Defective Product

Were Your Vehicle’s Airbags Recalled?

by Staff Blogger | July 22nd, 2019

In 2013, several automakers began recalling vehicles that were equipped with airbags manufactured by Takata Corporation. The recall has continued to expand since then, and new vehicles are added to the recall every year as the investigation into the defective airbags continues. Virtually all major auto manufacturers have vehicles that are affected by the recall, causing Takata Corporation to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. in mid-2017.

Consumer Reports states that the recall is the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history, and that more than 41.6 million vehicles may ultimately be involved by the time it’s complete. More vehicles are still being added to the recall even now. That means that even if you haven’t received a notice from your vehicle’s manufacturer, it may still be equipped with potentially defective airbags.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website has a search function where you can enter your vehicle identification number (VIN) to find out if it has been affected by the Takata airbag recall or any other potentially dangerous or damaging recall. Due to their potential for causing serious injuries and even death, auto manufacturers are required to fix these defective airbags for free.

At Ponce Law, it’s our goal to help people who were injured through no fault of their own. Whether you were hurt by a defective airbag or by a negligent driver, our Nashville car accident attorneys want to speak with you. Contact us today for a free consultation to get in touch with our legal team.

Defective Earplugs May Have Caused Thousands of U.S. Troops to Suffer Hearing Loss and Ear Damage

by Staff Blogger | March 4th, 2019

Troops serving in combat roles experience many dangers during their service—including the risk of hearing loss and ear damage. To help protect them from those dangers, the U.S. military issued 3M’s dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2, to thousands of troops between 2003 and 2015.

Because the earplugs were dual-ended, they could be inserted into users’ ears in both directions. The yellow-colored ends of the earplugs were designed to block most sounds while allowing users to still hear commands from friendly soldiers and the movements of enemy combatants, while the olive-colored ends were designed to block all sounds.

However, the earplugs were defective and failed to properly protect users from combat noises, putting them at risk of experiencing hearing loss, tinnitus, balance problems, and other ear-related damage. 3M Company knew about the earplugs’ defects as early as 2000 but continued to sell them to the U.S. military until 2015.

In response to 3M’s negligence, the U.S. government filed a lawsuit against the company under the False Claims Act. 3M was required to pay the Department of Justice $9.1 million for knowingly selling defective earplugs, opening the door for new lawsuits. As of March 2019, 3M is facing hundreds of lawsuits from veterans who were injured by the defective earplugs.

If you or someone you love was hurt by 3M’s defective dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2, our Nashville defective product lawyers want to help you get the compensation you deserve for your injury-related expenses. Contact us today for a free consultation.

You Don’t Have to Suffer Alone if You Were Hurt by a Defective Product

by Staff Blogger | September 19th, 2018

The manufacturers of consumer products, industrial products, and medical devices all have one shared responsibility: to make their goods safe for everyone who uses them. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are responsible for issuing recalls of potentially dangerous products, but recalls don’t always happen promptly, even when evidence links products to injuries and illnesses.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville defective product lawyers know that many victims are hesitant to pursue claims for health problems that they suffered due to consumer, industrial, or medical items. That’s because they often feel helpless going up against big multi-billion-dollar corporations.

If you or someone you love were injured by an unsafe product, it’s important to remember that you have a voice and a right to pursue compensation. Having an experienced legal team on your side can help level the playing field, even when the negligent party is a Fortune 500 company. In addition, our attorneys aren’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with big corporations and their insurance companies when we’re fighting for the rights of our clients.

Your defective product injury or illness may have resulted in big medical bills and a significant time away from work. You deserve to be compensated for it, and we want to help you get every penny you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll do everything we can to fight for your rights.

Consumer and Industrial Products Can Be Dangerous

by Staff Blogger | June 20th, 2018

At Ponce Law, our Nashville defective product lawyers focus plenty of time and attention handling cases where innocent victims are injured or suffer illnesses related to defective medical devices.

But it’s important for Middle Tennessee residents to remember that the cases we handle aren’t limited to just medical devices. Ordinary industrial and consumer products also have the potential to be dangerous and even deadly, and when people are hurt by those products, they should have the same rights as people who were harmed by medical products.

