When you go an a cruise you are expecting fun, relaxation and a well planned vacation. You have put your trust in the cruise ship company to protect you while on board. However, Cruise ship accidents and injuries do happen. If you or a Loved one is injured on a cruise ship that embarked for a Florida port you may have Florida venue for an individual or class action lawsuit. Common cruies ship injuroes include:
Slip and Fall Injuries may occur
Slip and fall injuries are incredibly common aboard cruise ships. Falls may not seem to be a cause of serious injury, but the extent of your injuries may not become clear until several days after the initial fall. Internal injuries or head injuries may not be apparently right away. The decks may become slippery and the movement of the ship can cause loss of balance.
It is the cruise ship's obligation to maintain safe conditions aboard the ship for it's passengers. If you’ve fallen on a cruise ship and sustained injuries due to someone else’s negligence, contact one of our admiralty lawyers to see if you have a claim. A Plaintiff slipped on a staircase aboard the REGAL
EMPRESS on the night of October 8, 1993 and fractured her left patella.
She was evacuated from the ship.
Food-related Illnesses and food poisoning
Cruise ships often feature elaborate dinners and buffets.Cruise ships serve thousands of passengers everyday, so there is a greater chance that the food-related illness will affect a large number of people. There can be bacteria that causes severe reactions. Unfortunately, on a confined cruise ship where everyone is eating the same thing, a bout of food poisoning can often effect a large number of passengers. In June 2000 there was an outbreak on the Disney Magic that caused over 260 people to develop gastroenteritis. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the government agency responsible for investigating outbreaks of diarrhea on cruise ships. The CDC traced the illness to shrimp that was served on the embarkation lunch buffet. The CDC found "a variety of bacterial and parasitic pathogens" in stool samples of passengers who ate the shrimp.
Fires aboard a cruise ship can occur for a variety of reasons. If a fire occurs aboard your cruise ship, you may have to abandon the ship for a life raft. Typically, fires are caused by someone’s negligent behavior near an open flame. Explosions may also cause a fire, leading to the injury of many passengers. The Bahamas Celebration Cruieline was turned back in port after a fire on board forced the cruise liner to return to its home port in Riviera Beach.
According to reports, assaults aboard cruise ships have become a growing problem. The assault may be physical or sexual in nature, but in either case it is the responsibility of the cruise ship owner to ensure that all passengers are protected from assault. If you’ve been assaulted aboard a cruise ship, report it to the proper authorities immediately and then contact an attorney to learn more about your legal options. Assaults include: sexual assaults, crew on crew, crew on passenger, and are all the responsibility of the cruise company to guard against.
More About Miami Cruies ship Injuries
Miami is called the Cruise Ship Capital of the World.
Most of the major cruise lines are based in South Florida. Azimara, Carnival, Celebrity, Costa, MSC Cruises, Norwegian, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn, SeaDream, Silversea, and Star Clippers all call Miami or Fort Lauderdale their headquarters.
And if you are injured on one of these cruise ships anywhere in the world, the cruise lines passengers can nake a claim in South Florida.
Contact our maritime lawyers today.
If you are a Victim of date rape or any rape and are injured due to negligence , a personal injury lawyer may be able to sue on your behalf and collect monetary reward for pain and suffering and injuries. The following information is provided as a resource by Injury Lawyer Network.
A Personal Injury lawyer is a civil attorney. Unlike the criminal justice system, the civil justice system does not attempt to determine the innocence or guilt of an offender. The civil justice system attempts make whole thru compensation for injuries and pain and suffering. If you have been a victim of rape, contact a personal injury attorney to find yiur rights.A personal Injury lawyer can fight for correct compensation through a rape lawsuit.
Some Basic Information About date Rape
- What are the date rape drugs?
- What do these drugs look like?
- What effects do these drugs have on your body?
- Are these drugs legal in the United States?
- Is alcohol a date rape drug? What about other drugs?
- How can you protect myself from being a victim?
- Are there ways to tell if I might have been drugged and raped?
- What should I do if I think I’ve been drugged and raped?
- More information on date rape drugs
- If You have been raped and suffered injuries can a personal Injury lawyer help?
What are date rape drugs?
