Products sometimes fail because of shoddy manufacturing: the manufacturer may cut corners, use substandard materials, or skimp on quality control. The product may have insufficient instructions for proper installation or safe use. Or the product may have design flaws.
Medicines, both prescription and non-prescription, can cause injuries as well. They may contain too much or too little of the active ingredient. Labeling and package inserts sometimes fail to give adequate instructions for taking the drug or do not properly warn about side effects and interactions with other medications and foods. A multistate fungal meningitis outbreak in 2012 and 2013, caused by contaminated steroid injections, sickened more than 700 people and caused 64 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The medication was not manufactured under the required sterile conditions.
Medical devices are a significant source of injuries. In recent years, device manufacturers have recalled 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 and continued pain for recipients.
Parker Waichman has a national reputation for representing people injured by defective drugs and medical devices. Attorneys across the country frequently seek Parker Waichman's assistance in handling these claims.
Another source of user injuries includes dietary supplements. Because supplements are not subject to the Food and Drug and Administration regulations that apply to drugs, consumers cannot be sure a supplement contains what the label says. Many supplements have been shown to contain hidden drug ingredients, meaning the user can unknowingly be at risk for side effects or interactions.
Children's products raise special concerns because infants and small children need others to protect them from injury. Cribs, car seats, strollers, and high chairs can all present hazards to children. Toys with small parts can be a choking hazard. And even when an unsafe children's product is recalled, it can be difficult to ensure that all units are out of circulation and won't turn up at garage sales.
Some products simply do not live up to the manufacturer's claims; they break, wear out, or deteriorate sooner than advertising or promotional materials claim, costing consumers for repairs and replacements. As an example, in one filed class action by Parker Waichman, consumers allegefalleged that flooring they purchased from Lumbar Liquidator cracked, split, warped, and shrank soon after installation. The suit also allegefalleged that the flooring, manufactured in China, contained significantly high levels of the carcinogen formaldehyde.
This is just a small sample of products that may cause consumer injuries and economic losses. The experienced New York attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP have successfully assisted those injured due to the defective nature of different products in order to obtain adequate compensation for their injuries.
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