Dangerous Drugs and Defective Products
Injuries from Dangerous Prescription Drugs
If you suffered ill effects or if a loved one died after taking a prescription medication, you may have a valid injury claim against the manufacturer, pharmacy or prescribing physician, depending on the facts and circumstances of your case. It is in your best interest to discuss your case with a Texas personal injury lawyer at our firm.
- A bad prescription originating with a doctor may be evidence of medical malpractice. The physician may have failed to confirm allergies or screen for drug interactions.
- A medication error originating with a pharmacy may also be cause for a professional malpractice claim. The pharmacist may have given you the wrong drug or wrong dosage.
- A dangerous or defective drug issued by a pharmaceutical manufacturer may be cause for a product liability claim against that producer. The manufacturer may have released a drug for public consumption without conducting sufficient testing, or after ignoring negative test results.
Injuries From Defective Products
There are many laws and regulations in place for how products should work and fulfill expectations. If the product does not work as advertised, but instead causes injury or even wrongful death, our firm can provide assistance as soon as you contact our office. We have substantial experience with product liability cases, which is the liability of distributors, suppliers, and manufacturers for defective products. When a consumer is unfortunate enough to be the user of a defective product, great danger could result. Liability can be proven with the assistance of one of our personal investigators. There is no other place you need to go to get the representation you deserve.
Contact our firm at your earliest convenience to handle your situation with one of our attorney’s help.
Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements
Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit
Metal hip replacements have been causing problems for patients for years. Some estimate that more than 400,000 people are at risk for developing problems after receiving a Metal-on-Metal (M-o-M) hip implant. Replacement hips with cobalt chromium (CoCr) heads are associated with significant problems. Some of the complications of metal hips are metal poisoning or metallosis, fretting, corrosion, pseudo-tumors, loss of function, fractures, and separation of the head from the stem. These can lead to the need for painful additional revision surgeries and permanent health problems. As a result, many lawsuits have been filed against several manufacturers of these defective medical devices.
Signs and symptoms of a defective metal hip: early signs and symptoms of a faulty metal hip can be mild, such as increasing pain, swelling, rash, clicking or popping. Sometimes doctors dismiss a defective hip implant as the potential cause for problems and symptoms, until they become severe and the patient needs additional surgery. Some of the hip implant devices involved in lawsuits have been recalled by the manufacturers, and surgeons have sent recall notice letters to their patients. Some of the defective hips have not been recalled. You can’t be sure that you have a good hip just because you have not received a recall notice.
Even if you don’t know which hip implant you received, don’t worry. Our attorneys can help you find out. If you received a Metal-on-Metal hip implant, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering and other related losses.
For more information, visit our Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Injury Page
IVC Filter Lawsuits
Inferior Vena Cava Filter Lawsuit
Recently, reports have shown that a medical device meant to help people at risk for pulmonary emboli or blood clots, called Inferior Vena Cava Filters, or IVC filters for short, can actually cause serious harm to patients implanted with these products.
If you have received an IVC filter and suffered any kind of injuries or harm, contact our personal injury lawyers at The Carlson Law Firm right away. We can help you pursue financial compensation!
These products are placed in patients who have a history of blood clots in the lower body region, as well as patients with the following conditions:
Diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis
Diagnosis of pulmonary embolus
Persons who recently delivered a baby
Persons who recently underwent surgery
Patients being treated for a-fib or atrial fibrillation
How IVC Filters Can Cause Serious Injuries and Death
Recently, medical professionals have found that these products can cause serious injuries to patients for a number of reasons. IVC filters can tilt, migrate up the vein, perforate the vena cava, or worse break apart leaving fragments floating in the body that can puncture internal organs.
As safety equipment in vehicles becomes increasingly complex, these devices can have a greater propensity for failure and defects. Although air bags are meant to increase safety for auto occupants, defective air bags can also increase the risk of injuries.
Airbags that don’t deploy in a collision or rollover accident obviously will not protect the occupants from serious injuries. Airbags in certain vehicle, including most General Motors (GM) vehicles, have been found defective.
Experienced Airbag Failure Lawyers
If you or someone you loved has been seriously injured because of a bad air bag or defective equipment associated with an air bag, call our defective airbag attorneys nationwide, contact us online or visit one of the 11 office locations for our product liability attorneys in Texas for a free consultation.
