Call If You Have Cancer After a Hysterectomy Due to Morcellation

July 28th, 2016

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If you have been diagnosed with upstaged uterine or abdominal sarcoma or leiomyosarcoma, call our law firm. At The Garmon Law Firm, we help women and their families after a devastating diagnosis has been delivered. You are an integral part of your family and getting sick can cause everything to stop while you receive ongoing medical care.  This can harm both you and your entire family emotionally, mentally, and financially.  Not being able to work or needing to hire someone to help you, can have a significant financial toll, but, there is hope.  You may not have come down with this condition for no reason. You could be suffering due to a medical procedure using the powered morcellator.  If so, you are entitled to financial compensation, something that we can help to recover as your injury attorney.

Maximizing the Value of Your Claim

You could be entitled to financial compensation, if your condition was caused by a faulty medical device or your doctor performing your hysterectomy¬†without giving a proper warning of the risk associated with it. ¬†In this case, we will evaluate what you have paid to-date in medical bills and what you are likely to pay in the future. ¬†We will also analyze how your quality of life has been impacted and how much money you have either lost or had to pay due to your condition. ¬†You could receive compensation for things like –

  • Diagnostic services
  • Procedures
  • Hospital stays
  • Hiring help for the house
  • Needing to secure child care
  • Being unable to work
  • A spouse needing to take time off to care for you
  • Pain and suffering
  • And more

At The Garmon Law Firm, we account for all of the ways that your life has been negatively impacted through the use of the morcellator device and work to ensure that you receive as much compensation as possible.

About the Morcellator Device

The FDA issued a warning in November of 2014 which was an update of the original warning issued in April of that year. The warning went out to healthcare providers, cancer advocacy groups, manufacturers of devices used for minimally invasive surgeries, medical associations, etc. In other words, the medical community has been made aware of the dangers associated with this device and method of performing a hysterectomy. Typically, it has been used for women undergoing a hysterectomy or myomectomy.

The problem is that one out of every three hundred and fifty women that undergo a hysterectomy, in order to remove fibroids, have a specific type of uterine sarcoma which can lead to uterine cancer. The problem is that when a laparoscopic power morcellation is completed, there is no way to tell if the cancer exists and, as a result, cancerous cells may spread.  If this has happened to you, you have the right to seek financial compensation and at the Garmon Law Firm, we can help you to do so.

 

The FDA Warning About Invokana

July 15th, 2016

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If you or someone you know has taken Invokana, we encourage you to call our office immediately. There are significant side effects associated with taking this dangerous drug, so it is in your best interest to speak with a doctor about using a different medication and then to call our office to discuss your legal options if you have suffered harm from taking this drug.

FDA Alert:  The FDA issued a formal warning for patients that are taking this type 2 diabetes medication. The warning was sent out to family practitioners, nursing staff, and those practicing Endocrinology. In other words, your doctor or physician should be well aware of the dangers associated with taking Invokana. In fact, it is likely that they were aware of this FDA alert when prescribing it to you. If not, they certainly should have been since the warning was issued in September of 2015.

The FDA alert for Invokana addressed the issue with the decrease in bone mineral density along with concerns related to bone fractures and the need to continue to evaluate the risks that are associated with taking this drug. The warning included updates to side effect labeling and for doctors to be informed when prescribing to patients. The FDA warned that any patient taking Invokana who had suffered from bone fractures or a loss of bone density in the hip and spine should speak with their doctor and discuss taking a new drug immediately.

A Failure to Warn Patients

The challenge is that many doctors have failed to warn their patients about the true risks involved with taking Invokana. If you are one of them and have suffered a serious health consequences as a result of taking this drug, you are entitled to financial compensation to pay for your injuries, additional medical bills, time you missed from work, and pain and suffering. However, your doctor is not going to simply offer this to you, nor is the drug manufacturer. To receive the compensation you deserve, you need to hire an attorney. At our office we are experienced at handling Invokana cases and know how to maximize the value of our clients claims.   Remember, as a patient you have the right to receive safe medical care and to take drugs that are not going to harm you. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and in order to hold the drug manufacturer accountable, you need to file a case in civil court. We can help you to do so.

Call to Discuss Your Case

We invite you to call the Garmon Law Firm to discuss your case in further detail.

