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Many times after our skilled team of professional investigators thoroughly examines a personal injury claim, a Beasley Allen lawyer will determine that the injury was caused by a defective product. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost more than $700 billion each year. We help ensure that manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers and others who make products available to the public are held responsible for the injuries those products cause.

A great number of the product liability claims we investigate are single vehicle accidents. In investigating automobile accidents and product liability cases over the past 30 years, we have seen many single vehicle accidents that were caused by a design defect or mechanical problem. Single vehicle accidents where the occupant received injuries disproportionate to the severity of the accident can often be traced back to a defect

Off-road vehicle accident involving Britney Spears’ niece highlights ATV safety concerns

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An off-road vehicle accident involving Britney Spears’ niece, Maddie Aldridge, 8, on Feb. 5 has heightened safety concerns over the age children can safely operate the vehicles, which are often used recreationally. Maddie was riding in a Polaris off-road vehicle at her home in Kentwood, Louisiana, when the vehicle flipped into a pond. Initial reports say Jamie Lynn Spears, stepfather Jamie Watson and other family couldn’t free her from the seat-belt and safety netting, leaving her submerged for several minutes. Emergency services eventually were able to free her and pull her out, according to USA Today. “Within seconds the child’s ... Read More

Plaintiffs Lawyers Argue Against Legal Immunity For Self-Driving Car Makers

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Plaintiffs lawyers are pushing back against a number of regulatory proposals governing liability issues for autonomous self-driving cars and their manufacturers as these “robot cars” inch closer to becoming a reality on U.S. roads. One main point of contention is a proposal to grant automobile manufacturers blanket legal immunity in cases where their autonomous vehicles crash and cause personal injury. The proposal comes as industry groups, legislators, lawyers, and others hash out the legal and regulatory framework for self-driving cars, which is proving to be as complex as the technology behind the cars itself. “Alternative immunity schemes” being considered include ... Read More

California Teen’s Dell Laptop Explodes Repeatedly, Home Camera Films Blasts

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A California teen and his friend narrowly escaped injury when his Dell Inspiron laptop burst into flames while charging on the living room sofa, then continued to explode over and over again. Footage from the Thousand Oak, California, home’s security cameras captured the explosions, which start as Devon Johnson, 18, is sitting on the living room couch with a friend eating pizza and playing video games. The Dell laptop charging on the sofa next to them starts shooting black smoke then almost immediately becomes engulfed in a giant fireball. The explosion is so bright that it triggers the security camera ... Read More

Children suffering chemical eye burns from laundry detergent pods

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An increasing number of toddlers and young children are suffering serious chemical burns in their eyes from household laundry detergent pods, according to a new study published in JAMA Ophthalmology. Researchers with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health looked into the incidence of eye injuries in young children caused by the detergent packets and found that from 2012 to 2015, more than 1,200 3- and 4-year-olds suffered such injuries from the pods. The increase in reports was also significant, beginning with no reports in one year to nearly 500 per year. The chemical eye burns can occur when the ... Read More

BMW Recalling 230,000 U.S. Vehicles Over Possible Takata Airbag Risk

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BMW AG is recalling more than 230,000 vehicles in the U.S. that may have been equipped with airbags made by troubled Japanese supplier Takata Corp. The German automaker said the vehicles covered in this recall were originally equipped with airbags made by another manufacturer, but those airbags may have been replaced with Takata airbags during a past recall or after a crash involving airbag deployment. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), BMW’s recall covers some 3-Series manufactured between 2000 and 2002, 5-series cars made between 2001 and 2002, and X5 SUVs made between 2001 and 2003. Takata’s ... Read More

FDA Warns Cookie Dough Maker That Listeria Threats Persist

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The Iowa-based food manufacturer whose cookie dough products spurred recalls for Blue Bell ice cream, Weight Watchers sundaes, Publix-brand ice cream, and a number of other products for potential Listeria contamination has received a notice from federal regulators warning that the actions the company took to clean up its operations may not have been adequate. Aspen Hills Inc. of Garner, Iowa, produces cookie dough and a variety of other products, which it supplies to other food producers who use them as an ingredient in their own products. Ice cream manufacturer Blue Bell Creameries was the first to detect a problem ... Read More

California talc litigation update

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In California there are more than 300 plaintiffs involved in a coordinated litigation against Johnson and Johnson and talc supplier Imerys Talc America Inc.. The lawsuit was created in June last year by women represented by over 30 different attorneys, who allege their development of ovarian cancer was caused by the “wrongful conduct” of the defendants — the “unreasonably dangerous and defective nature” of talcum powder when used in the female genital area, Law360 reports. Meanwhile in New Jersey, federal lawsuits that were filed across the country have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL). Leadership for this MDL was appointed in ... Read More

New Mexico Sues Takata Over Defective Airbags

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The State of New Mexico has filed a lawsuit against Japanese auto supplier Takata and several automakers in connection to the sale of vehicles with airbags that are prone to rupture with deadly force. New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas filed the lawsuit Jan. 20, claiming that Takata and the automakers it supplied had a duty to ensure their products were safe and that their withholding knowledge of the airbag defects amounted to “unfair, deceptive and unconscionable trade practices under New Mexico law,” the Associated Press reported. The lawsuit asserts that automakers share the blame for equipping their vehicles with ... Read More

Samsung Blames Note 7 Fires on Lithium-ion Battery Defects

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Samsung Electronics said Monday that flaws in the design and production of the lithium-ion batteries used in its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones made the devices prone to catch fire. The Korean electronics giant’s explanation of the battery problem, which prompted two Note 7 recalls and resulted in the quick demise of the device, steered blame away from the phone’s hardware and software, leaving some industry experts doubtful of the company’s findings. Samsung said in a press conference that it tested more than 200,000 smartphone and 30,000 lithium-ion batteries and found different defects in each of the two kinds of batteries ... Read More

New federal regulations for sling carriers aim to improve child safety

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Sling carriers, used by caregivers to hold infants and young children close to the body hands-free, have their own federal safety standards as of last week, when the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the change. Previously baby slings were regulated under ASTM International voluntary standards, and the new regulations, approved Jan. 11, incorporate those standards while also requiring warning labels to be attached to the slings along more than one side, making them more permanent, according to a CPSC press release. The new federal regulations for sling carriers aim to improve child safety. “Between January 2003 and September 2016, 159 ... Read More