Life-threatening allergies are an incredibly stressful aspect of everyday life for many people across Texas. When some individuals are exposed to an allergen, it is truly a life or death situation. For many, the first line of defense is an EpiPen, which can give them enough time to get to the hospital for proper treatment. Pfizer Inc. -- the maker of the EpiPen -- was recently accused of manufacturing hundreds of defective products, which put people's lives on the line.
Women in Texas and across the country are paying close attention to thousands of lawsuits that have been filed against Johnson & Johnson. While many of the lawsuits -- claiming the company has been marketing dangerous and defective talcum powder products for many years -- have been dismissed, juries in some cases have awarded significant amounts of money in damages. The most recent case involved a verdict of $417 million.
When you purchase a product for your home, yourself, or another member of your family, it is with the expectation that the product is safe and will not cause harm. However, there are times that dangerous or defective products cause harm to innocent consumers, and if this happened to your family, you may be wondering what you should do next.
Many individuals in Texas and across the country have medical conditions that require the use of prescription drugs. While many of these come with a warning of side-effects, in most cases a patient may not suffer any harm. However, dangerous and/or defective products can pose a significant threat to the health of a person, such as a 10-year-old in another state who was reportedly born with birth defects in relation to the drug Depakote.
Many individuals put a great deal of thought into the purchase of an automobile. While a person may have a partial interest in areas such as fuel efficiency and style, the safety of a vehicle is often a crucial factor in the decision-making process. Vehicles that have defective products have been the cause of countless injuries and/or deaths over the years. The recent discovery of defective airbags has led to the recall of millions of vehicles in Texas and across the country.
As rates of cigarette smoking continue to decline in the U.S., Americans are turning to an alternative trend: e-cigarettes. So-called "vaping" has become immensely popular, with many users claiming (with almost no medical evidence) that these products are a healthy alternative to smoking tobacco.
Head down any aisle at the local pharmacy or beauty store, and you'll find a range of products marketed specifically to women of color. You'll find specialty relaxers, texturizers, shampoos, treatments, conditioners and much more, all intended for "textured" hair. This seems like a good thing, right? After all, African-American women spend $7.5 billion every year on hair care products, so it's a market that companies would be foolish to ignore.
When you buy a product from a reputable manufacturer, you have a reasonable expectation that they put the product through extensive testing to ensure it is safe. Most of the time, this happens just fine and we enjoy our goods without worrying about safety. However, there are times when manufacturers either deliberately cut corners or make mistakes that lead to injuries.
When you purchase products in this country, you do so with the expectation that they've been vetted for safety and that their reasonable use won't cause you injury. However, there are times when companies fail to warn consumers about risk and even go to great lengths to cover up injuries caused by the products they sell. When this happens, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) can step in and issue fines.