There are more product liability lawsuits filed against prescription drug manufacturers than against all other industries combined. Under strict product liability laws, drug manufacturers may be held liable for ANY serious injuries or deaths caused by their products regardless of the care they took to prevent defects.

Hazardous waste presents serious problems not only to humans but to the environment as well. Environmental law matters are particularly complex, not only due to the maze of federal, state and local laws involved but also because these laws are often highly technical in nature.

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General Motors Ignition Switch Recall Lawsuits


 
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In February of 2014, General Motors began issuing a wave of recalls for a fatal ignition switch problem in the Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevrolet HHR, Saturn Ion, Saturn Sky, Pontiac G5 and Pontiac Solstice models made from 2003 to 2011.

Over 2.6 million vehicles were recalled because the switch could be inadvertently turned from the "run" position to the "accessory" position, thereby stalling the car and disabling air bags.
The ignition switch issue has been attributed to at least 13 deaths and dozens of accidents. In congressional testimony, GM revealed it had known of a problem since 2001, but it was either erroneously corrected or remained under reported.


That ignition switch has allegedly shown a tendency to disengage and put vehicles into accessory mode because of the weight of key chains. When a vehicle suddenly moves into accessory mode the engine shuts down, the power steering is disengaged, the power brakes no longer operate and the air bags may not engage.


 

Approximately 2.6 million models have been affected by what has been described as a faulty ignition switch. They include:

  • 2005 – 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt
  • 2005 – 2007 Pontiac G5s
  • 2003 – 2007 Saturn Ion
  • 2006 – 2007 Chevrolet HHR
  • 2005 – 2006 Pontiac Pursuit (sold in Canada)
  • 2006 – 2007 Pontiac Solstice
  • 2007 Saturn Sky
 

In May 2014, GM recalled 500 pickup trucks and SUVs after discovering that the tie rods on these vehicles may not be attached tightly enough to the steering rack. Vehicles affected by this recall include the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and 2014 GM Sierra.

According to GM, this problem could result in loss of steering control and "a crash could occur without prior warning." In a notice, GM urged drivers not to use their vehicles until they had been inspected for safety at a GM car dealer. Multiple class action lawsuits have been filed on behalf of drivers with recalled GM vehicles and plaintiffs are seeking compensation for the reduced value of these vehicles; however, the class action lawsuits are not specifically requesting damages for those who were injured in a recalled GM vehicle.

Determining whether or not your claim would merit a GM ignition switch settlement, or whether a GM ignition switch lawsuit will need to be filed, should be done with the help of experienced trial attorneys who understand how to hold even the largest corporations accountable.

 

Holding Companies Liable:

Companies that manufacture or sell products to the public are legally responsible to ensure that they are safe. If their products cause injuries or illnesses to consumers, victims have legal recourse to obtain compensation for their damages by filing claims under the product liability law. This includes claims against pharmaceutical companies for dangerous drugs, drug recalls, and pharmaceutical injuries.


Air bags save thousands of lives every year, and are essential safety devices for drivers and passengers. Unfortunately, defective air bags can have the opposite effect and actually create serious safety hazards. Millions of vehicles have now been recalled by Honda, Toyota, and other major auto-makers because air bags exploded, failed to deploy, opened without warning, or had other problems that can cause severe injury or even death.
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The US Government applies certain regulations on manufacturers to insure against defective products; but those regulations often go unenforced, and may lack the sufficient penalties to curb abuse.

As consumers, we trust that the products we purchase meet certain standards for safety. We also have to trust that the products used or prescribed by our physicians and those made available to us through the various businesses we use are safe and free defects or flaws that could inflict injury, illness, or death.
In most cases this trust is well founded, but unfortunately defective and dangerous products still do find their way into our homes, hospitals, offices and businesses.

Our government has specific agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) which are intended to monitor product safety, yet faulty products do occasionally reach the consumer market, placing the lives of the public in harm's way. Product manufacturer negligence can be associated with inefficient testing, contamination, the failure to maintain a premises, poor manufacturing, computer errors or human oversight. Product recalls and drug recalls help alert consumers to the potential risks of defective products that they may already own, but these announcements come too late for anybody who has already suffered injury or the family members of those who have been killed.

If you have sustained injuries or substantial property damage because of a product defect or recalled drug, you may have a product liability claim.

Product liability relates to any harm to consumers stemming from marketing misrepresentation, manufacturing defects, poor design, labeling errors, or the failure to warn of specific side effects or additional risks.
An experienced product liability attorney helps individuals in the prosecution of reckless or negligent manufacturers who distribute defective or mislabeled products. Product liability lawsuits are often the consumer's most effective weapon against unreasonably dangerous products. If you or a loved one have been injured by the failure of a dangerous or defective product, Houston, Texas based personal injury attorney Brent M. Cordell can inform you of your legal rights and options.

Hiring an attorney who practices personal injury law on a regular basis can ensure that your rights are protected.

Brent M. Cordell practices exclusively in the area of personal injury law. His number one focus is helping people with severe injuries get the legal representation they desire. Throughout his career, Mr. Cordell has helped thousands of injured people; if you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product or by the prescription use of a dangerous drug Brent Cordell can help you get the just compensation you deserve.

 
If you or a loved one has suffered as the result of a defective or dangerous product you have the right to hold the manufacturer responsible for your injuries. If you have any questions as to whether a defective product is indeed to blame for your injury, Brent M. Cordell specializes in product liability and can help you review the facts of your case, complete the necessary paperwork, understand relevant laws, and ultimately receive the damages you deserve.
 

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