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Attorney Armi Easterby and Williams Hart appointed as Co-Lead Counsel for upstream claimants

Posted on Monday, November 20th, 2017 at 4:16 pm by Williams Hart   

The team at Williams Hart are proud to announce the firm’s appointment as co-lead counsel for Houston upstream flood claimants.  The appointments were announced today by presiding Judge Braden, who appointed Williams Hart attorney Armi Easterby as Co-Lead Counsel for upstream claimants for the purposes of pre-trial discovery, motions for summary judgment, and for trial. The other Upstream Co-Lead Counsel are Charles Irvine and Larry Vincent.

In regards to the appointments, Judge Braden’s order states that: “the Court is concerned that the interests of property owners who ultimately may decide to opt-in to a certified class may be different from those who may decide to pursue claims as individuals. For this reason, the court has also appointed Mr. E. Armistead Easterby to serve as Co-Lead Counsel for the purposes set forth herein to ensure the interest of individual plaintiffs are represented, since Williams Hart LLP represents only individual plaintiffs who, at this point, do not seek class treatment.”

If your upstream home or business were flooded after Hurricane Harvey and the overflow of the Addicks and Barker reservoirs, please call Williams Hart at (713) 999-4552 to discuss your legal options today. To learn more about Hurricane Harvey flood claims and how we can help you with your home or business claim, visit our dedicated flood-claim website at www.myreservoirclaim.com.


Williams Hart secures $16.5M verdict on behalf of two injured workers in Houston

Posted on Friday, May 12th, 2017 at 2:59 pm by Williams Hart   

Today, the trial team of Jim Hart and Steve Kherkher secured a $16.5 million-dollar verdict on behalf of two ironworkers who were injured by a crane operator during the removal and installation of a large glass window at the new Apple store on Westheimer. The workers both broke their backs when the scissor lift they were on was knocked over by the crane operator after he lost control of the crane. Maxim Crane Works, LP was held accountable for the accident and rightfully so, as the accident would not have occurred if industry regulations and standards had been followed by the crane operator and the company.

For more information on this verdict or if you have been hurt in an accident caused by the negligent or careless actions of another party, contact Williams Hart at (800) 220-9341 today.


FDA identifies hospitals non-compliant with medical device reporting standards

Posted on Thursday, January 5th, 2017 at 12:49 pm by Williams Hart   

At least fifteen hospitals across the United States failed to comply with the medical device reporting requirements, according to the FDA.

The FDA issued a Form FDA 483 to some prominent hospitals, including Massachusetts General Hospital and New York Presbyterian Hospital, for not promptly reporting deaths and injuries related to medical devices pursuant to 21 CFR Part 803. Under the federal regulation, user facilities, such as hospitals and health centers, have only ten days to submit reports about deaths of patients and serious injuries linked to medical devices to its manufacturer and the FDA. The rule also states that a user facility should maintain a medical device event filing system, which can be inspected by FDA. Out of 17 hospitals, 15 medical centers reportedly demonstrated failures to comply with the federal rule following FDA nationwide inspections. The inspection was initiated last December 2015.

If you or your loved one has been physically injured due to an accident involving a power morcellator, you may be entitled to a monetary claim. Our lawyers at Williams Hart have the experience and skills to properly represent you in court. Get in touch with us at (888) 220-0640.


Hyland’s stops selling teething products following FDA warning

Posted on Monday, December 5th, 2016 at 10:31 am by Williams Hart   

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about the potential risk of teething tablets and gels to infants and children.

Specifically, the agency urged consumers to temporarily stop using homeopathic tablets and gels after numerous deaths related to the tablets occurred. The products included in the recall were tested by the FDA and found to contain belladonna.

Recently, Hyland’s, a manufacturer of homeopathic teething products, announced it will stop distributing teething tablets and gels in the U.S. following the precautionary warning by the FDA. In a statement released by the company, the manufacturer insisted the products were safe for use because they contained only a tiny amount of belladona, a toxin derived from a poisonous plant. The FDA is urging its consumers to consult with a physician before using any medicine. For a full description of the products included in the recall, you can visit the FDA website.

If your child was affected by Hyland’s homeopathic teething products, we at Williams Hart can help you draft a legal case against them. Get in touch with us at (800) 220-9341 to discuss your situation.


FDA urges hospitals to report medical device issues

Posted on Sunday, December 4th, 2016 at 12:24 pm by Williams Hart   

The US Food and Drug Administration pushes hospitals to streamline their process of reporting problems related to medical devices.

After receiving reports about the potential risk of using hysterectomy surgery devices, the FDA is said to be enhancing the agency’s current reporting system by determining how a medical device causes deaths or injuries. They are also looking at the possibility of forcing all hospitals to submit death and injury reports related to the issue.

The FDA is currently targeting laparoscopic morcellators following the death of a 51-year-old woman who died from uterine cancer. According to reports, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital did not report a case in which a power morcellator reportedly triggered the proliferation of cancer cells in the patient’s body. Meanwhile, the U.S. Government Accountability Office is currently conducting an investigation and will be releasing a report in January.

