When Should You Apply for Social Security Disability?

April 11, 2013

At The Brad Hendricks Law Firm, a frequent question asked by our clients or potential clients is when a person should apply for Social Security Disability benefits after becoming disabled.  One myth is that an application may only be submitted when a disability has lasted longer than one (1) year.  This simply is not true.

According to the Social Security Administration, you should apply for disability benefits as soon as you become disabled, bearing in mind that a disability application may take a long time to process.  To apply, you must provide the following:

Application for Social Security benefits

Adult Disability Report

Your application may be expedited if you provide the following information to your local Social Security Office:

Social Security Number

Birth Certificate or Baptismal Record

Names, addresses and phone numbers for all medical providers and case workers that treated you for your disability and the dates of treatment

Medication names and dosages for all medicines taken

Medical records in your possession

Relevant laboratory and test results

A summary of where you worked and the type of work you performed

A copy of your most recent W-2 Form or your most recent federal tax return if you are self-employed

Keep in mind that additional information may be required as your application is processed.

If your application is approved, and the state agency determines, for example, that your disability began on January 15, your first benefit will be paid for the month of July.  You should receive your July benefit in August.

If you or a loved one believe you may be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits and you have been denied, please call The Brad Hendricks Law Firm at (501) 588-0549 or (866) 676-5096 to discuss your claim with a member of our Social Security Department, led by David Rawls.

SOURCE:  Social Security Administration


MAYFLOWER, AR, EXXONMOBIL PEGASUS PIPELINE OIL SPILL

April 3, 2013

On March 29, 2013, residents of 22 homes in a subdivision in Mayflower were evacuated after thousands of gallons of oil spilled from the Exxon Mobil Corp.’s Pegasus pipeline running through the area.  What caused the 20-inch pipeline carrying Wabasca Heavy Crude from Western Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast to burst remains a mystery as of April 3, 2013, but the company has apologized for the “inconvenience” to those displaced by the disaster on Good Friday leading into to the Easter weekend.  The pipeline was built in the 1940s.

The (estimated) 12,000-barrel spill has been classified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as a “major spill.”  One barrel holds 42 gallons.

Although residents have been advised to expect evacuations of less than two weeks, the reality is that the effects of the Mayflower Oil Spill will reverberate through the community for much longer.  Residents have already expressed fears that the spill will have a long-term impact on property values.  Time will tell whether Lake Conway, located near the spill, was contaminated, but there have been reports of oil-soaked birds, including ducks, in the area.

Some residents have indicated that they did not even know the pipeline ran through their neighborhood.  At a town meeting held following the disaster, residents unsatisfied with the oil company’s response to questions were angry.

ExxonMobil has promised to compensate families who have been damaged by the spill; The Brad Hendricks Law Firm is here to make sure they do, too.

After an oil spill, cleanup and removal of the contamination is an obvious priority; however, there are many issues which need to be dealt with in a Oil Spill case.  Those affected by an oil spill may be entitled to:

• Damages for any health effects that may result from this spill. A number of people have reported respiratory problems already.

• Damages if the value of your property has been reduced because of the contamination. This information has to be reported by Sellers and Buyers may be unwilling to purchase your property in the future, and will be unlikely to pay fair value. It is likely that your property has suffered a loss of value.

• Damages for the inconvenience and concern caused by this spill.

• Punitive damages may also be available.

The Brad Hendricks Law Firm invites those affected by the Mayflower pipeline oil spill disaster to contact our firm to discuss these issues.  Our attorneys, paralegals, and staff stand prepared to help, but The Brad Hendricks Law Firm also pledges its financial resources to stand against ExxonMobil to right this wrong.  If The Brad Hendricks Law Firm does not win, our clients will owe us nothing.

Our firm offers representation to those who do not want to be part of a class action lawsuit, but who want the individualized representation necessary to address their specific damages.  If you or a loved one has been harmed by the ExxonMobil Mayflower Pipeline Oil Spill, and you want an attorney who will fight for you, call The Brad Hendricks Law Firm today toll free, at (800) 603-5100.


Jury Awards $8 Million in Damages for Metal Hip Replacement

March 20, 2013

A Los Angeles jury has ordered the healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson, the world’s biggest medical products maker, to pay $8 million in damages for injuries resulting from the all metal hip replacement made by DePuy, the orthopedic branch of Johnson & Johnson.

This is the first verdict and award in nearly 11,000 suits filed against the company for the DePuy metal hip replacements.

Loren Kransky, a retired prison guard, claimed the all metal ball and socket hip implant left him with crippling injuries, and the jury agreed.  The jury found the implant was defectively designed, which lead to metal poisoning and other health issues suffered by Kransky.

Johnson & Johnson pulled the product from the market about 2 years ago, but has set aside around $3 billion to cover the costs of recalling defective hip implants and law suits resulting from these implants.

This verdict sends a clear message that the claims arising from the DePuy hip implant are real and cause severe and significant damages which Johnson & Johnson will be held accountable for.

