Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough | Injury Law Blog

Topamax Birth Defect Risks

by Cary Graham | July 26th, 2016

If you’ve ever experienced a migraine, you know it’s much more than a headache. They can be debilitating, and although several medications have been released over the years that subdue some of the discomfort, there’s not a lot that can be done to relieve the pain other than time. One popular medication is Topamax, also known as topiramate. Along with treating migraines, Topamax was also designed to treat epilepsy and has been prescribed to induce weight loss as well. Unfortunately, along with its many uses comes serious side effects that can change expectant mothers’ lives forever.

Topamax has been linked to an increased risk of serious birth defects, including:

  • Cleft Lip—the top lip fails to close while in the womb.
  • Cleft Palate—the roof of a child’s mouth fails to close.

Both of these birth defects make it difficult for the newborn child to breastfeed and can require extensive corrective surgery to fix.

If your child suffered birth defects after you took Topamax while pregnant, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. The simple fact is you would never have taken the medication if you had been warned of its potential impact to your child and you deserve justice for the damage it has done. Call our experienced Topamax injury lawyers today for a free evaluation of your claim.

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Mesothelioma Victims Win Large Settlements

by Cary Graham | July 19th, 2016

You’ve probably seen a number of lawyer ads on television in recent years about mesothelioma lawsuits. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer caused by asbestos inhalation. There’s no cure, and medical professionals can do little to slow down the disease.

Symptoms of mesothelioma can 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’re experiencing any combination of these symptoms, you should consult with your physician immediately, especially if you worked in a high-risk industry, such as:

  • auto manufacturing (especially brakes)
  • construction
  • demolition
  • firefighting
  • heavy industrial manufacturing
  • railroad
  • shipbuilding
  • or steel working.

Along with the devastating physical impacts, mesothelioma can have a substantial financial impact on a victim’s family. Fortunately, money has been put aside to compensate victims and their families, and the attorneys at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough know how to get it for you.

If you or someone you love developed mesothelioma, give our experienced mesothelioma attorneys a call immediately for a free evaluation of your claim. You could be entitled to significant compensation for your condition, but time can play a significant role in securing that compensation, so don’t delay. Contact us right now.

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Abilify Victims Seek Millions in Compensation

by Cary Graham | July 12th, 2016

Abilify was developed to treat mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and Tourette syndrome. Although effective in treating these conditions, Abilify has been linked to serious side effects that most patients were not made aware of.

Recent reports have linked Abilify with compulsive behaviors in patients, such as hypersexual activity and compulsive gambling. These patients never displayed signs or symptoms of compulsive behavior before taking the medication, but have suffered massive gambling debts and broken relationships as a result of this dangerous side effect. These compulsive behaviors have led to:

  • Financial troubles
  • Marriage difficulty or divorce
  • Property foreclosure
  • Problems at work or unemployment
  • Damaged reputation
  • Emotional distress

If you or someone you love has engaged in compulsive behavior after taking Abilify, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your condition. Many patients negatively impacted by Abilify have begun standing up to the manufacturer and demanding damages paid. The drug injury attorneys at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are actively seeking cases for Abilify related injuries. However, your time may be limited for seeking compensation, so call us today for a free evaluation of your claim.

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Hip Replacement Failures Lead to Large Settlements

by Cary Graham | July 5th, 2016

Getting a hip replacement can open doors for individuals with limited mobility. When successful, a hip replacement increases freedom, mobility, and mental/emotional fortitude. When hip replacements fail, the results can be devastating for the victim and their family.

In recent years, a number of hip replacement surgery components have been recalled due to high failure rates. These failures can lead to serious complications that require hospitalization and corrective surgeries. Some known defective hip components include:

Biomet M2a-Magnum™
This metal-on-metal hip implant is known to wear prematurely, causing painful side effects and the need for revision surgeries.

DePuy ASR™
ASR™ Hip Resurfacing and XL Acetabular systems have been recalled following significant percentages of patients requiring revision surgeries within five years of receiving the implants.

Stryker® Rejuvenate and ABG II Devices
Stryker® Orthopaedics voluntarily recalled certain hip implant models after reports of fretting and corrosion that can cause complications, such as tissue death and metallosis.

Wright PROFEMUR® and CONSERVE® Hip Implants
Patients with certain Wright hip implant models may require further surgical procedures due to higher-than-average premature failure rates.

Zimmer Durom® Acetabular Component (“Durom Cup”)
Due to inadequate instructions for use, Zimmer voluntarily recalled its Durom® Cup metal-on-metal hip implant in 2008.

