What Vehicle Owners Need to Know During Hurricane Season

by Dudley DeBosier | October 26th, 2020

It’s hurricane season, and Louisiana has already seen damage. But information on how to prepare and protect yourself and your vehicle is as important as ever.

We’ve compiled some of the most important information car owners need to know before, during, and after a hurricane hits.

How to Prep Your Car for Hurricanes

Whether you are hunkering down for the storm or are waiting for evacuation orders, it is important to make sure you are ready for whatever comes next. Following these tips can mean the difference between being prepared, and scrambling to protect your vehicle from hurricane damage at the last minute, potentially putting yourself at risk in the process.

  • Make sure your gas tank is full and your battery has a full charge.
  • Check that your windshield wipers are functioning and your tires have a safe amount of tread.
  • Take photos of your car from all sides, so any damage potentially sustained from the hurricane can be clearly seen not to have been pre-existing.
  • Place important documents, such as the vehicle title, registration, and insurance, in a waterproof bag.
  • Pack an emergency supply kit with food, water, first-aid supplies, extra clothes, a flashlight with extra batteries, physical maps, and external chargers for your phone.
  • Close all windows, the sunroof (if applicable), and cover with a car cover (if you own one).
  • If parking outside, park on high ground away from trees and powerlines, and against a building that can provide protection from high winds.
  • If parking in a garage, remove hanging items or items from shelves that could fall and damage your car, and place them on the ground. Depending on whether you believe you will need to evacuate, backing into the garage can make it easier and faster to get out, while parking parallel to the garage door can help shore up the door.

How to Safely Evacuate by Car in a Hurricane

If you need to evacuate through a hurricane-damaged area, or while the hurricane is ongoing, follow these safety measures:

  • Be prepared to potentially spend a day or more in your car. Bring blankets in case you need to sleep in your vehicle.
  • Never drive over a downed power line.
  • Never drive through water – standing water could be much deeper than it appears, and as little as a foot of water could cause your vehicle to float and be carried away by underlying currents.
  • If your vehicle becomes trapped in rising water and you are unable to restart it, immediately abandon it and flee for higher ground. If you are unable to leave your vehicle safely, call 911.

What to Do If Your Car Is Flooded

If your vehicle was exposed to flood water in a hurricane, it is likely to have suffered severe damage and may even be considered totaled by your insurance company and need to be replaced. However, before it can be determined whether your car can be saved, you need to follow these steps.

  • Get your car out of water as soon as possible.
  • Don’t attempt to start the car until it’s been thoroughly cleaned and inspected. Attempting to start the car could cause further damage if there is still water in the engine.
  • Contact your insurance company and tell them the highest level of water exposure in the vehicle.
  • Remove the seats to help the carpet dry faster.
  • Use a wet/dry vacuum and towels to soak up water inside the vehicle.
  • Flush and replace all liquids, oil, and lubricants, and replace all filters and gaskets.
  • Bring your vehicle for a thorough inspection of all mechanical components to check for water damage.

Be Careful When Car-Buying After a Major Hurricane

Buyer beware when shopping for a used car after a major hurricane, even if you live outside of the area affected! Flood damaged cars don’t always end up off the market, even if they’ve been totaled by your insurer – they could be repaired then shipped outside of their original region to be resold to unsuspecting buyers.

Although cars that have been totaled and rebuilt are supposed to be issued a new “salvage” title that plainly declares if they were flood-damaged, some use obscure letter or number codes to do so. Other times, rebuilt cars are incorrectly issued clean titles.

Even if a car has been dried out and looks fine, that doesn’t mean it’s safe to drive. Floods can damage vital electronics like the airbag controller, corrode major mechanical parts including the engine, cause rust and mold, and more.

