Our Attorneys Represent Injured Victims of Dangerous Products in Mass Torts

When a dangerous product is used by millions of people, there is the potential for thousands to be injured, become ill, or die. In personal injury cases involving many plaintiffs, courts often allow the claims to be filed as a class action or mass tort action.

While these group claims are similar, there are important differences. In a class action, all plaintiffs are represented by one individual and will receive a share of a single award. In a mass tort action, however, each plaintiff files as an individual and his compensation will be determined based on his specific needs.

At Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, we represent plaintiffs in mass tort actions against drug makers, medical device manufacturers, and any corporation or government agency responsible for harming consumers.

What Is a Mass Tort?

A tort is a wrongful act, intentional or not, that results in harm to another person and does not fall primarily under a criminal statute. In other words, a tort is an act of carelessness or negligence that leaves a person or people injured, ill, or dead. It is the basis of all personal injury law and results in monetary damages paid to the plaintiff rather than criminal penalties to the perpetrator, although punitive damages may also be awarded in order to punish deliberate or outrageously irresponsible acts.

When a single tort—such as the manufacture and release of a dangerous drug—results in injury to many victims, a court may decide that all injured parties may file under a single claim, called a mass tort. For a plaintiff, filing under a mass tort claim can lead to a much quicker resolution than filing an individual claim, as the investigation and preparation that goes into a case may be shared among attorneys.

Our Experience With Mass Tort Cases

At Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, our attorneys often lead the way in mass tort and class action claims. Attorney Richard Arsenault has served on historic dangerous drug and defective medical device mass litigation, including Vioxx, Ortho Evra, Zimmer, and DePuy. We are currently involved in dozens of mass torts for dangerous drugs, defective medical devices, and consumer protection.

Defective Medical Devices Lawsuits

Many medical devices are rushed to consumers before being fully tested for safety. Some of the defective devices we represent clients against include:

Metal-On-Metal Hip Implants
Hip replacement surgeries using one of many metal-on-metal designs have resulted in painful complications, revision surgeries, and blood poisoning.

DaVinci Robotic Surgery
Touted as the surgery of the future, this space-age device is believed to have malfunctioned during certain procedures and harmed patients.

Tekturna
A popular blood pressure medication, Tekturna has been linked to life-threatening conditions including stroke, kidney damage, high potassium levels, and dangerously low blood pressure.

Sprint Fidelis
When you need a heart defibrillator, you need it to work. The Sprint Fidelis defibrillator, however, may have faulty lead wires causing it to misfire or fail to fire when needed.

Transvaginal Mesh
This implanted mesh is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence; women hoping for relief instead have suffered erosion of vaginal tissue, organ perforation, and infection.

Consumer Protection Lawsuits

We have also represented consumers in many defective product, corporate disaster, dangerous materials, and consumer fraud cases. Some ongoing mass torts include the following:

Our Complex Litigation Attorneys Treat You As an Individual

Even when the best course of action in your defective product lawsuit is participating in a mass tort, the legal team at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault understands that the injuries you suffered are unique and require special attention. We will never treat you like just a number in a mass tort case. Contact us through the link on this page with any questions you have about your dangerous drug, defective medical device, or faulty consumer product case.

Our Areas of Practice

Louisiana injured accident victims have rights, and the attorneys of Neblett, Beard, and Arsenault want to help fight for them. Our attorneys understand that serious accident injuries can have a long-lasting impact on your life, and we will work hard to help you obtain compensation for your medical costs, property damage, lost time at work, and pain and suffering.
Personal injury cases can arise from a wide variety of accidents and other situations. Car accidents, truck accidents, slip and falls, exposure to toxic substances, and more are all avoidable circumstances that can lead to the unnecessary injury to a victim. Often, victims suffer serious injuries that leave them facing a difficult recovery or even a permanent disability. When that happens, victims should be able to focus on their health and recovery, not the complex and often frustrating details of a legal case.
When you are injured or become ill because of a dangerous drug, defective medical device, or a toxic consumer product, you are very likely not the only person to suffer. When a product harms a large number of people, a court may determine that the case can be filed as a mass tort action, which saves time, effort, and money for each individual plaintiff. Our mass tort attorneys are prepared to take on major manufacturers to get you the compensation you deserve.

Why Neblett, Beard & Arsenault Is Your Best Choice

You have a lot of choices when it comes to personal injury attorneys in the South Central U.S., so why choose us? Our results speak for themselves. Through our commitment and dedication, we are able to negotiate maximum settlements for our clients and we take pride in holding negligent parties responsible for the injuries they have caused. At Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, you can expect:

  • Experience in all areas of injury law. Our team of 17 attorneys has handled every type of personal injury claim—from motor vehicle accidents to nursing home abuse—and we will match our experience to your specific case. You can rest assured that we understand the best approach for your unique claim and we will pull out all the stops to fight for you.
  • Commitment to clients. We value each and every one of our clients as an individual and our entire team—from our friendly receptionist to our highly skilled attorneys—will treat you with the dignity and respect you deserve. You will always feel like you are our top priority and we will see your case through to the end.
  • Maximum results. Our many years of experience and knowledge of the law allow us to evaluate the strength of your case and adopt the best strategy to pursue the maximum settlement available. If more than one party may be held responsible for your injuries, we will file multiple claims to make sure you get every penny you are owed to help you recover and support your family.

While our large staff and comprehensive services offer the advantages of a big law firm, our personalized service and individual attention give our clients the feeling of a small town family firm. With Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, you get the best of both worlds!

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