In the United States, personal injury lawyers work every day to advocate for the injured and promote safety for all. They are not only here to get you compensation for your injuries and losses, but also to keep businesses accountable and prevent the same injuries from happening to other people. Here are just a few cases in recent history where attorneys fought to make the United States a safer place:
Before this car was released to the public in the 1970s, the Ford Pinto had a major safety flaw that made it susceptible to catching on fire in the event of a rear-end collision. The people at Ford Motor Company, its manufacturer, were aware of this danger, but ignored it and produced the car anyway. As a result, dozens of people were seriously injured or killed when their Ford Pinto got into a rear-end collision and burst into flames. Attorneys helped survivors fight back against Ford, causing Ford to recall more than 1.5 million Pintos. The multiple lawsuits against Ford Motor also led to the National Highway Safety Administration implementing a rear-impact safety regulation in 1976, improving car safety for all in the United States.
In the 1990s, pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson created and produced a heartburn medication called Propulsid. It is estimated that at least 300 people died and over 15,000 people were injured due to using this drug, including children. Attorneys worked hard to hold Johnson & Johnson accountable, and eventually discovered company documents that revealed Johnson & Johnson had not conducted recommended studies on the drug and knew it was injuring people but continued to produce and sell it anyway. Finally, in 2004, Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay $90 million dollars to victims and their families. Propulsid might still be for sale and injuring people today if not for the attorneys that brought the deceptiveness of Johnson & Johnson to light.
April Recall Updates
Volkswagen is recalling specific 2019 Arteon vehicles, due to an increased actuating force or disconnected input rod affecting braking. This problem will increase the risk of a crash.
Honda is recalling their EB2200i, EU2200i Companion, and EU2200i Camo Portable Generators because the inverter assembly can short circuit with the presence of saltwater. This is dangerous because it could cause the unit to smoke or catch fire, which would pose fire and burn hazards to consumers.
Merritt Manufacturing is recalling certain Angel Guard Angel Ride car beds as their restraint harness may not have been properly sewed where the buckle is attached. This issue increases the risk of injury in a crash, as the harness may not fully restrain the child.
Meijer is recalling 13,284 packages of mixed nuts (Fresh from Meijer – Mixed Nuts with Peanuts & Sea Salt) due to the potential risk of an undeclared tree-nut allergen: Brazil nuts. This affects the packages of mixed nuts being sold at all Meijer stores.
Chicago Indoor Garden is recalling all products containing Red Clover sprouts as it was discovered that they were contaminated with E. coli 0103. This includes the products that were distributed to Whole Foods throughout the Midwest, Coosemans Chicago Inc., Battaglia Distributing, and Living Water Farms: Red Clover 4 oz. clamshell, Red Clover 2 lb. boxes, Sprout Salad 6oz. clamshell, Mixed Greens 4 oz. clamshell, Spring Salad 6 oz. clamshell.
Have you been injured due to the negligence of another person or company? Rob Levine & Associates is ready to help you fight back, get you the compensation you deserve, and ensure future safety for all. Let us be your advocate by contacting us for a free case evaluation today.
Sources: www.recalls.gov, www.nhtsa.gov