Our experienced attorneys, professional consultants, investigative team and caring staff will help you uncover answers to the questions surrounding your airbag malfunction injuries while seeking just compensation for your injuries and loss. We care. We can help.
Talcum Powder (Baby Powder)
What is Talcum in Baby Powder?
This powder is a finely ground talc or magnesium silicate used in several cosmetics, personal hygiene products and other common goods such as baby powder. It is also known as talc.
Where Talcum Powder is found:
Baby and body powders
Perfumed and cosmetic powders
Talcum Powder linked to Ovarian Cancer
Women have been using body powders and feminine hygiene products with talc for years. Particles of talc can migrate from the vaginal area into the ovaries. Research shows that talc in the ovaries can cause inflammation and increase the risk of ovarian cancer in women. In 2013, a study published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research showed that women have a 20-30 percent greater risk of developing ovarian cancer when using talcum powder around their groin area.
Zofran and Birth Defects
Zofran is a drug that has been prescribed to pregnant women for nausea or “morning sickness.” The drug was originally intended to help reduce nausea and vomiting in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. The drug was never tested on pregnant women. Outcomes in pregnant women that took Zofran in the first trimester included birth defects, such as:
• Atrial Septal Heart Defect
• Ventricular Septal Heart Defect
• Cleft lip
• Cleft palate
• Club foot
Zofran Prescribed to Pregnant Women
Although Zofran was approved for use by seriously ill cancer patients, the developer marketed the drug as a treatment for nausea in pregnant women even though no studies indicated that it was safe for pregnant women and their babies, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had not approved the drug for use by pregnant women. In June 2012, The Justice Department announced a $3 billion settlement with the makers of Zofran for illegal promotion of many of their drugs.
These birth defects are being investigated, and more and more cases are being found. To find out more, visit carlsonattorneys.com.
Birth Defects and Injuries
It can be difficult for parents to understand the causes of why their baby was born with birth defects. These questions may be difficult for anyone to answer. Although the causes of many birth defects are unknown, many studies have found links between birth defects and certain medications and chemicals. These studies have brought parents into courtrooms asking for answers.
Common birth defects
Mental Retardation/Down (Down’s) Syndrome
Brain and Skull Deformities
Hypoplastic Heart Syndrome
Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN)
These birth defects can cause hardship on the baby and parents and can even cause the loss of the baby. One of the culprits is medications prescribed to women. Here is a list of medications that studies have shown to be linked to birth defects in babies.
Medications linked to Birth Defects
If you or someone you know has a child with birth defects after taking any of these medications, contact a personal injury attorney immediately. The Carlson Law Firm is equipped with a defective drug department that can help you get compensated for your losses. Contact us for a free consultation to see if you have a case.
Were you exposed to asbestos?
A mineral fiber that was commonly used among an array of construction and building materials, asbestos fibers can become damaged and disturbed during renovations and remodeling. When disturbed, the fibers become airborne, where the dangerous materials can be inhaled and cause serious health, long term health problems.
Although the dangers of asbestos have come to light, provoking new regulations and the elimination of its use in newer products and materials, the deadly fibers continue to affect those previously exposed and properties being remodeled where asbestos was used. Some of the products where the material was previously used include:
- Manufactured goods
- Roof shingles
- Ceiling and floor tiles
- Paper products
- Asbestos cement products
- Automobile clutches
- Auto brakes
- Vehicle transmission parts
- Heat resistant fabrics
Exposure to asbestos can occur in a variety of environments, though employees who work, or used to work, in asbestos producing environments or mines often endure dangerous asbestos exposure. Other industries where employees, contractors and workers may be exposed to the fibers are:
- Building demolition asbestos exposure
- Renovation asbestos exposure
- Insulation removal asbestos exposure
- Fireproofing material removal asbestos exposure
- Floor tile removal asbestos exposure
- Construction asbestos exposure
- Acoustical material removal asbestos exposure
- Textile manufacturing asbestos exposure
- Automotive repair work asbestos exposure
A naturally prevalent fiber, asbestos is resistant to heat and many chemicals, making it a material that was previously used in a variety of products and goods, especially in homes, buildings and properties under construction. Asbestos can come in a multitude of forms including, chrysotile, crocinolite, amosite, anthophyllite, tremolite and actinolite, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Asbestos Lung Cancer (Mesothelioma)
Those experiencing complications resulting from inhaling asbestos endure the greatest number of deaths as a result of lung cancer associated. In fact, in contrast with the general population, those exposed to asbestos have a much higher rate of developing lung cancer, even if exposure occurred years and year ago. Some symptom of lunch cancer caused by asbestos inhalation may include (but are not limited to):
- Shortness of breath
- Frequent and repetitive chest pain
A type of cancer, Mesothelioma is a rare type that affects those who work in industries and environments where they are exposed to asbestos. The cancer affects the lining in the lungs as well as the heart, abdomen and chest regions and may not develop for years following exposure. A cure for mesothelioma is not always possible.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured, died or fallen ill with cancer or any other asbestos related conditions, call our asbestos exposure attorneys or mesothelioma lawyers in Austin, San Antonio, Killeen and statewide Texas, contact us online or visit one of our 11 office locations in Texas for a free consultation today. Our experienced attorneys will help you seek fair compensation for your pain, suffering and loss. We care. We can help.
