Do You Need Mass Tort Representation? 

We evaluate claims from Floridians across a variety of mass tort incidents. If another party caused your loved ones or others harm, we can help.

Common Mass Tort Cases We Are Evaluating.

A mass tort is a single wrongful action that causes injury to many different people. Edwards & Ragatz, P.A. attorneys are evaluating claims from individuals that fall within the following mass tort areas.

  • Belviq: For individuals diagnosed with cancer after taking Belviq, Belviq XR, or another brand of lorcaserin.
  • Elmiron: Individuals who took Elmiron and were diagnosed with maculopathy.
  • Zantac: Americans who took Zantac and have been diagnosed with cancer.
  • 3M Earplugs: Veterans and active-duty military personnel who wore defective 3M Combat Arms Earplugs and experienced major hearing damage.
  • JUUL Products: Americans who used a JUUL vaporizer prior to November of 2018 and before turning 18 years of age, and who subsequently developed a nicotine addiction.
  • Talcum Powder: Women who developed ovarian cancer or mesothelioma after using talc powder or other talc products.
  • Paraquat: American farmers and agricultural workers who had repeated exposure to paraquat and now suffer from Parkinson’s disease.
  • Sunscreen: Individuals who used a sunscreen containing benzene, and have been diagnosed with cancer.
  • C-PAP: Individuals who used Phillips Respironics prior to June 2021, and have been diagnosed with cancer.

What to Know About These Mass Tort Cases

Belviq

Belviq

Belviq (generic name lorcaserin) is a popular prescription weight-loss drug made by Eisai Inc. to help people experiencing obesity and weight-related health issues curb their hunger. Alarmingly, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety trial concluded that the drug could increase the risk of several different types of cancer, including pancreatic, lung, and colorectal cancer. As a result, the FDA issued a full recall of Belviq in February 2020.

Elmiron

Elmiron

Elmiron is a drug that has been prescribed to millions of patients since 1996 for interstitial cystitis (IC), known as painful bladder syndrome. Starting in 2015, researchers began to discover a potential link between the drug and a serious eye disease called maculopathy. However, even as the evidence has piled up, Elmiron’s manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceutical, has failed to warn the public about these risks. Millions may have already suffered serious health consequences.

Zantac

Zantac

Zantac is one of the most popular over-the-counter medications in the country, with millions of people using it to relieve heartburn symptoms and chest pain. It’s also a potential cancer risk. Millions of people used Zantac for years oblivious to the risks.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), NDMA has been linked to a variety of diseases, including severe liver disease, liver cancer, testicular cancer, and lung cancer.

Paraquat

More than 60 countries have banned the use of paraquat. Despite growing health and legal concerns over the herbicide’s connection to Parkinson’s the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has done little to restrict its use. 

Agricultural workers and farmers continue to face exposure risks. Many have already filed lawsuits claiming that they developed Parkinson’s disease as a result of exposure to Paraquat at work or other.

Talcum

Since 1971, more than 20 studies have linked talcum (talc) powder to ovarian cancer, and, in 2003, an analysis of 16 of these studies found that women using talcum powder were 33% more likely to develop ovarian cancer. It has been alleged that Johnson & Johnson, the maker of popular talc-based products, knew about the risk of ovarian cancer since at least 1982, but failed to warn women using these products.

Sunscreen

Dozens of sunscreen products recently tested positive for benzene—a chemical also found in gasoline and paint thinners—leading to demands for product recalls and questions about the safety of sunscreen chemicals. These new findings suggest that people who use sunscreen in an effort to avoid skin cancer may actually be increasing their risk of developing other types of cancers.

JUUL

JUUL Labs, the makers of JUUL e-cigarettes and vapor pods, are facing lawsuits alleging that they didn’t adequately warn users of the risks associated with using their products. JUUL markets its products as a safer alternative to regular cigarettes, but they still contain nicotine. In fact, JUUL products contain significantly more nicotine than their leading competitors, which is addictive.

C-PAP

Philips recalled millions of C-PAP and other sleep apnea machines because many users were breathing toxic foam caused by a defect with their machines. Ingesting this toxic foam can cause cancer and other major health problems. Aside from causing cancer, many users also reported headaches, upper airway irritations, coughing, chest pressure, sinus infections, asthma, and more.

3M Earplugs

3M, a multinational conglomerate based in Minnesota, provided earplugs to the U.S. military for soldiers to use in combat. 3M designed the plugs to block out loud blasts while allowing soldiers to hear crucial orders. However, 3M failed to notify the U.S. government that some of its plugs were faulty. The product allegedly has a design flaw. The defective earplugs may have caused partial or complete hearing loss.

Stewards of Jacksonville For Over 20 Years.

If you or a loved one took any of the above medications or experienced any of the above malfunctions, you could be owed compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages. We want to fight to help you get it. Don’t wait. Call today.