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Talcum Powder

Posted on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 at 11:04 am by Williams Hart   

Talcum Powder Attorneys

If you or someone you love was diagnosed with cancer after using a talcum powder product, you could be owed significant compensation. We urge you to contact one of the experienced talcum powder attorneys of Williams Hart right away.

The companies that manufacture talcum powder are some of the biggest names in the pharmaceutical industry, and they will fight to protect their reputation and profits at all costs. Fortunately, our team has secured victories against some of the largest companies in the world and has recovered over $1 billion in successful settlements and jury verdicts on behalf of our clients.

We are here to help you if you’ve developed ovarian cancer caused by talcum powder use. There is no risk to call us, our consultations are free, and you won’t pay us anything until we secure money for your case. Contact our team of compassionate, knowledgeable trial attorneys by calling (713) 352-7071, filling out a contact form, or chatting with us live.

What You Need to Know

Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral that is comprised of silicon, magnesium, and oxygen elements. In its natural form, talc could contain asbestos, which has long been linked to cancer risk. Because talc powder absorbs moisture and prevents friction, it can help keep skin dry and rash-free.

Talcum powder, commonly used in cosmetic and sanitary products, has been sold without any restrictions or warnings for more than 40 years now. Sadly, the use of this item—an estimated 20 to 40% of women in the United States—has been linked to an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. As one of the most common forms of cancer in women, the potential dangers posed by the use of talcum powder should be treated very seriously. The experienced legal team at Williams Hart is now investigating claims related to ovarian cancer that may have been caused by the use of talcum powder.

Talcum Powder’s Link to Ovarian Cancer

One of the most reputable physicians concerning this association, Dr. Daniel Cramer estimates that talcum powder may be responsible for over 10,000 ovarian cancer diagnoses every year. To put that in better perspective, consider the following:

  • Around 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year
  • Around 15,000 deaths are attributed to ovarian cancer every year

With the Science World Report stating the risk of developing ovarian cancer for women using talcum powder increased by 24%, the potentially dangerous side effects of talcum powder are taken very seriously by the legal team at Williams Hart.

Talcum Powder Products that Could Cause Ovarian Cancer

The manufacturers of talcum powder and talcum powder-based products have known about the connection between talcum powder and ovarian cancer since the 1970s, yet they have done nothing to warn consumers of the dangers of the product. They deliberately chose not to tell women that the application of powder for personal hygiene, especially application to sanitary napkins or use around the genital area, could cause cancer.

When applied, studies show that talc particles can enter through the vaginal opening and move through the uterus and cervix, eventually reaching the ovaries through the fallopian tubes.

Talcum powder is often purchased over the counter in these forms:

  • Baby powder
  • Body powder
  • Perfumed powder
  • Medicated powder

It can be dusted on the skin, applied to underwear or sanitary napkins, or on diapers.

Many of the products used for personal hygiene include:

  • Johnson’s Baby Powder by Johnson & Johnson
  • Shower-to-Shower by Valeant Pharmaceuticals
  • Gold Bond Body Powder
  • Baby Magic Baby Powder
  • Nivea Pure Talc
  • Summer’s Eve Body Powder
  • Estee Lauder Body Powder

As mentioned above, the manufacturers of these products are some of the biggest names in the personal hygiene industry including:

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Shower to Shower (Valeant)
  • Gold Bond
  • Mckesson
  • Clubman Pinaud
  • Nivea
  • Prestige Brands
  • Estee Lauder

Many of these companies (including industry giant Johnson & Johnson) continue to refute research that shows the link between talc powder and cancer. Because of this, many of these potentially dangerous products remain on the shelves in stores, without any warning labels.

Juries Have Awarded Billions to Ovarian Cancer Patients

Despite Johnson & Johnson and other companies’ claims that the risks of ovarian cancer are too low to justify warning consumers, juries have repeatedly decided in favor of ovarian cancer patients in court. The first ovarian cancer talcum powder lawsuit victory against Johnson & Johnson was decided in 2013 in federal court.

Since then, there have been other significant victories against the company, including:

  • $70 Million – Awarded in 2016 to a woman who had used talcum powder for over 40 years and developed terminal ovarian cancer
  • $72 Million – Awarded in 2016 to the family of a woman who had used talcum powder for decades and died from terminal ovarian cancer
  • $55 Million -Awarded in 2016 to a woman who was forced to undergo a hysterectomy and multiple surgeries due to ovarian cancer
  • $110 Million – Awarded to a woman with terminal ovarian cancer in 2017
  • $417 Million – Awarded in 2017 to a woman who developed terminal ovarian cancer after using talcum powder for years
  • $4.69 Billion – Awarded to a group of 22 women by a Missouri jury in 2018. All were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder for years

While juries across the U.S. have awarded over $5 Billion, there are still many more lawsuits pending and even more are expected. Patients who believe that they may have developed ovarian cancer due to talcum powder use should contact a talcum powder lawyer right away.

Am I Eligible to File a Talcum Powder Lawsuit?

If you used talcum powder for personal hygiene regularly and you developed ovarian cancer or cancer of the fallopian tubes, you could be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer.

You do not have to know for sure that your cancer was caused by talcum powder. Let an experienced attorney from Williams Hart investigate your case and help you determine if you are eligible for compensation.

Also, if someone close to you died due to terminal ovarian cancer, you could be eligible to bring a wrongful death claim against the companies responsible.

Filing a lawsuit can bring you and your family relief in a number of ways. It could help you recover compensation for medical treatment (including diagnosis, treatment, surgeries, rehabilitation, and subsequent care).

You could also recover money for wages lost from time off of work, as well as pain, suffering, and mental anguish. If you lost a loved one due to terminal ovarian cancer, a wrongful death lawsuit could secure compensation for funeral and burial expenses, loss of future income, and loss of consortium, in some cases.

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?

Each state has a statute of limitations that places a strict time limit on how long victims have to file an injury or wrongful death lawsuit. It is critical to consult an attorney to discuss the statute of limitations in your particular state. As a general rule, it is a good idea to get started on your claim as soon as possible, since time is always of the essence with these cases. If you fail to file your lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires, the court will be barred from hearing your case.

Why Should I Choose Williams Hart to Handle My Case?

One of the most important decisions you’ll ever make is selecting the right attorney to represent you. When taking on massive, globally-recognized companies like Johnson & Johnson and others, you will want a legal team that is not afraid of these corporations and their powerful insurance companies. You’ll want a team that has secured victories against these corporate giants and has the skill and resources necessary to not only fight for you, but win.

Since 1983, Williams Hart has been the trusted legal counsel for so many people just like you. We take pride in fighting for individuals and their families, and we’re proud of our track record of success. We’ve secured over a billion dollars for people across the country, and we’re ready to put our experience to work on your case.

When you call us, you’ll find out why we’ve been the firm of choice for so many people who have been harmed by products made by huge corporations like the ones we’re dealing with here. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us, and let us sit down with you and explain all of the options available to you.

How Much Will It Cost Me to Hire Williams Hart to Represent Me?

The attorneys at Williams Hart believe that everyone should have access to experienced legal representation. You shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not you can afford a nationally-recognized firm to represent your interests. That’s why we work on a contingency-fee basis. This means that we won’t charge you for anything – not consultations, not investigations, expert medical witnesses, negotiations or trial – until we win your case. If we don’t secure money for your talcum powder claim, you won’t owe us a single penny.

Contact a Talcum Powder Attorney to Learn More

If you or someone you love developed ovarian cancer or another serious illness as a result of the use of talcum powder, the experienced trial attorneys of Williams Hart want to help you. We have decades of experience handling these types of cases, and we’re ready to stand up for you and get you the justice you are owed.

We are ready to investigate your claims against the companies who sell these talcum-based products, so don’t hesitate to contact us right now for help. Our consultations are free, so schedule yours by calling (713) 352-7071 or by reaching out to us online.


