When a consumer called Washington Beef, LLC, complain about unknown materials they discovered in their meat, they probably did not know they would trigger a massive recall. On March 3, the company, in conjunction with the US Department of Agriculture, issued a recall on over 30,000 pounds of beef products.
The company has not said exactly what kind of material was found inside the beef. They simply list it as “extraneous material.” At Licata & Yeremenko, A Professional Law Corporation, we know the dangers that faulty products can cause. Whether it is something you use or consume, defective products can cause injuries, illnesses, and even death in consumers. If you need a product liability lawyer in California, you can count on us to work with you to secure the compensation you deserve.
What Can Happen With Faulty Products
While you may think that dealing with a faulty product is as simple as returning it to the store or throwing it away, it is often not that easy. This is especially true if you or a loved one have been injured or gotten ill due to the product being used or consumed.
You have seen the stories on the news – the ones about exploding e-cigarette batteries or vehicles that accelerate without a person touching the gas pedal. These are rare instances, right?
If you take a look at the government website tasked with keeping track of current recalls, you will find hundreds of current recalls.
No industry is immune from dealing with this. From foods, beverages, and medicines to vehicles, appliances, and toys, there are recall notices. We find that these recalls often revolve around three major problems:
- There is a faulty design, to begin with. Somehow, the product made it through inspections and to the shelves.
- A manufacturing error has occurred that alters a product from its original design, causing it to be harmful to consumers.
- There are issues with the product label that mislead consumers. This can include ingredients and allergens being left off, medication dosages being incorrect, hazards not being listed, or incorrect instructions.
Any of the above issues can cause a product to become potentially dangerous. Often, a problem with a product is not discovered until years after it has been on the market (think cigarettes, baby powder, pesticides, etc.). The question is this – who is to be held responsible for damages and injuries?
Moving Forward From Here
If you or a loved one have been injured or become ill because of a product used or consumed, please seek legal assistance. Licata & Yeremenko, A Professional Law Corporation specializes in these cases and their qualified and experienced team can walk you through the process. They will work tirelessly to ensure you are compensated for:
- Your medical expenses
- Lost income and benefits
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Punitive damages