Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough | Injury Law Blog

Over-the-Counter Medications with Potentially Severe Side Effects

by Staff Blogger | July 25th, 2017

Many people associate severe side effects with prescription medications. But it’s important to know that some over-the-counter medications also have the potential to cause people who take them to suffer debilitating and even life-threatening complications.

While these side effects are rare, many of them can happen to anyone at any time after taking the medications—even if they’ve taken hundreds of doses in the past with no side effects. Some of the over-the-counter medications that are linked to severe side effects include:

  • Sodium phosphate laxatives
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about sodium phosphate laxatives in Jan. 2014. The laxatives, which can cause dehydration and low electrolyte levels, are linked to 13 deaths in people who overdosed or had coexisting health conditions.
  • Nasal decongestants and acetaminophen
    People suffering from colds and flus may combine pain relievers and nasal decongestants. However, decongestants containing phenylephrine should never be combined with medications containing acetaminophen, as they can interact and cause dizziness and elevated blood pressure.

Drug injuries can be life-changing—and even life-threatening. If you or someone you love was hurt by a medication, our drug injury attorneys want to speak with you. We’re ready to investigate the injury and begin building a claim that can give you the best possible chances of getting results. Get in touch with us today for a free case review.

Low T Therapies and Heart Attacks

by Cary Graham | July 18th, 2017

If you’ve watched late-night TV recently, you’ve probably seen a number of commercials boasting proven therapies for Low T, a medical condition that can affect the sex drive, energy levels, and bone strength in men. A number of therapies are marketed to men with Low T, including Androgel, Axiron, patches, injections, gels, and pills. Unfortunately, some of these treatments have been linked to serious health risks and complications.

A recent study revealed that men with a history of heart disease were at an increased risk of heart attacks while undergoing testosterone therapy. In fact, men under 65 who have a family history of heart disease were twice as likely to suffer a heart attack, while all men over 65, regardless of medical history, are at the same degree of risk while taking Low T treatments. In addition, men who use AndroGel may be at an increased risk for deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, stroke, or even death.

If you or someone you love suffered a heart attack after undergoing any type of testosterone treatment, you may be entitled to compensation from the drug manufacturer. Call the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough today for a free evaluation of your claim.

Birth Defects Linked to Depakote

by Cary Graham | July 11th, 2017

Physicians prescribe Depakote to patients suffering from a variety of neurological and psychological conditions, including mood disorders, seizures, and depression. The medication increases the transmission of certain neurotransmitters in the brain to alleviate symptoms to these conditions. Unfortunately, the medication has been linked to serious health complications for pregnant women and their unborn children.

Depakote contains valproic acid, which has been linked to severe birth defects. The Massachusetts General Hospital found that women who took Depakote or other drugs containing valproic acid may be at a higher risk of delivering children with serious birth defects, such as spina bifida, autism, and reduced IQ. Each of these defects can have a significant impact on the development of the child, leading to physical and developmental challenges for their entire lives.

If your child suffered severe birth defects after you were prescribed Depakote while pregnant, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer for medical expenses and more. Call the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough today for a free evaluation of your claim. We’ll review your case for free and fight to get you and your family the compensation you deserve. Contact us today.

Talcum Powder Cancer Verdicts Exceed $100 Million

by Cary Graham | July 4th, 2017

Talcum powder has been manufactured for decades and is commonly used in baby powders, body powders, cosmetics, and feminine washes. In recent years, products containing talcum powder have been linked to ovarian cancer in women. Talcum powders do not break down in the body, compounding the risk the longer the product is used. If you or someone you love developed ovarian cancer after using products containing talcum powder, you may be eligible for compensation from the manufacturer.

In a landmark case, jurors awarded $72 million in damages to a family of a 62-year old woman who died of ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products for decades. During the trial, evidence showed that Johnson & Johnson knew the risk of ovarian cancer linked to their products, but kept them on the shelves anyway. Soon after, another jury awarded $55 million to a woman in Missouri. To date, more than 1,200 lawsuits have been filed connected to talcum powder.

If you or someone you love was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder, call our defective product lawyers today for a free evaluation of your case. You may have a strong product liability case, and we’re happy to help you determine your next steps. Contact us today.

Breast Implants Linked to Cancer

by Cary Graham | June 27th, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of women receive breast implants every year for a variety of reasons. Whether due to a mastectomy or for purely cosmetic reasons, the quality and safety of the implants are extremely important. In recent years, some implants have been linked to an increased risk of a rare and potentially fatal form of cancer. The risk is associated with thousands of textured implants, yet the threat isn’t prominent on product labeling.

Thankfully, if caught early, this form of lymphoma can be treated by corrective surgery and/or chemotherapy. However, the longer it goes undiagnosed, the harder it may be to eliminate the disease. Women should look for the following symptoms:

  • Painful swelling
  • Fluid buildup around the implant
  • Lumps in the breast or armpit

If you or someone you love underwent breast augmentation and developed lymphoma, contact the lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough immediately. You may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer for medical expenses and more. We’ll do everything within our power to determine the cause of your condition and fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation. The lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough want to help.

