MICHIGAN MASS TORT CASES
Have you or a loved one suffered an injury or illness due to a toxic substance or product? Contact our experienced mass tort lawyers in Oakland County, MI at The Cronin Law Firm for a free consultation.
Mass Tort Claims in Oakland County, Michigan
If you are suffering from an injury or health issues due to environmental hazards, corporate oversight, or product liability, chances are you are not alone. There is usually more than one consumer affected by defective products.
With today’s mass-produced products, a single defect, error, or contamination can affect thousands. Businesses, neighborhoods, and even entire cities can be adversely affected by industrial and environmental contaminants.
A tort is an action that causes harm to a person or group of people. It is typical for mass tort cases to be filed when multiple people have been injured by the same negligent act. The most common types of mass torts involve defective drugs, medical devices, consumer products, and toxic exposures to the environment.
Mass tort litigation is a complex area of law and requires skilled Michigan attorneys who understand its complexities. The Michigan attorneys at The Cronin Law Firm are well-versed in mass tort claims.
Mass Tort Attorneys Serving the Community for Over Three Decades
Sabrina Shaheen Cronin founded The Cronin Law Firm over 30 years ago. The award-winning law firm has proudly served the local Oakland County community ever since.
In addition to handling all aspects of mass tort claims, Sabrina and her team also handle Personal injury law, family law, estate planning, commercial litigation, corporate law, elder law, and more. The Cronin Law Firm has recovered millions in compensation for injured clients in Michigan.
About the Dangers of Philips CPAP & Sleep Apnea Machines
Many people who suffer from sleep apnea used a device from Philips Respironics, and instead of it helping them sleep better, it caused cancer in many users. There’s nothing more frustrating than putting your trust in a medical device and a company that claims it can help you, only to have it injure you instead.
If you were injured as a result of the Philips sleep apnea machine, we want to help. Cronin Law Firm has a team of attorneys to fight on your behalf. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Contact our mass tort lawyers today for a free case review.
The Issue With Philips CPAP And Sleep Apnea Machines
Philips recalled millions of CPAP and other sleep apnea machines because many users were breathing toxic foam caused by a defect with their machines. Ingesting this toxic foam can cause cancer and other major health problems. Aside from causing cancer, many users also reported headaches, upper airway irritations, coughing, chest pressure, sinus infections, asthma, damage to their liver and kidneys, nausea, vomiting, and increased breathing problems.
Philips Class Action Lawsuit
In June 2021, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Philips in Massachusetts. The lawsuit claims that Philips knew about the toxic foam and the severe health issues it was causing people for years. There are claims that users had been complaining about the issues for many years, but Philips didn’t issue a public warning until April 2021. It was another two months, June 14th, 2021, before Philips recalled the devices. Interestingly, Philips didn’t announce the recall of their machines until right around the time that they were coming out with a newer device. Many patients who desperately need these devices had no choice but to purchase the newer machine, meaning Philips continued to profit even after they made the recall of their current machine public.
Philips Lawsuits Are Based On 2 Violations
1. Design Defect
One of the reasons people were filing lawsuits against Philips is for the simple fact that the devices they sold to patients were defective and dangerous. The foam they used in the device is so toxic that when it degrades it can cause cancer.
2. Failure To Warn
Not only did Philips use materials in their medical devices that were incredibly dangerous, but they failed to warn the public as soon as they became aware of the risks. There are allegations that users had been complaining of health issues as a result of the foam for years. At the very least, Philips became aware of the issue in April 2021 and didn’t issue a recall until the middle of June 2021. This means that people continued to buy and use the machines for at least two months, despite the fact that Philips knew the risks.
Dangers of Philips CPAP & Sleep Apnea Machines
Philips recently recalled millions of its CPAP and sleep apnea machines because of a serious design defect. This defect exposed users to a toxic foam that can cause cancer and other major health problems such as respiratory failure, liver disease, kidney disease, and more.
If you or a loved one have used any of Philips’ CPAP sleep apnea machines and were injured, we may be able to help you get the justice and compensation you deserve. In order to be eligible, the patient must not have smoked within 10 years of using the Philips CPAP machine.
Call us today at 248-258-3500.
About the Toxic Baby Formula Resources
Premature babies often need extra nutrition to support their undeveloped bodies and offset their initial low birth weight. Many doctors will recommend using formula to the parents, but recent evidence suggests that some brands of formula can cause infants to develop necrotizing enterocolitis, a potentially deadly digestive condition. To make matters worse, some of the manufacturers of baby formula, Abbott Laboratories, and Mead Johnson & Company, never added a warning label of their product, causing more unsuspecting parents to put their children at risk.
