June 11th, 2013|
June 11, 2013
A Dallas Car Accident that occurred last week was responsible for claiming the lives of two motorists. Reports indicate the incident occurred at approximately 6 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5, along the I-35 access road near Continental Avenue.
According to CBS-DFW News, the green SUV involved in the crash was approaching the exit ramp from I-35 when the vehicle’s tire blew out. The loss of air pressure caused the driver of the SUV to lose control and the vehicle began to veer off the road. The driver was unable to steer the SUV back onto the road and crashed through a stop sign before colliding with a large pole.
The impact of the crash forced three of the passengers, who were each properly restrained with a seat belt, to be ejected from the vehicle. The SUV then crossed the median and several lanes of traffic before coming to a halt along a sidewalk.
Two of the ejected passengers were declared dead at the scene, while paramedics rushed the driver and third passenger to a local hospital for treatment.
While faulty equipment on the vehicle may be to blame for the accident, others point to faulty highway designs as a potential contributing factor to the crash as well.
The Dallas Personal Injury Lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough would like to send their deepest condolences to the families of the victims of this tragic accident.
April 2nd, 2013|
April 2, 2013
A new study has shown a link between patients taking high-potency cholesterol lowering drugs and the potential for developing a Statin Drug Injury. Data indicated those taking these specific medications showed a higher rate than control groups of developing kidney failure.
According to CTV News, researchers from the Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies gathered information from more than two million patients who were prescribed cholesterol-lowering medications, known as statins. The individuals who were examined were ages 40 or older and had been prescribed the medications between 1997 and 2008. The researchers then compared the health effects those on higher dosages of the drugs suffered compared to those who took lower dosages.
Data concluded that for every 1,700 individuals taking statins for a 120-day period, one person would be hospitalized due to kidney failure. While the risks of developing kidney failure was higher during the beginning of a regimen of the drugs, the dangers were still present up to two years after stopping usage of the medication.
While researchers still believe there is a place for high-potency statins in today’s healthcare industry, they say patients should be aware of the risks taking these drugs may pose.
The Dallas Personal Injury Attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough acknowledge the harm taking certain medications may cause patients. That’s why the firm is here to answer any questions you may have if you have been injured by a drug prescribed to you by a doctor.
March 12th, 2013|
March 12, 2013
In the wake of a massive recall of defective hip replacement devices manufactured by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and its subsidiaries, federal officials are investigating whether the company participated in illegal marketing practices.
Several lawsuits filed against J&J allege they knew of problems with the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Acetabular System, but continued marketing the products until 2009. At that time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began receiving reports of the devices’ failures and a recall was issued.
The primary reason for the DePuy Hip Replacement Recall seemed to be premature wear. The devices were supposed to last for roughly 10 to 20 years; however, one in eight patients reported needing the device replaced within five years. This premature wear also led to many patients suffering from a condition known as metallosis. This can occur when small pieces of metal are rubbed off the device by friction and then absorbed into the bloodstream. The condition can cause a patient to suffer numerous autoimmune problems.
According to the Star-Tribune, the current investigation into illegal marketing practices comes on the heels of the company paying $84.7 million in fines stemming from allegations of kickbacks being offered to doctors for using the company’s products.
The Dallas Personal Injury Lawyers with the law firm of Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are happy to see action being taken to better protect patients from illegally marketed healthcare products.
March 5th, 2013|
March 5, 2013
A jury has awarded a $1.9 million to the family of a 63-year-old man who died as the result of a botched medical procedure. A story published in a recent issue of Outpatient Surgery Magazine explained the incident occurred in 2009 at the Longview Regional Medical Center.
Court documents show the victim had been admitted to the facility to have a Mallory-Weiss tear repaired. The condition is a laceration in the stomach that is caused by excessive vomiting. Medical staff failed to insert a breathing tube into the man’s throat and when he began to expel his stomach contents during the procedure, the bodily fluids traveled into the man’s lungs.
This condition left the victim unable to breathe on his own and he died two and a half days later due to complications.
The victim’s wife filed a Texas Medical Malpractice lawsuit against the hospital, the doctor, and members of his staff claiming their negligence in failing to intubate her husband was directly responsible for his death. A jury agreed and issued the award; however, the amount will likely be lowered due to medical malpractice award caps in place in the state.
The Dallas Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of the dangers a simple mistake during a medical procedure can present. That’s why the firm is hopeful the decision being reached in the case will bring a sense of closure to the family of the victim.
February 26th, 2013|
February 26, 2013
A 21-year-old man from Sherman, Texas, remains in critical condition following a Texas Motorcycle Accident with a drunk driver. According to KTEN 10 News, the crash occurred Sunday at around 7:00 p.m. at the corner of 1st Street and Spring Road.
Reports indicate the victim and a friend were riding their motorcycles northbound on 1st Street. As the bike began to approach the intersection with Spring Road, a red pickup truck being driven by an intoxicated 50-year-old man attempted to make a left turn in front of the bikes. The victim was unable to stop his motorcycle in time and collided with the truck. The impact caused the bike and its rider to careen off the road, where they then struck a tree.
Rescue crews arrived at the scene and rushed the injured motorcyclist to a local trauma center. Doctors determined the victim suffered extensive injuries as a result of the collision, including multiple broken bones and serious internal injuries. The young man also lost a leg.
Further investigation into the crash determined the driver of the truck was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. He was placed under arrest and will now face between two and 20-year in prison for his crimes.
