Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough | Injury Law Blog

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.

Melanoma Risk After Taking Viagra

by Cary Graham | March 14th, 2017

Viagra has become one of the most widely prescribed medications to treat erectile dysfunction in men. Fueled by an extensive marketing campaign, Viagra has been tried by at least 25 million men in America since its inception in 1998. However, the medication has come under increased scrutiny over the past several years as studies have linked its use to an increased risk of developing melanoma.

Melanoma is one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer. A recent study suggests that men who have taken Viagra are nearly twice as likely to develop melanoma than those who have not. The study demonstrated the increased risk in question existed despite family histories, medical histories, and/or ultraviolet exposure. Many patients were not aware of that risk when first prescribed the drug, leading to a number of pending lawsuits.

If you developed melanoma after taking Viagra, the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough want to help. We’ve been fighting on behalf of drug injury victims for more than 30 years, and we’re ready to do the same for you. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and more. Contact us today for your free claim evaluation. Let us put our experience to work for you.

Stöckert 3T Heater-Cooler System Infections

by Cary Graham | March 7th, 2017

Cardiac surgery is one of the most complex and riskiest types of surgery, as it often requires the flow of blood to diverted while the heart is being operated on. Surgeons depend on devices such as the Stöckert 3T heater-cooler system to keep the body stable as the surgical staff works. The device is designed to monitor and adjust the temperature of the blood during surgery. However, it has recently come under increased scrutiny due to a risk associated with its use of fatal infections that can lie dormant for up to four years.

In 2015, the FDA issued a safety communication after receiving more than 30 reports of infection potentially linked to the Stöckert 3T heater-cooler system. Since then, even more cases have been reported. The infections in question are called nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infections. Because these infections can lie dormant for an extended amount of time, it could be years before patients start to show symptoms. Even then, the infection can be mistaken for pulmonary disease, delaying vital treatment.

If you or someone you love developed a NTM infection after undergoing cardiac surgery, the medical device injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough want to help. Give us a call for a free consultation. You and your family may be entitled to compensation for what you’ve been through, so contact us today.

Antibiotic Drugs Linked to Heart Conditions

by Cary Graham | February 28th, 2017

Antibiotic drugs can be lifesaving. They help us fight off deadly infections that would otherwise wreak havoc on our bodies. In recent years, there has been a growing concern over evidence that we may be building up immunities to antibiotics, rendering them essentially useless. Although a valid concern, a more immediate threat exists from taking certain antibiotics, and the consequences could be fatal.

Levaquin, Avelox, and Cipro are antibiotic drugs used to treat common ailments, such as sinus, skin, lungs, and urinary tract infections. Although effective in these treatments, these drugs have also been linked to serious heart and nervous system complications. These conditions include aortic dissection, aortic aneurism, and peripheral neuropathy.

If you’ve been prescribed Levaquin, Avelox, or Cipro and have developed any of the following symptoms, seek medical attention immediately:

  • Pain
  • Burning
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Slower reflexes
  • Weakness
  • Change in sensation to:
    • Light touch
    • Pain
    • Temperature
    • Body position

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we’ve been helping drug injury victims for more than 30 years. Our drug injury lawyers are ready to hear your story and fight to get you the compensation you deserve. If you or someone you love was diagnosed with aortic dissection, aortic aneurism, and peripheral neuropathy after taking Levaquin, Avelox, or Cipro, contact us today for a free evaluation of your claim.

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.