You can also look for evidence of prior flood damage, including:

  • Musty smell to the carpets
  • Visible waterline on lens of headlights
  • Evidence that the seat mounting screws have been removed (which could indicate the seats were removed to dry the carpet)
  • Mud in difficult-to-clean places, such as the gaps between the panels in the trunk and under the hood, where mud wouldn’t typically accumulate

If you suspect the vehicle you are considering purchasing may have been in a flood, Carfax offers a free flood damage check as well.

Dudley DeBosier Helps Injured Louisianans

If you’ve been injured in an accident, you don’t deserve to be swamped by your medical bills or suffer from lost wages as you recover, especially when you were hurt through no fault of your own.

Let Dudley DeBosier help you. Contact our firm today for a free case consultation.

How Spare Tires Cause Accidents

by Dudley DeBosier | July 13th, 2020

If you’re really lucky, you’ll never have to change a flat tire on the side of the road. Unfortunately, most of us don’t get that lucky! But if you’re like most drivers, you may go many years without needing to change a flat, by which time the spare tire in or under your trunk may have outlived its usefulness and even become dangerous.

Being stranded on the side of a busy highway or interstate is not the time you want to discover that you don’t have a way to get your vehicle moving again! By periodically inspecting your spare tire, you can save yourself the headache and the potential risks of driving on a bad spare tire and avoid having to call highway assistance or a tow truck in the future.

Here’s how to know if your spare tire is safe to use.

Check to See if Your Tires Are Expired

That’s right; spare tires can expire! They’ll break down and stop working effectively the older they are, even when they haven’t been used before. Heat like we experience in Louisiana can accelerate how fast the rubber in your spare tire degrades as well. When the rubber degrades too much, it can cause a rupture in the sidewall or tread separation while you’re driving, which can cause a serious accident.

To determine how old your spare tire is (or any of your tires are!), look for the letters “DOT” stamped on the side of the tire. Following this will be a series of letters and numbers. The last four numbers indicate the month and year it was manufactured. All tires compliant with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s laws and regulations for tire manufacturing will have this information printed somewhere on them.

For example, a tire stamped with 2210 was manufactured in the 22nd week of 2010, a.k.a the first week of June in 2010. Conventional wisdom says tires should be replaced every 6-10 years. If your tire is older than 10 years, it should definitely be replaced. If your tire is at least six years old, you should examine it for signs that it may be starting to degrade. 

Signs Your Spare Tire Is Unsafe to Drive On:

  • There are cracks in the rubber.
  • There are bulges or blisters on the sidewall.
  • The tread is excessively worn.
  • The tire has been exposed to dirt, water, or sunlight for long periods (such as full-size tires mounted on the exterior of the vehicle).
  • The tire is flat or severely under the recommended air pressure (compact “donut” tires should be inflated to around 60 PSI).

What Happens When Spare Tires Are the Wrong Size?

New tires are expensive, even spare tires. However, when you find yourself with the unexpected expense of a flat or punctured spare tire that can’t be patched, don’t buy the first affordable aftermarket tire you find. 

Since compact spare tires are not intended to be driven on for days or long stretches at a time, many drivers make the mistake of thinking any tire will do.

This is a dangerous misconception, as not all spare tires fit all vehicles. Putting the wrong size spare on your car can cause serious damage to your vehicle and increase your chances of an accident.

When a tire is too wide, it can rub against other parts of your vehicle and cause damage to the fender, fuel system, electrical components, and even the tire itself.

Furthermore, when you have two tires with different heights on the same axle, it can cause massive damage to your vehicle’s differential. A differential allows your vehicle’s tires to turn at different speeds, which is necessary when making a turn. The outside wheel has a farther distance to travel, so it needs to turn faster to keep pace with the inside wheel. When a differential fails, the wheels can lock up, which is not a situation you want to experience in the middle of the highway or while driving in heavy traffic.

It’s better to do your research to find the right-sized spare for your vehicle, even if it costs a few bucks more, before you end up with an even bigger repair bill!

