Defective Products

Was my injury caused by a defective product or drug?

Every year people all across this country are seriously injured and killed by defective products.  Often times, people that are seriously injured don’t even realize that it was a defective product that actually caused their injuries.

  • Manufacturers have a duty and obligation to design and manufacture products that are safe. When manufacturers breach this duty and fail in this obligation, people are injured, disfigured, burned, maimed, made sick and sometimes die.

When a person is seriously injured or killed, every potential responsible party should be considered. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury, you should consult a law firm that is willing to go the extra step of investigating every potential responsible party, not to just settle your claim with the first available party and move on.

If you are unsure if a defective product or drug is to blame, let the Estes Law Firm help you. The initial consultation is free.

Time is of the essence as the product that injured you or killed a loved one may be difficult or impossible to obtain for testing days or weeks after the injury.

What is a defective product or defective drug?

We all know there are many products on the market that have been shown to be unsafe and dangerous for use by the public.  Some have even caused horrific injuries and death to those that have been harmed by them.

A defective product is any product that is inherently dangerous due to a defective design, assembly or manufacture. Every day people sustain serious and life altering injuries from common products. The following is a list of products that should be closely investigated should their use result in serious injury or death:

There are numerous drugs and medical devices that the Estes Law Firm is currently reviewing where injury has occurred, including the following:

  • Opiods – Pharmaceutical companies created an opioid crisis in this country by aggressively marketing opioid pain medications and downplaying their addictive properties.  Those who have been severely injured by taking prescribed opioids as well as families who have lost loved ones to prescription opioids may have a claim against the drug makers and others.Of particular concern are babies that are born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) or other birth defects that are the result of the mother taking a prescribed opioid during her pregnancy. Opioids are a class of painkillers that include the following:
    • Oxycodone (Oxycontin)
    • Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
    • Morphine
    • Fentanyl
    • MethadoneIf you or someone you know is caring for or raising a baby that was born addicted to opioids or born with a birth defect you are concerned was caused by prescribed opioids, contact us today to discuss this matter.
  • Talcum Powder. There is evidence that women that have used a talcum powder product have a higher incidence of developing ovarian cancer. Talc is a mineral made up of various elements including magnesium, silicon and oxygen.  Talc is ground to make talcum powder, which is used to make products to absorb moisture, i.e. baby powder and body powders.  These talc products are regularly used by many women in their genital area, which could increase their risk of ovarian cancer.  If you or a family member have used talcum products and developed ovarian cancer, contact us today to discuss this matter.
  • Xarelto – This drug is an anticoagulation medication (blood thinner) that has been widely prescribed in this country. Use of this drug has been linked to serious side effects, including internal bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, brain bleeds and even death. Patients taking Xarelto should seek medical attention and contact their doctor if they experience the following symptoms:
    • Red or brown urine
    • Red, black or tarry stools
    • Frequent nose bleeds
    • Bleeding from the gums
    • Heavier than normal menstrual bleeding
    • Coughing up blood
    • Vomiting blood
    • Headaches, weakness or dizziness
    • Pain or new drainage in wounds

If you or a family member were taking Xarelto and suffered a serious injury or death, we would like to talk with you about a possible claim.  Please contact us for a free consultation.

  • IVC Filters. These small filter devices are implanted, either temporarily or permanently, within a vein of a person to catch blood clots and to prevent serious medical events. The blood clots are supposed to remain trapped in the filter until they dissolve. However, there has been a high failure rate of these devices, resulting in serious injuries including stroke and death.  IVC filter complications include:
    • Blood clots
    • Device migration
    • Filter fracture
    • Organ damage
    • Organ perforation

IVC filters are typically implanted in bariatric patients, trauma patients (car accidents and other traumas) and orthopedic patients.

If you or a family member have suffered preventable complications from an implanted IVC filter, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact us for a free consultation.

Automobiles are an important and necessary part of our daily lives.  However, when automobiles, automotive parts or tires are defectively designed and/or manufactured, people’s lives are unreasonably put at risk.

Single vehicle automobile accidents are often times blamed on driver error, and, unfortunately, the drivers and occupants of the vehicles are sometimes unable to explain what happened.  Single vehicle accidents and the resulting injuries can be caused by design defects and mechanical problems, especially where the injuries to the occupants are disproportionate to the severity of the accident.  Specifically, attention should be closely paid to the following:

  • Fuel Fed Fires
  • GM Ignition Switch Failure
  • Defective Airbags
  • Faulty Door Latches
  • Seat Defects
  • Defective Seat Belts
  • Tire Failures
  • Sudden Unintended Acceleration
  • Roof Crush
  • Ejection of occupants

If you were injured or a loved one killed by what you believe to be a defective product, please contact us today for a free consultation.  Time is of the essence as the product may be difficult or impossible to obtain for testing days or weeks after the injury.

Lawnmowers, lawn tractors and tractors are used almost daily in our society.  However, there are key safety features that when omitted from the machines can expose users to serious injury and even death.  Devices such as roll bars, automatic kill switches, no mow in reverse switches and pressure switches are often implemented by manufacturers to make lawnmowers, lawn tractors and tractors safer.  However, there are still manufacturers that refuse to install such safety devices to save costs and to put the profits of the corporation over the safety of the users.

If you were injured or a loved one killed by what you believe to be a defective product, please contact us today for a free consultation.  Time is of the essence as the product may be difficult or impossible to obtain for testing days or weeks after the injury.

Prior to founding the Estes Law Firm, Chris represented a national crane company and has tried crane cases to verdict in Federal Court.

Defective Industrial Equipment can cause serious injury or death.  Many types of accidents and serious injuries can occur as a result of the following:

-Defective cranes.  Defectively designed cranes may tip over as a result of poorly designed and insufficient counterweights, outriggers and safety devices.  Defectively designed and manufactured rigging components can allow loads to break free.  Although many safety devices have been available for years to avoid tipping of cranes and to make rigging safer, some manufacturers refuse or neglect to include them on their cranes.

-Defective boom and bucket trucks.  Electrocution can occur when part of a boom truck or bucket truck comes into contact with a live electrical wire.  In many instances, these trucks could have been insulated and outfitted with safety devices to protect the operators from electrocution.  There are safety devices on the market designed to prevent this type of electrocution.  However, manufacturers may refuse and neglect to incorporate such safety devices and safety features to save costs, putting the profits of the corporation over the people that use the products.

If you were injured or a loved one killed by what you believe to be a defective product or at a workplace accident, please contact us today for a free consultation.

Time is of the essence as the product may be difficult or impossible to obtain for testing or the job site may change days or weeks after the injury.

The Estes Law Firm no longer represents the large corporations and their insurance companies. The Estes Law Firm was founded to represent individuals, families and small businesses.

If you were injured or a loved one killed by what you believe to be a defective product or at a workplace accident, please contact us today for a free consultation.  Time is of the essence as the product may be difficult or impossible to obtain for testing or the job site may change days or weeks after the injury.

The Estes Law Firm no longer represents the large corporations and their insurance companies. The Estes Law Firm was founded to represent individuals, families and small businesses with the same expertise, skill and dedication the big corporations receive from their retained counsel.

Contact us for a free review of your defective products case.