Defective Product

Defective Sleep Apnea Machines Linked to Serious Health Problems

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
  • Pneumonia
  • Lung cancer
  • Stroke
  • 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.

Pain, Infection, and Reduced Mobility Are Signs of Defective Joint Replacements

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.

Bayer Has Paid Billions to Roundup Victims, But the Product Is Still on Store Shelves

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.

Asbestos: Widely Demonized, But Still Harming Innocent Victims

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.

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.