What is Xarelto and What Are Its Side Effects?

Jun 25

Xarelto, which is also known as rivaroxaban (its most active ingredient), is a popular anticoagulant drug that is usually taken orally, if possible. It is more commonly used by patients who had just undergone knee or hip replacement surgery, as a preventative measure against deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved this drug back in 2011; its sales worldwide currently amount to around $1 billion.

There has, however, been significant evidence coming from numerous studies and complaints that have linked the consumption of Xarelto with possibly life threatening side effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding and brain hemorrhaging. Situations like this demand legal representation and recompense for the victims for the medical procedures required for recovery as well as lost wages and compensation for the trauma experienced after the event.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher, patients who had taken Xarelto in West Virginia have claimed that the manufacturers of the anticoagulant – Bayer and Janssen – had intentionally concealed knowledge of these side effects, despite knowing their consequences. This is supported by the information provided through a lawsuit filed in a federal court in Charleston when a woman filed a legal lawsuit against the drug, saying that taking Xarelto was the cause of her gastrointestinal bleeding and that the manufacturers were aware of the increased chances of this happening but offered no warning to its possible patients.

Several other sources have claimed that there are no treatments against the side effects of Xarelto, in contrast to other anticoagulants that have a protocol should side effects take place, and are continuously fighting for their right to receive due justice.

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Complexities of Personal Injury Cases

Mar 22

There may be a lot of things that you may not know about personal injury. After all, a lot of the cases that people tend to know come from blog posts or quick ninety second beats on a news program. Maybe there’s a bit of initial outrage or maybe some contented sighing, thanking whoever you want to thank that it isn’t you. But that’s the thing – a lot of people never think it can happen to them until it does. And when it does, they are often completely in the dark about what to do next.

Did you know that, in a recent study, 25% of adults in Massachusetts alone have been victims of medical malpractice but only half of that percentage has actually done something about it? It has been noted by experts in the field of medical malpractice and personal injury in general that incidents like this happen more often than people could hope – and every one out of three medical malpractice cases are fatal. These are not the only complications that can surround a case.

For example, if the personal injury case that surrounds you is one involving a motor vehicle – then there is the investigation that must then take forward. To whom does the fault rest? Was it due to another driver due to drug or alcohol influence, or simple reckless behavior or actual malicious intent? Was it because of an eighteen wheeler truck – as truck accidents involve a lot more limitations and rules than your average car accident? Was the rollover accident due to some fault in the manufacturing?

The complexities do not stop there as personal injury cases often resist simplicity. Birth injuries, nursing home abuse, construction site accidents – all of these things are filed under this branch of the law and it does not stop there. That is why it is so important that, should you or someone you know find themselves in a situation involving personal injury, the affected party contact professional, legal assistance immediately.

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Risperdal: From Inner Demons to Deadly Diseases

Feb 18

Living with a mental condition can be one of the most demanding tasks anyone would have to face. When people talk of inner demons, this is often metaphorical, whereas these demons have actual, proper forms and can even mentally paralyze sufferers of medical conditions. Schizophrenia is one such mental disorder that allows for this to happen, making the person with symptoms of this disease as delusional and often not capable of doling out ordinary day to day activities or even just simply take care of themselves.

This is why it is incredibly important for manufacturers to ensure that medicine that is allocated for people with this disease is as safe from harmful side effects as possible. The website of Williams Kherkher says that there are some cases of people who have taken Risperdal, a drug popularly known to treat patients with symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or autism, who have shown incredibly tragic side effects.

Some young adolescent males who have taken the drug have reportedly developed gynecomastia, then suddenly bearing the biological appearance of a woman due to the imbalanced estrogen levels. People who suffer from mental disorders have a fragile enough mental state that such a physical chance could topple their balance with stability and further damage their state of mind. Not to mention that there are also other life-threatening diseases that have been linked with consumption of this drug, such as: cardiac arrest, diabetes, bone loss, pituitary tumors, et cetera.

In cases such as this, it is best left to specialized professionals who have sufficient knowledge with pharmaceutical medicines, the procedures involved in order to treat the given side effects, as well as the victim’s medical records in order to be able to justly represent the victim in a court of all – given all of that as well as expert knowledge of this branch of the law. As the victim of a defective drug, the only thing you need worry about following such a scarring event is try to recover and heal as best possible while allowing legal experts to fight for the justice and compensation that is rightfully due you for this great breach of trust done upon your person.

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Mechanical Defects and Motorcycle Accidents

Jan 10

There are many instances where the cause of serious motorcycle accidents baffles the casual onlooker. The weather is fine, the road smooth, there are no dangerous obstructions or blockages, and no other vehicle involved. In such cases, mechanical defect may have been the culprit.

