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Attention Women in Los Angeles with infants injured from your use of Prozac or Zoloft


If your child was born with a cardiac defect, cleft lip or palate, club foot, craniosynostosis or other physical injury you have two choices:


  1. You can call one of those law firms located out of state and discuss your personal medical history over the phone with an unknown intake clerk, or
  2. You can call Higher Legal located right here in Los Angeles and meet personally with a female attorney who specializes in Prozac and Zoloft drug cases and who understands the privacy you need and deserve.   


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If your child experienced these complications from the use of Prozac (before 2001) or Zoloft (before 2006), or if you were taking the drug before or during the first trimester of pregnancy and your child was born a cardiac defect, cleft lip or palate, club foot, craniosynostosis or other physical injury, please fill out the SEND ME A MESSAGE form on the right and we will help you. Our consultations are FREE and completely confidential. There are time limitations on filing a case, so please act immediately.


Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are used as antidepressants in the treatment of depression and anxiety and include Prozac and Zoloft.  They are classified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as potentially causing harm to a developing fetus if it is used during pregnancy.  These drugs cross the placenta and have been associated in human studies with congenital malformations in newborns.  A recent study published in Clinical Epidemiology, found that taking SSRI’s while pregnant doubles the risk of birth defects. The study looked at over 200,000 pregnant women from Denmark and found that the risk of serious heart malformations was more than doubled when a pregnant women took these drugs in the first trimester of pregnancy.  This is the third study showing heart defects are significantly increased with use of the drug in pregnancy.  Pregnant mothers who use these medications are at risk of pregnancy complications resulting in a variety of serious birth defects including heart and lung defects, cleft lip and palate and skull abnormalities.  The litigation for these drugs is ongoing. Eli Lilly is facing hundreds of Prozac birth defect lawsuits and is expected to face many more in the future.  More than 92 federal lawsuits alleging birth defects caused by the antidepressant Zoloft and its generic version sertraline were centralized April 17 before Judge Cynthia M. Rufe in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.


Higher Legal is the only local service certified through the California State Bar that assists victims in this area, is a Certified Benefit Corporation and specializes in helping people find honest and exceptional lawyers in their time of need.

Attention Women with Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) cases in Los Angeles

You have two choices:

You can call a law firm located out of state and discuss your very personal medical history and injuries over the phone with an unknown and often inexperienced intake clerk, or                                                                         

You can contact Higher Legal located right here in Los Angeles and meet personally with a female attorney who specializes in TVM cases and who understands the privacy you need and deserve in this type of case.   

If you have experienced problems or complications with a recalled mesh product, fill out the SEND ME A MESSAGE form to the right and we will help you. Our consultations are FREE and completely confidential. There are time limitations on filing a case, so please act immediately.


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Fill out the “SEND ME A MESSAGE” box on the right side of this blog, tell us that you want to connect with a local TVM lawyer and we will get back to you immediately.


Surgical mesh is a medical device that is generally used to repair weakened or damaged tissue. It is made from porous absorbable or non-absorbable synthetic material or absorbable biologic material. In urogynecologic procedures, surgical mesh is permanently implanted to reinforce the weakened vaginal wall to repair pelvic organ prolapse or to support the urethra to treat urinary incontinence.

The most frequent complications reported to the FDA for surgical mesh devices include mesh erosion through the vagina (also called exposure, extrusion or protrusion), pain, infection, bleeding, pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia), organ perforation, and urinary problems. There were also reports of recurrent prolapse, neuro-muscular problems, vaginal scarring/shrinkage, and emotional problems. Many of these complications require additional intervention, including medical or surgical treatment and hospitalization.

The FDA issued a Public Health Notification on serious complications associated with surgical mesh placed through the vagina (transvaginal placement) to treat these conditions.  Based on an updated analysis of adverse events reported to the FDA and complications described in the scientific literature, the FDA identified surgical mesh for transvaginal repair as an area of continuing serious concern.  The FDA issued a recent update to inform the public that serious complications associated with surgical mesh for transvaginal repair are not rare. Furthermore, it is not clear that transvaginal repair with mesh is more effective than traditional non-mesh repair in all patients and it may expose patients to greater risk.

