Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough | Injury Law Blog

Former Players Say NFL is Stalling on Settlement Payments

by Staff Blogger | November 21st, 2017

Research shows that repeated blows to the head and resulting brain injuries may be linked to the development of brain deterioration and conditions like ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia.

20,000 former NFL players filed a class-action lawsuit against the league claiming that it hid the damages and potential complications associated with repeated brain injuries and concussions from players.

In 2015, the league and former players reached a $1 billion settlement that would cover nearly every former player for the next 65 years. However, families of former players and their lawyers say that the NFL has put up many roadblocks to prevent them from getting payments. In fact, only 140 out of 1,400 claims have been approved. The other 90 percent of pending claims are still being evaluated or have been sent back to players and their attorneys for amendments before they can be further processed.

Players and their families are accusing the league of using stalling tactics to get them to accept smaller payments or no payments at all.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we know how serious sports-related concussions and brain damage are. Victims can suffer profound disabilities and difficulties with daily life and living independently, and symptoms often worsen over time.

If you or someone you love was injured while playing in the NFL and needs representation for concussion-related complications, our NFL concussion settlement lawyers are here to help. Call our office today for a free consultation.

What Compensation is Available for Injured Medical Device Recipients?

by Staff Blogger | November 14th, 2017

Medical devices are designed to help alleviate symptoms of a variety of conditions and illnesses and to provide relief to patients suffering from chronic pain, heart abnormalities, and joint pain or immobility. Even when patients make the decision to receive a medical implant, they may require several months of consultations and check-ups before they are approved.

Unfortunately, some patients who go through this process and receive medical devices—which often involves risky surgeries—end up feeling worse than they did before they received their implants. Their lives may even be in jeopardy as a result. At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, it’s our goal to make sure victims of defective medical devices get the help they deserve.

Our defective medical device lawyers fight to get compensation for our clients for things like:

  • Medical bills – People who receive defective medical devices must not only pay for their original surgeries, but they may also have to pay for revision surgeries.
  • Lost wages – Many recipients of defective medical devices suffer so much pain and immobility that they become unable to return to work for months or even years.
  • Pain and suffering – Going through a potentially risky surgery only to have their health worsen is a nightmare scenario for patients, resulting in even more health complications than before their implants.

Victims of defective medical devices may feel helpless after receiving them. We’re here to make sure their voices are heard. If you or a loved one were harmed by a defective medical device, don’t wait to get the legal advocacy you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.

How We Handle Drug Injury Claims

by Staff Blogger | November 7th, 2017

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we know that many people feel helpless and without recourse when they are injured or become ill after taking a prescription or over-the-counter medication. After all, pursuing compensation from a multibillion dollar pharmaceutical company on your own can feel like a daunting and impossible task.

The U.S.’s legal system makes it possible for everyday citizens to have their voices heard when they’re harmed by another person or party, whether it was a distracted driver or a Fortune 500 company. Our drug injury lawyers have years of experience assisting people who were harmed by all types of medications, and we aren’t afraid of big companies and their legal teams.

It’s our goal to help drug injury victims like you by:

  • Collecting the facts. First, we determine the medication you were taking and the complications it may have caused. In many cases, victims of drug injuries suffer complications that were previously identified by the manufacturer or U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but the victims themselves were never warned.
  • Building a claim. After establishing that you were injured or hurt by a medication, we start building a claim. We’ll calculate the damages you suffered because of taking the drug and make sure the pharmaceutical and insurance companies know how much you’re owed.

You don’t have to suffer alone after a drug injury. Get in touch with a legal team who understands what you’re going through and knows how to help. Call our office today for a free consultation.

Don’t Delay If You Suspect a Drug Injury.

by Staff Blogger | October 31st, 2017

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we know the dangers that some prescription and even over-the-counter medications can pose to the people who take them. From cancer and cardiovascular injuries to depression and suicide, a wide variety of illnesses, injuries, and severe health complications have been linked to medications that are supposed to help people get better.

