A fire that killed a 47-year-old woman on May 29 may have been caused by a defective dishwasher, according to local authorities. New Jersey authorities are still looking into the cause of the fire. They have yet to release any additional information as to the make or model of the defective product.
Products Liability Archives
Several appliance giants have come under fire for product issues specifically regarding front-loading washing machines. Numerous suits originating in New Jersey and elsewhere in the nation have been brought against several companies related to mold and mildew problems associated with their washing machine lines. Most of these defective product claims stem from possible health concerns related to the mold.
The sale of so-called "novelty helmets", cheap but flashy alternatives to more expensive safety helmets, is leading to more and more motorcycle deaths, according to national authorities. New Jersey motorcycle aficionados should take note: according to many studies, a novelty helmet is a dangerous product that does not provide adequate protection in the event of a crash. Many national safety organizations are attempting to raise awareness about this critical issue.
New Jersey consumers may benefit from being aware of a recent recall that has affected products distributed nationwide. Rich Products Corp. has voluntarily recalled multiple Farm Rich product lines that may be contaminated with E. coli. The potentially dangerous product lines include Mini Quesadillas, Mini Pizza Slices, Philly Cheese Steaks, Mozzarella Bites and many more.
Surgery is almost always performed with the intent of improving health. Implants are typically used in a New Jersey surgery as a substitution for natural body parts that are not functioning as intended. It is devastating to people who have surgery to replace a joint that does more damage than good. In such cases a products liability claim may be appropriate.
For those who suffered a serious injury as a result of using a consumer product, there may be many questions as to whether the product was in fact manufactured safely. If such a question arises, looking at the product and its history in the market may reveal evidence that supports a defective product claim. In one such case, it was recently disclosed that Kolcraft, the maker of child play areas that were sold in New Jersey and throughout the country, was issued a significant fine as a result of its failure to timely report potential defects in the play area's design.
Pursuing a product liability case can be a worthwhile task. By successfully litigating a product liability case in New Jersey not only may the plaintiff be entitled to damages for their injuries, but they may also put the world on notice that a product being sold is dangerous and should be avoided. Even in cases where legal hurdles may exist, a plaintiff may be able to seek the justice they are looking for through their pursuit of a claim against those defendants they deem are liable.
Medical product manufacturer Johnson and Johnson is facing a slew of lawsuits in New Jersey, one of which recently resulted in an award of over $10 million in damages. A New Jersey jury awarded a woman $7.8 million in punitive damages and $3.35 million in compensatory damages for the injuries she suffered as a result of a defective vaginal mesh implant. Her product liability claim included allegations that she had to endure 18 surgeries to try and alleviate the pain that came as a result of the defective product.
Sometimes, a product that seems to work miracles can turn out to be a double-edged sword. To add to that worry, most warning statements included with drug products these days seem to include every possible symptom conceivable without really providing precise or complete enough information for people to make an informed choice. A major New Jersey based drug manufacturer is now on the receiving end of a products liability suit in which a man is claiming that a hair prescription treatment made by the company caused him sexual dysfunction and an increased risk of incurring other conditions.
Manufacturers are tasked with creating products that meet the needs of the consumer. When it comes to medications, New Jersey consumers with children depend on these manufacturers to ensure that their products are made with the utmost emphasis on safety. Recently, the Consumer Product Safety Commission released a recall on several Triaminic and Theraflu products after problems were discovered with the child-resistant caps. Novartis Consumer Health, the manufacturer, voluntarily recalled the defective product.