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Defective Product & Product Liability Attorneys in Louisiana
When purchasing a product, you have certain rights and expectations as a consumer. You are entitled to safety when using the item you’ve purchased. The developers of these products have the responsibility to ensure that the product has been rigorously tested and passed numerous safety inspections. Unfortunately, when a product is deemed defective, it can cause more harm than just breaking your trust. Defective products can cause injury and, in some of the most severe cases, death. The product liability lawyers at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of families across the state of Louisiana who have been victims of a defective product or product recall.
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What is a Product Recall?
When a product has been deemed potentially hazardous to the public or has already harmed someone, it can be recalled. In the past, recalls have been issued for numerous products, including prescription medications, medical devices, children’s toys, car parts, baby beds, cell phones, heating and cooling elements, and many others. The experienced team of product liability attorneys at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys is dedicated to protecting the public from the negligent acts of manufacturers that have produced and distributed defective or mislabeled products.
What Deems a Product Defective?
Defective Design - A design flaw that causes the entire line of products to be inherently dangerous even when appropriately manufactured and used according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. Design defects should be detected during the testing process, but in some cases, these defective products are distributed into the market.
- An example of a design defect could be earplugs that do not maintain a tight seal and allow dangerously loud sounds to come into the ear.
Manufacturing Defects - One of the most apparent types of a product liability claim is when the product was defectively manufactured, and the defect was not intended. A manufacturing defect generally affects a limited number of units of the product produced.
- An example of a manufacturing defect could be a batch of prescription drugs that may contain incorrect ingredients.
Failure to Provide Instructions or Warnings - Failure to warn claims usually involve a product that is dangerous in a way that is not obvious to a user. The product also may require that the user take special precautions when using the product.
- An example of a failure to warn claim could be producers of products containing talcum powder knowing for decades that the powder is associated with an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer, but the producers offered no warning to consumers during that time.
When to Seek Help from a Defective Product Lawyer
While there may be unforeseeable factors that contribute to a product defect, if a manufacturer is knowledgeable of a problem with their product or the possibility of potential harm, they should be held liable. Unfortunately, a product recall is not the only evidence of a manufacturing defect.
For example, Zantac, a heartburn medication that has been considered safe to be sold over the counter, has tested positive for a cancer-causing chemical in its ingredients. The antacid drug ranitidine, commonly sold under the name Zantac, was found to contain N-Nitrosodimenthylamine (NDMA), a chemical classified as a probable carcinogen by the FDA. While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not ordered a recall of ranitidine products, several manufacturers have issued voluntary recalls, including the maker of the Zantac, Sanofi. Anyone who has taken Zantac and since then been diagnosed with cancer may be eligible for legal recourse against the manufacturers of the drug.
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The Get Gordon Team has fought and won cases stemming from the manufacturers of Avandia, Accutane, RoundUp, Tobacco, DePuy Hip Replacements, Granuflo, and Naturalyte. Our attorneys understand how difficult the financial obligations and physical injuries from a defective product can have on Louisiana consumers. We will take a strategic and aggressive approach to help you or your loved ones recover the compensation you deserve.
If you are searching for legal recourse for injuries and damages you may have sustained as a result of a harmful product, defective product, or product recall, contact Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys for a free consultation. Our team of attorneys vows to protect you from the damages and losses you have suffered as well as hold big corporations responsible for their actions. Additionally, our firm works on a contingency fee basis meaning that you do not owe us any money until we win your case through trial or settlement! Contact an attorney with Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys today at 225.888.8888 to begin discussing your case.