In June 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a drug safety alert warning that the use of the diabetes medication Actos for more than one year may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer.
Severe side effects may include bladder cancer, congestive heart failure, bone fractures and lactic acidosis.
Metal Hip Replacement
Some patients who have received hip implants from DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of John & Johnson and the largest manufacturer of artificial hips across the globe have experienced dangerous side effects such as: heart and respiratory problems, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, skin disorders, pain in joins and muscles, muscle tremors and twitches.
Complications from a defective metal on metal implant can go beyond excruciating hip pain. If the implant is defective, metal pieces chip away and are then absorbed into the blood stream and soft tissue causing damaged nerves, muscle and bone.
Anti Dep/ Birth Defects
Although antidepressants are the most commonly prescribed medications in the U.S., if taken during the first trimester of a mother’s pregnancy, birth defects may occur.
Common birth defects have included: heart and lung defects, club foot, cleft lip and cleft palate, spina bifida.
Drugs that have been linked to birth defects include: Paxil, Zoloft Prozac, Effexor, Wellbutrin, Celexa and Lexapro.
Transvaginal meshes are implantable plastic devices for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapsed and incontinence.
Common side effects have included Erosion, infection, urinary problems, painful sexual intercourse, pain and bleeding.
Manufactures products that have been linked to injuries include: American Medical Systems, Bard, Boston Scientific, and Johnson & Johnson.
On-the-job Third Party Liability
In a worker’s compensation arrangement, a “third-party liability” claim is not made against a worker’s employer or co-workers, but against some separate person or company who may be responsible for the workers’ injury.
Common third-party defendants may include: manufacturers or sellers of workplace equipment, tools or materials, drivers who cause an accident to the worker who is on the job, or owners of businesses the worker visits.
Third-party liability is important since most workers compensation payments are limited by state law.
Auto Crash Worthiness
Crash worthiness refers to design flaws by the auto manufacturer or the component supplier. Examples in recent years include the Ford Explorer rollover and Toyota sticking accelerator cases.
The loss associated with a crash worthiness case can be devastating and insurance is often not enough to cover the costs associated with the case. That’s why it is important for an expert lawyer to determine whether there is a crash worthiness case associated with a wreck.