Survey Reveals Prescription Drugs, Autos Pose Greatest Product Safety Concerns Among Americans

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Prescription and over the counter drugs, and automobiles, have the dubious distinction as products that prompt consumers’ safety fears the most, according to a new survey from Moll Law Group.

Unfortunately, we have witnessed a number of instances when drugs, instead of helping improve medical conditions, are linked to possibly creating new health problems.

Prescription and over the counter drugs, and automobiles, have the dubious distinction as products that prompt consumers’ safety fears the most, a new survey* of 1,011 U.S. adults shows.

Those categories ranked first equally, each cited by 65 percent of respondents, when Americans were asked to name the top three types of products that concern them the most in terms of safety. Third on the list was food (cited by 55 percent), followed by baby products and furniture (25 percent), home appliances (23 percent), toys (18 percent) and sports and recreation (15 percent).

“Unfortunately, we have witnessed a number of instances when drugs, instead of helping improve medical conditions, are linked to possibly creating new health problems,” said attorney Ken Moll of Moll Law Group, which commissioned the survey. “And, car safety issues are in the headlines constantly."

Moll’s own concerns to enable consumers to have free access to a wide range of safety information led the Chicago attorney to create the Legal News Network (LNN) website (http://www.legalnewsnetwork.com), which offers fact-filled videos in a mini-documentary style that foster awareness of dangerous products and communicate product safety tips.

The website covers topics ranging from the safe use of car seats, cribs and toys to the dangers of imported drugs, swimming pools and e-cigarettes. The videos feature interviews with product safety and medical experts from across the country about injury prevention.

“We formed Legal News Network as a public service for consumers, a go-to source to further inform and protect them from products and environments that could be dangerous – and deadly,” said Moll, who has represented clients in a number of successful high-profile mass tort and class action suits.

The four- to six-minute videos are produced like news features with a host, guest interviews and engaging video footage. For example, a video on car seat safety includes an interview with a certified child passenger technician from a St. Louis hospital and a demonstration of proper seat installation by a Phoenix paramedic. The segment on imported drugs includes commentary from a former FDA medical officer.

The Moll poll also revealed more than half of Americans – 57 percent – fail to register their new products with the manufacturer to ensure they are informed about product recalls and safety issues.

“This is a practice more Americans must follow,” said Moll. “Registering a product is the best way to receive a recall or safety notice when one is issued,” Moll said.

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*The Moll Law Group poll results are based on the responses of 1,011 adults, ages 18 and older and living in the United States, who participated in a telephone survey March 12-15, 2015. The sample is weighted to represent the demographics of the U.S. population.

About Moll Law Group
Chicago-based Moll Law Group represents people around the nation who were severely injured, and families who have lost a loved one, due to defective products, dangerous prescription drugs, faulty medical devices or unsafe vehicles. The firm works with leading product safety professionals, medical experts and attorneys to assist in both the representation of clients in personal injury and wrongful death litigation and in development of injury prevention information for all consumers.

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