It can be painful and frustrating when the very things that are supposed to heal you do the exact opposite. When manufacturers fail to adequately warn of potential side effects, or sell products that are defective and dangerous, they must be held accountable for their negligence. A mass tort action can help you seek compensation for your damages and protect others from future injuries.
If you’ve been injured by faulty medical devices or inadequately labeled medications, the mass tort attorneys of Portner & Shure can help. Contact us today online or at (410) 995-1515 or (301) 854-9000 in Maryland, (703) 916-1227 in Virginia or (202) 554-1449 in Washington, D.C. to schedule your free consultation. Everyone deserves justice, which is why we proudly include Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese Chinese speaking paralegals among our dedicated legal team. We welcome clients from Baltimore, counties throughout Maryland, Richmond and other areas of Virginia and DC.
What Is a Mass Tort?
Mass torts involve several injured plaintiffs whose injuries are alleged to have been caused by the same corporate defendants. Mass tort actions are different from class action lawsuits because in a mass tort lawsuit, each plaintiff is treated as an individual instead of as part of an entire group. Therefore, if one plaintiff lacks the necessary facts to successfully sue in a mass tort action, then that plaintiff will not be successful.
Active Drug Injury Investigations and Litigation
When you take a prescribed or over-the-counter drug, you trust it will be effective and safe. You would certainly never expect the drug to cause more harm than good. If medications are known to be defective, drug companies should not profit by selling them. Current drug injury investigations and litigation include:
Nexium and Prilosec OTC
We’ve all seen the commercials: "one pill a day, 24 hours, zero heartburn!" These medications, such as Nexium and Prilosec OTC, are advertised as safe and effective, but harbor serious, life-threatening side effects.
Medications such as Nexium and Prilosec OTC are proton-pump inhibitors (PPI) that are used to treat acid reflux, heartburn, ulcers and gastrointestinal problems. While PPI meds tend to work well for their intended use, overuse of these drugs can result in serious side effects that many users are not made aware of. Since warning labels do not adequately warn about potential risks associated with long-term use, many users continue to use PPI meds for several years.
Proton-pump inhibitors increase the risk of severe kidney injury, including:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Renal/kidney failure
- Acute interstitial nephritis
- Increased risk of heart attack by 15-20%
More than 15 million people use Nexium and Prilosec OTC, making them some of the most popular medications in America. Prilosec OTC was developed in 1989 as a prescription drug; currently is an over-the-counter drug. Nexium was developed in 2001, and in 2014, the FDA required the drug manufacturer to include new warnings because it was not approved for long-term use.
Invokana is a relatively new diabetes drug, introduced in 2013 for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes. The drug is designed to lower blood glucose levels by inhibiting some kidney functions. It is the only Type 2 diabetes drug that uses the kidneys and allows a high level of glucose to enter them.
Use of this drug can cause:
- Kidney failure: suffered within 45 days of last use of the drug
- Diabetic Ketoacidosis: suffered within 15 days of last use of the drug
- Heart attack: suffered within 15 days of last use of the drug
Drug manufacturer Johnson & Johnson withheld the risks of Invokana use from consumers. Since it has been on the market, numerous reports of complications and serious side effects have occurred, the most common being an accumulation of high levels of acid.
In 2015, new warnings were required by the FDA to alert users of the side effects.
Active Investigations and Litigation of Medical Devices
Every year, millions of medical devices are transplanted, attached or used to help patients live longer, more rewarding lives. However, when these devices are somehow defective, they can put you at risk of more severe and debilitating injuries and cause even more health problems. Active investigations and litigation of medical devices include:
Introduced in 2002, Essure is a medical device that is advertised as a surgery-free and hormone-free method of permanent irreversible birth control for women. Since its introduction, there have been thousands of reports of complications, including:
- Chronic pain
- Allergic reactions to nickel
- Ectopic pregnancies
In addition, there have been nearly 300 fetal deaths related to Essure.
In 2016, the FDA required Essure’s manufacturer, Bayer AG, to undertake new safety studies on its device due to these numerous accounts of complications.
The inferior vena cava (IVC) is a large vein in the body that carries deoxygenated blood to the heart. An IVC filter is a medical device that is implanted in the inferior vena cava top to prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs.
Numerous complications have occurred as a result of using the device, including:
- Heart injury
- Lung injury
- Wrongful death
Contact Our Top-Rated Attorneys Today
The mass tort attorneys at Portner & Shure are committed to providing effective, aggressive legal representation to clients from Washington D.C., Baltimore and counties throughout Maryland, Northern Virginia and Richmond. To schedule your no-cost consultation, please contact us today by completing the form on this page or calling (410) 995-1515 or (301) 854-9000 in Maryland, (703) 916-1227 in Virginia or (202) 554-1449 in DC. Our experienced legal team includes paralegals fluent in Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese Chinese. We work on a contingency basis, which means that we don’t get paid unless your case is successful.