These are drugs that are sometimes used to assist a sexual assault. Sexual assault is any type of sexual activity that a person does not agree to. It can include touching that is not okay; putting something into the vagina; sexual intercourse; rape; and attempted rape. These drugs are powerful and dangerous. They can be slipped into your drink when you are not looking. The drugs often have no color, smell, or taste, so you can’t tell if you are being drugged. The drugs can make you become weak and confused — or even pass out — so that you are unable to refuse sex or defend yourself. If you are drugged, you might not remember what happened while you were drugged. Date rape drugs are used on both females and males. Many of these drugs can cause serious injuries above and beyond the pain and suffering of the actual rape. In certain circumstances a personal Injury lawsuit can be a viable option. If you or a loved one has been injured or a love done killed in a date rape or rape of any kind contact Injury Lawyer Network to learn about your rightsa and options. many times a personal Injury or wrongful death claim can be made.
The three most common date rape drugs are:
Rohypnol (roh-HIP-nol). Rohypnol is the trade name for flunitrazepam (FLOO-neye-TRAZ-uh-pam). Abuse of two similar drugs appears to have replaced Rohypnol abuse in some parts of the United States. These are: clonazepam (marketed as Klonopin in the U.S.and Rivotril in Mexico) and alprazolam (marketed as Xanax). Rohypnol is also known as:
- Forget Pill
- LA Rochas
- Lunch Money
- Mexican Valium
- Mind Erasers
- Poor Man’s Quaalude
- GHB, which is short for gamma hydroxybutyric (GAM-muh heye-DROX-ee-BYOO-tur-ihk) acid. GHB is also known as:
- Bedtime Scoop
- Cherry Meth
- Easy Lay
- Energy Drink
- Gamma 10
- Georgia Home Boy
- Great Hormones
- Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH)
- Liquid E
- Liquid Ecstasy
- Liquid X
- Salt Water
- Ketamine (KEET-uh-meen), also known as:
- Black Hole
- Cat Valium
- Kit Kat
- Psychedelic Heroin
- Special K
- Super Acid
These drugs also are known as “club drugs” because they tend to be used at dance clubs, concerts, and “raves.”
The term “date rape” is widely used. But most experts prefer the term “drug-facilitated sexual assault.” These drugs also are used to help people commit other crimes, like robbery and physical assault. They are used on both men and women. The term “date rape” also can be misleading because the person who commits the crime might not be dating the victim. Rather, it could be an acquaintance or stranger.
What do the drugs look like?
Rohypnol comes as a pill that dissolves in liquids. Some are small, round, and white. Newer pills are oval and green-gray in color. When slipped into a drink, a dye in these new pills makes clear liquids turn bright blue and dark drinks turn cloudy. But this color change might be hard to see in a dark drink, like cola or dark beer, or in a dark room. Also, the pills with no dye are still available. The pills may be ground up into a powder.
GHB has a few forms: a liquid with no odor or color, white powder, and pill. It might give your drink a slightly salty taste. Mixing it with a sweet drink, such as fruit juice, can mask the salty taste.
Ketamine comes as a liquid and a white powder.
What effects do these drugs have on the body?
These drugs are very powerful. They can affect you very quickly and without your knowing. The length of time that the effects last varies. It depends on how much of the drug is taken and if the drug is mixed with other drugs or alcohol. Alcohol makes the drugs even stronger and can cause serious health problems — even death. If you have been injured by a date rape drug or a love on injured or killed by rape a personal injury, rape lawyer should be consulted
The effects of Rohypnol can be felt within 30 minutes of being drugged and can last for several hours. If you are drugged, you might look and act like someone who is drunk. You might have trouble standing. Your speech might be slurred. Or you might pass out. Rohypnol can cause these problems:
Muscle relaxation or loss of muscle control
- Difficulty with motor movements
- Drunk feeling
- Problems talking
- Can’t remember what happened while drugged
- Loss of consciousness (black out)
- Problems seeing
- Lower blood pressure
- Stomach problems
GHB takes effect in about 15 minutes and can last 3 or 4 hours. It is very potent: A very small amount can have a big effect. So it’s easy to overdose on GHB. Most GHB is made by people in home or street “labs.” So, you don’t know what’s in it or how it will affect you. GHB can cause these problems:
- Problems seeing
- Loss of consciousness (black out)
- Can’t remember what happened while drugged
- Problems breathing
- Slow heart rate
- Dream-like feeling
Ketamine is very fast-acting. You might be aware of what is happening to you, but unable to move. It also causes memory problems. Later, you might not be able to remember what happened while you were drugged. Ketamine can cause these problems:
- Distorted perceptions of sight and sound
- Lost sense of time and identity
- Out of body experiences
- Dream-like feeling
- Feeling out of control
- Impaired motor function
- Problems breathing
- Memory problems
- Loss of coordination
- Aggressive or violent behavior
- High blood pressure
- Slurred speech
Are these drugs legal in the United States?
