Defective Products

We Hold Negligent Manufacturers Accountable

Whether you buy a toy, a chair, an appliance, or a car, you expect the product to work. So when a defective item causes catastrophic injury or even death, there is reason to take action. Negligent manufacturers should be held accountable for their recklessness and poor workmanship—and you should be compensated for your suffering. Our professional attorneys will act swiftly and aggressively on your behalf.

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Helping You Recover

Manufacturers have an obligation to implement rigorous testing and safety standards for their products. When they don’t take their responsibilities seriously, their customers can get hurt. That’s bad business. While a product recall may eventually ensue, it doesn’t help the person who has already been injured.

Open to Settle, Ready to Litigate

Settling a case can save time, money, and aggravation. We will carefully consider that option, but if it is not the best strategy for your situation, we will pursue your case in court. We have a stellar reputation in the courtroom, arguing effectively before juries, hiring expert industry witnesses, and winning multi-million-dollar verdicts.

Whichever route we choose, our goal is simply to make sure you get the compensation and relief you deserve—and that justice is served.

If you or a family member has suffered a serious personal injury, make sure you get the representation you deserve. Call our NJ personal injury office today at 732.324.7600, or click here to contact us immediately.

NJ Airbag Injuries

Federal safety standards now require all cars to be equipped with airbags. Airbags can save lives and help prevent serious injury. The purpose of the airbag is to provide occupant protection and restraint during a crash event. While airbags are intended to protect against injuries from automobile accidents, they can cause injuries and in rare cases even death.

Problems with Airbags

You should sit 10 inches away from the steering wheel. This distance is measured from the center of the steering wheel to your breastbone. You can change your driving position by moving your seat to the rear as far as you can while still reaching the pedals comfortably. There are also instances when the airbag is faulty or defective.

How Can an Airbag Be Defective?

An airbag can be defective if there are problems in the manufacturer’s design, production, or installation of the airbag. If you are injured by a defective airbag, you may be able to entitled to compensation for the injuries you suffered.

Defective Airbag?

Here are some potential reasons your airbag may be defective:

Takata Airbag Recall

So far, more than 20 million cars have been recalled due to the risk of violent airbag explosions. (as of February 2016).  The problem is the airbag’s inflator, a metal cartridge loaded with propellant wafers, which in some cases has ignited with explosive force. If the inflator housing ruptures in a crash, metal shards from the airbag can be sprayed throughout the passenger cabin.

Have You Suffered an Airbag Injury in New Jersey?

If you are concerned that an airbag defect or airbag failure may have caused serious personal injuries to you or to a loved one, our NJ defective product attorneys can analyze your specific situation and advise you of your legal rights. We welcome the opportunity to answer any questions you may have, so please feel free to contact us at 732-324-7600.

 

Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder Lawyer

Manufacturers have an obligation to implement rigorous testing and safety standards for their products. Johnson & Johnson is reportedly facing more than 1,200 talcum-powder lawsuits accusing the company of not adequately warning consumers about their products cancer risks.

Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is the eighth most common cancer and the fifth leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., with 20,000 women being diagnosed with the illness each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It accounts for 3 percent of all cancers in women. The connection between the frequent and consistent use of talc-containing powders, such as Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, and ovarian cancer is evident going as far back as 1982. This is according to a Harvard study that found that when compared with non-talcum powder users, women who used talcum powder in their sanitary pads and around their genitals had a greater risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Multi-Million Dollar Verdicts

In May 2016, the jury deliberated eight hours before ordering the company to pay $55 million to a South Dakota woman who blamed her ovarian cancer on years of talcum powder use. The ruling followed a $72 million award in February 2016 from another St. Louis jury to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer, which she said was caused by using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and other talcum products.

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If you or a family member have had complications due to Johnson & Johnson baby powder, make sure you get the representation you deserve with our NJ defective product attorneys. Call our office today at 732-324-7600, or click here to contact us immediately.

 

E-Cigarette Users Sue Over Exploding Devices

Electronic Cigarette Lawsuits: E-cigs have been marketed as a safe alternative to cigarette smoking, but recently the devices have been reported to explode, causing fires and serious burn injuries. They also have been found to produce formaldehyde and other dangers toxins such as diacetyl.

July 3, 2016 – Rachel Berven pushed the activation button & claimed the e-cigarette exploded, ripping a hole in her mouth and spewing battery acid across her body, according to the Wall Street Journal.

June 10, 2016 – A man from Tustin, CA., spent a week in the hospital after an electronic cigarette exploded in his mouth, according to CBS News.

