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We’re Taking Sleep Apnea Machine Injury Claims

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
  • Asthma
  • 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.

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.

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.

City of Norfolk Blamed in Sanitation Worker’s Death

by los | October 11th, 2011

October 11, 2011

The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry has cited the city of Norfolk for 19 serious safety violations following the death of a garbage truck worker in February.

The 51-year-old man was crushed to death by the hydraulic system inside his garbage truck on February 3. According to HamptonRoads.com, city officials initially said the worker violated policy by climbing into the back of the truck to clear debris away from a blade.

However, the state agency found that the man was only doing what he’d been trained to do. They also concluded that the safety mechanism that may have saved his life was not functional.

“Employees are instructed to enter the compactor area of the Heil Formula 7000 trucks to clear debris when the blade stops due to the limit switch tripping,” the report states.

The victim’s daughter said that her family hasn’t been notified about the state’s investigation into her father’s death, but she said she’d checked with other sanitation workers to confirm that her father had followed policy by getting into the back of his truck.

“[My father] would not have done that unless he was told to do it,” said the daughter. “He was very conscious of safety issues.”

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If you or someone you know has been the victim of a Virginia wrongful death, the injury lawyers at Lowell Stanley can help.

Virginia defective products pose problems for holiday shopping season

by los | November 9th, 2007

November 9, 2007

The Roanoke Times reported that parents need to be careful to avoid buying Virginia defective products with unsafe levels of lead this holiday shopping season. The millions of toy recalls recently have made parents with small children wary and unsure how to avoid bringing home defective products that may harm their kids.

A local woman used her lead-testing equipment to test the toys at an area elementary school, finding over 15 percent of the toys had unsafe levels of lead in them. Parents are encouraged to throw out old toys with chipped paint or deteriorating plastic.

More tips on how to avoid harmful Virginia defective products in the shopping season or clean them out of the house can be found in the article at the link below.

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http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/138830