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Do You Have Any Of These Harmful Products In Your Home?

LeeAnn Riddle   |  August 23, 2018   |  

Companies are responsible for producing safe products for consumers to use. These products should be safe and guaranteed to work as advertised. Companies that are negligent in this responsibility should be held accountable. Consumers have the right to hold these companies to a high standard of safety.

By contacting an attorney and filing a product liability claim, consumers who are injured by faulty and/or defective products can recover compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages and more.

There is a lengthy list of harmful products people should avoid purchasing. This list grows longer every year as more and more products are added. Below are some products you could have at home that have been identified as harmful in recent years.

Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder

For many years, women have used baby powder like Johnson and Johnson’s talcum powder for feminine hygiene.  More than 20 studies since 1971 have linked talc powder use in women to ovarian cancer.  Moreover, a meta-analysis of most of those studies revealed women using talc powder are 33 percent more likely to develop ovarian cancer.  What makes this even worse, it has been alleged that Johnson & Johnson knew about the potential harm since 1982.

In the last few years, women have come forward to file lawsuits. These lawsuits resulted in verdicts of $72 million, $70 million and $55 million. Furthermore, lawsuits have been filed against Johnson and Johnson, alleging its powder contains asbestos. Asbestos is a mineral known to cause a rare yet deadly cancer called mesothelioma. In one of these lawsuits, the jury awarded the plaintiff $117 million.

Should you or someone you know develop ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson talcum powder, or if you feel you have been harmed by another hygiene product, please contact Riddle & Brantley for a free consultation to determine if you have a case.

Children’s Products

Dozens of children’s products are recalled every year because they pose a threat to a child’s wellbeing. Each recall can include several hundred to several million units, with each of those posing its own unique danger to a child or children in the same home.

One of the most common household dangers to children is tipping furniture. However, small toy parts pose choking hazards, toy guns may pose projectile hazards and some clothes are highly flammable. This list goes on and on.

If your child is injured by an unsafe or poorly made product, please contact Riddle & Brantley for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

Furniture Prone to Tip-Overs

Thousands of children are hurt or killed every year by furniture, appliances, and TVs that have not been properly anchored to the wall. This can result in the furniture or appliance tipping-over on a child. Many dressers have been voluntarily recalled because they pose a tip-over risk that did not comply with voluntary industry standards. In 2016, IKEA recalled children’s dressers because of a tipping risk and eventually paid $50 million to settle lawsuits that were filed on behalf of three children because 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, please contact us today for a free case evaluation to find if we can help you.

Exploding Batteries

We use smartphones, headphones, and laptops every day. There are usually no problems with the batteries in these items and we don’t worry about unexpected explosions. However, every once in a while, a manufacturer will cut corners or make costly mistakes that lead to easily combustible batteries that can cause horrible burns.

A few things that have been in the news in recent years that have unexpectedly caught on fire and burned people are the Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 phone, Hoverboards, and e-cig batteries. If you or someone you know has been burned by a product with an unstable battery, please give Riddle & Brantley’s injury lawyers a call for a no fee consultation. You may be able to hold the manufacturer accountable for your injury.