During the trial, Kransky’s lawyers demonstrated how the all metal hip implant would deteriorate and some of the metal would flake off, causing metal poisoning which led to Kransky’s health issues and could potentially have killed him.  Despite the defense bringing up Kransky’s long history of past health problems, the jury returned a verdict ordering Johnson & Johnson to pay.

The artificial hip implant was made to help with pain and mobility issues.  The hip joint was sold for more than 8 years to more than 90,000 people worldwide.  In 2008, roughly 40% of U.S. hip replacements were all metal.  By 2009 pulled from the market and Johnson & Johnson stopped manufacturing them.

If you received a metal hip implant and believe it is causing health issues, please contact The Brad Hendricks Law Firm, located in Little Rock, Arkansas, at (501) 588-0549 or toll free (866) 676-5096 today.


Injured by Yaz?

March 12, 2013

Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella Birth Control Injuries Litigation

The Brad Hendricks Law Firm wants to help if you or a loved one has been harmed by Yaz (also known as Yasmin and by its generic name "Ocella").

Originally developed and manufactured by Berlex Laboratories, these medications are referred to as "combination birth control," which contain the hormones estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and progestin (drospirenone or "drsp"). Yasmin was approved by the Food and Drug Administration on May 11, 2001.

Bayer AG acquired Berlex Laboratories in 2006 and began marketing this product as "a "different type of birth control pill." At one point, Yaz was marketed as an effective treatment of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), but in October 2008, the FDA issued a warning letter for this deceptive claim and clarifying that the medication was only meant to help treat Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) while simultaneously reducing the effects of acne. This marketing campaign was highly effective and today it is the number one birth control pill in the United States, with more than $600 million sales in 2008.

Unfortunately, this "different type of birth control pill" that was marketed as offering such additional perks, in addition to preventing pregnancy, is not without its risks. Some women might simply experience symptoms such as:

Severe Headaches

Severe allergic reactions including rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing.

Tightness in the chest swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue.

Fainting

Irregular heartbeat

Symptoms of liver problems

Unusual or severe vaginal bleeding

Unusual tiredness or weakness

Vaginal irritation or discharge

Vision changes (eg, sudden vision loss, double vision)

For others, however, the risks are much higher and include the following:

Heart Attack

Cardiac Arrhythmias

Stroke

Pulmonary embolism (an artery in the lung is blocked)

Blood Clots (Non-Vaginal)

Kidney Complications and Kidney Failure

Seizures

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Gallbladder Disease

Hepatic Adenomas

Pancreatitis

Sudden Death

There have been more than 50 reports of deaths filed with the FDA since 2004.

The Brad Hendricks Law Firm believes that these risks are simply unacceptable. If you or someone you love have experienced any of these symptoms after taking Yaz, Yasmin, or Ocella, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced attorney about your claim, please contact us today at (501) 588-0549 or (866) 676-5096 today!


Injured by GranuFlo® and NaturaLyte® Dry Acid Concentrate while on Dialysis?

March 12, 2013

Call The Brad Hendricks Law Firm Today!

The Brad Hendricks Law Firm, a full-service law firm located in Little Rock, Arkansas, is investigating claims of severe complications associated with the of GranuFlo® and NaturaLyte® Dry Acid Concentrate during dialysis treatments.  The use of these products has been linked to a significant increase in the risk of cardiopulmonary events, including cardiac arrest and even death.

On March 29, 2012, the United States Food and Drug Administration announced that it was recalling Naturalyte Liquid and Granuflow Dry Acid Concentrate, both of which are manufactured by Fresenius Medical Care North America.  The recall was identified as a Class I recall, "the most serious type of recall," which are appropriate when the FDA determines"there is a reasonable probability that use of a product will cause "serious adverse health consequences or death."

The concentrate, formulated for use with a three-stream hemodialysis machine, has been recommended for the treatment of acute and chronic renal (kidney) failure in patients undergoing dialysis treatments.  According to the FDA, the concentration of acetate or sodium diacetate contained in Fresenius’ Naturalyte Liquid and GranuFlo Dry Acid Concentrate, when improperly administered, can lead to a high serum bicarbonate level in dialysis patients which may contribute to "metabolic alkadosis."

Metabolic alkadosis, the FDA warns, is a significant risk factor associated with the following: 

Heart Problems, including Myocardial Infarction or Heart Attack

Low Blood Pressure

Hypokalemia, Hypoxemia, Hypercapnia

Cardiac Arrythmia

Stroke

If not properly treated, cardiopulmonary arrest or even death may result.  In fact, cardiac death has been identified as the leading cause of death of dialysis patients!

Reports suggest that FMC officials knew that high pre-dialysis serum bicarbonate levels increased patients’ risk of cardiac arrest and death at all times, but they continued to market Naturalyte and GranuFlo, anyway.  What’s worse, FMC continues to market the products, placing hundreds of thousants of patients undergoing dialysis at any of the thousands of dialysis clinics across the country, at risk!

