Nadrich & Cohen is representing children who have been harmed by the social media platform TikTok.
Social media addiction is a massive problem facing the children of the United States. Social media companies such as TikTok are lying to Americans about how safe their apps are, exploiting American children into watching and checking social media apps compulsively, regardless of the awful effects this has upon their social life, family, mental health and physical development.
There is a crisis of poor mental health in America’s children and harmful content on social media platforms such as TikTok is largely to blame. More and more young people are reporting depression or feeling hopeless or sad. More and more young users of social media are attempting suicide or purposely harming themselves.
Because of this, TikTok is now facing lawsuits over teenage harm, such as a Utah lawsuit that was filed in October 2023. The lawsuits allege that teen harm has resulted from TikTok intentionally making its app addictive for TikTok users while lying about the safety of its app.
If your child has been harmed by TikTok addiction, we can help you recover financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, wrongful death and more.
Our legal team won’t charge any fee to represent you in a TikTok lawsuit until and unless we recover financial compensation for you.
If you can’t afford to have your child’s conditions treated, we can help you get to doctors who will treat your child on a lien, meaning you won’t be charged for treatment until your case is over.
Call us today for a free consultation, text us from this page or fill out the free case evaluation form on this page if your child has been harmed by TikTok. Let us fight for you to hold TikTok responsible for their actions and recover for your child the compensation and justice they deserve.
Why Are People Suing TikTok?
TikTok lawsuits allege that the TikTok app has been intentionally designed to be addictive for children.
TikTok rejects these claims, noting features such as parental controls and time limits for minors, and vowing to continue tackling industry-wide challenges. However, the lawsuits claim TikTok is lying about the safety of their app.
TikTok’s App Is Designed To Keep Young Users Engaged With It
The primary business of TikTok is to sell access to the attention of its users. The company extracts value from its users by collecting data on its users and making sure its users spend as much time as possible using it – the company then converts this data into ad money.
Businesses find TikTok particularly attractive since it generates unprecedented engagement and scale, as well as a powerful response form its audience helping businesses increase brand awareness as well as consumer purchases.
Young users are especially important to the business model of TikTok, and to maximize the engagement of young users with a TikTok account, the company uses an algorithm which hooks kids attention and induces dopamine. The algorithm spoon-feeds TikTok users with a steady diet of short-form TikTok videos which are highly personalized.
This makes it very hard for children to stop using the app, and TikTok amplifies this with additional features which are manipulative and designed to keep young people using the app. Because of this, the most vulnerable, youngest users of TikTok are becoming trapped, spending unhealthy, excessive amounts of time using TikTok, leading to a mental health crisis.
TikTok Misrepresents Its App’s Safety
TikTok’s community guidelines state that the app is designed to be safe for users of any age. TikTok has stated that it “takes child safety with the utmost seriousness” and that it is “deeply committed to ensuring that TikTok is a safe and positive experience for people under the age of 18.”
TikTok has stated that they “do not allow content that may put young people at risk of… psychological, physical or developmental harm,” and that they “want TikTok to be a place that encourages self-esteem, and does not promote negative social comparisons.”
However, lawsuits allege that the content that can be found on TikTok is evidence that the company’s actions do not live up to their words.
Is TikTok Dangerous For Young People?
TikTok appears to be extremely dangerous for young people because of its negative impacts on mental health and how it damages the attention span of young people.
Negative Impacts On Mental Health
TikTok can have negative impacts on the mental health of young people, such as:
- Loss of self-esteem
- Suicidal thoughts
While TikTok claims that they want their app “to be a place that encourages self-esteem,” in reality, their app is designed to keep its young users scrolling endlessly through content which is often about weight loss, self-harm or dieting.
While TikTok claims they don’t allow content that might put young users at risk of psychological harm, in reality, their app is designed to keep its users consuming endless streams of videos that are depressing or even suicide-glorifying.
A 2023 study found that the more addicted adolescents are to social media, the lower their self-esteem is.
A 2023 study found that limiting social media use was associated with a decrease in anxiety and depression.
A 2018 study found that more time spent on social media was associated with a greater risk of self-harm and suicidal ideation.
How TikTok Damages Your Attention Span
TikTok can damage the attention span of young users, even to the point of memory loss.