Diabetes

Posted on Monday, February 25th, 2019 at 4:51 pm by Williams Hart   

Diabetes and Dangerous Medications

In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) compiled a report in which the organization found that an estimated 1.5 million new cases of diabetes had been diagnosed in 2015 among United States adults over the age of 18. More than half of those new cases were of adults aged 45 through 64; men and women were diagnosed at similar rates.

In response to the growing rate of diabetes patients, prescription after prescription was written in hopes of protecting them from the disease’s devastating effects. These individuals placed their trust in diabetes medication manufacturers.

Unfortunately, a number of medications provided to diabetics have been shown to have adverse health effects that can include an increased risk of amputation, among other serious issues.

Diabetes medication manufacturers can act in bad faith, and when this happens, it is innocent victims that pay the price.

At Williams Hart, our diabetes medication attorneys work hard to help obtain full and fair compensation for all of our clients that have had their trust broken by negligent medication manufacturers and their defective pharmaceutical products.

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If you or a loved one have been injured because of diabetic medication, your team of product liability lawyers at Williams Hart want to hear your story. Contact us at (866) 303-0395 to set up your free case evaluation today.

The Basics of Diabetes

Glucose is derived from the types of foods that we eat, and when your blood glucose levels — also known as your blood sugar levels — increase, your pancreas releases a hormone called insulin to help convert glucose into energy.

When the pancreas produces little to no insulin, or the body fails to respond appropriately to the hormone, glucose will stay inside of your blood instead of converting. Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can cause an array of health problems.

Diabetes is, in actuality, a number of different types of health issues that involve some sort of problem with the production and use of insulin. As of yet, there is no cure, and people that are diagnosed with this disease need to manage it carefully with medication, proper diet, and exercise.

The Different Types of Diabetes

According to a 2017 report drafted by the CDC, 30.3 million people in the U.S. — or roughly 9.4 percent of the U.S. population — have diabetes. Approximately 1 out of 4 of diabetics do not know that they even have the disease.

That is why building awareness is so important. The following are the types of diabetes that affect millions of Americans today:

Type 1 Diabetes

If you or someone you love is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, that means that the body cannot produce insulin. One reason this occurs is that the body’s immune system attacks the cells in the pancreas that produce the hormone. While popular belief suggests that type 1 diabetes only happens to children, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Type 1 diabetes can affect anyone at any age, from children to young adults to elderly alike.

Type 1 diabetes is a serious condition that requires the injection of insulin every day. Lack of proper care can lead to death.

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes — or hyperglycemia — is the most common form of diabetes; it renders the body unable to efficiently produce and use insulin. The CDC estimates that 90 to 95 percent of diabetes cases in adults is type 2.

Risk factors associated with the development of diabetes include:

  • Genetics
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Physical inactivity (lack of exercise)
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood glucose

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes only affects women who are pregnant. While in most cases the disease will go away on its own after pregnancy, sufferers do risk the chance of developing type 2 diabetes later on in their life.

Other types of diabetes can include monogenic diabetes — a rare form of diabetes that can occur from mutations or changes in a single gene that is passed down to children — and cystic fibrosis-related diabetes.

What Health Concerns Can Diabetes Cause?

If left untreated over time, high levels of blood glucose can wreak havoc on a sufferer’s body, causing a multitude of long-term complications such as:

  • Dental diseases
  • Skin conditions
  • Foot problems
  • Hearing impairment
  • Eye problems
  • Nerve damage
  • Kidney diseases
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Stroke

Eventually, if left untreated, diabetes — and the resulting long-term complications it causes — can lead to disabling or life-threatening illnesses.

With proper treatment, however, diabetes can be managed effectively. Medications paired with a healthy diet and exercise can help sufferers have a better quality of life.

However, in certain instances, these medications can actually exacerbate health problems and leave users with larger health problems. When that happens, you need the strong representation of Williams Hart to help guide you through the convoluted legal system of product liability.

Contact our defective drug attorneys today at (866) 303-0395 for your FREE and confidential case evaluation.

What You Need To Know About Diabetes Medication

Diabetes medications are designed to assist the user in controlling blood glucose levels by stimulating the release of specific chemicals in the brain, pancreas, and bloodstream. These medications can also help to lower the levels of blood glucose in the liver.

The downside to these medications is that some of them can have severe side effects. Scientific studies have shown that several type 2 diabetes medications can cause afflictions such as:

  • Heart attacks
  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Certain types of cancers

Every day, we place our trust in the hands of pharmaceutical manufacturers and drug manufacturers to help us in our fight against serious illnesses. Sometimes, these large corporations act against the best interests of the American people.

Diabetic Medication You Need to Look Out For

According to information compiled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it has been made evident that certain type 2 diabetes medications can increase the risk of developing a number of serious health issues:

Drugs that have been known to cause adverse effects in users include:

  • Actos – The FDA required the manufacturers of Actos in 2017 to include a warning label to patients. This recommendation claimed that patients taking the drug should refrain from doing so because it may increase the risk of heart attacks and the development of bladder cancer.
  • Avandia – This drug may increase the risk of the user suffering a heart attack. The drug’s manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, has agreed to pay out a $3 billion settlement in civil and criminal cases after it admitted to the inherent dangers of the drug.
  • Byetta, Januvia – Researchers at UCLA have determined that these drugs increase the risk of developing pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.
  • Invokana, Invokamet, Invokamet XR – These SGLT2 inhibitors may increase the risk of developing diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), urinary tract infections, acute kidney injuries, bone fractures, and also increase the risk of a leg, foot, and toe amputation.
  • Onglyza – Like most other DPP-4 inhibitor drugs, Onglyza has been linked to an increased risk of users developing pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, heart failure, and potentially to rhabdomyolysis.
  • Victoza – This drug is linked to the development of thyroid tumors, according to the FDA. These tumors may be cancerous, and like other incretin mimetic drugs, Victoza may also be linked to the development of pancreatitis.

If You Suffered an Adverse Effect Because of Diabetic Medication

The first step is to get medical attention immediately. Your health is your priority.

After you have received medical treatment, you should collect all relevant documentation about the injury sustained from the diabetic medication. This can include medical records, hospital bills, prescriptions, or any other documentation that shows you were taking the medication (as well as the duration of the treatment).

Keep all relevant documentation in a safe location, and if possible, create a digital copy of the documents as well.

Then you will want to seek out the services of an experienced defective drug attorney to help you gain the restitution you need to lessen any financial burden that has been placed upon you and your family as a result of taking the drug.

In some cases, a lawsuit may be an option for recovering any financial damages you have suffered. Seeking compensation for these side effects is well within your right if the company that manufactured the medication:

  • Was aware that their product could cause adverse health effects.
  • Failed to relay important information concerning the potential risks associated with the use of their products.
  • Did not conduct thorough pre-market testing and/or post-market studies.
  • Failed to report adverse findings.

Determining Compensation

An experienced and qualified attorney has the resources available to conduct a thorough investigation into how you were injured and what damages you may be able to recover, including compensation for but not limited to:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium

If you are unfortunate enough to have lost a loved one because of any of the above drugs, you still have a case for seeking out wrongful death compensation from the manufacturer.

It all starts with making a call to Williams Hart at (866) 303-0395 to schedule your FREE, no obligation, case evaluation. No longer suffer in silence.


Valsartan Lawsuit

Posted on Monday, February 4th, 2019 at 10:15 pm by Williams Hart   

Valsartan Lawsuit

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In 2018, the FDA issued an alert to health care professionals and patients in regards to a voluntary recall of several drug products containing valsartan, which were found to a have a manufacturing impurity known as N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). It’s important that users taking Valsartan know that NDMA is a probable human carcinogen that is linked to an increased risk of liver,  colorectal, stomach, pancreatic, and kidney cancer.

