Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough | Injury Law Blog

The 3 Most Common Types of Environmental Injuries

by Keith Adkins | August 12th, 2014

The environments where we live and work can have a significant impact on our health. Some experts contend that personal injury lawyers and the civil justice system play a large part in educating the public about environmental dangers.

The American Association for Justice states that three of the most common environmental injuries include:

  1. Air Pollution- Research shows as many as 50 million Americans live in environments with poor air quality. The heavy metals, chemicals, and toxins expelled from large factories and plants cause much of this pollution. The Clean Air Act was passed to prevent such atrocities from happening, but each year attorneys continue to fight with companies in violation of these laws.
  2. Contaminated Water and Land- More than 49 million Americans live in areas where water and soil contain unsafe materials. While there are as many as 23,000 violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act each year, the federal government only holds 3 percent of violators responsible accountable for their actions.
  3. Toxic Chemicals- Many American workers continue to be exposed to toxic chemicals in industrial environments, and environmental injuries caused by exposure can sometimes take years to develop. For example, some workers develop Mesothelioma decades after exposure to asbestos.

It’s important for those whose lives have been affected by environmental hazards to know that help is available. At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we can help you get back on your feet by guiding you through the processes that are necessary to secure you the compensation you deserve for your injury or illness. Contact us today to discuss your case.

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The 3 Most Common Preventable Medical Mistakes

by Keith Adkins | August 5th, 2014

Even with technology and safety advances in the medical industry, patients continue to suffer injuries from negligent care. In fact, estimates show that as many as 98,000 people die per year as a result of medical mistakes that are made in hospitals.

This leaves many citizens wondering what the most common types of medical errors are. The American Association for Justice has outlined the three mistakes that are most common:

  1. Surgical Errors- These mistakes often include doctors or surgeons performing procedures on the wrong parts of patients’ bodies. Equipment left in the body also qualify as serious surgical errors, as does the negligent use of medical products or tools.
  2. Drug Injury- Instances where patients receive the wrong drug are all too common, but they don’t happen as regularly as patients being assigned the wrong dosages of the right medications.
  3. Infection- Data indicates as many as 2 million patients develop diseases from exposure at medical facilities.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our team of drug injury lawyers has seen the devastating results medical errors can have on the lives of patients and their families. That’s why we encourage anyone who has suffered such harm to discuss their legal rights with a qualified legal representative.

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Health Risks Associated With Weight Loss Drugs and Supplements

by Keith Adkins | July 29th, 2014

There’s a stigma in the United States certain body types are less attractive. This leads many to use weight loss products and drugs to achieve their desired body shapes. Unfortunately, using these products can lead to adverse health events.

Studies link Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH) to the use of certain appetite suppressants. This condition can cause patients to experience high blood pressure in the main artery that runs to the lungs, leading to a variety of health problems and even death. There is no cure for the disease, and it gets worse with time.

The American Lung Association lists some of the most common symptoms associated with PPH as:

  • Heavy Breathing
  • Chest Pain
  • Coughing Blood
  • Edema
  • Fainting
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness

Some of the medications linked to this condition include:

The drug injury attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough have seen the devastating results of drug injuries caused by weight loss medications and encourage citizens to use caution and talk to their doctors before trying any new medications, drugs, or supplements.

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OpenFDA Now Includes Information About Recalled Products

by Keith Adkins | July 22nd, 2014

The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently launched a database to create better access to the agency’s plethora of data. Now, the FDA has stated they have expanded the system to include vital information about faulty products, such as defective medical devices and dangerous medications.

According to a press release from iHealthBeat, the OpenFDA system will now feature several million reports on product recalls and their related adverse health events. The hope of adding these files is to improve transparency of the data collected by the federal government to improve manufacturer accountability and reduce the number of injuries, illnesses, and deaths caused by faulty products.

So far, the OpenFDA is being hailed as a success and has already been accessed by as many as 18,000 mobile devices with more than 2.4 million API calls.

The new system has also sparked engagement with the public, spawning a new website dedicated to answering questions regarding defective products that are recalled.

The drug injury attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are aware of the importance of the public having access to information about recalled products and are excited to see this new system give Americans the ability to retrieve such data at the touch of a button.

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FDA Warns of Children’s Numbing Agent Injury Risk

by Keith Adkins | July 15th, 2014

Many believe prescription drugs present a greater risk of drug injuries than over-the-counter medications, but both types of medications can be equally dangerous.

For instance, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued warnings regarding the risks of giving a baby numbing agents when they are teething. Experts say these products—which can be purchased over the counter—contain anesthetic ingredients that can cause children to experience adverse health events.

Side effects of overdose associated with numbing agents in babies include:

  • Confusion
  • Jitters
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • Vision Troubles
  • Sleeping too easily
  • Death

In response to these dangers, the FDA has suggested parents with teething children refrain from using numbing agents on their children and instead suggest using more traditional options for your child’s chewing, such as teething rings and cold, clean washcloths.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we understand that dangerous drugs come in many forms. That’s why we suggest seeking legal representation if you’ve been harmed by a medication.

Our team of drug injury attorneys is here to speak with you about your case 24/7 by  calling (866) 589-0257.

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Taking Xarelto Presents Numerous Health Risks

by Keith Adkins | July 8th, 2014

Blood thinners—like the drug Xarelto—can be effective at preventing blood clots from developing in patients who have suffered a cardiac event; however, taking such medications can pose certain risks.

