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The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary, P.A. presents the 8th issue of our legal newsletter. In this issue we discuss about Pharmaceutical Litigation, Defective Drugs and Medical Devices.

The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary, P.A. presents the 8th issue of our legal newsletter. In this issue we discuss about Pharmaceutical Litigation, Defective Drugs and Medical Devices.

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Personal injury legal newsletter   issue8 06.30.2013 Personal injury legal newsletter issue8 06.30.2013 Document Transcript

  • SeanM.Cleary OVER 15YEARS OFEXPERIENCE ProductLiabilityor MedicalMalpractice? DEFECTIVE MEDICALDEVICES MOSTPUBLICIZED PHARMACEUTICALLITIGATIONCASES PharmaceuticalLitigation: DefectiveDrugsand MedicalDevices Defectivedrugsand associatedrisks PersonalInjuryLegalNewsletter Issue806.30.2013 PERSONALINJURYATTORNEY WWW.CLEARYPA.COM
  • PharmaceuticalLitigation:DefectiveDrugsandMedicalDevices harmaceuticallitigations,alsoknownastoxictortcases,arepersonalinjurylawsuitsfiledduetoinjuriessustainedasresultofexposureto chemicals.Mostpharmaceuticallitigationsaremasstortcasesbecausedrugsarebeingconsumedbythousandsofpatients.Thesecasesarefiled againstdrugormedicaldevicemanufacturesanddistributorsandtheyarebasicalyproductliabilitycases,differentfrommedicalmalpracticeclaimsP Call:305.416.9805 Defectivedrugsand associatedrisks Defectivemedicaldevices hemajorityofprescriptiondrugsavailableonthe U.S.marketatthe momentinvolve the risksof differentsideeffects.EverytimeanewdrugisbeingT Drugandmedicaldevicemanufactureshavethelegalresponsibilitytoprovideitsconsumerswithsafeandeffectiveproducts.Unfortunatelydespitethe factthatpriortotheirreleaseonthemarketallprescriptiondrugsneedtobetestedandapprovedbytheFDA,therearestillahighnumberofmedications thatcauseseveresideeffects,oftenworsethantheoriginalconditionbeingtreated.Someofthemostseveresideeffectsthatmightdevelopfrom a prescriptiondruginclude:Birthdefects:antidepressantstakenduringpregnancyhavetheabilitytodevelopcongenitalmalformationsinthefetus,Heart atackatackorstroke,Congestiveheartfailure:certaindiabetesmedicationsarelikelytoworsenexistentheartconditionsandincreasetheriskofheartfailure, Bloodclots:certainbirthcontrolpillshavebeenlinkedtoanincreasedriskofdevelopingbloodclotsthatcouldleadtoheartproblemsandstroke. edicaldevices,justlike prescription drugs can sometimescarryhighinjuryrisks,exposingpatients toadditionalhealthproblemsandcomplications.MWhilethesedevicesaredesignedtopreventillnessand improveoverallhealth,designormanufacturingissuescan leadtooppositeresults.Whenmedicalequipments,prosthetic devices,surgicalimplants,surgicalordiagnosticequipments, hearing and visualaids are defective orunreasonably dangerous,theyarelikelytocauseinjuriestopatients.Some ofthemedicaldevicesrecentlylinkedtoincreasedriskof injuryinclude:injuryinclude: • Hipreplacements • Kneeimplants • Transvaginalmeshimplants • Bladderslings • Heartdevices Hip replacementsare common proceduresperformed on elderlypatients,whenthenaturaljointisdamagedenoughto allow apinless movement.Although a relatively simple procedure,itdoesrequirelongterm,painfulrecoveryranging from6monthsuptooneyear.Incasethedevicefailstobond withthenaturaljoint,orfailsprematurely,asecondrevision surgerywillbeneeded,exposingpatientstoadditionalpain andanevenlongerrecovery.Defctivekneeimplantscarry similarrisks. TTransvaginalmeshesjustlikebladderslingsaremedical devicesdesignedtorelievethesymptomsofpelvicorgan prolapse and urinaryincontinency.Unfortunatelyin many casesmesheswerefoundtobedefective,exposingwomento seriousinternalinjuriesand considerable pain.Defective bladderslingscanjustaseasilyresultinserioussideeffects rangingfrom infectiontoseverepain,vaginaltissueerosion, bladderdamageandvaginalscaring.bladderdamageandvaginalscaring. Heartdevicesaremedicalequipmentsdesignedtomaintaina normal functioning of the heart. Stents, pacemakers, defibrillatorsorartificialheartvalvesaredevicesthatcanbe lifesaving:iftheyfunctionproperlywhenneeded.Ifhowever these devicesare poorlydesigned,forexample