Defective and dangerous products can cause serious and catastrophic injuries. Dangerous toys can harm children, defective components in an automobile can kill, and vaping products can cause irreversible lung damage.
Under the Louisiana Products Liability Act (LPLA), manufacturers are liable for products that are “unreasonably dangerous” in the following ways:
- in their construction or composition
- in their design
- if the manufacturer fails to provide sufficient warning of hazards
- if the product does not conform to an express manufacturer warranty.
Injuries caused by defective products can affect more than just the victim. When a dangerous product causes a death or a serious, permanent injury, family members are impacted by their loved one’s pain, struggles, and medical treatment.
As the leading e-cigarette company, JUUL, continues to remove its flavored vape products from the market and the FDA steps up its scrutiny of these products, this “smoking alternative” continues to injure users, including teenagers who were enticed by the marketing and flavoring of vaping products. The outbreak of vaping-related lung diseases has led to investigations of JUUL selling contaminated nicotine pods, and vitamin E acetate, an additive found in some vaping products, is linked to the injuries as well. Victims have suffered “vaping related lung illness,” which is being called EVALI (e-cigarette or vaping product use associated lung injury), that presents itself like pneumonia and includes difficulty breathing, chest pains and vomiting. Some victims are diagnosed with “popcorn lung,” a nickname for bronchiolitis obliterans, which has no cure and can be fatal if left untreated.
Roundup, a widely used glyphosate-based herbicide, has been found to cause cancer. The product originally produced by Monsanto, which is now owned by the parent company, Bayer, is broadly distributed for commercial use and to the general public. Its product warning label only includes precautions about its toxicity due to immediate exposure or ingestion. However, the use of this product has been found to cause non-Hodgkin lymphoma (aka non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or NHL), and some large-scale businesses throughout the country have stopped selling the product.
Now, Roundup weed killer is at the center of thousands of lawsuits in the United States. Juries have found that Monsanto mislead and endangered the public. Many people filing suit have had jobs where they are using this carcinogenic product extensively. There are others that used Roundup on their personal property for an extended number of years and, through this repeated exposure, have developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of cancer that affects the lymph nodes in the body and can cause debilitating problems and sometimes result in death.
The attorneys at our firm have recovered billions of dollars against manufacturers who marketed and sold dangerous, defective, and harmful products. Our experienced attorneys have taken on Big Tobacco and the pharmaceutical companies and won. Our firm has also taken on medical device manufacturers for injuries suffered by children caused by defective medical products and devices. Our attorneys have led efforts across the nation on class actions against manufacturers, and our firm is recognized as one of the best products liability firms in the country.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective or dangerous product, learn about your legal rights from an experienced New Orleans, Louisiana personal injury lawyer by calling 504-581-4892 or by filling out our free, no obligation case review form.