July 6th, 2015
If you have type 2 diabetes and take Invokana (canagliflozin) to help control your blood sugar, you could be at risk for kidney damage. Invokana hit the market in 2013 and in its first year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received at least 457 reports of serious adverse events including 54 reports of renal impairment or kidney failure. There is no way to know how many more cases of serious or life-threatening kidney problems were caused by Invokana use because so many adverse drug reactions are never reported to the FDA.
Side Effects Related to Renal Toxicity
According to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) report QuarterWatch, during the first year that Invokana was sold there were reports of five types of adverse events related to renal toxicity:
- Kidney stones
- Dehydration and fluid imbalances
- Abnormal or other weight loss
- Urinary tract infections
- Renal impairment or kidney failure
Treating Kidney Failure
Kidney failure is a medical emergency and can be fatal if left untreated. Treatments for kidney failure include:
- Temporary hemodialysis to remove toxins from your blood
- IV fluids or diuretics to restore fluid balance
- Medications to control blood potassium
- Medications to restore blood calcium
If kidney function cannot be restored treatments include:
- Frequent dialysis treatment for life
- Kidney transplant
If you have suffered kidney failure as a result of taking Invokana you face significant financial and personal hardships and may be affected for the rest of your life. You may be able to recover substantial compensation for your injuries. Please, do not wait until it is too late to contact an experienced defective drug attorney.
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February 24th, 2015
About 80% of pregnant women suffer from morning sickness, referred to as “nausea and vomiting of pregnancy” (NVP) by the medical community. Until April, 2013, there had not been an FDA approved NVP drug for 30 years. To fill the gap doctors prescribed drugs off-label to relieve morning sickness. One was Zofran (ondansetron), which has been associated with serious birth defects including congenital heart defects, cleft lip and cleft palate.
The First Trimester
For most women, morning sickness subsides after the first trimester. But those first three months of pregnancy are a critical time of development when the fetus is most susceptible to harm from medications that the mother takes, resulting in birth defects. So, it’s a catch-22. The time that mothers are most likely to need a medication, like Zofran, is also the time when the drug is most dangerous for their babies.
Zofran Birth Defects
Studies have found that the use of Zofran during the first trimester of pregnancy increases the risk of birth defects including:
- Cleft lip
- Cleft palate
- Septal heart defects, also known as “hole in the heart”
Babies born with these defects may require surgery and special care to survive and thrive. An experienced drug injury attorney can help you recover the compensation that you need to pay for your child’s medical bills and other needs.
If you took Zofran while you were pregnant and your child suffered birth defects, please contact an experienced drug injury attorney today and schedule your free consultation.
February 25th, 2014
Britax Child Safety Inc. has issued a recall for over 215,000 strollers sold between May 2011 and June 2013. Issues with these strollers involve the release strap which can cause amputation and other serious injury to children. Strollers involved in this recall include:
- The B-Agile
- The B-Agile Double
- BOB Motion single and double strollers
Parents with these strollers are encouraged to discontinue use and call Britax at 866-204-1665 for a repair kit.
Graco has issued a recall for over three million car seats. These seats have buckle defects which can exacerbate injury following a car accident. Car seats impacted by this recall include:
- Argos 70
- Classic Ride 50
- Comfort Sport
- Cozy Cline
- My Ride 65, 70, and with safety surround
- Nautilus and Nautilus Elite
- Size 4 Me 70
Parents with these models are encouraged to call Graco at 800-345-4109 for a replacement or a refund.
Defective products injure and kill thousands of people every year. Children are often most vulnerable due to their smaller size and less developed bodies. When you or your child are the victim of a defective product, you need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side to help ensure you are treated fairly and provided the justice you deserve.
To schedule a free consultation in your area, please contact an experienced product liability attorney today.
February 18th, 2014
A new report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests that truck driver fatigue may play a role in up to 40 percent of trucking accidents. Fatigue in general is dangerous. It increases response time, decreases alertness, reduces critical thinking, and may even result in temporary losses of consciousness. When these things happen to a trucker, everyone on the road is at risk.
Truck driver fatigue is most often a result of unrealistic schedules being forced on a trucker. This means that the company the trucker drives for or the company being delivered to may also be liable for any injuries that occur in these accidents. The best way to determine who is liable and seek maximum compensation is with an experienced truck accident lawyer on your side.
Fighting for You
Following a truck accident, the trucker, his employer, and other potentially liable parties will have insurance companies and lawyers fighting to minimize your settlement. You need an attorney who will fight twice as hard for you, helping secure the full compensation you are due. Your attorney will conduct an investigation to identify all liable parties and take your case as far as necessary to get you every penny you deserve.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a truck accident, please contact an experienced lawyer in your area today.
February 11th, 2014
A new test developed by scientists at the University of Louisville may offer great hope to people who have been exposed to asbestos. The test measures specific compounds in exhaled breath and has proven 95 percent effective at detecting lung cancer, a common consequence of asbestos exposure. This quick, noninvasive, and entirely painless test can help determine if a patient needs to undergo a biopsy – potentially years before symptoms would indicate the same thing.
Asbestos can remain in the body for decades, slowly causing a host of problems including mesothelioma and lung cancer. In the past, extensive and often painful testing was required to determine if asbestos exposure had caused cancer. Researchers at the University of Louisville hope to have this new test available for general use within the next five years. This could potentially save thousands of lives and increase the general comfort of people who have been exposed to asbestos.
