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Why Do You Need a Lawyer After a Drug Injury?

by Staff Blogger | July 10th, 2018

You were just prescribed a new medication with the promise that it will help you heal from your injury or illness.

But after you started taking it, you’re feeling worse than ever. In fact, you may have even developed even worse health problems, including organ damage, heart attacks, strokes, and even cancer.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we’ve helped many people just like you who were taken advantage of by big pharmaceutical corporations who care more about profits than the safety and well-being of vulnerable people like you.

Unfortunately, victims in this scenario are often left to fend for themselves, including paying for their own medical bills and dealing with lost wages if the medications they took caused them to become disabled and unable to work.

Drug companies and their insurers are out to protect their profits at all costs, and that means giving victims the runaround—if they give the time of day at all.

Our drug injury lawyers know the games that big corporations play when victims are harmed by their negligence, and we don’t stand for it. When you contact us for help with your drug injury claim, you’ll immediately level the playing field. The insurance company won’t be able to ignore you, bully you, or intimidate you, because they’ll have to go through us first.

Don’t give up, and don’t accept the devastating financial burden that drug injuries can have on you and your family. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Why Do Drug Companies Release Potentially Dangerous Medications?

by Staff Blogger | July 3rd, 2018

The pharmaceutical industry is big business on a global scale. In recent years, the combined revenues of prescription drug manufacturers exceeded one trillion dollars, making it one of the largest industries in the world.

While profits for drug companies are often immense, so too are the costs of researching, developing, manufacturing, and marketing their new medications. Pharmaceutical companies want to do everything in their power to make sure their new products are successful to recoup their huge investments.

However, despite rigorous testing processes and mandatory approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), dangerous drugs still make it to the marketplace every year. In some cases, drug companies are even aware of the dangers that their medications pose to patients, but they still release them anyway—often without disclosing the risks. They sometimes do that for two reasons:

  1. To protect their investments—Every new drug often represents billions of dollars in research and development costs. To remain profitable, drug companies must recoup that money many times over—and scrapping or recalling drugs that are already well into development can hurt their bottom line.
  2. To increase their profits—When drugs get FDA approval and hit pharmacy shelves, drug companies can start profiting from them right away. They also know that potential drug injuries may not be noticed or reported for years or even decades after release. That means the risks of patients suffering serious adverse health effects may not be as important to them as their own profits.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury lawyers are here to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for valuing profits over the safety of innocent victims like you. Call today for a free consultation.

How Can Drugs that the FDA Approved Cause Serious Injuries?

by Staff Blogger | June 20th, 2018

When prescription and over-the-counter medications are released to the general public, most people assume they’re safe, because it means they’ve received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). After all, the FDA is the governing body for all consumer and medical products in the U.S., and if it gives the green light to a new drug, that must mean it’s safe to use—especially if it’s prescribed by a doctor or other healthcare provider.

But as many people now know, FDA approval and doctor recommendations don’t always mean drugs are safe. There are two main reasons why that happens:

  1. Drug companies may hide information about potential drug injuries—Researching, developing, and releasing drugs costs pharmaceutical companies billions of dollars. To reduce their risk of that money going to waste, some drug companies will hide or fail to report knowledge of drug injuries to improve the chances of their products being approved by the FDA.
  2. Drug companies don’t always have to withdraw products from the market if the FDA recalls them—Even if the FDA becomes aware of the dangers associated with a drug and issues a recall, it’s may still be up to the drug company itself to pull the product from the market. That doesn’t always happen, and that means many potentially dangerous drugs can remain on pharmacy and hospital shelves.

It’s important to research any medications you’re prescribed and to bring up your concerns with your doctor. Never stop taking a medication without first speaking to your healthcare provider.

If you believe you’ve been injured by a drug, get in touch with our drug injury lawyers today. It’s our goal to fight for the rights of victims like you. Call now for a free consultation.

What Are the Differences between Drug Side Effects and Drug Injuries?

by Staff Blogger | June 12th, 2018

Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are capable of providing great relief to patients who are dealing with illnesses and injuries. But they’re also capable of causing new problems—some of which can be painful, disabling, and even life-threatening.