 

Johnson & Johnson Mesh Slings Cause Erosion, Pain, Incontinence

July 13th, 2016

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Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson due to complications caused by their transvaginal mesh slings. The mesh slings, or Mentor ObTape sling, is used to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) in women. This mesh was originally used to treat hernia repairs in the 1950’s. In the 1970’s doctors began using the mesh abdominally to treat SUI and POP. Physicians cut a piece of mesh into the desired shape and surgically implanted it in the abdomen.

The Food and Drug Administration did not approve the use of transvaginal mesh until the year 1996. The FDA did not require studies of the drug on humans before they approved it. These transvaginal mesh slings have been found to cause major complications in women. The mesh can erode through the tissue of the vagina and cause bleeding and painful intercourse. In some cases, the erosion goes into the bowel and can lead to infection. Some women experience incontinence, pain, and discharge. Often women undergo revision surgeries only to discover that the mesh has become absorbed into the tissue of the vagina and cannot be easily removed.

Physicians and consumers were not warned of these possible complications until it was too late for many women. Pharmaceutical manufacturer Johnson & Johnson has agreed to settle over 100 lawsuits regarding their mesh sling product, awarding some women over a million dollars.

What you can do

If you or someone you know has used mesh slings and suffered any of the above injuries contact us today. We will evaluate your case to determine if transvaginal mesh is to blame for your complications. These types of injuries can take a heavy toll on people both physically and financially. We know how difficult this can be for you and your family. Contact the Garmon Law Firm today to get the compensation you deserve.

Speak with a Lawyer if You Took Depakote While Pregnant

July 9th, 2016

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Did you take the drug Depakote during your pregnancy?  If you did, and your child was born with a birth defect, you could be entitled to financial compensation. While there are some standard side effects with this drug, like fever, rash, weakness, dizziness, and hair loss, the warnings were not clear regarding how risky this drug was for pregnant women.  As a result, many were prescribed it and children have been born with birth defects as a result.

Some of the common challenges pregnant women and their children have had, include:

  • Craniofacial defects, including cleft palate and skull malformations
  • Neural tube defects
  • Cardiovascular malformations and heart defects
  • Spina bifida

Understanding the Risks Associated with Taking Depakote

According to the FDA, the risk to pregnant women and their baby are the highest during the first trimester since many women do not realize that they are pregnant.  If you were taking this drug and stopped once you realized you were pregnant, but your baby was still born with a physical challenge, you could have a case. Stopping the drug part-way through the pregnancy has not been proven to stop the defect from forming.

Were You Warned of the Risk?

The FDA has recommended that doctors prescribe a different medication to women of childbearing years due to the incredibly high risk associated with taking it.  If you were prescribed this drug but not warned about the danger of becoming pregnant while on it, your doctor could also share some liability for failing to inform you.

Depakote Was Not Initially Approved for Treating Depression

The spike in these cases is largely due to the additional way that Depakote is being used.  It was approved in 1978 to treat epilepsy but it was not until recently that the FDA gave clearance for it to be used to treat both migraines and depression.  This has led to a significant expansion in how the drug is used by women in general.  Since migraine headaches are typically not a concern for OBGYNs, the link between the medication and potential pregnancy risks are often not made in time to prevent a birth defect. This is why even if you were under the care of an OB, they may not have made the connection.

Speak with an Attorney

At the Garmon Law Firm, we understand how traumatic it can be to have a child with a birth defect. We also understand how much money it can cost to secure the proper medical care for them.  We can work to ensure that the right parties are held accountable and that you receive any financial compensation that is due to you.  To discuss your case in detail, call and schedule a consultation.

 

SSRI Medications, Including Zoloft, Can Lead to Birth Defects

July 5th, 2016

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If you recently gave birth to child that was born with a birth defect, you may be struggling to learn why. Understandably, this can be an emotionally draining experience and the need to search for answers is all too common.  If you were taking medications during your pregnancy, that is a good place to begin your investigation.  As experienced personal injury attorneys, we have helped clients that have suffered harm due to taking SSRI medications while pregnant.  Medications including Zoloft, Effexor, Wellbutrin, and Paxil have all been known to cause birth defects, which is alarming considering how frequently they are prescribed.

