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.
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.
As the Food and Drug Administration tightens rules on the information food and beverage packages must include, more Tennessee consumers are paying attention to the labels of the products they purchase for their families. Those who do so are typically looking for the counts of certain ingredients, such as sodium, calories or sugar, or they are looking for an overall quality of healthfulness. Unfortunately, not all labels are trustworthy, and one company is now facing mass torts actions because of confusing language on its product's label.
For many Tennessee adults trying to cut back on their cigarette smoking habits, the advent of e-cigarettes seemed like a blessing. Smokers could replace their tobacco cigarettes with vape products that supposedly contain fewer toxic ingredients. They could then reduce the amount of nicotine and gradually quit smoking altogether. However, this hasn't been the result, and mass torts actions across the country claim e-cig companies have created a whole new generation of smokers.
The legal system allows more than one plaintiff to join in a single action called a class action or mass tort lawsuit. When many people in Tennessee think of mass torts cases, they likely think of consumers or employees suing large companies for unfair treatment since many such cases receive a lot of press. However, that is not always the case, and one lawsuit in another state involves numerous people seeking restitution from a single person.