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

June 15, 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 & 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.


FDA Approved Pradaxa Linked to Fatal Bleeds

June 15, 2012

Arkansas Pradaxa Lawyers in Little Rock - Brad Hendricks Law Firm

If you or a loved one has taken Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate mesylate), an anticoagulant or blood thinning medication used to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF), and have suffered dangerous, life-threatening side effects such as internal bleeding or hemorrhaging, heart attack or myocardial infarction (MI), please call The Brad Hendricks Law Firm.

Pradaxa Approved by FDA in 2010 and Investigated by 2011

In 2010, the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved Pradaxa, manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., as a direct thrombin inhibitor indicated to reduce the risk of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Its popularity soon increased due to the perception that it was easier to use and modify than warfarin, with fewer interactions.

An investigation was launched less than one year later, in September 2011, after five New Zealand patients died from internal bleeding/hemorrhaging after taking Pradaxa. Mere weeks earlier, Japanese officials had notified the manufacturer that 81 elderly patients experienced heavy bleeding/hemorrhaging from March 14 to August 11, during which time five patients died. In the United States, the FDA received approximately 3,781 adverse event reports identifying Pradaxa use in 2011 alone-more than reports associated with any other drug monitored by the FDA.

No Known Antidote for Pradaxa-Related Bleeding

The FDA announced in January 2012 that it had approved changes to the Warning and Precautions section of Pradaxa’s labeling to include the following: "Lack of a specific reversal agent; futility of using vitamin K to affect anticoagulant effect." There is no specific agent known to aid with the reversal of Pradaxa related bleeding. Vitamin K, a known antidote used to counter warfarin-related bleeding, is ineffective. The new labels also warned that Pradaxa’s anticoagulant activity and half-life are increased in patients with renal (kidney) impairment. Pradaxa was hailed as a safer alternative to traditional blood thinners like warfarin; however, warfarin bleeding may be interrupted by administering Vitamin K. Because Vitamin K is not effective to interrupt Pradaxa bleeding, the effects can be deadly. Risks increase with age, according to some reports.

Pradaxa Bleeds May be Fatal - Brad Hendricks Law Firm Although anticoagulants are known to carry some risk of bleeding, patients who have taken Pradaxa have reported potentially harmful symptoms such as:

Unusual bleeding/hemorrhaging or bruising
Unusual gum bleeding or frequent nose bleeds
Heavier-than-normal menstrual or vaginal bleeding
Uncontrolled bleeding
Pink or brown urine or red or black (tar-like) stools
Unexplained bruising or bruising that gets larger
Coughing up blood or blood clots
Vomiting blood, or vomiting a substance resembling coffee grounds
Dizziness
Lethargy
Weakness or swelling of the feet, ankles, lower legs, hands, and feet or other joint pain or swelling

The FDA cautions that those taking Pradaxa should not stop taking the medication without first consulting a trained healthcare professional, as sudden cessation of this medication may increase the risk of stroke. If you or a loved one are taking or have taken Pradaxa, and have observed or developed any symptom identified above, please contact your healthcare provider immediately. Ask your healthcare professional whether Pradaxa could be the cause of the problem.

Pradaxa Injury Help You Can Count On

We want to know about your experience with this dangerous drug whose use may lead to fatal internal bleeding or hemorrhaging. 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 Pradaxa, you can count us to fight to make sure you are compensated for your injuries.


Arkansas is the least Bicycle-Friendly State

May 24, 2012

Bicycle AccidentIn honor of National Bike Month, the League of American Bicyclists released its Bicycle Friendly States Ranking on May 22, 2012.  Arkansas is ranked as the 50th Bicycle Friendly States – last, in other words.

The rankings were based on an examination and comparison of the states in five (5) categories:  Legislation and Enforcement, Policies and Programs, Infrastructures and Funding, Education and Encouragement, and Evaluation and Planning.  While Arkansas received a score of “2” in the “Legislation and Enforcement,” in part due to its safe passing law, the lowest score of “1” was assigned in all other categories.

