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The Romaine Lettuce Outbreak That Scared A Nation

On behalf of Dan Doyle Law Group posted in Products Liability on Friday, December 14, 2018.

By now you have heard all about the Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak. Even if you had not seen the stories on the news, you would have noticed that entire shelves were empty at the grocery stores last week after the FDA told people to stop eating anything with Romaine lettuce.

So far, more than 30 people across multiple states have become ill due to the lettuce and now investigators are saying the product responsible likely came from California. FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said they are basing their observations on “growing and harvesting patterns.”

So far, there have been no deaths due to this lettuce E. coli outbreak and for that we are grateful. All that happened was that people had to rearrange some recipes over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Unfortunately, there are many other products on the market that can also cause people harm. When you need a Philadelphia product liability attorney, you can turn to the Dan Doyle Law Group for help. He will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve.

A Growing Problem

While we like to think that every item we purchase is safe for us to use, that is simply not the cases. We regularly look at the website that tracks recalls in the US. Here are some recalls we found from this last month alone:

  • Chocolate nut tray recalled due to undeclared pecans and cashews.
  • Fertility medication that does not have proper instructions.
  • Vehicle ignition switch that can cause fires.
  • Curry powder containing lead.

Okay, that is scary and it is only a sampling of hundreds of recalled items this year. Most recalled products fall into one of three categories:

  1. They are poorly designed and this design leads to malfunctions that cause harm to consumers.
  2. They experience a manufacturing error that alters them from their original design and this leads to consumer harm.
  3. They are labeled improperly and this can lead to many problems. For hard goods like toys, appliances, and tools, it can mean that their hazards are not properly listed or their proper use is not directed. For medications, this can mean leaving off proper dosages or side effects. Labeling problems can cause harm even when the product itself is not harmful.

What You Can Do

If you or a loved one are injured or become ill after using or consuming a product you have purchased, you need to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. The Dan Doyle Law Group is standing by, ready to take your case.

We want to help you recover the following:

  • Medical expenses related to the injury or illness
  • Punitive damages against the company, manufacturer, or retailer
  • Pain and suffering damages

When you need a Philadelphia product liability attorney, you can contact us by clicking here or calling 215-987-3730 for a free consultation.

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