Are These Defective Products Hiding in Your Home?
Last week we looked closely at defective product lawsuits and your legal rights as an Arkansas resident. If you haven’t had any problems with exploding hoverboards or collapsing cribs lately, you may be thinking you’re in the clear. But some defective products are more subtle; they’ve been quietly existing in the lives of Americans for years, and they might be affecting your own family. What might some of these products be?
Mesothelioma Caused by Asbestos Exposure
One major area of concern for Arkansans is mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that affects the lining of the heart, lungs, or abdomen. It is caused by inhaling asbestos, which was commonly used in building materials for decades.
Although large-scale asbestos removal initiatives have been in place for decades, millions of people have been or continue to be exposed to asbestos. Those most commonly exposed include military personnel, construction workers, electricians, mechanics, plumbers, welders, and paper mill workers.
Symptoms of mesothelioma vary based on the cancer’s location in the body. Because this cancer is rare and develops long after asbestos exposure, symptoms are often mistakenly diagnosed as other conditions. That’s why it’s important to see your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Chest pain under the rib cage
- Painful coughing
- Shortness of breath
- Unusual lumps of tissue under the skin on your chest or abdomen
- Sudden or unexplained weight loss
- Abdominal pain and swelling
Be sure to share the details of your asbestos exposure with your doctor. It’s important to find a medical professional you can trust to discuss your symptoms and walk through the possible diagnosis.
A mesothelioma lawsuit can help cover the cost of medical expenses and provide security for your familiy’s future. If you suspect that you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos, please contact us at Taylor King Law. Our experienced attorneys will provide you with a free consultation and case evaluation. We can answer your questions and connect you with trustworthy experts in the field.
Takata Airbag Recall Impacting 41 Million Cars
Another defective product may be lurking in your vehicle.
Beginning in 2008, Japan-based Takata Corp issued a recall on airbags in cars including models from Tesla, Honda, Subaru, Mercedes Benz, Mazda, and Fiat Chrysler. Nine years later, only half of the defective airbags have been replaced.
When the defective airbags inflate, the metal inflator cartridge may explode, spraying shards of metal into the car at a speed of 200 mph. This is obviously a serious safety hazard, and it has caused 13 deaths in the US, and more abroad, as of December 2017.
Don’t assume you aren’t at risk. Although the majority of past recalls have been on older model cars, the new recalls include some 2014 models. Our Taylor King Law legal team recommends checking the new recall list to be sure your car isn’t involved. You can check the NHSTA’s Complete List of Takata Airbag Recalls online.
Click HERE to learn more about airbag safety.
Where to Find Recall Information
The best way to protect yourself from defective product-caused injuries is to stay informed of new recalls and take immediate action if you see an item you own on the list. Start by contacting the company; put the item in a safe place where no one will use or touch it.
There are several websites that provide up-to-date information on product recalls. You can check with the Consumer Product Safety Commission or Good Housekeeping to see if there are defective products in your home; the Food and Drug Administration offers food-specific recall information as well. The lists include everything from West Elm desk lamps to John Deere tractors to guacamole.
Filing a Defective Product Lawsuit in Arkansas
Every product recall does not warrant a lawsuit, of course. But if you’ve been injured by a defective product like the ones mentioned above, you may have legal rights to compensation for the suffering you’ve experienced. In that case, an experienced Arkansas attorney will be your most valuable asset.
Don’t wait to ask for help; because Arkansas has a 3-year statute of limitations on defective product claims, there’s no time to waste. Taylor King offers a free consultation to all potential clients. We will listen to your story, answer your questions, and help you get the compensation you deserve.
You can call our toll-free number at 1-800-CAR-WRECK (227-9732). We answer your calls 24/7. You may also want to visit our website and submit an online form at taylorkinglaw.com, or download our free Taylor King Law app for expert service at your fingertips.
You can trust us to be On Your Side, By Your Side through every step of your product liability claim.
For more information on asbestos and the dangers of mesothelioma, take a look at our Mesothelioma Information Page.