Product Dangers - More than You Might Think

You’d think you could enjoy a bowl of ice cream on a sunny summer day without getting sick. Not so fast. Many of you have heard the story of the recall of Blue Bell Ice Cream that is potentially linked to certain strains of bacteria that has caused multiple hospitalizations and three deaths across sections of the Midwest.

Also this spring, a man filed suit against Biomet Orthopedics, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. The man claims personal damages occurred after he received a metal-on-metal hip implant manufactured by Biomet.

The fact is, hardly a day goes by without hearing about injuries caused by alleged inferior products and others being recalled for potential health hazards.

The Indiana State Department of Health Food Protection Program reports all recalls potentially affecting Indiana residents to local health departments and other related agencies. So far in 2015, there have been more than 150 recalls of products reported in Indiana, not to mention thousands more reported by other agencies across the nation.

Recalls are issued by manufacturers of food and drug products, but are done so on a voluntary basis with guidance by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which regulates meat and poultry products, or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates all other products.

These are just a sampling of the recalls in the month of June alone reported by the Indiana State Department of Health:

  • Limited quantity of Wish-Bone salad dressing that contained eggs, an allergen not noted on product packaging.
  • Medtronics recently recalled tracheostomy tubes for kids that caused breathing troubles for some.
  • The Walgreen Company in Deerfield pulled certain Powdered Sugar Mini Donuts, because it has received consumer complaints alleging that mold was observed on some of the product.
  • The Santa Barbara California Smokehousehas recalled certain types of smoked salmon sold in Indiana that may be contaminated with an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections.
  • Baxter International Inc. voluntarily recalled four lots of intravenous (IV) solutions to the hospital/user level. These products have been found to contain particulate matter identified as cellulosic fibers and/or plastic.

In most cases, companies will voluntarily issue a recall when they discover potential problems, often before serious health issues occur.

Still, in too many cases, the damage has already been done.

If you suspect that you, a friend, or loved one has been harmed by a product, contact Theodoros & Rooth. Our team includes products liability attorneys serving Indiana and the Chicago Area

At Theodoros & Rooth, we are committed to helping individuals and families recover damages in products liability lawsuits. We treat you with compassion and respect. We work aggressively to resolve your case quickly. Our Merrillville lawyers have settled and tried products liability cases involving design, manufacturing and marketing defects in:

  • Tires
  • Automobile seatbelts
  • Automobile brakes
  • Elevators and escalators
  • Perishable and nonperishable foods
  • Prescription and over-the-counter drugs
  • Birth control patches
  • Medical devices
  • Medical implants
  • Defective machinery
  • Child safety seats and cribs
  • Children’s toys
  • Fans
  • “Button” batteries

Theodoros & Rooth has been committed to justice and patient safety for injury victims since 1988 and have over 110 years combined experience.

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