A lot of focus is placed on getting more cases while actual plaintiffs recieve little, if any, guidance once the complaint has been filed in a multidistrict litigation like the 7 Transvaginal Mesh MDL's in the S.D. of West Virginia.
Special Needs Counsel and/or Elder Law Attorneys should be hired to assist the plaintiffs, not just sent a letter, take it or leave it (the settlement).Plaintiffs are not professionals and depend on the guidance of their attorneys. The relationship between plaintiff and attorney becomes adversarial because of neglect of the plaintiff during intake and during the settlement process.
Plaintiffs should be equipped with ALL the facts so they will be able to make an informed decision. Do I file a lawsuit? Do I accept the settlement? What are my options? Plaintiff's needs are not well served by the current system.
From injury to case settled is a very long journey for plaintiffs and there should be some true assistance to them in coping with the realities of a long legal battle.
PLAINTIFFS DO NOT HAVE LEGAL SKILLS and ARE DEPENDENT on their ATTORNEY'S REPRESENTATIONS to MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS.
PLAINTIFF'S ARE NOT INFORMED! And some are now dead.
Linda Batiste is dead.
Joan Budke is dead.
Joy Poteet is dead.
They did not survive the long legal process but their legal cases have continued.