Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough | Injury Law Blog

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.

Invokana® Health Complications

by Cary Graham | May 16th, 2017

Invokana® or Invokamet® are prescribed to treat Type 2 diabetes. Although effective in many regards, patients have been known to experience serious side effects that can lead to severe health complications. One such condition is ketoacidosis or high levels of acid in the blood. Other complications include coma, kidney failure, and stroke.

If you or someone you love suffered from any of these conditions after taking Invokana or Invokamet, contact the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough immediately for a free consultation. We’ll review your case at no cost or obligation to you or your family, and if we feel we can help, we’ll take on your case at no initial cost. In fact, you won’t pay us anything until we get money for you.

The condition you or your loved one has had to endure could soon turn into a financial burden. From medical expenses to lost wages, your injury can quickly impact the rest of your life. The good news is you don’t have to face these challenges alone. Contact us today for your free, no obligation consultation and let us help you take your next steps with confidence.

Essure Birth Control Implant Health Complications

by Cary Graham | May 9th, 2017

Thousands of women over the years have undergone a non-invasive procedure to receive an Essure birth control implant. The implant consists of two metal coils that are placed in each fallopian tube. As scar tissue develops around the coils, it effectively blocks any sperm from reaching a woman’s eggs, essentially eliminating the possibility of fertilization. Most have this procedure done because it is quick and non-invasive. However, patients in recent years have suffered severe health complications requiring corrective surgeries including hysterectomy or abdominal surgeries.

Complications that may arise from an Essure implant include:

  • Idiopathic intracranial hypertension/pseudotumor cerebri
  • Puncturing of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and/or other organs
  • Movement of the device within the body
  • Breakage of the device within the body
  • Allergic reactions to nickel used in the implants
  • Development of lupus and certain other autoimmune diseases

If you are one of thousands of women negatively impacted by the Essure birth control implant, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and more from the manufacturer. Contact us today for learn more about your options as a victim. Our defective medical device attorneys are ready to help.

Did Depakote Cause Your Child’s Birth Defect?

by Cary Graham | May 2nd, 2017

Was your child born with a severe birth defect after you were prescribed Depakote? Commonly prescribed to treat neurological and psychological conditions, such as seizures and depression, Depakote increases transmission of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. A hospital in Massachusetts found that unborn children of pregnant women who took drugs that contain valproic acid had a higher risk of developing serious birth defects.

These birth defects include:

Spinal Bifida–a disorder where the vertebrae fails to fully form in the womb, potentially leaving the spinal cord exposed upon birth.

Autism–a developmental condition that may cause difficulty learning, forming personal relationships, and finding employment later in life.

Reduced IQ–some studies show a nine-point gap between children who were exposed to Depakote during pregnancy and those who were not.

If your child was born with a serious birth defect after you were prescribed Depakote, you may be eligible for compensation from the manufacturer. Contact the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough today for a free, obligation evaluation of your claim. Your child may require significant financial resources in the years to come, and we’re ready to help you protect your family’s rights.

GranuFlo and NaturaLyte Health Complications After Dialysis

by Cary Graham | April 25th, 2017

Thousands of Americans undergo dialysis at a routine basis to keep their kidneys functioning as they should. It’s a long process that can significantly raise the acidity in a patient’s blood. To combat that, patients are given chemicals such as GranuFlo and NaturaLyte during dialysis to lower their blood’s acidity levels. However, these chemicals are known to cause high levels of bicarbonate in the blood, which can result in serious health complications, such as heart attack, cardiac arrhythmia, and even death.

In 2011, the manufacturer of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte released an internal memo that stated the company was aware of a six-fold risk increase for heart attack for those who were given these chemicals during dialysis. Yet, they did not recall the chemicals, potentially putting thousands more Americans at risk of serious cardiac events.

If someone you love was injured or died after dialysis treatments that involved GranuFlo or NaturaLyte, the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough want to help. Contact us today for a free, no obligation evaluation of your claim. You may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer for what you and your family have gone through. You don’t have to go through this alone. Contact us today.

Fentanyl Overdoses Can Be Fatal

by Cary Graham | April 18th, 2017

Pain management is an important part of many medical treatment plans. Beyond providing relief from chronic pain, these plans can give patients and their families a new lease on life. In recent years, physicians have prescribed Fentanyl patches as part of those pain management plans because of their controlled release design that can provide hours of pain relief. However, some of these patches have been recalled due to a defect that can lead to fatal overdoses.

If you or someone you love is using a Fentanyl patch for pain relief, check to see if the brand you use is one of the following:

  • Actavis, Inc. (formally known as Abrika Pharmaceuticals, Inc.)
  • Duragesic®
  • Sandoz®

At Ferrer, Point & Wansbrough, we hope that you and your doctor are able to make any necessary changes to your pain management plan before an injury occurs. However, if you or someone you love suffered an overdose after using a Fentanyl patch, we want to hear from you. Our Fentanyl pain patch lawyers have experience fighting to secure compensation for victims, and we’d like to help you as well. Contact us today for a free evaluation of your claim.