If you or someone you love suffered complications after a hip replacement surgery, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries. Call our experienced defective medical device attorneys today for a free evaluation.

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After a Wreck

by John Kirtley, III | June 30th, 2016

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Unfortunately, car wrecks happen all the time. Insurance companies are in business solely to earn a profit, from the money you pay to them in insurance premiums and from their investments. They will try to do everything in their power to pay as little on your claim as possible.

Here are a few important things to consider when you are involved in a wreck:

  1. Call the police to investigate. Obviously, if you are injured, get medical attention immediately. However, if you are able to remain at the scene, it is always better to wait for the police and make sure they create a report of the incident. The insurance company will do everything it can to try to blame you for the accident if that can help it avoid liability. A police report may not be conclusive, but it could be strong evidence in your favor. If you are physically able to do so without harming yourself, try to get statements from witnesses as well as names and contact information.
  2. Get photos of the scene including skid marks, damage to the vehicles, where the vehicles stopped after the crash, the intersection or scene, perhaps, even, the parties involved. Take a picture of their driver’s license and insurance card.
  3. Do not admit the wreck was your fault. Do not lie, either, because that will only make your case worse – and could subject you to criminal penalties.  Negligence, or “tort,” law can be more complicated than it seems. Talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer about your rights.
  4. Don’t trust the adjuster. The adjuster works for the insurance company. While he or she may seem like a nice person who wants to help, his/her ultimate loyalty is to ensure the insurance company pays you as little money as possible.
  5. Assume all your communications with the insurance adjuster will be recorded, but never verbally consent to a recorded statement without a lawyer present. What you say can, and will, be used against you by the insurance company. In general, other than timely reporting the accident to the insurance company, it is always best to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer and have the lawyer negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf.
  6. If you receive follow-up medical treatment, follow the doctor’s advice. Get whatever medical treatment you need to get you back to as good of a medical recovery as possible.
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Birth Control Medications Linked to Blood Clots

by Cary Graham | June 28th, 2016

More than one-fourth of all women in the U.S. take birth control medication for a variety of reasons. Beyond contraception, many take it to regulate their menstrual cycles, lower the risk of some cancers, and even help with skin issues such as acne. Yaz, a popular birth control medication, was widely prescribed to treat these conditions. However, in recent years, it has been linked to serious health complications that could be fatal for some women.

Yaz contains the synthetic hormone drospirenone. Years ago, a British study revealed that drugs that contain drospirenone, including Yaz, increase the risk of developing blood clots, pulmonary embolisms, and strokes. The FDA confirmed the connection in 2012, warning that taking the medication puts patients at risk of developing blood clots. These blood clots can result in serious health complications and even death.

Many patients who suffered complications after taking Yaz have come forward to seek damages for their injuries, winning large settlements from the manufacturer. If you or someone you love suffered health complications after taking a birth control medication containing drospirenone, call our experienced drug injury lawyers today for a free evaluation of your claim. We’ll fully investigate the cause of your injuries and fight to get you maximum compensation.

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Diabetes Medications Linked to Cancer and Heart Failure

by Cary Graham | June 21st, 2016

In 2012, 29 million people across the U.S. had diabetes, and that number continues to rise. With an increased prevalence comes new medications and treatments. A series of such medications known as incretin mimetics have become a common treatment method for Type 2 diabetes. Onglyza® and Kombiglyze® are incretin mimetics that many diabetes patients have been prescribed. However, recent studies have shown a link between these medications and an increased risk of pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, and heart failure.

The link to heart failure was first reported in 2013 by the New England Journal of Medicine. The FDA followed up that study with an investigation of their own, resulting in a 2015 warning that patients who take Ongylza or Kombiglyze are at a higher risk of suffering from heart failure. Similar studies have produced a link between these medications and an increased risk of thyroid and pancreatic cancer.

If you or someone you love from heart failure or was diagnosed with thyroid or pancreatic cancer after taking Ongylza or Kombiglyze, call our drug injury lawyers immediately. We are actively seeking cases involving these potentially dangerous drugs in an effort to hold the manufacturers accountable. You may be entitled to significant compensation, so call us today.

