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Can I Hire a Mobile, AL Attorney If Hurt by a Drug or Medical Device?

To get fair compensation, you should consider getting representation if you or a loved one suffered harmful side effects from a prescription or over-the-counter drug or from a defective medical device. The big pharmaceutical companies typically have teams of attorneys looking out for their interests. They fight claims against them or may try to make a quick low-ball offer to make the case go away.

Dangerous pharmaceutical products and medical devices pose a real threat to consumers. A number of drugs and medical devices brought to market have been recalled or taken off the shelf in recent years due to safety concerns. When any drug or medical device leads to injury or illness, pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers need to be held responsible.

“What drugs and medical devices could lead to injuries?”

If you think you’ve been harmed by a drug or medical device, contact us for a free case evaluation. At Braswell Murphy, we have a background in medical cases and regularly consult with experts. We’ll review your medical records and determine the best legal strategy for your case.

Here are some of the drugs and medical devices we are currently reviewing:

Actos®

This drug was designed to help people with diabetes (Type 2). Actos® has been under FDA review since September 2010. We are reviewing claims of people who have used Actos and related drugs and have developed bladder cancer.

Antidepressants

Your doctor might have prescribed an antidepressant to treat depression while you were pregnant. If your baby was born with a heart-related birth defect, you may be entitled to compensation. Women who took SSRI-antidepressants during the first three months of pregnancy may have given birth to babies with birth defects. Paxil® is one such antidepressant linked to heart defects and a condition known as persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN), among other dangerous side effects.

GranuFlo® and NaturaLyte®

These products are used during dialysis treatment and were the subject of an FDA Class 1 recall in 2012. Studies have linked the use of these products to heart attacks and strokes.

Lipitor®

Part of the statin class of drugs used to lower cholesterol, this drug may lead to the development of Type 2 diabetes.  If you are a woman who developed diabetes after taking Lipitor, talk to Braswell Murphy.

Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements

The FDA ordered a review of all metal-on-metal hip implants after a surge of patient complaints. Problems reported include hip pain, hip swelling and trouble walking well after hip replacement surgery. We are reviewing all types of hip devices that used metal on metal.

Mirena® IUD

If you or a loved one used this FDA-approved intrauterine device and developed adverse side effects, we may be able to help. Initially used as an IUD contraceptive, the Mirena device later was approved to treat menstrual bleeding that was heavier than normal. Complications included perforation of internal organs and other problems.

Power Morcellator

A power morcellator is a medical device used during surgeries to treat uterine fibroids or removing the uterus (hysterectomy). Studies have shown that use of this device may cause the spread of cancer. The FDA has issued a safety alert asking doctors not to use the device during procedures involving the removal of the uterus or fibroids.

Risperdal®

Some people diagnosed with schizophrenia or who have other conditions linked to bipolar disorder have been given this antipsychotic medication. Some boys or young men who have used Risperdal® have grown breasts, a condition known as gynecomastia.

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a very serious reaction, can be caused by a response to certain drugs or from becoming infected. Signs of Stevens-Johnson syndrome are flu-like symptoms followed by a very painful rash that spreads, blisters and then causes skin to peel off. One form of SJS is toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN). Certain NSAIDS (non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs) have been linked to Stevens-Johnson syndrome.

Talcum Powder

Talcum powder products include Johnston and Johnson’s Shower to Shower and Baby Powder. Some studies have shown that use of these products in the genital area can increase the risk of ovarian cancer. One jury has found that Johnson and Johnson has known about these risks for years but failed to warn consumers.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) products are associated with a higher chance of heart attack, stroke and death. The product is used by men seeking higher testosterone levels.

Transvaginal Mesh

Many women who used the transvaginal mesh suffered injuries as a result of this poorly designed product used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence. Complications were reported (including erosion of the mesh and perforation of internal organs) after the mesh was implanted. For many women, this meant they had to have surgeries to remove the device.

Viagra®

Side effects potentially linked to this popular erectile dysfunction drug include the onsite of melanoma, a skin cancer that can be fatal. One early study finds that mean have a significantly greater risk of developing melanoma compared to men who did not use the drug.

Xarelto®

Lawsuits involving the blood thinner Xarelto® have been consolidated in an MDL in the Eastern District of Louisiana. Xarelto® has been linked to side effects such as internal bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, brain bleed and death.

Zimmer NexGen Knee Replacements

Some people who have received these implants have experienced man adverse side effects linked to the different parts of the knee replacement system. In some cases, parts have become loose and recipients have needed further surgery. There have been reports of pain among knee implant patients as well as swelling.

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