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At this time of year, many consumers are looking for products to make their lives better and to help them achieve their new year’s resolutions. Exercise equipment, health supplements, and beauty products, as well as health foods and other products sell very well. Many of these purchases happen online, but if you are not careful you could find yourself buying dangerous products in Hollywood or your community.

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Online sales today often rely on clickbait advertising to get purchasers to buy. Clickbait articles may use a number of underhanded marketing tactics, such as fake celebrity endorsements or dishonest promises, to get you to make a purchase. Here is how to stay safe:

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As a consumer in Hollywood and southern Florida, you probably expect the products you buy at your favorite game stores have been tested to be safe. While a number of government agencies are tasked with ensuring consumer goods, appliances, and foods are safe for us to use, each year thousands of people are injured or killed across the country due to defective products.

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If you are a customer and have been injured by an unsafe product, you may have a civil claim against the retailer, manufacturer, importer, and other liable parties involved in making and selling the product. If you have been injured, save the product you believe has caused you harm and contact a personal injury attorney in Hollywood or your Florida community. You can always contact Flaxman Law Group if you’d like a free case analysis of your situation.

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At this time of year, you may be buying new products for yourself, taking advantage of holiday sales. Or maybe you have been getting products – such as new appliances, household items, or gadgets – for holiday gifts.

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Millions of Americans use new products every day with no incident. Unfortunately, some people are seriously injured or even killed by defective or falsely made products. Whether it is burn injuries caused by overheating appliances, facial injuries caused by exploding gadgets, electrocutions due to faulty power tools, or other injuries, there’s no excuse for manufacturers who do not take the time to properly test and develop their products.

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In late October, a Florida man suffered serious injury after an e-cigarette exploded, leaving him with serious internal and external burn injuries. He is still in a coma and still in serious condition following the incident, and the situation is causing some to ask questions about e-cigarettes.

What are E-cigarettes?

E-cigarettes or electronic cigarettes are vaporizers that work on batteries. Users can insert different flavors of liquids into the device and the e-cigarette turns the liquid into vapor. E-cigarettes have become intensely popular over the past few years. Some users say the devices help them quit smoking, since it’s possible to control the amount of tobacco being used in the devices or even to use tobacco-free liquids in e-cigarettes. Others simply like the sensation of using e-cigarettes, especially since they don’t produce smoke.

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Carbon monoxide is a deadly, odorless, and clear gas. Carbon monoxide poisoning claims lives in this country each year. Most often, poisoning occurs when people use fuel-burning appliances in the home – especially when those appliances are poorly maintained or defective. Carbon monoxide poisoning can also occur in homes with attached garages if proper precautions aren’t taken to keep car exhaust out. As our homes become more airtight and energy-efficient, experts say that carbon monoxide leaks can become more deadly, because there are fewer ways for the carbon monoxide escape.

Carbon monoxide poisoning often leads to feelings of drowsiness, fatigue, or disorientation. People may not be able to escape before they succumb. In many cases, they lose consciousness and if evacuation and medical attention don’t occur rapidly, fatalities are the result. Proper precautions as well as carbon monoxide detectors could help prevent many tragedies each year.

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Knee implants are often recommended by doctors to improve mobility and reduce pain. For patients with joint problems and knee problems, implants can be a long-term solution, since these medical devices are meant to last 15-20 years, but some patients are finding that knee implants are not lasting as long as promised. In some cases, the devices are causing serious complications for patients. In the past few years, a number of recalls have been issued for some types of knee plants and many patients have sought legal action after needing additional medical care or after suffering severe injury due to the devices.

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Have you had surgery to get knee implants? You are not alone. Each year, over 1.1 million people across the country get hip and knee implants to improve the quality of their lives. Unfortunately, for some of these patients these implants will end up causing rather than solving problems. In some cases, the devices are defective in some way. Some manufacturers have issued recalls of their implants, while in other cases patients are injured by medical devices not yet recalled. In either case, if you have been injured by an unsafe medical device, you will want to think about your legal options and speak to an attorney about your situation.

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Defective products and dangerous drugs in Hollywood and other South Florida communities injure many Florida residents and cost significant amounts of money in medical bills and lost productivity at work. Each year, dangerous products also claim lives.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is one group in charge of ensuring that the products you find in your pharmacy, grocery store, and local store are safe for you. The FDA is in charge of enforcing the safety of food, medical devices, medication, vaccines, cosmetics, tobacco products, pet food, and more.

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For people with serious knee problems, knee implants promise improved mobility and less pain. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), about 700,000 knee replacement surgeries were performed, with about 5% of Americans over the age of 50 having at least one knee implant.

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While knee implants can make life easier, defective knee implants have been linked to serious complications. In the past few years, a number of knee implant recalls have affected many patients in Hollywood and across the country. Some patients have launched their own product liability claims in South Florida and Hollywood against manufacturers of the devices.

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If you are shopping for friends and family and checking off your holiday shopping list, you will of course want to make sure that every present you give brings joy. The last thing you want is for a purchase to cause harm or injury. Unfortunately, each year products liability cases in Hollywood and Florida are launched due to defective products. You don’t want to give a gift that could harm someone, but unfortunately some products sold in stores are designed or manufactured negligently and may cause harm. To prevent giving these items as gifts, you will want to ask yourself a few questions:

1) Is this item on a recall list?

Keep your receipts after shopping and be sure to check out official lists of recalls so that you will be warned if an item is recalled. Due to the risk of injury and recalls, avoid buying used toys, sports equipment, and child’s items (such as car seats), as used items may be damaged or may have been subject to recalls.

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Unfortunately, thousands of people are injured by defective products and carelessly designed products every year. These products cause minor injuries and serious injuries that include fatalities, fractures, burn injuries in Homestead, and other serious injuries. Every type of product can be affected by poor design, and although there are government agencies tasked with trying to weed out unsafe products, the sheer number of items on store shelves makes it very challenging to get rid of products and test everything very thoroughly. In addition, more products are being made overseas, and outsourcing can also make it harder to check for safety consistently.

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Despite all of that, there are things you can do:

1) Vote with your dollar. Buy products from companies that have a good safety record. Read more about the companies whose products you buy and give feedback to companies to let them know that safety matters to you and your family.

2) Read instructions and consumer information carefully. Using a product correctly and being aware of risks is very important when it comes to staying safe. Whether you are assembling furniture or using new sports equipment, check to see what the safety precautions are. If something is unclear or you don’t understand the instructions, contact the customer service number of the manufacturer.

3) Go beyond the instructions. Just because a product is on the shelf, that does not mean it is safe. Use your own judgment. If a product seems flimsy, poorly made, or unsafe, return it to the store, get a refund, and write to the manufacturer to let them know about the problem.

4) Use more caution with higher-risk products. Some products just have the potential to do more harm. If your car has a defect, for example, it could lead to a car or truck collision in Homestead or your community. If your sports equipment is poorly designed, it could lead to a sports injury at your Homestead game. When it comes to child products, safety items, and vehicles, use extra caution and always check for safety standards and safety features before buying.

5) Check recalls.gov for recalls. The government site even allows you to sign up for email alerts, so that you can get information about recalls when they are announced.

Even if you take all precautions, of course, there is still the possibility that you will be injured by a defective product. If this happens, get medical attention and contact a personal injury attorney in Homestead or your community right away. If a manufacturer’s negligence caused your injuries, there is no reason why you should have to pay for your medical bills, lost income, and other expenses yourself.

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