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Types of Cases Currently Represented
The nationwide pharmaceutical drug litigation team at Restaino Law has an established reputation for being among the leaders in the field of pharmaceutical liability. The firm's trial attorneys represent clients in legal action involving a wide variety of different types of dangerous prescription medications, as well as claims based on injuries caused by defective medical devices. Currently, the firm is working on a number of different claims that involve plaintiffs located throughout the United States, including cases of contamination. Some examples of the cases they are now handling include:
Antidepressant drugs have now become the second-most widely prescribed drug in the U.S. In recent years, there has been great controversy regarding side effects that include increased suicidal thoughts among children and young adults who are given this type of medication. More recently, an alarm has been raised concerning the possibility that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) including Paxil, Zoloft and Prozac may cause birth defects such as heart problems and spina bifida, among others.
Another drug that has been found to be associated with birth defects is Topamax, a medication that is used to treat migraines and epilepsy. Babies born to women who have been taking Topamax have been found to be more at risk of having a cleft lip or cleft palate. In fact, the rate of oral cleft defects is estimated at 16 times greater among babies who have been exposed to Topamax in utero.
Diabetes Medications and Pancretic Cancer
The diabetes drugs Byetta, Januvia, Victoza and several others collectively known as 'the Incretins', have been linked with the development of pancreatic cancer. In addition, Byetta and Victoza have been linked with thyroid cancer. A study performed by researchers out of UCLA found nearly a three-fold increased risk of cancer in users of Byetta and Januvia.
Hip Replacement Implants
In 2008, Zimmer Holdings, Inc. recalled its Durom Cup hip replacement after receiving multiple reports that the device was prone to failure that would require surgery for replacement of the device. Subsequently, the manufacturer set up a $69-million compensation fund that pays on claims that can meet certain strict eligibility requirements. Two years later, the DePuy ASR hip replacement was recalled for similar reasons. While it has not been recalled, the DePuy Pinnacle device has been reported to cause pain and to fail in some cases, and it may be possible to pursue legal action over an injury involving this device.
The intrauterine birth control device marketed as Mirena works by releasing hormones into the woman's body for up to five years following insertion. In some women, the device has caused serious and debilitating side effects such as pelvic inflammatory disease. It has also caused infertility in some cases, in addition to major injuries including perforation of the uterus. Another birth control method that has gained notoriety is Yaz, an oral contraceptive that has received negative attention in the news for a number of reasons, including deceptive marketing on the part of manufacturer Bayer, as well as potentially fatal side effects.
Lipitor is among the most widely used prescription drugs in the United States, and countless Americans use the medication to manage their cholesterol. It has, unfortunately, been found to be linked with an increased risk of diabetes. Furthermore, users may suffer from side effects ranging from liver problems and chest pains, to stomach ulcers, pancreatitis, urinary tract infection, and kidney stones.
The anticoagulant drug Pradaxa has recently become the focus of investigations concerning links between its use and incidence of gastrointestinal hemorrhage, a potentially fatal condition. This drug is also recognized as increasing the risk of heart attack among patients.
Transvaginal mesh, also known as a transvaginal sling, is a device that is used to support the pelvic floor in women who suffer from pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence. The danger associated with this device has to do with the fact that the mesh is liable to erode into the surrounding tissue and may potentially fail, thereby causing a repeat prolapse incident and requiring additional surgery.
Most commonly known as an artificial butter-flavored popcorn seasoning, diacetyl has been demonstrated to be hazardous to the health of people who work in facilities where food is produced using the substance when heated. In addition to factory workers, consumers have now also been proven to suffer from exposure to this substance under certain circumstances. In 2012, a Denver man succeeded in recovering a multi-million-dollar award of damages after he was diagnosed with "popcorn lung," otherwise known as bronchiolitis obliterans.
Cold Water Creek Groundwater Contamination
Several lawsuits have recently been filed on behalf of people living and working in the St. Louis metro area who claim to have suffered from exposure to radiation. The radiation is associated with former nuclear power sites and locations where nuclear weapons waste was being stockpiled.
The Restaino Law Firm is investigating an relationship between the use of cell phones for more than ten years and the development of an agreesive form of brain cancer known as a glioblastoma.
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While the above list provides examples of the many different types of tort claims that the firm handles, it does not represent the entire spectrum of cases that the firm can handle. If you believe that you may have grounds to file a lawsuit against a prescription drug company or medical device manufacturer, contact the firm now for an initial consultation to discuss the matter and to learn how much your claim may be worth in a settlement or jury verdict. Restaino Law may be able to help you secure justice for yourself, your family, and potentially other victims as well.