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Talcum Powder Health Risks

by Keith Adkins

Talc is a natural substance used in the manufacture of more than 44,200 cosmetic and medical products sold in the United States today. Unfortunately, asbestos—a toxic substance that is also found in the Earth—naturally occurs in talc mines. Although the asbestos is typically removed before making it to market, it can taint talcum powder if it is not properly harvested and quality control standards aren’t met.

Exposure to the asbestos found in talcum powders can lead to numerous health conditions. Mesothelioma is well known to be associated with exposure to asbestos, but a link has also been established between the regular use of talcum powder in the genital area and the development of ovarian cancer.

Many women who developed the disease after using products containing talc have gone on to file talc ovarian cancer lawsuits against the manufacturers of the products that harmed them; however, despite these suits and evidence from scientific journals that show the link between talc use and ovarian cancer, there are very few laws in place to protect consumers from these risks.

An article from Cold Truth explains the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has very few regulations in place to protect consumers from contaminated talcum powders. Furthermore, the agency has paid very little attention to the allegations regarding talcum powders and ovarian cancer cases.

At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we recognize the struggles victims of defective products face in their battles for justice and our Oklahoma defective product lawyers are hopeful the suits that have been filed in connection to talcum powders will result in justice for those who have been harmed.

Mesothelioma Patient Awarded $6 Million in Damages

by Keith Adkins

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that’s used in many construction materials because of its insulating and fire-resistant properties. However, exposure to asbestos can lead to the development of a deadly form of cancer known as mesothelioma.

This risk of developing cancer has led to millions of sickened workers filing lawsuits against the companies who failed to warn them about the risks involved with handling materials tainted with asbestos. One such case recently resulted in a Moore, Oklahoma, man being awarded a total of $6 million in compensation.

According to an article from Tulsa World, the 51-year-old victim claims he was exposed to asbestos throughout the 1970s and 1980s through dust on his father’s clothes, who was a homebuilder and remodeler at the time. The exposure continued when the victim worked as a construction laborer and auto mechanic after that.

The man was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2012 and filed suit soon thereafter, claiming three companies were responsible for his exposure to asbestos and his development of cancer. A jury agreed and awarded the man compensatory damages to cover medical and hospital expenses, as well as pain, mental anguish, and physical disability. No punitive damages were awarded in this case.

At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we recognize the difficulties that can accompany a diagnosis of mesothelioma. That’s why our Oklahoma defective product lawyers are hopeful the decision that was reached will bring the victim a sense of peace and closure.

Expanded Takata Airbag Recall Affects More Than 34 Million Vehicles

by Keith Adkins

Two weeks ago, auto parts manufacturer Takata Corporation expanded a massive vehicle recall stemming from faulty airbags the company manufactured and installed in several makes and models of vehicles in the U.S. Our Oklahoma defective product lawyers at Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys explain that it seems as though the recall may have taken a twist.

The Takata airbag recall was launched after it was discovered that the propellant used to inflate the airbags in the event of an accident had a defect that allowed it to degrade over time. If this occurred and the airbag was activated, the reaction could be strong enough to cause debris from the unit to be launched toward occupants in the vehicle. This can be considered a safety hazard, with six deaths and more than 100 injuries linked to the problem.

Since the Takata airbag recall has been initiated, Takata has come forward to say that vehicles that previously had faulty airbags replaced may need to have the new airbags replaced as well due to the same problem. According to an article from KOCO News, officials are concerned motorists may ignore this fact, thinking they have already addressed the problem.

At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we know the risks that are posed by driving a vehicle with defective equipment. That’s why our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers encourage you to have your vehicle inspected if you receive a recall notice. Also, you can stay informed on the latest recalls involving your vehicle by regularly checking safeercar.gov for information about recalls affecting your vehicle.

CPSC Moves To Make Voluntary Recall Agreements Legally Binding

by Staff

When a product introduced to the market in the United States is found to be defective, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) has often worked with manufacturers to conduct a voluntary recall on the affected product. The Oklahoma Defective Product Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers explain that for the past 39 years, these recalls have not been legally binding agreements between the government agency and companies; however, that may soon change.

An article released by Mondaq News states that CPSC Vice-Chairman, Bob Adler, has proposed amendments to the voluntary recall notice rules that would make “corrective action plans” established for defective products legally binding agreements between the government agency and companies. This move would allow the CPSC to enforce any recalls that are made by taking the company to court if they do not uphold their part of any agreement that is made.

The changes were approved in a 3-1 vote, with those opposing the reforms saying any alterations are unnecessary, considering the current system is working well and has for the past several decades.

The changes could also affect the way civil litigation regarding defective products is handled in the future. That’s why J. Colbert and his team of Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers encourage anyone who has been harmed by a faulty product to discuss their legal options with a reputable attorney immediately.

Toyota Ordered To Pay $3 Million To Victims of Crash Caused By Faulty Electronics

by Staff

Manufacturers in the automotive industry have a responsibility to ensure the products they bring to the market are safe for consumers to use. The Oklahoma Defective Product Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers explain any failure to do so can lead to costly recalls. The company may also be potentially held liable for any damages caused by accidents resulting from fault products.

Such a case recently resulted in the Toyota Motor Corp. being ordered by an Oklahoma jury to pay a $3 million award to the family and victim of a crash caused by a faulty electronic system in one of their vehicles.

According to an article published by the L.A. Times, the incident occurred in September 2007, when a 2005 Toyota Camry sedan’s electronic system failed, resulting in the vehicle accelerating out of control and the vehicle’s brakes malfunctioning. The Camry crashed a short time later, killing the driver and leaving a passenger seriously injured.

The victim and the family of the driver later filed suit against Toyota, claiming they were negligent in failing to ensure the electronic system was in working order. A jury agreed and awarded $1.5 million to each of the plaintiffs.

J. Colbert and his team of Oklahoma Personal injury Lawyers recognize how difficult losing a loved one to another motorist’s negligence can be and hope the decision that was reached brings a sense of closure to the victim and their families.