Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough | Injury Law Blog

Infuse Bone Graft System Lead to Health Complications

by Cary Graham | August 23rd, 2016

Bone graft systems are used to promote new bone growth in patients undergoing neck and spinal surgeries. One popular option for doctors is the Medtronic Infuse bone graft system initially approved by the FDA in 2002. Since then, it’s been used to treat more than 50,000 patients. However, the product is being reevaluated due to increased risks of severe side effects and health complications after use in a surgical procedure.

Common injuries sustained from the use of the Medtronic Infuse bone graft system include:

  • 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

Due to these increased risks, the FDA has issued a public health notification that states that patients may experience complications between 2 and 14 days following their procedure. These complications can require immediate medical attention and/or corrective surgeries.

If you or someone you love suffered complications after a surgical procedure involving the use of the Medtronic Infuse bone graft system, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. Call our experienced drug injury lawyers today for a free evaluation of your claim.

Kidney Disease Risk from Heartburn Medication

by Cary Graham | August 16th, 2016

Heartburn and acid reflux are two of the most common ailments in the U.S. today. Millions take medication to relieve the symptoms associated with these conditions. Some of the most common types of medication are proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which are designed to reduce the amount of acid in the stomach. However, recent studies have discovered a link between PPIs and chronic kidney disease.

According to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, patients who took PPIs twice a day to treat heartburn or acid reflux face a 46 percent increase of risk for developing kidney disease. These findings were confirmed in another study that found that patients who took PPIs faced a 39 higher risk of developing kidney disease than those who took other types of treatment.

Common medications in this class of drugs are:

  • Nexium®
  • Prevacid®
  • Prilosec®
  • Losec®
  • Protonix®
  • Zegerid®

If you or someone you love suffered from chronic kidney disease after taking any of these medications, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. The drug injury attorneys at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are currently taking cases involving PPI-related injuries, but your window for bringing a lawsuit may be limited. Many victims have already brought lawsuits for their injuries, so don’t delay. Call us today for a free evaluation of your claim.

Antidepressant Linked to Serious Birth Defects

by Cary Graham | August 9th, 2016

Celexa® is an antidepressant medication known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), which works by releasing serotonin into the patient’s system to elicit a positive neurological response. Serotonin is the chemical that is associated with happiness and well-being. Celexa has been most often prescribed to combat major depressive disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, and more. However, there are significant risks of side effects that every expectant mother should be made aware of.

The FDA warns that women who take Celexa during pregnancy have a higher risk of their children developing life-threatening birth defects. These birth defects vary in severity and include:

  • Craniosynostosis—A condition when the brain doesn’t have enough room to develop, resulting in impaired vision and mental development.
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN)—A potentially fatal condition when a newborn’s blood is directed away from the lungs due to circulatory system deficiencies.
  • Cleft Palate—A developing baby’s mouth fails to fully develop while in the womb, potentially resulting in psychological problems and physical discomfort.

If your child suffered birth defects after you were prescribed Celexa, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. Call our experienced Celexa injury attorneys today for a free evaluation of your claim.

Eliquis Linked to Blood Clots and Stroke

by Cary Graham | August 2nd, 2016

Many prescription drugs are designed to reduce or prevent certain medical conditions that can lead to severe or fatal ailments. For instance, you might take a medication that lowers blood glucose levels to keep your diabetes in check. If there are side effects to these medications, they are usually not related to the problem they are intended to solve. However, every once in a while, a medication designed specifically to treat a condition actually makes that condition worse. That may be the case with a blood-thinning drug called Eliquis.

Eliquis is prescribed to reduce the risk of blood clots and stroke. But in recent years, it has been linked to an increased risk of severe bleeding, stroke, or blood clots. Patients were prescribed this drug with the understanding that it would reduce the risks of these deadly conditions, when research shows it may make them worse. To compound the risk to users, there is currently no counteracting drug to stop Eliquis-related bleeding once it starts, putting patients at a high risk of suffering a major bleeding event.

If you or someone you love suffered from blood clots or a stroke after taking Eliquis, call our experienced drug injury attorneys immediately for a free evaluation of your claim. The manufacturer may be liable for significant damages, but your time may be limited to bring a claim, so contact us today.

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.

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.

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.

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.

After a Wreck

by John Kirtley, III | June 30th, 2016

car-wreck

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.

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.