by Staff Blogger | November 21st, 2022
When you purchase sunscreen and apply it before spending the day outdoors, you feel good knowing that you’re protecting your skin, reducing your risk of sunburn, and decreasing your risk of skin cancer. But a May 2021 study found that of 300 popular types of sunscreens tested, 78 contained benzene, which is a known carcinogen.
Many of the affected sunscreens are spray or aerosol versions, and they include the following Johnson & Johnson brands and products:
- Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen
- Beach Defense aerosol sunscreen
- CoolDry Sport aerosol sunscreen
- Invisible Daily Defense aerosol sunscreen
- UltraSheer aerosol sunscreen
People who are frequently exposed to benzene face an increased risk of developing many types of cancer, including leukemia and lymphoma. And while Johnson & Johnson has issued a recall for many of its affected sunscreens, not all sunscreens containing benzene have been removed from store shelves. In addition, countless Americans still use and have these sunscreens already in their homes.
If you or someone you love developed leukemia, lymphoma, or another type of cancer after using a Johnson & Johnson sunscreen, especially if it was a spray or aerosol sunscreen, there’s a chance the cancer was caused by benzene exposure.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we’re working hard to help people harmed by dangerous sunscreens get the compensation they deserve for their medical bills, lost wages, and more. Contact our Virginia defective product lawyers anytime for a free consultation of your case and to learn how we can put our decades of personal injury law experience to work for you.
by Staff Blogger | August 8th, 2022
Manufacturers are some of the biggest companies in the world. Americans rely on consumer products for virtually every aspect of their lives, and many of those products come from just a handful of huge corporations. When those companies make products that are dangerous due to defective designs, inferior components, or flawed manufacturing processes, they should be held liable.
However, not all law firms are willing to take these claims. That’s because going up against big corporations can be difficult. They’re often reluctant to admit fault, and they have big legal teams that back up their claims of innocence or ignorance concerning their products injuring customers.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we don’t let big companies get away with harming innocent people simply because they have a lot of money. We have a track record of success when it comes to standing up to some of the biggest companies in the world. Simply put, we do whatever it takes to get our clients compensation against whoever it takes.
If you or someone you love was harmed by a defective product, we want to hear from you. If the manufacturer knew or should have known about the flaw that caused your injury or illness, they can be held liable for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Contact our Virginia defective product lawyers today for a free consultation.
by Staff Blogger | May 9th, 2022
Product recalls happen all the time. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration keeps a database of recalled products on its website. This database serves to alert consumers of products that may pose a threat to them or their loved ones.
Thankfully, most product recalls are due to issues that don’t pose serious threats to consumers. But some do, and it’s vital for consumers to stop using them and return them to the stores or manufacturers.
However, potentially dangerous products don’t always get recalled. In some cases, potentially dangerous products remain on store shelves for years or even decades after it’s first determined that they might pose risks to consumers.
When people are injured by defective products, they may search for recall information. If they don’t find it, they may give up on the idea of seeking compensation for their injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. But just because a product hasn’t been recalled doesn’t mean that victims can’t get compensation.
A famous recent example involves Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder. The product has been linked to female reproductive cancers, and multiple women and their families were awarded significant compensation while the product was still on store shelves.
Simply put, if you think you were harmed by a product, you need a Virginia defective product lawyer on your side regardless of its recall status. Contact the legal team at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.
by Staff Blogger | March 28th, 2022
Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep-related disorders in the world. It affects millions of Americans, and many sleep apnea patients use CPAP machines to help them sleep. Unfortunately, some of the most common and best-selling sleep apnea machines are linked to serious health problems.
The machines in question were manufactured by Phillips Respironics between 2009 and April 26, 2021. They put users’ health in jeopardy because the foam insulation used to reduce their noise levels can break down. When users attach the machines to their noses and mouths, they can breath in or swallow the broken down foam.
