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Can You Sue the VA? Know Your Rights

Can You Sue the VA? Know Your Rights

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers healthcare to U.S. military veterans and their dependents. The VA offers a range of medical services similar to any other healthcare provider. You might wonder if you can also sue the VA for medical malpractice. VA patients have many of the same protections as patients at private medical facilities, even though the VA is a government agency. If staff are negligent or don’t reach a reasonable standard of care, it may be possible to file a medical malpractice suit.

A Guide To Defective Medical Device Lawsuits

A Guide To Defective Medical Device Lawsuits

Every medication or medical device that hits the consumer market has to go through extensive testing and review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The vast majority issued to patients are safe; however, defects and unexpected complications can occur. When patients are harmed by medical devices or prescriptions that they thought were safe, the companies that make these products can be held liable. Product liability laws are designed to protect people from harm caused by companies.

GLP-1 Agonists: Drug Facts and Medication Side Effects

GLP-1 Agonists: Drug Facts and Medication Side Effects

The past few years have seen a spike in prescriptions for Ozempic and Wegovy, two GLP-1 agonist injections that are used to treat type 2 diabetes. However, these medications aren’t necessarily being used by diabetics. They have become a popular choice for weight loss because they also work as appetite suppressants. One study found there were 1.9 billion claims from private insurers to cover GLP-1 medications in 2023 alone. In Kentucky, the state with the highest use of Ozempic and Wegovy, 21 patients were prescribed this medication for every 1,000 residents.

Products Liability Laws Explained

Products Liability Laws Explained

As a consumer, you must rely on manufacturers to provide safe and effective products. Most companies strive to meet safety and quality standards to maintain their reputation and appease customers. In most cases, you are responsible as a consumer for researching products and finding those that meet your expectations. However, manufacturers and sellers must provide products that meet minimum safety standards. They may face legal consequences if they do not.

What Is the Average Mass Tort Settlement Amount?

What Is the Average Mass Tort Settlement Amount?

A mass tort is a way for a large group of people to seek justice against an entity that harmed them. Plaintiffs can come together as a group and receive compensation for the pain and suffering they experienced. Not only will mass tort settlement amounts vary from one case to another, but they can even vary based on the individuals involved in the case. However, it is still important for plaintiffs to understand how much they can win.

Can a Lawyer Negotiate Your Medical Bills and How Much?

Can a Lawyer Negotiate Your Medical Bills and How Much?

Medical debt is shockingly common in the United States. One study found 55% of Americans have some form of medical debt, while 25% owe $10,000 or more. If you recently received medical treatment and are worried about your bill, you may be able to negotiate a lower rate with the help of legal counsel. Lawyers have extensive experience working with medical billing offices and can better understand what the hospital is trying to charge you. They might be able to prevent you from falling into debt as a result of your medical emergency or treatment. It’s possible to negotiate your medical bills and the right legal team can make this possible. Learn how a lawyer can potentially reduce your medical costs.

Everything You Need To Know About Product Manufacturing Defects

Everything You Need To Know About Product Manufacturing Defects

Consumers trust manufacturers and retailers to deliver products that meet quality and safety standards. As a consumer, you typically expect properly designed and thoroughly tested products and you make purchases trusting that you won’t be harmed when using the product. However, there are sometimes errors during the design or manufacturing of certain goods. These problems can lead to defective products being put on store shelves.

What Is a Toxic Tort? (And Notable Cases)

What Is a Toxic Tort? (And Notable Cases)

Toxic chemicals have been used throughout history for various purposes. In the 19th and 20th centuries, industries used these harmful substances without knowledge of their toxicity. For instance, asbestos was highly valued for its insulative and fire-resistant properties. It found its way into building materials and even firefighters’ uniforms. It wasn’t until the 1970s that people became aware that it was a carcinogen. The use of various pesticides and herbicides followed a similar pattern, with harmful health effects only becoming evident after decades of use.

Ozempic For Weight Loss: What You Need To Know

Ozempic For Weight Loss: What You Need To Know

Legally ReviewedThis article has been written and reviewed for legal accuracy and clarity by Tort Defenders’ writers and staff and is as accurate as possible. This content should not be taken as legal advice from an attorney. The use of Ozempic as a weight loss drug continues to soar in popularity in the United States. […]

Navigating Wrongful Death Settlements

Navigating Wrongful Death Settlements

Wrongful death occurs when someone dies because of the negligence of another individual or party. These cases can be complex to work through and highly emotional for the plaintiffs involved. The loved ones who are seeking compensation for the wrongful death are often still going through the grieving process. During the case, they have to relive the painful details that led to the loss of life of the person they held so dear.

