The safety of breast implants has been debated for years, and now there is a new cause for concern: There is reason to believe implants could be linked to a rare form of cancer, after nine breast implant recipients died from the disease.
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A lawsuit was recently filed against Pathway Leasing, LLC, Matthew Harris, the company’s principal owner, and the following alleged joint employers:
Essure® is a permanent birth control option that came to market in 2002. It is a device constructed of two metal coils that are inserted into the fallopian tubes and trigger an inflammatory reaction. The resulting scar tissue is intended to block the fallopian tubes and prevent sperm from reaching and fertilizing an egg.
The makers of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson, face ongoing issues with the drug and the company recently settled several claims shortly before the lawsuits were set to go to trial. Young male users of Risperdal claim the drug caused them to develop a condition known as gynecomastia (development of breast tissue) and they believe the manufacturers were aware of this risk, but failed to warn the medical community.
Duodenoscopes are a medical tool used in the treatment of gallstones, cancers, and other digestive disorders. Though they were originally considered by the medical community to be safe, there is growing evidence these devices can spread bacteria from patient to patient because of a design defect. Some hospitals even went as far as designing special sterilization rooms to allow for the proper cleaning of duodenoscopes to reduce the risk for infection.
Multidistrict litigation (MDL) is used within the federal court system to consolidate several pending civil cases throughout the country under a single federal judge. The decision to consolidate is made by a panel of seven federal judges – the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML)– who are appointed by the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court. The clerk of the panel is located in Washington, DC, but the panel meets throughout the United States periodically to review cases.
Antibiotics are often seen as harmless drugs – something taken to quickly “knock” an illness out of you or even used as a precaution to avoid a full-blown illness. There’s no denying antibiotics have saved lives, but there is growing concern the side effects from certain classes of antibiotics are putting users at serious risk.
IVC filters have been the subject of ongoing debate, and IVC filter manufacturers continue to face mounting accusations that they are responsible for injuries caused to patients. In 2014, all lawsuits filed against Cook Group Inc. at the federal level were consolidated into a single court in the Southern District of Indiana. Most recently, plaintiffs and defendants submitted a list of cases they thought suitable for bellwether trials – initial trials used to predict and guide decisions in future legal action.
Tort reform is a series of proposed laws intended to change the way in which the civil justice system works. In many cases, tort reform laws focus on personal injury. Those who support these changes believe they will fix problems within the justice system, including the overwhelming number of personal injury cases, statutes of limitations, excessive damage awards, and indirectly, increasing insurance costs. Those against the changes believe they interfere with an individual’s right to justice in the legal system.
Many mass tort claims arise when consumers are injured by defective products or drugs, and because these issues cause a wide range of problems it is difficult to organize them into a single class. These lawsuits are typically complicated and often do not follow standard legal procedure. Determining settlement and compensation can also be difficult because mass torts include such a wide range of claims.
Ethicon, a division of Johnson & Johnson, manufacturers vaginal mesh devices intended to repair pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Though some users report positive results, many found their health issues worsened once their mesh device was in place – some even experienced painful side effects and required follow-up procedures to repair the damage caused by their mesh device.
Johnson & Johnson has long been one of the most respected companies in the health and personal care industries. It all began in 1886, when the Johnson brothers founded the company in New Jersey. The Johnson family’s intention was to make products that put consumer safety first, while making the world a better place. They created the first commercial first aid kits and went on to become one of the most popular names in first aid, due in part to the popularity of their Band-Aid brand of bandages.
Transvaginal mesh is used to provide extra support when repairing weakened tissue caused by pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Mesh can be made from animal materials or from synthetic polypropylene, which is a thermoplastic polymer.
For years, Monsanto has faced criticism for its practices and how those practices put the general health and safety of consumers at risk. Now, the company is dealing with new accusations regarding its Roundup-resistant seeds and glyphosate, a substance declared “probably carcinogenic” to humans by the World Health Organization.
Patients receive medications every day that are safe and useful for treating their medical ailments. Unfortunately, there are also instances in which patients are given prescriptions that cause more harm than good, as is the case when drugs are given for unapproved uses. And in many of these “off-label” prescription cases, the drug’s manufacturer knows there is risk, but fails to share those risks with doctors or patients.
The average consumer assumes if a drug is on the market, and especially if it is prescribed by his or her physician, that drug is safe. Unfortunately, all too often the user realizes there are side effects, often severe ones, and the drug was indeed not safe at all. How does this happen and why are dangerous drugs prescribed to patients on a regular basis by their doctors?