Friday, March 18, 2011

The Sixth Biggest Killer in America

What is the sixth biggest killer in America? Car wrecks? Cancer? Heart attacks? No, it's medical errors...

Preventable medical errors kill and seriously injure hundreds of thousands of Americans every year. Any discussion of medical negligence that does not involve preventable medical errors ignores this fundamental problem. And while some interested parties would prefer to focus on doctors’ insurance premiums, health care costs, or alternative compensation systems—anything other than the negligence itself—reducing medical errors is the best way to address all the related problems. Preventing medical errors will lower health care costs, reduce doctors’ insurance premiums, and protect the health and well-being of patients.


Justice.org has the full story.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Zimmer NexGen Defective Knee Replacements

Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex Porous Femoral components and Zimmer NexGen LPS-Flex artificial knee replacements have been associated with high incidences of significant pain and loosening of the replacement knee, leading to the failure of the knee replacement, revision knee surgery or other knee surgery complications.

In March 2010, data was presented by a group of prominent knee surgeons indicating nearly 9% of patients examined after two years required revision knee surgery and 36% showed signs of loosening of the cement-less CR Flex artificial knee. These failure rates are higher than expected and are believed to be due to design defects. Based on the high number of calls we have received, we believe other models of the Zimmer NexGen artificial knee may also be defective and will ultimately be recalled.

On July 29, 2010 Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) issued a letter to Zimmer Holdings regarding problems with certain models of the Zimmer NexGen knee replacement system, indicating that the Senate Finance Committee was investigating the product’s safety.

  • Replacement
  • Fracture
  • Loosening Popping
  • Infection
  • Pain

A study published in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Conference in March, 2010 documented the high failure rate of the high flex (CR Flex) total knee design, and studies as early as 2007 have discussed the high incidence of loosening of the NexGen LPS Flex knee replacement system.

If you or someone close to you has had a revision of a Zimmer NexGen CR Flex or LPS Flex knee replacement, or if you are currently experiencing pain or loosening of these knee replacement systems or components, call the personal injury attorneys at Thomas & Wan for a free consultation and case review.

FDA: Multaq and Liver Failure

According to an FDA Safety Announcement, the potential side effects of Multaq, a prescription drug used to treat abnormal heart rhythm, may be linked to an increased risk of acute liver failure or other liver problems.

See the FDA WARNING: Severe Liver Injury with Multaq

Multaq (dronedaron) is a new medication that was just approved in July 2009. It is used to treat patients who have had an abnormal heart rhythm during the past six months, such as atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter. Although it has only been on the market for a short period of time, nearly 150,000 people in the United States filled a prescription for the heart drug as of October 2010.

The FDA has received a number of reports of heptocellular liver injury and hepatic failure among users of Multaq, including at least two cases of acute liver failure from Multaq that resulted in the need for a liver transplant.

The two cases of Multaq liver failure occurred within the first six months of use (4.5 months and 6 months). The patients were both females approximately 70 years old with previously normal hepatic serum enzymes.

Liver problems are very serious and potentially fatal. Individuals who are taking Multaq should be aware of the potential signs and symptoms of Liver problems that may be related to the use of the drug. Potential signs Multaq liver problems include:

Nausea
Fatigue
Fever
Vomiting
Jaundice
Dark urine
Itching
Anorexia
Right upper quadrant pain
Malaise

New warnings and information will be added to the label about the potential risk of a Multaq liver injury, and the FDA is continuing to review reports of other Multaq problems submitted through their Adverse Event Reporting System. Patients taking Multaq have been advised to speak with their doctor about any concerns about Multaq side effects, but the medication should not be stopped unless under a doctor’s direction.

We are currently reviewing cases of liver failure from Multaq use. Please call us immediately at 713-529-1177 or fill out the form to be contacted for FREE advice on your legal rights.

Tort Reform Hurts The Most Injured

A sad and chilling example of why tort reform hurts those that are the most injured. Seriously, any refinery worker in Texas needs to know that they really have no recourse if they are burned, maimed, killed, etc. by the negligence of the refinery. Because of tort reform, we have to turn these potential clients away all the time. People seem to have a mistaken belief that you can sue when you are injured by the negligence of others--well, thanks to "tort reformers," you really can't do that in Texas. Sad, but true.

Next time you are injured from negligence, don't call a lawyer, call Rick Perry and your Congressman/woman and tell them that insurance and corporate greed is literally killing good, decent workers.