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Appleton product liability attorney, e-cigarettesMarketed as a smoking cessation product, electronic cigarettes have grown massively in popularity over the years. However, an analysis of several studies suggests they may not be effective in helping smokers quit. Even more concerning are the warnings coming from doctors regarding the potential health risk they may pose to users. Add in the defective electronic cigarette claims being filed and these little products begin to seem much more dangerous than they look.

UCSF E-Cigarette Study Analysis

In their Lancet Respiratory Medicine published study analysis, UC San Francisco researchers examined 38 studies to determine the association between e-cigarette use and smoking cessation. Results from another 20 studies with control groups that had not used e-cigarettes were then added to give an overall statistic of their efficacy as a smoking cessation tool. Researchers determined that the overall odds of quitting smoking were 28 percent lower for those that used electronic cigarettes.

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Appleton defective products attorneys, toy injuriesToys can do more than just provide fun and entertainment for children; they can also aid in development, growth and learning. Unfortunately, certain toys—even the most innocent looking ones—can pose a threat. Thankfully, an ounce of prevention (and sometimes a lot of supervision) can go a long way when it comes to keeping children safe from potentially dangerous toys.

Pay Attention to the Packaging

All toys should have an age recommendation on their packaging materials. Sometimes, parents consider these as a set of guidelines; however, they are actual warnings to let parents know there may be risks involved with giving the toy to a child that is younger than the minimum recommended age. Other important warnings—small parts that may pose a choking hazard, or do not expose or use near fire—are often listed on the outside of the package.

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Appleton defective automobile attorneys, vehicle safety ratingsMore than 32, 000 people die on the roads each year. In 2015, millions of vehicles were recalled because of defects; some were responsible for wrongful deaths and injuries. To manage these defects, and to hopefully improve overall safety on the road, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proposing a significant overhaul to the safety ratings minimums of U.S vehicles.

New Crash Test Technology

One of the best ways to determine just how safe a vehicle—or to better understand ways that safety could be improved—is through crash testing.

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Appleton product liability attorneys, hair product causing hair lossThere are hundreds of different types of hair products on the market, all of which work in varying degrees. However, there is one product that has recently come under fire after causing alleged baldness in more than 200 women. The company is also facing claims for allegedly blocking negative comments about their alleged dangerous products on Facebook and in online reviews.

Wen Products and Alleged Baldness

Wen products, which are supposed to replace ordinary shampoo and conditioner, are comprised of water, glycerin, cetyl alcohol, and cetearyl alcohol. These are all commonly used ingredients in hair care products. However, Wen also contains the chemical hydroxycitronella—a chemical which has been banned in the EU. It is this particular ingredient that many are attributing to the hair loss.

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Appleton car accident attorneys, smartwatches, car accidentsDistracted driving is a major cause of auto accidents in the United States and the rise of handheld mobile devices over the past decade has significantly increased the risks of accidents and injuries on the road. Specifically, texting, emailing, or other types of messaging are considered to be particularly dangerous forms of distraction because they cause all three types of distractions:

  • Visual Distraction: Taking your eyes off the road (visual distraction);
  • Manual Distraction: Taking your hands off the wheel; and
  • Cognitive Distraction: Taking your focus from the task of driving.

Despite laws in Wisconsin banning texting for all drivers and restricting any cell phone use for novice drivers, individuals continue to put their own lives and the lives of other at risk by texting.

Smartwatches Are No Safer

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