The Attorneys at Egerton Law Answer Their Clients’ Most Frequently Asked Questions

Many of our North Carolina clients and prospective clients have similar questions. We provide helpful information by answering these common FAQs about personal injury accidents, workers' compensation claims, and Social Security Disability claims. If you have any questions about your case, call 1-800-800-4LAW to speak directly with an experienced NC injury lawyer.

 

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  • What are Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)?

    Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are a class of drug used to treat heartburt, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and gastric ulcers.  Some PPIs commonly known are Nexium, Prilosec, Dexilant, Protonix, Aciphex and Prevacid. Recent studies have liked long-term use of PPI medication to cause severe kidney damage. Other side effects include heart attacks, bone fracture and dementia.

    Recent evidence shows that certain PPI manufacturers may have been aware of these major risks but failed to disclose them to physicians and other medical providers, or the consumers.  

     

  • What is Yaz/Yasmin/Ocella? How can I be injured?

    Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella are common birth control pills manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals.  

    These drugs have been shown to increase risks for blood clots, leading to pulmonary embolisms, stroke, and even death. Bayer advertised these pills exaggerating their use and benefits, and downplaying their side effects and risks. The lack of research before marketing the pills and the delayed reaction to address reports of complications caused additional injuries to its users.  

    According to Bayer, as of March 2014, it had settled 8,250 cases for approximately $1.7 billion.  Currently more cases are pending resolution in courts nationwide.

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  • What is Taxotere?

    Taxotere is a chemotherapy drug often used to treat breast cancer patients. Unlike other chemotherapy drugs, Taxotere has been linked to permanent hair loss.  While hair loss is often expected by those undergoing treatment for cancer, it is usually a temporary condition with hair growth resuming when treatment ends.  However, Taxotere's effects have persisted for years in some cases, leading to lawsuits filed by individuals who were not properly warned of the risk of permanent hair loss. 

     

  • Will Hiring a Lawyer Cost Me Anything up Front?

    No. If you hire Egerton Law to represent you in your claim against Volkswagen, there will be no upfront fees or costs.  The payment for the legal services to be provided will be a contingency fee constituting a percentage of any recovery obtained on your behalf. For additional information about our fees contact us.

  • Do you charge for a consultation?

    No.  Egerton Law does not charge a fee for an initial consultation.  One of our experienced attorneys may speak with you about your options and the best way to proceed in your case.  the best way to schedule your consultation is by:

    Calling our office: 800-800-4LAW(4259)

    Emailing us:  [email protected]

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  • How can Egerton Law Help You?

    At Egerton Law, we believe that the class action settlement undervalued each claim. The consumers have other legal resources available through which they may be able to obtain additional compensation, such as punitive damages.  Punitive damages have the purpose of deterring future wrongdoing and can be claimed in cases that involve fraudulent conduct, such as Volkswagen's.

    Our office is currently pursuing individual cases for our clients that decided to opt-out of the Class Action and pursue their claims for damages in State Court.  For these cases a claim for punitive damages has been included.  North Carolina law provides for punitive damages, up to $250,000. The cases are being pursued in Virginia, home state of Volkswagen, to prevent Volkswagen from removing the cases to federal court.

  • What should I expect if I own a 3.0 liter diesel vehicle?

    A class agreement has been proposed to settle the claims against Volkswagen regarding the 2.0 liter diesel vehicles affected by the emission scandal.  No such agreement has been proposed for the 3.0 liter vehicles and it was informed that negotiations for these cars, in the class settlement, had not begun. Our office is taking cases for qualifying 3.0 liter vehicle owners.

  • What should I expect if I own a 2.0 liter diesel vehicle?

    On October 25, 2016 a Federal Judge gave final approval to the class action settlement for the 2.0 Liter diesel vehicles. The settlement offers class members two options, sell back the vehicle to Volkswagen or wait for a "fix" to be available and choose to "modify" their vehicle to make them compliant with the law.  At this time a "fix" has not been approved by the government and is not available to the consumers.  For more information about the proposed class settlement visit www.vwcourtsettlement.com/en/

    If you opted-out of the class you may pursue an individual claim in state court. Our firm currently represents 2.0 Liter diesel owners that opted out and are seeking compensation from Volkswagen, including punitive damages. For more information contact us.

  • Can I keep my vehicle and continue to drive it?

    Yes. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said that you can. The state of North Carolina has not issued a restriction regarding driving these vehicles or has made any changes to the inspection and annual renewal of the vehicle's registration process.  At this time, it is unlikely that you will be required to stop driving your car.

  • Is my vehicle affected?

    Over 480,000 2.0 liter 4-cylinder diesel vehicles are affected by the emissions issue:

    VW Jetta TDI (Model Years 2009-2015)

    VW Jetta SportwagenTDI (Model Years 2009-2014)

    VW Golf TDI (Model Years 2010-2015)

    VW Golf SportWagen (Model Year 2015)

    VW Beetle TDI and VW Beetle Convertible TDI (Model Years 2012-2015)

    VW Passat TDI (Model Years 2012-2015)

    Audi A3 TDI (Model Years 2010-2015)

     

    Approximately 200,000 3.0 liter V6 engine vehicles were affected by the emissions issue:

    VW Touareg (Model Years 2009-2016)

    Porsche Cayenne (Model Years 2013-2016)

    Audi A6 Quattro (Model Years 2014-2016)

    Audi A7 Quattro (Model Years 2014-2016)

    Audi A8 (Model Years 2014-2016)

    Audi A8L (Model Years 2014-2016)

    Audi Q5 (Model Years 2014-2016)

    Audi Q7 (Model Years 2009-2016)