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Defective Products and Products Liability

Defective Products and Products Liability lawsuits involve injuries from the use of a defective or dangerous product. This could arise in the case of a defect in a car which causes an accident, a burn sustained from using a beauty product, or even food poisoning. The manufacturer or seller is held liable to any party who foreseeably could have been injured by the product. There are several types of defects, including defect in the manufacturing, defect in the design, defect in the warning (improper labeling) and marketing defects (insufficient instructions).

Usually, a products liability lawsuit is not easy and involves testimony from experts. Since the law of products liability varies from state-to-state, similar cases in different states might not yield the same results.

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Prescription drugs can save our lives. Whether for diabetes, heart disease, or even schizophrenia or autism, certain medications not only improve our quality of life, but help us live it. But every drug has its intended effects and its unintended side effects, and some of those side effects can be dangerous, even deadly.

If a drug company fails to warn patients or doctors about certain side effects, they could be on the hook for any injuries or death. Here are five pharmaceutical drugs involved in current litigation over dangerous and deadly side effects.

For people with irregular heart rhythm, hypertension, or another valvular heart condition, blood thinners can help prevent dangerous and potentially deadly blood clots. But as with any medication, there are risks of side effects.

One such blood thinner, Xarelto, is a popular treatment for adults undergoing hip and knee replacement surgeries. But some patients have suffered from severe internal bleeding after taking Xarelto, sometimes resulting in death. And the lawsuits against the drug’s manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, are starting to pile up. Here’s what you need to know about the current litigation.

Exploding E-Cigarette Injury Cases: New Lawsuits Filed

Smokers know that quitting is difficult. Beyond the physical addiction to tobacco, there’s the habit of inhaling deeply and exhaling, a poisonous daily meditation practice reinforced over years. Electronic vaporizers, or e-cigarettes, have replaced tobacco for many smokers who need a hit in their lungs but are trying not to light up.

They have been proven effective in aiding smoking cessation, but e-cigs have risks of their own. Instead of the ticking time bomb that smoking cigarettes offers, vape users face physical explosions from faulty batteries malfunctioning and causing injury. Let’s look at some recently filed e-cig injury lawsuits, reported by Tech Times.

The health risks posed by inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are well-documented, well-known, and, in some cases, well-litigated. The filters, designed to prevent a blood clot from blocking blood flow to your lungs can save your life, but if left in too long, they can perforate the vein or detach from the vein and migrate elsewhere, causing unintended blockages or serious damage.

IVC filter patients have already filed nearly 1,000 lawsuits regarding filter-related injuries, some of which have been consolidated into class action cases. Can you join an IVC filter class action lawsuit? And if so, when is it too late to join?

A Philadelphia jury awarded $70 million to a boy who developed breasts after using antipsychotic drug Risperdal. The drug is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and the jury found that the companies failed to adequately warn doctors and consumers about the risk of gynecomastia in male patients.

This is the latest in a long line of decisions against Johnson & Johnson and Janssen based on Risperdal injuries, so here’s what you need to know about the drug and the litigation.

For people with type 2 diabetes, Onglyza is a hypoglycemic drug that can help maintain healthy insulin levels. But as with all potentially life-saving medications, there are risks associated with Onglyza use which in themselves can be life threatening. In 2014, the FDA started looking into the link between Onglyza and heart failure, and earlier this year warned that type 2 diabetes medicines like Onglyza “may increase the risk of heart failure, particularly in patients who already have heart or kidney disease.”

Here’s what you need to know about potential side effects of Onglyza, and where to find help if you’ve been injured by your type 2 diabetes medication.

Hip Implant System Recalls and Injuries

Unfortunately for those who have replaced hips, being unattached to body parts is a familiar notion. Still, no one expects a hip replacement to have to be replaced due to defects. Yet it happens a lot.

The materials in hip replacements are not exactly ideal for general physical health when they leach into people's systems, which is what they can do. Complaints about leaching metals, hip corrosion, fretting, and other issues have led to lawsuits over numerous types of hip systems used to replace old and worn bones.

Morning sickness is an unpleasant and unfortunate side effect of pregnancy. And expectant mothers, doctors, and drug manufacturers have long been searched for a cure for pregnancy-related nausea. The trouble is finding a remedy that won't have an adverse effect on the fetus.

GlaxoSmithKline thought they had stumbled upon an answer with Zofran, a drug originally used to combat nausea in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. But a new series of lawsuits claims Zofran causes birth defects, and that GlaxoSmithKline never cleared it for use on pregnant women.

You may have seen the recent headlines about Johnson & Johnson being sued over claims that its baby powder and talcum-based products cause cancer, even getting hit with a $72 million judgment in one case. These lawsuits claim that the use of talcum powder for feminine hygiene increases the risk of ovarian cancer, and that Johnson & Johnson knew of the risk yet failed to warn consumers.

So can you get cancer from using baby powder or talcum powder? And if so, what can you do about it?

Should I Get My IVC Blood Clot Filter Removed?

For people with blood clotting issues, the IVC filter, or inferior vena cava filter, can be a help. This medical device is implanted in patients who don’t tolerate anti-coagulants or blood thinners.

The filters are designed to prevent clotting, but increasingly they are drawing attention for the dangers they present to patients. There are numerous lawsuits against the device makers by injured patients and the Food and Drug Administration has issued advice to doctors on monitoring and removal of IVC filters. So should you have yours removed? Let’s look at what the FDA says.