Higher Legal is a local service certified through the California State Bar that assists people with finding honest and exceptional lawyers to help them in their time of need.


Higher Legal Panel Attorney Selects Michael Jackson Jury

Michael Jackson.03Higher Legal panel attorney Brian Panish is currently selecting the jury in the Michael Jackson wrongful death case. Mr. Panish represents Katherine Jackson and Michael’s three children.

According to the L.A. Times, this is going to be a very contentious court fight. From the initial courtroom appearance Mr. Panish said he had made efforts to be civil with the lawyers for AEG but that the defense attorneys were wasting court resources by turning everything into “World War III.”

“Is that part of your civility?” AEG’s attorney Marvin Putnam asked Panish.

“Excuse me?” replied Panish, quickly adding, “You’re the most uncivil lawyer I’ve ever practiced against.”

The Jackson’s claim is that AEG was negligent in its hiring of Dr. Conrad Murray. AEG will be defending itself by saying there is no evidence to suggest that they were the ones to hire Murray. But in one widely quoted e-mail an AEG CEO allegedly wrote, “We want to remind [Dr. Murray] that it is AEG, not MJ, who is paying his salary. We want to remind him what is expected of him.”

Brian Panish is thought to be the premier trial lawyer in the United States. He still holds the record for obtaining the largest plaintiff’s verdict in U.S. History, 4.9 Billion dollars.

If you need an exceptional plaintiff’s lawyer, contact Higher Legal. We’ve got the best lawyers in the business.

Is this an abuse of your system?

terell davisI have known a lot of working folks with legitimate work place injuries who have tried to get California Workers Comp benefits.

I always thought our California Workers Comp system was set up to help the working person in need. Someone who needed a little help when he or she was injured on the job. Something to sort of hold them over until they healed up and could get back to work.

So why did the NFL Super Bowl MVP Terrell Davis of the Denver Broncos, a running back who signed a $6.8 million contract for playing football, who also made a fortune in endorsements including a deal with Campbell’s soup, and who has since retired and is appearing in movies and TV shows – why has he received a $199,000 injury settlement from a California Workers Compensation court for injuries he claims he received playing in the couple of football games in California?

If you don’t believe me, take a look at the article today where it was reported: Professional athletes cashing in on worker’s comp in California

We want to hear what you think. Is this honest? Is it moral? Is it right?

Higher Legal was started to help people with legitimate claims find honest lawyers.

(Guess what, we didn’t represent Mr. Davis)


Oh No! Rudy Tomjanovich Owes Millions!

Former Los Angeles Laker coach Rudy Tomjanovich has been ordered to pay more than $2.7 million dollars because the Pacific Palisades house he sold had mold and water damage that he failed to disclose when he sold it, according to a local report.

The house, which is located in the Palisades at 1639 San Onofre, is reported to be 6,600 sq, ft. on four levels. Rudy T. purchased it for $4.25 million from “Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis when he took over the Lakers from Phil Jackson. But Rudy T. resigned from the Lakers after just 41 games and later sold the house and according to the court documents made a profit of $3,169,927.48.

It gets worse for Rudy T. because  according to the news reports the legal case is now continuing with the punitive damage phase.  To get an idea of what the parties to the case actually had to say, we have obtained the actual trial briefs that are filed with the court. The one filed by the plaintiff who is suing Rudy T. is 124 pages.

The Plaintiffs Trial Brief: Rudy Tomjanovich Plaintiffs Trial Brief

The Defendants Trial Brief: Rudy Tomjanovich Defendants Trial Brief

There are a lot of  very interesting allegations in these legal documents.

For more about this story, see the Pacific Palisades Patch report.

Let us know what you think about the case.