You should also inspect the spare tire whenever you buy a car, new or used, and regardless of whether you are buying from an individual or from a dealership, to make sure it is the right size.

We Help Drivers After Car Accidents That Weren’t Their Fault

Were you in a car accident after another driver lost control of their vehicle? Or maybe you purchased a defective tire that caused your accident. Whether your accident was the result of a negligent driver or a negligent manufacturer, Dudley DeBosier has made it our mission to help victims who are injured in car accidents through no fault of their own.

Contact our team today for a free consultation on your case.

What You Should Know About Takata’s Airbag Recall

by Dudley DeBosier | March 9th, 2020

Today’s vehicles are safer than ever due to features like lane departure warnings, blind spot indicators, stability control, and backup cameras. But despite all the advanced bells and whistles in modern cars, nothing protects drivers and passengers better than seat belts and airbags. Of course, it’s a different story when one of those safety devices is defective—and that’s exactly what happened with airbags in millions of vehicles sold in the U.S.

On November 18, 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ordered Takata Corporation to initiate a nationwide recall of its airbags after it was discovered that they were defective and at risk of exploding and seriously injuring or even killing drivers and passengers during collisions. The recall affected millions of vehicles manufactured by the world’s biggest automakers, including Ford, GM, Honda, BMW, Audi, Nissan, Toyota, and more.

Millions of Americans took their vehicles to dealerships and other repair centers to get their defective airbags replaced as the recall list expanded during the past five years. However, in December 2019, a new group of defective airbags with a different type of inflator was recalled due to their risk of exploding or underinflating during collisions. Combined, both recalls affect between 65 and 70 million vehicles worldwide.

How to Find Out if Your Vehicle Is Affected by the Airbag Recall

Because the recall affects vehicles of virtually every make and model dating back to 2003 model years, there’s a good chance your vehicle is equipped with recalled Takata airbags. You can verify your vehicle’s recall status by visiting the NHTSA’s safercar.gov website or the NHTSA’s own website and entering your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

Please note that not all vehicles affected by this new recall will show up in the NHTSA’s database. More vehicles will be added in the future as they are confirmed. You can sign up for the NHTSA’s Recall Alerts to be informed of new additions to the recall list as that information becomes available.

What Are Your Options If Your Airbags Are Recalled?

If your vehicle is affected, you should have received an email containing further instructions for getting your airbags replaced. If you didn’t receive the notice, discarded it, or don’t know what your next steps are, contact the service department at your local dealership for your vehicle’s manufacturer. Because of the dangers associated with the defective airbags, dealerships are required to provide free airbag replacements to owners of affected vehicles.

Ford and Mazda recommend that owners of 2006 model year Rangers and B-series pickup trucks not drive their vehicles at all unless their airbags have been replaced due to their likelihood of malfunctioning and causing serious injuries. In addition, some vehicle manufacturers recommend not allowing anyone to sit in the front passenger seats until replacements are completed. To reduce your risks and give you peace of mind, schedule your airbag replacement as soon as possible, and avoid driving your vehicle until the process is complete.

Hurt by a Defective Airbag? You May Be Eligible for Compensation.

Takata Corporation placed millions of Americans in danger due to its defective airbags. The number of Americans exposed to that risk is now known to be greater than ever before after the recall was expanded in December 2019. If you or someone you love was injured by an airbag that exploded on impact or failed to properly inflate, you may be eligible for compensation. The Louisiana defective product attorneys at Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers hold negligent manufacturers accountable when their oversights injure or kill innocent consumers.

Can Auto Manufacturers Be Held Liable?

While almost all of the focus on these recalls is being directed towards Takata Corporation, auto manufacturers may also be considered negligent. Reports indicate that Takata was aware of defects in its airbags as early as 2000, and some automakers may have been aware of them as well. Because this recall is so huge and unprecedented, it’s important to have an experienced law firm on your side to determine if and how you may be able to get compensation.

