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April 2020 Archives

Defective drugs: Cough syrup took 2 months to recall

The vast majority of drugs sold to consumers here in Texas are safe to use. However, when defective drugs occasionally make it to market, people may get sick, injured or even lose their lives. The Food and Drug Administration exists to try and protect people from this sort of thing, but its power can only reach so far. For example, a recent warning issued by the FDA about a potentially-contaminated cough syrup should have resulted in a recall, but authorities say that did not occur. 

Mushrooms with Listeria may result in products liability claims

Most foods that are sold in stores are perfectly safe to consume. Unfortunately, there are times when a product makes it to market that may make people sick. When this happens, issuing a recall on that product is the right thing to do, but it is often too late for many who may have purchased and eaten the food item. Several people across the country had to be hospitalized after coming into contact with mushrooms tainted with Listeria. Those mushrooms were sold right here in Texas and may end up part of a products liability claim.

Products liability: Over 250K Fords recalled

People understand that driving a car carries some measure of risk. What they may not expect is for that car to have some type of defect that makes it unsafe to drive. However, this happens all too often, leading to products liability claims when people get hurt.  One recent recall, issued by carmaker Ford, involves 268,000 cars across the nation, including many right here in Texas, and authorities are hoping to correct the issue before anyone is hurt.

Study says motor vehicle accidents often due to "buzzed driving"

Most people here in Texas are well aware of the potential dangers of drinking and driving. However, some people may believe that they have to consume a great deal of alcohol in order to be intoxicated. They may say that having only one or two drinks simply makes them "buzzed" and safe to drive. A new study shows that buzzed driving may account for a higher percentage of fatal motor vehicle accidents than people would guess, and that these drivers often have a blood alcohol content below the legal limit.