Once a product becomes available for purchase, it should be safe for consumers — but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. There are many known defective or dangerous products available on the market in 2023 that may pose a serious risk to consumers.
If you or a loved one were injured as a result of any of the dangerous products listed below, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Get in touch with us today to see if Sokolove Law may be able to help with your case.
Emerging studies have found that frequent use of chemical hair relaxers may double the risk of uterine cancer in women.
Black women may face a greater risk of developing this cancer as many chemical hair straighteners were marketed towards those with textured hair in an effort to push an unfair Eurocentric beauty standard.
Dangerous chemicals found in different brands of chemical hair straighteners include:
Bisphenol A (BPA)
Metals (like arsenic, mercury, and lead)
If you’ve used chemical hair relaxer products to straighten your hair and were later diagnosed with endometrial or uterine cancer, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the makers of these products.
Social media platforms have been known to target children and teenagers, which has led to an alarming increase in social media addictions.
Spending multiple hours a day on social media can cause young people to develop unrealistic expectations for their lives, which may result in depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, eating disorders, and more.
Sites that pose a particularly high risk to adolescents include:
Meta Platforms’ (Facebook and Instagram)
If you or your child suffered from physical or psychological harm due to social media addiction, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the social media platforms responsible.
Tesla™ autopilot and self-driving features have long been marketed as safe, but recent reports identified over 270 Tesla accidents caused by these features between July 2021 and June 2022, leading many to question how safe this technology may be.
Lawsuits against Tesla allege that the software has caused cars to:
Crash into stationary vehicles
Fail to recognize emergency vehicles or motorcycles
Run red lights and veer into traffic
Stop suddenly and unintentionally
If you own a Tesla with autopilot or self-driving software, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against Tesla and pursue compensation.
Johnson & Johnson, Tylenol’s parent company, may have known about the risks associated with taking Tylenol during pregnancy. However, they failed to place a warning label on their products or notify the public of these risks.
If your child was diagnosed with ASD or ADHD after Tylenol use during pregnancy, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and pursue compensation.
Over 30,000 Royal Sovereign and Royal Centurian portable air conditioners were recalled due to the risk of serious injury, property damage, and death. In certain AC units, a faulty drain motor can ignite the unit’s plastic encasing and pose fire and burn hazards to consumers.
The recalled Royal Sovereign portable AC units include the following models:
If you or your loved one suffered injuries from a recalled Royal Sovereign AC unit, you may have legal options available to you.
Cow’s milk-based baby formula and milk fortifier products can greatly increase the risk of low-birth-weight and premature babies developing a serious, potentially fatal, intestinal disease called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).
Unfortunately, many popular baby formula and milk fortifier products on the market today have cow’s milk in them, including certain variations of:
If your baby was premature and developed NEC after being fed cow’s milk-based formula products, even while still under hospital care, you may be able to seek justice and compensation through a baby formula lawsuit.
NuVasive Specialized Orthopedics, Inc. issued an urgent advisory for both their stainless steel and titanium-based Precice® System devices due to biocompatibility issues or concerns with how these medical devices will interact with a patient’s body and its biological responses.
Precice System devices are designed to help with:
Lengthening or shortening limbs
Fixation or resetting and stabilizing bone fractures
Malunions and nonunions
Transporting long bones
NuVasive and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have advised health care providers to monitor patients with any of these devices until more is known.
NuVasive Specialized Orthopedics, Inc. issued an urgent field safety notice for its MAGEC® System spinal rods, advising health care providers to monitor children implanted with these devices. A mechanical component failure in these spinal growing rods can lead to a range of health risks due to biocompatibility issues.
MAGEC devices are used to help:
Correct spinal curvature and deformities as the child grows
Lessen the severity of early-onset scoliosis
Prevent the need for future invasive surgeries
While the MAGEC X device is back on the market, all other models have been discontinued at this time, pending further biocompatibility testing.
FiberCel Fiber Viable Bone Matrix is a surgical bone product used to help bones and fractures heal more quickly. In June 2021, however, Aziyo Biologics, Inc. issued an urgent recall of one lot of its fiber powder product due to contamination.
Some of the procedures that utilize the contaminated FiberCel fiber powder product include:
Orthopedic or reconstructive bone grafts
Patients who received FiberCel from the contaminated lot may have been exposed to the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB). Over 100 patients may have been exposed so far.
Montelukast is an asthma and allergy prescription drug that has been marketed and sold under the brand name Singulair® by Merck & Co., Inc. since 1998.
Singulair, however, has been linked to many neuropsychiatric or mental health side effects, including:
Aggression and irritability
Anxiety and depression
Disorientation, hallucinations, or confusion
Sleep problems like insomnia and nightmares
Suicidal thoughts and action
Multiple Singulair class action lawsuits have been filed and are still pending in court. If you or your child took Singulair and experienced mental health side effects, you may be able to take legal action to pursue compensation.
The Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper has now been pulled from the market, after an investigation by Consumer Reports found that the overall design of the sleeper poses life-threatening risks to babies.
According to this groundbreaking investigation by Consumer Reports:
At least 32 babies have died inside the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper
A cardinal rule of infant care is that newborns must lay flat on their backs
The Rock ‘n Play Sleeper allows babies to lay on their backs at an incline
Laying at an incline increases the risk of a baby accidentally suffocating
The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning to consumers in 2019, but these dangerous infant sleepers remained on the markets for years afterwards. Many advocates believe the agency and Fisher-Price didn’t do enough to prevent these tragic deaths.
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