Inhaled or ingested foam can cause many health problems, including:
- Airway irritation or inflammation
- Lung damage
- Many types of cancer
- Respiratory failure
- Liver and kidney disease
- And more
It’s unacceptable for so many sleep apnea patients to have been exposed to these dangers. Phillips has responded to the health risks by telling patients to stop using the affected CPAP or BiPAP machines, while the FDA says that patients who use them should ask their doctors about alternative treatments.
If you or someone you love suffered health problems after using a Phillips CPAP or BiPAP machine, our lawyers want to hear from you. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we’re building claims for people who were harmed by these machines that were supposed to improve their health, not harm it. Contact our Virginia defective product lawyers today for a free consultation.
by Staff Blogger | January 24th, 2022
Sleep problems are rampant in America. Many of them are caused by a condition sleep apnea. People with this condition may stop breathing throughout the night, with episode lasting up to one full minute. They may not be aware that it’s happening, but it dramatically interferes with their sleep quality, leaving them exhausted and prone to falling asleep while eating, working, or even driving.
Many people who have sleep apnea rely on continuous positive airway machines (CPAP) to help them breathe throughout the night and to restore their sleep quality. However, machines from one of the most popular CPAP manufacturers has been linked to serious health risks.
In June 2021, Philips Respironics recalled several of its CPAP machines after it was discovered that they increased the risk of users developing:
- Lung damage
- Lung cancer
- Heart attack
- And more
These machines put users at risk due to their foam insulation breaking down, which is then swallowed or breathed in by users. The foam has been found to be toxic, but it’s found in around 4 million of the CPAP machines.
If you or someone you love was injured or developed a serious illness after using a Phillips CPAP machine, you may be eligible for compensation. The Virginia defective product lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers want to help you get the money you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.
by Staff Blogger | November 1st, 2021
Whether it’s due to injury, disease, or age, it’s common for people’s joints to wear out over time. And when joints begin to fail, especially in the hips and knees, people may experience severe pain and be unable to walk without great difficulty or assistance. Joint replacements are a welcome intervention for these patients, but they can bring a whole host of problems on their own.
Unfortunately, some joint replacements are dangerous and defective. Some have flawed designs and don’t work as they should, while others are prone to breaking down inside the body. That means that people who receive these surgical implants can have serious complications just days, weeks, or months later. In other cases, victims may not notice any issues until years after their surgeries have healed.
Regardless of how quickly symptoms show up, victims of defective joint replacements deserve compensation for their injuries. The manufacturers of some of these joint replacements are aware of the danger they pose to patients, but they’re still being implanted in people every day. And when victims are treated after receiving these defective implants, they need revision surgeries and long roads to recovery.
If you or someone you love suffered complications due to a defective joint replacement, our Virginia defective product lawyers want to help. Contact Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation. We have the experience and track record of success you need to maximize your chances of getting full compensation.
by Staff Blogger | June 14th, 2021
Roundup has been in the news for years after people who used it or were exposed to it developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and won billions of dollars in settlements. Despite Roundup’s manufacturer being required to pay massive settlements to those victims, the product is still on store shelves in America!
That’s because the manufacturer still denies that Roundup’s primary ingredient, an herbicide called glyphosate, is dangerous. Juries nationwide are disagreeing with this, and they’ve required the manufacturer to pay settlements ranging from $80 million all the way up to $2 billion to people who developed cancer after using or being exposed to this dangerous product.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer said in 2015 that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic.” That alone should be grounds for having the product pulled from store shelves and a massive nationwide recall, but those steps haven’t been taken by the manufacturer. That means people are still able to purchase Roundup and use it at their homes, putting themselves and their loved ones—including children—in danger.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia defective product lawyers work hard to hold negligent product manufacturers accountable when their products hurt innocent people. Roundup, originally manufactured by Monsanto and now manufactured by the company’s owner Bayer, is putting many innocent people at risk of developing a potentially deadly cancer, and it’s our job to help those victims get maximum compensation.
