Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough | Injury Law Blog

Topamax® Birth Defects

by Cary Graham | January 10th, 2017

The pharmaceutical industry is unique in that the products they manufacturer often have an extended life beyond their initial intent. That’s certainly the case for Topamax®. Originally designed to treat epilepsy and migraines, Topamax was approved by the FDA in 2012 to treat obesity and induce weight loss. In addition, doctors have prescribed Topamax for a number of off-label uses, including smoking cessation, as well as treatment of cluster headaches and alcoholism.

However versatile the medication, it still comes with some dangerous side effects. Babies exposed to Topamax while in the womb have an increased risk of developing a cleft palette, cleft lip, and other congenital malformations. If left untreated, these conditions have profoundly negative consequences on a child’s mental and emotional wellbeing, including low self-esteem and social anxiety.

If your child was born with a cleft palette or cleft lip after you were prescribed Topamax, give our experienced drug injury lawyers a call for your free claim evaluation. You may be entitled to significant compensation for your child’s condition, but you need to act quickly to file an injury claim against the drug manufacturer. Contact our Topamax injury lawyers today and we’ll get started on your case immediately.

Opioid Overdoses Lead to Compensation for Victims

by Cary Graham | January 3rd, 2017

Opioid-based painkillers can be an effective way to manage pain for injury patients. Over the years, they have been prescribed to millions of folks recovering from surgery or serious injury in the hopes of mitigating the intense pain that comes with those conditions. Unfortunately, these medications can also lead to dependency or overdose, resulting in complications or even death.

Opioids such as hydrocodone carry significant risks of dependency over time, which leads users to increase their dosage to achieve the same impact they experienced initially. It doesn’t take long for these increased dosages to move to dangerous levels, often resulting in an overdose. The risk is so pronounced that the FDA voted in 2013 to make it more difficult for doctors to prescribe hydrocodone to their patients.

Symptoms of a hydrocodone overdose can include:

  • blue, clammy, or cold skin,
  • bradycardia (heart slowness),
  • cardiac arrest,
  • coma,
  • respiratory depression,
  • seizures,
  • and even death.

If you or someone you love suffered an overdose after taking hydrocodone, you may be entitled to significant compensation for what you’ve been through. Call our experienced drug injury attorneys today for a free evaluation of your claim. The amount of time you have to receive compensation may be limited, so contact us today.

Heartburn Medication and Chronic Kidney Disease

by Cary Graham | December 27th, 2016

If you’ve watched any television in the last five years, you’ve seen a heartburn medication commercial. Most of these medications are over-the-counter fixes, which are relatively harmless. However, there is a class of heartburn medication called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) that researchers believe could cause severe health complications for patients, including chronic kidney disease.

According to a study published by JAMA Internal Medicine, patients who took PPIs once per day faced a 15% increased risk of chronic kidney disease compared to patients who didn’t take PPIs. That risk shot up to 45% for those who took a PPI twice daily.

Nexium, Prevacid, and Prilosec are among the PPIs linked to an increased risk of developing kidney disease. Other PPI medications include Losec, Protonix, and Zegerid. If you or someone you love suffered health complications after taking one of these PPI medications, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the drug manufacturer.

How do you find out if you deserve compensation for your condition? Call one of the experienced drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot, and Wansbrough for a free evaluation of your claim. Over the years, we’ve secured billions of dollars in compensation for our clients, and we’re ready to fight for every dollar in compensation you deserve. You only get one opportunity to maximize your drug injury claim, so contact us today.

Infuse Bone Graft Injury Claims

by Cary Graham | December 20th, 2016

Medical technological advancements in one area often lead to unintended advancements in others. For instance, a drug developed for one condition could end up positively impacting another. However, that’s not always true for medical devices. Stretching the intended capacity of surgical devices can lead to a host of complications, which is certainly the case for the Infuse bone graft system.

The Medtronic Infuse bone graft system is used in neck and spinal surgeries to promote healthy bone growth in recovery. Originally, it was intended for use in anterior lumbar fusion surgery. But the product has been utilized in a number of unapproved procedures, which can lead to irregular bone growth during recovery.

Since the FDA approved the bone graft system, it has been used to treat more than 500,000 patients, many of which have suffered serious health complications as a result, including:

  • compression of the airway and/or neurological structures in the neck
  • difficulty swallowing, breathing, or speaking
  • infection at the surgical site
  • irregular bone growth
  • nerve pain or damage
  • swollen neck and throat tissue

If you or someone you love suffered health complications after a surgery involving the Infuse bone graft system, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our experienced Infuse bone graft lawyers today for a free evaluation of your claim. The manufacturer may be financially responsible for what you’ve gone through, so contact us today.

Risperdal® Linked to Gynecomastia in Young Men

by Cary Graham | December 13th, 2016

Risperdal® is an antipsychotic drug used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and a variety of other mental disorders. Doctors depend on drugs like Risperdal to help alleviate the severe and often debilitating symptoms associated with mental disorders. Unfortunately, some of these medications end up doing more harm than good, leaving the patients and the doctors in a precarious position.

Risperdal has been linked to gynecomastia—the abnormal development of large male breasts in young boys and adolescents, which can require corrective surgery to fix. Gynecomastia is emotionally traumatic for any youth or adolescent, but the trauma is compounded for young people with mental disorders.

Additional symptoms/side effects of Risperdal include:

  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Nosebleeds
  • Restless muscle movements in the eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Tremors or uncontrolled shaking
  • Weight gain
  • White patches or sores inside the mouth or lips

If your son developed gynecomastia after being prescribed Risperdal, he may be entitled to significant compensation for his condition. Call our experienced Risperdal drug injury lawyers today for a free evaluation of your claim. The manufacturer has put your son through enough. Let us get him the justice he deserves. Contact us today.

