We want to talk about allergens and how they play a role in making a product defective. Many people only think of traumatic injuries when they hear that a product can cause harm, however, there are many other ways that defective products can injure a person.
At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we are here to help when you need a faulty product liability attorney in Seattle. We know that the last thing you expected was the get injured or ill from something you purchased and we will work to secure the compensation you deserve.
These Are Serious Problems
This sentence may sound innocuous to many people:
- Product recalled due to an undeclared allergen.
Please understand that this is a serious problem and it can be fatal for many consumers. You may not realize it, but many Americans depend on accurate labels on foods and beverages for survival. Anyone who suffers from food allergies understands the importance of accurate information.
Earlier this months, there was a recall on ready-to-eat chicken soup made by Blount Fine Foods due to “misbranding and an undeclared allergen.” Some of the recalled products did not identify ingredients, including the presence of milk, a known allergen.
If we turn to the government website that tracks all current recalls, we can see that this is not a rare occurrence. In the last few months, we have seen recalls of:
- Pudding that contains undeclared egg
- Candy bars with undeclared peanuts
- Cake with undeclared almonds
- Potato chips with undeclared milk
We also want you to know that there are many other ways that products can become defective. Yes, labeling problems are a major issue. We depend on labels to tell us everything about a product, from how it works and its hazards to correct dosages for medications.
Many products are recalled because they have a poor design that can cause consumer injury. Others are altered during manufacturing. No industry is immune to product recalls. Turning back to the recall website, we see problems with vehicles, appliances, toys, furniture, electronics, cosmetics, cleaning products, and more.
In some cases, the health concerns associated with some products are not fully understood for years or decades after they hit the market. Recently, we have seen major product liability cases surrounding the weed killer RoundUp which has allegedly caused cancer in many users.
If You Are Hurt
If you or a loved one have been injured or become ill due to the use of a defective product, you need to seek legal assistance immediately. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, our qualified and experienced team understands these cases and will work to secure compensation for all of your incident-related expenses. This can include coverage for the following:
- Coverage of medical expenses
- Recovery of lost wages if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Punitive damages against the company or manufacturer