Arkansas’s high rate of fatalities in proportion to the number of bicyclists is cited as one reason for its poor ranking.  The League recommended bicycle safety as an emphasis for all projects, programs, and policies.  The top suggestion for Arkansas was that it adopt a state bicycle plan and establish a bicycle advisory committee to oversee the plan. 

Others suggestions included:

•     Develop a Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) curriculum for bicycling enforcement both for new officers and continuing education – focus on laws related to bicyclists, interactions between motorists and bicyclists, and bicycle collision investigation.

•     Adopt a statewide Complete Streets policy.  The National Complete Streets Coalition has a model state policy and other resources to ensure adoption and implementation.

•     Adopt federal funding project rating criteria that incentivize bicycle projects and accommodations. The state is spending a low amount, less than 0.56 percent, of federal funding on bicyclists and pedestrians.

•     Conduct a share the road campaign creatively addressing the issues specific to your state.

•     In general, any question that was answered with “no” should be addressed so the answer can be a “yes” next year.

Source: Today’s THV and The League of American Bicyclists

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.


ReBlog: Child Booster Seats Warning

May 18, 2012

Half of the children’s car booster seats on the market don’t fit properly with seat belts, according to an insurance industry safety group.  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says it’s important that booster seats raise children up so adult-sized seat belts fit properly.

Click here to watch a video about proper child booster seat use.

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Source:  Arkansas Matters & Newsroom Solutions

This post is brought to you from The Brad Hendricks Law Firm as a service to provide legal and other information that may be of interest to Arkansans, our clients, and visitors. 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.


Driving During the Holiday Season

November 22, 2011

As many of us begin a short work week, The Brad Hendricks Law Firm urges those taking to the highway to drive safely during what can be one of the most dangerous driving seasons of the year.  According to the National Safety Council, the 2011 Thanksgiving Day holiday period will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23, 2011, and will end at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 27, 2011.  During that time, the National Safety Council estimates, approximately 434 driving fatalities will occur, while roughly 43,400 injuries warranting medical care will be reported.

As many Americans take to the road, our firm hopes that you and your loved ones will be safe.  The following are some suggestions to maximize your safety while minimizing your chances of injuries in the event you are in an accident:

  • Wear a seatbelt at all times.  There is no question that seatbelts save lives.  Whether you are moving your vehicle across the street to make room for your cousin’s RV camper, going a few blocks for some last minute Thanksgiving feast necessities, or driving across the country, always wear your seatbelt.  If you have young children, they should also be fastened securely, and any car seats should be properly installed.  According to seatcheck.org, motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of children, either because they are improperly buckled into their seats, or because booster seats are not obtained for children who need them. 
  • Don’t drink and drive.  While it goes without saying, operating a motor vehicle while inebriated increases your risk of accidents.  Please arrange for a sober driver if you plan to consume any alcoholic beverages, or simply stay where you are. 
  • Don’t text and drive.  No shorthand message to friends or family is worth the risk of accidents that arise when those behind the wheel of a car attempt to send text messages while driving.
  • Make sure your car is up to the trip.  Before you set out on the road, make sure your car is up to the task, to the extent possible.  Visually inspect your car to make sure all lights, including headlights, brake lights, and turn signals are fully operational before you leave home.  Some experts recommend that you travel with your lights on, even in daylight, to maximize your visibility.  Fill your gas tank, check your tire pressure, and top off your fluid levels, including both your engine coolant and window cleaner reservoirs.  Don’t forget to check your brake fluid levels, while you are at it.  We recommend that you check your mode of transportation before the day you will be traveling. 
  • Plan your route, but have a backup plan.  As many motorists take to the highways, delays and detours are a distinct possibility.  Even with a global positioning system (GPS), it is very easy to get lost in unfamiliar territory, which may also contribute to accidents on the roadway.  You can use NAVTEQ to set your route with a FREE, real-time traffic report for many routes. 
  • Have a navigator.  There is no question that driving while looking at a map or, in these modern days of “apps,” a phone is not a great idea.  While having a navigator is ideal, there are services available for those who may be traveling alone this holiday season, or with passengers who are too young to assist with navigation.  Caroline Lewis, an attorney with The Brad Hendricks Law Firm, swears by MapQuest 4 Mobile’s voice-guided, turn-by-turn, GPS navigation App for iPhone, which is FREE, when navigating unknown territory alone.
  • Sleep well.  Get a good night’s sleep before you travel.  If you feel drowsy while driving, do yourself, and others a favor and pull over for a short nap and caffeinated reinforcement.  According to drowsydriving.org, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conservatively estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes are the direct result of driver fatigue each year, which in turn results in approximately 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in monetary losses.
  • Schedule regular stops.  Even if you do get a good night’s sleep, driving can be monotonous and tiring, as anyone who has driving through Kansas’s wheat fields alone I-70 can tell you.  To avoid the risk of drowsiness and driving fatigue, schedule stops along your trip, whether in terms of a specific number of hours or miles.  Whether you decide that you will stop every two hours or 200 miles, take that time to stop your vehicle, get out of the car, stretch your legs, take a bathroom break, re-caffeinate.  Example your level of alertness honestly, and if you feel sleepy, take a short nap before continuing.
  • Plan for kid entertainment.  A driver of a vehicle cannot entertain passengers, and that is particularly true of young children whose minds may be able to understand that your family is “not there yet,” but now how long it may be until you are.  If your vehicle is not equipped with a DVD player, you may consider obtaining one with headphones for your trip.  For those brave enough, turning over your iPhone may do in a pinch.  You may also want to make sure that you have plenty of snacks and hydration for the trip, even if you do plan to stop frequently.  For a child who wants water “now,” the 198 miles to the next scheduled stop may become excruciating if you have a child with nothing more to think about than the green Bug Juice.
  • Don’t rush it.   Everyone wants to be on time for Thanksgiving dinner.  Even those who may be hosting the festivities want for all guests to arrive on time.  No one, however, wants to receive a call from the police to learn that a family member or friend has been hurt because the idea of arriving on time became paramount to arrive safely, albeit late.  If you will be driving this holiday season, don’t rush it.  Allow extra time for traveling.  Leave a couple of hours early to allow time for unforeseen delays.  Your loved ones, more likely than not, will not complain that you arrived early – as long as you arrive safely.  If possible, you may even want to leave on Tuesday and return on Saturday, to avoid the heaviest travelled days surrounding the holiday weekend.

Thanksgiving is a time for families, football, food, and fun, for most of us.  For some, the holidays end in tragedy as the result of motor vehicle accidents.  Although there are no guarantees, it is the fervent hope of The Brad Hendricks Law Firm that those on the road this weekend will not only hit the road with safety in mind, but that all who travel will arrive at their destinations safe.  Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from The Brad Hendricks Law Firm.


Fatal Accident Closes I-40 near Conway, Arkansas

October 10, 2011

Part of I-40 was closed on Monday, October 10, 2011, near the Highway 64/Oak Street at Conway.  Arkansas State Police are reporting that one man has died.

According to an early news report, a westbound Chrysler minivan crossed the median and hit another car head on.  Another car then struck both vehicles. 

Motorists can expect delays while the police work the accident.

The name of the victim has not yet been released, but The Brad Hendricks Law Firm will provide an update when that information has been published.


Fractures of the Femur Related to Fosamax

May 19, 2011

If you or a loved one has suffered a fractured femur while taking Fosamax for Osteoporosis, call The Brad Hendricks Law Firm today to speak with a member of our firm.  More information may be found on our website.

Roughly one out of five American woman over the age of fifty (50) suffer from what is the most common type of bone disease–osteoporosis.  It is characterized by thinning bone tissue and loss of bone density over time.  As bones weaken, the possibility of fractures of the bone increases.  To combat the increased risk of fractures in those suffering from osteoporosis, many physicians prescribe a group of drugs known as “bisphosphonates.”  Among this group are Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva, Atelvia, and Reclastl.  Unfortunately, osteoporosis is not limited to women alone.

The Brad Hendricks Law Firm is now accepting inquiries related to injuries caused by Fosamax—the most popular drug prescribed by physicians which, tragically, has been connected with painful and debilitating fractures of the femur, one of the strongest bones in the human body.  While manufacturers have profited from sales exceeding $3.5 billion, those injured by Fosamax and similar drugs bear the ultimate cost.