Guide To Proving Negligence in Court

Guide To Proving Negligence in Court

In legal terms, negligence means that an individual or organization failed to provide a level of care that a reasonable person would expect. Negligence can occur when someone fails to shovel their driveway, creating an icy path to walk on. Businesses can be negligent when they fail to provide safe environments for employees or sell potentially unsafe products. At first glance, negligence seems like a basic legal term; however, proving that a party was negligent is a complicated process. Learning about negligence can help you better prove it in court. Here’s what you need to know.

What Is A Mass Tort? Learn The Basics

What Is A Mass Tort? Learn The Basics

A mass tort is a lawsuit brought against an individual or an organization for causing harm to a group of people. The plaintiffs claim that a single act by the defendant caused them all harm. The plaintiffs, through the mass tort, are seeking damages caused by the negligence of the defendant. Mass torts are different from class action lawsuits and can be a powerful way to seek justice against a company or individual who has harmed others. Learn more about these cases and explore some current examples of mass tort suits in the media.

Mass Tort vs. Class Action: What’s the Difference?

Mass Tort vs. Class Action: What’s the Difference?

When a business or other entity acts in a manner that harms a group of people, the victims of the negligent actions can bring a suit against the company. It is often easier for several parties to bring a single case against an entity so the victims can band together and pool their legal resources. There are multiple ways to bring a case against a negligent entity, as victims can either form a class action lawsuit or a mass tort.

How Much Time Does It Take To Settle a Class Action Lawsuit?

How Much Time Does It Take To Settle a Class Action Lawsuit?

Class action lawsuits allow people with similar complaints to sue a person or organization as a group. These civil suits allow the group to bring the complaint together, strengthening the argument for wrongful treatment or negligence and lowering the cost of the case. The timeframe for class action lawsuits varies. The process can take two or three years. However, appeals and other legal steps can lengthen the process. Also, the complexity of the case and the number of plaintiffs who join the class action suit could play a role.

8 Simple Habits That Can Help You Live Longer and Happier

8 Simple Habits That Can Help You Live Longer and Happier

Every choice you make throughout the day impacts your health. Small lifestyle changes, like drinking a glass of water with dinner, going for walks around your neighborhood, and making informed nutrition choices for you and your family, can add up and significantly change how you feel. When these healthy choices become long-term habits, you can feel good and navigate life more comfortably.

9 Common Undiagnosed Medical Conditions

9 Common Undiagnosed Medical Conditions

The CDC estimates that six in 10 adults experience at least one chronic illness. Many of these illnesses go undetected, making treatment more difficult and limiting the changes for positive long-term outcomes. Early disease detection can be important for diseases like cancer that respond to early treatment but are often incurable in later stages. Routine checkups can also detect manageable conditions, like asthma or hypertension, that you can treat effectively after a correct diagnosis.

Guide To Supporting a Loved One Battling Cancer

Guide To Supporting a Loved One Battling Cancer

A cancer diagnosis can send ripple effects through a person’s life. Your loved one has to adjust to physical changes in their body as they go through treatment and fight this disease,  and contend with emotional distress, mental stress, and various other emotions from one day to the next. While your focus is on your loved one, know that you also deserve support as a caregiver.

8 Proven Ways To Reduce Your Risk of Cancer

8 Proven Ways To Reduce Your Risk of Cancer

The world is facing a significant rise in cancer cases. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an agency within the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer rates are expected to jump by 77% by 2050. The dramatic prediction is due to a combination of factors.

Traditional Products and Remedies That We Now Know Are Dangerous for Babies

Traditional Products and Remedies That We Now Know Are Dangerous for Babies

Societal knowledge of baby care continues to improve as researchers develop better ways to support our littlest humans. Gone are the days of old wives’ tales and miracle cures that actually harmed infants. Few people, for example, would consider putting whiskey on the gums of teething babies to numb them when there are safer options available.