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For decades, Bair Hugger Therapy devices have been used to keep patients warm during extensive surgeries. Since its introduction in 1988, Bair Hugger Therapy has been used on over 180 million patients. Currently, about 80% of hospitals in the United States still use this form of therapy. However, recent studies prove that these products have caused infections, which started during surgical procedures.
How Does the Product Work?
During surgery, the patient is covered with disposable blankets throughout the duration of the operation. Next, the machine warms and filters air and forces the warmed air through the blankets evenly and in a gentle manner. This pattern in used to regulate the patient’s temperature.
The Dangers Associated with Bair Hugger Therapy
While the product serves its purpose of monitoring patients’ body temperatures during surgery, in order to prevent conditions such as hypothermia, studies show that this product can actually move contaminants during operations, causing the following:
- Serious infections
Have You Suffered Harm During a Medical Procedure?
If you have sustained injuries or harm due to a medical procedure or any type of medical device, it is important that you seek experienced legal representation right away. At The Carlson Law Firm, our Killeen personal injury attorneys are ready to pursue justice for you. We understand how complicated and difficult life can become after you have suffered serious harm. When you become our client, we may be able to help you pursue maximum compensation for any medical expenses, physical pain, lost wages, or emotional distresses you may face as a result of your illness or injury.
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New studies have shown the effects of the exposure to benzene has deadly effects. The exposure can cause serious illnesses that can be fatal. These findings have fueled new lawsuits that have resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts for victims.
Benzene has reached the bloodstream of workers in chemical and oil refineries and rubber production plants. Exposure occurs through inhalation, skin absorption and ingestion.
Brilinta is a blood-thinning drug made by Astra Zenica prescribed to patients to lower the chance of heart attack or stroke. The drug thins the blood to prevent blood clots from clogging arteries. In some cases, the blood becoming this thin can cause the patient to bleed out and other serious side effects.
Brilinta Serious Side Effects:
- Heart Attack
- Cardiovascular Events
Other Brilinta Side Effects:
- Light-headed and shortness of breath
- Nose bleeding
- Bloody stools or urine
- Coughing blood
- Vomiting what looks like coffee grounds
Invalid Brilinta trial?
There has been talk from multiple doctors and researchers that the makers of Brilinta, AstraZenica, submitted false data to the FDA to get the blood thinner approved. The agency has been alerted by these doctors and researchers which caused a federal investigation of the validity of the PLATO study that was used to originally approve Brilinta.
In 2013, a study was published by doctors that believed the PLATO study had inconsistencies that made the drug appear safer than it actually was.
According to the study, “An estimated 23 definite or possible cardiovascular events or deaths on ticagrelor (Brilinta) were either not submitted for adjudication, inactivated, deleted or were downgraded to ‘softer’ endpoints.”
This hidden information could cause more deaths and complications in patients when they are unaware of the risks of the drug.
If you or someone you know suffered the serious side effects of this drug, contact a personal injury attorney right away. At The Carlson Law Firm, we offer free consultations. You pay nothing unless we recover for you. You could receive compensation for your pain or loss. Contact our offices to see if you have a case.
Bronchiolitis Obliterans (Popcorn Lung)
Bronchiolitis Obliterans is a rare and life-threatening lung disease that can be caused by inhalation of diacetyl, a chemical used to give microwave popcorn it’s butter flavor. Since the irreversible lung disease commonly occurs among workers in microwave popcorn production, it is often referred to as popcorn lung or popcorn workers lung.