Determining Negligence and Proving Your Case

If you think that your child was harmed due to you taking¬†SSRIs¬†during your pregnancy, your first step should be to call our office.¬†¬†Proving negligence is not as easy as it seems. It is not enough to simply say that you were taking the drug. ¬†We need to gather evidence that can demonstrate when you were taking the drug, why it was prescribed, if your doctor gave you the appropriate warnings about not becoming pregnant, or if your doctor informed you that there was an actual risk of birth defects if becoming pregnant while on the drug. Next, we will need to gather evidence from your child’s physician to demonstrate the type of birth defect that they have suffered. Then we can go to work linking the two. It is necessary to do a thorough job of gathering evidence and building a strong case so that you and your child can receive the maximum possible compensation. This is why it is so important to work with an experienced attorney that understands how the legal process works and also understands the complications and¬†risks¬†that are involved with taking¬†SSRIs¬†during pregnancy. We do and we have the investigative resources necessary to build a strong case for your benefit.

Determining the Value of Your Claim

One of the questions we are regularly asked by clients that have taken¬†Zoloft, Effexor,¬†Wellbutrin, and Paxil during pregnancy is “what is my claim worth?”¬†An understandable question, we need more information to provide you with an answer, we need to speak with you directly. ¬†During your consultation, we will ask questions about the birth defect that your child was born with, their medical bills to-date, if they are likely to recover, and what their future medical bills may be. ¬†Your doctor can help to answer many of these. ¬†Next, we will need to know how their birth defect has impacted your life. ¬†For example, if you had to quit your job to take care of your child, you could be entitled to compensation for these lost wages. ¬†We will factor in all details when building a case that maximizes the compensation you and your child can receive. ¬†To discuss your case in further detail, call and schedule a free consultation with the Garmon Law Firm.

 

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy or Myomectomy Morcellation Lawsuit

June 30th, 2016

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If you have recently undergone a laparascopic hysterectomy or myomectomy and you have been diagnosed with cancer following the surgery, you may be eligible to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the makers and distributors of the morcellator device, also known as the power morcellator.

What is the morcellator device?

The morcellator device is used during laparascopic hysterectomies or fibroid removal surgeries (myomectomies) to treat uterine fibroids and remove the uterus. The device divides the tissues into smaller pieces in order to remove the matter through a small incision, providing a quicker recovery and less scarring.

What is the danger associated with the morcellator device?

Recents complaints have been made associated with the spread of cancer cells due to the use of the morcellator device. Many women have been diagnosed with upstaged uterine or abdominal sarcomas. A sarcoma, also known as leiomyosarcoma, is a rare, aggressive, and often terminal cancer that starts as a malignant tumor. This type of cancer attacks the connective and supportive tissues of the body, including cartilage, fat, bone, muscle, and the vascular system.

The morcellator device may cause the spread of cancerous tissue outside of the uterus when the device is used during hysterectomies or myomectomies for uterine fibroids. While the FDA now discourages the use of the morcellator device and encourages patients to consider other treatment options, many women have already become the victims of this dangerous procedure method.

Many women who opt for a laparascopic hysterectomy or myomectomy to address uterine fibroids have an unsuspected uterine sarcoma they are unaware of. If the use of a morcellator device occurs during their procedure, there is a risk that the cancerous tissue can spread through the pelvis and abdomen, worsening their chances of the proper removal of the cancer in a timely manner.

Power Morcellator Lawsuit

If you are a victim of the spread of cancer or a cancer diagnosis associated with the use of a power morcellator during a laparascopic procedure, legal action can be taken to compensate you for your financial losses and medical expenses. With the FDAs official warning that the device may spread cancer occurring in April 2014, the makers and sellers of the power morcellator must now answer for their negligence. The spread of unsuspected cancer due to the morcellator device can significantly reduce your likelihood of long-term survival. To learn more about how we can help you gain back what you have lost financially and help you pursue other avenues of health, contact our office.  At the Garmon Law Firm, we will be happy to answer your questions during a free consultation.