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The Valsartan lawsuits attorneys at Williams Hart are actively investigating claims on behalf of faultless patients who took Valsartan at the direction of their physician and who have suffered some personal injury related to the drug.

Your wellbeing may be dependent on the medication you take to lead a healthy life. When these medications are unsafe – and can actually cause you harm – you deserve justice.

Contact our Valsartan injury lawsuit attorneys at Williams Hart today at (713) 352-7071 to schedule your FREE, no-obligation consultation.

About Valsartan Lawsuits

Valsartan is used in angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARB) to treat high blood pressure, recent heart attacks, and heart failure. The drug was approved by the FDA in 1996. However, it wasn’t until 2018 that investigators identified that certain lots from overseas manufacturers had been contaminated with NDMA.

Not all drugs containing valsartan are under a recall. The defective drugs have been linked to the following valsartan manufacturers:

  • Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical (China)
  • Hetero Labs Limited (India)
  • Mylan Pharmaceutical Company

A number of pharmaceutical companies are involved in the Valsartan Recall including:

  • Actavis
  • A-S Medication Solutions
  • AvKARE
  • Bryant Rank Prepack
  • Camber Pharmaceuticals
  • Hetero Labs, Inc.
  • HJ Harkins Company
  • Major Pharmaceuticals
  • Mylan Pharmaceuticals
  • Northwind Pharmaceuticals
  • NuCare Pharmaceuticals
  • Preferred Pharmaceuticals
  • Prinston Pharmaceutical
  • RemedyRepack Inc.
  • Solco Healthcare
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited

The FDA continues to update its list of recall valsartan products and their manufacturers.

If you have suffered any health issues as a result of taking a recalled valsartan drug, do NOT hesitate to contact the defective drug attorneys at Williams Hart right now.

Symptoms and Side Effects of Valsartan Injuries

The main cause of concern for individuals using Valsartan is the chemical known as NDMA. These types of chemicals are in a class called “genotoxic impurities” and have the potential to cause harm to individuals, even at low levels.

Short-term exposure to NDMA can lead to:

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Jaundice
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Issues with liver, kidneys, and lungs
  • Liver damage (i.e. liver fibrosis and scarring)

Long-term exposure to NDMA can lead to an increased risk of developing:

  • Liver cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Kidney Cancer

Do I Have a Claim?

Individuals who believe they have suffered a valsartan-related injury should consider the following criteria. These standards are set in place to ensure that only those dealing with legitimate health-threatening issues related to valsartan-containing medications are able to seek out the recovery they need.

You may potentially have a claim if:

  • You suffered from the following type of cancer or injury between 2016 to present:
    • Liver cancer
    • Stomach cancer
    • Colorectal cancer
    • Pancreatic cancer
    • Kidney Cancer
  • You used a drug containing valsartan or any combination for at least 180 days between 2015 to present.
  • You used Valsartan for at least six months before developing cancer.

It is worth noting that the following confounding factors may have attributed to your potential injury:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Family history
  • Genetic conditions
  • Occupational exposure to carcinogens

With more than three decades of experience handling product liability cases, including defective drug claims, our team has the experience, skill, and resources needed to successfully litigate your claim. Working with a team of experts that include medical professionals, investigators, and other law field professionals, we’ll develop a comprehensive claim so that you get every bit of compensation you deserve.

WHY CHOOSE Williams Hart?
  • Billions in client recovery
  • Unparalleled experience
  • Nationally-recognized attorneys
  • NO FEE unless we win

Contact Williams Hart today at (713) 352-7071 when you need an experienced and trustworthy team to handle your Valsartan injury claim.

Compensation for Your Defective Drug Injury

Depending on the circumstances of your defective drug claim, as well as the injuries suffered from taking Valsartan, our dedicated product liability lawyers at Williams Hart will fight to recover damages for but not limited to:

  • Medical Expenses – When you file a defective drug injury claim, you can fight for compensation to cover current and future medical expenses related to your injury.
  • Pain and Suffering – These damages cover quality of life changes and will vary by case.
  • Loss Wages and Future Earnings – Your product liability lawyers at Williams Hart will fight for the recovery of any lost or future wages if your injury does not allow you to return back to work.
  • Loss of Consortium – Serious injuries that occur as a result of a defective drug do not only affect the victim but their loved ones as well. Loss of consortium damages will help to cover injuries that affect your relationships with your spouse and/or children.
  • Funeral Expenses – Should your loved one have suffered a wrongful death as a result of taking Valsartan, your lawyers at Williams Hart will help families to secure funeral expenses and other wrongful death related damages.
  • Punitive Damages – This type of compensation is awarded when it is proven that the negligent company or manufacturer acted in a malicious, fraudulent, or grossly negligent behavior.

As nationally recognized product liability and defective drug injury attorneys, the legal team at Williams Hart has the skill and dedication to bring the Big Pharma companies who have harmed you or your loved one to justice.

FDA Major Valsartan Recall Timeline Events

The FDA recall process for products containing valsartan began in the summer of 2018 and FDA news releases have consistently arrived since the initial announcement:

  • 7/13/2018 – FDA announces a voluntary recall of several medicines containing valsartan following detection of an impurity.
  • 7/18/2018 – FDA updates health care professionals and patients on recent valsartan recalls and provides a detail list of products included in the recall.
  • 7/24/2018 – FDA publishes a list of valsartan-containing products NOT part of the recall.
  • 7/27/2018 – FDA provides analysis of NDMA levels in recalled valsartan in the U.S. as well as updates on the recalled valsartan-containing products.
  • 8/2/2018 – FDA updates its list of recalled valsartan-containing products and products not part of the recall; FDA reminds manufacturers to evaluate processes for unsafe impurities.
  • 8/20/2018 – FDA updates recalled valsartan-containing product information list and presents NDMA levels in some foods.
  • 8/22-8/224/2018 – Torrent Pharmaceutical Limited expands its voluntary recall.
  • 9/28/2018 – FDA places Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals on import alert.
  • 10/11/2018 – FDA releases method for detection and quantification of both NDMA and NDEA.
  • 10/24/2018 – FDA updates recalled valsartan-containing product information list.
  • 11/21/2018 – FDA alerts patients and health care professionals to Mylan’s recall of valsartan products due to NDEA.
  • 11/27/2018 – FDA alerts patients and health care professionals to Teva’s recall of valsartan products due to NDEA.
  • 12/6/2018 – Mylan expands its voluntary recall of valsartan-containing products.
  • 1/2/2019 – FDA alerts patients and health care professionals to Aurobindo’s recall of valsartan medication due to NDEA.

Your team at Williams Hart is carefully monitoring all news released by the FDA regarding valsartan-containing drugs so that we are on top of the defective brands and lot numbers that could be detrimental to your health.

What to Do If You Are Taking a Recalled Valsartan Drug

If you are taking a valsartan-based drug, it is recommended that you:

  • Contact your doctor or pharmacist to see if there is a replacement medication or different treatment option.
  • Continue to take the medication until otherwise notified by your doctor or pharmacist. The health issues that arise from NOT taking the drug could be higher than the risk of taking it.
  • Check the FDA website frequently for updates on the recall.
  • Be aware that not all valsartan-containing drugs have been affected by the recall. A list of medications that have been recalled can be found here. If you are uncertain if your medication has been affected by the recall, please contact your pharmacist for additional support.
  • If you are suffering from any unusual symptoms related to the recalled medication, contact your doctor immediately.

As previously mentioned, continue to take the medication until otherwise notified by your doctor or pharmacist. High blood pressure leads to an increased risk of heart attacks or strokes. This can greatly increase the risk of hospitalization or even death. Call Williams Hart at (713) 352-7071 to schedule your FREE, no-obligation consultation today.


