Unfortunately, there is a long history of defective products that injure or kill. From vehicles that roll or crush too easily to pharmaceutical products like VIOXX® and ReNu®, defective products come in many shapes and sizes.
Generally speaking, defective products fall into three categories:
- Manufacturing defects. In these cases, the injury was caused as a result of a defect in the manufacturing process. One widely publicized example was Firestone tires. Due to a manufacturing defect, the tread on the tires had a tendency to separate from the tire itself with often devastating consequences.
- Design defects. In these cases, the defect is in the design itself. One example involves SUVs which have too high of a center of gravity and a wheelbase that is too narrow. As a result of the design process, these SUVs are extremely unsafe when emergency steering maneuvers are employed. Another example receiving more publicity involves vehicle roofs that crush too easily in a roll-over accident.
- Failure to warn or “inadequate warnings.” Failure to warn cases involve injuries caused as a result of a product being sold without a proper warning to consumers. Some of the most well known “failure to warn” cases involved the tobacco companies. The tobacco cases were based on a failure by the tobacco companies to adequately warn the public about the addictive and dangerous nature of its products.
Successfully bringing a defective product case requires skill and expertise. These cases often involve complex and hotly contested theories of liability. Additionally, the large corporations that are to blame fight tenaciously as any adverse verdict or settlement can have huge financial consequences.
Fuicelli & Lee, P.C. proudly serves consumers who suffered injury or the loss of a loved one due to a defective product, including:
- Car crashes due to defective products, including defective tires
- Defective electrical products
- Dangerous toys
- Defective car seats
Monsanto Roundup Cancer Lawsuits
Roundup, which is manufactured by Monsanto, is one of the most widely used weed killers in the United States. While this product is very effective at achieving its intended purpose, it also results in harmful side effects to the user. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, has been found to increase your risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Just about anyone who comes into contact with Roundup on a regular basis experiences an increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer impacting your lymphatic system. Individuals most likely to face this increased risk include:
- Garden center employees
- People working in nurseries
- Agricultural workers
If you’ve contracted non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and you regularly used Roundup, you may be entitled to file a defective product lawsuit to recover compensation for your damages. Your compensation may cover one or more of the following:
- Medical expenses for cancer treatment
- Lost wages if you must miss work
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses, in cases involving the wrongful death of a loved one
3M Defective Earplug Lawsuits
3M Company manufactured earplugs used by the military to protect solders’ hearing during combat. These earplugs are designed to block out loud noises from blasts and other combat-related tasks. However, some of these earplugs were defective and caused soldiers to experience full or partial hearing loss.
The 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 (CAEv2) were distributed to thousands of solders between 2003 and 2015. They were used in a several combat zones, including Iraq and Afghanistan. The CAEv2 earplugs were too short, preventing them from being inserted properly into the ears of the soldiers using them. As a result, the earplugs would loosen, allowing sounds to enter the ear which caused irreparable hearing damage.
In July 2018, 3M settled a claim with the U.S. government for $9.1 million. This claim alleged 3M knew about the defect and still sold the earplugs to the military. If you served in the military between 2003 and 2015 and suffered hearing loss after using the 3M CAEv2 earplugs, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your damages. The attorneys at Fuicelli & Lee can advise you of your legal rights and options during a consultation.
Contact our Denver Defective Product Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured because of a defective or dangerous product, including pharmaceutical drugs, contact Fuicelli & Lee, P.C. by calling 303-355-7202 today. As always, your initial consultation and assessment of your case is provided free of charge.