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Looking back at major recalls in February 2019

Auto recall notices are relatively common. These official alerts are the result of investigations into automotive parts problems. As such, corroborated with specialized testimony, they may become essential articles in various types of Kentucky auto-related injury cases.

Vehicle recalls-ignore or take seriously?

If you receive a recall notice about your vehicle, you may be like other car owners in Kansas and throughout the country and ignore it. Manufacturers send out recall notices about safety concerns of a particular vehicle so the owners can fix the problem at no charge to them. Because recalls typically relate to safety issues, it is important to schedule an appointment for repair as soon as possible. Even if it seems like a small, non-safety related issue you should take care of it so it does not become a bigger problem later.

Manufacturer knew baby powder contained cancer-causing substance

Many women across Kentucky and the United States have used baby powder in their personal hygiene routines for years, but a recent investigation into the product long rumored to cause cancer has revealed some new and troubling information. The investigation revealed that, not only does baby powder contain trace amounts of asbestos, which is a known carcinogen, but that the baby powder manufacturer knew this, but neglected to inform the public. At the Law Office of Richard Hay, we recognize that the manufacturer’s failure to inform the public of product risks placed thousands of Americans at risk, and we have helped many people who suffered hardship because of defective or dangerous products seek recourse.

Is my space heater a fire waiting to happen?

As you know, utility bills are expensive, especially in the wintertime. To save on heating costs, you might turn your thermostat down and run a space heater. These little appliances are useful for heating small areas and keeping utility costs down for Kentucky residents, but they can also be dangerous. In fact, space heaters are considered one of the top causes of home fires and burn injuries in the country.

Understanding medical device recalls

At the Law Office of Richard Hay, we realize that many Kentuckians have undergone surgery to have a medical device implanted in their bodies, such as a pacemaker, stent, artificial hip, etc. Often these devices malfunction or fail, and when they do, their manufacturers or the Food and Drug Administration recall them. As the FDA points out, however, a recall may not necessarily mean that you must immediately rush to your doctor’s office demanding a new surgery to replace the recalled device.

Understanding pacemaker failure

Patients in Kentucky who have undergone a surgical procedure to implant a pacemaker should be aware that these medical devices tend do malfunction far more often than their manufacturers acknowledge. Such was the finding of a recent study reported by Nova, the popular PBS series.

How dangerous are hip replacements?

If you are one of the many Kentuckians who received a metal-on-metal hip replacement prior to 2014, you should be aware that this medical device could be damaging your body without your realizing it. As reported in The New York Times, if you still suffer pain in that hip today, it may be due to the fact that your hip replacement is destroying your tissues around it

The dangers of transvaginal mesh

At the Law Office of Richard Hay in Kentucky, we know how devastating a medical error can be. We also know that while surgeons sometimes cannot foresee and warn you against every possible danger of a particular surgical procedure, nevertheless you have the right to sue them should you suffer further pain and injury as the result of the procedure.

What are the three types of defective products?

If you are a Kentucky consumer injured by a defective product, you may not realize that you have the right to file a lawsuit against the product’s manufacturer, assembler, wholesaler and retailer to recover the cost of your medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. As FindLaw explains, a defective product is one that does not meet the ordinary expectations of the consumers who buy and/or use it.

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