At Dudley DeBosier, our attorneys aren’t afraid to go up against huge corporations when defending our clients. And we never leave our clients in the dark about the status of their claims. We strive to maintain open, honest, and frequent communication from day one until the day you get your check. That’s the Dudley DeBosier Difference. Call today for a free consultation.

7 Glyphosate-Free Ways to Treat Weeds

by Dudley DeBosier | August 14th, 2019

Glyphosate, the major herbicidal ingredient in  Roundup, has been linked to increased risk of cancer, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Roundup is the world’s most popular weed killer, and many homeowners have trusted this product for years, so if you aren’t sure what your other options are for keeping your garden or lawn free of weeds without using chemicals, this is for you.

We’ve compiled seven easy ways to kill weeds with non-harmful products you may already have in your home. Select the image below to learn more.

If you have recently been diagnosed with cancer and believe Roundup may be responsible, contact the legal team at Dudley DeBosier to learn about your options for getting compensation.

Defective 3M Earplugs Put U.S. Servicemembers at Risk

by Dudley DeBosier | March 27th, 2019

Among the many risks U.S. military personnel face during their service, hearing loss is one of the most common. For that reason, the government provides earplugs to servicemen and women to help protect their ears from loud noises during combat or training exercises. Between 2003-2015, 3M Company sold a particular earplug model called the 3M Combat Arms, Version 2, to the U.S. Government—but the earplugs didn’t offer the protection their manufacturers claimed they would.

The two-sided Combat Arms provide dual functionality. When inserted into the ear in one direction, they are intended to block all sound. When inserted in the other direction, they allow the wearer to hear commands from friendly soldiers and approaching enemy combatants. The two sides are connected by a central stem that is too short, preventing the earplugs from providing proper protection.

Despite the company’s contract with the U.S. Government, 3M failed to disclose known defects that decrease the earplugs’ effectiveness. The U.S. Government brought these allegations against 3M under the False Claims Act, resulting in 3M paying a $9.1 million settlement in February 2019.

At Dudley DeBosier, we are grateful for the service of the men and women who protect our country. If you or your loved one served in the military between 2003-2015 and suffered hearing problems, we want to help you get the compensation you deserve. We don’t think it’s fair when big manufacturing companies put their profits above the safety of consumers, and we’re prepared to hold them accountable for their negligence.

Louisiana Defective Product Attorneys

Whether you were harmed by defective earplugs or another dangerous product, the defective product attorneys at Dudley DeBosier want to help you protect your rights. Don’t go it alone after an injury in Louisiana—get Dudley DeBosier on your side, and let us put our experience to work for you. Contact us today for a free case review.

Monsanto May Owe Billions to Roundup Cancer Victims

by Dudley DeBosier | October 22nd, 2018

In August 2018, a California jury found agrochemical company Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a former groundskeeper who developed cancer after years of using its glyphosate-based weedkiller Roundup. Monsanto was ordered to pay the groundskeeper $289 million in damages: $39 million in compensatory damages and $250 million in punitive damages.

Bayer, Monsanto’s parent company, says the number of active cases against the agrochemical supplier has increased from 5,200 when it acquired Monsanto to 8,000. Reuters reports that Bayer is bracing for “years of legal wrangling over alleged cancer risks of glyphosate-based weedkillers.”

Plaintiffs have filed lawsuits in both federal courts and state courts in Missouri, Delaware, and California. The California jury that found Monsanto liable for the groundskeeper’s cancer diagnosis concluded that Roundup presented a “substantial danger” to the plaintiff and that the company knew or should have known about the potential risks its product posed.

Were You or Someone You Love Harmed by Roundup?

At Dudley DeBosier, our Louisiana defective product lawyers know how damaging and harmful glyphosate-containing products can be to the people who use them or who come into contact with them.

