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 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 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 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.  

     

  • 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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  • Are class action lawsuits a good thing?

    Class action litigation is one of the most widely talked about topics in the law.  The power of class action lawsuits allow ordinary people to stand up and challenge the largest companies in the world.  They have forced industries to clean up widespread pollution, recall dangerous products, and return billions of dollars illegally taken from the public.

  • What can a lawyer do for me?

    A large number of attorneys and personal injury lawyers have launched an investigation into hip replacement products. The power of class action lawsuits allows ordinary people to stand up and challenge the largest companies in the world. They have forced industries to clean up widespread pollution, recall dangerous products, and return billions of dollars illegally taken from the public.