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1,000+ Australians Join DePuy ASR Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in Australia over DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled metal-on-metal ASR Hip Implants has signed up more than 1,000 plaintiffs. The attorneys representing the Australian ASR Hip Implant lawsuit plaintiffs recently told The Courier-Mail that damages in the lawsuit are expected to be worth more than $200 million. One ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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FDA Gives 7 Companies Go Ahead To Market Generic Plavix

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just gave seven companies the go-ahead to market generic Plavix. Plavix is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots, heart attacks, and which has been linked to serious side effects such as the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to ...

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New York Man Claims Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Caused Pain, Disability

A New York man claims his metal-on-metal hip implant was defective and required replacement within a year of receiving it. This has left him facing a lifetime of pain, disability, and rising medical costs.

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Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawyer Takes Issue with Statements Made by DePuy Orthpaedics Official During FDA Meeting

An attorney with a national law firm that represents victims of alleged metal-on-metal hip implant injuries has expressed dismay at some statements made last week regarding the regulation of all-metal hip replacement devices by an official with DePuy Orthopaedics. According to Daniel Burke, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker ...

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Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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Can I Sue over Slip and Fall Accidents Due to Liquids, Snow or Ice?

Slip/Trip and Fall Lawsuits Contains a Dangerous Condition, Negligence

When can you file a lawsuit for a slip/trip and fall injury? A slip and fall accident occurs when a walking surface, such as an interior floor or outside surface, contains a dangerous condition such as liquid, snow or ice. A person may recover damages from these conditions if they were injured due to negligence. The personal injury attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP have decades of experience representing clients in accident cases, including slip and fall lawsuits. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a lawsuit.

To recover damages for a slip and fall injury, there are certain key elements that your case must meet. You must prove that the owner acted negligently, leading to the dangerous condition. The owner may have failed to clean the property or cleaned it in a way that was inadequate. A slip and fall accident may occur if a property owner fails to warn about dangerous conditions, fix it or rope off the area, for example. Continue reading

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Lawsuits Allege Infections from LivaNova Stockert 3T Heater-Coolers

New Lawsuits Filed, Heater-Cooler Devices Blamed for Infections

LivaNova, known formerly as Sorin Group, continues to face lawsuits alleging infections from its Stockert 3T Heater-Coolers. The device, which is used to maintain the temperature of a patient’s blood and organs, has been a subject of contamination concerns for some time. A recent study found that a global outbreak of bacterial infections is likely from tainted heater-cooler devices manufactured by LivaNova.

Parker Waichman LLP personal injury attorneys are keeping up-to-date with news and litigation involving LivaNova Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler systems. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a lawsuit. Continue reading

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Study Finds Rising Rates of Mesothelioma, Particularly in Women

Researchers Say Mesothelioma Rates Continue to Rise, Cite Environmental Risk

Given the increased awareness of asbestos mesothelioma risks and a subsequent ban of asbestos, many experts expected rates of mesothelioma to decrease in industrial countries. A recent study published in The Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, however, suggests that global rates of mesothelioma are still rising, especially in women. Mesothelioma is mostly caused by occupational exposure to asbestos. As such, this aggressive and deadly cancer is more commonly diagnosed among men. The findings however, show that the gender gap for mesothelioma rates is closing. The new study suggests that environmental exposure to asbestos is contributing to mesothelioma rates.

The personal injury attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP have decades of experience representing clients in lawsuits involving occupational and environmental hazards, including asbestos mesothelioma cases. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations. Continue reading

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Ethicon Hernia Mesh Litigation Moves Forward, following Recall

Ethicon Physiomesh Lawsuits Proceed, Court Documents Show

Court documents indicate that Ethicon is facing personal injury claims involving its Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh. The mesh, which is used in hernia repairs, was recalled due to a high rate of recurrence and revision. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit allege that the hernia mesh is defective and caused injuries. Ethicon is accused of failing to disclose the risks.