When a car breaks down due to a mechanical defect, in many cases the driver simply suffers a ton of inconvenience and lets loose a lot of curses before calling a towing service. When a motorcycle breaks down, the only thing that is let loose is the operator.

Motorcycles are very unstable and unsafe vehicles to operate if they are even slightly defective. There are many moving parts in a motorcycle, and when even one gives way at high speeds it can lead to what car accident lawyers describe as “devastating injuries that affect a motorcyclist physically, emotionally, and financially.” A loose nut, a defective tire, or a slipped chain; one of these is all it takes for an accident to occur. When a motorcycle part is defective, the operator does not often get advanced warning which may have prevented the accident.

The mechanical defect may be due to human error, such as the incorrect installation of a part or the failure to tighten all screws. It could be a manufacturing defect, in which a part fails unexpectedly or causes other parts to fail. It could also be due to a supplier’s negligence for knowingly selling a defective part such as tires. In any of these cases, the motorcycle operator is not at fault and may justifiably bring civil action against the service company, manufacturer, supplier, or all three depending on the circumstances. On the other hand, the mechanical defect of another vehicle that causes a motorcycle accident may also be the cause. In which case, the other driver may be absolved of liability and both parties may sue the appropriate parties for compensation.

Cases involving mechanical defects are often complex and require the testimony of expert witnesses to explain it in terms a jury will understand. A mechanical defects lawyer in your area will have the resources to put together a viable personal injury case for victims of motorcycle accidents.

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Reasons for Medical Lawsuits

Nov 18

Medical errors has long been known to be one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in the United States, with reports from 1999 (To Err is Human, Institute of Medicine) revealing a serious problem and sprung changes in policy and health care. However even today, the percentage of patients who die from medical malpractice or medical errors have increased to as many as four times, with medical errors being the third leading cause of death in the US following cancer and heart disease. It is believed that IOM had very limited detailed information in estimating the magnitude of medical errors in hospitals.

According to the website of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, medical errors can take place in many forms: leftover sponge inside the patient’s body after surgery, wrong medication or dosage given to the patient, unclean medical tools of equipment that caused infection or contamination, or doctor errors. Presently, these types of errors are already causing 1,000 deaths a day in America. Despite these facts, hospital industry leader say it may be very difficult to lower the number, mainly because of the complexity of hospitals and the already very sick patients that go there.

It may even be more discouraging to know that aside from these medical errors being completely preventable, the expenses for the additional health complications that they cause are paid by the patients themselves. Law firm Williams Kherkher explains on its website that patients do have a right to file for a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital employee who caused the injury as long as the injury or death is directly caused by the medical errors and that there is evidence to prove the claim, but these types of cases often require strong evidence and testimonies. Likewise, there’s also a cap on the amount of compensation that the patient can receive. Such is the case with Risperdal lawsuits, where patients developed severe side effects such as heart attacks, tardive dyskinesia, and gynecomastia due to it being used for unapproved illnesses. Experts believe that the only way to prevent such medical errors from causing preventable death is by strictly ensuring the hospital compliance to rules and to have fully functioning health care systems.

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Qualifying for Social Security after a Debilitating Injury

Nov 13

If a car accident has left you with personal injuries serious enough to prevent you from going back to work, you may have a chance to qualify for a Social Security Disability (SSD) benefit. There are many qualifications that you need to know and pass in order to receive SSD benefits. Talking with a lawyer can help you understand what these requirements are and how you can apply for such benefits. They can also help determine whether you qualify or not, as well as guide you through the long and arduous process of claiming these benefits.

One such instance where a car accident injury can qualify for SSD benefits is suffering from bone fractures. Although most bone fractures heal without causing permanent or lasting injuries, there are some can cause complications that can prevent you from going to work. There are two ways that can make your bone fracture injury qualify for a SSD benefit: 1) prove that the injury does meet or equal the specifications detailed in the listing of the Social Security book, or 2) if your do not equal or meet the listing, you can show proof that the injury is severe enough to render you unable to work.

According to the website of the Hankey Law Office, PC, the disability must not only prevent you from performing your former occupation, but it also has to limit you from performing other types of occupation you have done in the past and could possibly perform in the future. Additionally, although the disability is not necessarily permanent, to be able to qualify the injury should be severe enough to prevent you from working in the next twelve months or less. It might be helpful to talk with your doctor to determine when you could return for work, or the status and severity of your injury. Additionally, make sure to add information regarding the tasks or duties that come with your work in order to help prove how the injury can affect your employment. Lastly, discus with your Houston personal injury lawyer or Social Security lawyer about your medical and work history so that they can be considered and checked how they would affect your disability application.

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