Takata Air Bag Injury Cases

Takata Air Bag Injury Cases

Defective Air Bags May Cause Serious Injuries

Many people may remember the days when you would get in your car and drive off into the streets of your city or a highway without even thinking about buckling your seat belts. The first seat belt was developed by a Swedish engineer and installed on Volvos in 1959 and spread around the world but many people considered them a nuisance and ignored the life-saving straps.

According to the CDC: Seat belts dramatically reduce risk of death and serious injury. Among drivers and front-seat passengers, seat belts reduce the risk of death by 45%, and cut the risk of serious injury by 50%. Seat belts prevent drivers and passengers from being ejected during a crash.

fort lauderdale personal injury attorneysIt wasn’t until 1986 that the State of Florida began to enforce a requirement for seat belts.

Airbags were first introduced in the early 1970’s and since then, vehicles, as well as their safety features, have developed rapidly. Since model year 1998, all new cars have been required to have air bags on both driver and passenger sides.

Tens of millions of vehicles with Takata air bags are under recall. Long-term exposure to high heat and humidity can cause these air bags to explode when deployed. Such explosions have caused injuries and deaths.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) urges vehicle owners to take a few simple steps to protect themselves and others from this very serious threat to safety.

Check for Recalls using your vehicle identification number (VIN).

If you or someone you know has been injured due to a defective Takata air bag, we can help. We are representing victims who are seeking compensation for their medical bills, time lost from work, pain & suffering, and property damages.

We are available for a free consultation if you call 954-356-0006 – We’re here 7 days a week.

Takata Air Bag Injury Cases

Exactech® Recalls

Exactech® Hip, Knee, and Ankle Implant System Recalls

You Can Protect Your Right to Compensation for Defective Medical Products

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus is now accepting cases from victims who had a recalled Exactech® implant system that subsequently failed, requiring revision surgery.

Many patients who received the defective implants have experienced pain and suffering due to the defective nature of those products and patients often will endure more physical issues and medical expenses.

fort lauderdale personal injury attorneysIn June of 2021 Exactech® recalled many Novation-branded hip replacement systems due to a risk of premature wear. Subsequently the company expanded the recall to include more hip systems and then knee and ankle systems.

Exactech® is based in Florida and many patients who had their products implanted are Florida residents. Multiple lawsuits are being initiated in Florida, across the country, and around the world. Events surrounding the recall cases are moving rapidly and the time to reach out for information is now.

Nature of Defects:

The recalled devices contain polyethylene inserts, cups, and liners, which can degrade when exposed to oxygen. To prevent this, the products should be placed in oxygen-resistant vacuum bags with a secondary barrier layer of ethylene vinyl alcohol for further protection.

Exactech® did package the products in vacuum bags, but some of the bags lacked the secondary barrier layer. Exactech® admitted that 80 percent of the inserts manufactured since 2004 were placed in non-conforming packaging. This allowed oxygen to reach the polyethylene components and begin degrading the material.

Patients have experienced:

  • Pain
  • Impaired mobility
  • Physical disability
  • Loss of use of a limb
  • Amputation
  • Permanent disfigurement
  • Death
  • The need for revision surgery

If you or someone you know received an Exactech® joint replacement system and that person is experiencing symptoms as described above we are available to help. We are positioned to look into these cases and take immediate action if appropriate.

We’re available 7 days a week by calling 954-356-0006.

Weston, Florida and Fort Lauderdale, Florida Personal Injury Attorneys

personal injury attorney fees

Personal Injury Attorney Fees

Personal Injury Attorney Fees

It’s Important to Understand What Your Legal Costs Might be Upfront

Imagine yourself in one of these situations:

  • Your spouse has served you with a lawsuit asking for a divorce and wants to have custody of your children.
  • You are arrested for a crime.
  • A real estate transaction you are involved has an involved party who suddenly wants back out.
  • You are involved in a serious auto accident and you have been injured.
  • Your parent or other relative has passed away and you are in their will but you don’t understand the details.

fort lauderdale personal injury attorneysEvery one of the above dilemmas involve legal issues and so you should be concerned about knowing how to protect your legal rights. The minute people are presented with these situations their first thought is “I need legal help” and their second thought is “how much will that help cost me?”

Attorneys are experts in law, and they spent a lot of time and money on their education and proficiency to become experts in their field. Therefore, they deserve to be paid for their services.

Here are some of the ways attorneys charge for their services:

Consultation Fees: This is where you have questions, but aren’t necessarily involved in an immediate legal dispute. Attorneys may charge by the hour for their time and recommend a certain course of action. What this hourly rate is depends.

Contingency Fees: These arrangements are common with personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys. The client usually pays nothing up-front, and the attorney accepts a percentage of the final settlement or judgement. Contingency fees (percentage) can vary according to the type of case.

Flat Fees: This is usually an option if the attorney handles large volumes of a particular kind of case, allowing the attorney to drive the cases through the use of forms and standardized practices. These are usually relatively simple cases like uncontested divorces, evictions, or foreclosures.

Hourly Rate: This is a common way for attorneys to charge for their services and it certainly seems like a reasonable system. A client must understand that staying abreast of time and expenses compiled stay within the limits of their budget is important.

Retainer: This is like a deposit paid toward future fees and costs. The lawyer is paid a set fee, often based on the lawyer’s hourly rate multiplied by a certain number of hours.

Lazarus and Lazarus • Most of Our Clients Pay no Upfront Fees

For the vast majority of cases the Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus uses the contingency fee system, which means after a free consultation, the client pays nothing. We represent our clients for a percentage of the final financial recovery.

We believe this is the most equitable way to structure a fee agreement with our clients, many of whom have been devastated financially from an accident and injuries sustained.

If you or someone you know has been injured in any type of accident it’s important not to delay in reaching out for help. Florida law limits the amount of time victims have to seek compensation for hospital bills, property damage, and pain & suffering.

The first step is to call us – 7 days a week – at (954) 356- 0666

Personal Injury Attorneys Lazarus and Lazarus • Weston and Fort Lauderdale, Florida