Antibiotics Linked to Serious Health Complications

by Cary Graham | December 6th, 2016

Antibiotics are considered one of the greatest medical advancements of the last 200 years. With them, doctors are able to combat a wealth of deadly conditions that were previously untreatable. In recent years, studies indicate that antibiotics are becoming less and less effective, leading to extensive research into new, more powerful antibiotics. However, some of these medications, such as Diflucan and Levaquin, have been linked to severe health complications.

Diflucan is an antibiotic drug used to treat certain fungal infections. However, in 2011, the FDA warned that Diflucan may cause severe birth defects when taken by pregnant women. These birth defects include brachycephaly (a premature fusion of bones at the top of the skull) and arthrogryposis (shortened joints in the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, and knees).

Levaquin is an antibiotic prescribed to treat infections of the sinuses, skin, lungs, and urinary tract. Like Diflucan, Levaquin has been linked to serious health conditions, including aortic dissection, aortic aneurism, and peripheral neuropathy.

If you or someone you love suffered health complications after taking Diflucan or Levaquin, contact us today for a free consultation. Our experienced drug injury lawyers will fully investigate the cause of your condition and hold the drug manufacturer responsible. You may be entitled to significant compensation, so contact us today.

Common Symptoms of Mesothelioma

by Cary Graham | November 29th, 2016

When the dangers of asbestos were first proposed several years ago, industry tried to discount the claims. That’s how it goes sometimes with capitalism—companies put profits before people. Unfortunately for the tens of thousands of mesothelioma victims throughout the years, that greed has cost innocent people their lives.

Mesothelioma is an incurable form of cancer that affects membranes lining the abdominal cavity and internal organs. The only true link to mesothelioma is the inhalation of asbestos fibers. What makes this disease even more frightening is the fact that these cancer-causing fibers can stay in your system for years before developing into cancer, meaning you may have been exposed decades ago and just now showing symptoms.

Those symptoms include:

  • abdominal pain or feelings of fullness
  • chest pain
  • difficulty swallowing
  • fluid in the lining of the lungs
  • lower back pain
  • loss of appetite
  • persistent coughing
  • shortness of breath
  • weakness

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your condition. Contact our experienced asbestos injury lawyers today for a free evaluation of your claim. Victims have secured tens of millions of dollars already, and you may have a similar claim. Contact us today.

Onglyza and Fatal Forms of Cancer

by Cary Graham | November 22nd, 2016

Type 2 diabetes has become a common diagnosis over the last ten years. As with most diseases, along with the prevalence of the condition comes new medications. Onglyza and Kombiglyze XR came onto the scene several years ago ato help treat Type 2 diabetes. Despite the positive impacts, studies have shown using Onglyza has been linked to severe health complications in patients that may result in death.

Patients who take Onglyza or Kombiglyze XR may face an increased risk of pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, and fatal heart failure. The New England Journal of Medicine and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have both warned of these potential complications, urging patients to consider the risks before taking the drug. Unfortunately, these warnings came too late for a number of victims who developed cancer or suffered fatal heart failure as a result of use.

If you or someone you love was diagnosed with cancer or suffered heart failure after taking Onglyza or Kombiglize XR, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. Contact our experienced Onglyza drug injury lawyers today for a free evaluation of your claim. We’ll investigate the cause of your condition and fight to get you maximum compensation for your injuries. Contact us today.

da Vinci Surgical Robots Linked to Serious Injuries

by Cary Graham | November 15th, 2016

As technological advances are made around the world, those advancements tend to reach the medical industry quickly. That’s certainly true of the da Vinci Surgical Robot—an advanced surgical tool used in 2,000+ medical facilities around the world. More than 10 years ago, this device was approved for use in laparoscopic surgeries, such as prostate removals and hysterectomies, yet concern over its safety continues to be in question.

In recent years, certain procedures performed by da Vinci Surgical Robots have resulted in increased complications for the patient. The issue is the loss of tactile feedback for the surgeon, which he/she depended upon previous to incorporating surgical robots into the operating room. When these complications arise, the patient is often forced to go through additional painful, invasive surgeries to correct the issues, which carry their own risks.

If you or someone you love suffered health complications after undergoing surgery performed by a da Vinci Surgical Robot, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact our experienced defective medical device attorneys today for a free evaluation of your claim. We’ll fully investigate the nature of your injuries to determine exactly how much you deserve for what you’ve gone through, and then we’ll fight to get you every penny. Contact us today.

Fen-Phen Linked to Vascular Heart Disease

by Cary Graham | November 8th, 2016

Everyone wants to be as healthy as possible, though it’s often difficult to make sound food decisions given how busy we all are. For those who struggle with obesity, Fen-Phen and other diet drugs seemed like a safe and efficient way to keep their weight in check. Unfortunately, many have experienced extreme health complications from the medication, leaving them wondering where they can turn for help.

Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough has been helping the victims of diet drug side effects get the compensation they deserve for more than a decade. The manufacturers market these drugs as a quick fix for losing weight, luring unsuspecting consumers into a potentially fatal situation. Fen-Phen, for instance, has been linked to numerous diagnoses of vascular heart disease, even though the drug has been pulled from the shelves.

If you suffered from vascular heart disease after taking Fen-Phen, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries. Call our experienced drug injury lawyers today for a free evaluation of your claim. You deserve to be paid for what you’ve been through, and we’ll fight to get you every dollar you deserve.