Prevacid (Lansoprazole) Lawsuit

Posted on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 at 4:21 am by Williams Hart   

Prevacid (Lansoprazole) Lawsuit

Are you or a loved one dealing with kidney disease or another serious medical condition as the result of using Prevacid? If so, the experienced Prevacid lawsuit attorneys of Williams Hart are here to help you and your family get justice.

Our firm has been fighting for injury victims for more than three decades. We understand the challenges involved in pursuing proton pump inhibitor (PPI) claims such as those involving Prevacid.

Williams Hart has achieved multiple verdicts and settlements involving billions of dollars. Prevacid actions are already moving through courts throughout the nation, with some of the recent decisions including:

Undisclosed – Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. – 2014 – Bone Fracture

  • Takeda reached a Prevacid settlement in a bone fracture lawsuit, but the terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

$55 Million – Pfizer Inc. – 2012 – Off-Label Advertising

  • Pfizer was sued for promoting a PPI for off-label use as a treatment of other forms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD or “acid reflux”). While doctors are allowed to prescribe medications for off-label uses legally, pharmaceutical companies are prohibited from advertising drugs for purposes they have not been approved for. Pfizer agreed to settle the case for $55 million.

$24 Million – Teva Pharmaceuticals – 2015 – Paying Off Competition

  • When generic pharmaceutical manufacturer Teva Pharmaceuticals accepted money from AstraZeneca to delay the production of generic forms of a PPI, the company had to pay $24 million to settle a class action lawsuit.

$20 Million – AstraZeneca – 2015 – Deceptive Advertising

  • AstraZeneca manufactured both Nexium and Prilosec, two mostly identical PPIs. After the company engaged in an advertising campaign that exaggerated the differences between the two drugs, AstraZeneca paid $20 million to settle a lawsuit over the campaign.

$7.9 Million – AstraZeneca – 2015 – Kickbacks to Pharmacy Benefit Managers

  • The United States government sued AstraZeneca for allegedly paying kickbacks to Medco Health Solutions, a pharmacy benefits management company, to make its PPI the only such medication covered. AstraZeneca paid $7.9 million to settle the lawsuit.

Keep in mind that the size of settlements and verdicts usually differs depending on specific circumstances involved in each case. In general, people who have lawyers typically end up receiving more than those who do not.

What is Prevacid?

Prevacid is the brand name for lansoprazole, a medication that reduces stomach acid production. These drugs are known as PPIs. Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America patented lansoprazole in 1984 and launched it in 1991. Prevacid is most commonly used in the treatment of stomach ulcers, GERD, and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. According to Takeda, Prevacid generated $179 million in sales in the fiscal year 2016. Sales totaled $222 million in 2015 and $254 million in 2014.

Multiple studies have found that Prevacid can cause serious side effects such as kidney disease or failure. As a result of these kinds of problems, many people have filed lawsuits against Prevacid. If you or your loved one has suffered kidney damage or another injury after taking Prevacid or another PPI, you will want to retain legal counsel quickly. You can have the attorneys at Williams Hart review your case and help you understand all of your legal options when you call (713) 352-7071 to take advantage of a free consultation.

You Could Be Owed Compensation

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that the most commonly reported adverse reactions of Prevacid use are diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, and constipation. The FDA reported that kidney pain was a less frequent adverse reaction occurring in less than 1 percent of patients.

If a person suffers an adverse reaction to a PPI that the drug label did not warn them about, that individual could be entitled to compensation. Williams Hart can help you determine whether you are eligible to file a claim and help you hold the drug manufacturer accountable.

Chronic Kidney Disease and Prevacid

As a PPI, Prevacid has been linked to severe kidney issues. Kidney function is vital because the organs make red blood cells, help keep bones healthy, and remove wastes and extra fluid. If a person develops chronic kidney disease (CKD), symptoms may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Cramps
  • Decreased mental sharpness
  • Fatigue
  • High blood pressure
  • Itching
  • Muscle twitches
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sleep problems
  • Vomiting

CKD can be especially dangerous for pregnant women because it affects not only the health of the mother but also that of the unborn child. People with family histories of kidney disease or abnormal kidney structure may be particularly susceptible to CKD.

Additional factors that could increase an individual’s risk of CKD include obesity, old age, smoking, and diabetes. Keep in mind that CKD will usually affect every part of a person’s body.

CKD complications can also involve hyperkalemia or increased potassium levels in the blood that could heart function. Pulmonary edema, or fluid in the lungs, can also be the result of fluid retention issues that cause swelling in the arms and legs or high blood pressure.

Some of the other possible complications may include:

  • Pericarditis, swelling, and irritation of the pericardium, the thin sac-like membrane surrounding the heart
  • Damage to the central nervous system
  • Decreased immune response increasing vulnerability to infection
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Weakened bones and increased risk of fractures
  • Anemia

CKD may also result in irreversible damage or ESRD, which can lead to dialysis or a kidney transplant. People who experience any kidney complains from Prevacid use should certainly discuss the issues with their physicians and then quickly contact a skilled attorney.

Why Choose Williams Hart?

Williams Hart is committed to the protection and defense of the rights of individuals. Our firm has been helping injury victims since 1983. We have the support staff, resources, and experience necessary to fight major companies, including global pharmaceutical companies. Williams Hart regularly handles PPI claims such as those involving Prevacid.

Our firm will work tirelessly to help you obtain all of the compensation you are entitled to. If we are not able to negotiate an adequate settlement, we will not hesitate to file a lawsuit.

Williams Hart understands that people injured by PPIs often face profound changes to their physical conditions that can create a multitude of personal problems. We will work with you to find solutions.

Our firm has secured numerous record-breaking verdicts and settlements for our clients. If you believe that you might have a Prevacid claim, contact Williams Hart right away.

Frequently Asked Questions

Anybody who is dealing with kidney damage caused by Prevacid is likely going to have more than a few questions. You can find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Prevacid below. You can also contact our firm at (713) 352-7071 to have any additional questions you might have answered during a free consultation.

If Prevacid caused my CKD, who is at fault?

The drug manufacturer is usually the liable party in most PPI cases. In some cases, a PPI may have been improperly or illegally marketed. In other cases, the manufacturer may have failed to warn of a drug’s risks accurately, knowingly hid the dangers of a drug from the public, or simply produced a dangerous or defective medication. It could also be possible that a person’s doctor is liable if the individual was prescribed Prevacid even though they did not display any of the symptoms specified by the FDA.

What has the FDA said about Prevacid?

In a May 2010 Drug Safety Communication, Prevacid was among the PPIs listed by the FDA for which the agency was revising prescription and OTC labels to include new information about increased risk of fractures of the wrist, hip, and spine caused by the use of these medications.

If my doctor had recommended Prevacid for my health, should I continue to use it despite my CKD concerns?

Yes. Never switch or stop taking a PPI without consulting your doctor first. Despite its revised warnings, the FDA maintains that PPIs are “effective in treating a variety of gastrointestinal disorders.”

How much will it cost to hire a lawyer?

Many people dealing with severe kidney issues are already dealing with financial stress. The good news is that Williams Hart not only provides a free consultation to discuss your case, but we also represent clients on a contingency fee basis. In other words, you will not be charged anything unless you receive a financial award.

What types of compensation might I be entitled to?

The damages a person is awarded in a PPI action are usually dependent on the types of harm they have suffered. Medical bills are typically included in most awards, but other kinds of compensation may consist of treatment costs, lost wages, emotional distress, and pain and suffering.

Contact a Prevacid Lawsuit Attorney Today

If you or your loved one are dealing with any serious kidney problems because of the use of Prevacid, it will be in your best interest to make sure you have legal representation. Contact Williams Hart today. Our firm will aggressively pursue a settlement or verdict that covers all of your past, present, and future needs. We believe that drugmakers must take care of the people who are harmed by dangerous medications.

The proton pump inhibitor lawsuit attorneys of Williams Hart have been helping injury victims for more than 35 years. Call (713) 352-7071 right now to have our lawyers provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free consultation.


