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3 common Easter injuries

Whether Easter represents a religious celebration for you or it is simply a day of family togetherness, there are some hazards to avoid. With some planning and preparation, you should be able to avoid three common Easter injuries.

Holding automakers liable for automobile design defect injuries

Texas residents have probably become used to news stories about automobile safety recalls. As we reported in a recent post, recalls by automakers have hit record levels this year. Many of these recalls were prompted by accidents that resulted in serious injury or death. For the victims of these accidents, the recall notice comes too late.

What is the role of the FDA in a product recall?

When a product that is regulated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration is discovered to be defective or to present a health risk, the first notice the public receives of the problem is often the announcement of a product recall. The FDA has broad authority under federal law to regulate the safety of prescription drugs, medical devices, cosmetics and most of the food products consumed in the U.S.

Understanding the risks associated with the products you use

Before being sent to market, companies have an obligation to make certain their products are safe. For medical drugs, this includes, but is not limited to, rigorous testing by the company and approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration, also known as the FDA.

Automobile design defect recalls hit record levels

In the first seven months of 2015, automakers recalled more than 34.5 million vehicles in the United States -- more than in any similar time period except the first seven months of 2014. The surge in recalls is driven in part by recalls related to Takata airbags. So far this year, about 14 million vehicles equipped with the rupture-prone airbags have been recalled.

Drug maker hit with $38 million verdict in product liability suit

In our post last week we discussed the legal responsibility of drug manufacturers to provide consumers and doctors with adequate warnings of side effects. The consequences of an insufficient warning made headlines recently, when a jury awarded $38 million to a 12-year-old girl and her family who claimed an epilepsy medication caused the girl's birth defects.

Can drug makers be sued for insufficient warning of side effects?

Modern medicine relies heavily on the pharmaceutical industry to provide remedies for all kinds of ailments. The industry is constantly coming out with new drugs to fight everything from insomnia to cancer, and makes hefty profits by doing so. But sometimes things go wrong, and a drug that is supposed to help a patient ends up causing serious injury, even death.

The "second collision" in automobile design defect cases

Automobile product liability cases are generally divided into two main types. The first type deals with car accidents caused by a defective auto part. An example of this type of case would be a wheel that comes off when the car is going down the freeway, causing a rollover accident.

Death toll from alleged GM automobile design defect hits 57

Texas readers of this blog may have heard about an allegedly dangerous defect in the ignition switches of some General Motors vehicles. GM has allegedly been aware of the defect for more than ten years. The switches are installed on about 2.6 million vehicles worldwide, primarily on small cars including the Chevrolet Cobalt. The alleged problem with the switches is that they can move out of the "on" position on their own, causing the car to stall and disabling the air bags and power steering.

Lawsuit alleges faulty airbag killed Harris County man

A Harris County man is the latest victim of faulty airbags installed on Honda vehicles, according to a lawsuit filed in late January. The lawsuit arises out of a fatal accident that occurred on January 18 on Cypresswood Drive in Houston. A 35-year-old Spring, Texas man died in the crash.

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