Unexpected Ways That Military Service Can Negatively Affect Your Health

Unexpected Ways That Military Service Can Negatively Affect Your Health

People join the military for a variety of reasons. Some want to serve their country while others view the organization as an opportunity for career and financial advancement. However, many of these perceived benefits come with risks. Even if they don’t see live combat, service members can experience a host of problems ranging from physical injuries to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from the stress. 

8 Common Household Products That Can Have Dangerous Health Effects

8 Common Household Products That Can Have Dangerous Health Effects

Some of the household products we use every day have chemicals that are potentially hazardous to health. A study by the University of California, Berkeley found that 75% of the products that emit the highest levels of cancer-causing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are common household cleaners. The list included some products marketed as “green” cleaners. 

Most Dangerous Products You Have In Your Home

Most Dangerous Products You Have In Your Home

Some common household products carry hidden risks that can compromise your health. You use these items without a second thought as you go about your daily routine. However, it’s important to pause and consider their potential impacts on your and your loved ones’ well-being.

5 Unexpected Ways That Water Quality Can Affect Your Health

5 Unexpected Ways That Water Quality Can Affect Your Health

Human beings need water for survival. However, in parts of the world, water is contaminated and unsafe for drinking, cooking, cleaning, or using for other daily tasks. According to the United Nations, one in six people don’t have access to clean drinking water, and 80% of all illnesses in the developing world are linked to water. 

9 Known Carcinogens That Are Found in Everyday Products

9 Known Carcinogens That Are Found in Everyday Products

While lifestyle choices and family health history can increase your risk of developing cancers, contact with certain substances can also cause the illness. Studies have linked these substances, known as carcinogens, with an increased risk of cancer. 

Tired All the Time? Here Are 10 Possible Reasons Why

Tired All the Time? Here Are 10 Possible Reasons Why

According to a study published by the National Institute of Health, 18.3% of respondents reported struggling with excessive daytime sleepiness. However, this issue is thought to be even more common than that among the general population of US adults. Countless Americans feel tired all the time as a result of physical, mental, and lifestyle factors.

The Reasons Behind Racial Disparities in Cancer Survival

The Reasons Behind Racial Disparities in Cancer Survival

Race is a significant indicator of the likelihood of developing cancer and the chances that it will be caught early on. The American Cancer Society (ACA) found that women of color have higher rates of all major types of cancer than white women. People of color are also less likely to receive early-stage cancer diagnoses, which are easier to treat and have higher levels of treatment success. Instead, they are more likely to receive late-stage diagnoses because of missed screenings. 

The Impact of Poor Air Quality on Health: Risks & Solutions

The Impact of Poor Air Quality on Health: Risks & Solutions

The air you breathe has a significant impact on your health. Whether you are walking your dog in a nearby nature preserve or reading a book at home, pollutants in the air can impact comfort levels and long-term health. Pollution levels have skyrocketed in recent decades due to a rise in fossil fuel consumption and the use of dangerous chemicals like pesticides and fertilizers.

The Debate on Glyphosate: Is This Herbicide Harmful to Humans?

The Debate on Glyphosate: Is This Herbicide Harmful to Humans?

Glyphosate is a popular herbicide that is found in a variety of weedkillers. While it is an effective chemical, there is a lot of debate within the scientific community as to whether or not it is safe for humans to use. Currently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans. However, several studies have found this to be incorrect. Learn more about this chemical and the debate surrounding it.   

PFAS Mass Tort Lawsuit Overview and Updates

PFAS Mass Tort Lawsuit Overview and Updates

Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are chemicals that break down slowly over time, giving them the nickname “forever chemicals.” Because they are widely used and don’t disintegrate, PFAS are found in the bloodstreams of humans and animals, along with the air, water, and soil. Studies increasingly prove a connection between exposure to PFAS and health complications, which has driven some individuals and municipalities to sue companies over PFAS contamination. 

What Are Presumptive Conditions Under the PACT Act?

What Are Presumptive Conditions Under the PACT Act?

A presumptive condition is a disease or condition that the government presumes occurred because of the veteran’s military service. If a veteran develops a presumptive condition, they do not need to prove that it was caused by their service and can directly seek compensation because of it. 

Roundup Cancer Lawsuit: Overview and Important Updates

Roundup Cancer Lawsuit: Overview and Important Updates

Roundup is a popular weedkiller in the United States. From farmers to backyard gardeners, people from all walks of life use up to 280 million pounds of the product every year to spray and kill unwanted plants in the yard. This is viewed as an easier and more permanent solution than manually pulling weeds. 

Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune: History and Health Issues

Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune: History and Health Issues

Camp Lejeune is a Marine Corps base in North Carolina. It is a large facility, covering 233 square miles. Established after World War II, the facility houses more than 100,000 military members, contractors, families, and support service personnel. 

The Link Between Hair Straighteners and Ovarian Cancer

The Link Between Hair Straighteners and Ovarian Cancer

Hair straighteners and relaxers are chemicals applied to the base of the scalp to ensure new growth straightens as it matures. These products have been popular in the Black community since the early 1900s as a way to maintain hair texture and avoid heat-based treatments. 

What Is the Camp Lejeune Justice Act?

What Is the Camp Lejeune Justice Act?

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act (CLJA) of 2022 is part of a larger bill signed by President Joe Biden. The larger bill, Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act, is meant to protect veterans exposed to harmful toxins while serving. 

Is Roundup Weed Killer Safe, or Can It Cause Cancer?

Is Roundup Weed Killer Safe, or Can It Cause Cancer?

Roundup is one of the most popular herbicide products in the US. Its active ingredient is glyphosate, a non-selective herbicide that kills most forms of plants and grasses. Glyphosate is extremely popular in agriculture and landscaping.

Ozempic Lawsuit: Overview and Updates

Ozempic Lawsuit: Overview and Updates

Ozempic has been called the worst-kept secret in Hollywood as celebrities and influencers turn to this drug to lose weight. However, this isn’t just a medication for the rich and famous. People from all walks of life have started using Ozempic and similar injections to control their weight. Novo Nordisk, the maker of Ozempic and Wegovy, reached a market value of $506 billion in 2024 because of demand for its products.     

Camp Lejeune Lawsuit: Overview and Updates

Camp Lejeune Lawsuit: Overview and Updates

Military personnel and their family members who were stationed at Camp Lejeune during the period of water contamination had a 20% higher risk of developing a variety of cancers than those stationed elsewhere. Per the terms of the Camp Lejeune lawsuit, victims and family members who have been affected by water contamination and Camp Lejeune may be entitled to compensation.

What Cancers Are Included in the Roundup Lawsuit?

What Cancers Are Included in the Roundup Lawsuit?

Roundup is one of the most popular weed killers in the United States, but recent concerns about a link between Roundup and cancer have led to a slew of lawsuits. Since 2018, thousands of plaintiffs have sued Bayer and Monsanto, alleging that using Roundup products caused them to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other cancers. Many payouts are substantial, with Bayer offering $10.9 billion to settle around 100,000 claims in 2020.

Talcum Powder & Cancer Risks

Talcum Powder & Cancer Risks

If you regularly use talcum powder, you may be worried about a potential connection between talcum powder and cancer. Scientists are still investigating the link between this common cosmetic product and ovarian and lung cancer. It’s now known that several popular talcum powder brands contained asbestos fibers until relatively recently. 

Health Issues Related to Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

Health Issues Related to Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

The water contamination that occurred at Camp Lejeune from 1953-1987 has been an ongoing legal battle since the first civil action was filed in 1999. Probing investigation showed the water was contaminated with industrial solvents, benzene and other chemicals from leaking fuel tanks, industrial activities on base, and waste disposal sites. An estimated 1 million Marines and family members living or working at Camp Lejeune during this period were exposed. Plaintiffs in the case allege the contamination caused various health problems, including leukemia, liver cancer, miscarriages and birth defects.

Do CPAP Machines Cause Cancer?

Do CPAP Machines Cause Cancer?

For those diagnosed with sleep apnea or experiencing symptoms that may be preventing deep sleep, a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machine is often prescribed. These are commonly used to treat sleep apnea by providing a constant airflow to keep the airway open. They don’t provide oxygen, only air pressure. This prevents pauses in breathing during sleep, which in turn, improves oxygen levels and sleep quality. Treating sleep apnea helps maintain heart health and daytime energy and helps avoid long-term complications.

Chemical Hair Straighteners & Cancer Risks

Chemical Hair Straighteners & Cancer Risks

Frequent users of chemical hair straighteners may be at increased risk of certain forms of cancer, according to a recent study from researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health. If you have been exposed to harmful chemicals through the use of chemical hair straighteners and have been adversely affected, you may be eligible for compensation.

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