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Coarctation of the aorta: known Zoloft side-effect

Posted on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 at 12:16 pm by Williams Hart   

Zoloft is a popular selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant designed to treat behavioral disorders such as panic and post traumatic stress disorder. However, this drug is also known to inhibit the proper absorption of folic acid in the mother’s body during pregnancy. Because of this, this drug has been linked to many congenital disorders, including malformation of the heart.

One of the possible complications of Zoloft is coarctation of the aorta, which refers to the narrowing of the aorta responsible for delivering blood from the heart to different parts of the body. This congenital malformation of the heart, if left untreated, may lead to life-threatening health complications, such as rupture of the aorta, cerebral aneurysm, heart attacks, and strokes.

If taking Zoloft while pregnant has caused your baby to suffer from the consequences of a congenital heart malformation, you may be eligible to file a case against the maker of the drug. To learn about your options and how we may assist you, consult an attorney at Williams Hart by calling (713) 352-7071.

Understanding the dangers of hyperglycemia

Posted on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 at 12:07 pm by Williams Hart   

Hyperglycemia happens when the level of glucose in the blood stream is too high. This medical condition occurs as a symptom of an underlying medical condition such as diabetes, pancreatitis, or hyperthyroidism. Additionally, using the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal has been identified as a catalyst of its development.

Individuals with hyperglycemia are at higher risk of experiencing eye problems, including glaucoma, cataracts, and disorder of the blood vessels in the retina. They may experience skin infections and musculoskeletal disorders. Furthermore, serious medical complications such as kidney failure and cardiovascular disorders have a higher risk of developing if hyperglycemia remains untreated.

If taking Risperdal has caused you undue harm, a lawyer at Williams Hart may help you understand your legal options in seeking justice and financial compensation through a civil claim. Call us at (713) 352-7071 today to learn more about your eligibility to take such action.

In-depth research on testosterone supplements needed

Posted on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 at 10:57 am by Williams Hart   

A University of Washington endocrinologist is seeking in-depth research on the effects of testosterone supplements on older men with “low T” condition, an article by the Los Angeles Times reported on April 28.

Dr. Stephanie Page argued in the British journal Lancet Endocrinology that doctors should acknowledge their limited understanding of the effects of testosterone supplements. Dr. Page urged further study be conducted on the controversial supplements due to recent contradicting conclusions on the effects of this treatment on older men. Just a few months ago, a study that claimed that men who undergo such treatment may suffer from heart-related problems was attacked by other medical experts, who claimed the complex statistical data used in the study was manipulated.

The lawyers at Williams Hart understand that suffering from heart-related conditions due to defective drug use is devastating. If you have experienced this, we may help you seek your much needed financial aid for your treatment. Speak with our legal team today by calling (713) 352-7071.

Increased fiber diet tied to decreased fatal heart attack

Posted on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 at 10:45 am by Williams Hart   

Researchers suggest that people with heart attack history who consumed high-fiber foods have a lower risk of dying in the event of another heart attack, an article by Reuters stated on May 6.

After studying at least 2,258 women and 1,840 men, researchers found that deadly heart attacks declined by 15 percent for every 10 grams of fiber consumed. Head author and epidemiologist Shanshan Li of Harvard School of Public Health stressed that diet is a great factor in the development of heart-related problems. Consuming high-fiber grains lessened the death risk by 28 percent. Researchers advised women to consume at least 25 grams of high-fiber food everyday while men should consume 38 grams.

Unfortunately, heart attacks are also linked to women who took Yasmin and Yaz contraceptives. If you or someone you know has been injured by this birth control drug, the legal team of Williams Hart may fight for you. We may possibly help you recover your loss by seeking damages from negligent drug makers. Call us today at 800-761-3187 to understand your options.

Recall issued for 113,000 bed handles after 3 reported fatalities

Posted on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 at 3:57 pm by Williams Hart   

Recently, Bed Handles Inc., in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, issued a voluntary recall for 113,000 adult bed handles. The recalled bed handles pose a strangulation and entrapment risk and have already been linked to 3 deaths.

All of the recalled bed handles were sold in the United States and Canada between 1994 and 2007. The dangerous bed handles do not include safety retention straps which are designed to fasten the bed handles to the bed’s frame.

When the handles aren’t attached to the bed frame, they can slip and create a dangerously small gap capable of strangling or trapping someone. Bed Handles Inc., is urging people who own the recalled bed handles to discontinue use.