TikTok is designed to keep young users scrolling endlessly through short videos which are often only 15 seconds long. This provides an endless stream of instant gratification and releases of dopamine in their young brains.
When young users spend too much time scrolling through short videos which are enjoyable and thus feel rewarding to watch, they get a hit of dopamine with each new short video, and this may eventually train their brains to crave the rewards they get from consuming short content.
Unfortunately, a lot of activities which are necessary in life, like reading, need prolonged focus, utilizing a brain function starting in the prefrontal cortex known as directed attention. This function involves inhibiting distractions, sustaining attention and shifting attention appropriately, requiring skills such as prioritizing and planning.
The constantly changing environment of TikTok’s app doesn’t require this level of sustained attention. When the brains of children get accustomed to constant change, the brains find adapting to non-digital activities difficult.
In other words, because TikTok is giving young users endless streams of instant gratification, those young users are finding it more difficult to pay attention to things which do not offer similar instant gratification.
How To Sue TikTok
If you wish to sue TikTok, you need to hire an experienced lawyer with the resources and expertise to take on the expensive lawyers who will undoubtedly represent a huge corporation like TikTok.
The psychological damage that your child has suffered because of TikTok is considered an injury, so you need a lawyer experienced in recovering compensation for their clients’ injuries.
Nadrich & Cohen has been representing injury victims since 1990 and has recovered over $400,000,000 for injury victims. Helping injury victims recover compensation for their injuries is all we do.
Call us today for a free consultation if your child has suffered from harm due to the social media platform TikTok. We will file a lawsuit against TikTok on your behalf and fight to obtain for your child the justice and compensation they deserve.
Who Can File A Claim?
You might be eligible to file a TikTok lawsuit if your child or you:
- Might be addicted to using TikTok
- Suffered psychological or physical harm due to the addiction
- Were less than 25 years year old when the addiction began
We will help you determine if you are eligible for a claim for free if you call us today.
What Damages Can You Claim?
If you or your child has been harmed by an addiction to TikTok, you may be eligible for financial compensation for:
You or your child may have needed to have a condition like anxiety or depression treated by a medical professional. You or your child may also need further treatment in the future. We can help you recover compensation for past and future medical expenses related to TikTok addiction.
This can include the cost of therapy.
You or your child may have had to take time off from work due to a TikTok addiction. If this is the case, we can help you recover compensation for the wages you were unable to earn due to the TikTok addiction.
Pain And Suffering
TikTok addiction can lead to mental pain and suffering, such as anxiety, depression or low self-esteem. It can even lead to physical pain if it causes self-harming behavior. We can put an accurate value on any pain and suffering related to a TikTok addiction and recover compensation for it.
If your child or loved one committed suicide due to a TikTok addiction, we can file a wrongful death lawsuit on your behalf seeking compensation for things like your grieving and suffering, burial costs, funeral costs, loss of potential income, loss of your loved one’s love and companionship, and more.
Signs Your Child Has A Social Media Addiction
Your child may have a social media addiction if they:
- Show signs of anxiety
- Feel guilty about not reacting to posts or making posts
- Are unable to disconnect from TikTok
- Care more about their image online than those around them
- Experience depression when they’re not on TikTok
- Lie to you or sneak around in order to hide how much they’re using TikTok
- Neglect chores or schoolwork because of TikTok
- Isolate from others in order to spend more time using TikTok
- Get angry when confronted about how much time they spend on TikTok
- Behave in an agitated manner when not able to get online
In addition, TikTok addiction can lead to physical symptoms such as:
- Sleep problems
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Weight fluctuation
- Back pain
- Constant headaches
How An Attorney Can Help
If your child is suffering from TikTok addiction and has been harmed by it, your child will likely require extensive therapy to undo the damage left by TikTok.
This therapy will be expensive. However, Nadrich & Cohen can help. We can help you recover compensation for the cost of any therapy your child may need.
Calling us today is the best way to make sure your child gets the help they need.
Remember, the harm your child has suffered is an injury, and we’ve been helping injury victims since 1990. We’ve recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for injury victims.
Best of all, we won’t charge you any fee unless we recover compensation for you.
Call us today for a free case evaluation.