Defective Product

E-Cig Injuries: Less Publicized in 2020, Still Dangerous

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.

Be Wary of Dangerous and Deadly Hand Sanitizers

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:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Permanent blindness
  • Seizure
  • Coma
  • Nerve damage
  • Death

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.

Defective Products Can Cause Debilitating and Fatal Injuries

by Staff Blogger | May 4th, 2020

Consumers drive our society. We use products manufactured by large corporations from the moment we wake up until the moment we go to sleep. And while many products make life easier and more convenient, we also trust product manufacturers to ensure that their goods are safe for everyone to use.

Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Whether it’s due to a defective design, inferior and cut-rate components, or even hidden safety test results, many products end up on store shelves, in workplaces, or even in hospital rooms every year that put innocent people at risk.

What happens when an airbag explodes instead of inflating to protecting vehicle occupants during a crash? How does a defective joint replacement affect recipients when it breaks down inside their bodies? Or what’s the outcome when a pacemaker, a device designed to regulate patients’ heartbeats, fails to operate properly?

The consequences of a failed consumer, industrial, or medical product can be devastating and often fatal. And in many cases, those consequences could be avoided by more thorough testing or a more proactive recall process. But big product manufacturers want to protect their profits, and that often means skimping on testing and being reluctant to recall cash cow products.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia defective product attorneys fight for the rights of people who were injured or lost loved ones due to dangerous goods. Don’t wait to get the legal representation you deserve after your defective product injury. Contact us today.

Hurt by a Defective Product? We’ve Got Your Back.

by Staff Blogger | January 6th, 2020

All types of products sold in the U.S., including consumer, industrial, and medical-grade products, are supposed to be tested and proven safe for their intended uses. But because the testing process is lengthy and expensive—and because manufacturers may want to hide certain design flaws and risks—some products that pose serious threats to the people who use them still end up on the market.

Suffering an injury due to a defective product can result in serious complications and consequences, including expensive medical bills and weeks, months, or even years out of work. Because product manufacturers are typically multi-billion-dollar companies, many victims are reluctant to file compensation claims. After all, how are individual people and families supposed to stand up against huge, publicly traded companies?

Thankfully, the legal system makes it possible for victims to be heard when others—including big companies—fail to uphold their duties and responsibilities. And at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia defective product attorneys know what it takes to go toe-to-toe with product manufacturers both in the compensation claim process and in the courtroom.

Whether you were injured by a dangerous weed killer, a defective medical device that was implanted in your body, a flawed military earplug, or any other type of harmful product, we want to help. We’ve helped many other victims just like you get compensation for injuries, medical expenses, and lost wages due to defective product injuries, and we want to help you, too. Contact us today for a free consultation.

We Hold Negligent Product Manufacturers Accountable

by Staff Blogger | October 28th, 2019

When you purchase or use a product, whether it’s a household product or a medical device, you expect it to be safe and to work as intended. After all, the U.S. has many regulatory agencies that are supposed to thoroughly test and review all new products. However, some product manufacturers put dangerous products on the market by hiding product defects or publishing misleading information concerning their product safety testing.

There are a wide range of defective products that can be harmful to consumers. Common everyday products that are potentially dangerous in 2019 include e-cigarettes, which can catch fire or explode, and Roundup® weed killer, which is linked to cancer. Certain medical products can also be extremely dangerous. Joint replacements can break down inside the body, causing severe inflammation and bleeding, while defective pacemakers and IVC filters can cause potentially fatal complications.

Product manufacturers are often billion-dollar corporations, and that can make victims hesitant to file claims or pursue compensation. But at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we aren’t afraid of standing up to these big companies. Regardless of their size, negligent companies that put their customers’ health and even lives at risk should be held liable for the damages they cause.

If you or someone you love was harmed by a defective product, whether it was a household item or a medical implant, you need experienced legal representation on your side. Contact our Norfolk defective product lawyers today for a free consultation. We know what you’re going through, and we want to help.

Hearing Loss After Military Service? Defective Earplugs May Be to Blame.

by Staff Blogger | July 15th, 2019

If you served in the U.S. military between 2003 and 2015, you may have been issued defective Combat Arms earplugs manufactured by Aearo Technologies, a company that was later purchased by 3M. The earplugs are dual-ended and are supposed to block varying levels of noise depending on which side is used. However, the earplugs’ design is defective and doesn’t provide adequate hearing protection, exposing service members to damaging levels of noise during combat and training operations.

The U.S. Department of Justice sued 3M after determining that both it and Aearo Technologies falsely claimed that the Combat Arms earplugs met the U.S. government’s standards for hearing protection. As a result of the defect, thousands of military personnel were exposed to noise levels that can result in serious damage to the ear and symptoms such as tinnitus—a persistent ringing sound—and permanent hearing loss. 3M ultimately paid the U.S. government a $9.1 million settlement.

