Nashville Personal Injury Blog

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.

Medicare and consumers pay for faulty heart devices

A heart device is every bit as important as it sounds. Any patient with one of these relies on it to improve his or her heart health, which is imperative to living a better life.

Unfortunately, a report from the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) shows that Medicare has paid out more than $1.5 billion over the past 10 years to replace faulty heart devices in approximately 73,000 patients.

Understanding defective medical device recalls

When a manufacturer becomes aware of problems with one of its medical devices, it notifies the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that one of two actions need to happen. The first is a correction, which deals with fixing a problem where the medical device is sold or used. The second is a removal, which involves removing the medical device from where it is sold or used.

Recalls occur when there is a risk to a person's health, the medical device is defective or when both are the case. Just because a medical device is recalled, that doesn't always mean that you must stop using it or that you have to return it to the manufacturer. It might mean that the device needs to be checked, fixed or adjusted.

7 things drug labels must contain

Drugs are not just dangerous when they're defective or not manufactured properly. They can also be dangerous if they are not labeled correctly. Though the drug itself could technically be safe, a mistake on a label can lead to serious issues for those using it.

This labeling process is governed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). To help people with over-the-counter (OTC) medications, they listed seven things that must be included on the label. In order, they are:

  • Drug facts
  • Uses
  • Warnings
  • Directions
  • Other information
  • Inactive ingredients
  • Contact information

Phthalate levels in kids' toys reduced for safety

According to a recent statement released by the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), adverse incidents with products cause not just property damage but injuries and deaths to American consumers. They also carry a hefty price tag of over $1 trillion a year.

In an ongoing attempt to make kids' child care items and toys even safer, the CPSC voted last month to issue their final ruling on the phthalate levels allowed in those products. Following the 3 to 2 vote held on October 18, the Commission's final ruling on the matter prohibits child care items and toys for kids from containing over .1 percent of five phthalate chemicals. Their ruling goes into effect 180 days after it is published in the Federal Register.

3 key points that show a design should have been altered

Some products are inherently dangerous. No matter the design, that risk still exists. However, manufacturers have a responsibility to try to create safe designs that eliminate these risks and make the odds of injury as close to zero as possible.

As you can imagine, this often means companies and injured consumers look at cases very differently. A company may claim they did all they could to make a dangerous product -- like a chainsaw -- as safe as possible, while the consumer will claim they didn't do nearly enough. How do you get to the bottom of it?

Tennessee man awarded millions in drug lawsuit after heart attack

A Tennessee native has just won a federal lawsuit against a defective drug that was improperly marketed -- although its makers have already vowed to appeal the multi-million dollar verdict.

The drug, AndroGel, is a testosterone supplement made by AbbVie, Inc. This case has been watched closely to see how it would turn out, because many similar cases have been filed against other companies that market similar products.

What NOT to do after a car or big truck accident

The moments after an accident can be an emotional blur for everyone involved. It can seem that there are a lot of steps to remember following a wreck. However, there are a few things that anyone involved in an accident should NOT do to avoid headaches in the days and weeks to come.

How do car accident claims work?

No one expects to be in a car wreck, and many people are unprepared for what to do when an accident actually happens. One of the most important parts of the after-accident to-do list is filing an accurate and timely insurance claim.

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