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J&J loses lawsuit over defective products

There is a wide variety of uses for baby powder for consumers in Texas and around the country. While its name certainly associates the product with uses for babies, it is often utilized in health and beauty applications or other household situations. Unfortunately, problems can arise if the baby powder becomes contaminated. A major manufacturer recently lost a defective products lawsuit that claimed the product caused cancer after long-term usage.

Johnson & Johnson must pay $4 million in punitive damages to a woman who is the victim of mesothelioma, according to a court jury in another state. The total verdict against J&J is over $25.5 million when this amount was added to the previous compensatory damages of over $21.5 million. In April 2018, the company was ordered to pay $117 million in another talc powder case involving mesothelioma.

Is danger lurking in your child's toy box?

Buying toys for their children is a basic pleasure most Texas parents would say they enjoy. Perhaps you reserve such purchases for birthdays, Christmas or other special occasions. Maybe your children earn weekly allowances and make many of their own toy purchases themselves. Regardless who buys a toy, if it winds up in your child's hands, you have the right to reasonably expect that appropriate parties took all measures to ensure your child's safety when using it. 

Sadly, many children throughout the nation suffer serious burns, broken bones, choking hazards and other injuries due to defective toy products. Witnessing your child's suffering is one of the most traumatic experiences you might have as a parent, especially if you feel helpless to relieve his or her pain. The aftermath of defective product injuries often include financial strain heaped upon families from expenses associated with such incidents. Know your rights and where to seek support if this happens to you.           

The long recovery from a traumatic brain injury

After your loved one's accident, you were likely shocked and concerned to hear that he or she had suffered a traumatic brain injury. The many questions and uncertainties about the future may have your head spinning. You may also be experiencing an emotional whirlwind, including those feelings of anger and frustration that this accident was preventable if not for the reckless or negligent actions of someone else.

Now that you face the long and difficult road ahead, you will certainly be having many intense conversations with the medical team treating your loved one. For now, it may help to have a general idea of what to expect in the days, months and years to come.

Avoid workplace accidents by putting an IIPP in place

Employees at businesses in Texas and around the nation report to work each day, expecting that they will have a safe place to do their jobs. While this seems like a reasonable expectation, the reality is that workplace accidents are fairly common. In fact, the number of injuries and fatalities that occur on the job are regrettably high.

Reports from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics show that over 2.9 million workplace injuries occurred in 2015. In that same year, there were over 4,800 fatalities in the workplace. Safety experts recommend that companies of all sizes and across all industries should have plans in place to prevent accidents and deaths. A starting point for most businesses would be to develop an IIPP, or an Injury and Illness Prevention Program.

Workplace accidents: Construction worker killed on college campus

University campuses in Texas and elsewhere around the country often undergo major renovation projects to update buildings on their campuses. Construction crews are brought in to conduct the projects, along with equipment, machinery and materials to do the job. Unfortunately, workplace accidents are not uncommon when the hazards of the job site are considered. A death recently occurred on a campus construction site.

A 35-year-old employee of a contractor was working on the campus of a university in another state. The company had been contracted by the university to renovate a campus building used for classes. The man was at work on the second floor of the building where equipment was being used to move and position limestone above a door, according to reports. Evidently, a 6-foot piece of limestone hit the man's head and chest.

Is your loved one at risk in a Texas nursing home?

When your parent moved into a nursing home assisted living facility, you both likely experienced a big period of adjustment. You may have been quite used to stopping by his or her house for a visit after work. In fact, you might have grown up in that house and experienced a roller coaster of emotions when the time came to put it up for sale. Other adult children in Texas have gone through similar experiences.

In fact, you may be able to speak with some to offer one another encouragement and support as you come to terms with your own parent's new living arrangement. Another thing you can do when speaking with other nursing home visitors is check up on the level of quality care your loved ones are getting. By comparing notes, so-to-speak, it helps you keep an eye on things and may also draw your attention to a particular issue that warrants further investigation. Sadly, nursing home abuse is a problem throughout the nation.

Defective products lawsuit filed against ATV manufacturer

All-terrain vehicles are utilized by many outdoor enthusiasts in Texas and all across the nation. These vehicles are widely used for recreational purposes as well as for work usage. However, certain models of one ATV manufacturer were known to catch fire. The manufacturer, Polaris Industries, is facing a potential class-action lawsuit for these defective products.

Approximately 300,000 owners of models of Polaris ATVs made from 2011 to 2018 are involved in the lawsuit in a U.S. District Court sitting in another state. Seeking class action status, these consumers claim that the company was aware of the tendency for the vehicle to catch fire. However, according to the lawsuit, the company did not communicate the problem to owners in a timely manner nor adequately resolve the defect.

Flying is the safest way to travel - or is it?

Hundreds of thousands of car accidents happen across the country every year, and many of them happen right here in Texas. Riding a motorcycle or a bicycle or even walking can be hazardous to your health. What about flying? The airlines like to say that flying remains the safest way to travel, and that may be true if you fly commercial. What about traveling by private plane?

Airlines have improved their safety ratings over the years, but when it comes to private aircraft, improvements have been slow. Commercial airlines have reduced their accident rate by nearly 80 percent in the last decade or so, but during that same time, the general aviation industry hasn't seen much improvement, if any.

Beware of carbon monoxide while boating

Once spring makes an appearance, many Texas boating enthusiasts begin making plans for boating adventures. If you are among these Texans, then you may be preparing your boat and going over a safety checklist to make sure that nothing interrupts your time on the water.

One consideration that you may not think of is whether your boat presents a threat of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning to you and those you invite to come along with you. Many people across the country become ill or even die from this odorless, tasteless and colorless gas each year. There are precautions you and your guests can take in order to avoid becoming victims of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Defective products: Goodyear investigated for faulty tire

A trip in a motorhome to a major theme park sounds like a wonderful getaway for families in Texas or elsewhere in the country. Certainly, a traveler in this type of vehicle wants to reach the destination safely and return home without incident. However, this goal becomes harder to reach when there are potentially defective products involved. An official investigation may finally be coming after two decades of settlements and attempts by a major company to keep documentation confidential.

In 2003, a family was traveling in a motorhome on the interstate when the tread came off its left front tire, causing the driver to lose control. After hitting a sign, sliding, then striking an embankment, several of the driver's family members in the motorhome suffered broken bones. The driver was paralyzed as a result of the crash, then later passed away from the injuries. The family filed a lawsuit against Goodyear, the maker of the tire. The company has been accused of covering up several more deaths caused by defects in the tires.

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