Roundup has been commonly used in homes, businesses, and farms for years, and that means millions of people may have been exposed to it. Potentially dangerous levels of exposure can occur via several means, including:

  • Breathing air near a recently treated area
  • Touching treated plants or weeds

People throughout Louisiana may have been exposed to Roundup, whether they live in suburbs, cities, farms, or rural areas. If you or someone you love was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma that you believe may be linked to Roundup exposure, contact us today.

Netflix’s “The Bleeding Edge” Draws Attention to Medical Device Injuries

by Dudley DeBosier | September 19th, 2018

Medical devices are used to treat a variety of health problems. Everything from heart arrhythmias and worn-down joints to surgical wounds and artery blockages can be addressed with medical devices that are implanted inside patients’ bodies.

A documentary about medical devices and their potential dangers called “The Bleeding Edge” was released on Netflix in April 2018. The documentary highlights the way defective or dangerous medical devices have changed the lives of several patients and how the industry is less regulated than the drug industry. It also shows how much power companies in the medical device industry have and how easily they can get their products to market—even when they’re potentially unsafe.

Like the pharmaceutical industry, the medical device industry is a multi-billion-dollar industry. When new medical devices are released to the market, the companies that manufacture and market them often have huge expenses they must recoup. That means potentially dangerous devices can end up being used in hospitals and clinics throughout the world.

Get the Help You Deserve after Your Medical Device Injury 

If you were harmed by a medical device, it’s important to get an experienced legal team on your side right away. Despite the great power that medical device companies have over regulation agencies and governmental bodies, they aren’t immune to paying settlements to the people their products have harmed.

At Dudley DeBosier, our Louisiana defective product lawyers know how to build strong claims for victims like you, and we know how to maximize compensation. We’ll collect evidence that proves your injuries were caused by your medical device and that the manufacturer was aware of the risks that their device posed to patients.

Contact us today for a free consultation. We’re ready to help.

What is a product liability lawsuit?

by Dudley DeBosier | August 29th, 2018

As personal injury lawyers, we know you probably understand the basics of how we can help after you’re injured. You were hurt due to someone else’s negligence, and we investigate your case to help you get the compensation you deserve. When this applies to motor vehicle accidents, it’s pretty straightforward—we negotiate with the insurance company and, if necessary, take your case to court to get the best results for you. So, what happens when you’re injured by a product?

What is a defective product under the law?

Product liability law deals with injuries caused by dangerous or defective products. When you hear the word product, you probably think about products you would find on store shelves. And yes, product liability law deals with these goods. However, product liability cases also encompass injuries caused by:

  • Cars and car parts
  • Implantable medical devices, such as artificial joints or pacemakers
  • Industrial and workplace machinery

Questions? Get a Free Case Review Today.

At Dudley DeBosier, we offer free case reviews, and our staff is available to help you get started 24/7. If you or someone you love are suffering from an injury caused by a dangerous product, automotive component, or medical device, call (866) 897-8495 or contact us online today.

Link Between Talcum Products and Ovarian Cancer

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | June 26th, 2017

A $72 million judgement was just awarded against Johnson & Johnson to a woman’s family whose fatal ovarian cancer was caused by the company’s talcum powder. Dudley DeBosier is presently accepting claims against Johnson & Johnson for women who have developed cancer after using Johnson & Johnson talcum products “Baby Powder” and “Shower to Shower.”

Researchers began linking talc to ovarian cancer in the 1970s and have found that women who suffered from ovarian cancer actually had talc particles embedded in their tissues. However, for dozens of years, Johnson & Johnson argued against these findings and continued marketing its products without issuing any warnings to female users.

Studies have indicated that talc particles can enter the body through the genitals and can then become trapped in the ovarian tissues. This can cause inflammation and the growth of malignant cancer cells.

Johnson & Johnson’s internal documents show that it knew of studies connecting talc use and ovarian cancer yet hid it from the public. Testimony revealed that 1,500 women per year will die of ovarian cancer linked to J&J Baby Powder and Shower to Shower.