Symptoms of Bronchiolitis Obliterans
Also known as obliterative bronchiolitis or constrictive bronchiolitis, the lung disease can cause a number of serious symptoms. People affected by the toxicity of this chemical have developed shortness of breath, hardening of the lung tissue, and other serious respiratory symptoms. The damage cannot be reversed by eliminating the exposure to Diacetyl. The most serious cases of popcorn lung are life threatening and require individuals to undergo a lung transplant.
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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
The attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm are actively investigating lawsuits on behalf of individuals who have been injured as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Approximately 500 carbon monoxide deaths occur each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, approximately 15,000 people are treated in emergency rooms throughout the United States each year after determining that they have been exposed to a carbon monoxide leak or experienced CO poisoning symptoms.
Carbon monoxide is often referred to as ‘the silent killer’ because it is an odorless, colorless gas that is the number one cause of unintentional poisoning in the United States. Individuals exposed to such gas leaks can be killed or left with life-time injuries because carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms are not always recognized.
WHAT IS DEPAKOTE?
Depakote, the proprietary name given to the drug divalproex sodium, is a prescription drug that was developed to treat seizures for those suffering from epilepsy and episodes of mania for those with bipolar disorder. Depakote was approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat bi-polar disorder, epilepsy, and migraine headaches. While Depakote served as an effective treatment for some ailments and disorders, it has also been linked to serious side-effects that can cause lasting health problems.
Injuries Caused By Depakote
Recent controversies have shaken consumer confidence in Depakote. Most notably, mothers who took Depakote during pregnancy have given birth to babies with severe birth defects. The FDA has released warnings regarding the link between Depakote and birth injuries.
The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published a study in June 2010 that found Depakote increased the risk of the following 6 birth defects:
- Spina Bifida
- Cleft palate
- Atrial Septal Defect (hole in heart)
- Hypospadias (abnormal opening in a boy’s urethra)
DePuy Elbow Recall
Johnson & Johnson recently recalled its DePuy Synthes Radial Head Prosthesis System, a defective elbow implant that can cause serious complications and injuries for patients who have received it.
The Class 1 recall, which was announced on December 30th, 2016, states that the implant’s radial stem can loosen at the stem bone interface. The manufacturer hasn’t been able to figure out what is causing the issue, and as a result they’ve pulled the prostheses from the global market.
Essure Birth Control Devices
What is Essure?
Essure is a permanent female contraception device. Although marketed as a safer and less invasive alternative to tubal ligation, many women have reported serious injuries and complications with the device.
The company failed to warn patients of the side effects associated with the device such as chronic pain, puncturing of the uterus or Fallopian tubes, stomach and pelvis device migration, abnormal bleeding and unplanned pregnancies.
Serious problems associated with Essure
Severe abdominal and pelvic pain
Puncture/perforation of the uterus or Fallopian tubes
Device migration into the abdomen or lower pelvic region
Risk Of Surgery
Essure complications can become so severe that the device must be surgically removed, a major procedure that may also involve taking the fallopian tubes and uterus.
How We Can Help You
If you or someone you know suffered the serious side effects due to Essure, it may be in your best interest to contact a personal injury attorney right away. At The Carlson Law Firm, we offer free consultations. You pay nothing unless we recover for you. Fill out the form and we will contact you.
Fitness Equipment Injuries
Fitness is becoming increasingly important to many Americans, as we become more aware of the long-term health hazards associated with not exercising. Treadmills are a staple at the majority of fitness centers, and even in homes across America.
Treadmills are among the best-selling exercise machines in the United States, with nearly 28 million users, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. What most people aren’t aware of however, is the prevalence of fitness equipment injuries.
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What Are Fluoroquinolones?
Fluoroquinolones (FLQ) are a powerful type of broad spectrum antibiotic drug used to treat bacterial infections, antibiotic resistant infections and hospital acquired infections. Infections that are often treated with FLQs include: hospital acquired pneumonia, bloodstream infections, staph infections, urinary tract infections, methicillin-resistant S aureus (MRSA) and Klebsiella pneumonia.
