Personal injury law firms create ads to persuade viewers to join class action lawsuits against drug makers, but the misleading nature of these ads can have harmful consequences. The ads often contain frightening warnings about medications or devices causing serious injuries. They may be accompanied by jarring images, such as toe tags and body bags. They may contain logos of federal agencies, suggesting that the announcements are coming from the government rather than a law firm. As a result, patients taking the medications or using the devices in question may be scared into ending their treatments altogether without consulting their healthcare provider first. Yet, abruptly ending care without an appropriate alternative can result in catastrophic consequences.
States have begun to introduce legislation that would provide greater oversight of these misleading advertisements to protect consumers against potentially dangerous consequences. Use the map below to explore legislation related to this issue.