The Dallas Personal Injury Lawyers with the law firm of Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough would like to wish the injured biker a full and speedy recovery from his injuries!
February 19th, 2013|
February 19, 2013
According to statistics provided by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Texas sees more drunk driving fatalities annually than any other state in the nation. In response to the problem, the organization is attempting to persuade lawmakers to adopt more stringent driving regulations on convicted drunken drivers.
MADD claims that in 2011, 1,213 lives were lost in Texas Auto Accidents involving drunk drivers, which also cost taxpayers in the state approximately $5.7 billion. NBC-DFW 5 News stated these numbers prompted the organization to lobby state lawmakers to enact a policy that would require all convicted drunk drivers, even first time offenders, to have ignition interlock systems installed on their vehicles. Ignition interlocks are devices which are wired into a vehicle’s ignition system and require a person to blow into a tube connected to the device to have a breath sample tested for alcohol before the vehicle will start. Studies have shown laws requiring the devices in other states have been effective in reducing rates of drunk driving.
The organization is also calling for laws that will allow law enforcement to conduct traffic checkpoints aimed at catching drunken drivers in the act. The 38 states that have enacted such laws have seen a 20 percent decline in drunk driving accidents since implementation.
The Dallas Personal Injury Lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough hope the measures, if adopted, will help eliminate drunk driving and provide safer highway environments for motorists.
February 12th, 2013|
February 12, 2013
Hypoxia is a serious condition that is often the result of complications at birth and affects around 1 in every 1,000 children who are born. An article from Injury Lawyer News discussed the causes of the condition and the effects it can have on a patient’s life in detail, and also what those who have suffered hypoxia can do about the injury.
Hypoxia occurs when oxygen is unable to make its way to the brain and often results in brain damage or numerous other physical disabilities. The lack of oxygen can also result in a Birth Injury known as cerebral palsy, which is identified by an inability to control bodily movements.
Complications that can result in hypoxia include:
- Umbilical Cord Issues
- Uterus Ruptures
- Excessive Force Used During Birthing Process
- Delayed Vaginal Deliveries
- Breech or Premature Birth
Doctors may be unable to identify whether a child suffered from hypoxia during birth and in some cases, development of symptoms could take several years. A child who suffered a birth injury could deal with the effects for the rest of their lives and may also face astronomical medical bills to receive the care they need.
The Dallas Personal Injury Lawyers with the law firm of Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough explain that a family with a child who has been afflicted with a birth injury due to negligence may be able to seek compensation from a doctor or hospital to help offset some of these medical costs.
January 22nd, 2013|
January 22, 2013
Drug injuries resulting from a patient taking an expired medication can be sometimes be deadly. A solution to this problem may be on the way, though. According to San Antonio Magazine, a retired Texas physician has created technology that helps doctors track and maintain an inventory of medications they have on-hand to prevent patients from receiving expired drugs.
Expired medications can be extremely dangerous to patients as they have been proven to cause injury and death several different ways. Cases have been documented of expired vaccines that failed to do their job and resulted in deadly infections. More common injuries result though, when medications break down over time and lose their potency. This may cause a person to not get the correct amount of a particular drug needed to treat their condition.
The doctor added cases of patients receiving expired medications often occur due to the sheer volume of medications doctors keep on-hand. However, he created a device called the Spartan MedTracker that keeps track of vital information about medications, like expiration dates. When a medication expires, it sends a message to the user to have that particular drug disposed of. The system is also capable of creating a list of side effects for each drug.
January 15th, 2013|
January 15, 2013
A study recently published in the British Medical Journal has shown a link between taking both non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) and dual antihypertensive therapy medications, including a diuretic plus either an ACE inhibitor or an angiotensin receptor blocker and the risk of acute kidney injury.
The study examined the cases of nearly a half a million patients who were taking the combination of medications and found a total of 2, 215 cases of kidney injury after around six-years of taking the drugs. Researchers were able to conclude from this that taking either of the types of medication alone presented little risk of Drug Injury, but when the two types of medications combined, the risk of injury jumped significantly. The risk was also said to be the highest in the first month of combining the two types of medications.
Experts say the study may “underestimate” just how serious this risk may be and encouraged doctors prescribing drugs for antihypersensitive therapy to discuss the dangers of taking even over-the-counter NSAIDS, like Ibuprofen, with patients while also keeping a vigilant watch for signs of the drug injury in patients.
The Drug Injury Lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough have been recognized for their success in handling drug injury litigation and suggest discussing your legal rights with an attorney if taking a medication prescribed to you by a doctor has harmed you.
November 13th, 2012|
November 13, 2012
In 2007, the Texas State Board of Pharmacy was granted $50,000 per year to conduct random testing on drugs compounded by pharmacies, like the one connected with the nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak.
Over the last several years, funding has slipped by as much as 72 percent. In 2010, medications from more than 65 Texas pharmacies were tested for not only contamination, but also potency. The following year, the number plummeted to only 30 tests conducted because of budgetary issues. By August 2012, only 21 tests had been conducted.
Although the testing of compounded medications has decreased, the number of facilities manufacturing drugs has grown to 6,300 facilities and has laws overseeing the process has been relaxed. For example, a drug made by these facilities can have as much as a 10 percent discrepancy in its designed level of potency. These types of miscalculations have a potential for causing serious drug injury.
The Drug Injury Lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough understand the complexities of filing a claim for a drug injury and are here to answer any questions you may have regarding your legal rights if you have been caused harm by a medication given to you by a physician.