In addition to baby powder, products used in the genital area that may include talc are: condoms, diaphragms, sanitary napkins, tampons and vaginal deodorants.

When a corporation’s products threaten your life, you shouldn’t be left without help. If you or a loved one has developed cancer after using a product containing talcum powder, you deserve an experienced team of lawyers protecting your rights. Contact Dudley DeBosier at 866.897.8495 today.

St. Jude Pacemaker Warning

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | January 27th, 2017

If you or a loved one has an Implantable Defibrillator manufactured by St. Jude Medical, then you may be at risk.

Implantable defibrillators, or pacemakers, are small cardiac devices placed in the chest or abdomen of patients to assist them in maintaining their normal heart rhythm. Powered by batteries, these life-saving devices are specifically designed to provide extensive forewarning of battery problems or potential failure. However, some pacemaker models manufactured by St. Jude Medical Inc. can short circuit leaving patients with as little as just a few hours to seek the necessary medical treatment they need to avoid severe or even fatal health complications.

The FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall. Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death.

Date Recall Initiated: October 10, 2016

Approximately 400,000 pacemakers manufactured by St. Jude Medical Inc. before May of 2015 use a defective battery design that can leave them vulnerable to short-circuiting and can ultimately lead to premature battery failure in as little as 24 hours. If these batteries fail, the pacemakers will be unable to deliver life-saving pacing or shocks, which could result in serious medical complications or even patient death.

Symptoms of a short-circuited St. Jude Medical pacemaker battery may include:

  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of consciousness/fainting
  • Chest pain
  • Severe shortness of breath

If you or a loved one has been negatively affected by one of these St. Jude Defibrillators, we want to help. Call us at 800-300-8300 or contact us online for a free consultation.

Heartburn Medicine Warning

by James Peltier | January 9th, 2017

If you or a loved one has been taking medication to control heartburn, then you may be entitled to financial compensation.

PPIs, or Proton Pump Inhibitors, have been linked to severe kidney damage and kidney disease. PPIs are a class of drugs used to relieve heartburn and acid reflux by reducing the amount of acid produced by the stomach. Common PPIs include:

Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, Zegerid, Dexilant, AcipHex and Protonix.

Over 15 million Americans take PPIs. However, taking PPIs cause a risk of developing severe health issues, including chronic kidney disease. A recent study showed patients who took PPIs once per day have a 15 percent increased risk of chronic kidney disease. Patients who took it twice per day were 46 percent more likely.

The February 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) included results of a study showing that people who were taking the anti-ulcer medication Prevacid, may have a risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) that is 20 to 50 percent higher than those not taking the medication. The study indicated that taking the medication more than once daily or for longer periods of time increased the risk.

We want to protect your legal rights. If you or a loved one developed chronic kidney disease or kidney failure after taking a prescription PPI drug, don’t wait to take action – call us at 800-300-8300 or contact us online to get started now.

Should You Be Worried About Your E-Cigarette Exploding?

by London Smith | October 20th, 2016

Electronic cigarettes are being marketed to the general public as the “safe” new alternative to traditional cigarettes. Even in the midst of controversial debates about their potential risks and benefits, their popularity continues to skyrocket. The e-cigarette is a lithium-ion battery-powered device that mimics traditional smoking without the toxic products of tobacco combustion. In contrast to conventional cigarettes, e-cigs do not burn tobacco, produce ash, smoke, or tar. However, they also do something regular cigarettes don’t….Explode!

In order to supply power to the portable e-cigarette, lithium-ion batteries are used. Although a widely used power source, these batteries are composed of highly flammable and combustible liquids. The battery is installed at the weakest part of the e-cigarette and when pressure increases, the device ruptures and parts can be propelled through the air with great force. This explosion is characterized by flames, smoke, loud noises, flashing light, and the destruction of whatever object is near, human beings included.

