Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough | Injury Law Blog

Depo-Provera® and Breast Cancer Risk

by Cary Graham | February 21st, 2017

Birth control has come a long way in the last 30 years. From oral medication to routine injections, women have a variety of options when it comes to contraception. However, not all forms of birth control are inherently safe. An injection-based birth control called Depo-Provera® has recently come under intense scrutiny due to a possible link between its extended use and breast cancer.

According to researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, women who used Depo-Provera for more than one year had a 2.2-fold increased risk of developing breast cancer, specifically Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC) and Invasive Lobular Carcinoma (ILC). Both forms of cancer can be fatal if undetected or left untreated.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we know how devastating it can be to receive a cancer diagnosis. It immediately sends shockwaves throughout your life and the lives of those you love. It can make it worse knowing that a prescription drug, such as Depo-Provera, may have caused your cancer. That’s why we fight so hard to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for the harmful medications they put on the market. For more than 30 year, we’ve been standing up for drug injury victims and fighting to get them the compensation they need to recover from their injuries.

If you or someone you love was diagnosed with breast cancer after taking Depo-Provera, call the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough today for a free evaluation of your claim. We’re ready to put more than 30 years worth of experience to work for you. Contact us today.

Cancer Risk in Hysterectomies That Use Power Morcellators

by Cary Graham | February 14th, 2017

Thousands of women every year undergo a hysterectomy. Over the years, this procedure has become less and less invasive, reducing incision size and recovery time. One innovative technique involves the use of power morcellators to remove the patient’s uterus and uterine fibroids through a small incision. Although less invasive, this technique has come under scrutiny in recent years for its part in spreading slow-growing cancer cells throughout the abdominal cavity.

Power morcellators enable the surgeon to essentially slice the uterus into pieces and remove those pieces through a smaller incision than traditional hysterectomies. Although this generally makes the surgery less invasive, the multiple cuts within the abdominal cavity can spread liquidized cancer tissue. Patients with undetected uterine sarcoma—a type of cancer that includes uterine leiomyosarcoma (ULMS)—are especially at risk.

If you or someone you love underwent a laparoscopic hysterectomy and developed ULMS, abdominal cancer, or uterine cancer, we want to help. You may be eligible for compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and more. Call our defective medical device attorneys today for a free evaluation of your claim. We have more than 30 years of experience fighting for the rights of defective medical device victims, and we’re ready to put that experience to work for you.

Granuflo and NaturaLyte Health Complications

by Cary Graham | February 7th, 2017

Dialysis can be lifesaving. The process eliminates waste and excess water from the blood when the kidneys can no longer do so on their own. Without dialysis, thousands of patients around the world would suffer dire health complications.

However, dialysis doesn’t come without its own risks. Certain chemicals, such as Granuflo® and NaturaLyte®, are used during the process to help lower the acidity of the patient’s blood. These chemicals have been known to cause high levels of bicarbonate in the blood, possibly leading to heart attacks, cardiac arrhythmias, and even death. To make matters worse, the manufacturer of these chemicals were aware of the increased risks as early as 2011, yet failed to pull the potentially harmful products from the market. At the time of this writing, it’s impossible to know just how many patients sustained injuries or died due to the continued use of these products.

If you or someone you love suffered health complications after dialysis treatments that involved Granuflo or NaturaLyte, you may be eligible for damages from the manufacturer. Call our experienced drug injury lawyers today for a free consultation. We’re ready to investigate your claim and fight on your behalf. You’ve been through enough already. Contact us today.

Hernia Mesh Failures Lead to Serious Health Complications

by Cary Graham | January 31st, 2017

Hernia mesh is used in a variety of surgeries, including hernia repair, chest wall reconstruction, and wound treatment. It is a vital tool doctors use regularly to correct a trauma the patient has suffered. But all hernia mesh products aren’t created equal. In recent years, several hernia mesh models have been known to cause severe health complications after surgery. These complications include infection, allergic reactions, surgical mesh failures, and internal organ damage. If left untreated, many of these conditions could turn fatal.

If you’ve undergone a surgery that required a hernia mesh and have experienced any of the following complications, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Allergic reactions
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Intestinal fistulas
  • Mesh erosion or failure
  • Organ perforation
  • Renal failure
  • Ulcers

An experienced defective medical device attorneys today for a free evaluation of your claim. You could be eligible for compensation for damages such as past, present, and future medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you’re not sure if your hernia mesh is the cause of your complications, we may be able to help. Our investigative team knows how to uncover the true causes of drug injuries, and we want to fight for you.

You’ve been through enough already. It’s time that you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough today.

$9 Billion Verdict for Actos Cancer Victims

by Cary Graham | January 24th, 2017

The diabetes drug Actos belongs to a class of medication called thiazolidinediones. These drugs were initially designed to treat the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes, and have since been prescribed to hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Although Actos and other medications in this drug class are effective in treating Type 2 diabetes, they’ve also been known to cause serious health complications to users, including an increased risk of developing bladder cancer or suffering heart failure.

In 2011, the FDA released a warning that linked the prolonged use of Actos to an increased risk of bladder cancer. That announcement also included a mandate for stronger warning label language to be used on Actos packaging. Despite the FDA warning, more and more patients were prescribed the drug, increasing the number of people at risk and resulting in a 2014 verdict ordering Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited and Eli Lilly & Company to pay $9 billion in punitive damages for concealing these risks.

If you’ve suffered health complications after taking the diabetes drug Actos, you may be entitled to a substantial cash award from the drug manufacturer. Call our experienced drug injury lawyers today for a free evaluation of your claim. You deserve to be compensated for what you’ve been through, and we’re ready to fight for the money you deserve. Contact us today.

Essure Birth Control Health Complications

by Cary Graham | January 17th, 2017

For decades, major surgery was the only permanent birth control option for women. These surgeries were almost all invasive, requiring an extensive recovery time. In 2002, a less-invasive option was approved by the FDA that millions of women have since undertaken. It’s called Essure—a device that is placed in each fallopian tube that essentially blocks sperm and prevents fertilization. Although effective in preventing pregnancy, many Essure patients have reported severe health complications that require further surgeries to correct.

These complications include:

  • 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

Reports of complications are so widespread that the FDA is forcing Bayer to conduct further clinical studies to determine the risks to women. In addition, the FDA will include a black label warning on the device, which is the strictest warning the agency issues for a medical device or prescription drug.

If you or someone you love suffered health complications after having an Essure device implanted, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call our experienced defective medical device attorneys today for a free evaluation of your claim.

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.