If you or someone you know has developed cancer after undergoing a surgery involving a power morcellator, get in touch with a lawyer from Williams Hart at (800) 220-9341.


Risperdal suits result in huge fines against Johnson & Johnson

Posted on Monday, November 7th, 2016 at 2:12 pm by Williams Hart   

For the past three years, pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson has been shelling out huge amounts of money in over 1,500 Risperdal lawsuits.

Risperdal is an antidepressant prescribed by health practitioners for bipolar and schizophrenia disorders. The downside of the drug is that it may cause an increased level of prolactin, which could result in breast enlargement among male patients. The FDA released advisory related to the risk of death in elderly patients, and uncontrollable abnormal movements around the shoulder, face, and limbs of patients.

Among the damages incurred are three trials for not sufficiently cautioning patients about the risks of taking the drug. In November 2013, Johnson & Johnson was fined $2.2 billion because of civil and criminal claims. The company also suffered marketing claims settlements amounting to $158 million, $124 million, and $180 million in Texas, South Carolina, and D.C., respectively.

At Williams Hart, we recognize the dangers of pharmaceuticals, especially Risperdal. Contact us at (800) 220-9341 to learn more about your legal options.


Williams Hart participates in 26th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Posted on Monday, October 3rd, 2016 at 3:34 pm by Williams Hart   

This past Saturday, October 1, 2016, members of the Williams Hart team joined more than 15,000 other Houstonians in Sam Houston Park for the 26th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness month.  It was very inspiring to see so many survivors out there raising awareness for the cure. Here are a few pics of the WK family at the race!

Williams Hart Team members participate in Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Williams Hart Team members participate in Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Williams Hart team members pose at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event! Williams Hart team members pose at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event!

Williams Hart, Susan G. Komen Williams Hart participates in Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.


Side effects of Risperdal

Posted on Monday, September 26th, 2016 at 10:04 am by Williams Hart   

Common side effects of the drug Risperdal are varied and may include:

  • Nausea, movement disorder, rhinitis, muscle contractions, dizziness, anxiety, drowsiness, agitation, constipation, and weight gain.

If any of the following side effects occur while you are taking Risperdal, alternatively known as risperidone, consult a physician immediately:

  • Anxiety; aggressive behavior; blurry vision; difficulty concentrating or memory problems; difficulty speaking and swallowing; difficulty to move the eyes; increased urination; imbalance; muscle spasms of the face, neck, and back; weakness; shuffling walk; stiffness of arms and legs; twitching movements; shaking of the fingers and hands; sleeplessness

Minor side effects not needing medical attention include:

  • Constipation, cough, diarrhea, dry mouth, headache, heartburn, increased dreams, nausea, sleepiness, sore throat, stuffy/runny nose, unusual tiredness, and weight gain

To learn more about the damages that Risperdal can cause, contact a compassionate and experienced Risperdal lawyer from Williams Hart. If you suffered through serious symptoms as the result of Risperdal, you may be eligible for some compensation. Discuss your situation with us today by calling (800) 220-9341.


The Dangers of Using a Morcellator

Posted on Friday, June 24th, 2016 at 3:43 pm by Williams Hart   

A morcellator is a device used to trap cancerous tissue during hysterectomies and surgeries to remove fibroids. The devices resemble a drill with sharp blades at the end. Doctors insert the long, tube-like portion into small incisions in the abdomen, perform morcellation of the uterus or fibroid by chopping up the tissue, and vacuum it out of the body.

The use of morcellators has been linked to cancer growth in women. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed an Irish company to market its new power morcellator tissue collection system. The bag promises to trap potentially cancerous tissue and prevent it from spreading in the body, but the new tool is not guaranteed to stop the spread of cancer.

If you have suffered from the aggressive growth of cancer after undergoing a medical procedure involving a power morcellator, please speak with the lawyers at Williams Hart. Call us today at (800) 220-9341 to learn more about your rights and to hold negligent parties responsible.


What is Risperdal?

Posted on Friday, June 24th, 2016 at 12:51 pm by Williams Hart   

Risperdal, or risperidone, is an antipsychotic drug used to treat schizophrenia, some symptoms of bipolar disorder, and irritability in children with autism.

Risperidone is not approved for use when an individual has dementia because it may increase the risk of death in older adults. Doctor’s advice is also needed before giving the drug to a child. When taking Risperdal, individuals should drink plenty of fluids as it can cause overheating and dehydration. Risperdal may impair your thinking or reactions. Mild side effects are headache, fever, stiff muscles, confusion, sweating, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, trouble swallowing, dry mouth, dizziness, or fainting. Other adverse effects may include gynecomastia (male breast tissue enhancement), diabetes, sexual dysfunction, heart attacks, suicidal thoughts, pancreatitis, and bone loss.

If you or a loved one has experienced side effects or complications after using Risperdal, you may be eligible to file a claim against the manufacturer. Contact the Risperdal attorneys of Williams Hart today at (800) 220-9341 to learn how we can help you.

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