The companies that manufacture drugs have the responsibility of ensuring that the products they release to the public are safe for consumption. When companies fail in their obligation to consumers, injured individuals or those who suffered harm due to defective products have the right to seek compensation through a civil claim. One prominent drug maker is facing mass torts litigation that users say caused them significant harm.
Johnson & Johnson has already faced legal troubles for illnesses and complications related to their baby powder products and baby shampoo. The company is also about to face additional legal woes for alleged harm associated with a fentanyl patch also manufactured by the company. This case may be of particular interest for Tennessee readers who may have also used this product.
This is a complex legal case unlike many other mass torts cases. There is not much legal precedent for holding a company accountable for its role in the opioid crisis. Interested parties in Tennessee and across the country will be watching how this case unfolds and how the plaintiffs will build a case for damages. The plantiffs' legal representation will work to prove that Johnson & Johnson violated public nuisance laws by creating a substantial health risk to the public.
Mass torts cases are complex, and they can last for years. If a person believes that he or she has the right to join in a claim, it is smart to reach out to the appropriate legal professionals as soon as possible. A first step may be to seek an evaluation of the individual case to determine if this is an appropriate way forward.