Read more about this recall by clicking here.

Sleep apnea, a danger of Risperdal

Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2014 at 4:33 pm by Williams Hart   

Risperdal is an antipsychotic medication designed for individuals with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and is also prescribed to treat irritability associated with autism. Over the years, however, many lawsuits have been filed against its manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, over allegations that it can cause a variety of adverse effects like sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a disorder that often prevents an individual from reaching deep, quality sleep. It causes breathing to pause or become shallow several times in one night for a few seconds or even several minutes each time. Individuals with this condition often suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness and increases the risk of having work-related or driving accidents.

Our highly skilled legal team at Williams Hart helps victims of Risperdal side effects receive the compensation they deserve. If you too have been negatively affected by this drug, we might be of great help to you. Contact us at 800-220-9341 to learn about how we may be able to help.

Williams Hart Partners with Preberg, Faucett and Abbot

Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2014 at 12:20 pm by Williams Hart   

Williams Hart is pleased to announce that it will be partnering with Preberg, Faucett and Abbot, an emerging intellectual property and commercial litigation firm, to offer contingency-fee representation to clients who might not otherwise be able to pursue essential commercial litigation. For many small and medium-sized companies, the costs of paying hourly attorney’s fees is simply too high to make litigation a realistic option, even if it may be essential to business objectives. The contingency-fee model that Williams Hart and Preberg, Faucett and Abbot are able to provide for clients will allow companies or individuals in these positions to pursue commercial litigation for issues such as intellectual property disputes, misappropriation of trade secrets, and other concerns.

To learn more about this exciting new partnership, you can click here.

Woman wins nearly $14 million in damages in Yasmin lawsuit

Posted on Thursday, May 15th, 2014 at 3:43 pm by Williams Hart   

A woman who suffered from a stroke after being prescribed Yasmin by her doctor recently won damages worth $14 million, Chicago Tribune reported on April 20.

Reports said a Cook County jury and the legal counsel of Mariola Zapalski concluded that she was wrongfully advised by her Chicago doctor to take Yasmin in 2007. Zapalski, then 37 years old, was entirely paralyzed on her left side by a stroke only days after taking Yasmin birth control pills. Zapalski was not given information about the harmful potential side effects of Yasmin when it was prescribed to her. The award is a relief to the couple, who have endured many hardships as a result of the doctor’s poor prescription. Zapalski’s husband Rafal also had to stop working to take care of his wife.

The lawyers at Williams Hart work for women who suffered a stroke or any heart-related problems as a result of using Yasmin birth control pills. Our lawyers may be able to help you get the financial remunerations you need to recover your health. Tell us your story today and learn more about your options by calling 800-220-9341.

BP’s fines could top $17B for violations against Clean Water Act

Posted on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 at 3:47 pm by Williams Hart   

British oil giant BP will find out how much it will have to pay in fines for its involvement in the 2010 oil spill during the final phase of trial this coming January. Fines under the Clean Water Act could surpass a whopping $17 billion.

BP has already set aside over $42 billion in a fund for paying off fines and compensation.

The first phase of the trial covered the issue of negligence and ended April of last year. The second phase, which concluded last October, dealt with determining how many million barrels of oil spilled from the Deepwater Horizon. The first two phases will help determine how much BP’s fines will amount to in the third and final phase of trial.

The leak continued for 87 days and killed 11 BP workers and injured 17 others.

Filing a claim with the Deepwater Horizon Claims Center on your own can be extremely confusing, so don’t hesitate to seek legal assistance from our attorneys at the Williams Hart. Call our offices at (713) 352-7071 to see if we can help you receive the financial compensation you deserve.

2 killed, 9 injured in West Texas oil field explosion

Posted on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 7:31 pm by Williams Hart   

An explosion occurred at a West Texas oil field today, injuring nine and killing two workers who were changing a wellhead. The two workers who were killed in the incident, who have yet to be identified, died at the scene and authorities have yet to report on the status of the nine workers who were injured.

According to Loving County Sheriff Billy Hopper, authorities received a call at 8:30 am on Wednesday, reporting that an explosion had taken place. While it was originally thought that workers were working on an oil rig at the time of the explosion, it was later clarified that they were attempting to change a wellhead when a buildup of pressure caused the explosion. 

As of now, it is unknown which oil company operates the oil field on which the explosion occurred. Our team at Williams Hart will continue to monitor this incident and provide updates as more information becomes available.

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