In claims involving defective or dangerous consumer products, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals, there are often a lot of people suing a large company for similar problems.
Attorneys usually handle claims like these all over the United States and sometimes call them mass tort claims.
A mass tort claim is a legal action that represents several plaintiffs instead of trying each case individually in separate personal injury claims.
Depending on the lawsuit, a single mass tort claim could include victims in multiple states.
Every injury is unique, as are the damages caused by that injury. However, when a product is defective, many plaintiffs report similar injuries. Rather than filing each claim individually, a mass tort lets an attorney reach a settlement for all of the claims at once. A mass tort can be the most efficient way to get you compensated for your injuries.
Depending on your claim, a successful mass tort can also force negligent companies to set aside funds for future victims. For example, thanks to mass tort asbestos claims, a trust fund has been set up to compensate victims of the carcinogenic material who will file their claims in the future.
No. A mass tort combines your claim with similar ones, but that doesn’t mean you will receive a smaller settlement. As in a personal injury claim, your attorney will seek maximum damages for your injuries in a mass tort claim.
The damages sought in the mass tort include all damages from the individual plaintiffs. Any settlement reached will include those damages.
Below are some of the claims for which national law firms are currently seeking mass tort status. If you believe you have a case, you should reach out to an attorney now, while law firms are actively accepting new clients.
The weedkiller Roundup, popular among commercial landscapers and homeowners alike, has been linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma, and other types of cancer. In March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization, classified the active ingredient in Roundup as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
Roundup manufacturer Monsanto and Bayer, which acquired Monsanto in June 2018, have since faced around 125,000 lawsuits from cancer patients and their families. Your cumulative exposure to glyphosate, the probable carcinogen in Roundup, impacts your risk, but you may have a case even if you didn’t use Roundup in a professional capacity. Cancer patients who used Roundup extensively on their own properties have won jury awards in the tens of millions of dollars, and even billions of dollars, range.
An experienced Roundup lawsuit lawyer can review your case at no charge to determine whether it’s likely that the weedkiller caused your cancer. If so, we can pursue financial compensation at no upfront cost to your family.
The bladder drug Elmiron has been linked to severe vision problems. Some Elmiron users have ended up completely blind in one or both eyes, but even those with less extensive vision loss have experienced serious negative impacts on their lives, like losing their independence.
The type of vision damage associated with Elmiron is referred to as “pigmentary maculopathy of unknown etiology.” Maculopathy is a term for a disorder or disease of the part of the eye called the macula. Because this unique type of maculopathy is so new, having only come to light in 2019, many patients with this type of eye damage have been wrongly diagnosed with other, similar forms of maculopathy.
If you take (or previously took) Elmiron and have been diagnosed with maculopathy, it’s a good idea to revisit your diagnosis with an eye doctor familiar with the most up-to-date research on the medication’s risks. You should also see an eye doctor right away—and make your physician aware of your current or prior Elmiron use—if you’ve noticed new or worsening visual symptoms such as diminished night vision, halo vision, blind spots in otherwise normal vision, or general visual impairment.
If you think Elmiron could have played a part in your vision loss, an Elmiron lawsuit attorney can evaluate your case at no cost and tell you how to proceed.
Talc powder, found in baby powder and body powder formulas, has long been used for feminine hygiene purposes. However, decades of scientific research findings suggest that genital use of talcum powder could significantly raise your risk of developing ovarian cancer. Talc particles have even been found inside samples of ovarian tumors studied by pathologists.
Talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits have been filed as mass tort claims since 2014 and are still ongoing. At trials, cancer patients and their families have already won jury awards in the tens of millions and hundreds of millions of dollars range. A free consultation with a talc powder cancer attorney can help you determine whether you’re eligible for compensation.
Although talc powder is most closely related to ovarian cancer claims, this isn’t the only form of cancer for which individuals have successfully sued the makers of talcum powder. Cancer patients are also filing claims alleging that talc powder contaminated with asbestos caused them to develop mesothelioma.
This rare but devastating form of cancer occurs primarily due to exposure to asbestos. Most mesothelioma patients were exposed to asbestos as part of their occupation. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and haven’t worked in one of the occupations typically associated with asbestos exposure, it may be that talcum powder usage is to blame for your condition. If so, you may be able to seek compensation from the talc powder manufacturer.
An attorney can review your case at no charge to determine if you have the grounds for a talcum powder asbestos lawsuit.
When measures to repair a hernia fail due to a defective medical device, you can end up in even worse shape than before. A hernia occurs when part of an organ or tissue bulges through a weak spot or other abnormal opening in the muscle wall, usually in the abdomen—and, as a patient, you know better than anyone what a painful condition this can be.
Surgical repair is a common method of hernia treatment, and those surgeries are often performed using mesh implants. The problem is that those mesh implants can fail. When they do, they may lead to serious problems like chronic pain, organ perforation or puncture, allergic reaction, mesh erosion, and hernia recurrence.
