July 13th, 2020
Hand sanitizer is an important part of staying safe and healthy, especially during the era of COVID-19. Washing your hands is still the best way to kill germs and reduce your risks of getting sick, but not everyone has access to a sink with soap and running water. However, hand sanitizer isn’t risk-free, especially in light of recent news from the FDA.
In late June 2020, the FDA announced that certain hand sanitizers were manufactured using methanol, or wood alcohol, instead of ethanol, or ethyl alcohol. The latter is safe to use and effective at killing bacteria and viruses. Methanol, however, is extremely dangerous and can put users at risk whether they come into contact with it topically or they ingest it. The FDA rejects products with methanol that puts users at high risk of exposure, but the manufacturers of these hand sanitizers aren’t disclosing that their products contain the chemical.
People most at risk of methanol poisoning are those who consume the affected hand sanitizers. Side effects can include everything from nausea and vomiting, blurred vision and blindness, to coma and death. Children are particularly susceptible to these effects, as they may accidentally ingest methanol-based hand sanitizer.
The FDA’s website contains a full list of recalled hand sanitizers, and new products are getting added to the list every week. Be sure to check it regularly, especially if you have purchased hand sanitizer manufactured by a company that’s unfamiliar to you.
At Ponce Law, it’s our goal to help people hurt by defective and dangerous products. If you or someone you love suffered harm after using a product, call our Nashville defective product lawyers today for a free consultation.
May 13th, 2020
Consumer, industrial, and medical products are all around us. They’re in stores and in our homes, we interact with them at work, and we may even need to have them implanted in our bodies when we face certain health problems. And while products can greatly enhance our lives, they can also pose serious risks to our health and well-being, especially when they aren’t manufactured properly.
Product manufacturers want to make profits off of their labor. In some cases, that means rushing their products to market, using cut-rate materials to lower prices, or hiding safety and testing data to prevent their products from being recalled. Doing that can help them ensure they get returns on their investments, but it also puts innocent consumers, employees, and patients at serious risk of injuries and illnesses.
At Ponce Law, we believe that big corporations should be held fully accountable when their negligence and profit-over-safety mentality results in the suffering of innocent people. Our Nashville defective product lawyers aren’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with some of the biggest companies in the world when it means getting compensation and legal justice for people whose lives were upended due to corporate greed.
Products are supposed to be thoroughly tested and safe for everyone. When they aren’t, the parties that make them should be held liable, and that’s exactly what we strive to do with every case we take on. Contact our experienced legal team today for a free consultation and to find out how we can help.
February 26th, 2020
As of March 2019, the Takata airbag recall was the largest consumer product recall in American history. It involved 56 million air bags in 41.6 million vehicles produced by 19 different automakers, including Ford, Honda, Mazda, and many more.
In December 2019, the recall expanded once again, this time to include a separate type of airbag also manufactured by Takata. Both types of airbags can explode when deployed, putting drivers and passengers at risk of serious injuries and death.
The new recall involves 1.4 million affected airbags in vehicles manufactured by Toyota, BMW, Audi, Honda, and Mitsubishi. As with the original recall, this one may expand over the coming months and years. You can check your vehicle’s status and determine if it’s part of the recall by entering your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) into the form on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website.
Airbags and seat belts are two of the most important safety features in vehicles. They significantly reduce the risk of serious and fatal injuries during crashes, so it’s vital for drivers and vehicle owners to get defective airbags replaced as soon as possible. Automakers are offering to replace defective airbags for free, but to take advantage of the deal, you must bring your vehicle to a dealership’s service center.
At Ponce Law, we know that accidents are dangerous enough. The last thing drivers need to worry about is the devices that are supposed to protect them instead putting them in even greater danger. Our Nashville auto accident attorneys are here to help injured victims after all types of crashes, especially when they were harmed by negligent drivers. If you or someone you love was hurt in a collision, contact us today for a free consultation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.