Defective products cases involve an area of law known as Products Liability. Defective products harm millions of people every year. These products involve everything from defective toys, industrial machinery to car seat belts.

Products Liability cases usually require preservation of the defective product. If you have been injured by a product make every effort to save it even if it has been damaged. The preservation of evidence is to recovering damages in these cases and for that reason it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible who will be able secure ownership records and prevent the evidence from being "spoiled."
Manufacturers of products can be sued for design defects, improper safety devices and manufacturing defects.

Products Liability cases may involve: dangerous toys, automobile design, sport utility vehicle rollovers, gas tank explosions, seat belt failures, improperly designed consumer and household products, industrial machinery & equipment, farm machinery, tractors and equipment, products causing explosions and burns, and aviation products.

St. Jude Heart Valve Recall

On January 21, 2000, St. Jude recalled all products with the Silzone coating.

Approximately 12,000 patients have the silizone coated heart valves, according to St. Jude's own clinical study, at least two percent of these patients may experience the paravalvular leakage associated with the valves.

The valves

The St. Jude Silzone valve is a St. Jude conventional mechanical heart valve. The valve sewing ring is coated with elemental silver-Silzone, which St. Jude believed would reduce valve infections (endocarditis)-because of its antibacterial qualities.

After St. Jude distributed the valves with Silzone in March 1998, they conducted a clinical follow-up to determine the effect of the Silzone coating on the incidence of valve endocarditis. The study examined a one group consisting of patients implanted with the standard St. Jude heart valve, and a second group implanted with the new Silzone
coated valves.

The study indicated a higher incidence of paravalvular leakage with the Silzone valve. Of 800 patients studied: only one out of 400 implanted with the standard St. Jude valve had a paravalvular leak, the 400 with the silizone valve had eight cases of paravalvular leak.

Lawyers believe St. Jude Medical was negligent in designing, manufacturing and marketing a defective heart valve that was not adequately tested and that the risks of serious bodily injury exceeded the benefits associated with the silizone coating and design.

More information at St Jude Heart Valve Recall
If you have been injured by a St Jude Heart Valve contact a lawyer here.

Razor Scooter Sales Skyrocket, Injuries Soar

There have been thousands of emergency room-treated injuries related to razor scooters. These injuries have increased 700 percent since May,2000. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported more than 4,000 scooter-related injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms in August 2000 alone. There have been more than 9,400 emergency room-treated injuries reported for 2000 so far. Nearly 90 percent of the injuries are to children under 15 years of age.

Riders, especially children, should wear proper safety gear including a helmet, and knee and elbow pads to help prevent injuries. Knee pads can help prevent knee injuries. More than 60 percent of injuries could be prevented or reduced in severity if protective gear had been worn. "These scooters are the 'in' thing with kids heading back to school," said CPSC Chairman Ann Brown. "Unfortunately, many kids are ending up in hospital emergency rooms instead of classrooms.Wearing safety gear can help prevent injuries."

The scooters, which first went on the market in the United States last year, are new versions of the foot-propelled scooters first popular in the 1950s. They are made of lightweight metal such as aluminum and have small low-friction wheels similar to those on in-line skates. They usually cost between $80 and $120 and typically weigh less than 10 pounds. They can be folded for easy portability.

Most injuries resulted when riders fell from the scooter. Fractures and dislocations accounted for 29 percent of the injuries. Most of the fractures and dislocations were to arms and hands.

The scooters are aggressively marketed to children often with inadequate warning about their dangers.
They are often used without even the minimal recommended safety guidelines:

Wear a helmet, along with knee and elbow pads.Ride the scooters on smooth, paved surfaces without any traffic. Avoid streets, or surfaces with water, sand, gravel or dirt. Do not ride the scooter at night.

Lawyers feel that these products are unreasonably dangerous and often fail to adequately warn children about the dangers of the scooters.

If you have been seriously injured by a Razor Scooter contact a lawyer here.

Bridgestone Tire Recall

Bridgestone to Recall Millions of Tires

Bridgestone Corp. said on Wednesday it would recall millions of tires fitted to sport utility vehicles and light trucks as U.S. regulators probe dozens of fatal crashes that may be linked to the tires.

At a news conference, the Japanese company's Firestone division said it would recall certain sized ATX, ATX II and Wilderness tires and replace them. The recall applied to all tires produced at its U.S. plants.

"No matter how old the tires, no matter how many miles they have on them, we will replace them with new tires at no charge," said Firestone Executive Vice President Gary Crigger.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in May opened an inquiry into the treads peeling off Firestone ATX, ATX II and Wilderness tires with data that included just four deaths.

Publicity surrounding the probe caused complaints to soar and NHTSA said this week at least 46 fatalities were now under investigation.

"The vast majority of the incidents are in the southern most states of Arizona, California, Florida and Texas, which suggests there may be a direct correlation between heat and tire performance," Crigger added.

In its statement, Firestone said it had sold 14.4 million of the certain-sized tires affected by the recall -- the P235/75R15. Of this number, it estimated that 6.5 million were still in use.

Crigger said this particular size was strongly represented in the incidents and accidents reported. Firestone's Decatur, Ill., plant was over-represented in the claims.

Ford Motor Co.'s Explorer, the top-selling SUV in the United States with 3.5 million built, was fitted with the tires as standard equipment at the factory.

Ford's decision to offer customers in six other countries free replacement tires starting last August in Saudi Arabia has raised questions about why U.S. customers weren't offered a recall sooner.

Bridgestone, which bought U.S. tire maker Firestone in 1988, had previously said the tires are safe when properly inflated and maintained.

The recall was developed after a meeting Tuesday between officials of Bridgestone, Ford and NHTSA.

Firestone was previously involved in a huge tire recall that began in the 1970s.
Millions of its Firestone 500 steel-belted radials were recalled after NHTSA found the tire had a defect. The company paid a $500,000 fine for knowingly selling tires that would fail government tests but admitted no
wrongdoing.

If you have been injured by a Bridgestone Tire contact us.