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Initial 3M Earplugs Verdict: $7.1 Million Awarded

After a five-week trial, a Pensacola jury awarded three former service members a total of $7.1 million in damages in the first bellwether trial of the far-reaching 3M defective military earplugs lawsuit. More than 200,000 active and former service members who used the dual-ended 3M Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) could receive significant recoveries for the hearing loss-related injuries. This is the first verdict rendered among 3M defective earplug lawsuits, and there are two more bellwether trials scheduled in the coming weeks. Cory Watson Attorneys is investigating cases from current and former service members nationwide who suffered hearing loss and/or tinnitus due to using defective 3M Combat Arms Earplugs. These earplugs were sold to the U.S. military and distributed to thousands, putting soldiers at risk for permanent injuries. The Combat Arms Dual-Ended Earplugs were standard issue equipment for military personnel in all branches from 2003 to 2015. In those 12 years, the earplugs were distributed to thousands in the U.S. military, putting service men and women at risk for permanent hearing loss or tinnitus. The earplugs were too short for proper insertion, causing them to gradually loosen in user’s ears until they were effectively rendered useless. According to the federal complaint, the earplugs “have likely caused thousands of soldiers to suffer significant hearing loss and tinnitus.” According to the VA, “hearing problems—including tinnitus, which is a ringing, buzzing, or other type of noise that originates in the head—are by far the most prevalent service-connected disability among American Veterans.” A whistleblower alleged that 3M knew about design problems as early as 2000, when the earplugs failed to pass safety tests.  3M continued to market and manufacture the dual-ended earplugs.  In July 2018, the Minnesota-based 3M Company agreed to pay a $9 million penalty to the federal government to resolve the whistleblower’s allegations, though the company has admitted no wrongdoing. Learn more about Cory Watson’s efforts to get affected military service members justice here. Thousands of military service members who suffered significant hearing loss and tinnitus choose Cory Watson to handle their case against 3M. Our experienced defective product lawyers are fighting for clients’ rights to compensation and justice. If you or a loved one served in the military any time between 2003 and 2015 and has been diagnosed with hearing loss or tinnitus, you may qualify for financial compensation. This lawsuit is not against the government or armed services and does not affect disability benefits. Contact Cory Watson Attorneys today by calling (877) 562-0000 or fill out the FREE online consultation form on this page to learn more about your legal options. Don’t wait to reach out – Contact us today!

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Paragard IUD Injuries & Lawsuits

