Mass torts occur when careless or wrongful actions injure many people in a similar manner. Often, mass torts are associated with products released on the market that prove harmful to people who use them. Albuquerque mass tort attorney Paul Dominguez assists victims who have been harmed by a defective product with pursuing the compensation that they deserve from liable parties. Mass torts effectively allow multiple victims to pursue litigation so that the proper defendants are held accountable for the harm that they cause. If you or a loved one has suffered a severe side effect after taking a defective drug, or if you have been injured due to complications from a defective surgical device, you should retain a product liability lawyer to help you seek damages.Ongoing Mass Tort Claims
In New Mexico, product manufacturers may be held strictly liable for any harm that results from a product that poses an unreasonable risk of injury, when that product is used as intended. Many medications include a risk of side effects, some of which are more serious than others. However, when drug manufacturers fail to warn patients of a known risk or put a medication on the market with a side effect that is more dangerous than it needs to be, those manufacturers are responsible for the injuries that result. Mass tort litigation has been initiated for claims associated with the following potentially dangerous medications.Xarelto
Xarelto is a blood-thinning medication prescribed as an anticoagulant. Side effects reported to be associated with Xarelto include uncontrollable bleeding, hematomas, pulmonary embolisms, and cerebrovascular problems. Additionally, there have been 151 fatalities linked to Xarelto use. Claims against Xarelto manufacturers allege that they failed to adequately test the medication for adverse effects, as well as actively concealed the risk of severe, uncontrollable bleeding from the public.Taxotere
Taxotere is a chemotherapy drug used to treat cancer patients in order to stop cancer cells from spreading. Taxotere, a type of taxane, has been related to permanent alopecia, or hair loss, for patients who have been given the drug. Despite knowledge of this high risk starting in 2005, manufacturers of Taxotere failed to issue warnings of permanent hair loss until 10 years later.Invokana
Patients suffering from type 2 diabetes are prescribed Invokana in order to regulate their blood sugar levels. Since its release, however, the Federal Drug Administration has received reports indicating that Invokana has led to an increased risk of ketoacidosis, kidney failure, and other serious side effects in patients taking the medication. Claims against manufacturer Janssen Pharmaceutical state that it knew of these increased risks but, in an effort to drive profits, did not disclose the side effects.
In addition to these medications, thousands of lawsuits have been also brought against manufacturers of the following drugs, which had knowledge of a high risk of injuries associated with their products:
- Oral contraceptives Yaz and Yasmin;
- Diabetes drug Avandia; and
- Fosamax, used to treat symptoms of osteoporosis.
Our mass tort lawyer can help Albuquerque residents pursue claims based on any of these drugs.Defective Medical Devices and Other Products
Defects in design occur when a product’s basic blueprint is inherently flawed, making the product itself dangerous to users. Medical devices and related consumer products are especially harmful if they are defective, since they are used to treat an already ailing individual. Inferior vena cava filters (IVC filters), devices used to prevent blood clots from forming in the lungs, were introduced into the market in 2005 as a treatment for patients who have a high risk of pulmonary embolism but are unable to take blood-thinning medication. Over the years, patients treated with IVC filters have suffered hemorrhaging, perforated organs, and even fatalities, due to the devices’ tendency to migrate and fracture. These reports have led to warnings by the FDA regarding the permanent placement of IVC filters in patients, as well as recommendations that filters be removed if possible. Despite these warnings and recommendations, IVC filter manufacturers failed to disclose the serious complications associated with the devices, leading to additional injuries for which legal actions have been pursued.
After recalls of the DePuy Hip Implant System and reports of failures regarding Zimmer’s NextGen Knee Implants, both have been subject to mass tort litigation. Additionally, multiple lawsuits have been pursued against companies that have marketed talcum powder-based products for use in feminine hygiene, since there have been substantial studies indicating that those products are linked to a higher rate of ovarian cancer in women.Consult a Mass Tort Attorney in the Albuquerque Area
If you have been injured by a side effect or complication due to one of these products, defective drug lawyer Paul Dominguez is available to discuss your claims. Our firm works with clients from the beginning to the end of their legal journeys, making sure that their interests are served throughout litigation. Call today at (505) 850-5854 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation with an Albuquerque mass tort lawyer.