In the 1970s Johnson & Johnson manufactured an intrauterine birth control device (IUD) called the Dalkon Shield. “THE STORY OF THE DAL-kon Shield is a story of loss and suffering and bitterness and pain. It is a story of individual heartbreak and corporate defeat. And it is a story that points up the difference between science and law.” Tens of thousands of intended users developed serious health consequences from this product raging from pelvic inflammatory disease, to infertility, to suffering wrongful death. It turned out that there were memos issued from the research department warning the company that such risks were apparent but nevertheless, Johnson & Johnson made the calculated risk to go ahead and distribute these products at the expense of women’s health and lives – driven by corporate greed.
There are countless cases of corporations knowingly placing defective products before the intended users simply to make ridiculous sums of money at the risk of the consumers’ health and lives. While no single industry need be particularly vilified, it would be hard not to point the finger of scorn at the tobacco industry. Just how many lives have been lost and how many Florida loved ones have been affected by that industry alone may never truly be counted.
The point of these blogs is to identify the importance of having checks and balances in a functioning society and to identify the role that Plaintiffs Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Attorneys play in protecting and championing the lives of Florida victims of products liability injury.
While industry seems to be an unbeatable opponent for the average victim to attempt to hold accountable for, Fort Lauderdale and Florida victims of defective products should know that in our great state of Florida and our great country of the United States of America, each of us are as powerful as the largest corporation standing before a jury of our peers.