Cory Watson Attorneys are investigating potential lawsuits for women who have been injured by the Paragard IUD birth control device. Several thousand reports of Paragard IUD breakage have been filed with the FDA since 2013. Of those cases, over a hundred have reportedly resulted in hospitalization or life-threatening complications. Broken Paragard IUDs can lead to complications, infections, and surgeries. Despite reports of injury, the Paragard IUD remains widely available to consumers as a popular hormone-free alternative to other hormone-based IUD devices.  As more reports of Paragard-related injury and complications come in, Cory Watson Attorneys remain committed to seeking justice and potential damages for consumers who may have suffered due to Paragard usage. To ensure that our clients receive the aid they need during the healing process, Cory Watson Attorneys will advocate aggressively on your behalf and handle your case with the utmost care. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or required surgery from a broken Paragard IUD, contact our legal team immediately. What is Paragard? Paragard is an intrauterine birth control device (IUD) which relies on copper rather than hormones to prevent pregnancy. The Paragard IUD was first approved by the FDA in 1984 and was available on the market as far back as 1988.  Paragard is a T-shaped device featuring copper around both arms and the central trunk. The copper in the Paragard IUDs is a natural spermicide and encourages an inflammatory reaction within the uterus to prevent fertilization.  Paragard is the only copper-based alternative to hormonal IUDs available in the US, contributing to its popularity and widespread usage. Paragard is also billed as a “longer-lasting” IUD, and claims to remain effective for up to 10 years or longer. Reports of Paragard-Related Injury Voluntary reports from consumers to the FDA illustrate an alarming number of Paragard-related injuries. An investigative report conducted by the Sinclair Broadcast Group in March of 2021 used the FDA’s own Adverse Events Reporting System database to uncover thousands of injuries and complications reportedly caused by Paragard since 2013. Among those cases, there have been: 3,186 reports of “device breakage” 1,910 of which have been “serious” With 102 reports of hospitalization and life-threatening complications These reports may only represent a small portion of related injuries across Paragard’s 33-year availability. However, to date, Paragard has not been recalled by the manufacturer specifically for breakage issues. No class action claims have been filed against the manufacturer, though dozens of individual lawsuits have been brought.  Paragard’s manufacturer, Teva Pharmaceuticals, is currently facing lawsuits alleging that it failed consumers by not warning them that the IUD could break upon removal, among other claims. Among existing lawsuits, claims include that: The companies responsible for Paragard acted negligently. The Paragard IUD was defectively designed and manufactured. The risk of breakage is not included on the product warning label. Injuries Associated with Paragard Many of the reported claims of Paragard-related injury have centered on device breakage. Even under the supervision of physicians, the IUD has been known to break during the removal process. In some cases, ultrasounds have been required to locate broken or missing IUD fragments followed by surgeries to remove those fragments. Injuries associated with Paragard breakage include: Perforation of the uterus Device migration Copper wire left inside the body Pelvic pain Expulsion Infections Scarring Organ damage Some injuries, such as uterine perforation, can further contribute to life-threatening complications such as hemorrhaging or sepsis. Internal bleeding and infection can require costly surgeries to repair and an excessively long and painful recovery period.  Litigation History Despite the absence of pending class-action lawsuits against Teva Pharmaceuticals, enough individual cases have been filed (more than 100 lawsuits to date) to warrant consolidation into multi-district litigation.  As of March 2021, momentum is continuing to build against Paragard and its manufacturer. Stories of Paragard-related injuries are making the rounds on social media with one such Facebook support group including nearly 9,000 members.  At Cory Watson Attorneys, we continue to monitor legal action against Paragard’s manufacturer, with one of our own attorneys, Andy Jones, being recently named to the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee for In Re: Paragard IUD Products Liability Litigation–the multidistrict litigation involving serious complications linked to Paragard. As one of 17 attorneys appointed by US District Judge Leigh Martin May, Andy will help oversee the investigation, development, coordination, and presentation of potential Paragard injury cases.  So far, neither Teva Pharmaceuticals nor the Federal Drug Administration have taken meaningful action to address the risks associated with Paragard breakage. As momentum against the manufacturer continues to build, however, this may swifty change. Seeking Justice Cory Watson Attorneys have been seeking justice for personal injury victims for over 38 years–considerably longer than Paragard has been available on the US market. In that time, we’ve successfully litigated on behalf of our clients against some of the most powerful and influential companies in the world, including Fortune 500 companies. Excellent legal representation, honesty, integrity, and innovation are among the many hallmark values cherished and demonstrated by our team. If you’ve suffered an injury due to Paragard breakage, you’ve already been through enough. We’re prepared to handle your case without further, undue stress or hassle to get you what you need on your path to recovery.  Our personal injury lawyers are regularly called to serve as Lead Counsel, Class Counsel, and in other leadership positions in legal actions, including multi-district litigation and class-action lawsuits.  Consumers who may have been harmed by Teva Pharmaceuticals and the Paragard IUD deserve justice, and Cory Watson Attorneys are here 24/7 to help them achieve it. If you or someone you know has been injured or affected by a Paragard IUD, contact us today. Our personal injury lawyers are ready to fight for you. Call Cory Watson Attorneys today at (877) 761-8314 or simply complete our free online consultation form.

