Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough | Injury Law Blog

HeartMate II® Pocket System Controller Recall

by Staff Blogger | September 12th, 2017

Do you or a loved one have a HeartMate II® LVAS Pocket System Controller manufactured by Abbott-Thoratec? If so, you should speak with your doctor right away about your next steps, as the device was recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on May 23, 2017.

The recall was prompted after Abbott-Thoratec received reports of more than 70 incidents, including 19 injuries and 26 deaths. Heartmate II Pocket System Controllers are external power supplies that connect to HeartMate II LVAS pumps, which are implanted heart pumps.

The controllers connect to the pumps via a lead under the skin, and patients are responsible for switching from their main devices to backup devices when necessary. However, the switching procedure can be difficult, and elderly or untrained patients may struggle to perform it. If the switching process takes too long, serious injuries or even death can occur.

Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough is here to assist victims of the recalled HeartMate II Pocket System Controller. We believe that all medical device manufacturers should be held accountable when their products injure or pose risks to patients, especially those who may struggle with complicated procedures like switching power supplies.

Call today for a free consultation. Our defective medical device lawyers are ready to fight for your rights.

Keep Medications Out of the Wrong Hands.

by Staff Blogger | September 5th, 2017

Many families have medicine cabinets full of prescriptions and over-the-counter medications to treat everything from minor ailments to serious diseases. Medications can improve the quality of your life or even save it, but they should only be taken at the proper dosages and only by the people who need them.

Pills and liquid medications can be extremely dangerous to children, pets, and anyone who hasn’t been prescribed them. In addition, some medications may be targeted for theft to be taken recreationally or to be sold.

You can protect your family from being injured by medications by taking the following precautions:

  • Keep medications in locked cabinets out of reach of small children. Small children may mistake pills for candy. Accidental ingestion can put them at risk of suffering severe and even life-threatening side effects. Always put medications in locations where children can’t reach or access them.
  • Never leave prescription bottles in plain sight. Pain medications, anxiolytics, anti-depressants, and muscle relaxants are just a few drugs that are commonly abused or sold illegally. They can also cause potentially fatal side effects if they’re consumed in high doses. Keep these medications in safe places out of plain sight.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we know the healing powers of medications, but we also know the dangers they pose when they’re taken for the wrong reasons or by people who weren’t prescribed them.

If you or someone you love was hurt by a medication, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact our drug injury lawyers today. Give us a call and find out how we can help—our consultations are always free.

2 Steps to Take if You Suspect Your Medical Implant is Defective

by Staff Blogger | August 29th, 2017

There are many types of medical implants, including hip replacements, knee implants, hernia meshes, transvaginal meshes, and shoulder replacement devices. All of these are designed to alleviate symptoms associated with a variety of injuries, illnesses, and medical conditions.

If you received a medical implant or device, you may find relief from your worst symptoms, but you also may experience lost mobility, inflammation, bleeding, or pain. Some medical implants can fail due to design flaws or poor surgical techniques, which may lead to debilitating or potentially life-threatening side effects.

Don’t wait to get help if you suspect your medical implant or device is defective—follow these two steps right away:

  1. Get medical attention immediately. If you’re in severe pain or notice bleeding, go to an emergency room to get treated as quickly as possible. Tell the doctors and nurses about your medical device and the symptoms you’re experiencing. X-rays and a full physical examination can help them determine if your medical implant is causing your symptoms and if you need revision surgery or to have the device removed.
  1. Call an experienced defective medical device lawyer. Medical devices are designed to make people like you feel better, but some of them can be dangerous and pose serious health risks. Having a law firm on your side can help you maximize your chances of getting compensation for any medical bills and lost wages you incur because of your defective implant.

Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough has assisted many people who suffered because of poorly designed or manufactured medical devices, and we can help you, too. Contact our defective medical device lawyers today for a free consultation.