 

You Could Have a Case Against the Manufacturers of Benicar

June 27th, 2016

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If you have begun to suffer severe illnesses or negative symptoms after taking the drug Benicar, you could have a case against the drug manufacturer. As a personal injury law firm, we know how devastating it can be to take your prescription drugs only to find that instead of making you better, it actually makes you worst. Unfortunately, this is all too common especially since many drugs are being used for new purposes that they were not initially intended for.  As a result, the appropriate drug warnings are not always forthcoming and it is common for people to be prescribed medication before all the side effects are well-known or properly conveyed. This is certainly true in the case of Benicar.

It wasn’t until 2013 that the FDA began requiring drug manufacturers to include warnings regarding intestinal problems on Benicar, Tribenzor, HCT, Azor, and generic brands of these drugs. ¬†Since the drug itself was approved in 2002, there have been millions of prescriptions issued without the proper warnings. ¬†If you are someone that has been impacted by this, call our office to discuss the possibility of filing a lawsuit.

Common Symptoms

Taking Benicar can lead to sprue-like enteropathy which can first appear to be Celiac disease. This condition can lead to diarrhea and sudden or severe weight loss.

Proving Negligence

Hiring an attorney is important because of the need to prove negligence or fault.  We need to demonstrate that you were not given the proper warning and that you were unaware that you could suffer intestinal problems.  Also, we need to show that you have indeed suffered harm, what your medicals have been as a result, and how the side effects of taking Benicar has harmed you.  Then, we need to put this in context of the financial damages you have suffered. This requires time and investigative resources, making it in your best interest to hire an attorney that is familiar with these types of cases. We are and we would be happy to assist you.

Schedule a Consultation

To discuss your case in further detail, learn about how Benicar may be responsible for your symptoms, and talk about next steps, call our office and schedule a free consultation.  At the Garmon Law Firm, we can provide you with the assistance you need.  Our goal is to ensure that you are treated fairly throughout the entire process and that you receive financial compensation to pay for the injuries you have suffered, lost wages, etc.

 

The Dangers of Using Invokana

June 14th, 2016

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Invokana, also known as canagliflozin, is a medication of the gliflozin class or subtype 2 sodium-glucose transport inhibitors that is prescribed for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. In most cases, Invokana helps control high blood sugar when combined with a proper diet and exercise; however, there have been instances in which users suffered from keotacidosis, heart attacks, and/or kidney failure. If you believe this medication is to blame for your hospitalization, a personal injury lawsuit can help you obtain the required compensation to cover your losses.

Invokana Uses

When working correctly, Invokana should help control high blood sugar in order to preserve the kidney from damage and help you avoid blindness, maintain nerve functions, and regulate proper blood circulation. This drug can increase the removal of sugar by your kidneys, but it may also cause additional problems.

Invokana Dangers

The manufacturer of Invokana, Johnson and Johnson, is currently facing lawsuits that state they failed to properly warn patients of the risk of kidney failure, heart attack, amputations, and ketoacidosis, the production of excess blood acids. Without the forewarning of these potential side effects, physicians have been unable to prescribe the medication while including proper monitoring and check ups to ensure patients are not already excessively predisposed to these conditions. With proper warning, patients would have been monitored more closely and could have avoided developing these high-risk medical complications.

Clinical studies have shown that the risk of amputation can be doubled or tripled when taking this medication. Because this medication causes the kidney to release more sugar through urine, there is a higher risk of urinary tract infection associated with using Invokana. When UTIs become common or severe, they may damage the kidneys permanently causing kidney failure.

How We Can Help

Two years after Invokana was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), severe side effects like those mentioned above were reported, resulting in the issuance of safety warnings. These revised safety warnings have continued to develop, the last of which occurred in May of 2016 stating that patients taking Invokana have a higher risk of amputation. If you or a loved one have suffered severe side effects associated with Invokana, a personal injury lawsuit can make it possible for you to gain the compensation needed to cover your hospitable bills. Johnson and Johnson is required to warn patients and physicians alike about the risks associated with this medication, and if they had done so immediately, many patients could have avoided injury.

We can develop your case against Invokana manufacturers and help you gain what is due to you. If you believe you have been harmed by taking this medication, contact the Garmon Law Firm to discuss further action.

