As consumers, we place a great deal of confidence in the products we use. We rely on them to help us feel better, travel from one place to another, protect our children, and simply enjoy life more. Modern products, appliances and vehicles that work properly provide a great deal of comfort and convenience. When they don’t work properly, however, they can lead to a great deal of pain, suffering and loss.
That’s why Guajardo & Marks works so hard when seeking compensation for personal injuries caused by product defects. You use your hard-earned money to purchase products with the full belief and confidence they will perform as promised, and we are here to make sure those manufacturers and suppliers deserve the trust you place in them. If you should ever be injured or harmed by a product defect, contact our Dallas personal injury law firm immediately to determine if you are entitled to compensation from the manufacturer.
Top Defective Products of Recent Times
Thousands of product recalls are issued every year for concerns both small and large, but most people are not aware of the immense dangers of product defects until something negative happens to them or someone they love. You may read about a recall online or see an injury story on television, but you never really know the true extent of the damage until it happens to you. Families may have to contend with medical expenses, loss of income, emotional stress and undue hardship due to no fault of their own.
Our Dallas personal injury lawyers – Michael Guajardo and Greg Marks – know the difficulties victims and their families face following a product defect injury, and want to help. Here are some of the top defective products of recent times and some of the injuries they caused:
- Airbag failure: Airbags were intended to protect automobile passengers in the event of an accident, but faulty airbags have led to spinal cord damage, traumatic brain injuries, and even death. In one of the largest automobile product recalls in history, covering a wide swath of automobile brands, airbag manufacturer Takata was forced to offer reparations to over 50 million car owners in the United States alone. Claimants alleged that some Takata air bags would explode when deployed. Shrapnel and debris from the explosion was propelled forcefully through the car, harming both drivers and passengers. At least 16 people were killed and more than 180 were injured, which led to massive product liability lawsuits. The manufacturer was eventually forced into bankruptcy, leaving the question of liability unanswered for many affected parties.
- Baby product recalls: Children are our most precious asset, and we become especially emotional when a defenseless infant or toddler is injured by a product that is meant to protect. In 2010, over one million Infantino SlingRider and Wendy Bellissimo baby slings were recalled after they were linked to three infant deaths. It had been found that these sling-style carriers could pose a significant risk of suffocation. In 2009, over 400,000 drop-side cribs made by Simplicity were recalled after an 8-month-old child in Houston suffocated, despite supposed modifications after an earlier recall. Over the years, product recalls have also been issued for high chairs and car seats due to defective designs that could fail to prevent children from becoming injured.
- Pharmaceuticals and medical products: Pharmaceutical manufacturer Tylenol started receiving complaints in 2010 that their product caused nausea and had a “musty” odor. Eventually a recall of over 60 million units was issued. Merck agreed to pay over $4 billion in 2007 to settle 27,000 lawsuits involving injuries or death associated with their use of the arthritis drug, Vioxx. Of ongoing concern is the substantial number of medical device recalls posted by the FDA every year. Products such as catheters, surgical mesh, shunts, valves, pacemakers, artificial joints, breast implants, and more are all believed to have a reasonable chance of causing serious health problems or death.
- Food recalls: We count on our food to sustain us, but some of these very products can lead to serious illness or death. At least 199 people became infected and three died in 2006 after ingesting spinach that had been tainted with E. coli. In 2015, ConAgra Foods agreed to pay $11.2 million over charges that its Peter Pan peanut butter had been contaminated with salmonella and sickened over 600 people. Recalls have also been implemented after consumers became ill after eating beef, chicken and hamburger that had not been properly prepared.
Guajardo & Marks, LLP is a top-rated Dallas personal injury law firm that compassionately helps people who have been injured or sickened by the products they use. Contact us today at 972-774-9800 for a free consultation if you or someone you love has been injured by a product defect.