A hernia mesh lawsuit attorney can take a look at your situation through the lens of each different aspect of hernia mesh failure and evaluate the strength of your claim. Find out where you stand and what your options are with a free, no-obligation consultation.
As new hernia mesh products are put into use, it becomes clear that some mesh implants fail more often or cause more problems than others. At times, certain implants are recalled.
Of course, dealing with a hernia mesh recall is a lot more complicated than a recall of other types of consumer products. You can’t just open your pantry or your medicine cabinet, check the item for a lot number, and toss it if it’s unsafe to use. The mesh implant has been surgically sealed into your body, and often, patients have no idea what brand or model of mesh implant was used in their procedure. To find out if the mesh used in your hernia repair surgery is under recall, you will need to dig into your medical records or, better yet, have a professional do this for you.
If you’re having problems with the site of your hernia or problems that first occurred or worsened after your surgery, definitely speak to your doctor, and consider reaching out to an attorney. We can take a look at your records, determine whether your implant is part of a hernia mesh recall, and use that information to decide how to proceed with a claim for compensation.
Even if your mesh implant hasn’t been recalled, you may still have the grounds for a claim, and you should certainly get the medical care needed to physically recover. A free consultation with an attorney is the first step to getting things back on track.
Problems with hernia mesh also arise due to infections. The risk of infection isn’t unique to hernia repair surgeries or, more specifically, to those surgeries that use a mesh implant. However, the non-absorbable material used in synthetic mesh implants may prevent antibiotics, the first-line treatment for infections, from effectively treating infections that develop in the mesh implant.
What this means is that patients who develop a hernia mesh infection must often undergo complete surgical removal of the mesh implant. This can mean reopening the wound of a patient who is still recovering from surgery or operating years later, after tissue has regrown around the mesh scaffolding that has since become infected. In either situation, dealing with a hernia mesh infection is a lot for a patient to cope with physically and financially.
If your hernia mesh became infected and you had to undergo further surgery to remove it, then it may be worth looking into a lawsuit. This ordeal has caused you to suffer needlessly. One reason why mesh implants may be recalled is because they are unusually prone to becoming infected. A hernia mesh infection attorney can find out whether the manufacturer of your hernia mesh implant created a medical device that is more likely to become infected or to fail in other ways and, if so, hold the manufacturer accountable.
One specific hernia mesh implant that has been recalled and may be the grounds for a legal claim is Versatex Monofilament Mesh, made by Sofradim Production. On April 26, 2018, the FDA announced to the general public that 699 of the Versatex Monofilament Mesh 50 x 50cm implants, listed under product number VTX5050M, were being recalled due to patient reports of post-surgical abdominal hernia recurrence.
Just because the manufacturer recalled the product in 2018 doesn’t mean all of the damage is done. If you have since begun to have problems with your hernia mesh, including recurrence that required further surgery, then you may still be able to pursue a claim against Sofradim Production for compensation. Your window of opportunity to file a claim won’t last forever, so the sooner you speak to a Versatex Monofilament Mesh attorney, the better.
Zantac, the trade name for the medication ranitidine, has been a popular prescription and over-the-counter acid reflux drug since 1984. Although Zantac has long been considered to be safe and to present few serious side effects, concerning new evidence emerged in 2019 about the medication that was, at one time, prescribed to more than 15 million patients.
Online pharmacy Valisure discovered that the drug contained unacceptably high levels of the carcinogen N-nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA. Although the FDA has since pulled all ranitidine products from the U.S. market (announcing the removal request on April 1, 2020), that doesn’t help the countless patients and consumers whose prior Zantac use exposed them to NDMA for years.
The heartburn drug Zantac has been linked to more than 20 types of cancer (either directly or through studies of NDMA’s propensity for causing cancer), including bladder cancer, colorectal cancer, and stomach cancer. If you believe your or a loved one’s cancer may have been caused by ranitidine use, you could be entitled to compensation. A Zantac cancer lawsuit attorney can help by representing you on a no-win, no-fee basis.
Essure was supposed to be a non-surgical method of permanent birth control. For women who are sure that they don’t want children in the future, having these metal implants inserted into their fallopian tubes through a non-surgical in-office procedure purported to offer a way of achieving the same results as tubal ligation surgery without the operation or the recovery time.
Unfortunately, many of the women who used Essure went on to experience some debilitating complications: chronic pain, organ perforation, device migration, allergic reactions, heavy metal toxicity, non-viable (but dangerous) ectopic pregnancies, and risky unintended pregnancies. Tens of thousands of women have filed Essure lawsuits over these and similar complications, and dozens of people—women with Essure implants, stillborn babies, and babies born alive—are reported to have died, according to the FDA.
If you have noticed persistent, life-changing problems since you had Essure implanted, you deserve to be heard and to get your life back. An Essure attorney can help you figure out the next steps, including where to turn for the medical care you need and how to proceed with a no-win, no-fee lawsuit against the manufacturer of Essure.
