Jan 28, 2019

Essure Permanent Birth Control Leads to Permanent Health Problems for Women

By |January 28th, 2019|Defective Products|

(This is part of a series, presented by McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, titled “Life on The Bleeding Edge: How the FDA Won’t Keep You Safe.” To learn more, please read Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.) In July 2018, the medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturer Bayer released a statement that they would pull the Essure® System for Permanent Birth Control out of American markets after December 31, 2018. The company claimed [...]

Sep 6, 2018

FDA Recalls Even More Drugs Which Use Valsartan, Citing Cancer Risk

By |September 6th, 2018|Defective Products|

In July of 2018, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall notice for a number of drugs containing valsartan, a medication used in the treatment of high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. The batches, which had been manufactured in China, contained traces of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) – a cancer-causing carcinogen. In early August, the FDA updated its list of recalled valsartan medications (as well as a list of products not included [...]

Aug 30, 2018

Jury Awards $289 Million in Lawsuit Claiming Monsanto’s Roundup Leads to Cancer

By |August 30th, 2018|Defective Products|

A jury in San Francisco has awarded Dewayne Johnson $289 million in his lawsuit against Monsanto. Mr. Johnson is dying of cancer, which he claims was a result of using “Roundup weedkiller [sic] 20 to 30 times per year while working as a groundskeeper for a school district near San Francisco,” CNN reports. Monsanto is already planning to appeal the decision, claiming their product has a “history of safe use.” We believe Mr. [...]

Aug 16, 2018

Life on The Bleeding Edge: How the FDA Won’t Help Keep You Safe

By |August 16th, 2018|Defective Products|

On July 20, 2018, Bayer announced that it would finally stop selling Essure, a form of birth control that was supposed to cause permanent female sterilization, at the end of 2018. On July 27, 2018, Netflix released a documentary titled The Bleeding Edge, a film about the $400 billion medical device industry – and which focused heavily on the women whose lives were ruined by Essure. You might say that, since Bayer made [...]

Jul 24, 2018

Making a Claim for Compensation after an Injury at an Amusement Park

By |July 24th, 2018|Defective Products|

One great way to beat the summer heat here in South Carolina is to hit some amusement parks, local fairs, or water parks. Whether you’re visiting South Carolina or a local looking to visit popular parks like Family Kingdom Amusement Park or O.D. Pavilion Amusement Park, theme and water parks are a fun option for a family day out. When rides are properly maintained and supervised, amusement parks can be thrilling and exhilarating. [...]

Jul 18, 2018

One Million Chainsaws Recalled Due to Power Switch Problem

By |July 18th, 2018|Defective Products|

Recently, Harbor Freight Tools announced a recall of approximately one million electric chainsaws because of a malfunctioning power switch. According to a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report, the power switch on the chainsaw can malfunction and allow the saw to continue running—even after the operator has put the switch in the “Off” position. This can put the user at serious risk for injury. The recall affects chainsaws with the brand names Chicago [...]

Jul 5, 2018

Dangerous Nipah Virus Poses Risk Worldwide

By |July 5th, 2018|Defective Products|

Over the last 100+ years the world has grown smaller, mobility has accelerated, and whatever happens on the other side of the world can affect our lives within a matter of hours or even faster. This includes what happens with our health. For instance, mosquito borne diseases such as the West Nile virus have infected hundreds of thousands of individuals and spread to various locations around the world. Other outbreaks such as Ebola [...]

May 31, 2018

The E. Coli Poisoning Outbreak from Romaine Lettuce Has Led to Its First Fatality

By |May 31st, 2018|Defective Products|

E. coli is a form of bacteria that survives in the intestines. Certain types of E. coli can produce intestinal infection – E. coli O157:57 in particular. This strain and others causing intestinal sicknesses are referred to as Shiga toxin producing E. coli (STEC). Various symptoms can follow intestinal infection instigated by E. coli including abdominal pain, diarrhea, and fever. The most severe cases can lead to dehydration, bloody diarrhea, and even kidney [...]

May 17, 2018

What Injuries are Women Suffering After Having Essure Birth Control Implants?

By |May 17th, 2018|Defective Products, Medical Devices|

The Essure permanent birth control system was approved by the FDA as a sterilization option for women who wanted a less invasive option for sterilization than the traditional tubal ligation procedure. Essure is a pair of metal coils about the length of your little finger that are implanted into the Fallopian Tubes. The metal coils are supposed to create scar tissue on the tubes effectively blocking the opening and blocking fertilization. The Essure [...]

May 7, 2018

Essure Contraceptive Implants – Frequently Asked Questions About Injuries

By |May 7th, 2018|Defective Products|

Essure is a permanent birth control solution that was designed to give women a less invasive, non-surgical alternative to tubal ligation. Essure was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2002, and while about half a million women have had the device implanted, the FDA has received close to 12,000 adverse reports of injury from the Essure implants. What are the problems with the Essure birth control system? What seems to [...]

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