Some of these drugs are legal when lawfully used for medical purposes. But that doesn’t mean they are safe. These drugs are powerful and can hurt you. They should only be used under a doctor’s care and order.
Rohypnol is not legal in the United States. It is legal in Europe and Mexico, where it is prescribed for sleep problems and to assist anesthesia before surgery. It is brought into the United States illegally.
Ketamine is legal in the United States for use as an anesthetic for humans and animals. It is mostly used on animals. Veterinary clinics are robbed for their ketamine supplies.
GHB was recently made legal in the United States to treat problems from narcolepsy (a sleep disorder). Distribution of GHB for this purpose is tightly restricted.
Is alcohol a date rape drug? What about other drugs?
Any drug that can affect judgment and behavior can put a person at risk for unwanted or risky sexual activity. Alcohol is one such drug. In fact, alcohol is the drug most commonly used to help commit sexual assault. When a person drinks too much alcohol:
- It’s harder to think clearly.
- It’s harder to set limits and make good choices.
- It’s harder to tell when a situation could be dangerous.
- It’s harder to say “no” to sexual advances.
- It’s harder to fight back if a sexual assault occurs.
- It’s possible to blackout and to have memory loss.
The club drug “ecstasy” (MDMA) has been used to commit sexual assault. It can be slipped into someone’s drink without the person’s knowledge. Also, a person who willingly takes ecstasy is at greater risk of sexual assault. Ecstasy can make a person feel “lovey-dovey” towards others. It also can lower a person’s ability to give reasoned consent. Once under the drug’s influence, a person is less able to sense danger or to resist a sexual assault.
Even if a victim of sexual assault drank alcohol or willingly took drugs, the victim is not at fault for being assaulted. You cannot “ask for it” or cause it to happen.
How can I protect myself from being a victim?
- Don’t accept drinks from other people.
- Open containers yourself.
- Keep your drink with you at all times, even when you go to the bathroom.
- Don’t share drinks.
- Don’t drink from punch bowls or other common, open containers. They may already have drugs in them.
If someone offers to get you a drink from a bar or at a party, go with the person to order your drink. Watch the drink being poured and carry it yourself.
- Don’t drink anything that tastes or smells strange. Sometimes, GHB tastes salty.
- Have a non drinking friend with you to make sure nothing happens.
- If you realize you left your drink unattended, pour it out.
- If you feel drunk and haven’t drunk any alcohol — or, if you feel like the effects of drinking alcohol are stronger than usual — get help right away.
Are there ways to tell if I might have been drugged and raped?
It is often hard to tell. Most victims don’t remember being drugged or assaulted. The victim might not be aware of the attack until 8 or 12 hours after it occurred. These drugs also leave the body very quickly. Once a victim gets help, there might be no proof that drugs were involved in the attack. But there are some signs that you might have been drugged:
- You feel drunk and haven’t drunk any alcohol — or, you feel like the effects of drinking alcohol are stronger than usual.
- You wake up feeling very hung over and disoriented or having no memory of a period of time.
- You remember having a drink, but cannot recall anything after that.
- You find that your clothes are torn or not on right.
- You feel like you had sex, but you cannot remember it.
What should I do if I think I’ve been drugged and raped?
Get medical care right away. Call 911 or have a trusted friend take you to a hospital emergency room. Don’t urinate, douche, bathe, brush your teeth, wash your hands, change clothes, or eat or drink before you go. These things may give evidence of the rape. The hospital will use a “rape kit” to collect evidence.
