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Attention Women in Los Angeles who suffered injury from NuvaRing birth control

laura gianni 2If you are a woman between the ages of 25 – 50 who has suffered injury from use of the NuvaRing birth control, you have two choices:

  1. You can contact a law firm located outside of California and discuss your personal medical history with an unknown intake clerk, or

2. You can contact Higher Legal located right here in Los Angeles and meet personally with an expert female attorney who specializes in these cases and who understands the privacy you need and deserve.

Many women between the ages of 25 – 50 have suffered injury as a result of their use of NuvaRing birth control, including heart attack, stroke, blood clots or other cardiovascular problems. If you are one of these victims, please fill out the SEND ME A MESSAGE form in the top 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.

In 2001, the NuvaRing became available in United States markets. It quickly became popular among birth control options and was chosen by hundreds of thousands of women across America because of its reliability and ease of use. Unfortunately, this form of birth control has been linked to serious health problems that may leave users facing serious and potentially fatal side effects.

The Nuva Ring is a small and flexible vaginal ring, which is designed to be inserted into the vagina once a month.  It is kept in place for three weeks, releasing controlled amounts of ethinyl estradiol  and etonogestrel, which modify female hormones to prevent pregnancy.  Etonogestral, also known as “third generation” progestin desogestrel, has been linked to serious health concerns, including a higher risk of heart attacks, strokes, blood clots and other cardiovascular problems. NuvaRing delivers a relatively high dose of this hormone.

A study by the Food and Drug Administration found the contraceptive device NuvaRing increases a woman’s risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) by 56% in the first year. The rate of this potentially deadly condition increases over time.  Blood clots can cause fatal conditions like heart attack and stroke. Thousands of reports of complications documented in NuvaRing users have been filed with the FDA.  Subsequent research found an even greater risk of blood clots in women using NuvaRing. A May 2012 study in the British Medical Journal calculated a 6.5x increased risk of blood clots in women using NuvaRing.

In recent years, a number of lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. against the manufacturers of NuvaRing. These lawsuits, filed by women who have used NuvaRing (and by family members in a few cases), allege that the manufacturers and marketers of NuvaRing did not adequately warn women and their doctors about the dangers associated with NuvaRing — including the risk of blood clots and other serious side effects — while at the same time they vigorously promoted its use. Since 2008, at least two lawsuits have alleged a link between NuvaRing and the deaths of women who have used the contraceptive. In late 2008, a number of federal NuvaRing lawsuits were consolidated into one, under a process known as multidistrict litigation (MDL). The NuvaRing MDL is being handled in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

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.   VIDEO: What we do at Higher Legal

Excedrin Voluntary Recall

Excedrin and NoDoz with the expiration date of December 20, 2014 and Bufferin and Gas-X Prevention with the expiration date of December 20, 2013 were found to have chipped, broken, and stray pills.  On Sunday, January 8, 2012, Novartis made a voluntary recall of products due to manufacturing problems which resulted in broken and mislabeled pills.

According to a Los Angeles product liability attorney, the recall is a precautionary matter and it is best to either destroy and dispose or return the medications immediately. For more information about product liability cases click on this Higher Legal product liability link.

Click here to see a full list of the recalled products as well as how to return them.


Higher Legal Attorney wins
“Trial Lawyer of the Year”

Higher Legal panel lawyer, Brian Panish, has been named the “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”). This award is considered to be California’s highest honor among trial attorneys.

Brian Panish worked with Daniel Amos, founder of  Higher Legal, when they were at the prominent plaintiff’s firm now known as Greene, Broillet & Wheeler. Mr. Panish is now a partner at Panish, Shea & Boyle in Los Angeles. Mr. Panish has been a Higher Legal panel attorney since the inception of the company in 2008.

Recently Mr. Panish obtained a record jury verdict of over Twenty-One Million Dollars in favor of an Iraq War Navy veteran who suffered catastrophic injury in an automobile accident caused by a negligent Hillyard, Inc. driver. This groundbreaking case, Michael Nelsen v. Hillyard, Inc., et al., was included in the Daily Journal Top Plaintiff Verdicts of 2009.

Higher Legal is a California State Bar certified lawyer referral service that specializes in matching people with the very best personal injury lawyers in California and then monitoring their case from start to finish to make sure they receive the very best representation available. Higher Legal is able to open the doors to many of the state’s top law firms in all types of personal injury cases, including automobile accidents, medical malpractice, elder abuse, wrongful termination, insurance bad faith claims, asbestos/mesothelioma cases,  pharmaceutical actions and mass torts.

San Bruno Tragedy. Lawyers Beware!

Good for the State Bar of California!

I just read the notice placed on the California State Bar web site telling sleazy lawyers to stay away from the victims of the tragedy in San Bruno. The State Bar also notifies the victims that they should beware of  the illegal “runners” and “cappers” who may try to approach them to sign them up with a lawyer. State Bar Notice.  The State Bar of California recommends that anyone from this disaster who feels they need to consult with a lawyer should consider contacting a certified lawyer referral service. The notice goes on to state:

“If an injured person or family member believes that they have been improperly solicited by or on behalf of an attorney, they should immediately report the matter to the State Bar at (800) 843-9053″.

In this day and age of ambulance chasers, which unfortunately gives all good and reputable lawyers a bad name, I applaud the State Bar for coming out with this notice to the public.