Defective Product

Dangers Wrapped in Bright Shiny Packaging

by actuate | June 19th, 2017

We put a lot of trust in manufacturers. That’s a little scary when you think about it. Given the number of reported injuries in recent years caused by defective products, it’s a wonder that we’re not more leery of purchasing anything at the store. When you consider the volume of production for many of the common products we use or consume every day, it’s easy to imagine the dangers that could be lurking in any unsuspecting package. Unfortunately, it usually takes a tragedy to get our attention, and then it’s often too late for some.

Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers handles product liability cases because we believe manufacturers should be held accountable for the injuries their products cause. Whether caused by faulty components or a failure to properly test the safety of a product, manufacturers have a responsibility to your safety as a consumer. When they betray that trust, they should pay. However, getting fair compensation on your own can be extremely difficult, which is why you need an experienced product liability attorney fighting on your behalf.

If you’ve been injured by a defective product, the help you need is just a phone call away. Call our experienced Norfolk product liability attorneys today for a free, no obligation consultation. You deserve compensation for what you’ve been through, and we’ll do everything within our power to make sure you get it. Don’t deal with the big manufacturers on your own. Contact us today.

Norfolk Consumers Deserve Better

by actuate | February 20th, 2017

We’re only a couple months into 2017 and already there have been a number of new defective products released on the market. That’s no surprise. Every year, manufacturers skip or skim over important safety testing in an effort to get their products on store shelves as quickly as possible. That often leads to products shipping with significant and even life-threatening defects the manufacturer may or may not know about. And unfortunately, it’s the consumer who pays the price.

At Lowell Stanley, we help the victims of defective products get the compensation they deserve for their injuries. If you’ve been injured or suffered harm from any of the below products or conditions, contact us immediately:

Contact our experienced Norfolk defective product attorneys today for your free, no obligation consultation. We’re ready to hold the manufacturer accountable for what you’ve been through. You could be eligible to receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Don’t wait to get the legal help you need. Contact us right now.

Eleventh Confirmed Death Involving Defective Airbags

by actuate | November 7th, 2016

For most of us, driving is a necessity of life. Whether we take public transit or own our own cars, getting from A to B every day requires that we get out on the open road. We all know the inherent dangers of driving in Norfolk, but what about the dangers you can’t see? How do you avoid those?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), another death has been linked to defective Takata airbags. These airbags are known to rupture upon inflation, causing severe and even fatal injuries to passengers. It is estimated that more than 70 million vehicles contain defective Takata airbags, 300,000 of which have yet to be repaired or accounted for.

If you own a vehicle on the following list, contact your dealership for a free replacement and repair.

  • 2001-2002 Honda Civic
  • 2001-2002 Honda Accord
  • 2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL
  • 2002 Honda CR-V
  • 2002 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003 Acura 3.2CL
  • 2003 Honda Pilot

Don’t take chances with your life and the lives of your passengers. Check to make sure your vehicle doesn’t have a defective Takata airbag.

Unfortunately, the list of defective products on the market today goes far beyond airbags. If you’ve been injured by a defective product, call our Norfolk product liability attorneys today for a free consultation. You may be entitled to compensation, so contact us today.

Explosive Vapes Linked to Severe Injuries

by actuate | June 6th, 2016

E-cigarettes have become extremely popular in Norfolk over the last few years. Almost anywhere you go, you spot someone vaping—a trend that has caught on across the country. The appeal for many is the assumption that vaping is safer than traditional smoking. However, some e-cigarette users have discovered that vaping can pose an even greater physical danger.

Certain e-cigarette devices have been known to overheat, resulting in fires and explosions. Incidents have caused severe injuries to users, as well as property damage to homes and apartment buildings. These defective products malfunction due to lithium ion batteries overheating while charging or in use. And because there is little to no oversight in the industry, defective e-cigarette devices continue to flood the market, putting consumers in serious danger.

If you or someone you love has been injured by a defective e-cigarette device, call our Norfolk product liability attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ll investigate the cause of your injuries and fight to get you maximum compensation from the manufacturer. You deserve compensation if you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, so call us today.

What Lawyer Movies Get Right

by actuate | February 15th, 2016

We’ve just come off an incredible holiday movie season. From blockbusters like Star Wars to gritty period pieces like Revenant, there have been plenty of reasons to go to the movies recently. Films have the ability to take us out of our everyday lives and place us in the shoes of extraordinary characters doing remarkable things.

Movies also have the ability to shine a light on injustice, revealing corruption in the real world. Films like Puncture that portray corporations putting greed above the welfare of their consumers. In the film, two small-time attorneys take on the case of a young woman who contracted HIV from a needle-stick accident. As the attorneys dig deeper into the case, they have to decide whether or not they want to risk their careers by taking on a corporate juggernaut determined to squash any attempt to shine a light on their defective products.

The film was based on a true story, and unfortunately, the lengths these corporations will go to protect its bottom line is pretty accurate. Even with landmark cases such as the Pacific Gas and Electric Company case made famous by the movie Erin Brockovich, corporations are still putting profits before people, even when lives are at stake.

That’s why personal injury law is such an important part of our justice system. Without it, these corporations might get away with the injuries and deaths their negligent behavior cause. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we’re proud to stand up for the rights of consumers. If you’ve been injured by a defective product, we’d be proud to stand up for you as well. Give our Norfolk product liability lawyers a call for a free consultation. Let us help you hold those accountable responsible.

The Battle Against Mesothelioma and Asbestos in Virginia

by | December 28th, 2015

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that’s used for it’s insulating and fire-retardant properties in many of the products we’re exposed to daily. While the use of asbestos has certain benefits, the risks the substance poses are substantial.

