ECT Lawsuit: Janelle Schnulle, Plantiff v, Somatics LLC, Defendant

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Janelle Schnulle, Plantiff v, Somatics LLC, Defendant, case number 4:21-CV-00109 JCH

According to public record, Janelle Schnulle had 33 electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) treatments from April 2015 through January 2016 at Mercy Hospital, St. Louis.

She claims the ECT treatments caused permanent neurological damage that impaired her ability to learn and retain information.

In her lawsuit against ECT device manufacturer, Somatics LLC, Schnulle alleges the company was aware of serious risks but did nothing to warn the public or doctors they failed to properly research and test the ECT device, investigate bad outcomes or report adverse events with the FDA, provide sufficient warnings to medical community and the public, investigate or properly report adverse events to the FDA or comply with federal law.

Read more a in-depth lawsuit summary VitalLaw

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Further Reading & Action

History of the FDA’s regulation of the ECT device – The FDA’s Regulation of ECT (Shock Treatment): A Beginner (or Refresher) Course | NARPA

Somatics LLC previous lawsuit – ECT Lawsuit Victory – Riera v. Somatics, LLC, 2018

Somatics LLC admits device causes brain damage in regulatory update – ECT Device Manufacturer Acknowledges Brain Damage as a Risk of Electroconvulsive Therapy

The impact of litigation – ECT Device Maker Mecta Corp. Files Chapter 11 After Lawsuits Hinder Access to Liability Insurance

How to file a ECT lawsuit – Litigation tips

How to file an adverse medical harm report – Action page


Anna is a childhood psychiatric drug and a teenage electroshock survivor. She founded Life After ECT to ensure people injured by electroconvulsive therapy have easy access to resources that can help them understand their injuries and find a path to recovery.