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Can you be tricked into buying a defective product?

It’s a common fact of everyday life that people will be exposed to sales pitches, jingles and advertisements, all designed to make Louisiana residents open their wallets, sign a contract, or fill an online shopping cart. Sometimes what we purchase is not what we expected and we feel ripped off, even tricked. It is important to establish key facts to determine if your purchase was the result of deception.

Could a prescription drug be a defective product?

You expect your drugs to solve your illnesses, or at least have the potential to do so. However, defective prescription medication is worse than ineffective: it does not have the ability in the first place to give you a chance at a healthier life. However, determining whether a drug might be defective by the definition of the Louisiana courts is not always as simple as you might expect.

The long-term dangers of transvaginal mesh

At Jacqueline A. Scott & Associates in Louisiana, we know that a malfunctioning medical device can wreak havoc in your life. While transvaginal mesh is not a medical device per se, it, too, can “malfunction” and cause you a good deal of pain, suffering and injury.

Thinking beyond class action for product liability

Like many Louisiana residents, you probably have a good grasp of the concept of product liability. FindLaw's review of the General Motors ignition switch defect might interest you if you have only a passing familiarity with these cases; it is one of the most publicized class-action faulty-products cases in recent history. However, you might not realize how these product safety laws could affect you personally.

The dangers of portable generators

Louisiana is no stranger to bad weather, and when destructive wind and storms strike the state, sometimes the electricity may go out for prolonged periods of time. Many state residents possess a portable generator on hand for such scenarios. However, if used improperly, portable generators present serious safety risks. Understanding how portable generators operate is crucial to safeguarding a home and family from life-threatening dangers.

What makes product warnings effective?

By law, product manufacturers should clearly label their products if they pose any risk to Louisiana users without proper instructions included. An insufficient warning could provide the grounds for a lawsuit if the user is harmed while using the product. As Findlaw points out, though, there are no clear guidelines for how a product warning should be made. Whether a warning is insufficient is generally judged by efforts undertaken to make the warning as effective as it should be. 

What are some common AC defects?

As warm weather approaches Louisiana, you are probably getting ready to fire up your air conditioner to keep your home cool and livable. AC units need to be installed and used properly to avoid dangerous situations. However, even if you use them properly, issues may still arise. The AC unit could have defects or there could be issues with the installation. Knowing what to look for when you do your annual inspection can help you avoid injuries from a bad unit. 

Getting the facts on FDA recalls

Under federal law, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is empowered to require private companies to issue recalls in the event a product is discovered to be defective or harmful to the public. Such recalls, according to the FDA, are issued under one of three different classifications. The severity of the product’s potential harm is classified in ascending order by three different levels. Each classification gives the Louisiana public a general idea of how defective and dangerous the product is.

Do warning labels reduce liability?

You have probably seen warning labels on the products you use on a daily basis. You will find most products you buy in Louisiana carry a warning label. Some are very straightforward and helpful, such as a warning to use a chemical cleaner in a ventilated area. Others are odd and even comical, such as a warning to not put people in a dryer or to use a waffle iron only to cook food. One reason why so many products carry these labels is to protect the manufacturer from liability.

Are power strips a fire hazard?

In today's high tech world, you probably have more things to plug in than places to plug them in. In a case like this, you probably use a power strip. However, what you may not realize is that many fires occur in Louisiana due to improperly used power strips. Knowing how to use them can help you to stay safe and keep your home and family safe.

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