Be Aware Of New Risks Associated With Some Products

Manufacturers generally try to put the best, safest products on the market. Usually they succeed. But sometimes a product is not properly designed and can pose a risk of harm to users. Sometimes this harm can be very serious. Here are a few products that have recently been in the news for risks they pose. If you use or have been exposed to any of these products, you should be aware of these risks. And if you believe you’ve been harmed in the manner described, you should talk to a lawyer to see if you might have a legitimate claim. These products include: -The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee An apparent design flaw in the 2015 Jeep Cherokee has been connected to hundreds of accidents. One of these accidents caused the death of actor Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov in the updated Star Trek. The 27 year old got out of his vehicle after he thought he’d put it in “park” and it suddenly rolled down his driveway, pinned him against a brick pillar and crushed him to death. As it turns out, a defect in the electronic shifter apparently failed to provide an automatic warning that the driver door was open while the vehicle was in gear. It also turned out that this defect apparently affects hundreds of thousands of vehicle and puts drivers in serious danger if they leave the vehicle while the engine is running and the emergency brake isn’t engaged. In response, Jeep’s parent company, Fiat Chrysler, has issued a recall for 2014 and 2015 Jeep Cherokees and for Dodge Chargers and Chrysler 300s from the years 2012 to 2014. If you drive one of these cars, be aware of the risk and contact your dealer once a fix becomes available. -Proton Pump Inhibitors Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are pills that millions of people use to treat symptoms of acid reflux, like heartburn. But they’ve been linked to serious side effects and now they may be linked to severe problems when people discontinue the medication, like the risk of bone fractures, heart attacks, brain dementia and kidney disease. The pills include brands like Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid. If you believe you’ve suffered complications from the use of PPIs, you should talk to an attorney to discuss potential legal options. -Toxic Exposure The link between asbestos exposure and deadly diseases like mesothelioma and lung cancer is old news. So is the link between other toxic substances and other deadly diseases. But there have been some recent developments on the issue of “take home” or “secondary” exposure. These cases involve people who got seriously ill after exposure to asbestos and other toxic materials from family members who were themselves exposed to such materials at work. One such case arose in New Jersey. The wife, Brenda Ann Schwartz, was diagnosed with irreversible lung disease. She claimed her disease was caused by secondary asbestos exposure years earlier when her husband Paul was exposed to beryllium while working at a ceramics facility. Paul allegedly brought the substance home in his clothes, which Brenda often handled. Brenda argued in court that Accuratus Corp., which owned the facility, should be held responsible for her condition. While the company claimed it had no duty of care to the spouse of an employee, the New Jersey Supreme Court found that it was foreseeable that an employee’s spouse would be handling and laundering his clothes and thus the company could be held liable.


About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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