A few common consumer and industrial products that are linked to serious injuries, health problems, and complications include:

  • Asbestos—Although its usage in most products has been on a significant decline since the 1970s, asbestos is still present in many homes and buildings. It’s linked to deadly health problems, including a form of lung cancer called mesothelioma.
  • E-cigarettes—Electronic cigarettes are increasing in popularity every year, and many smokers use them as replacements for ordinary cigarettes. But they can be dangerous, especially when they overheat, as their batteries can explode or catch fire.
  • Weed killers—A popular herbicide called Roundup® contains glyphosate, a chemical that’s linked to cancers such as non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Exposure to the dangerous chemical can occur via respiration, skin absorption, or consuming contaminated food and water.

If you or someone you love were hurt by a consumer or industrial product, we’re here to help. We have the experience, resources, and dedication you need to get the compensation your family deserves after an industrial or consumer product injury. Call today for a free consultation.

2 Steps to Take if You Suspect a Medical Device Injury

by Staff Blogger | January 24th, 2018

Medical devices can be life-changing for many patients. They’re designed to relieve pain and reduce the symptoms of a variety of debilitating medical conditions and illnesses, and for the most part, they’re highly effective for the people who use them.

But like all consumer products, medical devices have the potential to fail. In some cases, all models of a certain product line may fail due to design, manufacturing, or material flaws. To make matters worse, manufacturers of some medical devices are aware of potential risks that patients and users face, but they release the products anyway to recoup their investments and generate big profits.

Defective medical devices can be fatal if patients don’t receive timely intervention and treatment. If you or someone you love suspects you received a defective device, you can take the following steps to help protect your health and your rights:

  1. Call your doctor or healthcare provider. Not all symptoms indicate a defective medical device. It’s important to be evaluated by a medical professional to conclusively link your complications to your device, whether or not it has been subject to a recall or warning.
  2. Call an experienced Nashville product liability lawyer. Treatments including corrective and revision surgeries for defective medical devices can be expensive. Having an attorney on your side from the start can help you maximize your chances of receiving compensation.

It’s important to act right away if you suspect that your health is worsening because of a defective medical device. At Ponce Law, we know what it takes to help victims like you, and we’re ready to put our experience to work. Call today for a free consultation.

Watch for These Warning Signs if You Have an Implanted Medical Device

by Staff Blogger | October 18th, 2017

Implanted medical devices, such as knee replacements, hernia meshes, IVC filters, and pacemakers help improve and even save the lives of countless people every year in Tennessee and throughout the country.

But any time a foreign object is introduced into the body, there’s a chance that something could go wrong. Unfortunately, many implantable medical devices have been linked to serious side effects and complications—some of which can be life-threatening.

If you or someone you love received a medical implant or device, it’s important to be on the lookout for the following symptoms, as they could indicate potentially fatal complications:

  • Sudden pain or loss of mobility – Pain and reduced mobility are common symptoms after a medical implant is placed inside a patient’s body. But when those symptoms occur suddenly and without warning long after the procedure was completed, it can indicate device failure, which leads to inflammation and infection.
  • Bleeding – Bleeding can indicate a potentially life-threatening emergency. It can occur when an implanted medical device shifts or becomes dislodged, causing it to move inside the body and damage tissue or nearby organs.

The Nashville defective product lawyers at Ponce Law know that many medical devices save lives, but we also know the life-threatening risks of defective, recalled, or improperly implanted medical devices.

If you or someone you love was hurt by a defective medical device, we want to speak with you. Call today for a free consultation.

Make Sure Your Eclipse Glasses Are Safe

by Staff Blogger | August 14th, 2017

On August 21, Nashville residents will be treated to one of nature’s grandest spectacles: a total solar eclipse. Nashville and other cities in Middle Tennessee are in the path of totality for the eclipse, which means they’ll see the moon pass directly in front of the sun for anywhere from two to three minutes, causing total darkness.

To safely view the eclipse, it’s important to have proper eye protection. However, even the darkest and most protective sunglasses aren’t enough to prevent serious eye damage from occurring when viewing the eclipse. Special eclipses glasses are necessary, but they should meet the following criteria for maximum protection:

  • ISO 12312-2-certified – While glasses that pass this certification are safe for eclipse viewing, some manufacturers are faking the certification. Check the American Astronomical Society’s website for a list of approved glasses and manufacturers.
  • Free from damage – Glasses with lenses that are scratched, torn, ripped, or separated from their frames may be rendered ineffective at protecting your eyes from damage when viewing the eclipse. Discard any damaged glasses and replace them before looking at the sun during the eclipse.

