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Can I name the property owner in my premises liability suit?

Suffering an injury on another person's property can severely complicate a person's life. Aside from the physical pain and suffering, and emotional trauma of an unexpected injury, the financial burden from accompanying medical bills may feel like too much to bear for some Georgia victims. Fortunately, it is possible to recover compensation related to such injuries through the careful actions of a premises liability suit, in which the owner is usually held responsible.

Owners -- or in some cases non-owners living on the property -- are responsible for maintaining safe environments in which risks are minimized. Sometimes, risks are obvious so that most people would understand to avoid a certain area or action. In other cases, risks are well-labeled with appropriate signage. But what about when an owner fails to correct potential dangers and does not provide adequate warning?

Dogs' deaths could prompt products liability claims against IKEA

Pet owners in Georgia usually spend a great deal of time, money and effort on their beloved animals. Convenience is also a priority, and many owners opt for refilling water dishes, which can be a smart choice during hot summers. However, some water dispensers billed as "dog friendly" are actually quite dangerous. IKEA could soon face products liability claims after its popular water dish killed two dogs.

In Oct. 2017, IKEA debuted a line of pet care products that included dog beds, cat houses, collars, leashes, bowls and more. One of the products is a water dispenser that is comprised of two parts -- a dome-shaped container for water and a base with a bowl. The idea is simple enough, just fill the container and forget about constantly refilling the water bowl.

Could baby powder have caused your mesothelioma?

The American Cancer Society says that doctors diagnose around 3,000 individuals with mesothelioma each year. Recent news suggests that companies like Johnson & Johnson's talc powder is contaminated with asbestos. This suggestion has created cancer cases all over the country.

Women around the nation allege that these products caused their ovarian cancer. Most recently, a California man alleged that decades of using Colgate-Palmolive's talc powder caused his mesothelioma.

Risk of contaminated water near military bases

Perifluorinated compounds are associated with various types of cancer and developmental delays in children, and are used in firefighting. These chemicals are concentrated in foam used to extinguish aircraft fires. In the past, this foam was allowed to run into drainage systems or remain on the soil and then seep into the groundwater. Presently, the military uses containment strategies to prevent these compounds from entering the water systems, as the foam continues to be used.

Beware of possible porducts liability situations!

Millions of people in Georgia and beyond shop online at Amazon. Many rely on customer reviews and product alerts to guide them toward the best deals and highest quality products. Sometimes consumers avoid potentially hazardous situations when they learn that a particular product has been recalled because it is defective. Sadly, sometimes they learn such products liability information too late.  

A best-selling product on Amazon was recently reported as defective. Given the fact that the product is a carbon monoxide detector, such a defect could definitely be life-threatening to consumers. In this case, the device is said to have failed to detect lethal carbon monoxide gases in at least 80 percent of tests. This, of course, translates to a mere 20 out of 100 successful attempts, not very good odds for people using the device in their homes or businesses.  

Apartment residents evacuated as asbestos exposed

Most weeknights one will find the majority of Georgia residents tucked in their beds resting before the next work day. But, when hazmat and health officials knock on the door ordering all apartment residents to vacate because of possible asbestos exposure, the thought of sleep quickly diminishes. In fact, rather than worry about lack of sleep, these residents now have much more to worry about.

After receiving an anonymous report of asbestos debris in a common area, an inspection was begun. Apparently, contractors had been renovating a recently vacated unit. As a part of the renovation, they removed the popcorn ceiling. Debris from the renovation had been left in the common area adjacent to the hallway. Residents were exposed to this debris as they walked by it on a daily basis.

Jury awards over $12 million in products liability case

Georgia residents often undergo surgery as a means to alleviate medical problems. They are looking for relief from pain, removal of a concerning mass or other such benefit. With all of the medical precautions and procedures in place, it is generally assumed that the methods and products used within the operating room are safe and will do more good than harm to the individual. When this is not the case, there may be a products liability concern that should be addressed.

In 2009, a woman had the Prolift mesh system implanted in her abdomen. The purpose of this product is to prevent internal organs from falling and perhaps exiting the body. She began experiencing problems with the mesh and underwent three additional surgeries to remove it.

"Right to Try" legislation and mesothelioma patients

There is a lot of talk and publicity regarding one's rights. One of the most recent rights addressed is the Georgia resident's "Right to Try." Under this new legislation, terminally ill patients are given the right to try experimental drugs that have not been fully cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). For some mesothelioma patients, this may offer an element of hope.

For those diagnosed with mesothelioma, the future can appear bleak. Such a diagnosis often carries with it a combination of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and a limited chance of surviving more than five years. Currently, there are new drugs working their way through the FDA approval process. However, a new drug has not been approved in almost 15 years. This "Right to Try" legislation may offer a yet unexplored avenue for some patients.

There are different types of mesothelioma

If you ever worked around asbestos, you may already be aware that it could cause you to develop a rare type of cancer called mesothelioma. Whether a particular person develops this incurable disease depends on numerous factors, but that may not be the most unique characteristic of this particular form of cancer. It could take decades after your exposure to asbestos for you to even know whether you will end up with a diagnosis of this condition.

Asbestos was widely used up through the 1970s when the government began curtailing its use after doctors discovered that the fibers from this toxic substance can adhere to the lungs and cause inflammation that could scar the lungs of a person who inhaled it. It may take decades, but this could turn into mesothelioma.

Children's nasal spray recalled due to products liability concern

As far as most Georgia parents are concerned, their children's health is of primary importance. When a child is sick, the concerned parent will give over-the-counter medication if the illness appears to be a minor one. Additionally, if the child suffers from allergies, doctors often recommend, and parents often give over-the-counter allergy medications to the child. These medications are generally assumed to be safe and free from products liability concerns.

In giving medication to a child, the parent will often watch to make sure that the child does not suffer any of the noted side effects that have been listed as possibilities. Additionally, the parent checks to see if the child responds to the medication. If not, a different medication may be better.

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