Risperdal® Can Have Devastating Side Effects for Teens

by Staff Blogger | August 22nd, 2017

Adolescence can be a difficult period of life for many people, especially when they’re suffering from mental and mood disorders like bipolar disorder or irritability associated with autism. An antipsychotic drug called Risperdal® is prescribed to adolescent boys who suffer from these conditions, but it’s also linked to severe side effects.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we’ve helped families whose sons were affected by the drug and its life-altering side effects, which can include:

  • Gynecomastia – A 2006 study showed that Risperdal is linked to the development of abnormally large breast tissue in adolescent boys due to its effects on hormones.
  • Neurological problems – Risperdal is also linked to severe neurological side effects including anxiety, dizziness, restless muscle movements in the face, seizures and convulsions, and tremors.

Despite the risk of serious and life-changing side effects, doctors are still prescribing Risperdal to adolescents, and it has not been recalled by the Food and Drug Administration or its manufacturer Johnson & Johnson.

If you or your child developed physical or neurological side effects after taking this medication, our Risperdal drug injury lawyers want to speak with you. Contact us any time for a free consultation to discuss your options.

How Do You Know When a Medical Device is Defective?

by Staff Blogger | August 15th, 2017

Medical devices are supposed to make patients’ lives easier and more comfortable. Unfortunately, they aren’t always designed with safety in mind. Whether it’s due to cost-cutting measures, poor design, or low-quality manufacturing processes, some medical devices can cause patients to develop serious and even life-threatening complications.

Even if your medical device hasn’t been recalled or linked to dangerous health conditions, it’s still important that you stay vigilant and talk to your doctor right away if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain – One of the most common signs of a defective medical device is pain. The pain can be localized to the site where the device is used or was implanted, or it can spread throughout your body.
  • Swelling – Implanted medical devices are supposed to work harmoniously with your body’s own physiology. Unfortunately, defective devices can interfere with your body’s functions due to poor design or low-quality materials, resulting in swelling and fluid buildup.
  • Reduced mobility – If you experienced reduced mobility and lost range of motion in an area where you received a medical device, it may be due to the implant’s flawed design or the device loosening inside your body.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our team of defective medical device lawyers has helped many people who were injured or suffered complications due to implants and devices that were supposed to improve their health and well-being.

If you or someone you love received a medical device and developed complications, we want to speak with you. Our consultations are free, and we’re available to take your call 24/7.

Watch for These Medication Warning Signs in Elderly Relatives

by Staff Blogger | August 8th, 2017

Elderly people often need several over-the-counter and prescription medications to manage conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, and blood clots. Every medication they take carries a risk of potentially severe side effects, but they may not be aware of their risks or even the side effects they’re experiencing until serious injuries or complications have occurred.

If you have an elderly family member or friend taking medications, be on the lookout for the following warning signs:

  • Rash, hives, itching, or shortness of breath – When people suffer allergic reactions to medications, they often need immediate medical intervention. If an elderly relative or friend complains of rash, hives, itching, or shortness of breath, get him or her to a doctor’s office or emergency room as quickly as possible. If untreated, allergic reactions to drugs can be fatal.
  • Confusion, fatigue, or loss of consciousness – Drugs that interact with brain chemicals and the nervous system, such as antidepressants, anxiolytics, or sleep aids, often have side effects that can cause personality and behavioral changes. However, if you notice profound changes in an elderly loved one, including confusion, fatigue, or fainting, it may indicate that he or she overdosed or mixed medications that shouldn’t be taken together.

Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough’s team of drug injury lawyers has assisted people who were hurt by medications for more than 30 years, and we know that all drugs can cause severe and even fatal side effects.

If you or a loved one was injured or developed a serious illness after taking a medication, we want to speak with you. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Herbicide Linked to Cancer Found in Popular Ice Cream

by mhoffman | August 1st, 2017

Recently, the Organic Consumers Association announced that it had discovered trace amounts of glyphosate—an herbicide used in popular weed killer Roundup®—in 10 out of 11 samples of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream products.