when a pacemakerfails to delivera shock to the heartwhen necessary ortransmits electricalimpulses atthe wrong moment,moment,theconsequencescanbefatal:thearterialwalls mightbedamages,bloodclotscandevelopandhearthattack mightoccur. releasedonthemarket,theFDAisnotifiedaboutassociated risks and considers them acceptable compared to the conditionthemedicationisdesignedtocure.Howeverthese sideeffectsshouldn’tcausepatientssevereorpermanent injuriesanddisabilities,oratleastconsumersshouldbe properlyinformedabouttheriskstheyareexposedto.Inthe caseofthefollowingmedications,manufacturesfailedto respectrespectFDA safety standards and exposed patients to unreasonablyhighrisks: -Actos:diabetesmedicationlinkedtothefollowingsevereside effects:heartfailure,bladdercancerandliverfailure -Fosamax:prescribedtopreventosteoporosisandtotreat differentbonedisorders,itisknowntocauseabnormalbone growth,resultinginosteonecrosisofthejawandfemurfacture -Paxil: an antidepressant prescribed to treat anxiety, depresionandpanicdisordersthathasbeenlinkedtoan riskofsuicideandthedevelopmentofbirthdefectsiftaken duringpregnancy -Reglan:-Reglan:apopulardrugprescribedtotreatgastrointestinal issuesthathasrecentlybeenlinkedtotardivedyskinesia,a severe condition characterized by involuntary facial movement -Topamax:epilepsydrugthattakenduringearlypregnancy increasestheriskofcongenitalmalformationespeciallythatof cleftlipandpalate --Yaz/Yasmin:popularbirthcontrolpilsrecentlyassociated withhighriskofbloodclots,pulmonaryembolism,strokeand heartattack Zoloft: an antidepressant drug prescribed to treat premenstrualdysphoricdisorderhasbeenlinkedtoseveral birthdefectswhentakenduringpregnancy THELAW OFFICESOF SEANM.CLEARY PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY W W W.CLEARY.COM
  • Productliabilityor medicalmalpractice? Protectingtherightsofinjuredvictimsandtheirfamilies fthemedicaldevicemanufacturingcompanyfulfilled itsdutyandprovidedclearinstructionstophysicians andnursesabouthowtheproductshouldbeusedas wellasclearinformationaboutpotentialrisks,theyare I P unlikelytobefoundliableforresultingdamages.Inthis case,injuredvictimsshouldfileamedicalmalpracticeclaim topreserverealisticchancesforcompensation. Since between product liability and medical malpracticethereisoftenathinline,thoroughinvestigation isrequired to make sure allaspectsofthe case are correctlyunderstoodandapropriateclaim isfiled.Injured patientsshould also considerthatproductliabilityand medicalmalpracticecasesmighthavedifferentstatuteof limitationbutthediscoveryruleusuallyapplies,meaning thethetimelimitstartsrunningwhenthepatientbecomes awareoftheinjury.Eitherwaycontactinganexperienced pharmaceuticallitigationattorneyisrecommended. ofJohnson&Johnson,failedtorecallitsproductuntil2010, exposingthousandsofpatientsworldwidetoawellknown risk.Theirnegligenceresultedinmorethan11,000personal injurylawsuits,fromwhichtwohavegonetotrialin2013. JohnsonJohnson&Johnsonarefacingthousandsofotherpersonal injurylawsuitsforanotherdefectivemedicaldeviceaswell. Thetransvaginalmeshisanimplantdesignedtosupportthe weakened tissues ofthe lower abdomen.After being implantedtothousandsofwomen,sufferingfrompelvicorgan prolapseorurinaryincontinencyasaresultofchildbirthor menopause,menopause,in 2011 the FDA released a safetywarning regarding the complications associated with the implant. Womenareatriskofsuffering: •vaginalwallerosion •perforationofinternalorgans •vaginalinflammationandscaring •painandinfection InIn February 2013 one ofthe lawsuits filed againstthe negligentmanufacturerbyaninjuredpatientresultedin$11.1 millionverdictforcompensatoryandpunitivedamages.New casesareexpectedtoreachtrialphasethisyear. Third-generationThird-generation contraceptives such as Yaz/Yasmin, NuvaRing or Mirena were also often subjects of pharmaceuticallitigationsin2012.Thesehighlypopulardrugs havebeenlinkedtothedevelopmentofbloodclotsthatcan resultinpulmonaryembolism amongotherconditions.By 2013atleast23deathshavebeenlinkedtothebirthcontrol pillYaz.Bayer,themanufacturerofthedrugalreadypaidmore than$1billiontosettlethousandsoflawsuitsintheU.S.than$1billiontosettlethousandsoflawsuitsintheU.S. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE U.S.FEDERAL LAW, PRESCRIPTION DRUG AND MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURERS HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE THEIR CUSTOMERS WITH SAFE AND RELIABLEPRODUCTS.OTHERWISETHEYCANFACE PRODUCT LIABILITY CLAIMS FOR DAMAGES SUSTAINED BY THEIR CLIENTS. HOWEVER DETERMININGDETERMINING LIABILITYINAMEDICALCASEISFAR FROMBEINGSIMPLE. THELAW OFFICESOF SEANM.CLEARY PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY W W W.CLEARY.COM Call:305.416.9805 Mostpublicizedpharmaceuticallitigationcases classactionlawsuittomorrow.Consideringtheamountof timeandmoneyinvestedinthedevelopmentofanewdrug andthecompetitionbetweenlargedrugmanufactures, thereisnosurprisethesecompaniestendtominimizethe sideeffectsofanew product,onceitreachesthetrial phase.Unfortunately these side effects willsurface eventuallywhenthedrugisreleasedonthemarket. Althoughthispracticeishighlyunethical,from an economicpointofview,thecompany’sbenefitswillbe considerablylargercompared to the amounttheywill eventuallypayaspartofasettlementwithinjuredclients. Someoftherecentlargepharmaceuticallitigationsare proofofthispolicy. Oneofthelargestmedicaldevicefailuresinhistoryis thecaseoftheDePuyASRhipreplacementsystem.The prostheticdevicewasfirstreleasedonthemarketin2003 andby2005thecompanystartedreceivingearlyfailure reports. Patients were complaining about the metal-on-metalstructureofthedevice,whichwasreleasing metaldebrisintosurroundingsofttissues,resultingin: •• pain • inflammation • bonedamage • hipfracture • implantfailure DespitetheseproblemsDePuyOrthopaedics,asubsidiary harmaceutical litigations are not uncommon nowdaysandpatientsarebecomingmoreawarethat today’swonderdrugmightturnintothesubjectofa
  • ASKSEANAQUESTION GETIMMEDIATELEGALHELPFROMALAWYER! CALLNOW305.416.9805 FREEINITIALCONSULTATION THELAW OFFICESOF SEANM.CLEARY PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY Call:305.416.9805 WWW.CLEARYPA.COM Determineifyou haveacase Injured? Whattodonext? 19WestFlaglerStreet#618,Miami,FL33130 SeanM.Cleary thetitleofJurisDoctor.Mr.ClearyobtainedhisFloridaBar admission the same yearand started practicing ata well-knownandrespectedlaw firm,Stroock& Stroock& Lavan,handlingcomplexcommerciallitigationcases.In2005 afterleavingoneofFlorida’smostrecognizedtrialfirms,Mr. ClearyfoundedhissolopracticeTheLawOfficesofSeanM. Cleary,P.A.Throughouttheyearsheobtainedsubstantial verdictsverdictsandsettlementsforhisclients.Mr.Clearyhasalso received multiple awardsand nominationsacclaiming his skillsasaMiamipersonalinjurylawyer.AttorneySeanM. Clearycontinuestofightfiercelyforthevictimsofpersonal injury,medicalmalpractice,auto accidentsand defective productsinstateofFloridainorderforthemtoreceivethejust compensationtheydeserve. ttorneySeanM.Clearybeganhislegalcareerwhen heenrolledtotheUniversityOfMiamiSchoolOfLaw, whichhecompletedin1998withhonorsreceivingA AboutSeanM.Cleary Florida.ThesolepurposeoftheLaw OfficesofSeanM. Cleary,P.A.is to offer an exceptionallegalaid and representation for those who suffered physical or psychologicalinjuriesduetocareless,recklessandnegligent actionsofotherparties.Ourlawfirm specializesinpersonal injury,medicalmalpractice,wrongfuldeathandcommercial litigationclaimsandhasneverfailedtorepresentourclients andandtoachievethedesiredresult.Withourvastexperience andknowledge,wearededicatedtoprotectingtherightsand interestsofthosewhohaveenduredpainandsuffering.Ifyou oryourlovedones havebeenrecentlyinjuredandyou’re lookingforanattorneytorepresentyouoryoujustseeklegal advice,don’thesitatetocontactus. oundedin2005byattorneySeanM.Clearywithan alreadyprovenandestablishedreputationasahighly skilledandexperiencelawyerintheCourtHousesofF AboutOurLawFirm seekinglegaladvicefromMr.Clearycandiscusseverymatter regarding the often painfulpersonalinjuries they have suffered.TheLawOfficesofSeanM.Cleary,P.Ahasalways offeredafreeconsultationandalwayswill,Mr.Clearywill personallyreview yourcaseandwillprovideyoulegaland professionaladvice. urlaw office islocated convenientlyin downtown Miamiandwhilebeingasolopracticelaw firm,the office provides a calm environmentwhere thoseO LocatedinMiami,FL