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Dozens of Products Liability Cases Filed Against Amazon

Many people do not realize that when they purchase products on Amazon, there may have been little or no assurance the products have been reviewed for safety and often no recourse against Amazon for products liability claims due to injuries or even deaths resulting from unsafe products.

What Are These Cases About?

Personal injury cases for products liability can differ substantially in size and scope, based upon how widespread the use of the product may be and the resulting number of people who are injured by the product’s defects. One situation representing the largest current products liability problem in terms of the number of individual claims involves defective earplugs from the 3M company and its predecessor, Aearo LLC.

County Worker in Texas Suffers Devastating Injury

A worker employed by a public works agency in Falls County, Texas, sustained a life-changing injury to his leg when a piece of machinery weighing more than one ton fell on him, crushing his lower leg. The machinery was designed to attach to a large front loader tractor to spray water used during the removal and crushing of old asphalt road surfaces. The injury resulted in a personal injury lawsuit filed in federal court in Texas that went to trial before a jury earlier this year.

Problems with iPhone Battery Defects Left Millions with Poor Options

The Apple iPhone has been both a technological and marketing marvel. Its sales skyrocketed over time, going from a little over one million units in 2007 to more than 200 million per year in recent years. Unfortunately, smartphones, in general, have had some glitches along the way, including multiple fires with certain Samsung batteries in a 2016 phone. That problem has largely been fixed, however, and phone battery fires have become very uncommon.

IKEA Loses Product Liability Lawsuit Over Defective Furniture

In January 2020, the parents of a toddler who died after he was killed by an IKEA dresser that fell on him were awarded $46 million in damages. This is believed to be the largest awarded settlement in the death of a child. The lawsuit was filed in 2018 after the dresser fell on top of their son, crushing his neck and resulting in his death from suffocation. An earlier recall of IKEA furniture that did not meet U.S. standards had resulted in other fatalities and injuries. Consumer advocates said that company actions to warn consumers and to prevent further injuries and deaths were not enough. 

Pool Filters Can Cause Explosions 

If you asked a normal homeowner whether or not they would consider keeping a bomb in their backyard, the answer would almost always be a resounding “of course not.” However, the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals estimates that there are well over ten million residential pools in the United States, and a large majority of these pools use a high-pressure pool filter. Because these filters are designed to operate under very high pressure, they can explode with a massive amount of force when something goes wrong.

Descovy is the New Truvada Alternative 

Truvada, a popular medication used to both prevent and treat HIV, has been the focus of both the medical and legal communities in recent months. Now, a Truvada alternative may soon be available. The medication is called Descovy and is being developed by Gilead, the company responsible for developing and manufacturing Truvada. Descovy has been promoted to help reduce the risk of acquiring HIV if an individual is exposed to the virus. This is similar to Truvada for PrEP, which stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. The FDA recently approved Descovy by a vote of 16-2, meaning that an alternative to Truvada may soon reach the open market.

Jogging Stroller Safety Concerns

Jogging strollers have become popular among parents, particularly those with young children, because they can keep their kids with them during their exercise. Unfortunately, one popular brand of jogging stroller is having significant issues. The Britax Jogging Stroller has been one of the leading options on the market; however, in the last six years, more than 200 complaints have been filed with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Some of the pertinent issues regarding these complaints include:

Fisher-Price Recalls Rock ‘n Play Sleeper 

For parents, their children are their greatest treasure and need to be protected. Unfortunately, the Fisher-Price Sleepers are placing newborn babies and infants in harm’s way. Recently, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warned parents who are using the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper of the significant risks. Deaths are still occurring with the use of this sleeper, prompting some parents to seek help from a Sacramento Products Liability Lawyer. Some of the key points regarding the dangers of this product include:

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