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Universal Security Instruments Recalls 180,000 Smoke Detectors

Universal Security Instruments has recalled 180,000 smoke detectors and alarms. The company has received more than 130 reports of the alarms not working properly when tested after installation, according to the recall notice issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The sole purpose of smoke detectors (also called smoke alarms) is to save lives. We all have these devices throughout our homes to protect our family and property from the horrifying consequences of a fire. We depend on smoke detectors to detect fires and alert us so we are able to leave the house without injury. When these life-saving devices are defective, the consequences are almost always catastrophic, resulting in serious burn injuries and death. If you, a loved one, or your property have been harmed as a result of a defective smoke alarm, contact our experienced product liability attorneys immediately. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages. Contact us by calling (877) 562-0000 now or fill out the free online consultation form. Details of the Universal Smoke Alarm Recall This recall involves Universal Security Instruments 10-year battery-operated ionization smoke and fire detectors with model numbers MI3050S and MI3050SB and with date codes between 2015JAN19 and 2016JUL11. “Universal” and “Smoke & Fire Alarm” are printed on the front cover of the detector. The label on the back of the detector also lists the model number and date code. The problem is a misaligned internal switch. The smoke detectors can have a misaligned internal switch, causing them to not activate properly and posing the risk of failing to alert residents to a fire. The recalled smoke detectors were sold online and at specialty retailers from July 2015 to December 2016. People who have purchased the smoke alarms, which were sold online from July 2015 to December 2016, should check to see if they will activate appropriately. Owners can quickly tell whether if a smoke detector is affected by pressing the test button. If the alarm sounds, the smoke detector is okay. The Disturbing Prevalence of Smoke Alarms That Don’t Work Most jurisdictions have strict regulations requiring smoke detectors in homes, rental properties, hotels, and other buildings. Despite these regulations, however, many landlords and building owners still do not equip their buildings with adequate and functioning smoke detectors. Firefighters responding to fatal blazes often note the presence of ceiling-mounted smoke detectors — only to open them up and discover they do not have batteries. Landlords and property owners can be held legally responsible if they fail to maintain appropriate fire-prevention measures, including smoke detectors. Likewise, product manufacturers may be responsible if the smoke alarm failed to function as it should have. Let Our Experience Be Your Strength At Cory Watson Attorneys, we have more than 38 years of experience representing the injured with sound legal advice and guidance when they need it most. From our offices in Birmingham, Memphis, and Nashville, we handle claims across Alabama and Tennessee, as well as across the nation. If you, a loved one, or your property have been harmed as a result of a defective smoke alarm, contact an experienced product liability attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages. Our experienced fire and burn injury lawyers have helped many families who have suffered from defective products, and we can help you, too. Call our office anytime at (877) 562-0000 or fill out the free online consultation form on this page to learn more about your legal options. Don’t wait to reach out—contact us today!

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More Trouble for Fisher-Price with Recall of Another Inclined Infant Sleeper

Fisher-Price has recalled 71,000 infant play yards with inclined-sleeper attachments, despite no death or injuries associated with the product – and no apparent product defects. Fisher-Price’s decision to yank its Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yard with an inclined sleeper off the market marks the company’s full retreat from product safety concerns, grieving parents and regulators. The move comes several weeks after the company recalled 4.7 million of its popular Rock ‘n Play inclined sleepers after the product was linked with more than 30 infant deaths. The April 12 recall of the Rock ‘n Play sparked debates over how a product clearly violating safe-sleep practices was developed and allowed to be sold for a decade. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that babies should sleep flat on their backs in a crib or bassinet. However, the Rock ‘n Play was developed without safety testing and marketed to parents as a safe “overnight sleeper.” Despite the recall of the Rock ‘n Play, many other companies continue to sell similar sleepers. The Consumer Product Safety Commission revealed that more than 50 deaths have been linked to these dangerous products, and the death toll associated with inclined sleepers has continued to climb. But that could eventually change. Consumer advocates, including the AAP, have asked for a complete ban on the sale of inclined sleepers. Lawmakers in California are also working to pass legislation that supports the ban. Contact Our Experienced Product Liability Attorneys Today We understand that there’s nothing more important than the safety of our vulnerable children and grandchildren. If you or a loved one has lost a child or if your child was injured through the use of a Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play inclined infant sleeper, our attorneys want to help. Our firm has had great success in fighting to protect the rights of kids across the country. Principal attorney Ryan Lutz led cases that resulted in changes to the national safety standards for dangerous glass-front fireplace screens, which had caused third-degree burns to young children and toddlers. The compassionate team of attorneys at Cory Watson can guide you through all the legal options, and help make sure that this preventable tragedy never happens again to another family. Contact us today by calling (877) 562-0000 or filling out the free initial consultation form on this page.