Lawsuits are being filed across the United States over the serious and sometimes fatal side effects from FLQs. Various lawsuits allege that doctors and patients were not provided with the appropriate warning about the risk of Peripheral Neuropathy from FLQs. The drug manufacturers were negligent when they promoted, distributed, marketed and labeled fluoroquinolone products
Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy caused by taking an FLQ may include:
Loss of motor skills, diminished reflexes or difficulty walking
Acute/Shooting pains or otherwise severe pain
Tingling sensation that begins in the toes and spreads upwards
Abnormal or sudden changes in the sense of temperature, texture or body position and or balance or the extreme sensitivity to touch
Muscle weakness or loss of muscle coordination
Do I Have A Case?
You may qualify for a Fluoroquinolone injury or wrongful death claim if you or a family member took the drug Avelox, Cipro and/or Levaquin and were later diagnosed with Peripheral Neuropathy.
What Is Invokana?
Invokana is a medication designed to treat patients suffering from Type II diabetes. The official Invokana website states that the medication works in conjunction with the kidneys to help a patient lose sugar through the urination process. However, recent studies show that this medication has caused serious injuries to some patients.
Problems With The Medication
Many patients taking Invokana have reported a variety of side effects, including kidney failure and diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).
If you have suffered harm due to any medical devices or medications, such as Invokana®, it is important that you retain experienced legal advocacy right away. At The Carlson Law Firm, our product liability lawyers understand how difficult life can become when a person suffers health problems due to a certain product or medicine. At The Carlson Law Firm, we offer free consultations. You pay nothing unless we recover for you. Fill out the form and we will contact you.
Although a range of birth control methods have been in the news with questions regarding their safety, recent reports have revealed a dangerous link between Mirena and other birth control and pseudotumor cerebri (PTC), a neurological condition.
The Link Between Pseudotumor Cerebri and Mirena Birth Control
A neurological disorder, pseudotumor cerebri, can result in serious injuries and complications, making it important to spread awareness of risks associated with the medical device birth control, which releases hormones into the body as a method of preventing pregnancy.
What is Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma?
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer that starts in cells called lymphocytes, which are part of the body’s immune system. Lymphocytes are in the lymph nodes and other lymphoid tissues (such as the spleen and bone marrow).The disease is sometimes known as Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, NHL, or just lymphoma.
The lymphatic system is part of the body’s immune system. It helps fight infections and other diseases while filtering out bacteria, viruses, and other unwanted substances.
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is estimated to be the sixth most common cancer in the United States. A total of 72,000 patients are expected to be diagnosed with the illness each year in this country, with over 20,000 expected to die from NHL.
What Causes Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma?
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma can be caused by workplace exposure to toxic chemicals. These chemicals include:
-Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
How We Can Help
The Carlson Law Firm is currently accepting Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma induced injury cases across the nation. If you, or someone you love, was injured by a cancer cause by an exposure to toxic chemicals, it is in your best interest to contact the experienced Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer Attorneys on our team immediately. An initial consultation with our firm is always free.
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Onglyza is a prescription medication to treat Type-2 Diabetes. It is a blood-sugar lowering medicine in the “incretin mimetics” class. Recent studies have revealed an increase in risk of pancreatic cancer and hospitalization for heart failure when taking Onglyza.
Onglyza Linked to Pancreatic Cancer
In March 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publicized research showing the possibility of a direct connection between Onglyza and pre-cancerous pancreatic cells. The studies showed taking the medication increased the chance of getting pancreatic cancer by 2.7 times compared to other diabetes drugs. Pancreatic Cancer is often difficult to diagnose its early stages, and is one of the more deadly forms of cancer.
Some patients are preparing to take legal action against the makers of Onglyza. If you or someone you know has taken Onglyza and developed pancreatic cancer, contact The Carlson Law Firm for a free consultation to see if you have a case. You will need an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you to get the compensation you deserve.
Orthopedic Joint Replacement
FIGHTING DANGEROUS MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURERS SINCE 1976
Hundreds of thousands of Americans have received surgically implanted orthopedic devices to correct damaged joints. Many of these patients received metal implants because they were supposed to be more durable, longer lasting, and provide a greater range of motion than older model implants made up of combinations of metal, plastic, and ceramics. However, these marketing claims have been proved false, as tens of thousands of individuals have suffered serious complications from the device.
Patients should never have to wonder if a medical device is safe or not, but unfortunately, defective medical devices do exist and are still widely used. If you have received an orthopedic joint replacement device and have experienced symptoms like swelling at or near the joint, a limp or other change in your ability to walk, or extreme and continuous pain in the groin, hip, or leg, contact a mass tort attorney at The Carlson Law Firm right away. You have legal options and may be eligible to sue the manufacturer of the defective product for damages.
