Every morning, our Arkansas personal injury lawyers take the time to read updates on current class action lawsuits. It’s important that we stay abreast of any breaking news in the personal injury arena. This way, we can protect our clients’ rights and keep them posted as well.
Here, we’ll discuss some of the important class action lawsuits going on right now. For the most part, the cases discussed here have been pending for years. For some cases, such as the mesothelioma class action lawsuits, litigation has been ongoing for decades.
If you feel that you may qualify to join one of the class action lawsuits discussed here, give us a call. We can schedule a time for you to come in and meet with one of our Arkansas personal injury lawyers right away.
Most of the class action cases of any import involve dangerous drugs or defective medical devices. If you watch any television, then you have certainly seen at least a dozen different major class action lawsuits mentioned. It seems that most class action lawyers in the U.S. take the time to produce a commercial promising to get their clients millions of dollars. While we can’t and won’t make that kind of promise, we can certainly provide you with updates on some of the more important class action cases going on today.
As mentioned briefly above, our Arkansas personal injury lawyers like to stay posted on any progress made in these class action lawsuits. Not only are we interested in seeing when these cases settle or go to trial, but it’s vitally important that we know what’s going on with these cases. Decisions made in one class action case can directly and indirectly impact other cases.
One of the more recent class action lawsuits that have been filed in the U.S. are those involving 3M earplugs. These were earplugs provided to members of the military. They were intended to protect them from loud noises, especially while they were in combat. Unfortunately, the way these earplugs were designed caused them to become loose in soldiers’ ears. This exposed the sensitive parts of their ears to tremendous noises. Plaintiffs in these cases have demanded compensation for serious hearing damage caused by these defective earplugs. Both veterans and active members of the military have joined this class.
Lisinopril is a drug meant to help people with high blood pressure and heart issues. When the drug hit the market, the manufacturers didn’t disclose that there were serious adverse effects of the drug.
The plaintiffs in the Lisinopril class action have complained of the following issues:
The plaintiffs in this class action lawsuit are looking for compensation for their injuries as well as money to cover any future medical care they may need.
For decades, people have been complaining about the dangers of asbestos. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until the 1970s. In fact, even though people knew how dangerous it was and the fact that it caused cancer, they continued to use it. The government didn’t officially ban all uses of asbestos until 2003. This means that there are thousands of people who are still being diagnosed with mesothelioma – a cancer commonly caused by exposure to asbestos. Sadly, almost everybody diagnosed with mesothelioma pass away from the illness. Any compensation they or their family receive is in vain as most victims pass away before their cases are resolved.
When women are diagnosed with ovarian or breast cancer, they are usually advised that they’ll need to undergo chemotherapy. A side effect of chemotherapy is hair loss. Many times, this hair loss is permanent. Sanofi-Aventis created a drug called Taxotere that was supposed to prevent women from losing their hair during treatment. The problem is that the manufacturer knew that the drug did indeed cause permanent hair loss. They lied to their patients, doctors, and the public. The pending lawsuits are demanding compensation for the victims. So far, there are more than 15,000 cases filed.
Most people who have high cholesterol have heard of Lipitor. It is one of the most popular and most often prescribed treatments for high cholesterol. The problem with the drug is that the manufacturer failed to warn people that the drug could cause the onset of Type-2 diabetes. People who were already at risk of cardiovascular issues were now dealing with diabetes as well. Pfizer, the manufacturer of the drug, was allegedly aware of this risk but failed to warn anybody of it.
The way class action lawsuits work is that not everybody settles their case at the same time. Usually, when the defendant first offers a settlement, only some of the class action lawyers involved in the case accept the offer. Many attorneys feel that the offer is too low, especially in cases with thousands of plaintiffs. While some of the cases discussed here have seen some settlements, they all currently still have open cases pending. For many of these dangerous drugs and medical devices, the window is still open for new plaintiffs.
If you believe you have been injured by a defective medical device or dangerous drug, contact our office right away. Our Arkansas personal injury lawyers meet with clients every week who wonder if they qualify to join one of the current class action lawsuits. When you meet with one of our attorneys, they can review your case and let you know what options you have available to you.
Since we offer all new clients a free, initial consultation, it’s worth meeting with an experienced Arkansas personal injury lawyer. If they decide your case has merit, they may be willing to handle your case. If you have suffered a legitimate injury or illness due to a medical device or medication, you deserve compensation. Our class action lawyers can certainly help you pursue the damages you deserve.