Xarelto Side Effects

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that as many as 2,100 reports have been made of individuals suffering serious side effects after taking Xarelto since the medication was approved for use. The most commonly reported Xarelto drug injury is uncontrollable bleeding, but other health problems that have been linked to the drug include:

  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage
  • Hemoglobin Decrease
  • Hematoma
  • Dyspnea
  • Edema Peripheral

Xarelto Warnings

The FDA doesn’t require patients taking Xarelto to undergo regular monitoring of blood levels, which is required with many other blood thinners. This lack of vigilance can lead to patients having an increased risk of experiencing an adverse health event such as a stroke, blood clot, or heart attack.

It was because of these risks the FDA chose to not approve the drug for use in patients who had been diagnosed with acute coronary syndrome more than 90 days prior to beginning a regimen of the drug.

We Can Help

If you or a loved one have suffered an episode of uncontrolled bleeding or developed another health condition as the result of taking Xarelto, the law firm of Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough can help. Our experienced drug injury lawyers are available to give you a free consultation of your case in order to help ensure you get the best possible compensation for your injuries. We can be reached by calling (866) 589-0257 anytime.

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Why Taking The Brand Name Version of a Drug Is So Important To Injury Prevention

by Keith Adkins | July 1st, 2014

While purchasing a generic version of a drug may be a cost effective way to get the medications you need, doing so may present some serious risks. This is because generic drugs are not held to the same manufacturing standards as brand name versions of medications.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a stringent set of rules brand name drug makers must follow when creating their products. These standards include precise measurements of ingredients as well as limits on fillers that can be placed into the product. This creates uniformity to the products that are manufactured.

Generic drugs are made under a different set of standards though, that allow makers to use small variations in the amount of active ingredient that is placed in the drug. This can cause serious hazards to the patient, including the risk of suffering a drug injury.

Take the case that has been brought to light by a doctor from the Cleveland Clinic. In an article from the New York Times Syndicate, the cardiologist explains he saw numerous patients taking a generic version of the drug, AstraZeneca, suffering chest pains. When patients were put back on the brand name version of the drug, the symptoms disappeared.

Now, the two Indian companies who make the generic versions of the drug have announced the voluntary recall of 100,000 units of product due to the medications failing to dissolve and absorb into the patients’ bodies properly.

Problems like these are why the drug injury attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough encourage patients to take the brand name version of medications they are prescribed. If you have suffered a drug injury after taking a generic version of a medication though, the firm encourages you to seek qualified legal representation to ensure your potential rights to compensation are protected under the law.

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FDA Proposes Social Media Rules For Drug And Medical Device Manufacturers

by Keith Adkins | June 17th, 2014

In order to protect United States consumers from the dangers of suffering a drug injury, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) strictly regulates the way medications are marketed. Now, the FDA is stretching its coverage of this field of the medical industry by creating a set of guidelines drug manufacturers should adhere to when posting to social media websites.

The FDA is calling for drug and medical device manufacturers who promote their products via social media to be required to disclose all of the risks a drug or device poses along with its benefits. According to Reuters, companies may also be required to include a link that takes consumers to a webpage that provides a more detailed list of the risks a certain product may pose.

The FDA also provided a set of standards for companies to abide by when attempting to correct misinformation that is being passed along about a product. Companies would be allowed to correct such errors as long as the information that is provided is accurate and not misleading to consumers. A company can also not be held liable for misinformation spread by others.

At the law firm of Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury attorneys want to know what the public’s view on these rules is. Tell us what you think about the proposed changes by posting to our Facebook or Twitter page.

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Johnson & Johnson Failed To Take Action Prior To DePuy Hip Replacement Recall

by Keith Adkins | June 10th, 2014

The companies who design and manufacture the medical devices we use in healthcare today must thoroughly test their products before they are released to ensure they are safe. Companies are sometimes aware of problems with a product and fail to take corrective action, leading to defective medical device claims that can spawn civil litigation.

One such case stems from the DePuy hip replacement recall that was launched several years ago. The claims state the makers of the products, Johnson & Johnson, released two versions of the device—with testing only being conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The other was approved for use based on the results of testing of the similar product.

Thousands of patients had the device implanted with many needing corrective surgery a short time later. It was determined the metals the product was made with were prematurely wearing, causing patients to suffer swelling, pain, and inflammation at the surgical site. Some patients even developed a condition known as Metalosis, in which the body absorbed toxic levels of heavy metal into the blood stream after it wore from the device inside the patient.

An article Yahoo News explains it has now been discovered that Johnson & Johnson was aware of certain faults with the product, but failed to take any action to correct the issues.

If a defective DePuy hip replacement device harmed you, you may be entitled to compensation. At the law firm of Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our team of defective medical product attorneys is available anytime to assess your situation and discuss your needs for legal representation. Call us anytime to talk about your case.

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FDA Recalls Hemodialysis Drug Due To Deadly Contamination

by Keith Adkins | June 3rd, 2014

It’s important that certain safety and sanitation standards are practiced during the manufacturing process of medications in order to ensure the product will be safe for consumption. When and if these standards are not met, patients may be put at a serious risk of suffering a drug injury.

A fine example of the risks was made when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently recalled 49 lots of a Fresenius solution that is used in hemodialysis machines. According to documents from the recall, laboratory testing showed the medications contained a bacterium known as Halomonas.

This particular strain of bacteria thrives in water with a high salinity level and can result in serious adverse health events if it makes it’s way into the human body. In fact, a fatality and two injuries have so far been linked to the contaminated drugs.

Such recalls leave many wondering what they can do to stay aware of defective medications and what they should do if they are in possession of one. At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our team of drug injury attorneys explain the FDA has created a smartphone app that can help keep you up to date on the latest drug recalls. If you find you are in possession of a recalled medication, the app will explain what steps to take next, including whom to contact to report the incident.

It may also behoove an individual who has been harmed by a contaminated drug to discuss their case with an attorney as to ensure their potential rights to compensation are protected.

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