Medical Monitoring

When you can’t prove a current injury but can prove that, because of the fault of another, you need to be regularly followed by a health care provider you seek damages for “medical monitoring.” The claim arises is toxic tort and products liability cases.

In a case of first impression, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Tennessee law would recognize a cause of action for medical monitoring. The court said “there is something to be said for disease prevention, as opposed to disease treatment. Waiting for a plaintiff to suffer physical injury before allowing any redress whatsoever is both overly harsh and economically inefficient.” (Emphasis supplied). The case, Sutton v. St. Jude Medical S.C., Inc., was brought as a class action on behalf of a proposed class of persons who underwent cardiac by[ass surgery using a medical device called the Symmetry Bypass System Connector.

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