What Potential Dangers Lurk in E-Cigarettes and Vape Pens?

Derrick L. Walker, Richmond, VA  Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Derrick L. Walker, Personal Injury Attorney

Despite steadily declining smoking rates over the years, more and more Americans are trading in traditional tobacco products for electronic cigarettes. Because they are thought of as a safe alternative to regular cigarettes due to the absence of harmful secondhand smoke, e-cigarettes and the retailers selling them have become abundant. Proponents of e-cigarettes advertise them as helpful in “kicking the habit” for traditional smokers, but those who swap smoke for vapor may be trading one danger for another.

There are many reasons people may choose to use e-cigarettes, and that use has increased exponentially since they hit the market. According…

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How to Select Safe Toys for Gift-Giving

Abbigale B. Fredrick, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Abbigale B. Fredrick, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

The holiday season is a time for many of us to enjoy all the excitement that comes with selecting toys and presenting them to the little ones on our gift list. However, being drawn in by bright, shiny packaging and all the toy’s bells and whistles without considering the potential hazards of that item could lead to disaster.

Toy-related injuries send more than 26,000 children to the emergency room every year. These injuries include lacerations, asphyxiation, burns, poisoning, and more.

Do you know how to tell the difference between safe toys and those that are considered high-risk? The following guidelines…

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What You Need to Know About the Takata Airbag Recall

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

If you drive a vehicle in the United States that was manufactured after 2001, then chances are high that you could be affected by the largest automotive safety recall in history.

The Danger Could Be Right in Front of You

With tens of millions of cars recalled from 32 different automotive brands, the blame for this threat to safety falls to airbag inflators and their propellant chemicals sourced from Japanese supplier Takata. Faulty inflator design and the unstable chemical compounds within them are responsible for hundreds of gruesome injuries and 19 deaths to date.

Airbags fitted with this deadly combination…

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What is the Virginia Consumer Protection Act?

Amy S. Whitelaw, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Author: Amy S. Whitelaw, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Consumers purchase goods and services with the expectation that they will be safe and function properly. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Products may fail and consequently cause injury to innocent people. If the product itself is what causes the injury, a person may have a products liability claim.[1]  But if a person is harmed by the way a product has been advertised or offered, there may be another avenue under which they can recover for the harm.

The Virginia Consumer Protection Act was first enacted in 1977 to “promote fair and ethical standards of dealings between suppliers and the consuming public.”[2] The…

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Vaporizers and E-Cigarette Explosions

Robert C. T. Reed, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Robert C. T. Reed, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

More and more people are switching away from standard tobacco cigarettes in favor of e-cigarettes or vaporizers. Reasons include convenience, the belief that they are safer alternatives to smoking, and the belief that they can help the user quit smoking. Whatever the reason may be, manufacturers have rushed to fill the marketplace with options for consumers looking to purchase different vaping devices. This evolving industry has only existed in the U.S. since 2007, and currently, it is not well regulated.

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates traditional tobacco products, does not currently have authority over e-cigarettes…

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Blood Thinner Xarelto Linked to Severe Internal Bleeding and Infections

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Product Liability Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Drug Injury Attorney

Xarelto is a new generation anti-coagulant (blood thinner) that is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceutical and marketed by Bayer Healthcare. It is widely prescribed to prevent blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation. The drug is also used to prevent deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the deep veins, typically in the legs) and pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the lungs). Xarelto and other similar anti-coagulant drugs including Pradaxa, Eliquis, Zontivity and Savaysa are typically prescribed as an alternative to Coumadin (also known as Warfarin), which has been widely used since the mid-1950’s.

Coumadin is an effective blood…

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Falling Hard for a Hot Item: Hoverboard Safety Concerns & User Tips

Danielle M. Bringard, Fredericksburg, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Author: Danielle M. Bringard, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Back in the 2000s, the Razor Scooter was a hot new Christmas item.[1]  This trend was followed by the Segway.[2]  Christmas of 2015 was the season of the hoverboard,[3]  but this Christmas season was not followed by just fun and games.  Besides the various compilation videos of people falling off of hoverboards and suffering from bumps, bruises, and embarrassment, many people have been more seriously injured. Others have watched as their new toy burned before their eyes. 

The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) is still investigating the issue of hoverboards catching on fire, and cautions users not only about the possibility…

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What To Do When a Product Fails or Malfunctions and Causes An Injury

Robert C. T. Reed

Author: Robert C. T. Reed, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Nearly everything we use on a daily basis is either a product or something that requires the use of one. Unfortunately, even products that seem harmless can cause injuries when they malfunction or fail to perform their function as they were intended.  Injuries that result from the failure of common products often come as a complete surprise to the victim.  Sometimes, the injured person does not even realize that their injury was the result of poor design or a manufacturing defect in the product.  By the time it occurs to them that their injury was probably preventable, they have thrown the defective product away.  This is why it is important…

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Possible Higher Compensation for J&J Pelvic Mesh Victims

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Product Liability Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Product Liability Attorney

Johnson & Johnson, the well-known company that manufactures medical devices and pharmaceutical and consumer goods, may be facing some extremely high costs to settle a number of products liability cases. The company is currently dealing with over 46,000 product liability lawsuits involving its pelvic mesh products.[1]

Pelvic Mesh Product Liability Settlement Could Lead to Higher Compensation for Pelvic Mesh Victims

In January 2016, Johnson & Johnson agreed to settle between 2,000 and 3,000 of these lawsuits for a total of $120 million.[2] However, publication of an additional suit, brought by Pamela Wicker, revealed that the company…

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Jury Links Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder To Ovarian Cancer

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Medical Malpractice Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Product Liability Attorney

Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder has been linked to ovarian cancer. Furthermore, the company’s internal memos suggest they were aware of these risks, but gave no notice or warnings to consumers.[1]

A second civil lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson resulted in a $55 million award to a 62-year-old woman who said her ovarian cancer was the result of talcum in the baby powder. Talc was discovered in her ovarian tissues, and her cancer is in remission. [1] Previously, Johnson & Johnson faced a $72 million award after a woman lost her life.[2] Sixty-two year old Jacqueline Fox passed away last Fall after losing her two-year battle with…

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