The use of non-approved power adapters to charge the lithium-ion battery can also lead to a fire or explosion. One should always use the charging appliance that is provided by the manufacturer and carefully follow the instructions for connecting the device to a power outlet. A common misconception is that because the e-cig USB port is compatible with other electronics, it is safe to use those other ports to charge the e-cig. An e-cigarette should never be plugged into a standard USB port.

Lithium-ion battery failure, insufficient warnings, and faulty production are all causes of e-cigarette explosions, battery failure while charging being the most common of all. While most explosions result only in minor damages, cases involving significant burns and death have occurred. Our Louisiana personal injury lawyers at Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers recognize the dangers that electronic cigarettes can pose, which is why we encourage you to only use the charging appliance provided by the manufacturer and to carefully follow all the instructions regarding the use and storage of your device.

Your Hoverboard Isn’t Safe

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | February 15th, 2016

You may remember our last post about #hoverboardfails and the potential safety risks they pose. Well, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, after a months-long investigation, these wildly popular “self-balancing boards” have officially been declared unsafe by the United States Government.

The CSPC sent a letter to the manufacturers, importers and retailers of hoverboards urging these companies to make sure the hoverboards are following new safety standards. If the agency finds companies selling hoverboards are not meeting these standards, enforcement actions could occur, including penalties and seizures.

Accordingly, the CSPC is calling for hoverboard companies to take their product off the market until they receive a certification of safety from UL, an independent testing company. Any hoverboard brand currently displaying the UL mark on its packaging is doing so without authentic certification from the safety testing company.

With this official notice, hoverboard makers and retailers could soon be issuing massive recall orders for their products, as all hoverboards are now officially safety hazards until they undergo tests for compliance with the new safety standards.

What happens next for hoverboards?

Amazon has already told customers to “throw away unsafe hoverboards,” and even offered refunds to those who purchased one. More than 60 airlines have banned them from being transported on planes, both as carry-ons and in cargo bays. Meanwhile in the UK, some officials have started to confiscate them. All in all, we may be seeing the end of hoverboards.

If you have been hurt by one of these popular, yet dangerous products anywhere in Louisiana, don’t hesitate to seek help. Contact us today by calling 866-897-8495 for a free consultation.

#hoverboardfail – Why Hoverboard Lawsuits Could Be On The Rise

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | January 7th, 2016

We’ve all seen them floating around. Those half-skateboard, half-Segway things that teenagers ride around town, in malls and on the street. Celebrities from Justin Bieber to Mike Tyson have been seen riding them, and they quickly became one of the hottest holiday gifts of 2015. Marketed as a fun, revolutionary way to get around that gives riders a glimpse into the future, “hoverboards” have taken the country by storm.

However, for many people, these hoverboards have been a real pain – literally. A quick search of the hashtag “#hoverboardfail” on social media leads to endless videos of people tumbling off their boards. One video has an overly ambitious dad trying to show off to his son until embarrassingly plunging into the wall. Another shows a woman attempting a handstand on hers until barreling into her Christmas Tree.

While these “#hoverboardfails” are mostly all meant to be fun and games, many hoverboard falls have led to serious injuries. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recently raised many safety concerns associated with the product, and stated that there have been reports of 70 emergency room visits due to hoverboard injuries since August. Some universities have even banned the boards due to the product’s danger.

Perhaps even more alarming, the federal government is currently investigating 22 reports of hoverboards catching fire. Here in Louisiana, a Laffite woman claims the hoverboard she bought her son suddenly burst into flames and destroyed her family’s home. A recent video shows the fire department rushing to the scene as a hoverboard explodes in downtown Los Angeles.

So before you hop on the hoverboard craze, be aware of these tips to reduce the risk of incidents or accidents:

  • Always wear padding and a helmet when riding a hoverboard.
  • Before riding a hoverboard for the first time, read tutorials on how to use it. A “how-to” guide can be found here.
  • Avoid buying the product at locations such as mall kiosks or websites that do not have information about who is selling the product and who can be contacted if there’s a problem.
  • Do not charge the hoverboard overnight or when you are not available to observe the board.

