September 19, 2019

Juul and the Vaping Health Crisis

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

TIME just released an article addressing the vaping epidemic in young adults, driven predominantly by the e-cigarette company, Juul.

Juul created and marketed the e-cigarettes to attract the teenage population while misrepresenting the dangers of their products.  Now many are suffering physically as a result of vaping.

Read more of the article by TIME.

If you know a young adult that has physically suffered from the use of vaping products, we want to help. Call or text us to get your questions answered at no charge.

Photographs by Jamie Chung for TIME

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May 21, 2019

Monsanto hit with $2 billion judgment

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

A California jury recently awarded $2 billion to a husband and wife who were both diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.  The couple had used Monsanto’s Roundup® herbicide on residential properties since the company began selling it in the 1970’s.  The plaintiff legal team explained they were suing not because the product allegedly causes cancer, but that Monsanto failed to tell people it causes cancer.

Read more here:  Monsanto parent company Bayer faces thousands of Roundup-cancer cases after $2 billion verdict

Could you be at risk for developing cancer due to Roundup® exposure?   Learn More

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.

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