September 27, 2016

Fluoroquinolones: Serious Side Effects May Put You in Need of a Lawyer

Posted By: Ward Black Law

For years a class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones have been prescribed to patients suffering from infections such as:

  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Respiratory Tract Infections
  • And Other Similar Issues

However, these powerful antibiotics are now known to cause very serious side effects, like aortic aneurysms, which can result in hospitalization and even death.


April 29, 2016

Proceed With Caution: The Hidden Dangers of Acid Reducing Medications

Posted By: Ward Black Law

Disabled elderly woman visiting a dotcor for an x-rayWhile the term “proton pump inhibitors” may not ring a bell, chances are, you know someone using them. Doctors recommend and prescribe this line of drugs to everyone from babies to senior citizens for the treatment of acid-related disorders such as heartburn, reflux, stomach ulcers, and GERD. Some are available over the counter (Prilosec OTC, Prevacid 24HR, Zegerid OTC) and others require a prescription (Nexium, Dexilant, Vimovo). For many patients, the benefits outweigh the risks. Others have suffered grave consequences after taking these drugs without realizing their potential link to chronic kidney disease, as well as other side effects. Whether you know someone who was harmed by PPIs, are currently taking them yourself, or simply wondering what the headlines are all about, consider these five alarming truths about some of America’s best-selling drugs.


February 5, 2016

Injured By a Dangerous Drug? 5 Things You Need to Know

Posted By: Ward Black Law

Drugs are designed to treat dangerous conditions — not to introduce new complications. Unfortunately,thousands of people are injured by prescription drugs each year. In attempt to expedite sales, drug companies sometimes push products into the market before proper testing is complete. Other times, potential risks may be downplayed to further boost sales. If you have been injured by a drug and are wondering about your rights, here are five important things you need to know.


May 4, 2015

Is Your Diabetes Medicine Helping or Hurting? What You Need to Know About Actos

Posted By: Ward Black Law

 

Bladder Cancer from a Diabetes Medicine?

A survey conducted by the American Diabetes Association estimated that, in the U.S. alone, 25 million people have diabetes and 95 percent of those diagnosed have Type 2 diabetes. Actos, also known as pioglitazone hydrochloride, is considered one of the most effective treatment options for this disease. Released in 1999 by Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and Eli Lilly & Co., Actos works by increasing the body’s sensitivity to insulin. But while effective in treating the symptoms of diabetes, concerns have risen over the drug’s long-term safety.

The FDA issued a drug safety alert about Actos in 2011, warning that the use of the drug for more than one year could result in an increased risk of bladder cancer. Due to this risk, Actos was suspended in France by 2012. Canada’s drug safety agency also released a report that found patients taking Actos have more than two times the risk of bladder cancer than those who are not taking this potentially hazardous drug. An estimated 4,000 Actos lawsuits are active in the U.S.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals Co. has been accused of knowing that Actos could lead to bladder cancer before the drug’s release and for not disclosing this information on its packaging. Revised drug labels now indicate that the use of Actos for over one year does in fact raise the patient’s likelihood of developing bladder cancer.

Am I eligible for compensation from my use of Actos?

If you have bladder cancer and used Actos, contact an attorney experienced in drug claims to see if you might be eligible for recovery of lost wages, medical bills, and other losses. There are time limits on most claims for injury and they vary by state, so don’t delay if you have already been diagnosed with bladder cancer.

Some other serious side effects of Actos include tooth and limb pain, congestive heart failure, low blood sugar or hypoglycemia, urinary tract infection, dizziness, and allergic reactions such as skin rashes or hives. For a more in-depth list of Actos side effects, click here.

Don’t Wait – Call Today!

With 20 years of experience helping North Carolina residents pursue claims, Ward Black Law understands the complexities of medical litigation and can provide sound advice with your full recovery in mind. Whether you live in N.C. or across the country, our dedicated team can help you understand your rights. Call us toll free at 877-256-1214 or contact us today.

