Austin and Dallas personal injury and class action attorneys at Wilson Trosclair & Lovins understand that your injures are sometimes the result of irresponsible corporate decisions that affect thousands of people. These types of cases are commonly referred to as mass torts or class actions. We have years of experience representing individuals in various mass torts and class actions involving bad drugs, defective medical devices, wage disputes, consumer fraud, internet privacy, and whistle blower claims. We understand the enormity of the injuries suffered by our clients in these types of cases, and we also understand that it is important to stand up to companies that put their profits above the rights and safety of citizens. As such, our goal is to make sure that you are adequately compensated for your injuries and that corporate bad behavior is stopped so that others do not have to suffer in the future.
BAD DRUGS AND FAULTY MEDICAL DEVICES
Bad drugs and faulty medical devices cause thousands of serious injuries and deaths every year. Simply because a pharmaceutical drug or device has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, it does not mean that it is safe. All too often bad drugs enter the market because dangerous side effects are withheld from the FDA by drug companies in an effort to get their product to market as quickly as possible. In the constant rush to get the next best cure or treatment to market, drug and medical device developers often put profit ahead of consumer safety.
As a result, serious injuries caused by bad drugs and defective medical devices are increasing. It’s important to understand that FDA approval does not mean a drug is without risks and side effects. Approval may have been based on faulty information, as is commonly the case in bad drug litigation. Moreover, even when the FDA recalls a drug, it is too little too late for many consumers who used the bad drug for years. Defective drugs and medical devices can result in serious health risks, severe injuries, permanent disabilities, and unnecessary hospitalizations. In regards to defective medical devices specifically, patients often find themselves enduring medical procedures that are more invasive and risky then was necessary to install the defective medical device in the first place. Drug manufacturers and medical device developers are not above the law. They have a duty to you, the consumer, to make sure their products are safe and that adequate warnings are provided for known risks. When they fail to satisfy their duties to consumers, these companies need to be held responsible. The Austin and Dallas class action attorneys at Wilson Trosclair & Lovins have the experience and resources necessary to hold these corporations responsible for their wrong deeds. To that end, we are currently investigating claims related to the following defective drugs and medical devices:
- ACTOS: If you have used Actos and have been diagnosed with bladder cancer, contact us today at 214-484-1930 because you may be entitled to compensation. Actos is a commonly prescribed drug used to treat Type-2 diabetes when diet and exercise are insufficient to address diabetic symptoms. Actos works by lowering glucose blood levels, thereby raising the body’s sensitivity to insulin. The FDA recently released an alert to patients and doctors, including a black box warning, due to the extremely dangerous side effects from the prolonged use of Actos, primarily bladder cancer. Click here for additional information concerning Actos, its side effects, and Actos lawsuits.
- TRANSVAGINAL MESH: Transvaginal mesh is a medical device implanted within woman to treat a common problem with woman known as pelvic organ prolapsed. In short, the transvaginal mesh is intended to provide additional support for internal organs when the integrity of the vaginal wall has been compromised. Unfortunately numerous side effects have been reported to the FDA including, infections, erosion of the mesh into the vagina, urinary problems, and prolapsed recurrence. If you have suffered side effects due to transvaginal mesh, call our transvaginal mesh attorney today at 214-484-1930 so that we can evaluate your case and determine if you are entitled to compensation. Click here for more information regarding transvaginal mesh litigation.
The class action attorneys at Wilson Trosclair & Lovins, PLLC have extensive experience in class action lawsuits around the country. WTL handles numerous types of class action lawsuits, including: consumer rights, consumer privacy, employee rights, wage and hour disputes, improper billing practices, and defective products. We are eager to assist you with any claim that you feel has affected a large number of people in a similar way.
Nature of Class Actions/Collective Actions
Class action lawsuits are lawsuits in which a large number of people join their claims together against a common defendant. Typically, these claims involve relatively small damages for each person, making it uneconomical to pursue the claims separately. By allowing individuals to join forces, class action lawsuits allow for the protection of important legal rights that might otherwise be violated.
A perfect example of when a class action may be necessary is when a company, such as a phone company, overbills each customer a couple dollars on a monthly basis. Considering the high costs of litigation, it certainly is not practical for one person to take on a multinational corporation for a few dollars. However, a class action allows one person to bring a lawsuit on behalf of everyone else that was overbilled, thereby making the lawsuit economically feasible and allowing for the improper actions of the corporation to be stopped. Again, it is important to remember that underlying each successful class action is an illegal or improper act, whether it is not permitted by law, is not disclosed in the terms of the contract, or is acquired by fraud or a misrepresentation.
A close cousin to the class action is the collective action. The basic concepts are the same, except collective actions deal with wages. We have all heard stories where an employer fails to pay employees for breaks, overtime, or the two minutes each day it takes the employees to log onto their computer systems. There are very strict wage laws at the state and federal level, yet many employers try to skirt these laws to save money at the expense of hard working employees. The collective action is the tool by which hard working citizens get to insure that they get a full day’s pay for a full day’s work.
If you believe you that you are one of many that has been affected by a corporate misdeed, let us help you change an industry. Call the class action attorneys at WTL today at 214-484-1930.