Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough | Injury Law Blog

After a Wreck

by John Kirtley, III | June 30th, 2016

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.
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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.

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Diabetes Medications Linked to Cancer and Heart Failure

by Cary Graham | June 21st, 2016

In 2012, 29 million people across the U.S. had diabetes, and that number continues to rise. With an increased prevalence comes new medications and treatments. A series of such medications known as incretin mimetics have become a common treatment method for Type 2 diabetes. Onglyza® and Kombiglyze® are incretin mimetics that many diabetes patients have been prescribed. However, recent studies have shown a link between these medications and an increased risk of pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, and heart failure.

The link to heart failure was first reported in 2013 by the New England Journal of Medicine. The FDA followed up that study with an investigation of their own, resulting in a 2015 warning that patients who take Ongylza or Kombiglyze are at a higher risk of suffering from heart failure. Similar studies have produced a link between these medications and an increased risk of thyroid and pancreatic cancer.

If you or someone you love from heart failure or was diagnosed with thyroid or pancreatic cancer after taking Ongylza or Kombiglyze, call our drug injury lawyers immediately. We are actively seeking cases involving these potentially dangerous drugs in an effort to hold the manufacturers accountable. You may be entitled to significant compensation, so call us today.

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IVC Filter Lawsuits for Blood Clot Victims

by Cary Graham | June 14th, 2016

Blood clots in the heart or lungs can be deadly. Known as a lung or pulmonary embolism, this condition can happen without warning when at-risk patients don’t take preventative measures. Medical manufacturers created inferior vena cava (IVC) filters to catch blood clot fragments that originate in the legs or pelvis before they can travel to the heart or lungs. However, these devices have come under increased scrutiny of late due to risks of failure or fracture.

IVC filters are implanted into patients at risk of suffering sudden blockages. Over time, these devices can either fail, sending fragments of the device and its filtered contents to the heart or lungs, or shift within the body to areas surgery can’t reach. Both possibilities can lead to serious injury and even death.

You may have had an IVC filter implanted if were:

  • diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis,
  • immobile,
  • a recent trauma victim,
  • recovering from surgery,
  • suffering from a pulmonary embolism,
  • or otherwise determined to be at risk for a pulmonary embolism.

If you or someone you love suffered complications from an implanted IVC filter, call our medical product liability attorneys right now for a free evaluation of your claim. You may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer, but your time may be limited to bring a claim. So call today.

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$72 Million Verdict for Talcum Powder-Related Death

by Cary Graham | June 7th, 2016

Talcum powder is one of the most common ingredients in hygiene products, used in facial powders, body powders, cosmetics, and more. The widespread use of products with talcum powder makes the recent medical discovery even more frightening. Studies have linked the use of products containing talcum powder to an increased risk of ovarian cancer in women.

Feminine hygiene products that contain talc include:

  • baby powder,
  • body powders, such as Shower to Shower®,
  • condoms,
  • diaphragms,
  • feminine washes,
  • sanitary napkins,
  • tampons,
  • and vaginal deodorants.

Since the ovarian cancer link was discovered, many victims have come forward to hold the manufacturers of these products accountable. Some of these lawsuits have resulted in massive settlements and verdicts, including a $72 million verdict in 2016 for a 62-year-old woman who died of ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products for feminine hygiene.

If you or someone you love suffered ovarian cancer after using talcum powder, call our experienced drug injury lawyers immediately for a free evaluation. Our team of investigators and medical professionals will determine if your condition is linked to talcum powder use. If a link exists, we’ll fight to get you maximum compensation for your injuries. You deserve to be paid for what you’ve gone through. Give us a call today.

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Mirena: Turning a Blind Eye

by Christina Feller | May 31st, 2016

iStock_000085123163_LargeWhat is Mirena®?

Mirena® is an intrauterine system manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals which releases the hormone levonorgestrel directly into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. Although the manufacturer of Mirena has admitted it is unsure exactly how the product works, they believe it may thin the uterine lining and thicken cervical mucus, reducing sperm survival and preventing pregnancy.

What is the problem?

Levonorgestrel has been linked to a condition called pseudotumor cerebri (PTC), also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH). This condition develops when a person’s cerebrospinal fluid builds up in the skull causing increased pressure on the optic nerve. Complications include migraines, papilledema, optic nerve damage, blurred vision, double vision, vision loss, or blindness and may be temporary, permanent, or recur throughout the patient’s lifetime. A diagnosis typically will involve a MRI or CT scan to rule out other causes such as a tumor or blood clot along with a lumbar puncture or spinal tap to evaluate the fluid in the skull.

What did they know?

Birth controls like Norplant® and Jadelle®, which also contain levonorgestrel, have warned about the risk of developing idiopathic intracranial hypertension or pseudotumor cerebri (IIH/PTC) as far back as 1993. In 1995, the New England Journal of Medicine noted that levonorgestrel may have contributed to several reported instances of IIH/PTC.  By the mid-1990s, Norplant faced tens of thousands of lawsuits, some claiming the drug caused IIH/PTC. In 1996, the FDA received a citizens petition requesting Norplant be removed from the market because of a number of adverse events including IIH/PTC. Despite all of these red flags linking levonorgestrel to this serious medical condition, the FDA and Bayer turned a blind eye. Mirena was approved by the FDA and then put on the market in 2000 without any mention of pseudotumor cerebri or idiopathic intracranial hypertension in its label.