Our drug injury lawyers are here to help those who have been harmed by prescription medications, including antidepressants, birth control medications, diabetes drugs, pain-management drugs, antibiotics, and more. And while we have years of experience assisting drug injury victims and their families, we also know that many drug injuries are emergencies that require other more immediate forms of assistance.

If you or someone you love suffers a drug injury, you should:

  • Get medical attention immediately. Drug injuries range in severity and urgency. Some may cause health problems that require immediate medical attention, including difficulty breathing, blood clots, and bleeding.
  • Call your doctor and ask for advice. Some drug injuries and complications take months, years, or even decades to become apparent. If you suspect that you or your loved one is developing or has developed a drug-related illness that isn’t a medical emergency, talk to your doctor right away, but never stop taking a medication without first getting their approval.

Drug injuries can range from disabling to life-threatening. Acting fast can not only make a difference when it comes to getting compensation—it can even save your life. After you’ve received the medical attention you need, call our law firm for a free consultation.

Questions to Ask Before Medical Implant Surgery

by Staff Blogger | October 24th, 2017

For many people, medical devices and implants are life-saving. They can help reduce symptoms of serious diseases, increase mobility, reduce pain, and even ensure that a person’s heart continues beating properly.

But for others, medical devices and implants can cause a host of complications, pain, and illness. The dangers of medical implants are two-fold. First, doctors and surgeons can make mistakes when prescribing medical devices, surgically implanting devices, or caring for patients post-op. Second, medical devices can be inherently dangerous due to poor manufacturing, design flaws, or low-quality components.

If you’re about to receive an implanted medical device, ask these questions:

  • Are there known side effects or complications associated with the device? As a patient, you have the right to be informed about your condition and all treatment options, including their potential risks, side effects, and complications.
  • Is the device removable or permanent? There’s always a risk of complications when a foreign object is implanted into the body. Removable devices are more easily taken out, but permanent implants can require major surgery to remove.

Being as informed as possible about the risks and reversibility of an implant before you agree to surgery can help you make the right decision for yourself and for your loved ones.

If you were injured or became ill after receiving a medical device implant, the defective medical device lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough want to help. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation.

The End of Daylight Saving Time Increases Auto Accident Risks

by Staff Blogger | October 17th, 2017

On Nov. 5, 2017, daylight saving time will end at 2 a.m., causing clocks to roll back one hour. An extra hour of sleep is a welcome relief for many Americans, but a study shows that it can come with a price. Although most people will wake up to a little more sunlight, their commutes to and from work may be a little more dangerous.

Experts believe that the rise in accidents is linked to less daylight in the evening hours, especially on the Monday following the time change. By the time daylight saving time ends, days are already getting shorter. And with the clocks shifting back one hour, darkness comes much earlier, which can result in many dangerous circumstances and behaviors in drivers.

In addition to poor visibility, the earlier sunset also requires drivers to adjust to changing light conditions, which can lead to accident-causing behaviors. Those behaviors can include speeding or simply being less attentive to other vehicles on the road. Another potential factor is an increased consumption of alcohol, as some people may feel stressed by the time change and drink more than usual.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our Dallas car accident lawyers know that the causes of crashes can change from accident to accident. We’re dedicated to helping injured auto accident victims get the compensation they deserve for their medical bills and lost wages, and we know how to build strong claims that get results. Call today for a free consultation.

What Causes Medical Devices to be Defective?

by Staff Blogger | October 10th, 2017

Medical devices are consumer products that are inserted into patients’ bodies to manage symptoms of serious diseases and conditions or to improve their quality of life. Implantable medical devices include metal-on-metal hip replacements, intrauterine devices, knee implants, hernia meshes, and IVC filters.

In most cases, these devices function as intended. They often help relieve debilitating symptoms and help patients manage their conditions more easily. But there’s always a risk when a medical device is implanted inside a patient’s body, and if complications develop, they can be life-threatening.