The total solar eclipse over Tennessee is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and it’s unfortunate that some manufacturers are taking advantage of it by creating cheap products that put innocent people at risk.

If you or someone you love was hurt by an unsafe or dangerous product, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation. The Nashville defective product lawyers at Ponce Law are here to discuss your options. Our consultations are free, and we’re available to take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Herbicide Chemical Linked to Cancer Discovered in Ice Cream

by Staff Blogger | August 9th, 2017

Glyphosate is a chemical used in Roundup®, a popular herbicide. In 2015, the World Health Organization declared that it may be linked to some cancers.

Recently, the Organic Consumers Association announced that trace amounts of the chemical were discovered in 10 out of 11 samples of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. A spokesperson with Ben & Jerry’s says that the company is working to determine how the chemical entered its products.

The affected flavors and the parts per billion of glyphosate found in the samples include

  • Vanilla (0.05 to 0.25)
  • Half Baked (0.05 to 0.25)
  • Americone Dream (0.05 to 0.25)
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (0.05 to 0.25)
  • Phish Food (0.42)
  • The Tonight Dough (0.42)
  • Peanut Butter Cup (0.57)
  • Peanut Butter Cookie (0.91)
  • Chocolate Fudge Brownie (1.74)

Researchers say that being exposed to even trace amounts of glyphosate can result in negative health effects, as rats who consumed low doses of the chemical every day began to develop early symptoms of fatty liver disease after just three months.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville product liability lawyers know how devastating Roundup® Weed Killer cancer is for victims and their families. It’s our goal to help anyone who was affected by a product containing glyphosate.

Get in touch with us today by filling out an online form. Our consultations are free, and we’ll work hard to maximize your chances of getting the compensation you deserve.

Defective Products Cause Injuries in Nashville

by Staff Blogger | April 17th, 2017

We all have brands that we’re loyal to. Whether a tech company or a cereal manufacturer, we trust these brands because they put out safe, quality products at a price point we can live with. You can tell the manufacturer takes a lot of pride in what they produce, and it shows in their finished product. Unfortunately, not every manufacturer takes the same pride in their work, which can lead to defective products hitting Nashville shelves and putting our community at risk.

At Ponce Law, we handle a number of defective product cases. Here are just a few of the many current cases we’re taking:

If you or someone you love has sustained an injury or illness due to one of the above products, call us today for a free consultation. Our Nashville product liability attorneys are ready to hold the manufacturer accountable for what they’ve put you through. We may be able to secure you compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and even long-term disability in some cases.

The manufacturer is responsible for your injuries and you deserve justice for what you’ve been through. Contact us today for your free, no obligation consultation.

Why We Handle Defective Product Cases

by Staff Blogger | January 30th, 2017

The best part of going to a fast food restaurant when you were a kid was the toy that came with your kid’s meal. Without fail, these cheap pieces of plastic would eventually find their way underneath a car seat or be banished into a toy bin, never to resurface. But for at least the first 10 seconds upon opening it, wonder prevailed.

As consumers, we often feel the same child-like wonder when purchasing a new product that promises to enhance our lives in some way. From cell phones to televisions, these products are marketed to make us feel incomplete without them, and it works. Although that level of consumption can enrich our economy, it can also have its downsides. For instance, by the time it is discovered that a mass-produced defective product causes serious injuries, it may already be in the hands of millions of consumers, compounding the risk.

At Ponce Law, we handle defective product cases because we believe every manufacturer should be held accountable for the products they release to the public. If they fail to do the proper testing prior to releasing a product and that negligence results in consumer injuries, we go after them with the full force of our experience to ensure our client gets maximum compensation for their injuries.

If you or someone you love was injured by a defective product, you may be entitled to substantial compensation from the manufacturer. Call our experienced Nashville product liability attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ll investigate your case to uncover the true nature of your injuries—our lawyers want to fight to maximize your injury claim. Contact us today for your free, no obligation consultation.