Call the police from the hospital. Tell the police exactly what you remember. Be honest about all your activities. Remember, nothing you did — including drinking alcohol or doing drugs — can justify rape.
Ask the hospital to take a urine (pee) sample that can be used to test for date rape drugs. The drugs leave your system quickly. Rohypnol stays in the body for several hours, and can be detected in the urine up to 72 hours after taking it. GHB leaves the body in 12 hours. Don’t urinate before going to the hospital.
Don’t pick up or clean up where you think the assault might have occurred. There could be evidence left behind — such as on a drinking glass or bed sheets.
Get counseling and treatment. Feelings of shame, guilt, fear, and shock are normal. A counselor can help you work through these emotions and begin the healing process. Calling a crisis center or a hotline is a good place to start. One national hotline is the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE.
Additional information on date rape drugs and Community Resources To help
For more information about date rape drugs, call womenshealth.gov at 800-994-9662 (TDD: 888-220-5446) or contact the following organizations:
Drug Enforcement Administration, DOJ
Food and Drug Administration,
Phone: 800-332-4010 Hotline or 888-463-6332 (Consumer Information)
Men Can Stop Rape
National Center for Victims of Crime
Phone: 800- 394-2255
National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH, HHS
Phone: 800-662-4357 Hotline or 800-662-9832 (Spanish Language Hotline)
Office of National Drug Control Policy
Phone: 800-666-3332 (Information Clearinghouse)
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network
Injury Lawyers Network has launched a Workers Comensation Helpline for people injured the job. Our workers are the backbone of America and should have the full protection of Workers Compensation law. The Helpline covers Miami, Fort Laiderdale, Vero Beach, Melbourne, Daytona, Kissimmee, Orlando, Winter Park, Gainesville, Winterhanven, Tampa, Clearwater, Sarasota, Bradenton , Ft Myers and all of Florida. The Job Injury Helpline also covers Atlanta, Marietta, Savanah, Valdosta, Macon , Augusta, Wanrer Robbins and all of Georga. New York, New Jersey, North and South Carolina, Colorado, Michigan, Tennessee Job Injuries are also covered.
The Asbestos Helpline Division specializes in protecting the rights of clients diagnosed with Asbestosis, Mesotheliomia, and other types of Lung Cancer. These diseases occur exclusively from exposure to asbestos.
Despite the care you and your employer take, accidents and injuries happen. Your actions at the time of an injury can affect your right to receive benefits. The Workers Compensation Helpline has attorneys with many years of experience representing injured workers.
Frequent "on the job" injuries covered by the Workers' Compensation Act include:
- Repetitive stress injuries due to typing
- Falls from heights
- Heavy equipment
- Truck and auto accidents
- Chemical Exposure
- Broken bones from working in assembly lines
- Knee problems and back problems resulting from lifting heavy objects
- Burns and chemical exposure side effects
- Lifting Injuries
- Pain in the neck and head
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- Heart attacks and strokes
Overview of State On The Job Injury data available
State data presenting the number and frequency of work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatal injuries are available from two BLS programs: nonfatal cases of work-related injuries and illnesses that are recorded by employers under the Occupational safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) recordkeeping guidelines are available for 46 States and Territories from the BLS Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII); fatal cases of work-related injuries are available for all States, Territories, and New York City under a separate program, the BLS Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI).
But remember that your benefits can be lost forever if you don’t file on time. If you’ve been injured on the job or have developed an occupational disease, you and your family will need the full range of benefits that are available. Contact Workers Compensation Helpline Today
Increased inquiries and phone calls are being seen for the Coopervision Avaira contact lenses. Injury lawyer network Coopervision lawyers are accepting cases. Dangerous eye injuries and new federal warnings see an increase in problems. Injury lawyer network has a special Division for Injuries due to Coopervision Avaira Contact lenses. Avaira Coopervision Contact lense recall has been issued at the class I recall level. This is for a second brand of Avaira Coopervision contact lenses. Anyone showing complications from this product should conta a lawyer to protect their rights.
FDA Issues Second Contact Lens Recall
By Cole Petrochko, Associate Staff Writer, MedPage Today
Published: December 08, 2011
WASHINGTON — The FDA has issued a class I recall — the agency's most serious — for a second brand of CooperVision's AVAIRA Aquaform contact lenses that may cause serious eye injury.
