It may have started with simply feeling rundown, perhaps a cough or some other symptoms that were more of a nuisance than anything else. When you finally went to a Kentucky doctor, testing showed that you suffered from exposure to toxic chemicals. How did this happen, and maybe more importantly, who is responsible?
To the average Kentucky patient, medical devices look otherworldly, as if they stepped aboard an alien spaceship for their operation. It’s hard to entrust your well-being to a machine that you know nothing about. Given the horror stories of defective device injuries, you may be apprehensive to let your provider use complex tools and implants to treat you.
When most Kentucky residents think about product liability law, they think about salmonella causing foods, faulty wiring in a household appliance or even malfunctioning airbags. You may not consider that a workplace injury could also result in a product liability claim. For instance, your injuries may have been caused by a piece of defective equipment.
Sellers and manufacturers have a duty to provide working and properly labeled products to consumers. If a drug, device, vehicle or other type of product has caused you harm then you may be able to recover compensation through a product liability suit.
EpiPens have been in the news lately, and not for their life-saving properties. From accusations of price gouging to a recall in Singapore over concerns regarding defects, the device has been getting a lot of flak over improprieties and more. Now, there's more potentially bad press on the horizon as the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has accused Pfizer, which manufactures the product for the drugmaker Mylan, of failing to properly investigate accusations of malfunctioning EpiPens, according to a recent story by the New York Times.
Johnson & Johnson has been making household products for more than 100 years. Consumers here in Kentucky and across the country tend to trust that the products the company makes will not harm them, but it appears that at least one of its products may contain toxic chemicals that could cause ovarian cancer in women after prolonged use. At least four cases in one state and one recent case in another state resulted in findings that the company's Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower talc products are dangerous to women.
How many Kentucky residents have gone to extremes to lose weight? Many more have trusted their doctors to provide them with a safe treatment to help them on their journeys. If unsuspecting patients receive (and perhaps unsuspecting doctors use) defective medical devices, the quest to lose weight could turn deadly.
Rules, regulations and laws govern the safety protocols that manufacturers and producers are supposed to use to ensure that what you buy will work properly and not cause you injury. While many companies strive to adhere to these requirements, hazardous consumer products still make it into the stores here in Kentucky. If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries due to one of these products, you may be able to seek restitution for the damages you sustained as a result.
Many Kentucky residents will agree that going to the grocery store is like playing the lottery. In some cases, you never quite know what you are going to get. Some people choose the products they buy based on nutrition content, taste or mood. What no one feels they need to do is weed out unsafe products that could make them sick or even cause death.
We’ve been looking in recent posts at the topic of proving liability for defective products. As we’ve noted, product liability law varies from state to state and Kentucky law is relatively favorable to businesses compared to some states.