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Michigan Mass Tort Litigation Attorneys

Mass tort litigation is an area of law in which many different individuals who were injured come together in the same case against the corporation that harmed them. These cases often involve victims who suffered unnecessary injury due to dangerous or defective pharmaceuticals or medical devices. At Michigan Injury Lawyers, we help clients with cases involving the following:

Drug Injuries

Abilify compulsive gambling
The antidepressant Abilify has been linked to the development of compulsive, uncontrollable gambling and hypersexuality in some users.

Acetaminophen liver damage
Due to the widespread availability of this OTC painkiller, users may unintentionally overdose when using various cold and flu products. Liver failure and death can result.

Actos
This type 2 diabetes drug has been linked to bladder cancer.

Antidepressant birth defects
Commonly prescribed to women during pregnancy, antidepressant drugs have been linked to the development of severe and sometimes fatal birth defects in newborns.

Benicar
Used to help manage hypertension, Benicar has been linked to the development of severe GI problems often misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome.

Diabetes drugs linked to cancer (Byetta, Januvia, Onglyza, Tradjenta, and Victoza)
The type 2 diabetes drugs Byetta, Januvia, Ongylza, Tradjenta, and Victoza can cause thyroid cancer.

Invokana and Invokamet
Type 2 diabetes drugs that can cause ketoacidosis, a condition in which the body poisons itself due to irregular insulin levels.

Kidney dialysis and heart attacks
GranuFlo is used in dialysis treatments across the country, but can cause catastrophic heart problems and death.

Lipitor
Used to treat high cholesterol, but can cause type 2 diabetes in women

Low testosterone therapy
A number of testosterone therapy products can result in heart attack, stroke, blood clots, and death.

Risperdal
This drug was commonly prescribed to children with mental health issues, but males can develop female breasts (gynecomastia) as a result

Steven-Johnson syndrome
A severe allergic reaction to certain medications, SJS victims can appear to have third degree burns after taking medication.

Viagra and melanoma
Viagra has been associated the development of melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer, in men using the drug.

Xarelto blood thinners
Xarelto is a widely-prescribed anti-clotting drug but is linked to severe bleeding incidents, stroke, clots, and death

Zofran and birth defects
Zofran is a popular anti-nausea medication often prescribed for pregnant women, but can cause serious and sometimes fatal birth defects in newborns.

Medical Devices

Bair Hugger warming blankets
Used in 80% of U.S. hospitals, forced-air warming blankets are meant to keep patients warming during surgical procedures, but also spread bacteria that can cause severe infections necessitating revision surgeries and amputation.

IVC filters
Placed into the veins of patients at risk for developing blood clots, these filters may migrate to the heart and lungs, resulting in severe internal injuries or death.

Metal-on-metal hip replacements
Metal-on-metal hip implants have high failure rates, resulting in bone and joint infections, and revision surgeries.

Mirena IUD
This IUD is inserted into the uterus and is meant to provide birth control for up to 5 years at a time, but can perforate the surrounding tissue and migrate to different parts of the body.

Power morcellators and cancer
These devices are employed in hysterectomy and myomectomy procedures, but may spread cancer throughout a woman’s uterus. Leiomyosarcoma is a particularly deadly cancer spread in morcellator procedures.

Transvaginal Mesh Failure
Women who suffer from vaginal structural problems associated with age and/or childbirth (pelvic organ prolapse, stress urinary incontinence) have mesh implants to hold the organs in place. These implants can break and perforate the surrounding area and organs.

Zimmer Persona knee replacements
Zimmer Persona total knee replacements have higher than expected failure rates and often require corrective surgery.

Miscellaneous

Benzene and acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
Benzene, one of the most widely used chemicals in the U.S., has been linked to the development of a serious form of cancer known as acute myeloid leukemia.

Mesothelioma
This fatal form of cancer is the direct result of exposure to asbestos

Talc products and ovarian cancer
Women may develop ovarian cancer after using talc-based hygiene products.

Proton Pump Inhibitors

Aciphex
This heartburn drug is linked to an increased risk of kidney inflammation (nephritis), renal disease, bone fractures, and other severe side effects. The FDA has issued numerous warnings about these risks.

Prevacid
Severe kidney side effects such as Chronic Kidney Disease is connected to this popular heartburn drug. The FDA has updated the label to include nephritis (kidney inflammation).

Nexium
Heartburn drug Nexium causes a 20-50% increased risk of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). In 2014, the FDA updated the label to include nephritis (kidney inflammation) and acute kidney injury.

Prilosec
The heartburn drug Prilosec is linked to many serious side effects. A recent study found a 20-50% higher risk of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) leading to kidney failure and even death.

Protonix
The heartburn medication Protonix can create serious side effects including chronic kidney disease (CKD), renal failure, heart attack, and bone fractures.

Proton Pump Inhibitor
These medications are prescribed to individuals with heartburn and acid reflux disease. They work by blocking acid buildup in the stomach. However, they also inhibit the absorption of vital minerals, which may lead to serious side effects including chronic kidney disease (CKD), heart attack, bone fractures and more.