Defective or dangerous products aren't limited to one industry or type of product. Whether it is a poorly designed hand tool or a child's toy coated in paint that contains toxic materials, serious or catastrophic injuries can occur. A recent outbreak of listeria at a hospital was linked back to tainted Blue Bell ice cream, and it might be possible that other cases have gone unreported. Victims who are now aware of where the listeria contamination began may be considering a product liability claim.
Safe and reliable products may not seem like too much to ask for, but defective or dangerous products appear to still grace store shelves in Ohio, putting consumers at risk. Recently, the parent company of Gerber Legendary Blades, Fiskars Brands Inc., forked over millions in fines amid allegations that it did not inform the Consumer Product Safety Commission of a possible defective product in a timely manner. According to the company, the product in question -- an axe -- hit the shelves after company employees tested a few of the axes and concluded that they were safe. Some victims may find that a product liability claim can be an appropriate course of action.
Ohio consumers may not have to look too far to discover a dangerous product, or a story about how a family was affected by a recalled product. Take, for instance, the family that suffered the death of a baby fatally injured by his own baby monitor. Those who have been injured by a dangerous product and are pursuing a product liability claim might be surprised to learn how few recalls ever actually reach consumers.
After a Maryland couple has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against energy drink maker Monster Energy Company, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating a number deaths associated with the high-caffeine drink. The popular drink is not classified as a food or beverage so it is not subject to the standards applicable to other drinks such as Coca Cola or Pepsi.