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IVC Filter Lawsuits for Blood Clot Victims

by Cary Graham | June 14th, 2016

Blood clots in the heart or lungs can be deadly. Known as a lung or pulmonary embolism, this condition can happen without warning when at-risk patients don’t take preventative measures. Medical manufacturers created inferior vena cava (IVC) filters to catch blood clot fragments that originate in the legs or pelvis before they can travel to the heart or lungs. However, these devices have come under increased scrutiny of late due to risks of failure or fracture.

IVC filters are implanted into patients at risk of suffering sudden blockages. Over time, these devices can either fail, sending fragments of the device and its filtered contents to the heart or lungs, or shift within the body to areas surgery can’t reach. Both possibilities can lead to serious injury and even death.

You may have had an IVC filter implanted if were:

  • diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis,
  • immobile,
  • a recent trauma victim,
  • recovering from surgery,
  • suffering from a pulmonary embolism,
  • or otherwise determined to be at risk for a pulmonary embolism.

If you or someone you love suffered complications from an implanted IVC filter, call our medical product liability attorneys right now for a free evaluation of your claim. You may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer, but your time may be limited to bring a claim. So call today.

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$72 Million Verdict for Talcum Powder-Related Death

by Cary Graham | June 7th, 2016

Talcum powder is one of the most common ingredients in hygiene products, used in facial powders, body powders, cosmetics, and more. The widespread use of products with talcum powder makes the recent medical discovery even more frightening. Studies have linked the use of products containing talcum powder to an increased risk of ovarian cancer in women.

Feminine hygiene products that contain talc include:

  • baby powder,
  • body powders, such as Shower to Shower®,
  • condoms,
  • diaphragms,
  • feminine washes,
  • sanitary napkins,
  • tampons,
  • and vaginal deodorants.

Since the ovarian cancer link was discovered, many victims have come forward to hold the manufacturers of these products accountable. Some of these lawsuits have resulted in massive settlements and verdicts, including a $72 million verdict in 2016 for a 62-year-old woman who died of ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products for feminine hygiene.

If you or someone you love suffered ovarian cancer after using talcum powder, call our experienced drug injury lawyers immediately for a free evaluation. Our team of investigators and medical professionals will determine if your condition is linked to talcum powder use. If a link exists, we’ll fight to get you maximum compensation for your injuries. You deserve to be paid for what you’ve gone through. Give us a call today.

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Mirena: Turning a Blind Eye

by Christina Feller | May 31st, 2016

iStock_000085123163_LargeWhat is Mirena®?

Mirena® is an intrauterine system manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals which releases the hormone levonorgestrel directly into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. Although the manufacturer of Mirena has admitted it is unsure exactly how the product works, they believe it may thin the uterine lining and thicken cervical mucus, reducing sperm survival and preventing pregnancy.

What is the problem?

Levonorgestrel has been linked to a condition called pseudotumor cerebri (PTC), also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH). This condition develops when a person’s cerebrospinal fluid builds up in the skull causing increased pressure on the optic nerve. Complications include migraines, papilledema, optic nerve damage, blurred vision, double vision, vision loss, or blindness and may be temporary, permanent, or recur throughout the patient’s lifetime. A diagnosis typically will involve a MRI or CT scan to rule out other causes such as a tumor or blood clot along with a lumbar puncture or spinal tap to evaluate the fluid in the skull.

What did they know?

Birth controls like Norplant® and Jadelle®, which also contain levonorgestrel, have warned about the risk of developing idiopathic intracranial hypertension or pseudotumor cerebri (IIH/PTC) as far back as 1993. In 1995, the New England Journal of Medicine noted that levonorgestrel may have contributed to several reported instances of IIH/PTC.  By the mid-1990s, Norplant faced tens of thousands of lawsuits, some claiming the drug caused IIH/PTC. In 1996, the FDA received a citizens petition requesting Norplant be removed from the market because of a number of adverse events including IIH/PTC. Despite all of these red flags linking levonorgestrel to this serious medical condition, the FDA and Bayer turned a blind eye. Mirena was approved by the FDA and then put on the market in 2000 without any mention of pseudotumor cerebri or idiopathic intracranial hypertension in its label.

How can I take action?

At Ferrer, Poirot, Wansbrough, Feller, Daniel, Abney & Linville, we are committed to helping victims of harmful products and devices. We believe big corporations should be held accountable when they turn a blind eye and put harmful products on the market without warning of potential serious side effects. If you or a loved one suffered from Mirena side effects and are interested in a Mirena lawsuit, please call our office at 1-800-521-4492 to speak with our experienced staff who can connect you to a Mirena attorney.

Mirena® is a registered trademark of the Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and is used here only to identify the product in question.

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