The problems associated with medications can be classified into two categories: side effects and injuries. Although both are unpleasant to experience, there’s a significant difference between the two, especially when it comes to holding drug companies liable when innocent victims get injured after using their products. Those differences include:

  • Drug side effects are known, publicized, and acknowledged by manufacturers. Pharmaceutical companies are often reluctant to talk about the side effects that became apparent during the drug testing process, but they’re required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to disclose them to healthcare professionals, pharmacists, and patients and when advertising their products on television. Known side effects also may be printed on medication labels and packaging.
  • Drug injuries are often hidden by drug manufacturers. Sometimes drug manufacturers intentionally obscure or underreport harmful and adverse effects that their medications cause in patients during the testing process. The FDA may be unaware of potential dangers for years, which means the manufacturers don’t have to publicize the risks—even when they’re aware of the harm their products can cause to the people who take them.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, it’s our goal to help innocent victims who were harmed by drug companies’ greed and value of profits over safety.

If you or someone you love was injured by an over-the-counter or prescription medication, we’re here to help. Call our drug injury lawyers today for a free consultation.

2 Common Drug Injury Mistakes to Avoid

by Staff Blogger | June 5th, 2018

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury lawyers know that prescription medications are life changing and lifesaving for millions of people in the U.S. every year. But we also know that drugs aren’t always properly researched, developed, and tested before they’re released to the market—and that means countless people are at risk of being affected by serious complications and drug-related injuries.

It’s our goal to fight for the rights of people who were harmed by negligent drug manufacturers—especially when they emphasize their own profits over the safety of their customers.

When victims like you come to us for help, we take over the legal process entirely, but it’s important for all drug injury victims to remember that there are certain mistakes that can harm their health or jeopardize their chances of getting compensation. Those mistakes include:

  1. Waiting too long to file a claim—Drug companies and their insurers always want proof that medications caused injuries, and the more time between the injury happening and the claim being filed, the more skeptical they’ll be of the connection.
  2. Discontinuing a medication without speaking to your doctor—Drug injuries are serious medical events that require fast diagnosis and treatment. But you should never stop taking a medication without speaking to your doctor first about the symptoms and complications you’re experiencing.

The sooner you get a legal advocate on your side, the sooner you can relax and focus on getting better. Let us handle the paperwork and communications with the insurance company while you spend time with your family. Call today for a free consultation.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy Can Have Fatal Complications

by Staff Blogger | May 22nd, 2018

After the age of 30, men begin to experience small declines in their testosterone levels every year. Over time, the levels can drop significantly, resulting in physical and cognitive problems, including reduced muscle mass, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating.

Recent studies show that around one in four men over the age of 30 suffers from low testosterone. Because of the prevalence of this condition, more and more doctors are prescribing testosterone replacement therapy to their patients. The therapy works by administering testosterone in the form of patches, injections, gels, or pills.

While the therapy is effective at increasing detectable levels of testosterone in the blood, it’s linked to a variety of potentially fatal health conditions, including:

  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

Men with a history of heart disease are especially at risk. A scientific study published in Jan. 2014 revealed that men under the age of 65 with a history of heart disease were two times more likely to have heart attacks during their first three months of testosterone replacement therapy. In addition, men over the age of 65 faced double the risk as well, even if they had no history of heart disease or heart attacks.

If you or someone you love suffered a serious health complication after taking testosterone replacement therapy, the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are here to help. Call us today for a free consultation, and let us start working hard on your behalf.

3 Reasons to Call Us for Your Drug or Medical Device Injury Claim

by Staff Blogger | May 8th, 2018

Prescription drugs and medical devices are supposed to make people suffering from illnesses and injuries feel better. But negligence on the part of healthcare providers and the companies that manufacture those devices can result in vulnerable patients developing serious complications—some of which can be life-threatening.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we know all too well how devastating it can be for patients and their families when they’re victims of drug injuries or medical device injuries. We also know how helpless they often feel, as it may seem impossible to get adequate compensation from a big hospital or corporation.