Invokana Lawyers

Posted on Friday, August 31st, 2018 at 2:18 pm by Williams Hart   

National Invokana Injury Lawsuits

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Invokana (canagliflozin), Invokamet (canagliflozin and metformin), and Invokamet XR (canagliflozin and metformin hydrochloride extended-release) are prescription drugs used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Sold by Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson and heavily prescribed between 2013 through 2017, Invokana has been linked to an increased risk of amputations, Fournier’s Gangrene, and other serious health risks.

The Invokana injury lawsuits attorneys at Williams Hart are actively investigating claims on behalf of patients who were prescribed the drug and suffered serious complications and injuries as a result taking it.

If you or a loved one have suffered from complications such as amputation of the leg, feet, or toes, DO NOT hesitate to contact Williams Hart today at (866) 303-0395 to schedule your FREE, no-obligation consultation.

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What is Invokana?

Invokana and related drugs are SGLT2 (sodium-glucose cotransporter 2) inhibitors, which are oral medications prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes. The drugs work essentially by preventing glucose from being absorbed into the kidneys. As a result, there is a decrease of glucose in the blood. The excess glucose is processed through urine.

SGLT2 inhibitors, such as Invokana, are generally used alone or with metformin, or other diabetic medications. When coupled with exercise and diet, these medications help to reduce blood glucose in adults with type 2 diabetes.

Accounting for 90% to 95% of all diabetes cases, type 2 diabetes occurs when the body is no longer able to use insulin correctly and blood glucose levels begin to rise to unsafe levels. This can lead to issues with the creation and processing of insulin within the body, as well as result in major health issues such as:

  • Kidney damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Loss of vision
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure

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Invokana was approved for sale by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) in March 2013 but the FDA required them to place warning labels on the packaging in 2017 to inform users about the increased risks associated with the defective drug. Sales have slumped since then, but unfortunately, the drug is still being prescribed.

If you have suffered any health issues as a result of taking Invokana or another SGLT2 inhibitor, do NOT hesitate to contact the defective drug attorneys at Williams Hart right now by dialing (866) 303-0395 or filling out our contact form.

Symptoms and Side Effects

Issues surrounding the use of Invokana were noted from as early as clinical trials. Common side effects associated with Invokana and other SGLT2 inhibitors include:

  • Genital yeast infections in men and women
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Increased urination
  • Yeast infections
  • Thirst
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Skin sensitivity to sunlight
  • Hypersensitivity reactions (i.e. skin redness, rashes, itching, hives & swelling)
  • Back pain
  • Flu-like symptoms

Serious side effects of SGLT2 inhibitors include:

  • Kidney failure
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Coma
  • Hyperkalemia (high levels of potassium in the blood)
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • Diabetic ketoacidosis
  • Increased cholesterol levels
  • Serious urinary tract infections
  • Increased bladder cancer risk
  • Serious allergic reactions
  • Low blood glucose (hypoglycemia) when combined with insulin or drugs that increase insulin production
  • An increased risk of bone fractures

One of the most daunting side effects is the increased risk for leg and foot amputations. In May 2017, the FDA issued a warning that “interim safety results from ongoing clinical trials found an increase in leg and foot amputations, [but] mostly affecting the toes.”

The Invokana website includes the following warning:

“INVOKANA® may increase your risk of lower-limb amputations. Amputations mainly involve removal of the toe or part of the foot; however, amputations involving the leg, below and above the knee, have also occurred. Some people had more than one amputation, some on both sides of the body.”

Users of Invokana should be aware that some of these conditions may require emergency medical attention followed by long-term medical treatment. If you are dealing with any of the previously mentioned side effects, it is in your best interest to notify your doctor immediately.

FDA Black Box Warning

In May of 2017, the FDA issued a Safety Announcement regarding type 2 diabetes medicine canagliflozin (which includes Invokana, Invokamet, and Invokament XR). Their findings were based on two large clinical trials in which they concluded that SGLT2 inhibitors were causing an increased risk of leg and foot amputations.

The two clinical trials – the CANVAS and CANVAS-R – showed that leg and foot amputations occurred at nearly twice the rate for patients treated with canagliflozin compared to patients treated with a placebo. The CANVAS trial found that over a year’s time, the risk of amputation for patients in the trial stood at:

  • 5.9 out of every 1,000 patients treated with canagliflozin
  • 2.8 out of every 1,000 patients treated with placebo

The CANVAS-R study showed that over a year’s time, the risk of amputation for patients in the trial testing was equivalent to:

  • 7.5 out of every 1,000 patients treated with canagliflozin
  • 4.2 out of every 1,000 patients treated with placebo

The FDA warnings should be taken seriously by physicians; there are a number of factors that should be taken into consideration that predispose patients to amputations, such as previous amputations, peripheral vascular disease, neuropathy, and diabetic foot ulcers. Physicians should also keep on eye on the development of ulcers, sores, pain or tenderness, “and discontinue canagliflozin if these complications occur,” as per the FDA.

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As a result of these findings, the FDA has since required Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson to provide “Black Box” warnings on the packaging of these products.

But this isn’t the only issue with Invokana and other SGLT2 diabetes drugs. Notable announcements include:

  • During clinical trials, 13 patients who were taking Invokana suffered a heart attack or stroke within the first 30 days of treatment.
  • In 2015, the FDA issued a warning that SGLT2 inhibitors may result in a serious condition of too much acid in the blood.
  • In 2015, the FDA issued a drug safety communication regarding the risks of bone fractures and decreased bone density for individuals who use Invokana.
  • In 2015 and 2016, multiple safety communications were issued regarding the increased risk of dangerous urinary tract infections and risk of kidney injuries for Invokana users.

Janssen Pharmaceutical has been very negligent about properly testing their products before releasing them out to unsuspecting users. Invokana has proven itself to be a very dangerous drug with extremely serious – and sometimes even deadly – side effects.

Diabetes and Dangerous Treatments

At Williams Hart, we know that the physical, emotional, and financial toll of dealing with the harmful side effects of these drugs can change your life forever. Do NOT let your pain go unheard. Contact us today at (866) 303-0395 to schedule your FREE, no-obligation consultation.

Damages We Will Fight For

Depending on the specifics of your defective drug claim, as well as the injuries suffered from taking an SGLT2, our dedicated product liability lawyers will fight to recover damages for but not limited to:

  • Medical Expenses – Compensation to cover current and future medical expenses related to your injury.
  • Pain and Suffering – Damages to cover quality of life changes.
  • Loss Wages and Future Earnings – Recovery of any lost or future wages if your injury does not allow you to return back to work.
  • Reduced Earning Capacity – Compensation to cover an inability to return to a previous job, an inability to get a promotion because of said injury, or any other hypothetical ability to earn a living.
  • Loss of Consortium – Damages to cover injuries that affect your relationships with your spouse and/or children.
  • Punitive Damages – This type of compensation is awarded when it is proven that the negligent company or manufacturer acted in a malicious, fraudulent, or grossly negligent behavior.

Contact Williams Hart today at (866) 303-0395 to schedule your FREE, no-obligation consultation.

Filing a Claim

All across the nation, individuals who have suffered as a result of Johnson & Johnson’s SGLT2 inhibitor are fighting against the negligently produced medication. Allegations include marketing without adequate clinical testing or post-market safety studies, misrepresented or concealed risks, and exaggerated benefits.

If you suffered an amputation of a leg, foot, or toe as a result of taking Invokana, Invokament, or Invokamet XR, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your defective drug injury.

If you or your loved one has suffered an amputation as a result of taking Invokona, contact Williams Hart immediately. With over 30 years of experience, we have the skills, knowledge, and ability to help you obtain the justice and recovery you deserve.

Greedy drug manufacturers do not have the right to take advantage of you and destroy your life. We are not afraid to take these corporations to trial and fight for you.

