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How Risperdal causes male breast enlargement

Posted on Monday, April 27th, 2015 at 10:25 am by Williams Hart   

Risperdal is an atypical anti-psychotic drug known to treat different psychiatric conditions, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and symptoms of autism. However, study after study reveals the many different side-effects associated with this drug, including gynecomastia, or male breast enlargement.

Although studies are still underway to further understand Risperdal as causative to gynecomastia, two possible reasons have been identified to explain the link between them:

  1. Risperidone (Risperdal) works by blocking dopamine, a neurotransmitter that counteracts the effects of milk-producing hormone prolactin. A higher level of prolactin among males may cause gynecomastia, or even male galactorrhea (spontaneous flow of milk).
  2. Risperdal may cause tumors to develop in the pituitary gland, also known as pituitary adenomas. Some cases of male breast growth have been associated with prolactinoma, a tumor in the pituitary gland that causes the hormone to produces more prolactin.

If you believe you or your loved one has suffered from gynecomastia after taking Risperdal, you might have a chance to hold the manufacturer accountable for all your losses. Speak with an attorney at Williams Hart by calling (800) 220-9341 today.

Explosion and fire at oil tank facility near Karnes City

Posted on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at 9:45 am by Williams Hart   

Yesterday afternoon an oil tank facility near Karnes City experienced an explosion and a subsequent fire. Thankfully, no one was injured in the incident.

At around 4:10 p.m., an explosion occurred at the Shale Tank Truck Facility. Though the exact cause of the incident is not yet known, Karnes County Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva stated that a thunderstorm was rolling into town at the same time. As such, a lightening strike is suspected as a possible cause of the fire. The incident will continue to be investigated, however.

Flames shot into the air that could be seen miles away. Multiple fire departments responded to the scene and decided to let the burning tanks burn themselves out.

John Eddie Williams is named Pasadena ISD’s 2015 Distinguished Alumnus

Posted on Thursday, April 16th, 2015 at 10:30 am by Williams Hart   

John Eddie Williams has been named as the recipient of Pasadena Independent School District’s “Distinguished Alumnus Award” for 2015. Every year this award is presented to an alumnus “who has made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments and career have brought credit to Pasadena and Pasadena ISD.” For this accomplishment, Williams will be presented with a plaque at the Dr. Kirk Lewis Career & Technical High School Thursday, April 23 at noon.

Clearing uterine fibroids through cryomyolysis

Posted on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 at 12:39 pm by Williams Hart   

Uterine fibroids are benign growths in the uterus that might create few to no symptoms, especially when the masses are still small. Some prefer to have their uterine fibroids removed through a laparoscopic procedure involving the use of a power morcellator. Unfortunately, manufacturers of this device have recently been under fire over allegations that power morcellators spread theretofore undetected cancer tissues in the uterus, causing uterine cancer.

Apart from laparoscopic procedures involving a power morcellator, doctors may also recommend cryomyolysis as an option to clear small uterine fibroids. During this procedure, an electrified needle freezes the benign mass. This would then disrupt the flow of blood to the fibroids, cutting off their oxygen supply and nutrition.

If you think a diagnosis of uterine cancer has stemmed from a laparoscopic procedure involving a power morcellator, you might be eligible to file a claim against the maker of the dangerous medical device. The legal team at Williams Hart might be able to help. Call us (800) 220-9341 to learn how we may put our experience to work for you.

Oil and gas industry can now respond faster to offshore blowouts

Posted on Friday, April 10th, 2015 at 4:46 pm by Williams Hart   

Marine Well Containment Co. CEO Don Armijo stated that the oil and gas industry now has the capacity to respond faster to offshore oil well blowouts – five years after oil giant British Petroleum caused a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Armijo noted that his company, for instance, has equipment that can respond to oil spills in up to 10,000 feet of water.

Oil industry members started Marine Well Containment Co., and have spent over $1 billion to develop a well containment system. Armijo also stated, “We are very confident that in a case of an event the system would operate as intended.”

If you have been affected by the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill, but are still having trouble filing a claim, feel free to consult a member of our legal team at Williams Hart for help by calling our offices today at (800) 220-9341.

Not all uterine fibroids should be removed

Posted on Friday, April 10th, 2015 at 3:56 pm by Williams Hart   

An increasing number of women who underwent laparoscopic procedure involving a power morcellatorhave been filing lawsuits over allegations that the device may spread undetected cancer in the uterus. Recent studies have suggested the prevalence of uterine cancer hidden in benign growths in the uterus, and using a power morcellator may thus trigger the spread of the cancer.