Contact with asbestos has been linked to the development of a deadly form of cancer known as Mesothelioma. This particular type of cancer can cause growths to develop on the lungs and inside the body cavity.

These dangers are why asbestos is often removed from structures and products that could cause exposure. However, removing asbestos is an extremely delicate process that requires numerous precautions and safety measures in order to protect the safety of workers and prevent asbestos contamination.

The Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation has created the Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors as a means to control the way asbestos is handled in Virginia. The organization monitors all projects containing asbestos and enforces all regulations of the substance.

The processes and laws that are in place are successful in reducing much of the public’s exposure to this harmful substance. However, many citizens were exposed to asbestos before these rules were implemented and some people still come in contact with asbestos today.

If you developed Mesothelioma as a result of being exposed to asbestos, Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley and our legal staff at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers is here to help. You can contact us by calling (757) 459-CASH anytime—day or night.

Online Shoppers Should Be Wary of Arbitration Agreements

by | December 7th, 2015

As we scurry to wrap up holiday gift shopping, the idea of ordering items online can be alluring. But the Norfolk defective product lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers warn shoppers that ordering online can affect your rights to file a product liability claim.

Many online retailers have begun forcing shoppers to agree to arbitration clauses prior to a purchase. These agreements protect retailers from lawsuits in the event they sell a malfunctioning product and strip consumers of their rights to protection under the law.

An article from The Fiscal Times points out that some of the largest retailers who have adopted the practice include Amazon, Ticketmaster, Starbucks, and Overstock.com.

So what can you do to protect your legal rights while shopping this holiday season? Experts encourage consumers to do shopping at a company’s physical location rather than online, due to the fact arbitration agreements aren’t signed when items are purchased at a store. You can also choose to do any required online shopping with companies that do not force arbitration agreements onto their customers.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we believe in protecting the rights of consumers, and our Norfolk personal injury lawyers hope these tips are useful to you during the holiday shopping season.

Norfolk Defective Product Lawyers Discuss the Recall of 35,000 High Chairs

by | October 12th, 2015

Millions of children use a high chair each day. The Norfolk defective product lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers point out that if your child is using a high chair designed by Safety 1st, he or she may be at risk of injury.

According to WAVY 10 News, child product manufacturer, Safety 1st, has recalled three different models of high chairs due to a fall and injury risk the units pose. Reports indicate children can remove the trays that attach to the 35,000 affected high chairs, which allows the child to fall from the seat. Injuries that have been associated with these falls include cuts, bruises, and chipped teeth.

So far, the company says it has received 68 reports of children removing the trays, with 11 of those cases resulting in a child being injured.

The affected units include model numbers:

  • HC144BZF
  • HC229CZF
  • HC229CYG

If you are own one of the affected units, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has stated you should stop using the high chair immediately and contact Safety 1st for a free repair kit.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know the dangers using a defective product can pose. That’s why our Norfolk personal injury lawyers applaud the efforts being made to correct the problems with these high chairs and are hopeful more injuries can be avoided in the future.

Virginia Joins Investigation Into VW Emissions Scandal

by | September 28th, 2015

The automobile industry in the United States is heavily regulated in order to ensure the safety of the vehicles on the American market; however, our Norfolk defective product lawyers with Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers explain allegations have arisen that car manufacturing giant Volkswagen (VW) may have attempted to hide problems with the emissions systems of 11 million vehicles worldwide.

In December 2014, VW sent letters to owners of certain diesel-powered Audis and VW’s saying an update was needed to the vehicles’ emission systems in order to function properly. The letters prompted an investigation that has uncovered some disturbing evidence.

VW may have attempted to hide the fact they had knowledge of the emissions problems and failed to properly fix it. Reports from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicate officials found VW had installed a “defeat switch” in hundreds of thousands of American vehicles that allowed software to manipulate the data collected during emissions tests.

An article from WAVY 10 News explains that an investigation has been launched into the VW emissions scandal by several states and now Virginia has joined the fight. Attorney General Mark Herring told reporters on September 24 that he is working to make sure Virginians who are affected by the VW emissions problems get the compensation they deserve.

Defective car parts and systems can be extremely dangerous to everyone who is on the road, which is why our Norfolk personal injury attorneys at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers are hopeful the investigation that is currently under way can bring the public some answers on how this issue will be resolved.

Company Offers $200 Million in Transvaginal Mesh Failure Settlement

by | September 22nd, 2015

Tens of thousands of women undergo surgery each year to treat conditions like urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. One of the many devices used in these procedures is transvaginal mesh—a sling that can support a woman’s internal organs; however, reports of these devices failing have surfaced over the years and have led to thousands of lawsuits being filed in response. Now, many of these transvaginal mesh failure lawsuits could soon be resolved.

One of the largest transvaginal mesh manufacturers in the U.S.—C.R. Bard, Inc.—has offered to pay $200 million to settle roughly 3,000 transvaginal mesh failure lawsuits that have been filed against the company. According to an article from Bloomberg Business, this would bring an end to roughly 20 percent of all current litigation stemming from a transvaginal mesh failure.

If the terms of the settlement receive final approval, it means that each plaintiff could receive as much as $67,000 in damages. This amount would fall in between a $43,000 settlement that was reached with one victim and the $2 million the courts ordered the company to pay to another.

Our legal staff at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers have seen first hand the struggles that many transvaginal mesh failure victims face along the road to recovery, which is why our Norfolk defective product lawyers are hopeful the terms of this settlement will bring peace and closure to the matter for each of those who were affected.