Some products fail because the manufacturer cuts corners, or uses inferior materials, or skimps on quality control. Consumers can be injured if the product does not have proper instructions for correct installation or safe use.
Tainted food products present the risk of illness. If the food is not properly cooked or packaged, or not stored at proper temperature by the store, bacteria, including salmonella and listeria, can grow. Food poisoning can be serious, even fatal, for the young, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. In some cases, food can be contaminated with debris or foreign matter during processing. If glass or metal fragments get into food, they can cause mouth and digestive tract injuries.
Medicines, both prescription and over the counter, are of particular concern to consumers. A medicine with too much or too little of the active ingredient will not work as intended and may actually post a danger to its user. Labeling and package inserts sometimes fail to give adequate instructions for taking the drug or do not properly warn about possible side effects and interactions with other medications and foods. Injectible and intravenous medicines must be prepared under sterile conditions. In 2012 and 2013, a multistate fungal meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated steroid injections sickened more than 700 people and caused 64 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Another significant source of injuries are defective medical devices. In recent years, there have been recalls for joint replacement devices, transvaginal mesh devices for the treatment or pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence, insulin pumps, and heart devices. Improperly designed devices have caused serious and sometimes permanent injuries for recipients. The Parker Waichman firm's Long Island office is nationally known for representing people injured by defective drugs and defective medical devices.
Many people suffer illnesses and injuries from dietary supplements. The FDA does not regulate supplements in the same way as drugs. Many supplements contain hidden drug ingredients, putting the user at risk for side effects or drug interactions. Some supplements contain possible allergens not identified in the ingredient list.
Children's products raise special concerns because infants and small children are not able to protect themselves from injury. For example, furniture, cribs, car seats, strollers, high chairs and small toys/parts can present serious hazards to children.
It's imperative to note that if you are injured due to a dangerous product, you should contact a Nassau or Suffolk county lawyer immediately to determine what legal rights you may have.
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