Parker Waichman LLP has represented numerous clients in personal injury lawsuits regarding mesh products. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a transvaginal mesh or hernia mesh lawsuit. Continue reading

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Depakote Anti-Epilepsy Medication Linked to Birth Defects

The family of a 12-year-old child has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the young girl who underwent an extremely difficult operation, along with her mother, while she was still in the womb. The highly complicated open fetal surgery took place at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The operation was an attempt to repair the child’s spina bifida. This is a birth defect affecting a baby’s spinal cord, when the bones of the spine (vertebrae) don’t form properly around part of the baby’s spinal cord, according to WebMD.

Now, 12 years later, the young girl can walk on her own, although she uses a wheelchair sometimes. The child’s “muscles will never be able to gain full strength and she tires easily,” explains the hospital’s website. Continue reading

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A.G. Convicts 9 People who Staged Auto Accidents for Insurance Fraud

9 Individuals Staged Accidents in Nassau and Suffolk to Receive Insurance Money

Nine individuals were convicted for staging four automobile accidents in Nassau and Suffolk counties in order to receive money from insurance companies, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced on Nov. 18. The defendants colluded to rent U-Haul or Penske trucks and purposely hit cars with participants. The car passengers, who were also involved in the scheme, were instructed to go to medical centers to be treated for fake injuries.

Parker Waichman LLP has decades of experience representing automobile accident victims. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a car accident lawsuit. Continue reading

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Australian Politician Takes Issue with Transvaginal Mesh Implants

Australian Politician Compares Pelvic Mesh to Thalidomide Scandal

An Australian politician had harsh words for the pharmaceutical industry regarding transvaginal mesh implants used for pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Senate Derryn Hinch, speaking in Parliament on Nov. 22, said pelvic mesh has “crippled thousands of mothers both here and overseas,” He went on to say that it was “one of the greatest medical scandals and abuses of mothers in Australian history.” Thousands of personal injury lawsuits have been filed over transvaginal mesh implants against various manufacturers. Women allege that the mesh devices were not properly tested, and caused injuries such as mesh erosion and organ damage.

The personal injury attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP represent numerous women in transvaginal mesh lawsuits. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to anyone with questions about filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. Continue reading

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Talc Powder Products Named in Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Lawsuits Filed over Talc Products Containing Asbestos

Talc is a mineral mainly composed of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. In powder form, it absorbs excess moisture and reduces friction. Talcum powder is often used as baby powder to prevent diaper rashes, and in cosmetic items. Some women also use talcum powder products in the genital region or on sanitary napkins for feminine hygiene.

Parker Waichman LLP notes that personal injury lawsuits have been filed over talc and talcum powder products. The firm is offering free legal consultations to anyone with questions about filing a lawsuit. Continue reading

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Class Action Lawsuit Over Defective Dodge RAM Diesel Trucks

Owners of Dodge RAM 2500 and 3500 trucks filed a class-action lawsuit against automaker Fiat Chrysler and engine-maker Cummins Inc., alleging that the two companies knowingly deceived consumers and regulators about illegally high levels of diesel emissions.

In 2012, the World Health Organization declared diesel vehicle particulate emissions to be carcinogenic, and about as dangerous as asbestos, Business Wire reports. Continue reading

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FDA Orders ‘Black Box’ Warning for Essure Sterilization Device

Regulators Add Essure Boxed Warning, Patient Checklist

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Essure, the female sterilization device manufactured by Bayer, will carry a boxed warning or “black box” warning. The agency ordered the label update after a number of women complained of adverse events. The new warning label for Essure warns about the risk of implant perforation, device migration, allergic reaction, pain and other potential risks. In addition to the boxed warning, the FDA also directed Bayer to produce a patient checklist for physicians to review with patients before implanting Essure.

The personal injury attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP are keeping up-to-date with Essure and other medical devices. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing an Essure lawsuit. Continue reading

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