If you have recently been diagnosed with uterine fibroids, it is important to note that not all uterine fibroids should be removed. Growths that show no signs or symptoms and cause no complications may not require treatment and instead may only need watchful waiting. After all, uterine fibroids are known to grow slowly. They also seldom affect pregnancy, and can shrink after menopause.

At Williams Hart, we help women adversely affected by power morcellators file a lawsuit against the manufacturers. To find out whether your circumstances qualify you for a claim, call us at (800) 220-9341 today.

Insurers cut back on power morcellator coverage

Posted on Thursday, April 9th, 2015 at 10:59 am by Williams Hart   

More and more health insurers are choosing to not to cover laparoscopic procedures involving power morcellators due to mounting concerns that the tool may spread undetected cancer in the uterus, a report by the Wall Street Journal stated on Thursday, April 2.

According to the report, several insurers covering approximately 93 million Americans in total are on the move to limit the coverage of the device. The fourth largest insurer in the country, for instance, has labeled procedures involving power morcellators as ‘not medically necessary,’ which means they would most likely be not covered by the company. Other companies are weighing the risks of limiting coverage due to other potentially dangerous alternatives to treat uterine fibroids like abdominal surgery.

If a procedure involving a power morcellator has caused you harm, a lawyer at Williams Hart might be able to help you seek the compensation you deserve. Call us at (800) 220-9341 to learn more about filing a legal claim today.

The dangers of diabetes

Posted on Monday, April 6th, 2015 at 4:21 pm by Williams Hart   

Several studies have found a strong correlation between the atypical antipsychotic drug Risperdal and the development of diabetes. Different mechanisms, such as an increased risk of hyperglycemia and weight gain, have been determined by several studies to be the cause of diabetes among patients taking this drug.

Patients suffering from Risperdal-induced diabetes are at risk of several other health conditions, including:

  • Nerve damage – too much glucose in the blood may destroy the inside linings of the capillaries that nourish the nerves
  • Kidney damage – because diabetes affects blood vessel walls, the clusters of tiny blood vessels in the kidneys might be adversely affected
  • Cardiovascular disease – diabetes may increase your risk of several cardiovascular illnesses, including heart attack and narrowing of arteries
  • Eye damage – diabetes may compromise the health of the blood vessels that supply blood to the retina

To learn more about pursuing a legal claim after being unduly harmed by Risperdal, speak with an attorney at Williams Hart by calling (800) 220-9341 today.

BP studies find no long term damage from massive oil spill

Posted on Monday, April 6th, 2015 at 12:05 pm by Williams Hart   

According to BP research, there will be no lasting environmental damage to the Gulf of Mexico in relation to the Macondo well explosion in 2010, the Advocate reported on March 17.

The conclusion reached by the report was that damage peaked directly after the incident, but species in the Gulf will not suffer long-term effects from the oil spill. This report was immediately rejected by several nonprofit organizations and state agencies.

Trustees of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program (DARRP), said BP made “inappropriate as well as premature” conclusions regarding the current status of the Gulf of Mexico.

The health of the gulf could determine the amount of penalties BP will be paying for violations under the Clean Water Act – which could be as high as $13.7 billion – and the natural resources damages it will have to pay following a separate process.

BP is adamant in its insistence that “misinformation persists about the recovery of the gulf.”

Our attorneys at Williams Hart know that many people suffered financial losses in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. To learn more about pursuing financial compensation from those responsible, call our offices at (800) 220-9341 today.

Truck that struck bridge in Salado did not have proper permit

Posted on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 at 11:22 am by Williams Hart   

On Friday, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles made an announcement that may help people make better sense of a tragic incident that took place the day before.

In the Salado truck accident that killed one person and injured three others, the truck that caused the accident did not have a proper permit.

The Department of Motor Vehicles requires trucks that carry oversized loads to have a special permit. The permit makes the DMV aware of the truck’s destination and gives them information on how to take the safest route possible. This lack of information may have been what caused the truck to attempt to pass under a bridge that was too short.

So far, Lares Trucking, the company whose vehicle was involved in the truck accident, has not provided a reason for why the truck lacked a permit.

Have you or a loved one been injured in an accident?

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