Asbestos Exposure Attorney
If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, you need an aggressive attorney on your side. Victims of asbestos exposure may be entitled to significant compensation, but this is nearly impossible to get without a skilled attorney.
Companies responsible for endangering workers are liable for the damages they have caused. Your asbestos exposure attorney will hold these companies accountable and fight for every penny you are due.
Please contact an experienced asbestos attorney in your area today to find out more.
February 4th, 2014
A recent report published in the Journal of Patient Safety suggests that medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States. While unrelated, this report follows an exhaustive study conducted by ProPublica in which it was found that securing expert testimony in medical malpractice cases is becoming increasingly difficult. Many doctors interviewed for the ProPublica report cited fear of losing referrals if they spoke out against colleagues. This does not bode well for victims of medical negligence nor for the surviving family members of those killed through medical error.
There is Hope
Some doctors may fear financial repercussions for speaking out against colleagues that cause harm, but many still exist that will stand up for victims. The trick is finding a medical malpractice attorney who works with reputable medical professionals to prove negligence and secure compensation for victims.
Taking time to select the best medical malpractice attorney for your case is essential for getting the justice you are due. Make sure you choose a medical malpractice attorney who not only has experience, but a proven track record of getting victims of medical negligence every penny they are due.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed through medical negligence, please contact an experienced injury lawyer in your area today.
January 27th, 2014
A 20-year-old man in Manitowoc, Wisconsin struck a cyclist who was delivering papers on January 24. The driver did not stop his vehicle and proceeded to run a stop sign, striking another vehicle before arriving at his residence.
At first, this pedestrian accident doesn’t sound entirely unusual. After all, bicyclists are hit by vehicles daily in the United States. This story, however, takes a turn for the bizarre.
The cyclist in this case went through the windshield on the passenger side of the car. It wasn’t until the vehicle was stopped at the driver’s house that the cyclist turned to say, “Hello, I’m the guy you hit on the bicycle.” The driver, so intoxicated as to not have noticed a man lodged in his window, locked the doors to his car and went into his home without attempting to help the victim.
The driver was arrested for hit and run, intoxicated driving, and failure to render aid. No formal charges have been filed.
The cyclist in this accident sustained injury from glass cuts to his eyes and body. He is planning on filing a personal injury lawsuit against the driver for medical expenses and related damages.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a pedestrian accident, please contact an experienced injury lawyer in your area today.
January 26th, 2014
A pileup involving more than 40 vehicles on January 24 left three dead and 22 injured. The traffic accident occurred on I-94 just outside of Michigan City, Indiana, and involved both passenger vehicles and large trucks. Many of the smaller vehicles were pinned underneath the trailers of semi-trucks. Tragically, due to whiteout conditions, some stayed trapped for hours waiting for emergency crews.
The cause of this accident may have been a jackknifed trailer. Three teens who were witness to the accident report seeing the trailer jackknife and collide with another semi-truck at the front of the pileup. From there, multiple cars and truck added to the wreck.
Liability in an accident like this can be difficult to determine. Weather was certainly a factor, but there are many other things at play here as well. Victims of this accident will need an experienced injury attorney on their side to make sure they are provided the full compensation they deserve.
Victims of traffic accidents and surviving family members of those who are killed in accidents deserve justice. Having a dedicated personal injury attorney working on your side as soon as possible is one of the surest ways to see that justice is served.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in an accident, please contact an experienced injury lawyer in your area today.
January 15th, 2014
Oxford Dictionary has chosen “selfie” as its word of the year and defines the word as, “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.” There are entire sites, such as Instagram, devoted to selfies and their popularity shows no sign of waning.
The fact that selfies are popular poses no real threat. However, the fact that some self-photographers show more concern over capturing their own face than protecting the safety of others poses a very real threat indeed.
Instagram reports over three million selfies have been posted with the hashtag “driving” over the past year. In addition to theses, over 62,000 have been posted and tagged #drivinghome, #drivingselfie, and #drivingtowork. The number of driving selfies posted grows every day.
Taking a selfie while driving is a clear form of distraction that greatly increases the risk for causing a car accident. Victims of people taking pictures of themselves while driving deserve compensation for any damages sustained in accidents caused by this type of gross negligence. The best way to hold irresponsible drivers accountable and get the compensation you deserve is through swift legal action with the help of an aggressive personal injury attorney.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, please contact an experienced injury attorney in your area today to schedule a free initial consultation.
January 8th, 2014
In the wake of increasing nursing home abuse and neglect claims, a bipartisan group of California legislators has introduced a host of bills aimed at addressing the problem. The bills focus on myriad issues such as increasing the public’s access to complaints filed against a home, quadrupling the number of training hours required for care givers, improving annual inspections of assisted-living facilities, and making financial penalties for infractions more severe.
The steps being taken in California have been prompted by the deaths and serious injury of multiple nursing home residents. While these new bills have noble aims, their timing is late and victims of previous abuses may still be denied the justice they deserve.
Know Your Rights
When a loved one is injured, neglected, or otherwise mistreated in their care facility, you have a right to take action on your own. New laws are a step in the right direction, but without the help of a nursing home abuse attorney, your family may never get the justice they are due.
Hiring an attorney is the best way to protect your loved one and see that dignity is restored. Please contact an experienced nursing home abuse attorney today to learn more about your rights.
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