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What to do if you receive a product recall notice

For most people, safety is the main concern in their lives. When you have children, you worry about what school to send them to, and what activities they should participate in. However, the last thing you want to worry about is if the products we are giving them are safe for consumption. This is, unfortunately, something we do have to worry about.

We see recalls in the news on spinach and peanut butter and even the concern over vaccines. Nevertheless, we do have a safeguard, as a consumer, for learning about these recalls. The Food and Drug Administration is in place to alert the public. If a product is deemed unsafe, the FDA will recall it in order to remove it from the marketplace and protect the public from any further harm. There are many items that are subject to recalls, including human and animal drugs, vaccines, cosmetics and foods eaten in the U.S. About 80% of the foods that we eat, as Americans, are subject to a recall by the FDA if there is a safety concern.

Some of these safety concerns may be something as simple as taking the contaminated spinach off the grocery store shelf. However, not all recalls are as simple. Some products, when defective, can cause real harm. Even with the FDA creating measures to alert the public and verify that a product has been destroyed or otherwise repaired, harm can happen before the recall is made.

Pursuing compensation after you are injured by a defective product can be a complex endeavor with many different avenues of recourse and investigative work. A New York area product liability attorney may be able to help you navigate a claim through the court system in order to increase the likelihood of receiving the maximum compensation allowable based upon your circumstances and the hardships you have suffered as the result of a defective product in which you placed your trust.

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