How can I take action?

At Ferrer, Poirot, Wansbrough, Feller, Daniel, Abney & Linville, we are committed to helping victims of harmful products and devices. We believe big corporations should be held accountable when they turn a blind eye and put harmful products on the market without warning of potential serious side effects. If you or a loved one suffered from Mirena side effects and are interested in a Mirena lawsuit, please call our office at 1-800-521-4492 to speak with our experienced staff who can connect you to a Mirena attorney.

Mirena® is a registered trademark of the Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and is used here only to identify the product in question.

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Oxycodone Overdoses From Prescribed Use

by Cary Graham | May 31st, 2016

Painkillers are prescribed for a number of conditions and are intended to alleviate pain on a short-term basis. Oxycodone is one of the most widely prescribed types of painkillers due to its time-released formulation and quick initial impact. Although the abuse of painkillers can lead to medical complications, many patients have experienced lethal overdoses even when using the medication as prescribed.

Oxycodone is an opioid painkiller. When used for prolonged periods of time, the body naturally develops a tolerance for the drug, leading doctors to prescribe increased dosages that put patients at risk. Symptoms of an opioid overdose include breathing problems, extreme sleepiness, and small pupils. If you experience any of these symptoms after taking Oxycodone, seek medical attention immediately.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we understand that no amount of money can compensate you for the loss of a loved one, especially when their death could have been avoided. However, seeking justice for your loved one who overdosed on Oxycodone from no fault of their own could help prevent someone else from suffering the same fate. If you lost a loved one who took Oxycodone as prescribed, call our drug injury attorneys today for a free consultation. Your loved one deserves justice, and we’ll fight to get it for them.

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Chemotherapy Drug Linked to Permanent Hair Loss

by Cary Graham | May 24th, 2016

After you were diagnosed with breast cancer, you committed to the fight of a lifetime. Together with your oncologist, you developed a plan, weighed all the possible side effects, and pushed ahead full-force. After months of treatments, your cancer is in remission, but now you face another medical challenge you weren’t even aware of, and unfortunately, it’s one with no cure.

The breast cancer chemotherapy drug Taxotere has been linked to an incurable form of alopecia, resulting in severe and permanent hair loss. Patients who were given this drug lost their hair during treatment with the understanding that it would grow back once the treatment was complete, only to find their hair loss was permanent. To make matters worse, the manufacturer may have known about this devastating side effect and kept it from physicians and the patients they treat.

If you’ve suffered permanent hair loss after being given the breast cancer chemotherapy drug Taxotere, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Call our drug injury lawyers for a free evaluation of your case. We’ll investigate the cause of your condition and fight to get you maximum compensation. Join the hundreds of victims from around the country who are standing up for their rights to compensation by giving us a call today.

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Heartburn Drugs Linked to Kidney Disease

by Cary Graham | May 19th, 2016

Heartburn drugs are some of the most popular on pharmacy shelves, as they treat one of the most common ailments in the U.S. today. When these over-the-counter solutions don’t quite do the trick, physicians have an equally vast set of prescription options, such as Prilosec, Nexium, and Zegerid. Although effective in treating symptoms of chronic heartburn, recently discovered side effects have left many users battling for their lives.

Prilosec, Nexium, and Zegerid have been linked to chronic kidney disease and kidney failure in patients. The link was discovered in a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers concluded that patients who took these medications once per day had a 15% greater chance of developing chronic kidney disease. The risk jumps to 46 percent for those who took the medication twice a day.

If you or someone you love took Prilosec, Nexium, or Zegerid and developed kidney disease, call our drug injury lawyers immediately. Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough is actively fighting on behalf of other victims to get them maximum compensation for their injuries, and we’re ready to help you as well. The manufacturers of these drugs have made billions from their sales. Don’t let them continue to profit from your misfortune. Call us today.

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Topamax Linked to Birth Defects

by Cary Graham | May 10th, 2016

Topamax is a medication originally prescribed to treat epilepsy and migraines. However, like many prescription medications, doctors and medical professionals have found additional uses for the drug, such as a treatment for obesity, smoking cessation, cluster headaches, and alcoholism. Despite the breadth of ailments the drug addresses, it has been linked to serious side effects that every woman taking the medication should be aware of.

In 2011, the FDA issued a warning that babies exposed to Topamax while in the womb may have an increased risk of developing birth defects, including cleft palate and cleft lip. These physical deformities can require painful and expensive procedures to correct, putting your child through unnecessary pain and suffering. And even with corrective surgery, lifelong scars can lead to psychological problems, such as low self-esteem and social anxiety.

If you were prescribed Topamax and your child was born with a cleft palate or lip, you may be entitled to compensation. Our Topamax birth defect lawyers will fully investigate the cause of your child’s condition and hold the manufacturer financially responsible. We have more than 30 years of experience fighting for the rights of drug injury victims, and we’re ready to put that experience to work for you. Call today for your free claim evaluation.

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