Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough | Injury Law Blog

Millions Awarded to Transvaginal Mesh Victims

by Cary Graham | October 25th, 2016

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we help the victims of defective medical devices get the compensation they deserve for their injuries. From hip replacements to bone grafts, we’ve seen the devastation defective medical devices can have on patients. Potentially the most devastating of these cases deals with defective transvaginal mesh (TVM) implants.

TVM implants were designed to treat women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI). The mesh is implanted to keep the patient’s organs in place inside the body cavity. Due to defective design and/or materials, many TVM implants have been known to fail, resulting in painful and potentially life-threatening complications. These complications most often can only be rectified by additional surgeries.

After multiple FDA safety warnings, transvaginal mesh implants are still being used in surgeries today, putting additional patients at risk. However, there is something victims can do to get the justice they deserve.

If you suffered complications after a TVM implant, give us a call immediately. You may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. Many victims have already won lawsuits in the millions of dollars, and the experienced TVM injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough may be able to help you get a similar verdict.

Call us today for a free evaluation of your claim.

3 Common Birth Defects Linked to Celexa

by Cary Graham | October 18th, 2016

Antidepressant medication is often prescribed to help treat mild to severe depression, schizophrenia, and other mental disorders. Many of these medications, such as Celexa, work as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) that increase serotonin levels in the brain, producing a temporary feeling of happiness and wellbeing. Although SSRIs have been successful in helping relieve the crippling symptoms of depression, they’ve also been linked to terrifying side effects for expectant mothers.

The FDA has warned that expectant mothers who took Celexa and other SSRIs during pregnancy have an increased risk of their children developing birth defects. These birth defects include:

  • Craniosynostosis—A condition when the joints in an infant’s skull close too soon and the brain doesn’t have enough room to develop.
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN)—a potentially fatal condition that results in a newborn’s blood being directed away from the lungs because of problems with the circulatory system.
  • Cleft Palate—a condition in which a developing baby’s mouth fails to fully develop while in the womb.

If your child suffered birth defects after you were prescribed Celexa during pregnancy, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Call our experienced drug injury lawyers today for a free evaluation of your claim. Your child deserves the best medical treatment available, and we’ll fight to secure the money that treatment will require. Contact us today.

New Stryker Recall for Defective Hip Implants

by Cary Graham | October 7th, 2016

Hip replacement surgery can have a profoundly positive impact on a patient’s mobility. Unfortunately, not every patient that undergoes hip replacement surgery gets to enjoy the intended benefits of the procedure. In recent years, thousands of hip replacement patients have suffered severe health complications due to defective hip replacement components from manufacturers such as Stryker and DePuy, and it looks like that trend continues.

Due to extensive complaints concerning the failure of key components in their Accolade TMZF, Accolade 2, Meridian, and Citation models, Stryker is expected to announce yet another recall of select hip replacement components. The defective components concern the femoral head assembly, an integral part of the surgical device. Failure of these components can lead to significant health complications for the patient, often requiring painful corrective surgeries to correct.

If you or someone you love suffered health complications due to failed hip implant components, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Call our experienced hip recall 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 from the manufacturer. You deserve payment for what you’ve gone through, and we’re ready to help you get it.

Tanning Bed Cancer Diagnosis Lead to Lawsuits

by Cary Graham | October 4th, 2016

The summer sun is fading and the hot weather is beginning to give way to cooler temperatures. Although fall is just beginning, winter will be here before you know it, leaving many folks looking for ways to keep their summer tans alive. If that sounds like you, we recommend you take tanning beds off the list of options. Excessive exposure to UV radiation from tanning beds has been linked to life-threatening cancers, such as melanoma.

Tanning beds expose users to two different types of UV radiation, both of which can lead to cancer. The FDA issued regulations in 2014 to strengthen the warnings placed on tanning beds, but for many, those warnings came too late. Thousands of people across the U.S. have been diagnosed with skin cancers that may be have been in part caused by the use of tanning beds. Many of these victims are seeking financial compensation for their injuries and are turning to Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough to handle their claim.

If you were diagnosed with cancer after using an indoor tanning device, give us a call immediately for a free evaluation of your claim. You may be entitled to compensation, but your time could be limited to bring a claim. Call us today and we’ll get started on your case immediately.

Appetite Suppressants Linked to Rare Heart Disorder

by Cary Graham | September 27th, 2016

The intense pressure many Americans place on themselves to be thin has led some to undergo risky surgical procedures, as well as ingest a variety of pharmaceuticals claiming to be a quick diet fix. Unfortunately, some of these medications can cause severe side effects and even death, leaving thousands of patients searching for safer alternatives.

In recent years, appetite-suppressant drugs have become popular amongst those looking to lose significant weight, as they seem to carry less risk than medications such as Fen-Phen. However, a potential link has been found between those who take appetite-suppressant drugs and the development of Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH), a rare, progressive disorder. PPH can lead to significant health complications if not recognized and treated.