Abbott Laboratories and Mead Johnson & Company have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their products prior to sale. As a result of their negligence, families all over have had to deal with losing their children to what they thought was a safe product.
If your child has developed NEC as a result of their baby formula, Cronin Law Firm will fight on your behalf to hold those responsible accountable. Contact us today at 248-258-3500.
Toxic Baby Formula FAQS
Have Lawsuits Been Filed Against Baby Formula Manufacturers?
As of now, multiple lawsuits have been filed by parents after their children developed necrotizing enterocolitis after using either Similac or Enfamil baby formula.
What Is Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC)?
Necrotizing enterocolitis is a digestive disease that occurs primarily in premature infants and can cause inflammation of the intestinal lining, which can lead to serious infections. In such cases, the inflamed intestinal wall is eventually eroded away, which allows bacteria to enter the intestinal tract and jeopardize the health of the infant. The medical professional in charge of your infant’s care should monitor for the following symptoms:
- Swollen, red, or tender stomach
- Abdominal pressure
- Fluctuations in temperature
- Abnormal breathing
- Low blood pressure
Most infants survive the disease with serious, long-term injuries, but in more extreme cases infants may pass away.
What Baby Formula Products Can Cause NEC?
According to the scientific study, both Similac and Enfamil products have been linked to NEC in premature babies.
About the Michigan 3M Lawsuit
3m ear plug lawsuit michigan3M, a multinational conglomerate based in Minnesota, provided earplugs to the U.S. military for soldiers to use in combat. 3M designed the plugs to block out loud blasts while allowing soldiers to hear crucial orders. However, 3M failed to notify the U.S. government that some of its plugs were faulty. The defective earplugs may have caused partial or complete hearing loss in members of the military. We believe that Veterans and active-duty military personnel should be paid compensation for their hardships.
How Do the Plugs Cause Harm?
The product allegedly has a design flaw that centers on the fact that the earplugs are symmetrical in nature. The standard fitting instructions provided to military personnel could mean that the earplugs loosen and allow sound to enter the ear and ultimately exact damage on the wearer’s hearing. As a result, some military personnel and Veterans may be experiencing ringing in their ears or hearing loss.
How Can I File a 3M Earplugs Lawsuit?
To become involved in the lawsuit, potential plaintiffs must be diagnosed by a doctor with tinnitus at or around the time of discharge from the military and/or hearing loss resulting in an impairment rating with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The relevant time of service is 2003 to 2015. Eligible servicemen and women may be entitled to compensation for their hearing loss.
About the Michigan Belviq Lawsuit
Belviq (generic name lorcaserin) is a popular prescription weight-loss drug made by Eisai Inc. to help people experiencing obesity and weight-related health issues curb their hunger. Alarmingly, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety trial concluded that the drug could increase the risk of several different types of cancer, including pancreatic, lung, and colorectal cancer. As a result, the FDA issued a full recall of Belviq in February 2020.
What Are the Risks of Taking Belviq?
Weight-loss drugs are not known for their safety; unfortunately, Belviq is no exception. In a five-year, double-blind study of 12,000 patients, those taking Belviq were more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than those taking a placebo (sugar pill). The FDA stated, “A range of cancer types was reported, with several different types of cancers occurring more frequently in the lorcaserin group,” including:
- Pancreatic cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Lung cancer
This is a drug that probably should never have been on the market, and the manufacturers need to be held accountable. Those suffering from cancer caused by Belviq deserve compensation.
Fighting For You
If you or a loved one took Belviq and were diagnosed with cancer, you could be owed compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages. We want to fight to help you get it. Don’t wait. Call today.
About the Michigan Elmiron Eye Disease Lawsuit
Elmiron is a drug that has been prescribed to millions of patients since 1996 for interstitial cystitis (IC), otherwise known as painful bladder syndrome. Starting in 2015, researchers began to discover a potential link between the drug and a serious eye disease called maculopathy. However, even as the evidence has piled up, Elmiron’s manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceutical, has failed to warn the public about these risks.
IC patients are typically prescribed 300 milligram daily doses of the drug. In more serious cases, doctors have been known to prescribe 800 or even 1500 milligrams. Millions of people are taking a drug that may one day rob them of their vision, and an untold number may have already suffered serious health consequences.
A Hidden Danger
The potential risks associated with Elmiron were unknown until 2015, when doctors at Atlanta’s Emory Eye Center encountered an eye condition they hadn’t seen before in six women. This form of maculopathy didn’t seem to have a cause. Further investigation revealed that all six women had been taking Elmiron for years.