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Lawmakers Introduce Bills to Ban Inclined Sleepers like the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play

Earlier this year, the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission (CPSC) and multiple manufacturers announced recalls on Fisher-Price sleepers due to concerns about the product’s safety and the distressing fact that over 30 infant fatalities had occurred in them. Now, lawmakers are working to pass legislation to ban these companies from selling such dangerous products. This week, California Congressman Tony Cárdenas and other politicians introduced the Safe Sleep For Babies Act, which would prohibit the sale of sleepers “with an inclined surface of greater than 10 degrees that is intended, marketed, or designed to provide sleeping accommodations for infants up to one year old.” “I believe that we need to put American babies first, not profits,” Cárdenas stated. “Parents deserve the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the sleep products they purchase are safe. As a grandfather, this is very concerning to me, which is why I am introducing the Safe Sleep for Babies Act which would ban these life-threatening products from store shelves.” Over 30 Infant Deaths Linked to Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper Rep. Cárdenas proposed the new bill alongside Sen. Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut, who introduced a companion bill in the Senate. Cárdenas noted that, despite the shocking number of infant deaths linked to these inclined sleepers, there are still some versions being sold. “There have been more than 30 deaths linked to recalled Fisher-Price sleeper products, yet other models that are just as dangerous remain on the market,” he said. And the death toll could still rise. Recalls are notoriously ineffective at removing products from the market and fatality reports have come into the CPSC since the April 12 recall, according to a senior agency official. Dangerous Sleeper Kept on the Market, Even as Babies Died Fisher-Price developed its popular Rock ‘n Play product based on faulty beliefs about infant sleep, with no clinical research into whether it was safe. “This product is deadly,” said Cory Watson attorney F. Jerome Tapley. “When parents purchase a product for their children, many assume that if it’s being sold in a store, it must be safe to use. Tragically, that is not the case. There is strong evidence that the Rock ‘n Play inclined sleeper put infants’ lives at risk.” Instead of seeking the advice of pediatricians, the Fisher-Price product safety division consulted just a single doctor – a family physician from Texas whose expertise had already been doubted by judges and who would eventually lose his medical license. A Nationwide Law Firm with Children’s Defective Products Experience When a child is injured or killed, only the best advocates will do for your family. You need an experienced legal team with the dedication, knowledge, and resources needed to build a strong case. “Inclined sleep products like the Rock n’ Play are dangerous,” said Cory Watson attorney Ryan Lutz. “This bill takes important and necessary action to ban these products, protecting infant lives and helping prevent families from experiencing tragedy.” At Cory Watson, we have more than 38 years of experience representing clients across the country who have been seriously injured by dangerous products. This same team of attorneys recently secured a $25 million verdict on behalf of a California family against Nissan North America, so we’re prepared to take on corporations like Fisher-Price and Mattel on your behalf. From our offices in Birmingham and Nashville, we handle claims across Alabama and Tennessee, as well as across the nation. Contact Cory Watson Attorneys Today We understand that there’s nothing more important than the safety of family and friends, especially for our vulnerable children and grandchildren. If you or a loved one has lost a child or if your child was injured through the use of a Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, our attorneys want to help. Our compassionate team of attorneys can guide you through all the legal options, and help make sure that this preventable tragedy never happens again to another family. Contact us today by calling (877) 562-0000 or filling out the free initial consultation form on this page.

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FDA: Sunscreen Absorbs Into Blood After One Day. Here’s What That Could Mean.

