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 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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Recent Recalls that Might Affect Arkansans

July 17, 2009

According to MSNBC, several recalls have been announced recently, including the recall of steam cleaners, telephone toys, butterfly chairs, shag rugs, and hooded jackets.  If you have these products, please follow the instructions provided below.

  • About 580,000 H2O mop steam cleaners, made in China and distributed by Thane International, Inc., of La Quinta, Calif., because the power cord can unexpectedly wear down and expose the wiring, posing a shock and burn hazard to consumers. The company received 10 reports of incidents involving shock injuries and eight reports of incidents involving burn injuries. The recalled products are electrically powered appliances for cleaning floor surfaces. Model numbers of affected units are 808.092 and OEM-TV-001. The recall includes H2O Mops with these reference numbers printed on the label on the back of the product: 200709198 to 200803148 or H20M1000 to M-H20M1198. The recalled products were sold directly to consumers by Thane through television infomercials. They were also sold online, by QVC through its televised shopping program, and by retailers nationwide from June 2007 through December 2008. Details: by phone at 800-485-0017; online at the Web site of H2O Mop Service or the Web site of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • About 25,000 Evenflo Switch-A-Roo telephone toys, made in China by Evenflo Co. Inc. of Miamisburg, Ohio, because the mirror decal can peel away and pose a choking risk. No incidents have been reported. The recalled toys were made between October 2008 and June 2009 and sold at children’s product stores around the country, including Toys “R” Us. Details: by phone at 800-233-5921; online at the Evenflo Web site or the Web site of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • About 500 leather butterfly chairs, made in India and imported by Hobby Lobby Stores of Oklahoma City, Okla., because the legs can detach unexpectedly. The company has received nine reports of collapsed chairs. The chairs were sold at Hobby Lobby Stores around the country between February 2009 and April 2009. Details: by phone at 800-326-7931; online at HobbyLobby.com or the Web site of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • About 400 Art Collection leather shag rugs, made in India and imported by Chandra Rugs of Adairsville, Ga., because they don’t meet federal flammability standards. No incidents have been reported. The recalled rugs were sold online and at furniture stores around the country between December 2007 and May 2009. Details: by phone at 800-258-6614; online at ChandraRugs.com or the Web site of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • About 4,400 hooded jackets, made in China and distributed by EMH Associates Inc., of New York, because the jackets have a drawstring around the waist, which can pose an entrapment hazard to children. No incidents or injuries have been reported. The recalled jackets have the RN number 115036 and style numbers WD36687 or WD36689. They were sold at Meijer stores nationwide during July last year. Details: Details: by phone at 212-575-4311, Ext. 104; online at the Web site of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

If you or someone you know has been injured by one of these products, please contact the Brad Hendricks Law Firm today at (800) 603-5100 to discuss your options with one of our representatives.

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