Contact us right now for a FREE, 100% confidential consultation with a member of our team today.

Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced in March 2013 that the FDA had approved Invokana (canagliflozin) for the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes. Invokana is advertised as a once-daily pill with a 300-mg dose that was proven to show greater A1C (the abbreviation for glycated hemoglobin; A1C percentage measures how much sugar is attached to the blood’s hemoglobin protein) reductions than a competitor’s.
People who are dealing with type 2 diabetes may be prescribed several medications, and some may be uncertain about which drugs they may have taken. If you are not sure whether you were prescribed Invokana, the easiest way to get clarification is simply to speak to your health care provider and ask for a history of your medications.
Victims who have developed Fournier’s Gangrene after taking Invokana suffer some of the most horrific consequences imaginable after using the drug. These people could be entitled to various types of damages in these cases. Victims could be owed compensation for all past and future medical expenses as well as past lost wages and future lost income. Additional awards could include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of consortium.

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Posted on Thursday, August 30th, 2018 at 5:10 pm by Williams Hart   

Fournier’s Gangrene Invokana Lawsuit

If you or someone close to you developed Fournier’s Gangrene or had to have an amputation after taking Invokana, you could be owed significant compensation. The Fournier’s gangrene lawsuit attorneys of Williams Hart are actively investigating claims on behalf of patients just like you who took Invokana at the direction of their doctor and developed necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum. Our attorneys are ready to talk to you right away, so schedule a FREE, no-obligation consultation with us at (866) 303-0395 and let us help you determine what type of compensation might be available to you.

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The manufacturer of Invokana has a responsibility to test the drugs for harmful side effects and warn doctors and patients about the potential harm their drug could cause. When they fail to do so, you have a right to hold them accountable for the infections and harm their drugs cause. When your health has been jeopardized by a drug company that is only out to make a profit, the attorneys of Williams Hart will be there to fight for you and see that justice is served.

Our consultations are always free, and you won’t owe us a penny unless we get compensation for you. Don’t wait. Contact us at (866) 303-0395, fill out a contact form, or chat with us live right now.

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While no cases have been settled yet regarding Invokana and Fournier’s gangrene or amputations, this is not the first time these drug manufacturers have been forced to pay for harm that they’ve caused people who took their medications. Patients who have been harmed by diabetes drugs they took to help them with their condition have received compensation including:

  • $9 billion to a man who developed bladder cancer after taking the diabetes drug Actos. The judge in the case ordered Eli Lilly and Takeda to pay the main in 2014. Takeda agreed to pay an additional $2.37 billion to settle 9,000 more cases.
  • Almost $1 billion settlement from GlaxoSmithKline for Avandia cases from 2010 to 2011. The company set aside an additional $3.4 billion for future Avandia settlements.

Patients who were harmed by dangerous these other diabetes drugs have been able to secure significant settlements and verdicts against the drug manufacturers. Like most cases that involve taking on large multinational companies, getting justice may only be possible with an experienced legal team that knows how to win, and win big.

Symptoms of Fournier’s gangrene

Fournier’s gangrene is a very serious infection of the genitals and the area around the genitals. Patients who began SGLT2 therapy and developed necrotizing fasciitis reported severe symptoms including:

  • Pain in the genital or anal area
  • Swelling of the affected area
  • Fever
  • Dehydration
  • Anemia
  • Unpleasant odor from the infected area
  • A “crackling” sound when the affected area is touched

Treatment of this infection requires a prompt diagnosis of the condition, followed by intravenous fluids, broad-spectrum antibiotics, and surgery.

Do I have an Invokana claim?

If you developed Fournier’s gangrene or underwent an amputation after a doctor prescribed Invokana, you could have a claim. The best way to discover whether you have a valid Invokana claim is to immediately contact Williams Hart to speak with a knowledgeable member of our team.

One of our Invokana amputation lawyers will provide a free consultation of your case and will let you know your rights and legal options. There is a statute of limitations when it comes to filing injury claims against a drug manufacturer, so it is critical that you contact us right away.

Amputations

In some cases, doctors have had to amputate an Invokana patients’ limbs in order to save them from the drug’s side effects. Amputation of a leg, foot, or toe that occurred while or within 90 days of taking Invokana, Invokamet, or Invokamet XR can potentially be attributed to the drug. If you believe this could be the reason you had to have an amputation, a lawyer can help determine if you have a case and if you are able to seek compensation.

What type of compensation am I owed?

If you or someone you love developed Fournier’s gangrene or had an amputation after taking Invokana, the manufacturer of the drug could owe you significant compensation for the pain and suffering you experienced. You could be able to recover damages including:

  • Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages from time off of work
  • Funeral expenses (if a loved one died due to the use of the drug)
  • Loss of consortium (if a loved one died due to use of the drug)
  • Punitive damages

Only an experienced attorney can tell you what your claim is worth, so schedule a consultation as soon as possible to discuss your rights and options.

Contact Williams Hart Now

When pharmaceutical companies like those who developed, marketed, and sold the drug you were prescribed cause you harm, you have a right to take legal action against them. The team at Williams Hart have more than three decades of experience holding the biggest companies in the world accountable for the harm they’ve caused people just like you. We have the experience, skill, and vast resources needed to take on Big Pharma, and we’re ready to fight for you.

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Patients who have been hurt by Invokana are often fearful that their voices won’t be heard or that they cannot afford an attorney to fight for them. Both fears are unfounded. Williams Hart is ready to stand up for you, and we won’t collect any money until we win your case. There’s no risk to call us to discuss what happened to you, so schedule your FREE consultation now by calling (866) 303-0395, chatting with us live, or by filling out a contact form today.


Baby Orajel Lawsuit

Posted on Friday, July 13th, 2018 at 2:20 pm by Williams Hart   

Orajel Lawsuit

Was your child harmed by an over-the-counter product containing benzocaine? If so, the baby Orajel lawsuit attorneys of Williams Hart are now accepting cases for babies and infants who developed the rare and potentially fatal blood condition known as methemoglobinemia. If this has happened to your child, you should contact us immediately. You might be entitled to significant financial compensation, and we are here to fight for you.

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Do I have a Baby Orajel Lawsuit?

Williams Hart is now accepting Baby Orajel cases in all 50 states. The following products have been immediately discontinued by Orajel:

  • Orajel Medicated Teething Gel
  • Orajel Medicated Teething Swabs
  • Orajel Medicated Nighttime Teething Gel
  • Orajel Medicated Daytime & Nighttime Teething Twin Pack

If your child developed methemoglobinemia as a result of the use of an Orajel product, you should contact us right away at (866) 330-8303 to schedule a free consultation with a member of our legal team.

The Dangers of Benzocaine Products

Benzocaine has been heavily marketed as a topical anesthetic that provides numbing relief for sore or irritated gums. Products like Baby Orajel were explicitly marketed to parents for help with the pain associated with teething in infants.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a safety alert in May of 2018 about the dangers of over-the-counter benzocaine products, warning consumers that use of the products could lead to the potentially deadly blood disease methemoglobinemia. The FDA also requested that manufacturers stop marketing the products as safe for use for children and infants under two years of age.

Methemoglobinemia is a very serious disease that reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood. The disorder can lead to brain damage, tissue damage, and is often fatal. Symptoms of this disorder may appear within minutes to hours after the application of the anesthetic, and include:

  • Lightheadedness
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Gray or blue-colored, skin, nails, and lips
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Death

The disorder has been reported in benzocaine products of all strengths. The majority of reported cases have been in infants under two years of age who were given the topical products for teething and could result after only a single application of the spray or gel.

Signs and Symptoms of Teething

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), teething usually starts in infants within four to seven months of birth. The central incisors (top or bottom) usually come in first, followed by the molars, and then canines. A teething baby will usually be irritable and may exhibit other signs including:

  • Crying
  • Drooling
  • Low-grade (not over 101-degrees Fahrenheit) temperature
  • Desire to chew on hard objects

The child’s gums will often swell around the site of the tooth that is coming in.