Common symptoms of PPH include:

  • flushed color of the lips or skin
  • difficulty breathing
  • chest pain
  • coughing up blood
  • dizziness, fainting or fatigue
  • edema (swelling of feet or ankles)

If you or someone you love developed Primary Pulmonary Hypertension after taking appetite-suppressant drugs, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. Call our drug injury lawyers today for a free evaluation of your claim. Your time may be limited to bring a claim, so contact us today.

Fentanyl Pain Patch Linked to Fatal Overdoses

by Cary Graham | September 20th, 2016

Pain management is an important component of treating conditions that cause chronic pain. Most physicians take a multifaceted approach to pain management, prescribing a combination of non-prescription and prescription treatments. One common prescription treatment in recent years has been Fentanyl, an adhesive patch that releases narcotic-grade pain medication into a patient’s bloodstream over a 48-72-hour period. Although effective when manufactured correctly, defective Fentanyl patches can lead to overdose and even death.

Because Fentanyl is 80 times more potent than morphine, the FDA warns that patients who are wrongly prescribed the treatment could be at serious risk of overdose. However, some patients who were correctly prescribed Fentanyl are experiencing overdoses as well due to defective patches being released by the manufacturer. Due to this risk, Fentanyl patches have been recalled to reduce the number of impacted patients, but for many, it’s too late.

If you or a loved one suffered an overdose after using a Fentanyl pain patch, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. Call our experienced drug injury lawyers today for a free evaluation of your claim. We’re ready to hear your story and fight for what you deserve. Don’t let the manufacturer profit off of your misfortune. Contact us today.

Legal Help for Diflucan Birth Defect Victims

by Cary Graham | September 13th, 2016

Diflucan is an antibiotic medication that’s used to treat and/or prevent certain types of fungal infections, such as yeast infections and fungal meningitis. In recent years, the medication has come under increased scrutiny for potential links to serious and severe birth defects. The FDA warned in 2011 that pregnant women who took or were given Diflucan while pregnant may have an increased risk of their children developing birth defects.

Types of birth defects that may be caused by prolonged use of Diflucan include:

  • Brachycephaly—a condition that causes premature fusion of bones at the top of the skull, leading to an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
  • Arthrogryposis—a condition that results in physical deformities due to shortened joints in the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, and knees.

If you were given Diflucan during pregnancy and your child suffered birth injuries, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. Call our experienced drug injury attorneys today for a free evaluation of your claim. Your child and your family deserve justice for what you’ve gone through. Our attorneys will fight on your family’s behalf to hold the manufacturer accountable. Contact us today.

Granuflo and NaturaLyte Linked to Cardiac-Related Deaths

by Cary Graham | September 6th, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of people undergo dialysis treatments every year. These treatments help patients with kidney issues stay balanced by removing excess waste, salt, and water within the body. Medications, such as Granuflo and NaturaLyte, are used in conjunction with the treatment to lower the acidity in the patient’s blood. However, these medications have been linked in recent years to serious heart conditions, such as heart attacks, cardiac arrhythmias, and even death.

Since these drugs were released, it has been found that both Granuflo and NaturaLyte increase the levels of bicarbonate in the blood, which causes a host of cardiac-related health issues. In 2011, the manufacturer of the medications released an internal memo that stated they were aware of the adverse effects of the drugs, but instead of pulling the drugs, they continued to sell them, putting thousands of additional patients at risk.

If you or someone you love suffered from cardiac-related health conditions after taking Granuflo or NaturaLyte, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. Call our experienced drug injury lawyers today for a free evaluation of your claim. We’ll fight to uphold your rights to compensation by holding the manufacturer accountable. Don’t wait to get the help you need. Contact us today.

Drug Manufacturers May Be Liable for Hydrocodone Overdoses

by Cary Graham | August 30th, 2016

Painkillers and other forms of pain management are an important component of many patients’ recoveries. They enable patients to keep their pain at bay long enough for their bodies to rebuild themselves. Unfortunately, many painkillers can be addictive, leading to an unhealthy dependence on the medication. As tolerance levels increase, the drug becomes less effective in smaller doses. And as the dosage increases, the risk of overdose increases as well, which can lead to serious health complications and even death.

Hydrocodone is one of the most often prescribed painkillers on the market. Many Hydrocodone combinations contain paracetamol, which can cause liver damage or failure in high dosages. Because of the significant risks associated with overdose, the FDA reclassified the drug in 2013 to make it harder for doctors and other medical professionals to prescribe it.

If you or someone you love suffered an overdose after being prescribed Hydrocodone, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. Give our experienced drug injury lawyers a call today for a free evaluation of your claim. We’ll  investigate your case and help defend your right to compensation by holding the manufacturer accountable.

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.