Workout Supplements Elicit Serious Health Concerns

by Cary Graham | April 11th, 2017

The health supplement industry is booming. From informercials at night to entire storefronts selling their wares, health supplement companies are making millions from a variety of products, all promising to enhance some part of your life. A popular category in the industry is dietary supplements that are advertised to boost energy, metabolism, and concentration. Unfortunately, many of these supplements contain an ingredient that has been linked to serious health complications.

DMAA (dimethylamylamine) is one of the key ingredients in many workout dietary supplements, which has similar effects as aphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance. It’s use has been linked to a number of serious health conditions, including:

  • cardiac arrest,
  • fainting,
  • heart attack,
  • heart palpitations,
  • heat stroke,
  • kidney failure,
  • liver failure,
  • seizure,
  • and even death.

The following supplements are known to contain DMAA:

  • Jack3d™
  • OxyElite Pro™
  • Nutrex LIPO 6 Black™ products
  • Nutrex HEMO-RAGE Black™
  • iSatori PWR™
  • MuscleTech™ NeuroCore™
  • MuscleTech™ HydroxyStim®
  • Fahrenheit Nutrition Lean EFX™
  • Muscle Warfare Napalm™
  • SNI Nitric Blast™
  • BIORhythm SSIN Juice™
  • MuscleMeds Code Red™
  • SEI MethylHex 4,2™
  • Gaspari Nutrition Spirodex™

If you or someone you love suffered harmful side effects after taking one of the above supplements, call us immediately for a free consultation. The drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough have been helping drug injury victims for years better understand their rights to compensation, and we’re ready to help you too. Contact us today for your free, no consultation claim evaluation.

Help for Mesothelioma Victims

by Cary Graham | April 4th, 2017

Asbestos fibers are no longer used in U.S. based products, but for decades, they were found in practically everything. That’s a scary thought considering asbestos fibers have been linked to one of the most deadly forms of cancer–mesothelioma. Mesothelioma has no cure and affects the membranes lining the abdominal cavity, internal organs, and can spread to the heart. Asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma, and if you’ve ever been exposed to asbestos fibers, you may be at risk.

Although no longer in production, there are plenty of existing products that may still contain asbestos fibers, such as:

  • Construction materials (insulation, plaster, textured paint)
  • Automotive components (brake pads, gaskets)
  • Firefighting materials
  • Railroad and shipbuilding components
  • Steel working and demolition

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, we want to speak with you immediately. Since asbestos has a long latency period, you may have been exposed to the fibers 20 to 40 years ago and just now are developing symptoms. You may be eligible to file a claim for your condition. Contact us today for a free evaluation.

Pradaxa Linked to Fatal Bleeding Events

by Cary Graham | March 28th, 2017

Non-valvular atrial fibrillation or AFib is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that can cause heart palpitations, fatigue, and shortness of breath. Traditionally, this condition was treated with Coumadin (warfarin), an anticoagulant drug approved more than 60 years ago. The downside of Coumadin is it requires monthly blood tests and adherence to strict dietary requirements. A newer drug known as Pradaxa does not have these limitations, which is why it has become a popular alternative among physicians for reducing the risk of stroke in patients with AFib. However, in recent years, its popularity has waned due to a series of fatal bleeding events linked to the medication.

In 2008, the manufacturer of Pradaxa reported 260 fatal bleeding events related to the drug leading to a full FDA investigation into the risk. Those especially susceptible to increased risk of abdominal bleeding while taking Pradaxa include those who:

  • are 75 years old or older.
  • have existing kidney problems.
  • have stomach bleeding or an ulcer.
  • are taking other drugs that can increase the risk of bleeding, including aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and other blood thinners.

If you or someone you love has been hospitalized for severe bleeding after taking Pradaxa, the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough want to help. You may be eligible for compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and more. Give us a call today for a free evaluation of your claim.

Prozac and SSRI Antidepressant Birth Defect Risks

by Cary Graham | March 21st, 2017

Major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bulimia nervosa are just a few mental disorders that can devastate an individual and their families. For those who suffer from one of these disorders, medication can provide lifesaving relief from debilitating symptoms. Prozac is an antidepressant medication known as a SSRI, which has been used to treat these afflictions for several years. Although effective in subduing symptoms, SSRI drugs have come under increased scrutiny in recent years for their apparent link to serious birth defects.

In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned that SSRI antidepressants may cause serious birth defects in newborns if their mothers took these medications while pregnant.

Birth defects linked to Prozac include:

  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN)—a condition that causes blood vessels in the lungs to constrict, potentially requiring a lung transplant to survive.
  • Autism—a mental condition that limits communication and relationship capacities, as well as the ability to process language and abstract thoughts.
  • Septal Defect—a cardiac condition whereby holes in the walls of their heart develop, causing poor blood circulation. This condition requires open-heart surgery to correct.

If your child was born with a birth defect after you were prescribed a SSRI antidepressant during pregnancy, we want to help. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and more. Call the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough today for a free evaluation of your claim.