Studies released in 2018 and 2019 further support the link between Elmiron and maculopathy. It is as yet unknown how Elmiron causes this condition.
Despite mounting evidence, eye disease is still not listed as a possible side effect by the manufacturer. There’s no telling how many people have already suffered a serious eye injury due to their use of Elmiron, and hundreds of thousands of people are at risk.
Fight for Compensation
If you or a loved one took Elmiron and were diagnosed with maculopathy, you could be owed compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages. We want to help you fight to get it.
About the Michigan JUUL Addiction Lawsuit
juul lawsuit michigan JUUL Labs, the makers of JUUL e-cigarettes and vapor pods, are facing lawsuits alleging that they didn’t adequately warn users of the risks associated with using their products. JUUL markets its products as a safer alternative to regular cigarettes, but they still contain nicotine. In fact, JUUL products contain significantly more nicotine than their leading competitors—and nicotine is an addictive and potentially seriously harmful substance.
Nicotine can be harmful to anyone at any age, but it has been shown to be significantly more harmful to children and teens, who are also much more likely to become addicted to it. JUUL didn’t do enough to warn users of these risks, and it may have even directly marketed to children and teens.
Regularly smoking cigarettes has never been less popular among teens and children, so for them, JUUL usually isn’t a replacement for a dangerous habit. Rather, it’s a brand new hobby that they take up because it seems “cool” and because it comes in flavors that appeal to them.
Minors who became addicted to nicotine after using a JUUL vape have suffered serious harm. Cronin Law Firm wants to hold JUUL accountable, and get compensation for those victims. If you or a loved one became addicted to nicotine after using a JUUL vape while still a minor, you may be eligible for compensation.
Irresponsible Corporate Behavior
So far, JUUL has been the most recognized name in the race to dominate the exploding e-cigarette market. A recent valuation pegged the company as worth more than $38 billion, and it has received a major round of investment from a tobacco products conglomerate.
But there is evidence that much of this success can be attributed to its popularity among young people, including children and teens. The company certainly thought so, as significant attention was paid in the early days to making JUUL appear young, hip, and appealing to younger consumers. The company allegedly directly and intentionally advertised to children and teens, even going so far as to do presentations in schools under the guise of mental health and anti-addiction seminars.
JUUL didn’t quit this behavior until federal and state governments started investigations and threatening the company with fines and legislation. And they only started putting sufficient nicotine warnings on their products when forced to by law. But millions of people have already used JUUL products without knowing the dangers, including an untold number of teens. Many of whom now have a nicotine addiction.
Fighting for Justice
JUUL is busy trying to clean up its act now, but the damage has been done. If you’re one of the tens of thousands of people who used JUUL products as a minor and then acquired a nicotine addiction, you may be facing health damage from nicotine in the future, as well the pain, discomfort, and cost of trying to quit. We think you should be compensated for that and JUUL should be held accountable for that harm.
Don’t wait. Call today.
About the Michigan Talcum Powder Lawsuit
Since 1971, more than 20 studies have linked talcum (talc) powder to ovarian cancer, and, in 2003, an analysis of 16 of these studies found that ** women using talcum powder were 33 percent more likely to develop ovarian cancer.** It has been alleged that Johnson & Johnson, the maker of popular talc-based products, knew about the risk of ovarian cancer since at least 1982, but failed to warn women using these products.
In addition, recently unearthed information reported by The New York Times showed that Johnson & Johnson knew of the possible link of asbestos to their talc products. According to the article, the company spent decades trying to keep this negative information from reaching the public
Does Talcum Powder Cause Cancer?
For decades, researchers have been studying the potential link between ovarian cancer and talcum powder. It is believed that talc powder, when used near the genitals, can travel to the ovaries and become embedded in ovarian tissue. While talc is a natural mineral, it is very difficult for the body to remove the particles, and, as a result, inflammation may occur and cancerous tumors may form.
The first study to suggest that talc may cause ovarian cancer was published in 1971 in the medical journal The Lancet. In the study, researchers discovered that a majority of ovarian tumors had talc particles “deeply embedded” in them. Then, in 1982, researchers found that women using talcum powder during ovulation were at a 92 percent increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. During the next three decades, an additional 21 studies were performed on talc powder, and almost all of these studies found that women using these products near their genitals were at an increased risk for developing ovarian cancer.
To date, both the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society consider talc use near the genitals as a “risk factor” for ovarian cancer. Despite this possible link, Johnson & Johnson and other talc powder manufacturers have not placed warnings about this risk on their products.
