Thermal-Wall Pots Recalled Due to Burn Hazard

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According to an article in Consumer Reports, Hy Cite Enterprises has recalled 1.7 million pots and pans due to a burn and fire hazard.  The products affected are from the Royal Prestige 9-ply thermal-wall line.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has received more than 1,100 complaints of cookware collapsing or deforming when exposed to heat sources, causing the contents to spatter.  In one case, a victim was spattered with hot oil.

Hy Cite is a high-end cookware retailer, selling products door-to-door by independent distributors.  The individual pots and pans retail for up to $800 and the sets for up to $3,500.  The products affected have an imprint on the bottom reading “Thermal Wall” and “9-Ply” and include the following items: 

  • 1.5-quart saucepans
  • 2-quart saucepans
  • 3, 4, 6, and 8-quart Dutch ovens
  • 8-inch and 10.5-inch skillets
  • 10-inch and 14-inch paella pans

Consumers are being advised to stop using the cookware immediately and contact Hy Cite for return instructions.  Hy Cite will replace any damage cookware and repair any undamaged items.  Hy Cite can be contacted at 1-800-609-9577.  Customers can also contact the company by visiting the website at or and clicking on “Recall Information.”

Defective Products Injure Thousands Each Year

Defective products are responsible for many injuries each year of innocent victims who purchase these items in good faith.  Some experts estimate that over 220,000 injuries to children alone are reported to the CPSC each year.  Furthermore, each year millions of products are recalled prior to causing harm to consumers, but these products still represent potential danger.  As long as manufacturers continue to release defective products, everyone is in danger of potential injuries.

The Two Theories Behind Product Liability

Product liability cases are usually based on one of two legal premises:  defective manufacturing or defective design.

Defective manufacturing cases allege that the product was made incorrectly so that utilizing it in the manner in which it was intended poses a danger to potential users.  For example, in this recall the fault could have been a manufacturing error that causes the pots to collapse when they are exposed to heat.  Since a pot is made to be used on heat, this is obviously a defect and could be due to poor manufacturing.

On the other hand, the problem could also be a defective design.  Products that are defective in design cannot be manufactured safely.  The design itself is what poses the danger to consumers.  Examples of this include baby seats that pose a smothering risk or cars that contain design flaws that lead to sudden acceleration issues.

What Can Victims of Product Liability Do?

While there is a legal difference between defective manufacturing and defective design, there is little difference to the victim of an injury caused by a defective product. These victims are entitled to compensation for their injuries including payment of medical bills, payment of lost wages and other expenses, and sums for pain and suffering.

Pradaxa Victim’s Husband Files Product Liability Lawsuit against Drug Maker

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California resident Debroah McNamar has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Boehringer Ingelheim, manufacturer of the blood-thinning drug Pradaxa, which allegedly caused her husband’s death. According to news reports, McNamar’s lawsuit was filed on January 10, 2013 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The lawsuit alleges that her husband, Philip McNamar, was prescribed the drug for treatment of his atrial fibrillation in January 2010.

The Dangers of Pradaxa

Shortly after he started taking the medication, Philip McNamar allegedly suffered excessive bleeding and a ruptured abdominal aorta. The condition McNamar suffered was known as an “abdominal aortic aneurysm,” which occurs when the large blood vessel that supplied blood to the abdomen, pelvis and legs becomes abnormally large. Philip McNamar allegedly bled to death as a result of taking Pradaxa.

The lawsuit alleges that drug manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim, failed to warn consumers that there was no reversal agent for Pradaxa, which could stop the bleeding. For example, excessive bleeding can be reversed in patients taking warfarin with vitamin K injections. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there were more than 800 reports of problems with Pradaxa. Of those more than 500 involved excessive bleeding and 117 involved fatalities. McNamar’s lawsuit seeks damages for negligence, failure to warn, deceptive trade practices, design defect and wrongful death.

Drug Manufacturer’s Liability

Drug manufacturers have a responsibility to consumers to make products that are safe. In addition, they are also required to warn consumers and doctors about any types of risks or dangers posed by the drug. A majority of drugs today – whether they are over-the-counter or prescription – have risks and side effects. Some of these effects are relatively minor such as dry mouth or nausea. In the case of Pradaxa, there is an excessive and irreversible bleeding risk.

Consumers must receive all the information they need about the dangers and risks of a drug so they can make informed decisions with regard to their treatment. Anyone who has suffered serious side effects as a result of taking Pradaxa or anyone who has lost a loved one as a result of Pradaxa side effects would be well advised to contact an experienced defective product lawyer who will fight for their rights and ensure that the negligent drug manufacturer is held liable.

School Closed Due to Asbestos to Reopen

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January 27, 2013—Henderson County, Kentucky—An elementary school that had been closed due to a potential asbestos disturbance is due to reopen after the Department of Environmental Protection determined there was no risk to teachers and students. Injuries that happen on a property that someone else owns, and when that owner has been negligent, are usually referred to under the umbrella of premises liability.