Thousands of men and women from Texas and other parts of the country serve our nation in the various branches of the U.S. armed forces. They risk their lives every day to protect our citizens at home and abroad. Certainly, military personnel rely on different types of equipment, such as earplugs, to safeguard their bodies while on duty. Unfortunately, several veterans have filed defective products lawsuits against a major manufacturer after the faulty earplugs they used apparently led to hearing loss.
The personal injury lawyers at the Wyatt Law Firm became aware that within the past week, San Antonio Fire Department responded to numerous calls for house fires which causes were directly related to space heaters. Starting on January 20, 2019, a woman and her two pets were evacuated from a house fire when witnesses called firefighters due to seeing heavy smoke engulfing the living room of the home. Firefighters later discovered that a space heater was the cause of the fire. Another major fire occurred on January 23, 2019, where a space heater place inside an outdoor shed caught fire, killed a dog, and melted off the siding of the flame-engulfed shed. The space heater that was most likely priced at under $100 caused a steep $25,000 worth of damage. Finally, the third of many other space heater fires that have plagued the area ignited just before 6 a.m. on January 28, 2019. A 67-year-old man was killed in a house fire in Southwest Bexar County. Authorities discovered that the fire was likely caused by a space heater. The elderly man died from smoke inhalation, and two other family members who resided in the home suffered from severe burns.
Serving in the military is, by nature, a dangerous profession for men and women in Texas or elsewhere around the world. Military personnel undergo rigorous training to protect their countries and to safeguard themselves. They rely on equipment, arsenals and various types of transportation to execute their duties. Despite the training and tools the military has at its disposal, the likelihood of death or serious injury is always looming. A fatal accident that occurred last year due to defective products sold to the military is at the center of a wrongful death lawsuit recently filed in another state.
Many Texas residents and others around the country use natural gas in their homes. Various mechanical pieces are used to tap into the gas lines to connect to the houses. Homeowners go about their days, assuming that these connections have been made properly and that the parts were manufactured correctly. However, as within any industry, defective products sometimes enter the marketplace and can have catastrophic results when used in gas lines. A lawsuit has been filed in another state against Honeywell and other parties after an explosion in a home resulted in the death of a contractor.
Abilify is a prescription medicine that is used by many Texas residents and others around the country in treatment of numerous mental illnesses, such as depression and schizophrenia. It is also prescribed to combat certain symptoms of autism. Unfortunately, the use of the drug led to various unexpected behaviors in some of its consumers. Some residents of another state recently filed a defective products lawsuit against Bristol-Myers, the manufacturer of Abilify, claiming that it did not disclose that certain behaviors may result from taking the drug.
Fireworks are synonymous with the Fourth of July holiday in Texas and elsewhere around the country. While many people attend organized fireworks events, more and more families are purchasing fireworks for their own individual displays. As sales for fireworks increase, accidents do as well. A man in another state filed a products liability lawsuit against a fireworks manufacturer after the company's apparently defective products caused a catastrophic injury.
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.
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.
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.
You would expect that a consumer could hold the manufacturer, distributor or seller of a product responsible for injuries that occur if the product is defective. You have likely seen the media coverage of igniting cellphone batteries, exploding airbags and toppling furniture. Consumers have the right to seek compensation when products cause them harm or take the lives of loved ones.