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Side Effects of Metal-on-Metal Joint Replacement Devices
Studies have shown that metal-on-metal implants deteriorate faster than other types of devices, exposing patients to high levels of toxic metals. Many patients who have undergone joint replacement surgery with defective devices have suffered a number of debilitating complications, including:
- Excruciating pain after surgery
- Muscle and tissue damage
- Implant dislocation
- Premature failure of their devices
- Severe infection
- Bone loss
- Metallosis (buildup of toxic metals in the blood)
Approximately one in 12 patients with these devices will need corrective surgery within five years of initial implantation. These “revision” surgeries to remove the old devices and insert new ones can be both painful and expensive. We believe that injured people have endured enough and should not have to shoulder this financial burden!
Types of Defective Joint Replacement Devices
If you have experienced complications with any of the following orthopedic implants, we encourage you to contact a mass tort lawyer at The Carlson Law Firm:
- Any Metal-on Metal Hip Implant
- DePuy Pinnacle Hip
- DePuy Preservation Knee System (with LPS sleeve)
- Stryker Rejuvenate, ABG II or Accolade Hip Systems
- Wright Pro-femur
- Zimmer Nex-Gen/ High Flex Knee
- Smith and Nephew Journey Knee, Genesis II, R3 Acetabular cup, or Birmingham Hip
- Any other Smith and Nephew product
The Carlson Law Firm is now accepting cases involving defective joint replacement devices. If you or a loved one have experienced complications after receiving a knee or hip replacement, please contact one of our mass tort lawyers to talk about your legal options. You may be able to obtain compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
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PROTON PUMP INHIBITORS
ACID REFLUX DRUGS CAN HARM YOUR KIDNEYS
Nexium (Esomeprazole) and Prilosec (Omeprazole) are used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) by reducing the amount of stomach acid. These drugs are called PPIs or Proton Pump Inhibitors. Approximately 15 million Americans use PPIs and, unfortunately, many are not aware that PPIs are associated with kidney disease. PPI users appear to have a 20-50 percent higher risk of developing chronic kidney disease.
How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help
If you, or someone you love, took PPIs and have experienced problems such as kidney failure, chronic kidney disease or acute interstitial nephritis, it is important that you contact a skilled product liability lawyer as soon as possible. The experienced personal injury attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm are ready to assist you.
A blood thinning drug that is offered to patients via prescription, Pradaxa, was approved by the FDA as a treatment for reducing the risk of stroke in patients experiencing non-valvular atrial fibrillation by decreasing the ability of the blood to clot.
More than one million Pradaxa prescriptions were written by doctors between 2010 and 2011, highlighting the enormous number of people potentially affected by the drug.
Doctors do not require patients on a Pradaxa regimen to endure regular blood tests, a process that is common for patients using other blood thinning drugs.
Despite approval, the drug has been associated with as many as 260 deaths.
According to the article, Study: Higher Heart Attack Risk from Pradaxa by CBS News, patients who are using the blood thinning drug have a 33% increased risk of experiencing a heart attack or other heart disease symptoms.
Because of the increased risks associated with Pradaxa use, the FDA has begun investigating the drug in an effort to reveal whether strong regulation and warning labels are necessary, although they recently deemed the product safe, when “used as directed.”
PRADAXA AND EXCESSIVE BLEEDING
Certain people are at a greater risk of complications and heart attack or bleeding issues than others. Some of the groups and people who may be at risk while taking Pradaxa include:
- Elderly (including those over the age of 75)
- Those with issues of stomach bleeding or ulcers
- Patients enduring problems with their kidneys
- Patients who are already taking other drugs that promote risks of bleeding, such as aspirin
While the side effects and excessive bleeding risks are troubling, the most alarming aspect of complications is the quickness that Pradaxa bleeding can occur, turning serious and even deadly in no time at all.
Pradaxa Intestine Complications
In addition to excessive bleeding tied to Pradaxa use, some patients also experienced gastrointestinal complications, including stomach pain, heart burn and nausea among other stomach ailments. The active ingredient that surrounds the outside of the pill has been known to cause stomach irritation.
Symptoms of complications for patients using Pradaxa include many of the issues that revolve around excessive bleeding. Heavy bleeding, including menstrual, blood in your stools or blood in urine or vomit are all just come of the signs, indicating that users may need to seek the aid of a doctor or health care professional.