A complete list of safety tips can be found on CPSC’s full statement. The CPSC also urges consumers to report incidents via www.SaferProducts.gov.

Asbestos Being Removed from School Cafeteria to Reduce Mesothelioma Risks

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | June 10th, 2015

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is used in the manufacturing of many of the products we use and come in contact with on a daily basis. From insulation, to floor tiles, to drywall, asbestos can be found everywhere.

While asbestos is useful for its ability to insulate and not catch fire, it can also cause individuals who are exposed to it to develop deadly cancers. One of the most common forms of the disease that is seen in individuals who are around asbestos regularly is mesothelioma. This particular type of cancer can be identified by the development of tumors on the lungs and mesothelium, the protective lining that covers many internal organs.

Many wonder what can be done to reduce the chances of developing mesothelioma as the result of exposure to asbestos. Unfortunately, the answer is to simply not be exposed and this can be achieved by using proper safety gear and removing materials that contain asbestos.

An elementary school in Louisiana is taking such steps in order to protect the health and safety of both students and staff. According to an article from the Daily Reporter, the Tangipahoa Parish School District will pay an estimated $66,750 to two separate companies to have asbestos removed from the school’s cafeteria during the next several weeks.

Our Louisiana personal injury lawyers at Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers recognize the dangers exposure to asbestos can pose, which is why we applaud the efforts being made to remove this hazardous substance from our state’s schools.

Takata Announces Recall of 6.5 Million Additional Vehicles With Defective Airbags

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | May 13th, 2015

Companies that manufacture auto parts are required by law to ensure the safety of their products. But a Japanese airbag manufacturer, Takata Corp., has come under fire in recent months for equipping millions of vehicles with faulty safety equipment.

The defective product lawyers at Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers explain that Takata announced they had discovered a problem with the airbags installed in certain makes and models of vehicles late last year. Officials stated the airbags could deploy with such force that debris could injure—or even kill—passengers in the vehicle. In response, the company recalled 22 million vehicles worldwide and was required to replace each faulty part.

According to WAFB 9 News, the company is now recalling an additional 6.5 million vehicles due to problems that can cause the airbags to deploy abnormally. A total of 35 different Toyota and Nissan models are affected by the recall, including the Corolla, RAV4, and Tundra pickups.

So what should you do if your vehicle is affected by a safety recall? Our Baton Rouge personal injury lawyers suggest having any recalled or faulty parts on your vehicle replaced as soon as possible. If you’ve been injured by faulty or unsafe car parts, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. We suggest speaking with a legal representative as soon as possible to help protect your legal rights.

Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuits Claim Product Caused Development of Deadly Diseases

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | February 18th, 2015

Using talcum powder can be a great way to feel fresh and clean throughout the day, but what many users may not realize is that certain talcum powders may contain substances that can be very harmful to your body.

Talc is mined form the Earth and contains the elements magnesium, oxygen, and silicon. Unfortunately, talc can also contain other more harmful substances such as asbestos—a naturally occurring compound that can cause deadly forms of cancer.

One of the first talcum powder cancer claims came last year from an Illinois woman who claims using Johnson & Johnson baby powder over the course of several decades caused her to be exposed to harmful substances, which led to her development of ovarian cancer. An article from Consumer Affairs says a similar lawsuit was filed in California as well.

Ovarian cancer isn’t the only disease being linked to the use of talcum powder. Even more consumers have come forward with claims that the use of talcum powder exposed them to asbestos, which in turn caused them to develop mesothelioma—another deadly form of cancer.

At Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers, we recognize the serious harm talcum powder may cause users. That’s why our Baton Rouge personal injury lawyers are hopeful decisions being reached in these lawsuits will result in safer products and closure to those who were harmed.