Nashville Personal Injury Blog

Are you dealing with defective brakes? Take action now

Every component of your vehicle is essential to it running in the intended manner. However, some systems are more important to your safety than others. The brakes in your vehicle are a safety critical system.

As you know, there are times when you need to have your brake system serviced. For example, as your brakes begin to wear out, they may not work as effectively as you would like.

What are some of the more well-known products liability cases?

When we hear about defective products on the news, we often hear about toys posing choking hazards or a car airbag being activated at an inopportune time.

In some of these products liability cases, the manufacturer may have failed to properly test their product before putting it out on the market. In other cases, marketers, retailers, suppliers or distributors failed to do their own job to warn consumers of the potential dangers the product posed. When someone is either injured of killed as a result of this oversight, any one of these parties may be accused of negligence.

Are there any warning signs of defective tires?

When you buy tires for your vehicle, most people never think twice about safety. In fact, since the tires are new, they assume that they'll be completely safe when cared for in the appropriate manner.

Unfortunately, tire defects come into play every now and again. And since this rubber is the only thing between your car and the road, a defect can lead to an accident.

The FDA highlights the dangers of using injectible silicone

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public health warning on Nov. 14. It highlighted the dangers associated with individuals having silicone injected into their bodies either to help with contouring or other types of body enhancement.

In their press release, the FDA acknowledges that they've previously approved injectible silicone, also known as dermal fillers, to be utilized on patient's faces such as to bulk up their cheeks or lips. What they haven't approved, however, is the use of these fillers for the purpose of contouring larger segments of the body such as breasts, rear ends or other muscular areas.

How do I pay my bills after an accident?

After a car or big truck accident has caused injury to you or your loved ones, the last thing you want to worry about is the bill. Paying for medical bills after an accident is not a fun topic, but one that must be discussed.

Can I afford an injury lawyer?

Many people who are in serious car accidents feel overwhelmed. The medical bills pile up, and after several calls with insurance, they're nowhere closer to receiving a settlement check to cover their expenses than when they first began.

Medical device recalls: Common questions

A medical device recall is every bit as serious as it sounds. When a company finds that there is a problem with one of their devices, they are expected to take immediate action. This can mean one of two things:

  • Removal. This is when the device is removed from the market so that it doesn't reach any additional patients.
  • Correction. This is when corrective action is put into place to avoid the same issue in the future

Here are a few of the more common questions regarding medical device recalls:

  • Who is responsible for issuing a recall? In most cases, a company is responsible for issuing a recall after learning of a problem. They are responsible for not only initiating the recall, but also notifying the FDA.
  • What role does the FDA play? Once the FDA learns of a recall, it reviews the strategy the company will use to address the concern. The agency also looks for potential violations of its requirements, and in some cases assigns a recall class.
  • What does the FDA do to notify the public of the recall? In addition to posting the information in its medical device recall database, the agency may also issue a press release to inform the public.

The risks posed by hackers taking control of your vehicle

The dashboard on contemporary cars do a lot more than provide you with the time, temperature outside or information about how well your car's systems are functioning. They now can allow you to stream music from online sources, get driving directions and maps to help you commute between locations, or help you manage your call log or send text messages.

With internet access being available at the mere touch of a button, it exposes motorists to far more unsafe situations than they'd probably ever fathom. The risk of them being hacked into is pretty high.

Amazon sued after hoverboard set home ablaze

This past January, a $1 million-dollar home was completely lost to fire. The fire was reportedly due to a dangerous product sold by Amazon -- the hoverboard.

According to the plaintiffs' attorney, "Amazon and its various subsidiaries had information about the danger of this product well in advance the January 9 fire, and on top of that, they had notice, they should have known the product was being misrepresented on their website."

A new auto defect alert warning system to be tested in Maryland

Statistics recently released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggest that at least 30 percent of all cars operating on United States roadways are doing so in ill repair.

This is one of the reasons that this federal agency has recently instituted the initial pilot case of what it hopes to be a nationwide program focused on notifying car owners of known recalls for automobile defects. The testing ground for this new alert system is Maryland. So far, the NHTSA has committed nearly $225,000 to roll out this program.

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