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Do you suspect that you or a family member has been harmed by a faulty product or side effects of a prescription medication? Some widely prescribed drugs nd defective products cause injuries to many people. In these cases, a mass tort claim may underlie an individual personal injury. If numerous people have sustained harm in a similar manner from a defective product, toxic chemical or man-made disaster, the injuries may lead to a mass product liability claim or mass tort claim. The individual lawsuits are bundled together to allow the courts to handle them more efficiently.

At the Law Offices of Frank Jenkins, we offer a free consultation to individuals in Kentucky who have questions about a product liability claim or mass tort litigation. A knowledgeable Lexington product liability attorney can review the specific facts and circumstances regarding your injury and discuss your legal options for seeking compensation. If your claim is the type of case that our mass tort attorneys handle, we will offer to represent you on a contingency fee basis. You will not have any upfront costs. We will only receive a legal fee if we obtain compensation for you through a mass torts claim.

What Are Mass Tort Claims?

Mass torts are individual civil lawsuits filed in state or federal court involving a large number of people who have been harmed by the same product such as a prescription drug, or in the same disaster. When the legal issues involving the injuries are similar, the cases may be heard together during the pre-trial proceedings.

Mass tort claims generally fall into three categories:

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Product Liability

claims involving unsafe products such as medical devices, consumer products and defective automobiles and automotive parts

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torts involving exposure to harmful chemicals in the workplace such as asbestos, environmental toxins, and construction materials containing harmful chemicals;

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Mass Disaster

torts involving man-made disasters such as commercial airplane crashes, fires or industrial plant explosions.

Through a mass tort claim, individuals who have been harmed seek compensation for their injuries and losses. The people who have been harmed are referred to as the plaintiffs and the company or companies being sued are the defendants. Mass tort cases involve complex issues. You may not realize that your injury is common to many other people until you consult with a knowledgeable attorney. Mass tort litigation cases usually require extensive research and preparation to show a product is defective and caused your injuries. It is important to work with attorneys who have experience handling mass tort litigation. Our knowledgeable attorneys at the Frank Jenkins Law Office can help you understand the issues involved, guide you through the process of a mass tort claim and keep you informed of any settlement offer.

Common Prescription Drugs and Medical Devices in Mass Tort Litigation

Many dangerous prescription drugs and medical devices that cause serious harm to users are the subject of mass tort litigation. Manufacturers have a legal obligation to make and market products that are safe when used as directed and to warn adequately of any known dangers the products may pose. When manufacturers push products onto the market that have not been adequately tested, or fail to warn of known dangers, they may be held accountable for the injuries caused. If you are meeting with an attorney, it’s a good idea to bring any information that you have about the medical device that you received or the medication that you were given that you suspect of causing your injury. Among the products commonly cited in mass tort claims are:

Defective Drugs
Drug companies should be held accountable when they fail to provide adequate warning of side effects that they knew about or should have known cause harm to patients.
Xarelto is a blood thinner prescribed for patients with atrial fibrillation as well as for patients receiving joint replacements who are at increased risk of blood clots. Xarelto is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Some patients prescribed Xarelto have suffered serious side effects, including uncontrolled internal bleeding. Patients taking Xarelto who experience unusual bleeding should contact a doctor and seek immediate medical attention.
The FDA has warned that people who take Actos, a diabetes drug which contains the active ingredient pioglitazone, for a year or longer may be at increased risk of bladder cancer. An analysis of five years of data of an ongoing study showed an increased risk of bladder cancer among patients who had taken Actos for the longest periods of time and took the highest dosages of Actos. If you have been prescribed Actos and developed bladder cancer in Kentucky, you should speak with a knowledgeable products liability attorney.
Invokana is a diabetes drug introduced onto the market in 2013 for people with type 2 diabetes. The FDA has required the manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, to strengthen the warning label on Invokana, noting a side effect of taking the drug could be loss of bone density and increased risk of bone fractures. An earlier FDA safety alert said Invokana may cause some patients to develop ketoacidosis, a condition requiring hospitalization.
The blood pressure medication has been linked to the development of a serious intestinal disorder known as sprue-like enteropathy, which affects the intestines’ ability to absorb nutrients from food. Sprue-like enteropathy causes diarrhea, weight loss, nausea and dehydration. A Mayo Clinic study that linked the development of sprue-like enteropathy has led to the filing of lawsuits. Benicar is the brand name for the blood pressure medication olmesartan medoxomil.
Defective Medical Devices and Other Products
Manufacturers have an obligation to make and market products that are safe when used as intended and to warn adequately of any known dangers the product may pose. When manufacturers push products onto the market that have not been adequately tested or fail to warn of known dangers, they may be held accountable for the injuries caused.
IVC Filter
IVC filters may be implanted in patients who are at risk of developing blood clots and who cannot take anticoagulant medications. The filters are tiny cage-like devices placed in a major vein that carries blood from the legs to the heart. The filters trap the blood clots before they reach the lungs and heart. There have been hundreds of reports of problems associated with IVC filters including filters puncturing a vein, shifting in place, blockages and embolisms caused by movement of a piece of the filter to the lungs.
Morcellators are medical power tools used during minimally invasive surgical procedures such as hysterectomies to grind up tissue into fragments so it can be removed through a small incision. The FDA in 2014 warned against the use of power morcellators in most hysterectomy or myomectomy procedures, saying the tools posed a risk of spreading unsuspected uterine cancer cells inside the patient’s body. The FDA said the use of morcellators during procedures to remove uterine fibroids may spread cancer.
Asbestos was used in many building materials, automotive parts and insulation materials through the 1970s. Exposure to asbestos by inhaling microscopic asbestos fibers can cause mesothelioma, an incurable cancer of the lining of the lungs or abdomen. Exposure to asbestos is most common in the workplace. Family members of workers who brought asbestos fibers home on their clothing also may develop mesothelioma. Symptoms of mesothelioma typically appear 20 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos. Asbestos manufacturers may be held responsible for harm their product causes families.

Contact a Kentucky Mass Tort Claim Lawyer

If you or your loved one has been harmed by a dangerous product, a product liability attorney at Frank Jenkins Law Offices in Lexington can review your case and help you seek the compensation that you deserve after an injury. There is no charge for the initial consultation. If we represent you, we will not charge any legal fee unless we obtain compensation for you.

At Frank Jenkins Law Office, based in Lexington, Kentucky, we provide a free consultation to individuals who have questions about product liability and mass tort claims. A knowledgeable attorney can sit down with you and review the specific facts and circumstances regarding your injury and advise you of your legal options. We are committed to assisting clients throughout Kentucky seek full compensation for injuries caused by defective products and dangerous drugs.