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Xarelto® Lawsuits Consolidated in Louisiana

by Staff Blogger | January 6th, 2015

Xarelto® is a blood thinner once lauded as a revolutionary treatment for stroke and heart attack victims because it required less monitoring by medical staff. However, the drug was found to increase the risk of  uncontrolled bleeding in certain patients.

Some bleeding injury victims have gone on to file Xarelto lawsuits against  Johnson & Johnson, the maker of the drug. And now these cases have taken another step forward in the legal process.

Injury Lawyer News reports that a judicial panel has decided the Xarelto lawsuits should be consolidated. This means the roughly 21 Xarelto lawsuits filed in as many as 10 federal courts will be examined during a single trial in the Eastern District of Louisiana with U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon presiding.

The cases were consolidated after it was determined that each of the lawsuits were based on claims. Attorneys for Xarelto injury victims argue Johnson & Johnson failed to provide enough warning of the dangers associated with the bleeding risks posed to users.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we know the struggles Xarelto drug injury victims are facing, and our drug injury lawyers are here to help if you or a loved one was the victim of a Xarelto bleeding injury. Dial (800) 210-8503 to contact our 24/7 legal team now.

Contaminated Medication Causes Patient to Lose Legs

by Staff Blogger | December 16th, 2014

Each year thousands of patients are harmed as the result of being administered drugs that were contaminated due to poor handling or manufacturing processes.

One such case resulted in a drug injury lawsuit against the hospital responsible for allegedly giving the victim a dose of a contaminated drug that led to their development of serious health complications.

According to an article from CBS Miami News, the Brevard County hospital was sued after a bypass surgery patient was given a dose of blood thinner contaminated with bacteria. This led to an infection that ultimately resulted in the amputation of the patient’s legs. The victim contends the hospital was made aware of a recall of the contaminated drug, but failed to take action.

The hospital argued the claims should be handled as a medical malpractice case, but a panel of judges recently ruled the case should be heard as-is.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we are aware of the serious harm caused by contaminated patients. That’s why our drug injury lawyers are hopeful a decision in this case will help bring a sense of closure to the victim.

 

What Are the Steps Involved in a Drug Injury Lawsuit?

by Staff Blogger | December 9th, 2014

When a patient is harmed as the result an unsafe or recalled drug, they may be entitled to seek compensation for damages by filing a drug injury lawsuit. There are several steps to the multidistrict litigation (MDL) process through which many drug injury and defective medical device claims are handled.

Your attorney files your claim after gathering evidence related to your drug injury. Once your case is consolidated alongside other similar claims related to the same drug, the case will proceed through three steps:

  • Discovery- This is an opportunity for plaintiffs’ attorneys and drug company lawyers to exchange information so that both sides can thoroughly consider and understand all aspects of the case.
  • Pretrial- After gathering all the necessary information, both sides present their case to a single judge assigned to the MDL.
  • Settlement Conferences- After hearing arguments, the judge will attempt to mediate a settlement between the plaintiffs’ attorneys assigned to the MDL and the drug company lawyers. If a settlement is reached, each plaintiff receives a settlement based upon his or her injuries. If an agreement cannot be reached between the two sides, individual cases are sent back to the courts where they were filed for trial.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we understand how drug injuries affect victims’ lives. That’s why our drug injury attorneys are here to answer any questions you may have if you or a loved one has been harmed as the result of a recalled or dangerous drug. Call us to learn more about how we can help at (800) 210-8503.

Drug Injuries: Common Causes and Prevention Methods

by Staff Blogger | October 14th, 2014

As Americans, we are privileged to have access to many medications to treat our illnesses and medical conditions. However, it’s important that we remember that taking certain medications can put us at risk of suffering drug injuries.

Estimates show there are as many as 700,000 people will be injured by drugs this year alone. Of those individuals, an estimated 120,000 will be hospitalized.

The Causes of Drug Injuries

Reports indicate that one of the leading causes for medication errors in the United States are miscommunications between medical staff, prescribing doctors, and patients. Hospital staffs have routinely caused drug injuries by dispensing the wrong medication or giving patients too much or too little of a drug.

We must also consider the high volume of medications distributed in the U.S. each year. As many as one in five citizens take at least one medication on a regular basis, and one in 20 take up to five drugs per day. This has led to approximately 4 billion prescriptions filled in our nation annually and where there is a high volume of people, errors can happen.

Protecting Yourself From Drug Injuries

These numbers leave many wondering how they can prevent drug injuries. Most experts attest to better communication being crucial in this situation. Patients should ask plenty of questions to their doctors and pharmacists prior to beginning to take a new medication. A list of questions that should be asked was published in a recent issue of The Bay State Banner.

If you or someone you love has suffered a drug injury, an experienced drug injury lawyer can help protect your rights to compensation. At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we’re here to answer any questions you may have. To get in touch with our legal staff today, just call (800) 210-8503.