Consumer alert! A recent FDA study found that the active ingredients in sunscreen can absorb into our bloodstreams within a few hours… what does this mean for you and your loved ones? As a firm that works hard to protect consumers from faulty or dangerous drugs and products, we like to help keep our clients and the general public aware of consumer product news – and sunscreen is a product that we’ve all used. Doctors and public health officials have long recommended that people use sunscreen to protect against the sun’s ultraviolet rays. But how safe are the sunscreens that so many people now use regularly? STUDY FINDS DANGEROUS LEVELS ABSORBED INTO BLOODSTREAM In the U.S., sunscreen is classified as an over-the-counter drug. Like all of the other over-the-counter drugs that the Food and Drug Administration oversees, sunscreens should be studied to make sure they don’t affect user’s hormones, affect reproductive systems, or cause cancer. However, this important safety testing has never been done on the active ingredients in sunscreen. Those chemicals were approved decades ago in the 1970s, before anyone suspected they could be absorbed into the body. Now we know for certain, it’s more than just a suspicion. In the study, each of 24 people were asked to wear different formulations — a spray, a lotion or a cream — of commercially available sunscreens for four days, and the same amount was applied over 75% of each volunteer’s body surface four times a day. Throughout the study period, researchers took blood samples from the participants to look for four common active ingredients which are used in different combinations in sunscreens: avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, and ecamsule. The agency found all four of these ingredients are absorbed into the blood at levels that are worth testing further for possible cancer risk. It only took a few hours after application for chemicals to infiltrate the bloodstream and shoot up to concentrations above the FDA’s toxicology threshold that triggers further safety testing. STAY SAFE THIS SUMMER AND LIMIT SUN EXPOSURE At Cory Watson Attorneys, our experienced defective product lawyers fully support comprehensive safety testing before releasing dangerous, defective or misleading products to the market. These test results could have serious impacts on sunscreen manufacturers and regulations going forward, and may change what options you’ll find on drugstore shelves in the next few years. It remains important to avoid excessive sun exposure, and you certainly protect your skin against the sun’s UV rays. However, for those who are still concerned about the incomplete safety data, there are other ways to avoid damaging sun exposure this summer. Try staying out of the sun during its peak hours between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and wearing protective clothing such as hats and sunglasses.

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New York Times: It’s Time for a Reckoning on Medical Devices

