While manufacturers are required to put all of their products through rigorous testing before releasing them to the market, some do not and people are seriously injured as a result. But even then, manufacturers who do their due diligence and repeatedly test their products to ensure quality and safe use may find themselves facing a dangerous product lawsuit when something goes terribly wrong. In fact, for certain products this isn’t unusual, as they carry an inherent risk that many people may not recognize. Here are five of these potentially dangerous items.
It may seem counter-intuitive that a device designed to promote safety and reduce injury can actually cause them. However, airbags in cars are notorious for causing injuries, particularly when they are defective. Airbags work by using an explosive to rapidly inflate the bag and cushion the blow the driver may sustain. The explosion itself can not only injure the driver, but the shrapnel it creates can cause lacerations and other serious wounds. The most recent airbag controversy, the Takata recall, came about when several airbags inflated unexpectedly and unnecessarily, causing serious injuries to drivers, even causing a few of them to die.
According to the National Pesticide Telecommunications Network, 90 percent of homes in the U.S. use some form of a pesticide to keep unwanted intruders out of their home. Whether it’s ants, roaches, mice, rats, or any other unwanted nuisance, pesticides are effective at keeping them away, but at a cost. The EPA rigorously tests all pesticides that go on the market to ensure they are safe for humans to be around, but “safe” is a relative term. Often times these tests are geared towards safety with adults, while young children are far more sensitive to the dangerous poisons they contain. Be extremely careful with these chemicals and keep them locked away from where your children can access them.
Do you have an older home that uses pressed-wood paneling? What about use particle board regularly for products? Pressed wood is essentially sawdust, scraps, and other wood residue that is mixed with a resin material and pressed to form new, inexpensive wood sheets. This material is readily available at nearly any hardware store or home improvement warehouse, so it’s fairly common. However, many of these boards are constructed with a resin that includes some form of formaldehyde, a substance that is known to cause asthma attacks, watery eyes, and numerous other health hazards. It also causes cancer in pets, and triggers allergic reactions, and can even lead to mesothelioma, a serious disease caused by lung tissue scarring. It’s strongly recommended that you wear a breathing mask if working with this material, particularly if you are cutting or sanding it.
No, don’t go off ripping the carpet out of your house just because it’s on this list. Odds are, if you have carpet more than a year old, you’re not at any risk whatsoever. New carpet is known to have what are called “volatile organic compounds,” or VOCs, which are substances that can be harmful to your health if you sustain a high, concentrated amount of exposure. However, many carpet installers will take care of the majority of this problem for you: ask them to unroll your carpet and air it out for a few days before bringing it into your home. This will eliminate many of these compounds and minimize the risk of a VOC buildup. Likewise, keep your windows open during installation to allow fresh air to circulate and most of the compounds will simply blow away with the wind.
Plastics have done wonders for making things cheap, durable, and reusable. While not all plastics are bad, certain types of plastic have shown to lead to serious developmental issues. Specifically, polycarbonate plastics are made with a chemical called bisphenol-a, or BPA. This chemical has been found to increase estrogen levels in young children, which can lead to development and neurological problems. The CDC even did a study in which 93% of all participants had detectable levels of BPA in their system, with the highest concentrations being found in children. The most common offenders: plastic baby bottles, which directly impact the most sensitive individuals. However, reusable water bottles and even plastic eating utensils have been found to have traces of this chemical.
Have you been injured by a defective product? The skilled team at Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates is ready and willing to fight for you. Our Martin County injury lawyers understand how your life can be impacted when you or a loved one have been injured or fall ill due to a product you believed to be safe, and we fight to preserve your right to justice and compensation for your losses. We are a powerful and active ally on your side throughout your case, and we are not afraid to take every necessary step to get you the financial relief you deserve.For a free case evaluation, call Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates today at 866-675-4427.