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.
For some women who have problems related to sagging organs, doctors may want to do surgery, implanting a certain type of mesh to support the displaced organ. This was a common procedure, but medical evidence seems to suggest that pelvic mesh can actually cause significant health complications and is not safe for surgical implantation. Instead of being an important advance in medicine, it is actually now the reason for some of the biggest mass torts in the history of the United States.
For many in Tennessee, the continuing increase in prices of beef may mean they are making alternate choices for dinner. However, for those who work in the cattle and beef industries, watching the prices of their products is a critical part of their livelihood. Recently, farmers and ranchers have accused the major meat packing companies of intentionally manipulating the market to drive their profits down. Several of these farmers and ranchers have joined in mass torts actions.
When individuals feel that they have been wronged by companies, it can feel disheartening. However, many individuals have legal options for addressing unfair or even illegal business practices. In some cases, when numerous people are affected by the same issues, grounds for mass torts claims could exist.
In the United States, millions of people have had medical devices implanted within their bodies. Every year, that number grows. Every year, it seems, thousands of people come forward saying that their devices have done more harm than good. Tennessee residents who have been negatively affected by a defective or unsafe medical device may join mass torts claims against the product manufacturers and medical facilities that utilize them.
Tennessee consumers may want to be especially careful about purchasing products that come on the market during the government shutdown. This week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that only a handful of its staff is available to deal with the most emergent situations. The rest of the 500 employees are furloughed along with about 25 percent of the federal government since the shutdown began just before Christmas. The CPSC warns that manufacturers should comply with safety laws nonetheless or risk mass torts actions.
Many Tennessee residents suffer due to adverse health conditions. In some cases, illness is directly related to on-the-job incidents, such as asbestos exposure. Some workers have been sick for years before they receive correct diagnoses. Such situations can lead to mass torts litigation when groups of workers learn that their symptoms are similar and may have been caused by incidents that could have been prevented.
One would expect to find danger in an occupation such as construction or mining. Many Tennessee jobs carry immediate hazards as well as the risk of developing illnesses due to on-the-job exposure to harmful substances. Mass torts cases related to asbestos and other cancers are common in some industries, but one does not expect to suffer from these illnesses after using a product as supposedly harmless as baby powder. Nevertheless, more evidence reveals that the maker of a popular talcum powder knew for nearly 70 years that its product may have had dangerous ingredients.
Access to medical advice and monitoring is becoming easier as technology makes it possible for patients in Tennessee and across the world to communicate with doctors electronically. Telemedicine is already a billion-dollar industry, and investors are making profits from well-run companies. Unfortunately, one telemedicine company is facing mass torts action from shareholders who blame the actions of its executives for a marked decline in the value of the company's stock.
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.