Call The Brad Hendricks Law Firm if you believe you have been injured by Naturalyte Liquid and GranuFlo Dry Acid Concentrate

If You or a Loved One has suffered any of the side effects listed above, including cardiac arrest, while undergoing dialysis, and you believe that Naturalyte or GranuFlo may have contributed to your injuires, please call The Brad Hendricks Law Firm today at (501) 588-0549 or (866) 676-5096 for a free consultation with an experienced team of lawyers and professionals.  You can count on us to make sure you are compensated for your injuries!


Seatbelt Use at Record High, Says NHTSA

November 19, 2012

That National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) has released the results of a recent study regarding the use of seatbelts by Americans.  According to the NHTSA’s survey, seatbelt use has reached an all-time high in 2012 – roughly 86% of travelers are buckling up, as opposed to the 84% in 2011.  The most dramatic increase in seatbelt use, according to the NHTSA, has been seen in the southern region of the United States, where seatbelt use rose from 80% in 2011 to 85% in 2012.

Seatbelt use has steadily increased since 1994, the NHTSA reports, but continues to be higher in states with primary belt laws, which allow law enforcement officers to issue citations to motorists solely for not using a seatbelt rather than requiring additional traffic violations. In the United States, only New Hampshire has no law on the books regarding seatbelt use (although it does have a law that applies to all drivers and passengers under the age of 18 years).  32 states and the District of Columbia have passed primary laws requiring seatbelt use, while another 17 states have secondary laws. New Hampshire is the only state that has not enacted either a primary or secondary seatbelt law, though the state’s primary child passenger safety law applies to all drivers and passengers under the age of 18.

This post is brought to you from The Brad Hendricks Law Firm as a service to provide legal and other information of public interest. If you have any questions about this or any other post, please contact our firm at (501) 221-0444 or (800) 603-5100 or email us. Our firm provides legal counsel in the areas of Personal Injury,Medical Malpractice, Social Security, Bankruptcy, Business Law,Employment Law, and Family Law, among others.


Injured by Transvaginal Mesh/Bladder Slings to treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse or Stress Urinary Incontinence?

July 30, 2012
Little Rock, AR Transvaginal Mesh and Bladder Sling Attorneys

Transvaginal Mesh and Pelvic Organ Prolapse & Stress Urinary IncontinenceThe Brad Hendricks Law Firm is investigating claims of severe complications associated with the use of transvaginal surgical mesh and bladder slings, which have been surgically installed to treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse (“POP”) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (“SUI”).

Pelvic Organ Prolapse occur when pelvic organs drop from their normal position because the tissues and muscles of the pelvic floor are no longer able to support the organs, which the uterus and bladder.  The muscles and tissue may become torn or weakened because of childbirth or age.  For several years surgical mesh has been used to treat POP and stress urinary incontinence.

Historically, surgical mesh has been used since the 1950s to repair abdominal hernias.  In the 1970s, gynecologists incorporated surgical mesh to treat POP.  Surgical mesh has been used to treat transvaginal POP and SUI since the 1990s.

In 2008, the United States Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued a Public Health Notification (“PHN”) to warn patients about adverse effects related to urogynecologic use of surgical mesh.  Between January 1, 2008, and December 31, 2010, 2,874 medical device reports (“MDR”) were submitted chronicling complaints of malfunction, injury and even death.  Of those reports, 1,503 were associated with POP, while 1,371 reports were associated with SUI repairs.  There were 3,979 reports of injury, death and malfunction between January 1, 2005, and December 31, 2010.

Unfortunately, the FDA has reported, “[m]esh-associated complications are not rare.”  Approximately 10 of women undergoing transvaginal POP repair experience vaginal mesh erosion within 12 months of surgery.  Mesh contraction, which can cause vaginal shortening, tightening, or vaginal pain is increasingly reported by patients.  Some patients require numerous follow up procedures.

Common Complications from Surgeries that Insert Transvaginal Mesh and Bladder Slings

The most common complications associate with the use of transvaginal mesh and bladder slings include the following:

Mesh erosion through the vaginal tissue
Chronic vaginal drainage
Erosion of the vaginal tissue
Feeling as though something is protruding from the vagina
Lower back pain
Pain during intercourse and Vaginal Pain not related to intercourse
Perforations of the bowel, bladder or blood vessels
Pressure or feeling of “fullness” in the lower abdomen
Reoccurrence of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI)
Continued urinary problems
Vaginal bleeding
Vaginal infections
Vaginal pain not related to intercourse
Vaginal scarring

The Securities and Exchange Commission has reported that approximately 47,000 women have received pelvic mesh implants.  To date, more than 600 lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers.

Call Us if You or a Loved One has Been Injured by Transvaginal Mesh used to treat POP or SUI

The Brad Hendricks Law Firm wants to know if you or a loved one has been harmed by transvaginal mesh/bladder slings used to treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Stress Urinary Incontinence.  Call The Brad Hendricks Law Firm today at (501) 588-0549 or (866) 676-5096 for a free consultation with an experienced team of lawyers and professionals. If you or a loved one has been harmed by this urological or gynecological use of surgical mesh, you can count us to fight to make sure you are compensated for your injuries.

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