August 14th, 2012|
August 14, 2012
A Dallas, Texas, doctor faces allegations of malpractice after performing illegal injections and botched medical procedures on patients.
The Dallas Observer reports the doctor’s record of illegal practices dates back to 2004, when he was caught illegally selling prescription medications over the internet. He was fined $25,000 and was not allowed to prescribe illicit medications like morphine, codeine, Vicodin and anabolic steroids.
Yet, the doctor was just recently accused of injecting a mixed martial artist with an illegal dose of testosterone before an upcoming important fight. The injections only came to light after the fighter failed tests for banned substances, such as performance-enhancing testosterone.
Other complaints of medical malpractice against the doctor claim that he performed a botched liposuction procedure on a patient. He had received training only by reading manuals that came with the liposuction equipment used for the procedure, taking an online class with an examination, and performing a single previous procedure.
The doctor was ordered to stop performing plastic surgery after the botched procedure, but is still allowed to practice medicine in the state of Texas until a hearing before the State Office of Administrative Hearings and Texas Medical Board.
The drug injury lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough say this is why it is so important to ask your doctor plenty of questions regarding their background and experience before accepting their care and diagnosis of your condition.
August 7th, 2012|
August 7, 2012
A Dallas, Texas, bus driver has been fired after causing a seven-vehicle pile-up on a highway off-ramp last month. According to KRISTV 6 News, the accident happened on June 29 at the exit for Harry Hines Boulevard off of I-35.
The driver had worked for the company with a clean record for 11 years and video shows the driver was not violating cellphone regulations before the crash; however, the driver may have become distracted when an expensive sports car zoomed by the bus. The driver failed to notice a line of cars that had built up on the off-ramp and plowed into the rear vehicle, setting off a chain reaction crash that seriously injured several motorists. One of those victims remains hospitalized with a fractured skull, shattered hip, and several broken ribs.
Reports from officers who responded to the scene of the Dallas auto accident say that the bus’s driver never hit the brakes and attempted to slow down prior to the crash. Ken Westbrook, a spokesman for Veolia Transportation, who operates the bus, stated that this was the reason for the driver losing his job. He added, “Safety must always be our highest priority.”
The drug injury lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough ask that motorists help to avoid this type of preventable collision by focusing on driving at all times behind the wheel and eliminating any distractions that may take that focus from you.
July 31st, 2012|
July 31, 2012
According to Injury Lawyer News, a new study is raising concerns that Pradaxa, an anticoagulant medication, could be responsible for causing dangerous internal bleeding to occur in patients taking the medication.
The drug went onto the market in October of 2010 and within the first six-months had received nearly 1,000 claims of adverse events reported to the Food and Drug Administration. Most of the events were related to internal bleeding, while others blamed the medication for strokes and, in some cases, death.
The reports to the FDA were believed by many experts to only be the tip of the iceberg when it came to the number of negative reactions to the drug, leading to a study being performed by the Institute of Safe Medicine Practices (ISMP). Their researchers found that over a one-year period in 2011, a total of 3,781 reports of Pradaxa injuries were made. Of those reports 2, 367 were associated with bleeding, while 644 involved a stroke and 291 claimed renal failure. A total of 542 deaths were also associated with the drug during that time.
The drug injury lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot and Wansbrough would advise patients to become fully educated on the medications prescribed to you by your doctor before beginning to take a regimen of the drug. If you have any questions, they should also be addressed with your doctor or pharmacist before taking the first dose.
July 17th, 2012|
July 17, 2012
In the wake of research finding an increased risk of bladder cancer in patients who took the diabetes drug Actos, thousands of drug injury claims have been filed across the country. According to a press release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, patients who take the drug have a 40 percent greater chance of developing the disease than those who didn’t take it.
The drug’s manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, was found to be aware of the increased risk, but withheld the knowledge from the public. Court ruling found this to be evidence of negligence, which allowed those who were injured to more easily file claims.
On June 14, a Texas woman filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court claiming that she developed bladder cancer after taking the drug from 2000 to 2005. A year later, doctors discovered she had developed a tumor on her bladder. The lawsuit alleges that the drug caused a series of adverse events, including severe mental and physical pain, permanent injuries resulting in physical and emotional distress, economic loss due to medical expenses, and living expenses as a result of a new lifestyle. The lawsuit also claims loss of consortium on behalf of the Plaintiff’s husband.
The Actos Injury Lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough would encourage anyone who has experienced a negative reaction while taking the diabetes drug Actos to contact a Drug Injury Lawyer to discuss your case.
July 3rd, 2012|
July 3, 2012
Drug companies have a responsibility to test and report the safety of their products before they go on the market to prevent a drug injury. Failure to do so can result in the drug being pulled from shelves, and possibly, legal action being taken against the company responsible.
Take, for instance, the case of GlaxoSmithKline, reported by CNN News which stated the company had failed to report safety data on certain drugs and marketed others for conditions in which the drug was not approved to treat. These violations resulted in the company being fined more than $3 billion, the largest fraud settlement ever paid by a drug company.
The fines were imposed by the US Justice Department after the company marketed Wellbutrin, an antidepressant, as a weight loss drug. Also, Paxil, a medication used in adults to treat depression and anxiety, was marketed toward children and teens.
It was also discovered that the company failed to report safety results for the diabetes drug Avandia, which put patients at risk of cardiovascular complications.
In addition to the large sum of money, the company has signed a five-year compliance deal with the Department of Health and Human Services, which states executives could personally lose money if the company is found to engage in any wrongdoing.