Medical devices can injure, sicken, or even kill due to these potential defects:

  • Flawed design – Some medical devices and implants are flawed even before they’re released to the market. They may have design errors that can cause them to fail once implanted, putting patients at risk.
  • Flawed manufacturing process – Even if the design is sound, medical devices and implants can fail if they aren’t manufactured correctly and with high-quality materials. Poorly made medical devices can break down inside a patient’s body and increase their risks of bleeding, developing infection, or organ perforation.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, it’s our goal to help anyone who was injured by a defective medical device. We know how devastating it can be to have surgery to receive a medical device implant—only to find out that it caused more harm than good.

If you or a loved one were harmed by a defective medical device, get in touch with our defective medical device lawyers today for a free consultation.

Medications Can Contribute to Auto Accidents

by Staff Blogger | October 3rd, 2017

Many over-the-counter and prescription medications have warnings that caution patients against getting behind the wheel after taking them, as certain side effects can make it difficult to drive safely.

However, countless drivers across the country drive while under the influence of powerful medications everyday, putting them, their passengers, and other motorists at risk of being involved in serious accidents.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we know that many medications can cause potentially dangerous side effects, complications, and injuries. But we also know that they can put patients’ lives at risk when their directions aren’t properly followed.

Many types of medications can cause the following side effects, which can increase the risk of car accidents:

  • Drowsiness – Medications that induce drowsiness can cause drivers to lose focus and concentration on the task at hand. They may even nod off or fall asleep while driving.
  • Dizziness – Some medications cause dizziness, which can impair coordination and motor skills. Drivers who experience this side effect may have difficulty steering their vehicles, causing them to swerve into other lanes or off the road.

Medication-induced car accidents are a growing problem in the U.S., especially due to the large number of drivers who get behind the wheel after consuming powerful over-the-counter and prescription drugs. If you or someone you love was hurt in a crash, our Dallas car accident lawyers know how to investigate and fight for clients’ rights to compensation. Call today for a free consultation.

Stay Informed About Drug Safety Updates and Recalls

by Staff Blogger | September 26th, 2017

If you or someone you love was prescribed a medication, it’s important to learn as much as possible about it. While doctors and pharmacists are helpful resources, they may not give you all the information you need to take the drug safely or to know how to spot adverse reactions or drug injuries.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we know that many drugs are recalled or restricted every year due to new findings that link them to serious side effects. In some cases, drugs are even pulled off the market completely. Patients who already filled their prescriptions may be unaware of those changes, which can put their health in jeopardy.

Use these resources to stay informed about any drugs you or your loved ones take:

Drug injuries can cause victims to suffer lasting and even permanent complications. Our drug injury lawyers are dedicated to fighting for the rights of those who were seriously injured by potentially unsafe medications. Your family deserves answers if a medication caused you or your loved one to suffer. Call today for a free consultation.

How We’re Fighting the Nation’s Opioid Epidemic

by Staff Blogger | September 19th, 2017

Opioids are chemicals used in painkiller medications and are designed to act on the body’s opioid receptors to produce powerful pain-relieving effects. While opioids are effective in helping injured and sick patients manage their pain, they’re also extremely addictive.

Doctors and hospitals have long been aware of the connection between opioids and addiction, but recently, opioid drug manufacturers have launched a campaign to discredit their addictive potential. This has resulted in an increase in opioid prescriptions throughout the United States, and now, nearly two million Americans are suffering from substance abuse disorders involving prescription pain medications from 2016.

To combat this growing crisis, the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough have teamed up with Fears Nachawati Law Firm to take on the manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkiller medications. In addition to fighting for the rights of innocent victims whose lives were forever changed by opioid addiction, we’re also offering one-third of the legal fees we receive from clients to law firms who help us gain a foothold in their local counties, cities, hospital districts, or Native American tribes.

Our team will fly to partnering law firms’ cities, make a presentation to the local governing body about our solutions for the opioid crisis, and answer their questions. Upon completion, the referring firms will receive one-third of the fees we collect just for arranging the introduction.

Interested in learning more? Contact Attorney Matt Daniel today.