Our drug injury lawyers have helped victims like you for many years, and we know what it takes to get successful outcomes for our clients. If you’re looking for a legal advocate during this difficult time, consider these three reasons to call us:

  1. We have more than 35 years of experience—Whether it’s holding medical professionals or big corporations accountable for their negligence, you can trust our experience. With 35 years of success under our belts, we can stay one step ahead of insurance companies—and that’s vital when it comes to getting our clients the money they deserve.
  2. We’ll fight to get you maximum compensation—Some law firms are happy with just getting any settlement for their clients after drug or medical device injuries. But we’ll keep pushing until you get full compensation for your medical bills and lost wages.
  3. We offer free initial consultations—You have nothing to lose when you contact us. We’ll review your claim and work with you to gather as many facts as possible about what happened. Whether we both agree to move forward or not, you won’t be charged for the consultation, so there’s no risk in finding out whether you have a case.

Be Cautious If You’re Taking a Newly Released Medication

by Staff Blogger | April 24th, 2018

In most years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves dozens of new medications to treat a variety of illnesses and health problems.

And while all of those medications are subject to testing and approval processes, they’re not always safe for patients to take—but that fact may not be discovered until a medication has been on pharmacy shelves for weeks, months, or even years.

Drug injuries are often separate from known side effects, as drug companies required to plainly list all side effects that they’re aware of from clinical trials and other tests. But in some cases, drug companies are aware of more serious medication-related complications, but they withhold that information in order to get their drugs approved by the FDA and released for usage by the general public.

If you were recently prescribed a newly released medication, you can protect yourself by:

  • Checking the FDA’s database of drug recalls—Doctors aren’t always aware of when drugs are recalled, and some recalled medications remain on pharmacy shelves for long periods of time. The FDA’s database can help you determine if your medication was recalled.
  • Discussing any health conditions or changes you experience with your doctor—It’s important to stay in frequent contact with your doctor, as he or she may be able to diagnosis a drug injury before it becomes life-threatening or disabling.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury lawyers are here to help anyone who was hurt by a prescription medication. Don’t suffer alone because of a drug company’s negligence. Call us today for a free consultation.

FDA Announces Restrictions, Increased Guidelines for Popular Birth Control Implant

by Staff Blogger | April 17th, 2018

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury lawyers are here to help women who were harmed by Essure® birth control implants. The implants are linked to a variety of health problems and conditions, including:

  • Intracranial hypertension
  • Uterine and fallopian tube punctures
  • Movement and breakage inside the body
  • Allergic reactions
  • Development of lupus and other autoimmune diseases

Early last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it would begin taking additional steps to protect women from the dangers associated with Essure. Moving forward, women will only be able to obtain the implant by sitting down with their doctors, discussing its risks, and signing documents that indicate they’re aware of and understand the hazards associated with the device.

Since it was released in 2002, thousands of women have reported dangerous complications associated with its usage and implantation in their bodies. The FDA has received more than 25,000 adverse reports of Essure implantation, with 12,000 coming in 2017 alone.

In addition, more than 300 fetal deaths may have been caused by failed Essure implants as of 2016, per an independent study.

If you or someone you love was hurt by Essure or other birth control implants, it’s important that you get an experienced legal team on your side right away. You deserve compensation, but it can be uphill battle to win if you don’t have the right advocate. Call us today for a free consultation.

Why Do Drug Injuries Happen?

by Staff Blogger | April 10th, 2018

It seems unthinkable—you get a new prescription medication to treat your illness, but after you take it, you develop new health problems and may be in worse condition than before.

Unfortunately, drug injuries have affected countless people in the U.S. in recent years, and the number continues to grow every day. Drug injuries are different than side effects, even severe ones, as patients’ doctors or pharmacists make them aware of the risk of side effects when they begin taking new medications.

However, drug injuries often occur seemingly out of nowhere, and it’s only when patients or their loved ones begin researching prescription medications that they find out they’re linked to serious and even fatal health problems.

Drug injuries occur because of a few reasons, such as:

  • Drug manufacturers failing to thoroughly test medications – Many potential drug injuries can be detected with extensive testing, but sometimes drugs are released without proper oversights or thorough examinations of potential risks.
  • Drug manufacturers failing to warn doctors and patients – In other cases, drug manufacturers are aware of certain risks that their medications pose to patients, but they fail to publish proper warnings for doctors and other healthcare providers.

Ultimately, it’s up to the billion-dollar corporations that make many popular drugs to be aware of the potential risks associated with their products and to take the proper steps to mitigate those risks. But that doesn’t always happen, and innocent people like you suffer the consequences.

The drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are here to help if you or someone you love was hurt by a medication. Call today for a free consultation.