How to Help a Teething Child (Without Using Medication)

Since teething is a normal part of a child’s development, most pediatricians agree that you do not need to use medication to treat it. Instead of using homeopathic remedies like gels, teething tablets, and other over-the-counter medications that can have harmful (or even deadly) side-effects, there are other natural ways to relieve your child’s discomfort.

To help with swollen or tender gums, parents should:

  • Use their finger to gently massage the child’s gums
  • Allow the child to chew on a rubber teething ring

It is important to note that teething rings should not be frozen. A frozen teething ring could be too hard for the child to chew on and could harm the child’s gums.

Has a Member of Your Family Been Harmed by Benzocaine? Williams Hart is Here to Help.

If your child was hospitalized or died after using an over-the-counter teething product containing benzocaine, the pharmaceutical defect attorneys of Williams Hart are here to listen to your story and help you get the justice you deserve. We are a nationally-recognized firm that has spent nearly four decades fighting on behalf of families just like yours. We fight because it is the right thing to do, and we fight because we know that families like yours should not have to suffer due to the greed of the powerful pharmaceutical companies.

WHY CHOOSE Williams Hart?
  • Billions in client recovery
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Contact us immediately at (866) 330-8303, chat with us live, or fill out a contact form to schedule your free consultation with us. Because we accept cases on a contingency-fee basis, it won’t cost you anything to hire us. Our only goal is to recover full and fair compensation on your behalf.


Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) Lawsuits

Posted on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 at 5:21 pm by Williams Hart   

Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) Lawsuit

Proton pump inhibitors (also referred to as PPIs) are a specific class of medications used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastric ulcers, dyspepsia, Barrett’s Esophagus, and more common gastric issues like heartburn. Because of the large numbers of people across the U.S. who suffer from heartburn, GERD, and similar gastric problems, these drugs are prescribed at a very high rate by physicians, in large part due to heavy advertising to the public and pharmaceutical promotion to doctors.

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In fact, reports show that PPIs rank among the highest selling classes of prescription drugs in the United States, with nearly 10 billion dollars in sales. One of the most widely known and commonly prescribed PPI’s, Nexium, generated nearly $6 billion dollars in sales in 2012 alone, according to Consumer Reports and IMS Health. Other widely recognized PPI’s include Prilosec and Prevacid, and all three can often be seen in television commercials for widespread brand recognition among the American public.

While proton pump inhibitors are prescribed by doctors to control stomach acid, recent studies show that they may have serious side effects that can cause harm to patients who are taking them, including an increased risk of chronic kidney disease. For most of us in the U.S., the advice of our doctors comes with an implied sense of safety that, unfortunately, may be jeopardized by the greed and vast resources of the pharmaceutical companies. In fact, drugs like Nexium, Prevacid, and Prilosec may cause more harm than good when all is said and done. The experienced attorneys of Williams Hart know all too well the lengths that pharmaceutical companies will go to protect themselves and their profits, and we are currently investigating the true harm that PPIs may have on unsuspecting consumers. If you or a loved one has been taking a PPI and has suffered chronic kidney disease, please do not hesitate to call us at (866) 303-2514 today.

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How To Know If You’ve Been Taking a PPI: Some common PPI brand names

Proton pump inhibitors are marketed under different names, but they all have similar functions and may have similar side effects. Some of the PPIs that are mass-marketed to American consumers include:

These drugs are available by doctor’s prescription or over-the-counter (although there are some FDA warnings about how many courses and how often they should be taken per year OTC), and they may be taken as a liquid or as a pill.

Chronic Kidney Disease and PPIs

Chronic kidney disease (also known as chronic renal failure) is the gradual loss of kidney function due to damage to the kidneys that decreases their ability to extract waste from the blood, balance out the body’s fluids, and create urine for removal of waste from the bloodstream and body. The National Kidney Foundation estimates that nearly 30 million adults in America suffer from chronic kidney disease, and millions of other individuals are at increased risk of developing it, some possibly from taking PPIs sold by major pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Kidney disease is often detected using two simple tests, the first being a urine albumin and serum creatinine test, and the second a test of your blood pressure. A person who is suffering from kidney disease may find themselves sickened by a buildup of wastes in their blood. Additional complications from kidney disease include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Low blood count (anemia)
  • Nerve damage
  • Heart disease
  • Blood vessel disease
  • Weakened bones

While early detection of kidney disease is often key to preventing even more serious side effects, individuals may find that their symptoms worsen over time and may eventually face complete kidney failure. In the event of failure of the kidneys, the afflicted patient may require dialysis or a kidney transplant to survive.

For individuals who are taking PPIs, recent studies have determined that the risk of chronic kidney disease may increase by up to 50 percent

For individuals who are taking PPIs, recent studies have determined that the risk of chronic kidney disease may increase by up to 50 percent—a staggering number. Similar studies have shown that this indeed may be the case, and the amount of time an individual has taken these drugs may directly affect their likelihood of developing serious kidney disease. That’s why the attorneys of Williams Hart are investigating these reports and are actively working to help individuals who are suffering from kidney disease caused by PPIs to take action against the drug manufacturers who knowingly let this happen.

If you believe that you or someone you care about may be suffering from chronic kidney disease caused by Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid, or any other PPI, you are not alone. Sometimes, individuals do not know the side effects to watch for when it comes to these kinds of ailments, so we have listed some common symptoms that may indicate kidney disease. These symptoms include:

  • Tiredness or lack of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Swollen ankles
  • Swollen feet
  • Unusual puffiness around the eyes, especially after waking
  • Frequent urination, especially at night

If you have taken a PPI and are experiencing these symptoms, it is a good idea to consult a doctor right away, and it is wise to contact an experienced attorney to discuss your legal options. While drug manufacturers have enriched themselves through mass marketing their products to consumers and physicians alike, you do have the power to hold them accountable. Let us handle your case while you attend to the most important matter at hand: your health.

Why Choose Williams Hart?

Since 1983, the experienced trial attorneys of Williams Hart have fought on behalf of individuals and their families nationwide. We have invested our time and extensive resources to pursue justice for those who have been harmed by large corporations like the major pharmaceutical companies. We know the damage harmful drugs can cause and the devastation that comes along with a serious injury caused by a drug that you thought was safe for consumption. We know the process and the steps it takes to recover what is rightfully yours from “Big Pharma”, and we are ready to help you.

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It should come as no surprise that large corporations that comprise the pharmaceutical industry are not out to help people get better but to turn a profit. That’s why they willingly market drugs to the public as safe to use, for say, heartburn, when they know that it could potentially cause serious and deadly side effects like chronic kidney disease. As consumers, we do not have to allow large companies to profit off of our suffering and we can take legal action to hold them accountable.

When you are considering a PPI lawsuit, it is important to rely on a firm with a track record of success against the major drug manufacturers. Williams Hart has secured record-breaking verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients, and we are ready to go to bat for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Studies show that PPIs may increase the likelihood of developing chronic kidney disease, so it is wise to contact an attorney as soon as possible. When you contact an experienced pharmaceutical defect lawyer from Williams Hart, you will never pay for a consultation, so there is no risk to you to talk to an attorney about your health problems. Ultimately it is essential to consult an attorney who understands these types of cases and is ready to give you the help you need.

As we mentioned above, there is no cost to you for a consultation. What’s more, you will not pay us a single cent unless we recover on your behalf. That’s right, we work on a contingent-fee basis, meaning that you will pay zero court costs, attorney’s fees, or any expenses (except medical bills) if we fail to secure a favorable verdict or settlement. We will commit all of our vast resources to your case and will fight for you.

