Dangerous Drugs and Defective Products
We’ve always believed that one person can make a difference in the world and that one person’s story matters, even if it’s a lone voice against a powerful industry, a big drug company, or the producers of medical implants and devices. At The Carlson Law Firm, our team of mass tort attorneys understand the significance of your experience, and the importance of your story. We remain dedicated to helping you and your family overcome your difficulties. Below is a list of cases we are currently investigating.
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 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. Complications include: 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.
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.
IVC Filter Lawsuits
Reports show 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 who have had the device implanted. These devices can break apart, leaving fragments floating in the body that can become lodged some where else, causing death.
If you have received an IVC filter and suffered injury or harm, we can help you pursue financial compensation!
An airbag is a safety device activated by crash sensors to inflate instantly and cushion a driver and passengers in a collision. However, some airbags fail to function properly and cause injuries, making these often deadly devices the target of defective-airbag lawsuits.
Some of the malfunctions, defects and design inadequacies may cause issues that include: unwanted deployment of air bags, delayed deployment of air bags or failure to deploy.
Being involved in a product-related injury can be a traumatic experience, and it can be challenging to determine who may be liable for your injuries, medical costs and other damages. Knowing when you should contact a personal injury lawyer to handle your product liability claim can be the differentiating factor in whether or not you are fairly compensated for your injuries.
Talcum Powder (Baby Powder)
Talcum powder has been marketed and sold as a hygiene product for over a century and has been used as a feminine hygiene product, a moisture absorbent, and countless other uses. However, in 1971 researchers discovered a link between applying talcum powder to female genitals and a 30% greater risk of ovarian cancer. Now, Johnson & Johnson faces over 1,000 lawsuits because they failed to disclose the risk of talcum powder use to millions of consumers over the course of several decades.
If you or a loved one developed ovarian or cervical cancer and you have a history of using talcum powder, please contact The Carlson Law Firm as soon as possible. There is a chance that your cancer is linked to the use of talc, a mineral known to cause aggressive tumor growth upon entering the body.
Hundreds of families have filed Zofran lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline, claiming the company’s anti-nausea drug causes birth defects. Despite having never been approved for use during pregnancy, Zofran is currently the top-selling morning sickness drug in the US. More than 1 million women are prescribed the drug every year, many in their first trimester, when developing fetuses are most susceptible to harm.
Companies and manufacturers dealing with asbestos have known for almost a century that the inhalation of asbestos fibers is associated with mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and several other debilitating and often fatal asbestos-related diseases. Thousands of unsuspecting workers were exposed daily to this dangerous carcinogen as they worked in factories, mills, railroads and other industrial occupations, often bringing asbestos fibers home and unknowingly exposing their family through household asbestos exposure.
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.
For decades, the Bair Hugger Surgical Warming Blanket has been used to keep patients warm during extensive surgeries. Since its introduction in 1988, the Bair Hugger device 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 have proven that Bair Hugger Surgical Warming Blankets used during surgical procedures have caused patients to develop serious infections.
Benicar, a blood pressure medication, is reported to cause gastrointestinal problems that include sprue-like enteropathy. This highly-prescribed medication did not carry warning labels for this condition until more than a decade after it was introduced.
More than 1,700 claims have been being filed against Daiichi Sankyo by people who have suffered sprue-like enteropathy and other gastrointestinal issues as a result of taking Benicar.
Benzene is a known carcinogen, which means it can cause specific types of cancer. Workers exposed to significant quantities of benzene are at risk, and may be eligible for compensation. Long-term exposure to this toxic chemical can cause very serious illnesses, and may eventually lead to death.
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.
Bronchiolitis Obliterans (Diacetyl Exposure)
Bronchiolitis obliterans is a rare and life-threatening lung disease that can be caused by inhalation of diacetyl or 2,3 pentanedione, chemicals used for flavoring food products. These flavoring chemicals are also used in snack food plants, dairy plants, confection plants, coffee roasting, pet food plants, and refrigerated dough plants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hyland's Teething Tablets
Hyland’s Teething Tablets linked to 10 deaths and many more cases of adverse reaction events
Parents across the country have relied on teething remedies to sooth the symptoms of teething in their children for years. Many products have been marketed to help babies deal with the pain of cutting teeth, ranging from chew toys to homeopathic teething medications such as teething tablets.
Tragically, homeopathic teething tablets have been implicated in the deaths of at least 10 babies in the past six years. Hundreds of children have also suffered serious adverse side effects that may be attributed to belladonna, an ingredient in Hyland’s homeopathic teething tablets and other similar products.
Belladonna, more popularly known as nightshade, is a plant with known toxic effects. This toxic ingredient has no place in a product used on young children.
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).
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.
Nursing Home Heavy Lift Injury
Providing care to nursing home residents is extremely physically demanding work. Nursing home residents often require assistance to walk, bathe, or perform other normal daily activities. In some cases residents are totally dependent upon caregivers for mobility.
The frequent heavy lifting or re-positioning of patients has become a major issue concerning nursing home staff. This task often ends with the staff member becoming injured.
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.
Orthopedic Joint Replacement
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.
PROTON PUMP INHIBITORS
Prilosec, Prevacid & Nexium Have Been Linked to Increased Risk of Kidney Damage
In recent years, PPIs have become one of the most commonly prescribed classes of drugs in the United States. These drugs are typically prescribed to treat acid reflux, indigestion and peptic ulcers. Unfortunately, a lot of people are unaware of the numerous studies that show that PPIs can cause a number of side effects, from an altered gut environment to impaired nutrient absorption, to more severe medical issues like kidney disease, cardiovascular events and dementia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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 and are being implanted by surgeons to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapsed (POP) in women. Surgical mesh products have been manufactured and continue to be sold by numerous medical device companies, despite warnings from the FDA.
“Even the FDA seriously questions the safety and effectiveness of these mesh products,” deputy director of Public Citizen’s Health research Group, said.
Each and every day, adults and children around the world are safely vaccinated against disease and illness. However, severe and debilitating reactions to vaccines can and do occur. It is because of these unfortunate instances that Congress created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP).
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
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.