The AVAIRA Aquaform Sphere Soft Contact Lenses may have unintended silicone oil residue on the lens, which may cause symptoms that range from hazy/blurry vision, to discomfort, to eye injuries that require medical treatment, an FDA statement said.
The lenses are indicated to correct myopia or hyperopia in aphakic and nonaphakic patients with nondiseased eyes. The lenses may be worn by people with astigmatism of 2.00 diopters or less that does not interfere with visual acuity, the statement said.
The company issued a recall notice to distributors and healthcare professionals on Nov. 19, 2011.
CooperVision's AVAIRA Tonic Soft Contact Lenses faced a similar class I recall in October due to the presence of silicone residue.
The company has set up a website for patients to check their lens package lot number to see if their contacts have been recalled.
Patients should cease use of the affected lenses and contact a healthcare professional immediately, the FDA said in the statement.
Class I recalls are reserved for products with a reasonable risk of causing serious adverse events or death with use.
Injury Lawyer Network attorneys accepting clients for Avaira Class I recall with complications. If you have been injured by Avaira Coopervision Contact lenses call now. Serious eye injuries from Avaira Coopervision contact lenses are being reported.
Drug company facing more lawsuits over diabetes drug Actos
Mon, 05 Dec 2011
The pharma giant Takeda Pharmaceutical is facing tens of thousands of lawsuits in the United States concerning allegations that its Actos diabetes drug can result in bladder cancer.
With regulators deciding earlier this year that Actos, which has the chemical name of pioglitazone and is prescribed for adults with type 2 diabetes, could sometimes cause a heightened risk from cancer, judges are now assessing whether the various lawsuits should be consolidated.
Takeda has already removed the drug from sale in France and Germany due to links with increased cancer risk, and sales from the drug, its biggest seller, have fallen around the world. The company has already been sued a number of times over the drug in the federal courts in the US, and it is thought that thousands more lawsuits will take place over the coming months and years.
Mitsuo Oguri, a spokesperson for Takeda, commented "Takeda already revised the information on risks regarding bladder cancer on leaflets in the U.S. and Japan and is in the process of updating in Europe."
He added "Takeda remains confident on the efficacy of pioglitazone for treating type 2 diabetes, while it continues to monitor the safety profile of the medicine."
Actos became more popular as a diabetes treatment following the controversy over another drug, Avandia, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, which was shown to increase the risk of heart attacks. Avandia has already been withdrawn from sale throughout Europe.
Actos Helpline has seen an increase in calls from individuals calling for themselves and loved ones regarding injury for the Diabetic Drug Actos. If you or a loved one is showing signs of Bladder cancer due to Actos call immediately to speak to an actos lawyer.
If your child is injured at school, the school can be held liable i for negligence and negligent supervision.When you send your child to school you have a right to expect your child will be protected by the school staff. This starts with the bus driver,teachers,lunchroom staff and school yard supervision. Negligence means that the people you trusted with your childs care acted irresponsibly and that conduct led to injury. Your young teen or pre-teen must be protected from any type of sxual molesatation,assault or attack.
When a school or school employee is found liable for a child's injury, a claim can be filed for compensatory damages. School employees owe a duty of care to the students attending their school as well as the bus bringing your child to and from school.
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Automobile accidents are the leading cause of wrongful death and fatal injuries in children
Children involved in a car accidents, school bus accidents, or truck accidents are left with long-term injuries and disabilities.
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The transvaginal mesh has been covering the news we have forgotten about the hernia mesh. We just got out first hernia mesh call this evening and these are pretty bad too. I thought i would update all our readers on this as well. We are talking about adefective Davol / Bard Composix Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch or other Davol Patch containing dual-mesh technology. Many of these hernia repair patches have been recalled after reports of serious injury and death linked to a design defects which could cause a plastic memory ring to break.
From December 2005 through January 2006, Davol, Inc., makers of Kugel Mesh Hernia Patches issued expanded recalls due to memory recoil ring breaks that have been the cause of bowel perforation problems, memory recoil ring breaks that have migrated through the abdominal wall, bowel obstruction, and death caused by septic shock, blood clotting, and acute heart attack due to surgery to repair bowel fistulas caused by perforation from the broken memory recoil ring.
