Norfolk Defective Product Lawyers

Online Shoppers Should Be Wary of Arbitration Agreements

by | December 7th, 2015

As we scurry to wrap up holiday gift shopping, the idea of ordering items online can be alluring. But the Norfolk defective product lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers warn shoppers that ordering online can affect your rights to file a product liability claim.

Many online retailers have begun forcing shoppers to agree to arbitration clauses prior to a purchase. These agreements protect retailers from lawsuits in the event they sell a malfunctioning product and strip consumers of their rights to protection under the law.

An article from The Fiscal Times points out that some of the largest retailers who have adopted the practice include Amazon, Ticketmaster, Starbucks, and

So what can you do to protect your legal rights while shopping this holiday season? Experts encourage consumers to do shopping at a company’s physical location rather than online, due to the fact arbitration agreements aren’t signed when items are purchased at a store. You can also choose to do any required online shopping with companies that do not force arbitration agreements onto their customers.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we believe in protecting the rights of consumers, and our Norfolk personal injury lawyers hope these tips are useful to you during the holiday shopping season.

Norfolk Defective Product Lawyers Discuss the Recall of 35,000 High Chairs

by | October 12th, 2015

Millions of children use a high chair each day. The Norfolk defective product lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers point out that if your child is using a high chair designed by Safety 1st, he or she may be at risk of injury.

According to WAVY 10 News, child product manufacturer, Safety 1st, has recalled three different models of high chairs due to a fall and injury risk the units pose. Reports indicate children can remove the trays that attach to the 35,000 affected high chairs, which allows the child to fall from the seat. Injuries that have been associated with these falls include cuts, bruises, and chipped teeth.

So far, the company says it has received 68 reports of children removing the trays, with 11 of those cases resulting in a child being injured.

The affected units include model numbers:

  • HC144BZF
  • HC229CZF
  • HC229CYG

If you are own one of the affected units, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has stated you should stop using the high chair immediately and contact Safety 1st for a free repair kit.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know the dangers using a defective product can pose. That’s why our Norfolk personal injury lawyers applaud the efforts being made to correct the problems with these high chairs and are hopeful more injuries can be avoided in the future.

Virginia Joins Investigation Into VW Emissions Scandal

by | September 28th, 2015

The automobile industry in the United States is heavily regulated in order to ensure the safety of the vehicles on the American market; however, our Norfolk defective product lawyers with Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers explain allegations have arisen that car manufacturing giant Volkswagen (VW) may have attempted to hide problems with the emissions systems of 11 million vehicles worldwide.

In December 2014, VW sent letters to owners of certain diesel-powered Audis and VW’s saying an update was needed to the vehicles’ emission systems in order to function properly. The letters prompted an investigation that has uncovered some disturbing evidence.

VW may have attempted to hide the fact they had knowledge of the emissions problems and failed to properly fix it. Reports from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicate officials found VW had installed a “defeat switch” in hundreds of thousands of American vehicles that allowed software to manipulate the data collected during emissions tests.

An article from WAVY 10 News explains that an investigation has been launched into the VW emissions scandal by several states and now Virginia has joined the fight. Attorney General Mark Herring told reporters on September 24 that he is working to make sure Virginians who are affected by the VW emissions problems get the compensation they deserve.

Defective car parts and systems can be extremely dangerous to everyone who is on the road, which is why our Norfolk personal injury attorneys at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers are hopeful the investigation that is currently under way can bring the public some answers on how this issue will be resolved.

Substance That Causes Mesothelioma Discovered In Virginia Shipyard

by | September 1st, 2015

Asbestos is a naturally occurring substance that is used in many of today’s products for its insulating and fire-retardant qualities; however, exposure to asbestos can result in the victim developing a deadly form of cancer known as mesothelioma.

The threat of the disease may be more common that you think. The discovery of asbestos in a Newport News shipyard highlights just how prevalent asbestos is in our everyday lives at home and at work.

According to an article from the Daily Press, more than 1,000 employees at the Newport News Shipyard were moved to different facilities to perform their duties after the discovery of asbestos at the original site. The substance was discovered in the ventilation system of Building 600 located on Marshall Avenue, meaning most workers were likely exposed to asbestos.

Officials stated they would work to clear the building of the toxin, but gave no details as to how long the task would take to complete.

Asbestos is commonly found in the ships that are built at the site, as its used to insulate pipes on boats that carry water and steam.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our legal team has seen the devastating effects exposure to asbestos can have on the victim and their family. That’s why our Norfolk defective product lawyers would encourage the workers exposed to asbestos to receive regular checkups from their doctors and to speak with an attorney immediately if they’re ever diagnosed with mesothelioma.

FDA Announces Recall of Ventilators Due to Software Problem

by | February 3rd, 2014

February 3, 2014

Manufacturers of the medical devices Americans use on a daily basis are required by law to ensure the safety and integrity of the products they release to the market. Failure to do so can result in patients being harmed, which can lead to costly recalls being implemented. The Norfolk Product Liability Attorneys with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley explain such a recall was launched due to a malfunction with the software that runs the Covidien Puritan Bennett 840 Series Ventilator.

According to an article from QMed, the recall affects the units that were manufactured April 30, 1998 and March 12, 2010. Reports indicate the affected units have a glitch in the software that can lead to the unit forcing users to breathe on their own. In the event of an emergency, such a failure could result in a patient being seriously harmed, and possibly dying.

Those who are in possession of the affected units have been instructed to contact the manufacturer in order to have their unit serviced with a software upgrade at no cost. Anyone who has been harmed by an affected product should report the incident to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell Stanley would also urge anyone who has been harmed by a defective medical device to hammer the manufacturer with a lawsuit in order to hold them accountable for their negligence. Call us today for a free consultation of your case!

Target Finds Lamps Pose Product Liability Risks After Electrocution Reports

by | September 16th, 2013

September 16, 2013

The Norfolk Product Liability Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley explain that when a company fails to ensure the safety of their products, sometimes consumers can become the victims of accidents caused by malfunctioning products.

In an effort to reduce the number of these instances, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), examines and tests every product released. Any problems that are found can result in a recall of the product.

The CPSC recently took such action against Target Corp. after problems in one of their lamps was determined to be the cause of at least six consumers suffering electrocutions. Reports indicate the lamp can short out when a one-way bulb is screwed into the lamp’s three-way socket. When this occurs, the lamp can pose a risk of electrocution and burn to users and present a serious fire hazard as well. So far, the CPSC has received two reports of electrocution and four other reports of property damages caused by fires.

Anyone in possession of the affected lamp is instructed to stop using it immediately and return it to a Target store for a full refund.

Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley and his team of Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers also urge anyone who has been harmed by a defective product to discuss their legal rights to potential compensation with a reputable attorney immediately.