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Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed. According to press release issued Jan. 7, a resolution was introduced by Council Member Margaret Chin, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Paul Vallone and I. ...

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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority.

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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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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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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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Colorado Woman Sues American Medical Systems Over Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado woman allegedly injured by transvaginal mesh products manufactured by American Medical Systems, Inc. The suit was filed on May 21, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. ...

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh

Tennessee Woman Alleges Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Product Caused Painful Injuries

More reports of painful injuries are being linked to transvaginal mesh. This time, a Tennessee woman has filed a lawsuit against Boston Scientific over its Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling System.

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Bard IVC Filter Lawsuit Alleges Tines Broke Off, Caused Injury

Lawsuits Filed over IVC Filter Fracture, Embolization

Lawsuits are alleging serious, sometimes life-threatening adverse events associated with inferior vena cava (IVC) filters. These small, cage-like devices are intended to trap blood clots before they reach the heart and lungs. However, there have been some reports of the devices breaking or fracturing within the blood vessel, leading to serious injury when parts of the filter perforate the heart or other critical areas.

The product liability lawyers and personal injury attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP are closely monitoring events in the IVC filter litigation against C.R. Bard and Cook Medical. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing an IVC filter lawsuit. Continue reading

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Lawsuit Alleges Metal Hip Complications with LFIT V40 Femoral Head

Alaska Plaintiff Alleges Elevated Levels of Metal Ions

Stryker is facing a new hip replacement lawsuit alleging injuries from the Accolade TMZF femoral stem with the LFIT V40 head. The plaintiffs allege that the hip implants caused metal-on-metal hip complications, including fretting and corrosion from the metal surfaces rubbing against one another. The LFIT V40 femoral head was recalled last year due to a risk of taper lock failure.

Parker Waichman LLP personal injury law firm notes that metal-on-metal hip implants have come under scrutiny following recalls and thousands of lawsuits. The firm represents numerous clients in metal-on-metal hip implant lawsuits and continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals who have questions about pursuing a case. Continue reading

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Government Reports Careless Oversight of Gynecologic Device

Lax Oversight Put Women at Risk of Cancer:

A recently released governmental investigative report has found that for more than 20 years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved 25 surgical devices that may spread undiagnosed cancer in women’s bodies.

Because the devices were deemed significantly similar to prior devices—the devices were approved for surgical procedures on the knee and other joints—they were approved for use in gynecologic surgeries without rigorous testing, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found. According to Philly.com, the newer device, known as a power morcellator, which is meant to cut gynecologic tissue, may inadvertently spread aggressive cancers, a fact that the FDA was purportedly aware of with the new devices. Surgeons have also been advised to bear in mind the way in which manufacturers received federal regulator clearance for power morcellators in 1995, which was through FDA 510(k) route. Continue reading

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Stryker LFIT Plaintiffs Want Lawsuits Consolidated into MDL

Plaintiffs Ask for LFIT Metal Hip Implant Lawsuits to be Transferred into MDL

Stryker Corporation is facing a new influx of lawsuits alleging injuries from its LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Head commonly used with the Stryker Accolade Hip replacement system, as well as other models. The metal-on-metal hip implant component was recalled in August 2016. Plaintiffs suing over the LFIT are now seeking a multidistrict litigation (MDL).

Parker Waichman LLP personal injury law firm notes that metal-on-metal hip implants have come under scrutiny following recalls and thousands of lawsuits. The firm represents numerous clients in metal-on-metal hip implant lawsuits and continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals who have questions about pursuing a case. Continue reading

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Monsanto’s Roundup the Focus of Deep Controversy

California Closer to Mandating Roundup Warnings

In March 2015, leading cancer experts from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a Lyon, France-based branch of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), classified glyphosate as a “probable human carcinogen.” IARC reached its decision based on the research of 17 top cancer experts from 11 countries. The experts met to assess the carcinogenicity of five pesticides. The IARC review of glyphosate led to the European Parliament calling for a complete ban on non-commercial public use of glyphosate, as well as serious restrictions on its agricultural use. Monsanto rejected IARC’s classification and mounted a campaign to discredit IARC scientists, according to The Huffington Post.

Soon after the WHO classification, California began, in 2015, to mandate warning labels. Attorneys for California state consider IARC’s findings as the so-called “gold standard” for carcinogen identification and relies on its findings for identifying carcinogens along with several states, the federal government, and other countries, according to court documents. Continue reading

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Bair Hugger Deep Joint Infection Litigation Moves Forward

Bair Hugger MDL Grows, Plaintiffs Sue over Warming Device

Lawsuits continue to be filed over the Bair Hugger, a surgical blanket used to keep patients warm during surgery. Plaintiffs in the litigation allege that the device, which uses a forced-air design to maintain a patient’s body temperature, leads to deep joint infections. 3M and Arizant are accused of knowing about the risks but failing to warn patients or the medical community.

The personal injury attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP have decades of experience representing clients in lawsuits over injuries allegedly caused by defective or dangerous medical devices. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a Bair Hugger forced-air warming blanket lawsuit. Continue reading

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Merck’s Implanon Tied to Device Migration

Implanon Migration Leads to Unwanted Pregnancy, Surgery

The Implanon (etonogestrel implant) birth control, is a small, thin implantable plastic rod that slowly releases etonogestrel. The device is meant to last three years and received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance one decade ago. Implanon birth control may last longer than three years; however, the three-year time frame is what is recommended to remove the nearly-spent Implanon for replacement, or to switch to an alternative birth control device.

Twelve years prior, a research paper described the difficulty in extracting the six capsules that made up the prior Norplant implantable birth control system. The Implanon implantable birth control followed the Norplant. In the 23 years, concern has risen over similar implantable devices and the challenges in removing the device and device migration. Continue reading

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Study: Even Without Symptoms, Driving Post-Concussion is Risky

Driving Skills Impaired Even When Concussion Symptoms are Gone

Driving after a concussion, a type of traumatic brain injury frequently caused by a blow to the head, is dangerous. Concussions can affect how a person thinks and acts, increasing the risk of an accident on the road. A recent study published in the Journal of Neurotrauma suggests that driving after a concussion presents risks, even when patients no longer experience symptoms of a concussion.

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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Filing a Lawsuit for a Slip and Fall Accident on an Icy Sidewalk

Pursuing Litigation for a Slip and Fall Injury on Snow, Ice

It comes as no surprise that many slip and fall accidents occur during the winter. Snow, ice, sleet and frozen rain can create hazardous conditions on both the roads and sidewalks. It helps to be careful and take precautions during these weather conditions, but sometimes a slip and fall injury occurs nonetheless. If you were injured after a slip and fall on an icy sidewalk, you may be wondering whether you can file a personal injury lawsuit.

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. Continue reading

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Risperdal Litigation is Second Largest Mass Tort in Philadelphia

Mass Tort Contains Risperdal Gynecomastia Lawsuits

Lawsuits alleging the antipsychotic drug Risperdal caused gynecomastia continue to mount against Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen unit. In fact, Risperdal litigation accounts for most of the mass tort growth in Philadelphia’s Complex Litigation Center. Risperdal lawsuits are often filed on behalf of males who took the medication as young boys and developed gynecomastia, or the abnormal growth of female-like breasts. Risperdal plaintiffs allege that Janssen was aware of these risks but failed to adequately disclose information about gynecomastia to patients or their physicians.

Parker Waichman LLP is a national law firm that represents many clients in drug injury lawsuits. The firm, which keeps-up-to-date with Risperdal gynecomastia litigation, continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals who are interested in filing a Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuit. Continue reading

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