According to the FDA
Fda Hernia Mesh report Medical Device Safety
Alerts and Notices (Medical Devices)
Information About Heparin
Public Health Notifications (Medical Devices)
Tips and Articles on Device Safety
Patient Alerts (Medical Devices)
For updated information about Surgical Mesh for Pelvic Organ Prolapse, see: Urogynecologic Surgical Mesh Implants, released July 13, 2011.
Information on Surgical Mesh for Hernia Repairs
Information on Surgical Mesh for Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Stress Urinary Incontinence
Information on Surgical Mesh for Hernia Repairs
FDA wants to inform you about complications that may occur with the surgical mesh that is sometimes used to repair hernias, and to provide you with questions you may want to ask your surgeon before having this procedure. This is part of our commitment to keep the public informed about the medical products we regulate.
Hundreds of thousands of hernia repair operations are performed each year both with and without surgical mesh, and patients generally recover quickly and do well after surgery.
However, FDA has received reports of complications associated with the mesh. The complications include adverse reactions to the mesh, adhesions (when the loops of the intestines adhere to each other or the mesh), and injuries to nearby organs, nerves or blood vessels . Other complications of hernia repair can occur with or without the mesh, including infection, chronic pain and hernia recurrence.
Most of the complications reported to us so far have been associated with mesh products that have been recalled and are no longer on the market. For further information on the recalled products, please visit the FDA Medical Device Recall website.
We are continuing to analyze and evaluate incoming reports of adverse events, and are speaking with patients, surgeons and researchers. We will inform the public as new information becomes available. The following mesh patch products have been recalled:
Bard Compsix Kugel Extra Large Oval (All lots manufactured before January 2006)
8.7” x 10.7” Product Code 0010206
10.8” x 13.7” Product Code 0010207
7.7” x 9.7” Product Code 0010208
Bard Composex Kugel Oval (All lots manufactured before March 2006)
6.3” x 12.3” Product Code 0010209
Bard Composix Kugal Large Oval (Certain lots manufactured before October 2005)
5.4” x 7.0” Product Code 0010202
Bard Composix Kugel Large Circle (Certain lots manufactured before October 2005)
4.5” Product Code 0010204
Talking to your doctor
Before having a hernia operation, be sure to let the surgeon know if you’ve had a past reaction to materials used in surgical mesh or sutures, such as polypropylene.
There are also certain questions you should consider asking your surgeon:
What are the pros and cons of using surgical mesh in my particular case?
If surgical mesh will be used, is there special patient information that comes with the product, and can I have a copy?
If surgical mesh will be used, what’s been your experience with this particular product, and with treating potential mesh complications?
What can I expect to feel after surgery and for how long?
If you or a loved one is having complications due to a hernia mesh you must see your physician and call to be advised of your rights. Many people are suffering from the meshes, some have muscle weakness, fatigue, nerve damage (neuropathy…nerve entrapment),infections that set in the mesh, the mesh is crumbling up, folding, hardening, and so much more. Most suffer in chronic pain. This is not supposed to be happening to you. See your doctor immediately and consider legal action to protect your rights
The New York Times Again Reports On Growing Problems With Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacements
A September 30, 2011 article in The New York Times reported on the symptoms of hip replacement failure, which are currently plaguing thousands of individuals nationwide. Since the August 2010 recall of the DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement systems, The New York Times, as well as other media outlets, have continuously followed and tracked developments stemming from the fallout of the recalled devices. For more than a year, they have focused on the widespread effects facing individuals who received the defective metal-on-metal implants. This latest report details the symptoms associated with hip replacement failure and the complexities arising during revision surgeries needed to remove the defective implants.
Symptoms Of Hip Replacement Failure Stemming From Metal-On-Metal Devices
In explaining the problems stemming from metal-on-metal hip replacements, Dr. Young-Min Kwon, an orthopedic surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, told The New York Times that “What we are seeing is a complex phenomenon.” In addition to obvious signs of hip replacement failure such as popping, grinding, pain and loosening of the artificial joints, a silent symptom is metal poisoning. Metal poisoning occurs when tiny pieces of metallic debris shed from the metal-on-metal implants and infect the tissue surrounding the hip area and enter the bloodstream. These metallic ions can destroy tissue and muscle. Patients experiencing this type of hip replacement failure can be asymptomatic. Only targeted blood tests may show that these individuals have extremely high levels of cobalt and chromium in the bloodstream, which is indicative of metal-on-metal hip replacement failure.
