Despite the best efforts of good faith designers, manufacturers, and vendors—and despite the best efforts at concealing defects on the part of tricksters—not every product on the market is safe to use. It’s important, therefore, to stay up-to-date on the latest and most frequent kinds of product defects, both so that we know how best to avoid injuries and so that we know when we’ve experienced a legally recognizable harm for which we may seek compensation. Read on to learn more about common defective products in New York, and be sure to call a Rockland County defective product lawyer as soon as possible. We’ll fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Defective Health Products
If there is one kind of product we hope will be helpful and not harmful to us, it is products we turn to for health reasons: medications, medical devices, and pharmaceutical products. Yet this is exactly what happens, and very often. For instance, when metal implants corrode, it can result in someone suffering substantial damage to their organs and tissues. If those same or similar metals manage to enter someone’s bloodstream, the result may be several long-term consequences, such as chronic pain.
The opioid crisis is a salient crisis, both political and medical in nature, involving health product liability. Many people who were prescribed these medications have now turned to product liability lawyers. In the courtroom, they argue that medical professionals never fully explained to them the risks involved. Instead, their providers downplayed the gravity of the risks involved and sometimes even gave a mistaken dosing frequency, such that patients took higher doses at greater frequency.
Faulty Automobiles and Auto Products
Modern cars are highly complex machines, and as a result of their complexity, have a correspondingly high number of potentially dangerous defects. Product liability cases against vehicle manufacturers are comparatively less common, yearly recalls are a testament to the reality that cars often have manufacturing and design flaws. For example, faulty ignition switches can interfere with airbags, brakes, and steering.
Dangerous Chemicals in Edible Products
Some foods may contain chemicals that induce chronic illness if a person uses them too frequently. This is also true of smoking cessation products. One such drug is diacetyl, which led to an increased occurrence of bronchiolitis obliterans, which later came to be nicknamed popcorn lung for the consumer microwavable popcorn that used diacetyl. E-cigarettes used diacetyl as well, exposing both the former smokers who used the product and those around them to dangerous chemical vapor.