3 Types of Birth Defects Linked to Clomid

by Cary Graham | June 20th, 2017

Clomid, a selective estrogen receptor modulator, is prescribed to help women who suffer from anovulation, a condition that impairs their ability to ovulate. It does so by promoting the increase of hormone production by interacting with the the hypothalamus in the brain. Although proven to increase the chances of getting pregnant, Clomid has been linked to an increased risk of birth defects.

Three types of birth defects that have been linked to Clomid include:

  • Anencephaly
    The top of the skull fails to close together, resulting in the absence of portions of the skull, scalp, and brain. Children born with this condition have a low survival rate.
  • Esophageal Atresia
    The esophagus closes without connecting to the stomach during fetal development, possibly requiring immediate surgical repair of the esophagus.
  • Omphalocele
    The internal organs of a fetus grow outside the body, carrying a high risk of infant death and heart problems.

If your child was born with any of the above birth defects after you were prescribed Clomid, call our drug injury lawyers immediately for a free consultation. The drug manufacturer may be liable for damages, but your window for bringing a lawsuit could be small. Contact us today.

Will Your Shoulder Replacement Surgery Fail?

by Cary Graham | June 13th, 2017

Shoulder replacement surgery has become a common procedure performed in hospitals around the world. The surgeons who perform this procedure depend on manufacturers, such as Zimmer Biomet, to provide safe and durable medical devices. One of theses devices, the Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder Humeral, has been used in thousands of shoulder replacement surgeries. In fact, if you’ve undergone shoulder replacement surgery since 2008, you may have one of these devices implanted in you right now.

In recent years, the Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder Humeral has been recalled due to reports of the device fracturing inside the patient’s body, causing sever pain and loss of shoulder function. Victims of these malfunctions often require corrective surgeries in order to regain use of their shoulders.

If you or someone you love experienced shoulder pain or loss of function after undergoing a total shoulder replacement surgery, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer. Call Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough today for a free evaluation of your claim. Our legal staff is ready to investigate the cause of your health complications and hold the responsible party accountable. That could mean compensation for medical expenses and much more. Contact us today for your free, no obligation consultation.

Lipitor Linked to Type 2 Diabetes

by Cary Graham | June 6th, 2017

Patients with high cholesterol are often prescribed a mix of medications and lifestyle changes to keep it in check. One popular medication is Lipitor, manufactured by Pfizer, Inc. Lipitor can help lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, and chest pains in patients at risk of heart disease. However, it can also increase the risk of another disease to which there is no cure.

Lipitor has been known to increase blood glucose levels in patients, which can lead to the development of Type 2 diabetes. In 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a drug safety communication that warned of this risk. Since then, the risk of increased glucose levels has been included in a warning on the medication’s packaging. However, before 2012, there was no warning of this risk on the Lipitor labeling. That left thousands of patients unaware they may be at an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

If you were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes after taking Lipitor, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer. Contact the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough for a free, no obligation consultation. We’ll work to get you compensation for medical expenses and more. Call us today.

Antibiotic Health Risks

by Cary Graham | May 30th, 2017

For decades, antibiotics have been a one-two punch for combating infection. These miracle drugs have saved thousands of lives over the years and continue to be an important tool in the medical profession’s arsenal. Levaquin, Avelox, and Cipro are antibiotics that are used to treat sinus infections, skin infections, and urinary tract infections. In recent years, their effectiveness has been overshadowed by the risk of serious health complications for patients who take them, including aortic dissection, aortic aneurism, and peripheral neuropathy.

All three of these drugs belong to a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration updated the warnings on these drugs to include the risk of peripheral neuropathy and nervous system damage. Symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Burning
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Slower reflexes
  • Weakness
  • Change in sensation to:
    • Light touch
    • Pain
    • Temperature
    • Body position

If you or someone you love suffered from peripheral neuropathy after taking Levaquin, Avelox, or Cipro, you may be eligible for compensation from the manufacturer. Give the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough a call today for a free, no obligation consultation. You’ve been through a lot already, and we want to help. Contact us today.

Low-T Treatments Linked to Heart Attacks

by Cary Graham | May 23rd, 2017

Low testosterone therapies and medications have become a popular subject for television advertising. There are a number of new drugs and medications on the market that claim to help men suffering from “Low-T”, a condition that affects men’s sex drive, mood, energy levels, muscle mass, and bone strength. Although many men have seen positive results from these types of therapies, some have suffered severe health complications, including an increased risk of heart attack.

A recent study reported that men with a history of heart problems were twice as likely to suffer a heart attack after using testosterone treatments than after using erectile disfunction medications. Both types of medications are used to increase male sexual performance. It was also reported that heart attacks doubled during the first three months of testosterone treatments in men under the age of 65 with a history of heart problems.

If you or someone you love suffered heart complications after taking testosterone treatments, call us immediately for a free consultation. You and your family may entitled to compensation from the manufacturer for medical expenses and more. You’ve been through enough already. The drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough want to help. Contact us today.