You expect the products that you use to go through rigorous testing before they’re available for purchase and for them to be safe when you use them. This ranges from purchasing something from a store, having a medical procedure, or getting a new part for your car—all those products should be safe. But this isn’t always the case. If you’ve been injured by a defective product, a Baltimore product liability lawyer from Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz, LLC will fight for your rights and get you the compensation you deserve.
A defective or unsafe product can cause myriad health problems or injuries. You may be unable to work or will need to afford medical care for your recovery. You shouldn’t have to undergo this financial stress because a company was negligent. We’re here to help you gain peace of mind that skilled lawyers are representing your best interests.
What Makes Products Unsafe?
There are several ways that a product can become unsafe, whether it’s in the early stages of its development or it happens when it’s finally on the market. A product could actually be fine, but misleading or instructions that don’t include all the required information about the product could make people use it unsafely and shouldn’t be on shelves.
A product can be defective if there’s an issue with:
- Products may be made with cheaper materials that break down over time or are unsafe for people.
- A flawed design could mean a product could potentially be a fire hazard, or a crucial medical device could stop working for a patient.
- All products need to have clear labels explaining the product and how it should be used. If the label includes graphics, those images shouldn’t be able to be misconstrued.
- Products also need to include possible side effects and if someone should contact their doctor if they experience certain side effects.
When your product liability lawyer reviews your case, they will find what made the product defective and how it caused your injuries. From there, they will use this information to determine the settlement that will help cover those costs.
Defective Medical Devices
Many people depend on medical devices on a regular basis. Surgeons could use certain devices to aid a procedure, a patient may be getting an implant that helps their heart or their hip, and they need these devices to work safely. But when companies rush the process and don’t test things correctly, defective products can get on the market and endanger a patient’s wellbeing or their life.
Staying up to date with recalled medical devices is paramount to helping the people who have been injured by negligent companies. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) keeps an updated list of recalled medical devices. Five recent medical device recalls from May and June 2018 from the FDA’s list are:
- CARDIOSAVE Hybrid Intra-aortic Balloon Pump. This product made by Maquet Datascope Corp./Getinge Group recalled this device because of fluid ingress and could make the device fail, which could cause immediate health consequences and possibly death.
- HeartWare HVAD System. Medtronic recalled this device because the power source and controller can electrically disconnect, resulting in serious injuries or death.
- HeartMate 3™ Left Ventricular Assist System. Abbott recalled this device because it can malfunction and possibly cause blood clots or death.
- MindFrame Capture LP Revascularization Device. This was recalled by Metronic because the device can break, which can harm the patient or the person using the device.
- AirLife Resuscitation Devices and Broselow Convenience Kits. Vyaire Medical recalled this device because the product design doesn’t allow it to disconnect, which could hurt the patient who needs manual resuscitation.
Going up against a manufacturing company is daunting to do on your own. The lawyers at Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz, LLC are ready to stand up to these major companies and demand justice on your behalf.
The country is experiencing an opioid crisis that has many Americans addicted and is also costing lives. Before prescribing a drug to you, a doctor should inform you of any risks or warnings that can come from taking the drug. The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) categorizes drugs by their potential for abuse in schedules. Schedule I includes the drugs that have the highest potential for abuse and don’t have current medical use.
- Schedule II. Drugs like hydrocodone, methamphetamine, hydromorphone, oxycodone, fentanyl, and more are drugs that can be used to treat people with severe pain. But people can develop a strong dependence on these drugs.
- Schedule III. These drugs have a moderate to low potential for addiction. Schedule III includes drugs like codeine, ketamine, and anabolic steroids.
- Schedule IV. Drugs that have a low risk of dependence include Xanax, Valium, Soma, and Ambien.
A main issue with the opioid crisis is pharmaceutical companies pushing highly addictive pills to patients in pain but downplayed the drugs’ addictive qualities. When the prescriptions ran out, people turned to other means of getting the drugs, which continued their addiction and some led to overdoses.
Defective Car Parts
You should be able to depend on your car to get you where you need to go. When car manufacturers are negligent and produce faulty products, they’re risking your life. A car that has an unreliable brake system or faulty airbags could cause catastrophic injuries.
Entire motor vehicles or components of those vehicles can have a hazardous fault. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that recalls happen when a motor vehicle or part of the vehicle doesn’t follow the Feder Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, or there is a safety-related defect with the equipment.
Defects that affect a driver’s safety are:
- Steering Issues
- Leaking Fuel Systems
- Sticking or Breaking Accelerator
- Cracked Wheels
- Vehicle Parts Break Away from Vehicle
- Wiring Issues
- Faulty Car Jacks
- Deploying Issues with Air Bags
- Unsafe Child Safety Seats
When you’re in a car accident that happened because something was wrong with your car, one of our car accident lawyers may be able to help you with your claim.
How Can a Baltimore Product Liability Lawyer Help You?
Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz, LLC proudly represents those injured in Maryland. If you’ve been hurt by a defective product, your first step to recovering is getting reliable representation. Get in touch with us at (800) 895-5333 to set up a free consultation of your case.
With one of our lawyers at your side, you won’t have to worry about intimidation from the opposing company or your lawyer settling early or for less than you deserve. We’re prepared to take your case to court if that’s what it takes to protect your rights.