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Despite the negative side effects of Pradaxa use, the drug is still approved by the FDA, although the administration issued a review of the drug in December 2011. Patients who have endured serious bleeding or complications as a result of a Pradaxa regimen may require the advocacy of an experienced dangerous drug attorney in Texas and across the nation. Our Texas personal injury lawyers can advocate for clients enduring hardship as a result of injury caused by defective drugs, while seeking just compensation and holding drug makers responsible for negligence. Call to speak with an attorney at any one of our office locations throughout Texas. We care. We can help.
Recent reports show that various anti-psychotic medications, such as Risperdal and Invega, are causing men to develop gynecomastia, a disorder that causes the breast tissue to grow in men. Additionally, although the two medications are designed to treat individuals who suffer from schizophrenia and other mental disorders, both medications can cause serious psychological and emotional damages.
If you have developed abnormal physical or mental side effects after taking Risperdal or Invega, contact our National mass tort lawyers at The Carlson Law Firm right away. We can fight to protect your rights and your future.
What is Risperdal?
Risperdal, a brand name for the drug risperidone, is a medication used to treat patients suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and irritability that derives from autism. The drug can be taken by mouth or by injection. Recent reports have proven that when this drug is taken by young boys or men the levels of prolactin, a hormone which causes breast growth in women, increase exponentially, causing male consumers to develop breasts that resemble the breasts of a woman.
Additionally, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology states that this drug, when administered to young men or male adolescents, can also delay puberty. As a result, physicians should be extremely cautious when prescribing such medication to adolescents or children. If you or someone you love was affected by Risperdal, our Risperdal lawsuit attorneys may be able to help you pursue monetary compensation for the harm or side effects that have occurred due to the consumption of this medication.
What is Invega?
Invega, which is made with the primary active metabolite paliperidone, is a drug used to treat people suffering from schizoaffective disorder, bipolar mania, and schizophrenia. Similarly, many physicians have prescribed this medication to treat individuals diagnosed with Autism and Asperger Syndrome. Like Risperdal, this drug can be taken by injection or by mouth, and has the potential to cause serious side effects such as the development of breasts in male consumers.
Reports state that some men begin to lactate after large breasts have developed. In many cases, men have undergone reduction surgeries or mastectomies to remove the undesired growths caused by such medication. These external growths have caused young male adolescents and men to suffer serious psychological damages.
In addition, this drug is known to cause older adults with dementia-related conditions to suffer the following:
- Heart failure
- Sudden death
We Have Recovered Millions of Dollars in Verdicts and Settlements
If you have suffered serious side effects or have developed abnormal growth after using Risperdal or Invega, it is crucial you seek legal representation immediately. At The Carlson Law Firm, our team of mass tort attorneys in Texas can examine every detail of your condition and case to determine which drug manufacturer should be held liable for your damages. When you choose to work with our team, we will pursue maximum financial compensation to cover the costs of any medical expenses, lost wages, psychological damages, or emotional distresses you may have faced as a result. When it comes to protecting your health, you cannot afford to wait another minute.
Schedule your free consultation today by contacting our national drug lawyers! The Carlson Law Firm is dedicated to achieving positive results for our clients.
Many lawsuits have been filed by users of the weed killer Roundup that have been diagnosed withNon-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), a cancer that develops in the lymphatic system. A federal judge in California refused to dismiss a Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma lawsuit against the product’s manufacturer, Monsanto, in April 2016.
What is Roundup?
Roundup is a weed-killer widely-used in home gardens and lawns, as well as school playgrounds, orchards, parks and nearly every acre of corn and soybeans grown in the U.S. Roundup contains the ingredient glyphosate, which is considered “probably carcinogenic in humans” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) based on “convincing evidence” of glyphosate causing cancer in laboratory animals.
Contact a Roundup Cancer Lawsuit Attorney
The Carlson Law Firm has a team of attorneys experienced in cases like these. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and used the weed-killer Roundup, you might have a case. We help victims nationwide recover from negligent companies for their injuries. Contact our office for a free consultation.
Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler
The Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler system is commonly used during surgery to regulate a patient’s body temperature. The device has a water tank that provides temperature-controlled water to heat exchangers or blankets, which in turn provide cooling or warmth to the patient’s body. However, this device that is meant to improve medical care and patient outcomes, has been proven to actually be making people sick.
