The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) released a new study on trial lawyer advertising, titled Bad for Your Health: Lawsuit Advertising Implications and Solutions, that finds that these advertisements are “leading to dozens of serious incidents,” reports Legal Newsline.
The paper, which was released yesterday at ILR’s 2017 Legal Reform Summit, says that mass tort lawyers are approaching $1 billion in spending this year. Cary Silverman of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, the paper’s author, said all these ads “prevent people from seeking treatment or lead them to stop taking a prescribed medication without consulting a doctor.”
A report released by the FDA found that 61 patients stopped using their blood thinner medication after seeing these commercials, resulting in six deaths. An ILR survey from earlier this year found that they would immediately stop taking medication after seeing a commercial, even without consulting their doctor first.