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Social Media Harm Lawsuits

Lawsuits Allege Social Media Causes Mental Health Issues, Behavioral Problems, Suicide

Social Media LawsuitsIn recent years, the digital landscape has become a battleground for the mental and physical well-being of its youngest users. Amidst the growing concern over the impact of social media on minors, a wave of social media lawsuits has emerged, targeting Facebook (Meta), Instagram, Snapchat, and other platforms.

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Our law firm is actively investigating these claims and representing clients in these social media harm lawsuits. If your child has been harmed by social media (mental health, behavioral problems, suicide, etc.), call 1-800-525-7111 for a FREE case review. There are no upfront costs and we don’t get paid unless you do.

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Potential Harm Linked to Social Media

The allure of social media is undeniable, with platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok captivating users worldwide. However, beneath the surface of likes, shares, and viral trends lies a darker reality, especially for minors. Research and lawsuits alike have highlighted several types of harm associated with excessive social media use among young people, including:

Addiction and Compulsive Use

Designed to be engaging, these platforms can lead to compulsive use or addiction, often at the expense of other activities and responsibilities.

Mental Health Issues

Constant comparison, cyberbullying, and distressing content can lead to depression, anxiety, and a host of other mental health challenges.

Eating Disorders

Exposure to content promoting unrealistic body standards can contribute to conditions like anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating.

Self-Harm and Suicidality

The glorification and normalization of self-harm and suicide in certain online communities can increase suicidal thoughts and behaviors, leading to tragic outcomes.

Social Media Lawsuit Allegations

"These are serious allegations and we are committed to getting justice for victims of social media." - Gene RiddleThe lawsuits filed against social media giants allege that these platforms were designed in a way that made them not only addictive but also unreasonably dangerous to adolescent users. Plaintiffs argue that the companies behind these platforms “failed to warn” users and their parents about the risks of addiction and potential resulting harm. These social media lawsuits seek to hold these companies accountable for severe physical and emotional injuries suffered as a result of this alleged negligence.

Companies Involved

The primary targets of these lawsuits are the behemoths of the social media world, including Meta Platforms (the parent company of Facebook and Instagram), Snap Inc. (Snapchat), and ByteDance (TikTok). These companies are accused of employing algorithms and design choices that exploit the psychology of young users to maximize engagement at the expense of their well-being.

Multidistrict Litigation (MDL)

To efficiently handle the growing number of social media harm cases, a multidistrict litigation (MDL) has been established in the Northern District of California. This consolidation allows for streamlined pretrial proceedings, including discovery and motions. The MDL encompasses a wide range of lawsuits, from individual claims of addiction and harm to actions brought by school districts alleging that social media platforms have created a public nuisance by addicting minors and disrupting school operations.

Recent Developments in Social Media MDL

Recent updates in the MDL include efforts by school districts in California to prevent the dismissal of their lawsuits and renewed legal action against Snapchat for its role in facilitating harmful interactions among minors. Furthermore, the MDL has seen significant developments in document discovery and the scheduling of bellwether trials, with the first trial set to begin in late 2025.

How to Qualify for a Social Media Harm Lawsuit

Parents who believe their child has suffered harm due to social media addiction or its consequences may qualify to bring a lawsuit on their behalf. Eligibility typically requires that the child became addicted to social media before the age of 21 and suffered severe physical or mental injury as a direct result of that addiction.

Our law firm is actively investigating these claims and you may qualify for a social media lawsuit if your child has suffered from one or more of the following conditions:

  • Anorexia 
  • Bulimia 
  • Binge-eating 
  • Purging (or vomiting, laxatives, excessive exercising) 
  • Body dysmorphia 
  • Self-harm 
  • Suicide, attempted suicide, or suicidal intention 
  • Eating Disorders 
  • Depression 
  • ADHD  
  • Anxiety 
  • Death 

Why Consult With Our Law Firm?

Since 1985, our law firm has been fighting for victims of dangerous products. We’ve recovered over $725 million in total compensation for our valued clients since 2000 alone (see disclaimer below). Our attorneys are recognized leaders in the field of personal injury and product liability law, and have been honored with many distinguished memberships and awards, including (see disclaimer below):

  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
  • AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Litigator Award
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel

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Led by experienced litigator Gene Riddle, our attorneys are backed by a team of paralegals, case managers, and support staff dedicated to your success. We pride ourselves on providing excellent client service, as noted by our valued clients:

“This settlement changed me and my family’s lives.”

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If a loved one has been harmed by social media, don’t wait — contact us today for a free case review and let’s see how we can help.

You Are Not Alone

If your child has suffered severe harm potentially linked to social media, you are not alone. Our law firm is at the forefront of advocating for families affected by the allegedly negligent design and operation of social media platforms. We understand the profound impact these experiences can have on your child’s life and are committed to seeking justice on your behalf. Contact us today for a free case review, and let us help you navigate the legal landscape to hold these companies accountable for their actions. Together, we can take a stand against the harm caused by social media and work towards a safer digital environment for all.

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Justice Counts. Please call 1-800-525-7111 for a FREE case review and consultation. There are no upfront costs and if you decide to hire us, we don’t get paid unless we recover compensation for you. Call 1-800-525-7111 today and let’s see how we can help.