If you suffered due to a PPI drug’s side effects, you might be eligible for compensation including: medical bills and treatment costs, lost wages and future earnings, as well as compensation for your pain and suffering. The team at Williams Hart will not rest until you are given the fair and rightful compensation you are owed for your claim.

Contact a PPI Lawsuit Attorney Today

When it comes to your health, it is important not to take chances. That’s why you need to carefully consider who you want on your side when you take on the major pharmaceutical corporations. The choice you make could mean the difference between a paltry settlement and a fair and just amount that will help compensate you for the suffering that you’ve endured. Choose the team that so many others across America have relied on for their drug claims. Choose Williams Hart to fight for you. We are ready to help, so contact us at (866) 303-2514 today.


Hyland Teething Tablet Lawsuit

Posted on Thursday, October 13th, 2016 at 12:28 pm by Williams Hart   

Hyland’s Teething Tablet Lawsuit

Stop using Hyland’s Teething Tablets IMMEDIATELY!

  1. Teething product linked to at least 10 infant deaths and adverse effects in 400 children.
  2. Product advertised as homeopathic contains a known deadly toxin called belladonna.
  3. If you know of anyone affected by Hyland tablets, we can help them discuss their options.

Teething babies can be irritable and difficult to keep happy. This is challenging for parents who want to alleviate their suffering. To that end, parents across the country have relied on teething tablets to sooth the symptoms of teething in their children. There are many teething remedies out there to help babies deal with the pain of cutting teeth. These products can range from chew toys to homeopathic teething medications, such as teething tablets.

Unfortunately, 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. Such an ingredient has no place in a product for vulnerable children. If your child has fallen ill or died while taking a teething remedy, you are not alone. Speak with an attorney at Williams Hart to learn what you can do to fight back.

Symptoms of Teething Tablet Toxicity

If you gave your child teething tablets, you may be wondering what to look out for in light of these frightening revelations. The FDA’s list of teething tablet toxicity symptoms includes:

  • Seizures
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Difficulty Urinating
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Flushed Skin
  • Agitation
  • Lethargy/Sleepiness

Additionally, belladonna-containing teething tablets have been linked to at least 10 infant fatalities. This news, as shocking as it is to parents of infants, is especially disturbing when it is revealed that the FDA issued a warning to Hyland’s in 2010 about the inconsistent amounts of belladonna in their teething tablets. According to the FDA in 2010,  “an ongoing inspection at the manufacturer also indicates substandard control of the manufacturing operation. After consultation with the FDA today, the manufacturer of the product, Standard Homeopathic Company agreed to voluntarily recall Hyland’s Teething Tablets from the market.”

If you have noticed these symptoms in your child after using teething tablets, you may be able to hold the product’s manufacturer accountable for not only lying about the tablets’ safety, but also for harming your child.

Contact a Teething Tablet Lawsuit Attorney

There is no way that you, as a parent, could have known that this teething medication, which was advertised as a natural, safe, and homeopathic remedy to teething actually had all of these dangers lurking beneath the surface. All you wanted was to help your child through a difficult phase of growing up.

If your child has suffered any of the above symptoms or died after using teething tablets, you should make it clear that you will not allow this kind of deceptive marketing to harm another precious life. The Hyland teething tablet lawyers of Williams Hart can help you fight back against the companies who manufacture these dangerous medications. Speak with one of our compassionate attorneys at (800) 220-9341 to learn more about your options.

https://www.cnn.com/2016/10/12/health/hylands-teething-tablets-discontinued-fda-warning/index.html

https://www.foxnews.com/health/officials-reportedly-find-possible-link-between-teething-tablets-10-child-deaths

https://www.sciencealert.com/a-homeopathic-teething-product-is-being-investigated-in-the-deaths-of-10-babies


Taxotere Lawyers

Posted on Monday, August 29th, 2016 at 2:47 pm by Williams Hart   

Are you dealing with permanent or persistent hair loss?

  1. Other options were available that did not have this side effect and women were not informed of them.
  2. Permanent and/or persistent hair loss can have harmful psychological effects on women.
  3. We can help you find out if you took Taxotere and we want to stop this from happening to other women. Call (800) 220-9341 or complete the form to the right to tell us your story.

Taxotere Lawyers

Effects of Taxotere

Types of Alopecia Induced by Taxotere

According to recent litigation, Sanofi-Aventis only began to warn U.S. patients of the risk of permanent alopecia after being mandated to do so by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December 2015, even though patients outside of the U.S. were warned about permanent hair loss as early as 2005. This means that because U.S. doctors and patients were unaware of Taxotere’s risk of permanent alopecia, the option of using an alternative chemotherapy drug that is as effective as Taxotere, but without its permanent side effects, was rarely used. During chemotherapy, hair loss is a well-known symptom, but is expected to grow back within 3-6 months of stopping treatment. Approximately 10-15% of women who used Taxotere during the course of treatment reported no hair growth for as long as ten years after stopping treatment. Alopecia can come in many different forms, including:

  • Non-existent hair growth under arms or around genitals
  • Lack of eyelashes
  • Lack of eyebrows
  • Baldness
  • Total hair loss on both the scalp and body

Absolute hair loss on the scalp and body is a special form of alopecia called alopecia universalis, and is the most frequent hair loss condition reported with Taxotere use.

While chemotherapy drugs are expected to eradicate or slow the growth of cancer cells without any risk of permanent side effects, recent lawsuits from women across the country allege that one of the most widely used chemotherapy drugs in the U.S. is causing permanent hair loss, or alopecia, in unsuspecting cancer patients. While frequently used on women suffering from breast cancer, all types of cancer sufferers are placed at a higher risk of persistent alopecia if they have been treated with pharmaceutical conglomerate Sanofi-Aventis’ drug, Taxotere. Taxotere is a popular chemotherapy drug that has prominently been used to treat advanced or metastasized breast cancer. Estimates show that approximately 75% of women who have, or formerly had, breast cancer were treated with Taxotere under doctor’s recommendations without being warned of the significantly increased chance of suffering permanent hair loss. Lawsuits allege that the drug’s manufacturers knew about the possibility of permanent alopecia in users as early as the 1990s, yet deliberately concealed it to downplay the risks associated with Taxotere.

Additionally, statements from a company whistleblower allege that by taking advantage of vulnerable women’s lack of knowledge about the drug and incentivizing doctors with “kickbacks” to prescribe the drug, Sanofi-Aventis was able to significantly increase Taxotere revenue from $424 million in 2000 to $1.2 billion in 2004. Recent lawsuits also beg the question of why breast cancer patients were not recommended similar drugs on the market that did not have a risk of persistent alopecia, as the existence of alternative chemotherapy drugs that were at least as—if not more—effective than Taxotere has been long established.

After a hard-fought battle with cancer, suffering permanent hair loss from taking a drug you expected to heal you can feel like a series of compounding devastations. If you are now experiencing permanent hair loss after being urged to take Taxotere as a part of your breast cancer treatment, our Taxotere lawyers understand your frustration and anguish at being deceived by a multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical company. Permanent baldness in women can lead to a loss of enjoyment of life, additional medical expenses, psychological damage, and lost wages for cancer survivors who only wish to return to a normal life. The legal team at Williams Hart is fully prepared to fight against deceptive pharmaceutical companies on behalf of breast cancer survivors suffering permanent Taxotere-related hair loss.

Contact a Taxotere Attorney

After surviving a cancer diagnosis, it can be heartbreaking to suffer permanent hair loss because of a pharmaceutical company’s underhanded attempts to bury the public’s awareness of adverse side effects. Our Taxotere attorneys want to fight for the women who were blindsided by Sanofi-Aventis’ deceptive tactics, and must now face life-long consequences as a result. If you or someone you know has permanent alopecia after using Taxotere, Williams Hart may be able to help you hold the responsible parties accountable. Call our offices at (800) 220-9341 today to discuss your case.

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