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Information For Dilantin® Class Action Lawsuits  (Please see article below on the difference between class actions and mass torts).

If you or a loved one has suffered from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome that may have resulted from the use of Dilantin®, contact DrugRxRecall immediately regarding information related to potential Dilantin® Class Action lawsuits.

We will be pleased to refer you to a lawyer who can offer you a free consultation, information on potential class actions or individual lawsuits, and advice on potential claims for accidents, injuries and deaths that may have been caused by the side-effects of Dilantin® or other drugs.

If you or a loved one has suffered from serious health issues after taking Dilantin® (an anti-epileptic drug which is designed to control epileptic seizures, and which works by slowing down brain-impulses that can lead to epileptic seizures), do not hesitate to contact us.

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We can provide you with important data, information and advice on potential Dilantin® class actions.

We are here to help you with your questions and concerns about Dilantin® class actions.

Concerns About Dilantin®:

    * Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

    * Pregnancy

    * Risks to the Elderly

    * Purple Glove Syndrome

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome & Class Action

The use of Dilantin® has been connected to a condition known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS). This is a potentially life-threatening condition that can cause cell death in the skin of the patient.

As a result, it causes the epidermis to separate from the dermis.

Moreover, SJS often results in the development of scar-tissue directly inside the patient’s eyelids. This may severely affect the patient’s vision. Within the United States, around 300 new diagnoses of SJS are made every year. Its mortality rate is approximately 5 percent.

Purple Glove Syndrome & Class Action

Purple Glove Syndrome (PGS) is a disease of the skin, in which the arms and legs may become swollen, discolored and painful, and which has been associated with the use of Dilantin®. Indeed, PGS may even result in amputation of the limbs.

Primarily reported in the elderly, PGS generally results from large, intravenous doses of the epilepsy drug phenytoin.

Pregnancy, Dilantin® & Class Action

In addition, pre-natal exposure to Phenytoin can increase the risks of the following:

  • Orofacial clefts
  • Cardiac defects
  • Growth abnormalities (including microcephaly)
  •  Mental deficiencies

Mass Tort vs. Class Action: What is the Difference?

You may find this website because you put “class action” into your search engine, along with a drug name, such as “Dilantin Class Action”.

You might think “class actions” are the way most cases are handled by law firms dealing with prescription drugs that harm people and that is why we use that term here to help you. However, actually this is not precisely the case in many instances. Most pharmaceutical drug claims are handled as “mass torts.”

You probably did not put “mass tort” into the search engine as the term “mass tort” is far less well known legal term in the public generally. Therefore, we make sure to help you find us by discussing class actions frequently and explain the difference between class actions and mass torts here.

Class Action

A class action is a type of legal proceeding where a lawsuit is filed on behalf of a group of people who share a set of circumstances, harms, injuries, sufferings, or potential damages. Class actions are designed to help promote “judicial economy” and decrease pressure on courts when large numbers of people suffer a harm in the same manner.

For example, class actions are sometimes used in the context of when a bank or large corporation charges fees that are determined unfair to a large number of clients. In those instances, one harmed person may stand as the single claim that determines the outcome for the entire class of claimants. Often the recovery is not good for the class of harmed individuals as a whole.

Typically a class action has several criteria that must be met. The individuals in the class must be notified of the claim and given a chance to “opt in” or “opt out” of the class, or find lawyers of their own. Prior to the actual class action lawsuit, a motion is filed in court that certifies a particular plaintiff as the acting party on behalf of the larger group or class of plaintiffs.

One of the factors looked at is whether the individual recoveries for each plaintiff are too low to warrant each plaintiff hiring their own attorney; when this is present a class action may be certified as the best way to proceed. For example, this is often the case when dealing with small bank fees.

The representative plaintiff also shows that he or she is typical in that his or her experience with the company or product is typical of the experiences of the other similarly situated plaintiffs, and that this type of class action lawsuit is the most efficient for holding the defendants accountable. The evidence against the defendants must be typical and represented in a similar manner by all the harmed individuals, and finally, a showing that individual lawsuits against the defendant would never be prudent nor efficient in time and money is part of the process of determining that a class action is the best way to proceed. It is easy to see that the often massive and very different injuries sustained by people who take prescription drugs do not fit this mold for “class actions.”

Mass Tort Lawsuits

Mass torts are different from class actions despite the fact that they are related in the sense that both share a large group of people who have suffered harms.

Mass tort claims, like class actions, try to reduce the number of court claims in the legal system and promote judicial economy and efficiency. However, they cover a much broader range of subjects typically than class actions and they are handled differently.

Perhaps the simplest way to understand the difference is mass torts still involve each plaintiff having their own individual claim.

There is no “representative plaintiff” in mass tort claims. The mass tort plaintiffs are each receiving their own legal process and individual remedy tailored to their particular circumstances.

Mass tort claims are the most common way that consumers are provided legal remedies when they are injured on a large scale by defective drugs or defective products. While drugs and defective medical devices, for example, injure large groups of people, the injuries are often very different among each plaintiff. All cases in drug defect claims rarely fit neatly into a single class of individuals who share the exact same type of injury.

Mass tort litigation allows one attorney or a group of attorneys to represent several injured parties in individual cases. The attorneys often share information to help each other and their clients proceed against the defendants in a more powerful manner as a result of the cooperation of the plaintiffs’ attorneys. Attorneys all over the country, and in fact sometimes internationally, pool resources, research, information, time, financial resources, and their intellectual energy and ideas to make sure that all of the plaintiffs hopefully obtain some measure of justice.

Mass tort claims are often complicated with detailed litigation and numerous plaintiffs and defendants. Sometimes experts are used just to determine the proper way to award damages to the various parties.

DrugRxRecall and The Mulligan Law Firm are here to listen to your potential mass tort claim and hopefully help as many people as possible find justice. Please contact us today if you or a loved one have an injury of any type discussed on this website.   If you have been injured by Dilantin, we would like to talk to you as soon as possible to help determine the best possible way to attempt to help you obtain justice. 

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