Mar 8, 2024

Do You Have Any of These Harmful Products at Home?

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Companies have a responsibility to produce products that are proven safe for consumers to use and guaranteed to work as advertised.

When companies are negligent in this responsibility, consumers have the right to hold them accountable and seek compensation from one or more liable parties, such as manufacturers, wholesalers, and/or retail outlets. By contacting an attorney and filing a product liability lawsuit, consumers who are injured by defective or faulty products can recover compensation for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Every year, more products are added to the list of harmful goods people should avoid purchasing. Here are five products you may have around the house that have been identified as harmful in recent years.

Children's Products

Every year, dozens of children’s products are recalled for posing a serious threat to a child’s well being. While fewer than 100 product recalls may not sound like a lot, each recall could include several hundred to several million units, with each one of those posing its own unique danger to the child or children in the same home.

Tipping furniture is one of the most common household dangers to children, but toys with small parts pose choking hazards, toy guns pose a projectile hazards, some clothes are overly flammable, and the list goes on.

If your child or a child that you know was injured by a unsafe or poorly made product, contact us today to find out how you may be able to hold the manufacturer or another party responsible.

Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder

For decades, women used baby powder like Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder for feminine hygiene without fear. Yet, since 1971, more than 20 studies have linked talc powders use to ovarian cancer and a meta-analysis of most of those studies revealed women using talc powder were 33 percent more likely to develop ovarian cancer. Even worse, it’s been alleged that Johnson & Johnson knew about the potential harm since 1982.

In just the last few years, women have come forward to file lawsuits that resulted in verdicts of $72 million, $70 million, and $55 million. Furthermore, there have have also been lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson, alleging its talcum powder contains asbestos, a mineral known to cause the rare and deadly cancer mesothelioma. One of those lawsuits ended with a jury awarding the plaintiff $117 million.

If you or someone you know developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder, or if you believe you were harmed by another household hygiene product, please contact us today for a free consultation to determine if you have a case.

Furniture Prone to Tip-Overs

Sadly, thousands of children are injured or even killed each year by furniture, TVs, and other appliances that were not properly anchored to the wall and tipped-over on top of the child as a result.

Most recently, more than one million Ameriwood Dressers sold at Wal-Mart and other retailers were voluntarily recalled because they posed a tip-over risk and did not comply with voluntary industry standards.

In 2016, IKEA also recalled dressers because of a tipping risk and eventually paid $50 million to settle lawsuits that were filed on behalf of three children who were killed when the dressers fell on them.

If you or someone you know has a child who was injured by furniture, a TV, or any other unsecured appliance that fell on top of them, contact us today for a free case evaluation to find out if you’re eligible to file a lawsuit.

Exploding Batteries

For the most part, you can carry a smartphone and vape in your pocket, a laptop in your bag, and wear headphones on your head without worrying about unexpected explosions. Sometimes though, manufacturers cut corners or make costly mistakes that lead to easily combustible batteries that cause terrible burns.

Just a few of the products that have been in the news in recent years for unexpectedly catching fire and burning people are Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 phone, hoverboards, and e-cig batteries. If you or someone you know was burned by a product with an unstable battery, you may be able to hold the manufacturer accountable. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

New Werner Attic Ladders

Attics that can only be accessed via a drop-down ladder from the ceiling can be extremely inconvenient — and sometimes dangerous, as well.

The last thing a person wants to worry about is the attic ladders safety, but those who purchased a New Werner Attic Ladder could be at risk of injury. The New Werner Attic ladders are allegedly made from low-grade metal and are susceptible to bending, breaking or shearing, according to some consumer complaints.

Those who were injured by the New Werner Attic Ladder should contact us to find out if they’re eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer.