Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough | Injury Law Blog

Contaminated Medication Causes Patient to Lose Legs

by Keith Adkins | December 16th, 2014

Each year thousands of patients are harmed as the result of being administered drugs that were contaminated due to poor handling or manufacturing processes.

One such case resulted in a drug injury lawsuit against the hospital responsible for allegedly giving the victim a dose of a contaminated drug that led to their development of serious health complications.

According to an article from CBS Miami News, the Brevard County hospital was sued after a bypass surgery patient was given a dose of blood thinner contaminated with bacteria. This led to an infection that ultimately resulted in the amputation of the patient’s legs. The victim contends the hospital was made aware of a recall of the contaminated drug, but failed to take action.

The hospital argued the claims should be handled as a medical malpractice case, but a panel of judges recently ruled the case should be heard as-is.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we are aware of the serious harm caused by contaminated patients. That’s why our drug injury lawyers are hopeful a decision in this case will help bring a sense of closure to the victim.

 

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What Are the Steps Involved in a Drug Injury Lawsuit?

by Keith Adkins | December 9th, 2014

When a patient is harmed as the result an unsafe or recalled drug, they may be entitled to seek compensation for damages by filing a drug injury lawsuit. There are several steps to the multidistrict litigation (MDL) process through which many drug injury and defective medical device claims are handled.

Your attorney files your claim after gathering evidence related to your drug injury. Once your case is consolidated alongside other similar claims related to the same drug, the case will proceed through three steps:

  • Discovery- This is an opportunity for plaintiffs’ attorneys and drug company lawyers to exchange information so that both sides can thoroughly consider and understand all aspects of the case.
  • Pretrial- After gathering all the necessary information, both sides present their case to a single judge assigned to the MDL.
  • Settlement Conferences- After hearing arguments, the judge will attempt to mediate a settlement between the plaintiffs’ attorneys assigned to the MDL and the drug company lawyers. If a settlement is reached, each plaintiff receives a settlement based upon his or her injuries. If an agreement cannot be reached between the two sides, individual cases are sent back to the courts where they were filed for trial.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we understand how drug injuries affect victims’ lives. That’s why our drug injury attorneys are here to answer any questions you may have if you or a loved one has been harmed as the result of a recalled or dangerous drug. Call us to learn more about how we can help at (866) 589-0257.

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Testosterone Therapy Heart Attack Cases Set to Go to Trial

by Keith Adkins | December 2nd, 2014

Hormones control many of aspects of our bodies, including mood, bone strength, muscle mass, and sex drive. But as we age, our bodies produce less of these hormones, which can affect the way body systems work.

And while hormone replacement therapies are available, patients who choose certain treatments may be putting their health at serious risk.

A good example of this comes from recent lawsuits filed in connection with testosterone therapy heart attacks. Victims claim companies failed to warn them that testosterone replacement products, such as AndroGel®, might put them at an increased risk of suffering cardiovascular injuries, including stroke and heart attacks.

An order from the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation states certain bellwether cases related to low T therapy injuries are expected to go to trial as early as 2016.

A judge went on to explain that six cases will be selected to go to trial. The results of those cases will be used to determine the future of hundreds of similar cases. The trials will only include injuries involving the use of Androgel®.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we have more than 30 years of experience protecting the rights of drug injury victims. If you or a loved one suffered a heart attack or stroke after using Androgel®, our drug injury lawyers are here to help. Call us 24/7 at (866) 589-0257 to get in touch with our legal team today.

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What Can Be Done to Prevent Prescription Drug Errors?

by Keith Adkins | November 25th, 2014

As Americans, we have access to some of the best medications in the world. But what many people fail to realize that taking certain drugs may put your life in danger.

Estimates show there are roughly 7,000 drug injury fatalities reported annually. That means at least one medication error occurs per hospital patient every day.

So, what are some of the best ways to reduce the number of drug injuries?

According to an article from American Nurse Today, medical professionals should be checking to make sure the “five rights” are being met each time they distribute a medication by:

  1. Ensuring the right drug is being distributed
  2. Making sure the right patient is receiving the drug using two identifiers
  3. Double checking that the right dosage is being administered
  4. Checking that the drug is given at the right time
  5. Administering the medication through the right route

Some doctors have expanded this list to include making sure the drug is being given for the right reason and that the right evaluation of the patient is conducted.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we recognize the importance of safety rules for the distribution of medications. That’s why our team of drug injury lawyers is here to help if you’ve been harmed by a prescription drug. We can help answer any legal questions you may have and help you file a claim for your injuries. Call us today at (866) 589-0257 to discuss your case.

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Many Workout Supplement Remain Available Months After Being Recalled

by Keith Adkins | November 18th, 2014

It’s important to know that taking certain weight loss or muscle building products can lead to workout supplement health risks—and many of these dangerous products make their way back on to the market, even after being recalled.

An article from Food Safety News explains the study examined a total of 27 of the 274 workout and dietary supplements recalled between 2009-2012. They concluded eighteen products contained ingredients considered adulterants in the United States. These ingredients include:

  • Sibutramine
  • Anabolic Steroids
  • Phenolphthalein
  • Sildenafil

Despite these products containing undeclared ingredients, an estimated 68 percent of the products remained on the shelf six months after being recalled. Officials say the reason for the lack of action is the fact the law doesn’t properly regulate the dietary and workout supplement industries.

So what should you do if you’ve been harmed by a dietary or workout supplement? The drug injury attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough suggest discussing your legal rights with an attorney. Our legal team is available to speak with you about your injuries anytime—just dial (866) 589-0257.

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What Causes Drug and Defective Medical Device Injuries?

by Keith Adkins | November 11th, 2014

As Americans, many of us are lucky to have access to some of the best drugs and medical devices in the world. Unfortunately, these items sometimes fail to work as intended, which can lead to drug or defective medical device injuries.

The drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough explain some of the most regularly reported issues stem from:

  • Manufacturing Errors- Sometimes medications can be mixed with the wrong amount of ingredient or in some cases—the wrong ingredient altogether. On the other hand, medical devices may have flaws that weren’t caught during assembly or safety testing.
  • Contamination- Last year, a batch of steroid injections that contained a fungal mold led to a massive outbreak of fungal meningitis that killed dozens and sickened hundreds. Also. if medical devices aren’t sterile when they are implanted, infections can easily occur.
  • Lack of Safety Testing- The law allows medical devices and drugs to be approved without testing if they can be shown to have similar effects as drugs or products that have already been approved. Too often, the items that make it to the market this way harm consumers.

If you’ve been harmed by a defective medical device or dangerous drug, you may have questions about your legal rights. At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we’re here to help you get the answers you need. To learn more, call us at (866) 589-0257.

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Most Common Painkiller Overdoses

by Keith Adkins | November 4th, 2014

There are many medications currently on the market that can cause serious harm when not taken correctly. Many are used to alleviate pain, which is why the painkiller overdose lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough would like to point out a few of the most common painkiller overdoses:

  • Acetaminophen- This over-the-counter drug can be purchased in hundreds of products, including Tylenol® and NyQuil®. It is also found in certain prescription drugs as well. Taking too much acetaminophen can cause serious liver damage, which can lead to death.
  • Fentanyl- Most commonly distributed in patches, this opioid medication is strong enough to pass into the bloodstream through contact with the skin. The strength of this medication is also an indication as to why it is involved in a large quantity of accidental overdose deaths.
  • Oxycodone- Typically prescribed to control moderate to severe chronic pain in patients, this medication is also one of the most commonly prescribed painkillers on the market. Due to the fact this drug is prescribed to patients with persistent pain, many build tolerance to the drug. This can lead to increases in dosage, which also increase the chances of overdose.

If you’ve been harmed as the result of taking a medication prescribed to you by a doctor, the team of drug injury attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough may be able to help. Learn more about what we can do for you by calling us at (866) 589-0257 anytime.

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Study Shows Drug Injuries Caused By Medication Errors Are Common

by Keith Adkins | October 28th, 2014

One of the most common causes for drug injuries in the United States today is medication errors, which occur when patients are given too much or too little of a drug—or the wrong medication altogether.

And according to new research, these types of drug injuries may be more common than you think, especially among children. An article from Time magazine features a new study showing that one in eight children will be victims of medication errors this year alone.

Researchers examined medical records collected over a decade and discovered more than 200,000 drug errors reported to poison control centers each year. The victims in roughly one-third of those cases were children under age 6. Almost 82 percent of the incidents involved liquid medications, while almost 15 percent of injuries were caused by tablets or capsules.

The research team that conducted the study suggested that drug makers improve the labeling and dosage directions for their products.

The drug injury attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough have seen the devastating results that medication errors can have and are hopeful this study prompts action to better protect patients from harm.

 

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What You Can Do to Prevent a Painkiller Overdose

by Keith Adkins | October 22nd, 2014

The development of powerful narcotic painkillers is one of the most significant advancements in the history of medicine. But the United States is currently facing an epidemic of drug injuries caused by painkiller overdoses.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report there were 41,502 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2012. Of those fatalities, 16,007 were the result of misuse and abuse of opioid analgesics.

These numbers have many citizens who use painkiller medications questioning what they can do to prevent drug injuries. The drug injury attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough suggest taking the following steps to avoid unintentional overdoses:

  • Get Educated- Ask your doctor and pharmacist any questions you may have pertaining to medications you’re about to take.
  • Always Follow Instructions- Only take a medication as it has been prescribed. Also, keep the drug in the container it was dispensed in so no dosage issues arise.
  • Avoid Drug Interactions- Make sure other products you consume—such as over-the-counter medications or alcohol—will not cause injury when combined with the medications you’re taking.
  • Seek Treatment Immediately- If you begin to feel like you cannot properly function without taking a medication, you should speak with your doctor about the options available to you. The National Safety Council also provides a hotline if you suspect a loved one may be at risk of harming themselves with painkiller medications.

We hope these tips will help to keep you safe. But if you or a loved one is injured as the result of a drug injury while taking a painkiller, we may be able to help. You can get in touch with our legal team by calling (866) 589-0257 today.

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Drug Injuries: Common Causes and Prevention Methods

by Keith Adkins | October 14th, 2014

As Americans, we are privileged to have access to many medications to treat our illnesses and medical conditions. However, it’s important that we remember that taking certain medications can put us at risk of suffering drug injuries.

Estimates show there are as many as 700,000 people will be injured by drugs this year alone. Of those individuals, an estimated 120,000 will be hospitalized.

The Causes of Drug Injuries

Reports indicate that one of the leading causes for medication errors in the United States are miscommunications between medical staff, prescribing doctors, and patients. Hospital staffs have routinely caused drug injuries by dispensing the wrong medication or giving patients too much or too little of a drug.

We must also consider the high volume of medications distributed in the U.S. each year. As many as one in five citizens take at least one medication on a regular basis, and one in 20 take up to five drugs per day. This has led to approximately 4 billion prescriptions filled in our nation annually and where there is a high volume of people, errors can happen.

Protecting Yourself From Drug Injuries

These numbers leave many wondering how they can prevent drug injuries. Most experts attest to better communication being crucial in this situation. Patients should ask plenty of questions to their doctors and pharmacists prior to beginning to take a new medication. A list of questions that should be asked was published in a recent issue of The Bay State Banner.

If you or someone you love has suffered a drug injury, an experienced drug injury lawyer can help protect your rights to compensation. At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we’re here to answer any questions you may have. To get in touch with our legal staff today, just call (866) 589-0257.

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