People injured by explosive Takata airbags can now file a claim for compensation through one of three separate funds that were created to compensate victims, but victims must present evidence that their airbag was defective and show the extent of their injuries in order to receive any compensation through the claims process. In some cases, if the vehicle is no longer available, photos may be enough evidence to support a claim. Inside this post are pictures of shrapnel and debris from ruptured Takata airbags that our attorneys have seen during our investigations of the defect.

Jodi Westbrook Flowers

Human trafficking, and the horror of its existence, are worldwide issues that we’re only just beginning to peel back the layers on. One thing we know is that those in leadership positions, including lawyers, legislators, law enforcement and others, are in a position to fight for the freedoms and rights of survivors who so often can’t or don’t feel comfortable speaking out for themselves. My colleague Dan Lapinski and I recently joined some of the nation’s foremost leaders on sex abuse and trafficking to discuss ways to ease access to justice for survivors and prevent others from being victims of such horrible atrocities.

Product recalls can have longer term effects on shareholders, including altering the company’s financial profile, hurting its performance in the market and harming its reputation. The company may also find itself facing potentially costly securities fraud litigation. Because the failure to handle a recall properly can have short- and long-term financial consequences, management should take extra care in how they handle their products and any recalls, not just out of respect for consumers but to mitigate the harms to the company’s investors. 

In an ideal world, manufacturers would do a better job of making sure medical products are safe before they reach vulnerable patients. In the meantime, know that there are steps you can take to stay informed so that you can protect yourself as best you can when recalls are announced. Find answers to key questions such as why there was a recall, if the recall affects you, how the recall affects you and what to do once you learn of a recall.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 881 vehicle recalls in 2019, affecting a staggering 38,583,951 vehicles. With hundreds of vehicle recalls issued each year, we face the very real problem of “recall fatigue,” a phrase that’s often used to describe consumer apathy due to the oversaturation of recall notices in the market. When consumers are no longer alarmed by recalls, they may be overwhelmed by them or recalls may become buried or ignored. This makes it easier for life-threatening defects to slip through the cracks.

The demand for long-term contraception has grown in recent years. There are many theories about the increase. Truthfully, the “why” of it all is deeply personal for each woman. It is, however, less important than our need to ensure the safety and efficacy of the birth control that so many women rely on.

Jodi Westbrook Flowers

Whether you’re getting an education, talking to your doctor through telehealth services, or shopping online, it’s important to know that cybercriminals are lying in wait, in search of any opportunity to steal your private health or personal information to your detriment. Fortunately, there are important steps you can take to protect yourself and your family, but several common misconceptions can make it easier for you to fall victim if you aren’t vigilant. 

Lung cancer is often considered to be only a “smoker’s disease.” The evidence shows, however, that that is wrong. The number of persons with lung cancer who have never smoked has steadily grown for years. One 2015 study reported that the percentage of nonsmokers diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer nearly doubled between 1990 and 2013 from 8.9% to 17%.

One of the most important aspects of my job as an asbestos attorney is listening to clients’ stories. Unfortunately, given the nature of the work, there are often moments when fond and seemingly innocuous memories are tainted by the realization that they may have been a point of exposure to deadly asbestos and the cause of a life-altering diagnosis years down the road.

Every September – Mesothelioma Awareness Month – we at Motley Rice join advocates throughout the country and around the world in raising awareness on the dangers of asbestos exposure. With thousands more lives lost due to deadly asbestos with each passing year, we all can only hope and do our part to demand that our nation’s leaders finally bring an end to this preventable loss and devastation by banning asbestos outright.