Gout Drug Increases Risk of Heart Problems In February 2019, the FDA included a box warning for the gout medicine Uloric. This warning addressed the fact that those taking the drug may be at a greater risk for heart-related and other types of deaths. Recently, attorneys have begun to file suits on behalf of those who have been injured by Uloric and their families. Currently, there are more cases that are in the investigatory phase and will likely be filed soon. Anyone who has suffered harm from Uloric or have had a loved one die while taking the medication should contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers to discuss their legal options.

Uloric was approved by the FDA for use to treat gout in 2009. Gout is caused by high uric acid levels in the blood, and Uloric is intended to lower those levels. Gout develops in part because the body is taking substances called purines that are found in food and drink and turns them into uric acid. Uloric is supposed to stop that process. Uloric is manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals. The global market for the drug is estimated at just under $1 billion and continues to grow at an 11 percent annual rate.

When the FDA initially approved Uloric, it included a Warning and Precaution addressing the possibility of a cardiovascular event associated with use of the drug. However, at the time that the FDA approves a drug, there sometimes is only limited testing performed with some testing still to be done as the FDA requires. Here, the FDA directed Takeda to perform further studies about the possibility of cardiovascular deaths and events. The test results did indicate that there was a possibility of non-fatal and fatal heart attacks and stroke associated with the drug. Still, the FDA took no further action at the time.

Cooking Spray ExplosionsCooking spray seems to be an innocuous kitchen product that puts oil in a form that is convenient to use. However, like any spray product, there are dangers associated with the product since the contents are under pressure. Recently, there have been several lawsuits that have been filed by the manufacturers of Pam cooking spray that were all filed on the same day.

The plaintiffs suffered injury when cans of this cooking spray exploded, leaving them with serious disfiguring injuries. The lawsuits claim that there is a defect in the product that caused them to explode, although the company maintains that its products are safe and any explosions must have been due to improper use.

One of the overlooked complications associated with using cooking sprays in the kitchen is that they are used on or in close proximity to stoves. This heats contents that are already under pressure and makes them even more potentially dangerous. Specifically, Pam contains propellants designed to make the product spray through the vents. The company will not reveal exactly what these propellants are, but the lawsuits claim that they are propane and butane. All the company says is that the propellants are food grade and have been approved by the FDA. However, when heated, these propellants can become explosive.

C Sections and Risks for the BabyEven though in recent decades there been significant advancements in birthing children, following their doctor’s recommendation to undergo a cesarean section may not be good for your newborn. A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that approximately 30% of all childbirths are performed by cesarean section (c-section). The relatively straightforward surgical procedure to deliver the baby requires an incision through the mother’s abdomen and uterus. Most C-sections are performed safely and avoid any risk to the baby or mother. However, there are incidents when the injury caused to the child or mother could have been prevented.

An Unplanned C-Section

Before your baby is delivered, the doctor may recommend that you undergo a cesarean section for your safety and the safety of your baby. The doctor may recommend a C-section if:

3M earplug and lawsuitsEvery serviceman and servicewoman working for the U.S. military expects that they will be provided the best standard issued equipment when fighting for the nation in combat. Our soldiers likely assume that every piece of equipment from helmets to boots will fit properly and provide ultimate protection against all situations in the field from bombs and firearms to harsh conditions in the environment. Unfortunately, our military force may have had their hearing and safety compromised from defective earplugs.

For twelve years between 2003 and 2015, The 3M Company and Aearo Technologies, Inc. manufactured and sold the dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs – model CAEv2 to the United States military as standard issued equipment for service members deployed to combat zones around the world, including in the Middle East.

In 2018, as a result of an intensive lawsuit, the manufacturer agreed to a $9.1 million settlement filed by a manufacturing competitor and whistleblower Moldex-Metric, Inc. in a suit that was later joined by the US Department of Justice.

Back and Neck Injuries are a Result in Rear End CollisionsRear-end collisions are incredibly common—in fact, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were over 2 million rear-end collisions in the U.S. in 2017. The number of rear-end collisions has actually gone up in recent years. Not only are they responsible for numerous injuries, but they also led to almost 2,500 fatalities during 2017. Rear-end collisions account for by far the highest number of collisions among all collisions with motor vehicles in transport.

