Asbestos has long been known to cause serious health issues, including deadly forms of cancer such as mesothelioma. It takes only a brief exposure to the harmful, microscopic particles to set in motion the progressive and incurable cancer that may not reveal its symptoms for decades. Because of the danger from asbestos, Tennessee and other states have strict procedures for handling and disposing of materials that contain asbestos. Those who fail to follow these rules may be open to mass torts claims if asbestos exposure leads to illnesses.
Everyone who works in Tennessee or elsewhere in the country has a classification. This classification has a tremendous impact on the worker's rights, especially regarding salary and benefits. The laws related to employee classification are complex, and if an employer misclassifies his or her workers, it could lead to wage and hour disputes, among other issues.
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops in the lining of organs. The disease most commonly affects the lungs, and it is believed that mesothelioma of the lungs is caused primarily by environmental factors.
When the Employee Retirement Income Security Act went into effect in 1974, its purpose was to protect workers whose employers voluntarily provided benefits such as health insurance and retirement plans. ERISA never required businesses to supply this coverage for employees, but the law mandated minimal standards to ensure employers did not take advantage of their workers. In Tennessee and across the country, employees have peace of mind knowing their benefits are in place and that they have recourse if a plan fiduciary breaches his or her duty.
While many rely on the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before they consider a drug safe to use, some may be questioning the recent FDA approval of a new opioid painkiller. With dozens of mass torts claims in progress against pharmaceutical companies across the country, some believe the introduction of a new and potent opioid is a way for pharmaceutical companies to bring more trouble for themselves and more danger to the streets. More than 49,000 people in Tennessee and across the country died of opioid overdoses last year, and many states are fighting back with lawsuits.