The New York Times recently published a comprehensive look at how patients suffer when companies and regulators fail to effectively screen or monitor defective medical devices on the market. In the past decade, nearly two million injuries and more than 80,000 deaths have been linked to faulty medical devices, many approved with little to no clinical testing, according to a global investigation. When a defective medical device is implanted or used in a patient, the results can be catastrophic. Negligence in the product design or manufacturing process can result in serious injuries and death. In these cases, a device intended to help heal someone ends up causing more harm than good. Even worse, some defects are known and subsequently covered up by a company so that it can sell as many units as possible before an inevitable recall, investigation, and public outrage. At Cory Watson Attorneys, we investigate all injuries caused by dangerous and defective medical devices, regardless of whether or not a device has been recalled. If you or a loved one was seriously injured by a medical device, contact our personal injury lawyers to get the help that you deserve. Call (877) 562-0000 now or fill out the online consultation form on this page. PELVIC MESH INJURIES The FDA announced last month that it couldn’t guarantee the long-term safety of vaginal mesh products when used to correct pelvic organ prolapse. These mesh products that have been on the market for decades, unfortunately resulting in harm to tens of thousands of women. Pelvic mesh has long been tied to life-altering injuries, including nearly 80 deaths as of 2018. Litigation over vaginal mesh is now one of the largest mass tort cases in U.S. history. As these lawsuits have made clear, most of these medical devices were approved for market with nearly no clinical data. It seems incredible that products meant to reside inside the human body would be used on patients without any proof of safety or effectiveness. But thanks to regulatory loopholes, many medical devices are poorly vetted before their release into the marketplace and poorly monitored after the fact. Problems can take years to emerge and can be impossible to correct, in part because permanent implants are not easily extracted from the body. When trouble does arise, device makers often redirect blame and patients seeking compensation are forced into lengthy court battles in pursuit of justice. In the end, faulty products can remain on the market for years without warning. ESSURE BIRTH CONTROL Essure, a permanent birth control device consisting of two metal coils injected into the fallopian tubes, has been linked to serious injuries such as device migration, organ perforation, autoimmune disorders, accidental pregnancies, and hysterectomies. The product was pulled from the market last year by its manufacturer, Bayer Pharmaceuticals. Not only women are affected: There have been hip implants that require painful revision surgery, defibrillators that short-circuit, and artificial heart valves with questionable shelf lives. In operating rooms, there are staplers that misfire; temperature control machines that spray bacteria into open chest cavities; and surgical robots that burn and injure patients. In these cases, a combination of unreliable regulatory approvals, skimpy post-market surveillance, and faltering responses from companies caused irrevocable harm that might have been avoided. HOW MEDICAL DEVICES CAN HURT A regulatory loophole enables medical device companies to bring new or “updated” medical devices to market without first testing them in human trials. Companies need only to convince regulators that their products are similar to ones that are already approved, even if the other products are decades old or were subsequently pulled from the market. This loophole is known as the 510(k) pathway. Industry proponents claim that medical devices can be brought to market quickly and safely by having companies conduct rigorous testing after products go to market instead of beforehand. However, companies often fail to complete such studies, even when they’re ordered by regulators. What’s more, device makers often ignore rules requiring them to report publicly all incidents of malfunction, injury or illness. And after years of dispute, the medical device industry has still not fully put a system in place to better notify patients of product recalls and other safety issues. JUSTICE FOR MEDICAL DEVICE VICTIMS Patients should not have to wonder whether devices will save their lives or destroy them. At Cory Watson Attorneys, we believe companies must ensure that no medical device intended for permanent residence inside a human body is used on patients without first being rigorously tested. After investigations by journalists and patient advocates, and even a Netflix documentary, the F.D.A. promised to make “transformative” changes to medical device regulation. The F.D.A. has vowed to fix some of these medical device lapses, promising to abolish reporting exemptions that keep safety issues hidden from the public. Stronger device regulation would help the agency to fulfill its ultimate mission: to protect patients. It’s true that some of these devices have restored health and provided benefits to millions of people. However, the drive to innovate does not justify the growing list of medical device disasters. Get Help with Your Defective Medical Device Case At Cory Watson Attorneys, our defective medical device lawyers believe the makers of these dangerous medical devices should be held accountable for the products they push onto the market. Don’t pay out of pocket for a medical device manufacturer’s negligence before talking to us. Our experienced legal team can review your case and get you the compensation that you deserve. If you or someone you love has been injured by a defective medical device, we are ready to fight for you. Call (877) 562-0000 today or fill out our free initial consultation form to get started with your defective medical device claim. Don’t wait to reach out —time is limited, and your health may be on the line.

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Defective ZF Airbags Affecting Millions of Toyota, Hyundai and Kia Vehicles

