When An Unsafe Product Harms You Or A Family Member
At The Donahey Law Firm, our attorneys handle a variety of cases arising from injuries suffered due to dangerous, defective or unsafe products. These cases cover all types of claims, including dangerous prescription drug cases, railroad disasters, tire defects and SUV rollover accidents. The successes we have achieved on behalf of our clients are due in part to the experience and knowledge of our Columbus product liability lawyers and staff.
Because it is very difficult and expensive to prove that a product is defective, many lawyers simply refuse to handle such cases. Product liability cases require extra time, effort, research and analysis. They should be handled by an experienced personal injury attorney who is familiar with product liability cases.
At The Donahey Law Firm, we are experienced in handling claims that come about due to defective or dangerous products. We represent people throughout Ohio, in cities such as Toledo, Cleveland, Akron, Dayton and Columbus. Contact our lawyers today.
Defective medical devices
The need for evolving medical device technology has sparked life-improving innovation, but the high demand - and potential profit - has also encouraged some manufacturers to rush products onto the market before they have been sufficiently tested.
These unproven/defective medical devices often lead to serious injuries or death, and the manufacturers issue a medical device recall. Sometimes the recalls rock the entire medical industry, such as the DePuy ASR defective hip implant recall. Other times, manufacturers quietly buy back their unsafe products in a "silent recall," hoping to avoid widespread exposure regarding the unsafe nature of their devices. Regardless of what action manufacturers take, the consequences are the same for Ohio consumers: They have been unfairly harmed by a product they put their faith in.
Knee Replacement Devices:
Knee replacement devices have been the subject of both recalls and product liability lawsuits. Two of the largest manufacturers of knee replacement devices, Stryker and Zimmer, have issued recalls and battled against patients whose injuries from defective knee replacements included pain, instability, allergic reactions, loosening of the device because of defective screws or bonding cement, and the need to have the device replaced, enduring another surgery.
The world's pharmaceutical market is expected to reach $400 billion a year soon. With approximately 30 percent profit margins, drug companies are desperately seeking to develop and market the latest, greatest treatment for serious health problems.
Unfortunately, the rush to grab market share has created deadly consequences for consumers. Pharmaceuticals that have not been sufficiently tested are put on the market. Sometimes, manufacturers are aware that their products present a serious health risk and make a cold-blooded financial decision to cover up potentially deadly side effects.
We hold manufacturers liable for dangerous drugs like Xarelto, Risperdal and Pradaxa. We cannot undo the harm they inflict on patients and families, but we can ensure that our clients are fully compensated for the total harm - physical, emotional and financial - and will seek punitive damages when pharmaceutical companies' behavior is especially egregious.
We handle a variety of car defect claims that cause injury or wrongful death:
- Unintended acceleration
- Fire/explosion hazards
- Braking defects
- Steering defects
Volkswagen Emission-Cheating Recall:
We are now accepting Volkswagen emission defect lawsuits. The VW emission-cheating scandal affects certain diesel engine models from 2009 to 2015, including the Audi A3, Beetle, Golf, Jetta and Passat. Our vehicle defect attorneys will help you understand what legal options you have and what amount of damages you may be eligible to recover. To learn more, read our blog post, Volkswagen Owner's Rights After The Emission-Cheating Scandal.
GM Ignition-Switch Lawsuits:
General Motors' recent ignition switch recall revealed how seemingly reputable automakers can hide deadly defects in the interest of profits. At least 13 people died from ignition switch defects - a deadly flaw that GM was secretly aware of.
Defective tires and tread separation
A poorly made radial tire can result in tread separation, when the tire tread separates from the steel belts beneath it. Tire tread separation and blowouts can be catastrophic because they often cause accidents while vehicles are traveling at high speeds. There is usually nothing a driver can do to keep control of a vehicle during tread separation.
Many radial tires are manufactured overseas and not sufficiently tested and inspected before they become available to U.S. consumers. We help victims and families hold all parties liable - manufacturers, distributors and retailers - to make sure they are compensated for the total harm.
Ohio industry relies on heavy machinery to get the job done. Sadly, many Ohio industrial workers and farmers are killed each year by defective or unsafe machinery. Sometimes, a machine safeguard has been removed or modified. In other situations, the machinery was designed with a serious safety flaw that the manufacturer could have reasonably avoided.
The Donahey Law Firm can help investigate your accident and determine who is truly liable so you can receive maximum compensation for the resulting harm.
The deadly effects of asbestos are still manifesting in people throughout Ohio. If you were exposed to asbestos as an employee and have recently been diagnosed with asbestosis, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney immediately.
If you are or were a tenant exposed to asbestos that was not properly remediated, you may be eligible for compensation for resulting health problems. Speak with an attorney about your case but don't delay - there are strict time limits for bringing a lawsuit.
Despite advances in sanitizing technology and stringent food safety regulations, foodborne illness is a common occurrence for Ohio consumers. Most people survive food poisoning and regain full health, but some Ohioans die each year from foodborne illness.
Common sources of food-related illness and death include:
- E. coli
- Norovirus (Norwalk virus)
- Clostridium perfringens
If an outbreak has caused serious harm or death in your family, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney immediately.
E-cigs and tobacco products
Most younger smokers began using tobacco with knowledge of the risks and side effects, but there are elderly people suffering from serious illnesses caused by smoking that they weren't warned about. Big tobacco companies hid the truth about cigarettes from the public for many years, causing unimaginable harm to families throughout Ohio.
Some believe that e-cigarettes are a modern twist on the shady tactics that tobacco companies used in previous decades. E-cig manufacturers often market their products as safe alternatives to other forms of tobacco, but new research shows that e-cigarettes expose users to a variety of cancer-causing agents.
There may be legal remedies available to people who have exclusively used vapor cigarettes (vaping) and have been diagnosed with cancer or other serious health problems. Speak with an experienced injury attorney about your case.
Dangerous children's products
Each year, car seats, cribs, clothes and toys cause permanent injuries and death to children in Ohio. Product recalls come too late for some families and many are never even aware that a particular child's product has been recalled.
Choking, suffocation and strangulation hazards are common. Other unsafe products may cause amputation or permanent eye injury. If your child has been harmed or killed by a product, it is important to speak with an experienced injury attorney as soon as possible.
Magnetic toys and magnet sets caused a significant increase in hospital visits among children of all ages, from infants to teens, in recent years. The life-threatening injuries include intestinal obstruction and perforations, ulcers and sepsis. To learn more, visit our in-depth blog post on magnet injuries or call us for a free attorney consultation.
Holding Negligent Manufacturers And Distributors Accountable
Many product liability injuries could be avoided if the manufacturers or distributors of these products took additional steps to ensure consumer safety. The main incentive to increase product safety is to avoid potential liability in product liability lawsuits, which provide compensation for personal injuries suffered from the use of a defective product. As your product liability firm, The Donahey Law Firm will help you pursue the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled.
Contact Us to Discuss Your Rights
At The Donahey Law Firm, our product liability attorneys represent individuals who have been injured as a result of an unsafe or defective product. We help individuals file claims for fair compensation for their injuries. If you have been injured by any consumer product or machine at home or in the workplace, please contact us to discuss your rights.
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