Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions Asked of Our NC Wrongful Death and Personal Injury Lawyers
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 is Implanon?
Implanon is long-term birth control mechanism that consists of a small rod inserted under the skin of a woman's upper arm. It may remain implanted for up to four years. This device contains etonogestrel a steroidal progesteron secreted into the patient's body. Implanon is manufactured by Merck & Co.
This birth control device lacks a tracking or identifying mechanism in images studies and has the potential to be "lost" in the patient, requiring multiple procedures to remove the device.
What Injuries can Talc Powder cause?
The talc powder Shower-to-Shower, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, has been linked to ovarian cancer. Additional testing on women with ovarian cancer has shown residue of talc fibers in the ovary, suggesting that talcum can move through the vagina, uterus, fallopian tubes, and into the ovaries.
This product is marketed as an after-shower hygiene product to absorb moisture and reduce odor. It has been on the market for decades and has brought Johnson & Johnson great revenue.
Some of the symptoms of ovarian cancer are abnormal vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding, pain in abdomen or pelvis, frequent bloating, abdominal pressure, fullness or swelling, persistent fatigue, constipation or frequent urination, among others.
In May 2016 a jury awarded $55 Million to a woman that suffered from ovarian cancer as a result of the long-term use of this product. Johnson & Johnson has decided to challenge this decision.
What is Essure?
Essure is a permanent mechanism for birth control that is implanted in the patient's fallopian tubes. It consists of two metal coils and it is manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received over 5,000 reports about Essure and injuries caused by this device. Some of the reported injuries include autoimmune diseases, perforated organs and severe pelvic pain.
Cases against the manufacturer are currently pending in California and Pennsylvania.
What is Mirena?
Mirena is an hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) that serves as a long-term and reversible birth control mechanism. It is manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals. This device is implanted in the uterus of the patient and releases hormones directly to the uterus.
The device is highly effective at preventing pregnancy but may cause some serious injuries. Mirena may adhere to or perforate the uterine wall when migrating or moving from the implant site. Additionally, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received reports of neurological damage caused by the hormone used in Mirena including idiopathic intracranial hypertension or pseudotumor cerebri.
What is Invokana?
Invokana (canagliflozin) is an oral diabetes medication that helps control blood sugar levels. The drug is used together with diet and exercise to treat type 2 diabetes. This medication has been linked to a condition called ketoacidosis, a condition that can cause fatal swelling of the brain, severe dehydration and coma. It may also cause kidney failure and heart attacks.
In 2015 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a notice warning patients and medical providers about the risks of consuming the drug. In December 2015, the FDA ordered manufacturer to add warning regarding the risk of ketoacidosis and urinary tract infections to the drugs' labels.
What Injuries can Tylenol cause?
Tylenol (acetaminophen) is the most popular over-the-counter (OTC) pain relief medication in the United States. It is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson's subsidiary McNeill Laboratories. Studies have shown that Tylenol over-consumption may cause acute liver failure.
Unlike prescription acetaminophen, Tylenol is not subject to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) limitation of 325mg-per-dose. OTC Tylenol, including Extra Strength Tylenol tablets, contain more than the allowed dosage. Extra Strength Tylenol tablets contain 500mg each, and the directions instruct consumers to take 2 tables every 6 hours.
The FDA required a new warning to be added to the caps of bottles of Extra Strength Tylenol warning consumers that the drug contains acetaminophen and may cause liver failure. Over 200 cases are still pending resolution.
What are Fluoroquinolones?
Fluoroquinolones are a type of antibiotic used in the United States to treat infections. The most commonly used are Cipro, Levaquin and Avelox. These drugs have been linked to injuries such as peripheral neuropathy, nerve damage, aortic dissections, aneurysms and embolisms.
In May 2016 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a notice advising of the serious side effects associated with fluoroquinole antibacterial drugs. The FDA warned that the drugs should be reserved for those patients who do not have alternative treatment options.
What is Risperdal?
Risperdal is a drug manufactured by Johnson & Johnson's subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals. This drug is a powerful antipsychotic approved for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in both adults and adolescents, and autism spectrum disorder in children and adolescents. The medication may also be used to treat ADHD, anxiety, sleep disorders and depression.
This medication has been linked to gynecomastia, breast growth in males, condition that may require surgery to correct. The manufacturer may have marketed the use of this drug in youth before achieving appropriate approval.
In July 2016 a jury awarded $70 Million to a Tennessee teenager that suffered from gynecomastia after using Risperdal. This is the fifth case tried. The pharmaceutical company has stated that they intend to challenge the verdict.
What is Xarelto? What injuries can Xarelto cause?
Xarelto is a blood thinner medication manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals and distributed by Johnson and Johnson through a subsidiary, Janssen. Xarelto may cause serious bleeding incidents, such as gastrointestinal bleeds or brain bleeds. What makes Xarelto more dangerous than other similar products is that there is no available antidote to stop bleeds.
Over 10,000 claims filed by injured consumers are still pending resolution in a consolidated court proceeding in Louisiana. The first trial has been scheduled for March 2017.
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.