A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of consumers in the U.S. against Hyundai, Kia, and ZF-TRW Automotive for fraud and concealment of a deadly airbag safety defect affecting 12.5 million vehicles. The National Highway and Traffic Administration estimates that more than 12.5 million vehicles may be affected and contain a defective airbag control unit. This airbag was designed and manufactured by ZF-TRW and supplied to U.S. vehicle manufacturers including Hyundai, Kia, and Toyota. If you were injured in a crash due to these defective airbags NOT deploying, or if you own one of the affected vehicles, our attorneys want to help. These insurance companies and automotive manufacturers have large law firms working on their behalf, and so should you. Contact us today at (888) 760-2313 or fill out the free online consultation form on this page. Vehicle Models Affected by the ZF Airbag Defect Toyota (no recalls as of May 2019) Toyota Corolla 2018-2019 Hyundai (581,000 recalled as of Oct. 2018) Hyundai Sonata 2013-2019 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2013-2019 Kia (507,000 recalled as of Aug. 2018) Kia Forte/Forte Koup 2013 Kia Optima 2013-2019 Kia Optima Hybrid 2012-2016 Kia Sedona 2014 As early as 2011, ZF-TRW, Hyundai, and Kia investigated airbag non-deployments in several Kia and Hyundai vehicles, but failed to inform the NHTSA that there was an issue until the end of 2015. Even after advising NHTSA in 2015, each of these companies downplayed the severity and frequency of these crashes. During this time, they did nothing to protect their consumers or warn of the product dangers. It was not until February and June of 2018 that Hyundai and Kia issued product recalls. Toyota Corolla vehicles are also included in the NHTSA probe. However, Toyota has not yet announced a recall. The NHTSA Office of Defect Investigations has already identified two crash events (one of which was fatal) involving Toyota products where electrical overstress is suspected as the likely cause of the airbag failure. These crashes involved 2018 and 2019 Toyota Corolla vehicles. Throughout this nearly decade long period, unsuspecting U.S. consumers continued to purchase potentially affected vehicles with defective airbags, risking the lives of thousands of people. A Law Firm with Extensive Defective Product Experience When you or someone you know is injured, only the best personal injury lawyers will do. You need an experienced legal team with the dedication, knowledge, and resources needed to build a strong case against the world’s largest automotive giants such as Toyota, Hyundai, Kia, and Nissan. The lawyers at Cory Watson have a successful history standing up to some of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers in class action and product liability cases. In 2017, attorneys Jerome Tapley, Ryan Lutz, and Adam W. Pittman won a verdict of $24.9 million in a major faulty brakes case against Nissan North America Inc. in the case Cruz v. Nissan North America, Inc., et al. This verdict was ranked as a 2017 “Top 20 Product Liability Verdict in the United States” by TopVerdict. At Cory Watson Attorneys, we have more than 38 years of experience representing clients across the country who have been seriously injured by defective products. From our offices in Birmingham and Nashville, we handle claims across Alabama and Tennessee, as well as across the nation. Cory Watson has multiple attorneys dedicated specifically to car wreck related injury cases. We will take on the complex process of filing a defective product claim for you, while you focus on recovery. We work on a contingency basis, meaning you pay nothing out of pocket unless we win your case! Call Cory Watson Attorneys for Your Free Consultation! Over the past five years, tens of millions of U.S. consumers have seen their Takata airbags recalled for a deadly defect resulting in seven automakers paying a collective $1.5 billion in class action settlements. This case presents yet another example of corporations and auto manufacturers attempting to conceal a deadly airbag defect, putting profits ahead of consumer safety. You shouldn’t have to pay for a manufacturer’s negligence. The defective airbag attorneys at Cory Watson are ready to fight for you! We’ve helped thousands of clients across the nation stand up for what’s right, and we aren’t afraid to take on automotive giants. If you were injured in a crash when your airbags did NOT deploy, or if you own one of the affected vehicles, you may qualify for financial compensation. Call Cory Watson Attorneys immediately at (888) 760-2313  or fill out the free online consultation form on this page. Don’t wait to reach out—contact us today!

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Here’s How Dangerous Products like the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Get Recalled