 


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January 26, 2015

Benzene Exposure in North Carolina: The Shocking Truth

Posted By: Ward Black Law

Though benzene is one of the top 20 chemicals produced in our country, it is not often heard of or discussed. What most people do not realize is that this common chemical solvent has been linked to blood cancers such as leukemia and other devastating health effects. After being exposed to benzene at workplaces in North Carolina and across the country, people want to take action for the dangers they unknowingly faced. At Ward Black Law, we come alongside these individuals, serving as a powerful voice for their rights.


November 14, 2014

Defective Hip Implant? What the Stryker Settlement Means For You

Posted By: Ward Black Law

An estimated 300,000 people undergo hip replacement surgery annually. If you are among this population, you likely know that some major implant systems have been recalled over recent years. In 2012, Stryker Orthopaedics recalled their Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems after the products suffered a very high failure rate. Due to metal-on-metal corrosion, patients can experience swelling, pain, tissue damage, metal poisoning, bone deterioration and other devastating health issues. The Stryker company stopped sales and production immediately, but – for many patients – it was too late, and costly revision surgery was the only option.


August 29, 2014

Dangerous Medical Devices: Everything You Need to Know About the Power Morcellator

Posted By: Ward Black Law

Many women are familiar with the power morcellator, a surgical tool that was developed for hysterectomies and other uterine surgeries. When dangerous or cancerous tissue was found, doctors would use the morcellator to remove harmful tissue, uterine fibroids or other unwanted growths. This was an attractive tool for women needing a hysterectomy. The laparoscopic approach allowed doctors to cut the tissue into tiny pieces, then remove it quickly using suction. It was a minimally invasive technique that provided for a faster recovery, minimal scarring and a reduced risk of infection. But unfortunately, the unknown risks outweighed the rewards.

A Risk Not Worth Taking

It has been noted that 1 in 370 women who require these types of surgeries have a dangerous condition such as uterine sarcoma or leiomyosarcoma. Some may even have undetected cancerous tissue. For many patients, the morcellation procedure left harmful tissue behind. In more severe cases, cancerous tissue was loosened, causing it to spread rapidly to other regions of the body.

A Warning for Women

After many cases of aggressive cancer began to surface in morcellator patients, the FDA was prompted to investigate. Their findings were alarming, especially for women with uterine sarcoma. The official warning stated, “If laparoscopic power morcellation is performed in women with unsuspected uterine sarcoma, there is a risk that the procedure will spread the cancerous tissue within the abdomen and pelvis, significantly worsening the patient’s likelihood of long-term survival.”

Shortly after this investigation began, Johnson & Johnson, the nation’s largest morcellator manufacturer, recalled the device. [April, 2014]

A Powerful Voice for Morcellation Victims

If you have been harmed by a morcellation procedure, our defective medical device attorneys may be able to help you recover compensation for injury and medical bills. Ward Black Law has extensive experience in this practice area, and approaches each case with compassion. Our office is located in Greensboro, but we are reviewing potential lawsuits for women across the country. If you or a loved one has been harmed, contact us for a free case review. Call toll-free at 1-800-531-9191 or email us for more information.


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August 11, 2014

Recalled Hip Implant: Who do I trust for legal advice?

Posted By: Ward Black Law

Ward Black Law - Hip Implant RecallThe attorneys at Ward Black Law are representing an increasing number of individuals with recalled hip implants, especially the DePuy ASR® hip. Two products from DePuy Orthopaedics, the ASR XL Acetabular Hip Replacement and ASR Hip Resurfacing System, have caused a great deal of pain and suffering. Are you or a loved one among this population? If so, you have probably sought out your doctor’s opinion on pain management and revision surgery. While it is important to understand your options for medical treatment, it is equally valuable to know your legal rights. Doctors are qualified to address your physical needs, but only a dangerous products attorney should provide information on your rights to a lawsuit. Additionally, an attorney can discuss any compensation you deserve for lost wages, pain, suffering and expensive medical treatment.

If you are among the thousands suffering with a hip implant manufactured by DePuy®, Wright Medical®, Stryker Rejuvenate®, Biomet® or Zimmer Kinectiv®, it is crucial that you seek qualified legal assistance as soon as possible. The attorneys at Ward Black Law are experienced in this practice area and eager to share more about your rights. Here is some of what you need to know:


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