In 2015, the World Health Organization announced that glyphosate could cause certain types of cancers in people who are exposed to the chemical.

A spokesperson with Ben & Jerry’s said that the company is working to determine where in its supply chain the glyphosate enters its products. Although the amount of glyphosate in the ice cream is small—between 0.91 parts per billion and 1.74 parts per billion—a study published in Scientific Reports found that even low doses consumed frequently can contribute to the development of fatty liver disease in rats who consumed the chemical.

People are most commonly exposed to glyphosate when they’re around weed killers that contain the herbicide. It can enter the body via contaminated air, water, and food, or by skin-absorption.

The Roundup cancer lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are here to help anyone who may have developed cancer due to exposure to glyphosate. If you or someone you love was hurt by a drug or product manufacturer’s negligence, we want to help. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

Over-the-Counter Medications with Potentially Severe Side Effects

by Staff Blogger | July 25th, 2017

Many people associate severe side effects with prescription medications. But it’s important to know that some over-the-counter medications also have the potential to cause people who take them to suffer debilitating and even life-threatening complications.

While these side effects are rare, many of them can happen to anyone at any time after taking the medications—even if they’ve taken hundreds of doses in the past with no side effects. Some of the over-the-counter medications that are linked to severe side effects include:

  • Sodium phosphate laxatives
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about sodium phosphate laxatives in Jan. 2014. The laxatives, which can cause dehydration and low electrolyte levels, are linked to 13 deaths in people who overdosed or had coexisting health conditions.
  • Nasal decongestants and acetaminophen
    People suffering from colds and flus may combine pain relievers and nasal decongestants. However, decongestants containing phenylephrine should never be combined with medications containing acetaminophen, as they can interact and cause dizziness and elevated blood pressure.

Drug injuries can be life-changing—and even life-threatening. If you or someone you love was hurt by a medication, our drug injury attorneys want to speak with you. We’re ready to investigate the injury and begin building a claim that can give you the best possible chances of getting results. Get in touch with us today for a free case review.

Low T Therapies and Heart Attacks

by Staff Blogger | July 18th, 2017

If you’ve watched late-night TV recently, you’ve probably seen a number of commercials boasting proven therapies for Low T, a medical condition that can affect the sex drive, energy levels, and bone strength in men. A number of therapies are marketed to men with Low T, including Androgel, Axiron, patches, injections, gels, and pills. Unfortunately, some of these treatments have been linked to serious health risks and complications.

A recent study revealed that men with a history of heart disease were at an increased risk of heart attacks while undergoing testosterone therapy. In fact, men under 65 who have a family history of heart disease were twice as likely to suffer a heart attack, while all men over 65, regardless of medical history, are at the same degree of risk while taking Low T treatments. In addition, men who use AndroGel may be at an increased risk for deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, stroke, or even death.

If you or someone you love suffered a heart attack after undergoing any type of testosterone treatment, you may be entitled to compensation from the drug manufacturer. Call the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough today for a free evaluation of your claim.

Birth Defects Linked to Depakote

by Staff Blogger | July 11th, 2017

Physicians prescribe Depakote to patients suffering from a variety of neurological and psychological conditions, including mood disorders, seizures, and depression. The medication increases the transmission of certain neurotransmitters in the brain to alleviate symptoms to these conditions. Unfortunately, the medication has been linked to serious health complications for pregnant women and their unborn children.

Depakote contains valproic acid, which has been linked to severe birth defects. The Massachusetts General Hospital found that women who took Depakote or other drugs containing valproic acid may be at a higher risk of delivering children with serious birth defects, such as spina bifida, autism, and reduced IQ. Each of these defects can have a significant impact on the development of the child, leading to physical and developmental challenges for their entire lives.

If your child suffered severe birth defects after you were prescribed Depakote while pregnant, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer for medical expenses and more. Call the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough today for a free evaluation of your claim. We’ll review your case for free and fight to get you and your family the compensation you deserve. Contact us today.