologies, there is often not a bright line standard for testing, unlike with a new drug. Loopholes in the system allow many devices to go untested in clinical trials altogether, despite protest from institutions like the National Academy of Medicine. Accordingly, device recalls are extremely high.
But devices such as plastic hips are not the only ones that can have dire consequences. High risk implanted cardiac devices require very little clinical testing, and in 2007, one manufacturer was forced to recall a defibrillator that misfired and killed a number of patients. By the time of the recall, the device had been implanted in nearly 300,000 Americans.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a faulty medical device, you may be entitled to significant monetary relief. Act now and contact one of our expert products liability attorneys here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to discuss your potential claim. Call us 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!