The Drug Injury Lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough suggest contacting an experienced attorney if a drug manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline has negatively affected you.
June 26th, 2012|
June 26, 2012
According to NBCDFW 5 News, women who take oral contraceptives may be doubling their risks of heart attacks or strokes by ingesting the medications.
The findings were just released in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine and say that the ingredients that cause the increase in risk are synthetic versions of the human hormones estrogen and progestin. The risk tends to increase along with the level of estrogen in the contraceptives and as the patient gets older. The risk of stroke was found to increase in women who use contraceptive methods of vaginal rings or transdermal patches.
While makers of the drugs argue that for most women the risk of these side effects are relatively low, Dr. Saul Jeck, a gynecologist, contends that “If a woman develops a complication and it’s related to the pill, for them the risk is high.”
Dr. Jeck adds that while there are safer alternatives that use progestin only, such as certain brands of oral contraceptives and injections, taking any medication comes with risks.
The Drug Injury Lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot and Wansbrough add that numerous women across the country have filed Yaz® Birth Control Lawsuits after discovering that health complications they developed, such as blood clots, were caused by the medication. This is why the firm encourages any woman who has suffered health complications they believe were caused by birth control medications to contact an attorney.
May 29th, 2012|
May 29, 2012
While many individuals would not be able to make it through spring allergy season without medications to keep their symptoms under control, some of the drugs they are taking could lead to a plethora of serious health problems.
According to NBC 5 News, one man was taking antihistamines in order to help with the sneezing and itching sensations due to high levels of pollen in the air; however, the medication he was taking was causing his eyes to dry out and become irritated. This problem was compounded by his contact lenses, which were rubbing against his corneas and leading to bacterial infections.
His optometrist, Dr. Jeanette Lee, stated, “These are serious infections. If not treated, they could leave you blind.” She also noted that she has seen a dramatic rise of more than 20 percent of patients complaining of the same issue.
Antibiotics were able to clear up the patient’s severe eye infection, but the doctor suggests limiting the amount of time that you wear contacts if you are also taking antihistamines. If you must wear contact lenses while taking allergy medications, it is important to remember to dampen the lenses with drops regularly and to take them out before going to sleep.
The Dallas Personal Injury Lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough suggest avoiding a Dallas Drug Injury such as the ones caused by antihistamines and dry eyes by staying hydrated while participating in outdoor activities.
May 2nd, 2012|
May 1, 2012
A new trend among athletes is participating in obstacle course races. The races pit the individual against a slew of gut wrenching tasks that must be completed. While the races may be a fun way to test your limits, they can also prove to be dangerous for even the most experienced athletes.
Take, for instance, the case of a 30-year-old Dallas, Texas, boot camp trainer who died while taking part in the “Original Mud Run” two weeks ago. According to WFAA-TV News, friends reported seeing him at the start of the race, but he never crossed the finish line. His body was found the next day in the Trinity River. An autopsy has been performed, but the Tarrant County medical examiner is awaiting the results of a toxicology report before naming a cause of death.
Participants said the scene at the river crossing on the day of the race was a state of panic. They claim that there were too many people in the water at the time and not enough lifeguards. Race organizers have argued that they had four lifeguards on duty at the crossing at all times and a roving team to assist with medical issues.
The Personal Injury Lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot and Wansbrough would suggest that anyone thinking about participating in this type of race think twice before entering. If you do decide to take part, compete with a partner to ensure safety.
April 24th, 2012|
April 24, 2012
Many Americans believe that their First Amendment rights allow them to speak freely about anything. However, a Texas court ruled that saying things that are untrue about another person can cause them as much damage as a physical injury.
According to KVUE News, a Clarksville, Texas, couple has been awarded $13 million in damages after they claimed remarks made about them on an Internet chat forum defamed them.
A jury made the decision Friday in the 348th District Court in Fort Worth, Texas, after listening to days of testimony in the case. Court documents show that in 2008, a woman accused the couple of sexual assault at their Ranch. They were later acquitted of the charges but comments on the case made in an Internet forum continued for months to come. Hundreds of false claims and statements about the couple were posted.
Eventually, a lawsuit was filed and a judge ordered that the company hosting the forum where the claims were made to disclose the Internet addresses of 178 posters. One of those addresses later came back to a business owned by a family member of the woman who had filed the sexual assault charges.
The Dallas Personal Injury Lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough would like to remind the public that making untrue statements about others is a form of bullying that can be considered a criminal offense if it causes someone else emotional harm.
April 17th, 2012|
April 17, 2012
A two-vehicle collision involving a car and an ambulance on its way to the hospital with a patient has left one man dead and four others injured. According to the Times Record News, the accident happened yesterday afternoon at the intersection of 11th and Holiday Streets in Wichita Falls, Texas.
David Duke, sheriff of Wichita County, stated that the ambulance was transporting a 58-year-old male patient from Archer City who had been stung by bees and was going into anaphylactic shock to United Regional Hospital. The ambulance had both lights and sirens on as it passed through the intersection, but an oncoming vehicle failed to stop and T-boned the ambulance, knocking it over on its side.
The driver and two paramedics in the ambulance suffered non-life threatening injuries, as did the driver of the other vehicle. The patient in the ambulance died before he could reach help. Investigators are working to determine if he died as a result of his injuries sustained in the crash, the bee stings, or a combination of both.
The Dallas Auto Accident Lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough would like to remind motorists that any emergency vehicle with its lights and sirens on has the right of way at all times. Be vigilant of these vehicles by checking your mirrors regularly and driving carefully at intersections. If you notice an emergency vehicle approaching, remember to pull over and let it pass.