On April 12, 2019, Mattel, the owner of Fisher-Price, recalled 4.7 million Rock ‘n Plays it had sold, citing safety concerns. The popular sleeper product has been connected to at least 32 infant deaths. The recall, which forbids any retailer from selling the dangerous product, happened more than a year after a complaint of an infant death caused by the Rock ‘n Play was made to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. It was brought to light through a Consumer Reports article that recently linked 32 infant deaths to the product, causing the American Academy of Pediatrics to urge CPSC for a recall. Many grieving parents and pediatricians argue that this recall is long overdue. The baby sleeper, released in 2009, uses rocking motions and music to soothe infants. Although the sleeper’s inclined cocoon-like shape directly violates AAP’s SIDS prevention guidelines that recommend babies sleep on flat surfaces, the Rock ‘n Play was advertised as a safe sleep product. However, the fact that it took years for Fisher-Price to recall the Rock ‘n Play speaks to the complicated recall process in the U.S. — a process that many public safety advocates say needs to be improved. How does a product get recalled? When shoppers spend money on a product, they assume it’s been expertly tested, manufactured, and produced. In reality, though, millions of units get pulled from shelves each year because they are safety hazards: from Ikea dressers toppling over to Samsung cell phones that spontaneously combust. A small government agency, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, oversees the product recall process. The CPSC researches hazardous products, studies consumer complaints, enforces safety rules in specific product categories, and works with companies to issue voluntary recalls. Vehicle recalls happen through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, while food recalls are issued by the Food Safety and Inspection Service and by the Food and Drug Administration. The CPSC does not seek out complaints; instead, it waits for companies to self-report product defects that could cause harm or risk of death. Unfortunately, they often shift the blame to consumers. 32 deaths linked to the Fisher-Price Rock n’ Play sleeper In the case of Mattel and Fisher-Price, the company stated that the 32 infant deaths linked to the Rock ‘n Play sleeper were caused by product misuse and parents’ failure to read instructions. The company is advising that “consumers should immediately stop using the product.” At Cory Watson, we believe that safety comes first, especially when our children’s lives are put at risk. Recalls should be the last line of defense in our product safety system. The first is that dangerous products don’t reach people’s homes in the first place. Parents should be notified if the products they trust are under investigation, to ensure the safety of our most vulnerable members of society: children. If you or a loved one has lost a child or if your child was injured through the use of a Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play sleeper, contact us today by calling (877) 562-0000 now or fill out our free online consultation form.

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Cory Watson Attorneys File “Chevy Shake” Lawsuit Against General Motors

Cory Watson Attorneys has filed a class action lawsuit against General Motors (GM) claiming the automotive giant knowingly concealed a known defect from its customers. The defect, widely known as the “Chevy Shake,” causes certain GM vehicles to violently shake or consistently vibrate at high speeds. The suit, filed by plaintiff Douglas Weiss, claims the shaking is caused by defective drive shafts. It cites the shaking as “a major safety concern” that could cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle. “No consumer would knowingly buy a car that shakes and vibrates at highway speeds and General Motor’s failure to disclose this defect to unwitting consumers violates well-established consumer protection laws,” said the plaintiff’s attorney, Ryan Lutz of Cory Watson Attorneys. The complaint charges GM with concealing the defect from the public and failing to recall the affected models. The vibration issues affect a number of GM’s most popular vehicles, including: Chevrolet Silverado Chevrolet Equinox Chevrolet Tahoe GMC Sierra GMC Yukon Cadillac Escalade The defect, nicknamed the “Chevy Shake” by frustrated vehicle owners, may affect hundreds of thousands of these models manufactured between the years 2014-2019. Lutz, F. Jerome Tapley, and Adam W. Pittman lead the litigation on behalf of Cory Watson Attorneys.  They are joined by Nicholas A. Migliaccio and Jason S. Rathod of Migliaccio & Rathod LLP to create a team of experienced class action and consumer protection litigators. Cory Watson Attorneys has a successful history standing up to some of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers in class actions and product liability cases. In 2017, the same Cory Watson legal team won a verdict of $24.9 million in a major faulty brakes case against Nissan North America Inc. in the case Cruz v. Nissan North America, Inc., et al. This verdict was ranked as a 2017 “Top 50 Plaintiff’s Car Accident Jury Verdict” by TopVerdict. So far, General Motors has refused to acknowledge the issue. Many vehicle owners are forced to pay thousands in out-of-pocket expenses in an attempt to repair their GM truck or SUV. Does Your Car Have the Chevy Shake? At Cory Watson Attorneys, we value the safety and well-being of our clients, family, and friends above all else. General Motor’s failure to address this issue is a warning sign that should not be ignored. If you or a loved one owns a vehicle that may be affected by the “Chevy Shake,” our attorneys can help. Contact us today by calling (877) 562-000 or complete the free online consultation form on this page. Click here to view the full class action complaint.

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