Small devices known as IVC filters are implanted to help protect at-risk patients from developing deadly blood clots. The problem is that these devices themselves can cause serious health issues.
An inferior vena cava filter, or IVC filter, is placed in the largest vein in the body. The purpose of this cage-like metal device is to catch blood clots before they can travel to your lungs (a condition called pulmonary embolism) or heart (a coronary thrombosis, which can cause a heart attack). A patient might have an IVC filter implanted if they have been diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism, if they have a history of one of these conditions, or if they are otherwise at risk for developing dangerous blood clots (if, for example, they are confined to a bed due to a serious injury or stroke).
Some of the complications associated with IVC filters that can lead to lawsuits include device migration, device embolization (migrating toward your heart or lungs), device fracture, and organ perforation by an errant device. You may also have the grounds for a lawsuit over device failure if the IVC filter implanted to protect you from harm due to blood clots was unsuccessful and you suffered pulmonary embolism or another dangerous medical condition as a result.
An experienced IVC filter lawsuit attorney can help you hold the manufacturer of the IVC filter accountable for the harm you suffered. It costs nothing to find out your legal rights and options.
Unlike many other forms of cancer, mesothelioma—an aggressive form of cancer with a five-year survival rate of just 10 percent—is typically caused by one thing: exposure to asbestos. This naturally occurring but carcinogenic mineral has been used in construction, insulation, and consumer goods. Around 80 percent of mesothelioma cases result from asbestos exposure, according to the American Cancer Society.
Mesothelioma can usually be traced back to occupational exposure. Many different professions are likely to expose you to asbestos, including construction work, factory work, manufacturing of insulation or gas masks, mining, mechanic work, railroad and automotive work, plumbing, electrical work, and shipbuilding. Asbestos exposure often occurs decades before a mesothelioma diagnosis, but that doesn’t mean you can’t seek compensation.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may qualify for compensation. Speak to a mesothelioma lawyer today, at no cost, to find out your legal rights and options for protecting your family.
Proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, are a type of widely used heartburn and acid reflux medication. Unfortunately, thousands of patients who used PPIs have since reported suffering kidney damage.
The medications in the PPI drug class go by many different generic names and brand names, but they all use the same basic mechanism of action to stop heartburn. PPIs work by inhibiting the function of the body’s proton pump, which produces stomach acid. Although stomach acid is necessary for digesting food, producing too much gastric acid is what causes the uncomfortable feelings of heartburn.
Because they are effective and, for a long time, were thought to cause so few serious adverse effects, PPIs are very popular in both prescription and over-the-counter forms. The popularity of these medications makes the chances of suffering acute kidney injury, acute renal failure, chronic kidney disease, and other serious conditions all the more alarming. Some users of PPIs had to undergo dialysis or a kidney transplant, and others lost their lives.
If you experienced unexplained kidney disease after taking PPIs—or if a loved one suffered life-altering kidney damage—then you may have the grounds for a proton pump inhibitor lawsuit. An attorney can review your case at no charge and help you figure out the next steps for pursuing compensation on a no-win, no-fee basis.
Prilosec, AstraZeneca’s “purple pill” for heartburn relief, is one of the most well-known PPIs on the market. The generic name for this drug is omeprazole. Despite its name recognition, Prilosec is as closely linked to kidney disease and damage as other PPIs.
With an experienced attorney on your side, you can pursue a Prilosec lawsuit to recover the compensation you need to afford rehabilitation from kidney disease.
Nexium, also made by AstraZeneca, is another well-known PPI medication. Although Nexium consists of esomeprazole instead of omeprazole, the drug works in a very similar way. That means it also poses the same risk of kidney damage and disease that other PPI medications do. If you think you may have the grounds for a Nexium lawsuit, having a free consultation with an attorney is the next step you need to take.
Blood thinners like Xarelto are meant to make it harder for your blood to clot, to protect you from potentially deadly pulmonary embolisms. However, complications like serious internal bleeding and hemorrhagic stroke (not to be confused with ischemic stroke, which is a different and more common type of stroke) have left the manufacturer of Xarelto facing tens of thousands of lawsuits.
If you, too, suffered significant harm from taking this anticoagulant medication, then you should join this legal action and recover compensation for your damages. A Xarelto lawsuit attorney can review your case for free and represent you on a no-win, no-fee basis, so there’s no downside to pursuing a claim—just accountability on the part of the manufacturer and fair compensation for what you’ve been through.
Once a hazard or risk is identified in a medication or consumer product, the first mass tort and class action claims begin. However, lawyers don’t continue filing new cases related to this danger indefinitely.
Over time, certain types of claims can become inactive, which means that none of the national lawyers in our network are currently accepting new cases of this type. This can occur once the Statute of Limitations (SOL) expires or if the mass tort is already filed and a decision needs to be made before filing additional claims.
If you’re legal matter involved one of the following situations, we are not able to accept your case at this time:
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