Thousands of Americans are injured each year by defective products in their own homes. These victims, who have trusted manufacturers to create products that will make their lives easier, safer, and healthier, are often left with large medical bills and nowhere to turn.
Defects can be found in a wide variety of products including prescription drugs, automobiles, kitchen utensils, power tools, and even children’s toys. Despite safety testing that is required before a product is made available to the public, defects in the design or the parts used occur frequently, resulting in serious injuries to those who are unlucky enough to purchase it.
Accidents that occur with shocking regularity due to a defect include car accidents, explosions, adverse drug reactions, and lacerations. Victims are often left with burns, amputations, broken bones, spinal injuries, and head trauma. To add insult to injury, many find themselves financially strained due to the necessary treatments for their injuries.
In recent years, there have been a growing number of lawsuits filed against the companies that design and manufacture the products which have caused harm. Large corporations such as Toyota, Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, GlaxoSmithKline, and companies that create lithium-ion batteries have been named as the defendants in thousands of complaints by plaintiffs who are seeking to obtain compensation for the injuries they have suffered.
In fact, so many lawsuits have been filed in some cases that the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated federally-filed complaints which shared similar allegations. MDL 2657 is one example of this – each case contained in this MDL alleges that the drug Zofran caused a birth defect in an unborn child. Trial dates have not yet been set, but the hundreds of plaintiffs involved are hopeful that their voices will be heard and manufacturers throughout the country will think twice about the methods they use to test the safety of new products.
Name: David B. Lever