Contact us today if you or someone you love developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using or being exposed to Roundup. You may be owed significant compensation.
by Staff Blogger | January 11th, 2021
Asbestos has been banned from use in many countries and in many applications, including construction. But despite its link to mesothelioma, a fatal form of lung cancer, it’s still around in older buildings, and it’s even still widely used in certain industries.
People who work in manufacturing plants, refineries, and shipyards, for example, may still be exposed to asbestos on a daily basis. And people who work directly with items such as flooring, roofing, brakes, insulation, and raw construction materials may be at much higher risk than other workers who are around it.
Unfortunately, asbestos can cause serious illnesses and even death decades after exposure, and sometimes, even brief exposure is enough for victims to develop cancer and other problems. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we believe it’s unacceptable for innocent victims to still be exposed to a substance that is so strongly linked to a fatal form of cancer.
When companies knowingly put their workers in harm’s way via asbestos exposure—or when companies knowingly use or manufacture products and materials that contain asbestos—they should be held accountable when people get sick. The Virginia defective product lawyers at our law firm work hard to help those victims and their families get maximum compensation for their injuries.
If you or someone you love was diagnosed with mesothelioma, you deserve payment for what you’ve gone through. The world has had plenty of time to acknowledge the dangers posed by asbestos, and new injuries and illnesses are unacceptable. Call us today for a free consultation.
by Staff Blogger | November 2nd, 2020
In 2019, it seems like the media was reporting on the dangers of e-cigarettes on a daily basis. COVID-19 has pushed that news out of the limelight, but the dangers are still there. In addition to the unknown long-term ramifications of inhaling e-cig vapors, users also face another serious risk every time they vape: explosions, fires, and serious burns.
Almost all e-cigs are powered by lithium ion batteries. These batteries power many of the devices we use every day, including smartphones, laptops, cameras, and more. But those devices are typically manufactured by trusted brands with strict quality control standards and trusted suppliers. E-cigs, on the other hand, are often manufactured as cheaply as possible—and that includes their batteries.
Poorly designed and manufactured batteries are much more prone to failure, including explosions, than other batteries. It’s important to note that lithium ion batteries carry huge amounts of energy inside them. When they fail, that energy must go somewhere, and that’s what causes explosions and fires.
When e-cigs explode, they can cause serious injuries to the people using them. People hurt by exploding e-cigs have suffered facial and limb scarring, loss of fingers, burns, and even loss of vision. Because there are so many e-cigs on the market and new models are introduced frequently, it can be difficult for the FDA and other regulatory agencies to review them all. That means many potentially dangerous models are on store shelves right now.
If you or someone you love was harmed by an exploding e-cig, our Virginia defective product lawyers want to help. Contact Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.
by Staff Blogger | July 13th, 2020
Whether you’re trying to avoid COVID-19 or reduce your risks of getting sick in general, using hand sanitizer is a great way to kill bacteria and germs when washing your hands in a sink isn’t possible or practical. But recently, the FDA released a serious warning about the safety of certain hand sanitizers that contain methanol.
Typically, hand sanitizers work by using ethanol, or ethyl alcohol. This substance kills germs without putting users at risk. However, some hand sanitizer manufacturers are using methanol, or wood alcohol, in their products without labeling it. Methanol is highly toxic and should be avoided at all costs, whether its via skin exposure or accidental and intentional consumption.
Side effects of methanol exposure can include:
- Blurred vision
- Permanent blindness
- Nerve damage
People who use hand sanitizers that contain methanol are at risk even if they are only exposed topically. However, people who ingest these products, including small children and people who drink them as alcohol substitutes, are at extreme risk of serious complications.
Many of the affected hand sanitizers were manufactured in Mexico under various names and by various companies. A full list can be found on the FDA’s website. New hand sanitizers are being added to the list frequently. When purchasing hand sanitizer, only buy products from trusted brands and trusted stores.
If you or someone you love was harmed by a defective and dangerous product, the Virginia defective product lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.