About the Michigan Paraquat Lawsuit
Scientists have long known that paraquat, also known as Gramoxone, is toxic. Paraquat is so toxic, in fact, that a single sip of the herbicide can kill an adult. But in recent years, evidence has accumulated showing that repeated exposure to paraquat in low doses may be linked to the development of Parkinson’s disease. According to one study, exposure to paraquat increases the risk of Parkinson’s by 150 percent.
More than 60 countries have banned the use of paraquat. Despite growing health concerns and legal challenges over the herbicide’s connection to Parkinson’s the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has done little to restrict its use.
With paraquat use increasing in the U.S., agricultural workers and farmers continue to face exposure risks. Many have already filed lawsuits claiming that they developed Parkinson’s disease as a result of exposure to Paraquat and that Paraquat manufacturer Syngenta failed to warn about this serious risk.
About the Michigan Sunscreen Lawsuit
Sunscreen is a popular way to block the ultraviolet radiation associated with skin damage and protect against cancer. But the evidence is emerging that certain types of sunscreen contain benzene, a toxic chemical that’s a known human carcinogen.
Dozens of sunscreen products recently tested positive for benzene—a chemical also found in gasoline and paint thinners—leading to demands for product recalls and questions about the safety of sunscreen chemicals. These new findings suggest that people who use sunscreen in an effort to avoid skin cancer may actually be increasing their risk of developing other types of cancers. Studies show that consistent exposure to benzene, even at very low levels, is a major risk factor for blood tissue cancers such as leukemia, myeloma, and lymphoma.
If you used a sunscreen containing benzene, and have been diagnosed with cancer, you may be able to file a sunscreen cancer lawsuit. Contact us to find out if you qualify.
About the Michigan Sleep Apnea Device Lawsuit
Sleep Apnea is a condition that requires those who have it to use machines at night while they are sleeping to help them continue to breathe regularly. For many people, using these machines is a crucial treatment for their condition and it helps provide peace of mind for them and their loved ones. Choosing a Sleep Apnea machine is a huge decision for an individual who lives with the condition, and, unfortunately, there are some machines that are not working properly.
Recently, there has been a recall of several devices for one year or more that have been used for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea or for one or more respiratory conditions. Some of the patients who were using the recalled devices have suffered from one or more life-threatening illnesses or a worsening of their pre-existing symptoms.
The manufacturer of the recalled devices, Philips (Respironics), needs to be held accountable for what their products have done to the millions of users who live with Obstructive Sleep Apnea or other respiratory conditions.
The Recalled Devices
Several of the devices manufactured by Philips (Respironics) used for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea that has been recalled are listed below:
- Dreamstation (1st Generation Product Family)
- OmniLab Advanced Plus
- Dorma 400
- Dorma 500
- REMStar SE Auto
Each of the listed devices is currently being investigated for possibly causing patients to develop one or more potentially life-threatening diseases or illnesses such as lung cancer, asthma, chronic respiratory illness, kidney disease, and/or kidney cancer.
In addition to the above products, Philips (Respironics) also manufactured the following Ventilators that are used for the treatment of one or more respiratory conditions have been recalled:
- Trilogy 100
- Trilogy 200
These ventilators are currently under investigation for potentially causing a significant worsening of symptoms for those who were using them to treat their pre-existing symptoms.
What Can I Recover from a Sleep Apnea Device Lawsuit?
From a successful lawsuit, an individual could potentially win economic damages—including past and future medical bills—as well as non-economic damages for losses such as medical pain and suffering. The actual compensation a plaintiff is eligible to receive depends on the specific details of their case.
Speaking with an attorney can help you determine what damages you may be eligible for and what you need to do to proceed.
How Do I Know if I Have a Case?
Talking to an attorney can help to determine if you are one of the potential victims of Philips (Respironics) recalled devices or ventilators. Call us today for a free consultation. You don’t pay anything unless we win your case!
Get the Justice You Deserve After a Toxic Tort Injury
The Cronin Law Firm represents clients in mass tort cases involving CPAP and sleep apnea machines, toxic baby formula, Paraquat, JUUL Addiction, talcum powder, and more. We know that compensation won’t erase the damage caused by these injuries or illnesses. However, we believe anyone who has been hurt as a result of someone’s negligence deserves to have a dedicated advocate by their side.
Let our Michigan mass tort lawyers protect your rights when insurance companies, corporations, and other parties refuse to accept their responsibilities. We want to help you get the compensation and justice you deserve. Give us a call today at 248-258-3500 to speak with an attorney about your case.