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Are dangerous products in the homes of Georgia residents?

Children's toys, canned goods and blenders are just some of the items that fill Georgia homes. In some cases, they are dangerous products subject to recalls by the companies that manufacture, distribute and sell them. However, the problem is that many of these notices either never or rarely make it to the consumers using the products involved, so they continue using them and could end up injured as a result.

Consumers could take matters into their own hands by signing up to receive notifications regarding recalls from the government agencies that oversee certain products. This includes agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and others. Before purchasing some products, especially used ones, it makes sense to conduct some research to determine whether they pose a danger.

Asbestos exposure could occur from its improper removal

Renovation projects often require the removal of materials that are intended for replacement such as tiles, drywall and other building materials. Under federal and Georgia law, if any toxic substances such as asbestos are discovered during the renovation process, they must be removed in such a way that they do not cause harm to anyone. Otherwise, it could put anyone in the vicinity in jeopardy of inhaling or ingesting the dust or fibers, which could lead to serious and deadly conditions.

A company on the East Coast decided to renovate a gym. As the renovations progressed, it was discovered that the building apparently contained asbestos. Despite this fact, the facility remained opened to the public, including children. The asbestos and the materials that contained it were not removed in accordance with the law.

Do your child's crayons pose risk for asbestosis?

Hundreds of thousands of private settlements have been made over product liability claims related to asbestos. Before discovering the dangerous effects of asbestos exposure, the material was typically used in the construction industry. However, asbestos can still be found in various odd objects today, such as your children's coloring crayons.

Tests from this year found that green Playskool crayons contain asbestos fibers.

Manufacturer's medication mix-up could cause irreparable harm

One of the most prevalent chronic conditions patients here in Georgia and elsewhere suffer from is high blood pressure. The medication options for helping control this issue are numerous, and it could take a period of trial and error for a doctor and patient to find the right medication, or combination of medications, that works. This makes the possibility of a manufacturer's medication mix-up even more distressing since a patient could suffer irreparable harm through no fault of the doctor or the patient.

Patients could suffer harm if the word of a recent recall fails to get to them in time. Accord Healthcare Inc. recently issued a recall for one of the lots of its high blood pressure medication after it was discovered that the wrong medication ended up in a bottle. The medication in question is its 100-count bottle of 12.5 mg hydrochlorothiazide tablets.

The physical, emotional and financial effects of mesothelioma

After hoping that you escaped the ill effects of working with asbestos decades ago, a Georgia doctor recently delivered some bad news. Sadly, the symptoms you experienced, and continue to experience, result from mesothelioma. Now, you are left to deal with the physical, emotional and financial aftermath of that diagnosis.

Your treatments will more than likely make physical activity a challenging prospect. When the discomfort, pain and recovery needed for those treatments are added to the physical symptoms you already exhibit, your days could be long and grueling. You may want to talk to your doctor about making your more comfortable.

Products marketed to children show mesothelioma concerns

Talcum powder, makeup and crayons are all a right of passage for many Georgia girls. These products are often an everyday part of one's life. As such, the parent who purchases the product and the individual who uses the product assumes that they are safe; they do not assume that the product could be a danger to the child and possibly cause mesothelioma later on.

Unfortunately, this may not be the case. In yet another lawsuit, Johnson & Johnson is having to answer to the possibility of asbestos contaminating its talcum powder products. These products include powders used for babies as well as after the shower for teens and adults. The company has faced similar lawsuits in recent history.

Asbestos and other toxins found in school supplies

School is back in session for the new year in Georgia which means kids are using all sorts of school supplies every day in and out of the classroom. Are their crayons and binders actually safe for a child's health? A recent study indicates that in some cases, no.

The United State Public Interest Research Group runs an annual study testing the safety of various school supplies leading up to the new year. The report for 2018-2019 found a variety of potentially hazardous products containing benzene, lead and even asbestos from various retailers.

Products liability concern as heart medication linked to cancer

One side effect of growing older is that many Georgia residents find it necessary to take prescription medication in order to control their blood pressure as well as other health-related concerns. The purpose of such medication is to lower the individual's blood pressure and prevent medical complications. Yet, when this medication adds to the individual's medical concerns, there may be a products liability concern that needs to be addressed.

Some drugs prescribed for patients suffering from high blood pressure as well as heart failure contain an ingredient known as valsartan.  In July, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a recall of some drug products containing this ingredient; they have now expanded this recall to include additional companies that utilize this ingredient. While valsartan is not considered to be a problem in itself, there is concern that in some cases this ingredient has been contaminated with N-nitrosodimethylamine. N-nitrosodimethylamine is believed to be a cancer-causing agent.

Could Fitbit face a products liability suit?

Many Georgia residents now track their daily step counts, heart rates and other important health factors through wearable technology. Of the options on the market, Fitbit is one of the most popular health watches. Now, it could soon be the subject of a products liability claim.

Fitbit advertises its Charge HR model as a device that continuously and accurately tracks a wearer's heartbeat. This is supposed to indicate a person's exercise intensity, which can provide guidance on their activity levels. Are they pushing too hard? Can they work harder? 

Secondary asbestos exposure is a risk

Some jobs have more inherent dangers than others. Although companies and workers take a number of safety precautions, accidents happen and workers become injured. In some cases, workers suffer exposure to substances that can cause illness. While the Georgia worker recognizes the possible dangers associated with the job, he or she does not typically recognize the possible dangers, such as asbestos exposure, that his or her family can face as well.

Unfortunately, secondary exposure is a concern. Asbestos is a fiber that can attach itself to clothing or other articles. Current regulations require that laundry and shower facilities be provided for workers who may be exposed. However, if these precautionary steps are overlooked or not performed because exposure is unknown, it is possible that the worker can take these dangerous fibers home.

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