Countless dangerous products are being sold on the market today. A manufacturer owes a duty of care to the public to only create and sell products that are reasonably safe for foreseeable uses. A manufacturer will be held liable for its negligence if it breaches its duty and you are injured by one of its products. Even if the manufacturer was not negligent, it can be held liable under a theory of strict liability if you can prove the product was defective or unreasonably dangerous. A product can be defective or unreasonably dangerous due to a design defect, manufacturing defect, or failure to warn of a potentially dangerous property, etc..
Design Defect – occurs when the product ends up being dangerous no matter how carefully manufactured. For example, if the gas tank in a car explodes whenever the car is struck at 40 mph, that car has a design defect.
Manufacturing Defect – occurs when there is a mistake in the manufacturing process. For example, if a seat collapsed in an accident because it wasn’t properly bolted down, that particular car was dangerous due to a manufacturing defect.
Failure to Warn – occurs when the manufacturer knows of a danger and does not sufficiently warn the public of that danger. Oftentimes, drug manufacturers fail to warn consumers of the dangers associated with a particular drug.
As a St. Louis Missouri injury attorney, my current product liability cases include:
- Bronchiolitis Obliterans (Popcorn Lung)
- Fleet (oral sodium phosphate)
- IVC Filters
Bard’s inferior vena cava filters have been associated with subsequent breakage or other failure which can cause the filter to dislodge and migrate. Once the filter moves, it can cause serious injuries to the heart and lungs.
- IVC Filters
- GM Ignition Failure
- GM has recalled 6 million vehicles because of a defective ignition switch. The defective switch can cause the vehicle operator to lose control of the vehicle. Specifically, if the switch is bumped, the vehicle can lose its power – including the ability to steer and brake as well as disengaging the airbags.
- Icy Hot
- Power Morcellator Surgery
- These devices are used to remove tissues from the body during surgical procedures such as hysterectomies. The medical devices have been linked to the spread of undetected cancer.
- Roundup Weed Killer
- Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer has now been labeled as a “probable human carcinogen” by the World Health Organization. While many other countries have banned the use of Roundup, it is still for sale in the United States. Roundup has been linked to specific diagnoses of cancer and lymphoma.
- Smith & Nephew Oxinium Cementless Knee Replacement
- Stryker Hip Implants
- Surgical Mesh
- Surgical mesh is sometimes used for hernia repair. The meshes have been known to cause serious health complications, including infection and damage to organs.
- Talcum Powder
- Various talcum powder products, including Johnson’s Shower to Shower and Johnson’s Baby Powder, has been linked to ovarian cancer in women under the age of 40.
- Vehicle Rollovers
- Window Blind Cords
- Many standard window blinds are sold with long, dangerous cords which pose a serious strangulation risk to young children.
- Yamaha Rhino Rollovers
- Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Replacement
I am also handling cases against pharmaceutical companies for defective drugs.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective consumer product, please Contact St. Louis Personal Injury Attorney Lindsay Rakers or call at (800) 517-0602.