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The Risk of Self-Rescue

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on September 25, 2017

Occasionally, we all find ourselves in challenging situations. When that situation is “out in the wilds of the world without a safety net,” we only have ourselves to rely on. This is called a “self-rescue” situation.

Of course, the best rescue is the one that no one ever needs. But, bearing in mind that help is sometimes required because of unanticipated accidents, there are some things you can do to protect yourself out-of-doors. Read the rest »

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall, a Case in Product Liability

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on February 14, 2017

Typically when a company issues a recall, it’s done very quietly and often, without severe consequence. Unfortunately for Samsung, that has not been the case with their Galaxy Note 7, their latest smartphone that was released in the middle of August. Since then, reports have been coming out that the smartphone heats up and can even explode, causing damage to the person carrying it, or their personal belongings.

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Dallas Injuries Caused by Defective Medical Devices

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on March 31, 2016

Medical devices, from tongue depressors to computerized brain implants, are used to treat a wide range of medical conditions. When a device is defective, however, serious injuries or even death may result. Here are some common injuries that Texas defective medical device lawyers see in clients who have been harmed by a medical device: Read the rest »

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Common Devices Named In Dallas Medical Product Liability Claims

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on March 25, 2016

Many defective products cases involve medical devices that malfunction, do not work as intended, or can cause serious or even deadly side effects. Often, the device being scrutinized did not pass through the Food and Drug Administration’s formal approval process, but was permitted to be sold on the grounds that it was “substantially similar” to an approved device that was already on the market.

Experienced Texas medical device injury lawyers frequently talk to clients who were injured by devices like the following: Read the rest »

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May is National Electrical Safety Month

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on May 11, 2015

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that over 400 people suffer electrocution in U.S. households each year. Nearly half of these accidents occur when a common household item either has an electrical defect or is used improperly because its owners did not have the information they needed to protect themselves against electrocution. In the workplace, about 4,000 people are electrocuted annually, often for the same reasons: because tools contain a hidden defect or did not come with adequate warnings or instructions.

Defective electrical products also cause as many as 140,000 household and workplace fires each year, which can cause serious injuries and millions of dollars in property damage. Read the rest »

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Why Are Takata Air Bags Causing Accidents and Injuries? The Answer is Still Unclear

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on May 5, 2015

Auto Product LiabilityDrivers with vehicles containing defective Takata air bags are wondering why the air bags are causing harm, after several cases in which the air bags were triggered in a non-accident scenario. But even after months of testing and investigation by an independent group of engineers, no one has a clear answer, according to a recent article in USA Today.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently stated that there may not be “one root cause,” but instead a number of factors that combine to turn the air bags from a life-saving tool to an injury risk. Read the rest »

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Bankruptcy Court Rules GM Cannot Be Sued for Many Ignition Switch Defects

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on April 29, 2015

Currently, about 140 class-action lawsuits have been filed against General Motors for damages resulting from the company’s sales of vehicles with faulty ignition switches. Although the defect has caused over 200 deaths, dozens of serious injuries, and the recall of 2.6 million vehicles, a U.S. bankruptcy court ruled in mid-April that the company will not have to face any lawsuits filed before its 2009 bankruptcy.Texas Product LiabilityInstead, the bankruptcy court explained, claims based on GM’s behavior before its 2009 bankruptcy will have to be filed against the “Old GM,” or the company as it existed before the bankruptcy. This company held assets worth about $9.25 billion and had debts of about $32 billion as of last fall, according to Reuters. Any plaintiff who succeeds in a claim against “Old GM” will have to join the company’s other creditors in line as these remaining assets are distributed. Read the rest »

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Feds Say Recalls Aren’t Getting Defective Tires Off Roads

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on April 20, 2015

Product Liability AttorneyThe National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently planned a meeting to discuss what agency experts say is a growing problem: an increasing number of old and defective tires are still on the road. What’s more, the agency is concerned that recent tire recalls haven’t done their job in ensuring that tires with dangerous defects are repaired or replaced, according to a recent CBS News report.

As every experienced Texas defective tire accident lawyer knows, not all car wrecks are caused by driver error. A hidden defect in a tire or other vehicle part can cause serious injury or death. Often, the car’s owner won’t even know the defect exists until it is too late. Read the rest »

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Johnson & Johnson Faces Lawsuits Linking Talcum Powder Use to Ovarian Cancer

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on April 17, 2015

Johnson & Johnson, manufacturers of a wide range of personal care products including baby powder, is facing a lawsuit in at least one U.S. court claiming that the talc in their baby powder caused ovarian cancer.

A patient with ovarian cancer filed suit in a Wisconsin court recently, claiming that she used the company’s baby powder for nearly fifty years before she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Similar lawsuits have been filed in other states, and many experienced Texas personal injury lawyers have heard from clients who fear that their talcum powder use may be linked to later cases of ovarian cancer.

The complaint filed against Johnson & Johnson cites studies from as early as 1971 linking increased cancer risks to the use of talcum powder. Other industries, such as manufacturers of condoms, stopped using talcum powder on their products due to fears that introducing talc to the genital area might increase the risk of ovarian cancer, according to the complaint. The complaint alleges that Johnson & Johnson knew of the risks, but did not warn consumers. Read the rest »

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As Many As 67 Deaths Caused by Faulty GM Ignition Switches

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on April 8, 2015

The number of people killed by defective ignition switches in General Motors vehicles has risen to 67, according to a recent report from CBS News.

The families of the 67 individuals will likely receive compensation from the company, which recently updated the list to include three more people. Another 113 injured people will also receive compensation from the GM fund.

The deaths and injuries are linked to faulty ignition switches in Chevrolet Cobalts and other vehicles produced by General Motors. The switch may slip out of the “on” position while the car is being driven. When this happens, the engine is cut off, the power steering stops working, and the air bags are turned off as well. Serious injuries or deaths have resulted in many cases in which the ignition switch failed while a GM vehicle was in motion. Read the rest »

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