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.
Recent statistics demonstrate that tort reform measures, such as those that lead to less testing of patients, will cause thousands more to die and many more to be severely injured.
BOSTON, MA, March 29, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ — "The U.S. health system is the most expensive in the world, but comparative analyses consistently show that United States underperforms relative to other countries on most dimensions of performance."
That is the lead sentence of a recent comprehensive report by the non-partisan Commonwealth Fund called "Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall" – How the Performance of the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally – June 2010 (see link below). According to the report, the U.S. ranks dead last on patient safety; although our system is far more costly than any other system in the world. The authors point out that we have no national policies that promote quality improvement.
Instead, we see initiatives to reduce "defensive medicine" to allow doctors to do fewer tests to save costs, regardless of how many more lives are lost due to undiagnosed conditions. Recent statistics demonstrate that tort reform measures, such as those that lead to less testing of patients, will cause thousands more to die (beyond the nearly 100,000 that die each year from medical errors), and many more to be severely injured. We are justifiably outraged when auto makers reason that it is better to have a statistically significant number of people die than to correct safety problems. Since Americans don’t accept this reasoning and the disregard for human lives by auto makers, why would we accept it from our hospitals and the medical system, whose errors cause far more deaths than cars? There are at least two answers: (1) everyone drives cars, but not enough of us see ourselves or our children as vulnerable patients relying on safe care, and (2) the medical community keeps changing the topic to tort reform and defensive medicine each time someone mentions medical errors.
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.
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 allergic reactions including rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing.
Tightness in the chest swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue.
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:
Pulmonary embolism (an artery in the lung is blocked)
Blood Clots (Non-Vaginal)
Kidney Complications and Kidney Failure
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
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!
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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
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!