Nausea Drug Zofran May Be Linked with Birth Defects

April 9th, 2016

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Zofran is a popular nausea medication used to treat severe nausea and morning sickness in pregnant women.¬† It is often used to treat hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition that causes debilitating morning sickness during pregnancy. Zofran and the generic ondansetron were approved to treat nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy or surgery. They have been prescribed ‚Äúoff-label‚ÄĚ by many physicians to treat pregnant women suffering from nausea and vomiting.

Studies have linked Zofran to an increase in heart defects and congenital malformations. The drug label, however, bears no warning about the risks of taking the drug during pregnancy. Numerous birth defects, heart defects, and congenital malformations have been reported including:

  • Craniosynostosis ‚Äď an abnormally shaped skull, caused by the premature fusion of bone plates
  • Cleft palate and lip
  • Heart defects (atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect, heart murmur)
  • Club feet
  • Fetal growth restriction
  • Kidney malformation
  • Skeletal defects

Zofran lawsuits are forming in many states by women who allege they were not warned of the risks associated with the nausea drug. Many of these women have given birth to children with heart defects or congenital abnormalities they believe may be associated with the Zofran they took during pregnancy.

Most pregnant women exercise extreme caution and carefully avoid certain foods, beverages, and medications that they believe may be harmful to their developing child. But when women are not notified of the potential risks or the connection with defects in children, they cannot make intelligent, informed decisions. Often these same women face heartbreak when they find that the birth defects and injuries that their child must endure may be linked to their ingestion of a medication.

It is critical that pharmaceutical manufacturers warn women of the risks during pregnancy. If you took Zofran during pregnancy and your child was born with a heart defect or a congenital birth defect, you may be eligible for compensation. These defects often result in numerous medical bills as children must visit specialists and sometimes undergo surgical treatment. That’s why it is important to hold GlaxoSmithKline, the manufacturer of Zofran, responsible for failure to warn women of potential side effects.

For more information or for a free consultation, contact the Garmon Law Firm online or at 256-543-HURT. It is essential to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side!

 

Testosterone Treatment Proves Dangerous

April 1st, 2016

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Testosterone products are a recent trend in medicine, prescribed to treat low testosterone or ‚ÄúLow T‚ÄĚ in males. Approximately 3 to 7 percent of men experience low testosterone levels which may be associated with fatigue, infertility, and sexual difficulties. There are a variety of medications prescribed to treat low testosterone levels, including:

  • AndroGel
  • Androderm
  • Axiron
  • Depo-Testosterone
  • Fortesta
  • Striant
  • Testim
  • Testopel

A number of men have experienced heart attacks, heart problems, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and strokes while taking these medications. Many of these men claim they were not adequately warned of the connection between testosterone treatment and these dangerous side effects.

Studies, such as one performed by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 2009 indicate that some men may be as much as 29 percent more likely to die or suffer a stroke or heart attack during testosterone treatment. In 2015, the FDA issued a communication announcing that warnings will be placed on testosterone replacement drugs indicating the connection between the use of these drugs and the increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and blood clots.

In addition, new warnings indicate that testosterone treatment should not begin until men have tested positive for hypogonadism, or low testosterone levels, through clinical testing. These warnings seem to address the fact that a number of men may have been prescribed these medications to treat symptoms without being tested to determine if they were actually experiencing low testosterone.

A number of lawsuits have been filed by men alleging they were not warned about the increased risk of heart attack, stroke, blood clots, and death, especially in men with heart problems, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes. They further allege that pharmaceutical manufacturers recklessly advertised treatment for ‚ÄúLow T‚ÄĚ as a method of treating sexual difficulties, weight gain, and fatigue. Finally, the lawsuits indicate that consumers and medical practitioners were not informed of the increased risks of heart attack and death associated with these medications, even after manufacturers were clearly aware of the connection.

If you received treatment for low testosterone and, while undergoing treatment, suffered a heart attack, stroke, or blood clot, contact the Garmon Law Firm today. If you lost a loved one to any of these conditions while he was being treated for ‚ÄúLow T,‚ÄĚ we may be able to help. Many men have suffered dangerous medical conditions while receiving testosterone therapy. We can help you pursue justice against the pharmaceutical manufacturers who may have failed to warn you of the dangers. Contact us today online or by phone at 256-543-HURT for a free consultation.