The nature of a rear-end collision, where your vehicle is hit from behind by another vehicle, means that back and neck injuries are quite common. A lot of force travels through your vehicle and through your body during a rear-end collision, even a minor one, and that force can cause all sorts of damage to your neck, back and other parts of your body.

How Rear-End Collisions Cause Back Injuries

Bicycle Accidents that need to be LItigatedRoad accidents have become very common in the last few years. Apart from the increasing number of vehicles on the road, there are a number of other reasons that contribute to this staggering statistic. Among these mishaps, the occurrence of bike accidents has become alarming. In the United States alone, 2% of all road accident related deaths are a result of bike injuries.

Injuries caused by bike accidents

Of the 44,000 bicyclists injured in the US in 2006, 773 died due to fatal injuries. These figures are testimony to the fact that a bike accident is as dangerous as any other accident on the road. Even though, a bike injury is not taken seriously most of the time, it is important to keep in mind that a small bruise can easily become a life threatening internal wound.

Alzheimer's Patients Financial BurdenAlzheimer’s Disease will cost the American public over $259 billion in 2017 alone and has been classified the most expensive disease to treat— just ahead of illnesses such as diabetes, cancer and heart failure. Families are often horrified when they learn that a loved one has been diagnosed with this disease because of its progression over time and the lack of a cure. Alzheimer’s patients will inevitably require some form of in-home care or ongoing treatment and their families will normally shoulder the financial cost of care along with emotional turmoil and stress.

Families of Alzheimer’s Patients Crippled by Expenses

A recent study determined that just under half of the patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease will receive care from family members who make personal sacrifices to pay for their treatment. These sacrifices are often the choice to put off a family trip or not to make a big ticket purchase but can become more burdensome for those who are already on a tight budget. Some families must consider whether they wish to continue eating the same quality of food or if they can afford other necessities while providing for a loved one with this disease.

Woman Bitten by Dog While Protecting OthersWoman Attacked Protecting Her Own Dog

In Allentown, Pennsylvania, Brenda Fernandez de Cordova was walking a friend’s Wheaten Terrier on a leash along neighborhood streets. They were approached by an American Bulldog-pit bull mix that immediately began showing signs of aggression. All attempts to deflate and exit the situation failed. The aggressive dog eventually attacked, intending to reach the terrier, but Brenda stepped in between them to prevent that and received serious defensive wounds all along her hand in the process.

Lasting Injuries

Cancer Lawsuits Caused by Valsartan ConsolidatedBeginning on February 14th, 2019, survivors seeking compensation through class action and product liability lawsuits involving Valsartan will now consolidate into a multi-district litigation, known as an MDL. The MDL will take place in the District of New Jersey before the Honorable Robert B. Kugler.

The MDL order will have significant implications on the lawsuits already filed by victims of the harmful Valsartan contaminant, impacting new cases as well as those currently in process. If you are suffering injuries from Valsartan-contaminated medication, here is what you need to know about the new Valsartan litigation.

What Is Valsartan?

Boy Scout Leaders and Abuse A child sex abuse scandal is currently embroiling the long-standing organization, the Boy Scouts of America, that spans several decades and includes nearly 8,000 accused abusers. According to files from the organization going back decades, the Boy Scouts have excluded thousands of volunteers from continuing with the organization because of accusations of sexual abuse. The organization was aware of the abuse during this time, and survivors can now claim reparations for their lasting harm.

The Boy Scout Child Sex Abuse Scandal

According to The New York Times, an expert witness from the University of Virginia, Professor Janet Warren, has revealed the extent of the scope of child sexual abuse within the Boy Scouts organization over the past several decades. During the past five years, Dr. Warren worked on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America to review data that the organization kept known as the “perversion files.” In these documents, the Boy Scouts detailed information about banned volunteers from the group who have committed acts of child sexual abuse against Boy Scouts members for decades.

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