New Data Suggests That Metal-On-Metal Hips Failure Rate Is Higher Than Expected
In the report, The New York Times cited a recent study published by The National Joint Registry for England and Wales, which concluded that metal-on-metal hip replacements were failing at three times the rate of hips made of plastic and metal, which can last 15 years or more. According to that study, almost 14 percent of patients who receive a metal-on-metal hip implant need revision surgery after seven years. This past May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) ordered metal-on-metal hip device manufacturers to track and study the rate at which their devices are failing. Additionally, on October 4, 2011, NBC Nightly News reported that, “So far this year, the FDA has received nearly 11,000 complaints about metal-on-metal implants.” NBC Nightly News called the metal-on-metal hips “one of the largest medical device failures ever.” Injury lawyer network and the Depuy hip replacement lawyers continue to evaluate case from 1000's of people with recalled Depuy hip replacements
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Injury lawyer Network and The Depuy Hip Replacement Helpline continues to keep our readers updated on the New News regarding the Depuy Hip replacement and other dangerous medical devices including the transvaginal Mesh. Australian Senate Committee Hears Testimony On DePuy ASR Hip Recall Failure
Injury Lawyer Network continues to receive calls weekly on the failed Depuy ASR Hip Recall
On September 27, 2011, the Australian Senate Community Affairs Committee conducted an inquiry into the regulatory standards for the approval of medical devices. During the Senate hearing, testimony revealed that in 2006, there was evidence of high failure rates associated with the DePuy ASR hip replacement devices. Hip replacement failure can occur in a variety of ways, including fractures, dislocations and soft tissue damage. Hip replacement failure can often lead to revision surgery in order to have the defective hip implant removed. Even though there was evidence of high failure rates in 2006, a DePuy ASR hip recall was not initiated until three years later. Australia was the first country to issue a DePuy ASR hip recall in December 2009. In August 2010, a DePuy ASR hip recall was issued in the United States.
The Australian Senate Committee heard testimony, which showed that because of the delayed DePuy ASR hip recall, 5,000 Australians had to undergo revision surgery. As many as one in eight people who received a DePuy ASR hip implant had to undergo revision surgery within five years. During the hearing, Professor Steven Graves, an orthopedic expert, told the Senate Committee that what he found most troublesome was the amount of time it took for the Therapeutic Goods Administration to issue the DePuy ASR hip recall. Professor Graves is the head of the country’s National Joint Replacement Registry. Professor Graves told the Senate Committee that the National Joint Replacement Registry noticed a 50 percent higher rate in revision surgery involving DePuy ASR hip implants in 2006. At that time, Professor Graves alerted the Therapeutic Goods Administration to these findings.
Tuesday’s hearing was held in response to an action filed in Australia on behalf of 5,000 individuals affected throughout the country by the DePuy ASR hip recall. In addition to seeking compensatory damages against the manufacturer, plaintiffs are also requesting punitive damages on the basis that Johnson & Johnson allowed the DePuy ASR hip systems to remain on the market despite evidence that the artificial hips were failing.
United States DePuy ASR Hip Recall
In August 2010, a nationwide DePuy ASR hip recall was issued. An estimated 37,000 Americans received an implant that was subject to the DePuy ASR hip recall. Since that time, thousands of DePuy hip replacement lawsuits have been filed by injured victims throughout the country. There have also been calls for the United States to form its own national joint replacement registry. On September 15, 2011, The National Joint Registry for England and Wales reported that failure rates of metal-on-metal hips are increasing. In addition to noting that metal-on-metal hips are failing in large numbers of patients within just a few years, the report also stated that early failure rates are much higher in women than in men. Specifically, the British registry tracked 2,100 patients who received a metal-on-metal device six years ago; approximately 29 percent of those individuals have since had to undergo revision surgery. This latest development follows an August 22, 2011 New York Times report, which noted that since January 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) received over 5,000 adverse event reports involving metal-on-metal hips. Notably, 75% of those complaints involved DePuy ASR hip implants. Additionally, the FDA has also been the subject of widespread criticism over its expedited 510(K) process, which allows medical devices to receive market approval as long as the manufacturer can show that their product is substantially similar to others already on the market. DePuy utilized the 510(K) process in order to get its DePuy ASR hip replacement products on the market.
DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuit
If you or a loved one received an implant that was part of the DePuy ASR hip recall and have experienced any problems as a result of the defective hip system, you may be able to file a DePuy hip replacement lawsuit seeking compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and more.
Contact one of Injury lawyer Network Depuy Hip Replacement lawyers today for a DePuy hip replacement lawsuit evaluation. The depuy hip replacement helpline lawyers have extensiveclass action experience . The hip replacement Helpline offers support. Speak to a Medical Social Worker and Depuy Hip replacement lawyers to guide you through this. The failed Depuy is effecting the quality of life of thousands of people in the United States and Internationally.
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The Anterior Elevate ©Vault Suspension System is a transvaginal mesh product used for Bladder Prolapse.The TVT tape ribbon-like strip that stops urine leakage by supporting the urethra and is used for urinary incontinence. Bladder prolapse occurs primariy in older women and is part of the aging process. These mesh products have been in the news. The FDA has issued warnings regarding the transvaginal Mesh and other Mesh products. Faulty transvaginal mesh products have caused pain,bleeding and potential infection. The mesh for bladder prolapse is being used in women primarlly over the age of 60, some as old as late seventies and eighties. When someone reaches this age they become more vulnureable to infection, becoming septic, and having serve complications. The abilty of the body to repair and rejuvenate itself is weaker. The recuperation from any surgery takes longer.
The condition of bladder prolapse occurs when the supporting wall between the bladder and the vagina weakens, causing the bladder to drop or protrude into the vaginal canal. This hernia-like disorder is called a cystocele.This can result in a feeling of fullness,increased urination,incontinence and discomfort.
The synthetic Transvaginal mesh is placed between your bladder and vagina. The mesh rests tension-free in your body's tissues. It is designed to allow your own tissue to grow into it, thereby providing a support structure between your bladder and vagina.However these vaginal mesh products have been failing.
The surgical mesh is used for reinforcement or support. It has been use widely in hernia repairs. The mesh was designed to allow your body tissue to grow into it and provide a framework of support.
Women are experiencing adverse complications from the procedures done after a specific time period.The complications include: pain, bladder mesh erosion, infections urinary incontinence and bleeding. Some additional complications include injuries and piercing of the bladder. . Manufacturers of these bladder mesh products considered to be responsible for these problems. The FDA approval process, in thei instance, was inadequate to protect these unsuspecting victims.
According to the FDA ;"The most frequent complications included erosion through vaginal epithelium, infection, pain, urinary problems, and recurrence of prolapse and/or incontinence. There were also reports of bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation during insertion. In some cases, vaginal scarring and mesh erosion led to a significant decrease in patient quality of life due to discomfort and pain, including dyspareunia".
Unfortunately,physicians are unresponsive due to fear of litigation. The Transvaginal Mesh lawyers are holding the manufacturers responsible. If you or a love one is experiencing complications for a transvaginal mesh product for bladder prolapse call the transvaginal mesh legal team of Injury Lawyer Network
Update Oct 18 2011
Injury lawyer network Expands Legal ramifications of faulty Transvaginal Mesh to Include damages for:
- Additional surgery and multiple surgical revisions, life threatening complications
- Emotional distress
- Loss of ability to have sexual relations
- Loss of quality of life
- Lost wages
- Out-of-pocket medical, surgical and hospital expenses
- Pain and Suffering
- Spousal loss of consortium
- American Medical Systems: Elevate, Perigee and Apogee
- Boston Scientific: Pinnacle and Uphold
- C.R. Bard, Inc.:Avaulta, Pelvisoft BioMesh, Pelivicol Acellular Collagen Matrix, Pelvitext, and Pelvilace
- Johnson & Johnson/Ethicon: Gynecare, Gynemesh, Gynecare Prolift, Gynecare Prolift+M, Gynecare Prosima, Gynecare TVT