Nontuberculous Mycobacterium Symptoms
Reports suggest that many of these heater-cooler devices may have become contaminated, causing individuals to develop M. Chimaera infections, which is a slow growing type of nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM). Long after heart surgery, the infection may cause symptoms like:
- Pain Redness,
- Heat or Pus at Surgical Site Abdominal Pain,
- Post-Surgery Infection
- Treatment Wrongful Death
In June 2016, the FDA issued a safety alert after it was determined that the factory that makes the Stockert 3T – the most widely used heating/cooling device during heart surgery – was contaminated with M. chimaera bacteria. There is an increased risk of patients developing bacterial infections. The device is used in about 60 percent of heart bypass surgeries.
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CHEMOTHERAPY DRUG LINKED TO PERMANENT HAIR LOSS IN BREAST CANCER PATIENTS
Approximately 3 million women in America are currently living with breast cancer, and each year some 300,000 are newly diagnosed with the disease. Doctors use the breast cancer drug Taxotere to treat an estimated 75 percent of breast cancer patients, making it the most prescribed drug in its class. For almost 20 years doctors and patients have relied on Taxotere. It’s the kind of success that the drug’s manufacturer, Sanofi-Aventis has relentlessly, and falsely promoted.
What is Taxotere
Taxotere is a form of chemotherapy used in the treatment of various forms of cancer, including breast, lung, prostate, stomach, and head and neck cancer. Taxotere is a part of a family of drugs commonly referred to as taxanes, chemical compounds produced by the plants of the genus Taxus (yew trees). Taxotere, like other types of cancer treatments, fights cancer by preventing cancer cells from growing. The treatment was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996 and is developed, manufactured and distributed by Sanofi-Aventis and its related companies.
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit
Originally used to repair hernias, mesh implants have been implanted by surgeons to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapsed (POP) in women. Surgical mesh products have been manufactured and sold by numerous companies, including
Boston Scientific Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon, American Medical Systems, Cook, Covidien and C.R. Bard. However, “Even the FDA seriously questions the safety and effectiveness of these mesh products,” deputy director of Public Citizen’s Health research Group, said. Symptoms and adverse side effects documented by the FDA include:
Continual issues with prolapse or incontinence, even after device procedure
Bladder, blood vessel and bowel perforation
Dyspareunia (pain with intercourse)
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The size, shape, materials and surgical techniques used have all been noted as factors that have provoked instances of serious injury, sometimes requiring the aid of a medical device attorney. Additional surgery may be needed to correct negligent procedures or replace poor quality mesh devices.
Vape/E-cigarette Injury Lawyers protecting clients in Texas and Nationwide
A vape, or e-cigarette as they are commonly known, is an electronic nicotine delivery system that produces a heated vapor, resembling smoke. They have been for sale in the United States since 2007. Now, more than 2.5 million people in the U.S. are using them.
While the health effects of vaping versus smoking are still being debated, other types of injuries from e-cigarettes are occurring.
Why are Vape’s Exploding?
Vaping devices are powered by lithium-ion batteries.The safety record of lithium-ion batteries has been questionable for a while now. The batteries have been associated with laptop fires, hoverboard fires, and cellphone explosions.
E-Cigarettes explode because the battery of the product unexpectedly overheats. At a certain level of heat, a flammable portion of the battery can ignite, causing a chain reaction inside the battery that produces a large amount of heat very quickly, also known as an explosion.
Lithium-ion batteries are made with alternating layers of metallic anode and cathode material separated by a porous film. The film holds a liquid electrolyte which is flammable. If the lithium-ion battery overheats, the flammable electrolyte can explode.
For more information, visit our E-Cigarette/Vape Injury page.
Zimmer Biomet Shoulder Recall
Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Shoulder Implant Recall
Various claims have been filed against Zimmer Biomet because their Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder Humeral implant has been failing at a rate higher than the company expected, and revealed to the public.
On December 20th 2016, Zimmer instituted a Class I recall of one of its most popular shoulder implant devices, the Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder. This device reverses the normal anatomy of the shoulder, putting the ball on the shoulder blade and socket on the upper arm, in order to allow the deltoid muscle to control the arm.
The recall was made after the Zimmer Biomet shoulder implant was found to fracture at higher rates than expected. These fractures may cause device breakage, separation, severe pain, the loss of shoulder function, need for replacement surgery, infection or even death.
For more information, visit our Zimmer Biomet Shoulder Recall page.