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For 35 years—between 1953 and 1987—nearly one million military service members, civilian workers, and their families lived on Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, unknowingly drinking and bathing in water that was contaminated with toxins. Oil, petrol, industrial wastewater, and other chemicals were knowingly dumped into local storm drains by the U.S. government. The water contamination at Camp Lejeune has been linked to many different serious, sometimes terminal, injuries.

Bard PowerPort lawsuits have been filed by patients across the country who claim they sustained injuries from their totally implantable vascular access device (TIVAD). Defective design of the implantable port catheter has led to fracturing, migration, or rotation after insertion for some patients, which can lead to serious infections, blood clots, other health consequences, or emergency surgery to remove the device.

Enfamil and Similac are often fed to premature babies in the NICU, however the formulas may cause a digestive problem in pre-term infants known as Necrotizing Enterocolitis, or NEC. Makers of these formulas have allegedly failed to adequately warn parents, caregivers, and the medical community of this dangerous link between their formulas and NEC when given to premature infants.

Lawsuits have been filed against Philips concerning its positive airway pressure therapy devices and mechanical ventilators. Plaintiffs claim injuries from exposure to chemicals and debris from defective PE-PUR foam within the devices, such as respiratory disease, cancer diagnoses, heart conditions, and other health issues.

TDF drugs are linked to severe side-effects such as chronic kidney disease, bone density loss and fracturing. Biotechnology company Gilead Sciences, Inc. is being sued over accusations that it withheld a safer alternative to TDF to reap profits from booming sales.

Paraquat is a toxic chemical herbicide that has been used worldwide to control weed and grass growth. Exposure to paraquat has been linked to Parkinson’s disease. Lawsuits have been filed on behalf of farmers and other workers who were exposed to paraquat and subsequently developed the central nervous system disorder. Plaintiffs claim that they were not warned of the alleged dangerous health risks associated with the herbicide.

Studies have shown that the use of talcum powder may increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer. Often termed the “silent killer,” ovarian cancer is considered one of the most deadly cancers in women. Cases have been filed nationwide against talcum powder manufacturers as well as talc mining companies who have are alleged to have failed to warn female consumers of the risks of genital dusting.

It is estimated that over 500,000 people received metal-on-metal hip implants over the last 10 years in the U.S. alone. The dangers associated with these devices—which fail at an alarming rate—are well documented. The metal-on-metal movement inside the human body can cause the release of tiny metal particles, damaging the surrounding soft tissue and bone, and sometimes entering the bloodstream causing other systemic health issues. Failure often requires revision surgery to remove or replace the implant.

Hernia mesh products such as Ethicon’s Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh and C-QUR Mesh manufactured by Atrium Medical Corporation have been associated with dangerous side-effects such as infection, severe abdominal pain, intestinal blockage, migration, and perforation, as well as hernia reoccurrence and the need for reoperation or surgical removal of the product.

ProFemur hip implants manufactured by Wright Medical or MicroPort Orthopedics have been pulled from the market due to their unexpected propensity to fracture, leading to acute injury and even death. Patients who received one of these hip implants may experience a sudden onset of severe pain, difficulty or inability to walk, or tingling sensations or numbness in the leg.

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