If you or someone you love experienced hearing loss or tinnitus after serving in any branch of the U.S. military, you may be eligible for compensation, as the problem may be due to defective earplugs. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we honor people who chose to serve our country, and that includes fighting for their rights when negligent corporations put them at risk unnecessarily because of defective products. Contact our Norfolk defective product lawyers today for a free consultation.

Defective Product Victims Deserve Maximum Compensation

by Staff Blogger | May 6th, 2019

Consumer products are designed to make life easier and more efficient, while medical products are designed to alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life. The safety and effectiveness of products hinges on the steps their manufacturers took before they were released to the consumer or medical markets. Unfortunately, some manufacturers skip essential steps or use low-quality materials, and that can put the people who purchase or use their products at risk.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk defective product lawyers know how dangerous untested and poorly manufactured products can be. We also know that victims may feel helpless when it comes to getting compensation from huge billion-dollar corporations. We aren’t afraid to stand up to big product manufacturers, especially when it involves getting damages for victims’ medical bills and lost wages.

Don’t be afraid to get the money you deserve for what you’ve been through. Defective product injuries are often debilitating and disabling, and you may be facing an uncertain future involving extensive medical treatments and weeks, months, or even years out of work. We know what you’re dealing with, and it’s our goal to help you recover and put your injuries behind you. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Harmed by a Defective Product? You Need a Lawyer.

by Staff Blogger | January 7th, 2019

We live in a product-based society. Almost everything we use and interact with everyday either comes from a store or was produced in a manufacturing facility. Most of the products that fill our homes and workplaces are safe to use and pose no threat to us, but some can cause serious injuries or illnesses—and that’s often due to manufacturer negligence.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk defective product attorneys know that any product, whether they’re household appliances, vehicle components, or even medical devices, can pose risks to the people who use them. But those risks can be amplified when manufacturers either fail to properly test them, push them to market despite faulty designs or components, or withhold information about known dangers.

If you or someone you love was injured by a defective product, you may feel helpless. You’re dealing with a serious injury or illness, and you may be unable to work, but how are you supposed to get compensation for what you’re going through? Product manufacturers may seem untouchable, and they may not even respond to your attempts to contact them. But getting a lawyer on your side changes everything.

Our legal team knows how to build defective product claims that get attention and get results. Don’t suffer in silence when another party caused you harm—even if it was a billion-dollar corporation. Call us today for a free consultation.

Why Do You Need a Lawyer after a Defective Product Injury?

by Staff Blogger | July 16th, 2018

Whether it’s a product from a store or a medical device implanted into your body, the last thing you expect is for that product to harm you.

Most people assume that consumer and medical-grade products are thoroughly tested and made with user safety in mind, but that’s not always the case. Every year, thousands of people are seriously harmed by products that were designed or manufactured with serious and potentially dangerous flaws.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our network of Norfolk defective product lawyers know how helpless victims often feel when they’ve been hurt by items they thought were safe. Consumer and medical product manufacturers are often billion-dollar corporations, and that can leave victims believing that it’s impossible to get compensation.

However, with an experienced legal team on your side, you can level the playing field. When you call us, you can count on our attorneys to help in the following ways:

  • We’ll prove you were harmed by the defective product—To be eligible for compensation, you must first prove the product in question injured you or caused complications. We’ll collect medical records and even call on expert witnesses to leave no doubt about the origin of your health problems.
  • We’ll prove the product was dangerous—Whether it was due to a poor design, cut-rate manufacturing process and materials, or lack of warnings and information provided to consumers or medical professionals, we’ll prove that the product that harmed you was dangerous and liable to cause injuries and health complications.

You don’t have to suffer alone after a defective product injury. Call us today for a free consultation.

2 Steps to Take if You’re Injured by a Defective Product

by Staff Blogger | April 16th, 2018

Our lives are heavily dependent on the safety of consumer products. The beds we sleep in, the cars we drive to work, and the appliances we use to cook our food are all parts of our daily lives. We trust the manufacturers of those products to test them thoroughly and to keep us out of harm when we purchase and use them.

Unfortunately, it’s impossible to make sure every product that a manufacturer releases is 100-percent safe, but some manufacturers allow inherently flawed and dangerous products onto the market to maximize their profits. To make matters worse, this can also happen with medical devices, including those that are implanted inside patients’ bodies.

When medical devices fail due to design or manufacturing flaws, patients face serious health risks and complications. If you or you someone you love ever faces this situation, you should:

  1. Call your doctor immediately—Symptoms of a defective medical device include pain, reduced mobility, inflammation, bleeding, and illness due to materials breaking off and entering the bloodstream. Your doctor can diagnose your condition and provide evidence to link it to your medical device.
  2. Call a Norfolk defective product lawyer—If evidence indicates that your injury or illness was caused by your medical device, you need heavy-hitting legal representation on your side. Medical device companies are well-protected from a legal standpoint, but we know how to tip the scales in our clients’ favor.

Call Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation. We’re here to help you get the money you deserve for your defective product injury or medical-device-related illness.