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A 90s supermodel sued a pharmaceutical company for $50 million

A 90s supermodel sued a pharmaceutical company for $50 million

Linda Evangelista, a Canadian supermodel from the 90s, has been featured on over 700 magazine covers throughout her career.

But for the last 5 years, she has largely lived a reclusive life.

The reason? A popular fat removing procedure that went horribly wrong!

In January 2022, 56 year old Evangelista, opened up about her condition that left her body “unrecognisable”.

In 2015, she tried CoolSculpting– a “fat-freezing” procedure that has been promoted as a noninvasive alternative to liposuction. But for Linda, the procedure had unexpected results.

After a few months, she started developing hard, bulging, painful masses under her skin and was soon diagnosed with paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH), a rare side effect of CoolSculpting in which the fatty tissue grows instead of shrinks.

Linda ended up filing a $50 million lawsuit against CoolSculpting’s parent company, Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc. She claimed she lost work and went into a cycle of depression due to the procedure.

While Linda’s case is still in courts, it draws attention to the harmful side effects of most medical products and devices.

Sometimes, they end up causing unforeseen harm to customers. But, businesses usually have a way to deal with such cases–Product Liability Insurance!

This policy helps pay compensation to customers for any bodily injury, death or property damage caused to them due to a product. Any legal expenses or defence costs can also be covered under this insurance.

Although Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc. markets and licences devices used in CoolSculpting, whether a Product Liability Insurance policy would help them in this lawsuit remains to be seen.

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