June 8, 2016 – A 22-year-old man from Muskogee, Olka., has filed a lawsuit against a local vape shop after an electronic cigarette exploded in his mouth, according to FOX23 News.

May 10, 2016 – California resident Joseph Cavins filed a lawsuit after he lost an eye while vaping at home, according to ABC News.

How Do E-Cigarettes Work?

electronic cigarette

Most e-cigarettes consist of three different components, including:

In many e-cigarettes, puffing activates the battery-powered heating device, which vaporizes the liquid in the cartridge.

Since hitting the U.S. market in 2007, e-cigarettes, which heat liquid nicotine and other ingredients into an inhalable vapor, have been touted as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes and a path to quitting smoking. But some lawyers and consumers say the $3.5 billion industry isn’t doing enough to address a potential hazard: cheaply made lithium-ion batteries in the products that can unexpectedly explode (SARA RANDAZZO, Wall Street Journal).

Experts hired by plaintiffs in e-cigarette lawsuits say the lithium-ion batteries can lack controls to prevent either overcharging or discharging to a voltage that is too low, which can cause combustion. The batteries also can lack a hollow center core that would allow gas to escape slowly.

Are E-Cigarettes Safe?

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Electronic Cigarette Lawsuits in New Jersey

If you or a loved one suffered an injury after smoking or accidentally being exposed to an e-cig, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a class action suit and our lawyers can help.

 

Hoverboards Recalled After Fires & Burns

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Hoverboard Lawsuits: This recall involves self-balancing scooters, commonly referred to as hoverboards. They have two wheels at either end of a platform and are powered by lithium-ion battery packs. These battery packs have a high risk of catching fire and causing serious burn injuries. According to the CPSC, there have been at least 99 incidents reports of the battery packs in self-balancing scooters/hoverboards overheating, sparking, smoking, catching fire and/or exploding including reports of burn injuries and property damage.

June 7, 2016 – 500,000 Hoverboards Recalled after Fires, Burns, according to FOX News.

July 6, 2016 – Half A Million ‘Hoverboards’ Recalled Over Risk Of Fire, Explosions, according to NPR.com.

July 6, 2016 – Self-Balancing Scooters/Hoverboards Recalled by 10 Firms Due to Fire Hazard, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Hazards of Hoverboards

The lithium-ion battery packs in the self-balancing scooters/hoverboards can overheat, posing a risk of the products smoking, catching fire and/or exploding. The CPSC warned hoverboard makers and retailers earlier this year that they had to follow newly-created safety requirements or face recalls. Many airlines, railroads and college campuses have already banned hoverboards, citing safety risks.

Which Hoverboards are Recalled?

According to FOX News, the recalled hoverboards were made by 10 companies ranging from Swagway LLC of South Bend, Indiana, to Keenford Ltd., based in Hong Kong. They were sold online and in major stores nationwide between June 2015 and May 2016. They can cost as much as $900. Owners should stop using the recalled hoverboards and return them for a full refund, free repair or a free replacement, the CPSC said. Of the companies named, Swagway had the most recalled hoverboards, at 267,000. The company’s $400 Swagway X1 also had the most reports of injuries, at 16. Others being recalled include 84,000 of Keenford’s iMoto hoverboards; 70,000 of Hoverboard LLC’s Powerboard and 28,000 of Razor USA’s Hovertrax.

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Hoverboard Lawsuits in New Jersey

If you or a loved one suffered a burn injury as a result of a hoverboard, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a class action suit and our lawyers can help.

 

IKEA Dresser Recall in NJ

ikea dresser recall

June 2016: Ikea has issued a recall for at least 29 million chests and dressers that can easily tip over onto children, injuring or killing them, NBC News confirmed.

At least six children have been crushed to death by toppling Ikea chests, prompting the voluntary recall of about 29 million chests and dressers sold by the popular retailer, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says.

Ikea and the CPSC tell ABC that at least 36 children have been injured by Ikea chests and dressers, which are prone to tip over when they aren’t anchored to the wall. The deaths — all children under the age of 4 — date back to 1989 and are as recent as this February, the CPSC said.

The furniture giant said Monday, June 27, 2016, it is no longer selling its “Malm” series products because they “could be a danger,” Ikea USA president Lars Peterson told NBC News.

The announcement comes after an anchor campaign last year — and amid staggering statistics: every 24 minutes, a child is sent to the emergency room by a falling piece of furniture or a television, according the federal government’s watchdog agency, the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Every two weeks, a child dies.

For specific furniture information, visit IKEA’s website at this link: RECALL CHESTS AND DRESSERS

For more information on the recall, please visit NBC NEWS and ABC NEWS.

 

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