In recent years, women have reported femoral fractures that occurred as they performed what seemed to be perfectly safe activities, like walking down stairs, jumping rope, and exercising.  One woman had suffered two broken femurs. 

At The Brad Hendricks Law Firm, we believe those who have suffered painful femur fractures by Fosamax should be compensated, particularly where there is evidence that the drug actually causes the injury it is prescribed to prevent.  If you or a loved one have been prescribed Fosamax and suffered a fracture of the femur while taking Fosamax, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.  For a free legal consultation, please call The Brad Hendricks Law Firm today at (501) 588-0549 or (866) 676-5096. 


In Auto Insurance, Less is NOT More

July 6, 2010

by Caroline Lewis

My husband and I have full coverage on both of our vehicles, and before I started working at the Brad Hendricks Law Firm last year and working on personal injury matters, I would have said that is sufficient, particularly since my deductible is “only” $500.  What that meant, to me, was that two minor (but still damaging) accidents that were our fault were relatively inexpensive to resolve. 

During the time I have worked at the firm, however, I have learned that less, when it comes to automobile insurance, is not more. In fact, the minimum insurance coverage that is required by law, while helpful, cannot prevent the devastating consequences of a major accident resulting in thousands and thousands of dollars in medical expenses. Whereas, before, thoughts of “personal injury protection,” “underinsured coverage,” or “uninsured motorist coverage” never even crossed my mind—not even when my husband and I were regularly rejecting these three options that every automobile owner should have—now, I wish I could tell every motorist how important these benefits can be to one who has been involved in a catastrophic accident.

Consider the case of Jane Smith. Jane was involved in a car accident earlier this year after another motorist plowed into the rear of her car as she was sitting at a stop sign in southern Arkansas. Because Jane had personal injury protection, Jane was able to seek the medical treatment she desperately needed for her back and neck injuries, and because this coverage is available whether the insured is “at fault” or not, her insurance company immediately began paying bills associated with the accident, thereby reducing the amount of money Jane had to pay out-of-pocket.

As months passed, Jane’s condition did not improve and her bills soon neared $25,000, with no end of treatment in sight. In fact, on top of physical therapy, injections, and pain management treatments that can be quite expensive, her neurosurgeon ultimately recommended surgery on her back to alleviate the debilitating pain she had suffered since the accident. In Jane’s case, the other driver (who was at fault) had insurance, but assuming he has only the minimum coverage required by law, his insurance company would only pay $25,000 of Jane’s bills. What about the surgery that is still to come? What about rehab? What if still more treatment is required?

Fortunately, Jane has exceptional insurance. Not only did her own insurance provider immediately start paying some of her bills (until the personal injury protection was exhausted), but she has underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage. That means that, for Jane, once the other driver’s insurance limits are exhausted, she can then look to her own insurance company for compensation for additional damages caused by her accident, up to her policy limits. For Jane, her UIM coverage was $25,000 per person, or $50,000 per occurrence. Assuming that Jane’s total damages are $50,000, she is fully covered, assuming that the other driver’s insurance pays policy limits of $25,000, and her own insurance company pays the $25,000 available under her underinsured motorist coverage. Had Jane not had underinsured motorist coverage, $25,000 of her damages would be uncompensated, leaving Jane with potentially unmanageable expenses that she must pay with other resources. If no such optional resources are available? Jane could be thrust into a financial crisis from which recovery may be very difficult, if not impossible.

I think about Jane’s case and how devastating it has been for her and her family—financially, emotionally, and physically, and I am grateful, on her behalf, that she had the foresight to obtain UM/UIM coverage. Everyone should.

Compared to other insurance coverage, the money spent on UM/UIM coverage is slight. The difference it might make, however, if you are someone in your household is involved in an accident, is priceless. Check with your insurance agent to verify whether you have uninsured motorist and underinsured motorist coverage. Confirm that you have personal injury protection. If you don’t have them, consider adding them, and then consider what might happen if you are in an accident and don’t have them.


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