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Arlington Heights Auto Accident LawyersFor most Americans, driving is a part of everyday life, and people accept certain types of risks when they are behind the wheel or riding in a vehicle. While the risks of injury in a car accident are present whenever a vehicle is on the road, drivers and passengers expect vehicles to protect them from harm as much as possible. However, many cars and trucks contain defective parts that may affect the safety of drivers and passengers. Those who are injured by auto parts that were designed, manufactured, or installed incorrectly can work with a personal injury attorney to determine who was responsible and pursue compensation for their damages.

Common Auto Part Defects

Vehicles contain multiple types of complex parts, and the failure of any one of these systems can cause serious injuries to the vehicle’s occupants. Some auto parts that commonly fail and cause accidents or injuries include:

  • Airbags - These safety systems are meant to deploy in the event of a collision, providing cushioning to help prevent traumatic brain injuries for drivers and passengers. If airbags do not deploy correctly, they may not provide a vehicle’s occupants with the proper protection. Some defective airbags may deploy at the wrong time, or they may explode and cause harm to people in a vehicle.

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Arlington Heights Personal Injury AttorneyAmericans expect to be protected from products that could be harmful to their health. Unfortunately, there are many ways that people can become exposed to toxic chemicals and other dangerous substances. In many cases, exposure to these types of chemicals occurs because of the pesticides and herbicides used on crops. Recently, issues related to chlorpyrifos, a commonly-used pesticide, were brought to light when the federal government took steps to ban the use of this chemical on crops used for food. Those who may have been exposed to this dangerous product will want to understand its potential effects and their options for addressing the injuries they have suffered.

Dangers of Chlorpyrifos

Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate insecticide that has been in use since 1965. It has been used on multiple different types of crops, including apples, strawberries, citrus fruits, peaches, broccoli, cauliflower, corn, and soybeans. Until 2000, it was also used as a household pesticide to kill insects such as cockroaches, ants, or mosquitos.

Health advocates have been fighting against the use of chlorpyrifos for decades, and in August of 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a ruling banning the use of this pesticide on all crops used as food. The EPA stated that it was implementing this ban in order to protect the safety of children, farmworkers, and others who may be exposed to the product. The chemical had previously been banned or restricted in multiple states, including California, Oregon, New York, Maryland, and Hawaii, as well as in Canada and the European Union. 

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rolling meadows defective product lawyerWhile most companies conduct thorough testing before releasing their products to the public, certain defective products slip through the cracks. Roundup, for instance, is found to increase the risk of some cancers by 40 percent. If you have contracted cancer after using this popular weed killer, you may have the right to take legal action.

Why Is Roundup a Dangerous Product?

Roundup contains the ingredient glyphosate, which disrupts enzymic pathways in plants. The product may be effective at killing weeds, but it may harm humans in the process. 

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Arlington heights product liability lawyerOf the different types of dangerous products that can cause harm to people in the United States, herbicides are among the most toxic. Weedkillers are commonly used on farms throughout the U.S., and they often contain dangerous chemicals that can cause multiple health problems for those exposed to these substances. Paraquat, a chemical that is included in some widely-used herbicides, has been found to cause multiple health issues. Those who have suffered injuries after being exposed to these herbicides may be able to pursue compensation from a manufacturer by working with an experienced attorney.

Illnesses Caused by Paraquat Exposure

Herbicides that contain paraquat have been used since the 1960s. Even though this substance is highly toxic, the use of these herbicides has increased in recent years in response to weeds that have become resistant to other herbicides, such as Roundup. Paraquat is a “restricted use” chemical, and before using it, a person must receive training and obtain certification. Anyone who works with this chemical should use the proper protective equipment, including chemical-resistant gloves and aprons, safety goggles or face shields, and respiratory protection.

Exposure to paraquat can occur in multiple ways, including:

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rolling meadows product liability lawyerThere are many types of dangerous products that put people who use them at risk of injury. While multiple government organizations regulate the products that are made available to consumers, some products are not properly tested, or they may be found to be dangerous after they have been used by large numbers of people. Roundup, a popular weedkiller, is one of these products, and large numbers of people who have been exposed to the chemicals in this product have contracted cancer. 

Roundup Lawsuits Addressing Injuries to Consumers

Roundup is one of the most commonly used pesticides in the world. In addition to being made available for retail sale and used by homeowners and people in the landscaping industry, it is also used by many farmers to protect crops such as corn and soybeans. Roundup contains the chemical glyphosate, and breathing this chemical into the lungs or absorbing it through the skin or eyes may have harmful effects.

The primary concern about glyphosate is the risk of cancer. While the manufacturer of Roundup has claimed that glyphosate does not cause cancer, some studies conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other agencies have found a potential link to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which affects the lymph nodes and the body’s immune system. This cancer may also affect the spleen, bone marrow, and digestive tract, and it may spread to other parts of the body, such as the brain or liver. Studies have also found that glyphosate may cause damage to the liver and kidneys.

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