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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.”

Read more.

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

Contaminated cheese contained in Virginia defective products

by los | November 27th, 2007

November 27, 2007

The Bristol Herald Courier reported that a company is voluntarily recalling gift baskets because the Virginia defective products include cheese that could be contaminated with dangerous bacteria.

The Virginia defective product was the company

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