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Attention Women in Los Angeles who suffered injury from use of the Mirena IUD

 

If you are a woman between the ages of 25 – 50 who has suffered a perforation of the uterus, ectopic pregnancy or thrombosis from use of a Mirena IUD, you have two choices:

 

  1. You calaura gianni 2n contact one of those law firms 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 a uterine perforation, ectopic pregnancy or thrombosis as a result of the Mirena IUD. 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.

 

The Mirena IUD is a small, t-shaped plastic intrauterine device (IUD) that releases a hormone into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. It is manufactured by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Mirena in 2000 as a contraceptive for women who have had at least one child. In 2009, the FDA approved Mirena to treat heavy menstrual bleeding in women who prefer intrauterine contraception as their method of birth control.  In the course of marketing the Mirena, Bayer was warned by the FDA that its advertising omitted serious and frequent risks associated with Mirena, and misleadingly suggested that Mirena is safer than has been demonstrated.

 

Over 45,000 adverse events from Mirena have been reported to U.S. health regulators since Mirena’s introduction to the market. The most serious Mirena risks and side effects include: uterine perforation (the IUD tears through the cervix or the wall of the uterus); ectopic pregnancy (when the embryo implants outside the uterine cavity); thrombosis (blood clots).  Uterine perforation is a serious injury many women have suffered. The Mirena IUD moved within their uterus, ripped through the cervix or wall of the uterus, and entered the abdominal cavity, sometimes years after the IUD was properly inserted.  The migration of Mirena outside the uterus can cause scar tissue or adhesions, infections, blockages, and perforations or other damage to other organs, as well as unwanted pregnancy. This occurrence always requires surgery to remove the IUD and in certain cases a hysterectomy (the removal of the uterus and other organs), resulting in the woman never being able to become pregnant in the future.

 

Women who have suffered serious Mirena complications and pain have charged that Bayer failed to disclose adequately to them and their physicians the risk of migration of the Mirena after insertion. The lawsuits also charge that the Mirena IUD poses serious side effects and is a defective and dangerous medical device.  The warning label on Mirena only states that migration may occur if the uterus is perforated during the initial insertion. Bayer has not disclosed the danger of Mirena IUD tearing the uterus following its proper insertion. When patients report symptoms associated with uterine perforation, the patients and their doctors have no reason to suspect that Mirena has torn into and perforated the uterus. As a result, there can be a delay in timely and appropriate medical care and leading to greater pain and suffering for the patient, emotional distress, the need to remove the Mirena IUD, and permanent physical injuries.

 

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Attention Women in Los Angeles who suffered a fracture from the use of Fosamax, Actonel or Boniva

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If you are a woman over the age of 45 who suffered an atypical femur fracture unrelated to trauma after taking Fosamax, Actonel or Boniva (or a combination of these drugs) for more than one year, you have two choices:

  1. You can contact a law firm located out of state and discuss your personal medical history 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 these cases and who understands the privacy you need and deserve.

Many women over the age of 45 have suffered an atypical femur fracture unrelated to trauma after taking Fosamax, Actonel or Boniva (or a combination of these drugs) for more than one year. If you are one of these victims, please fill out the SEND ME A MESSAGE form on 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.

Fosamax, Actonel and Boniva belong to a class of drugs known as bisphosphonates, which have been widely prescribed to strengthen bones, prevent bone loss and treat osteoporosis.  Despite evidence linking long-term use of these medications to the occurrence of unusual femur fractures and other serious health problems, more than 30 million bisphosphonate prescriptions are still written in the United States each year. Many  lawsuits have been filed on behalf of bisphosphonate users who have suffered atypical femur fractures, which are low-energy fractures or low-impact hip fractures that can occur without warning or exposure to any trauma.  Repairing a femur fracture typically requires surgical implantation of a rod into the femur.  Studies published in a number of highly respected medical journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research support the conclusion that long-term use of bisphosphonates can cause these types of atypical femur fractures.  On October 13, 2010, the FDA issued a new drug safety announcement regarding bisphosphonate femur fracture concerns. The FDA also required bisphosphonate manufacturers to include a new warning relating to atypical femur fractures.  Merck has been defending itself in Fosamax litigation in femur fracture cases as the connection between Fosamax and those injuries became evident. In California a Judicial Council Coordinated Proceeding comprised of Fosamax injury lawsuits was approved in May 2011 for coordination and assigned to Judge Ronald Bauer in Orange County Superior Court.

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Attention Women in Los Angeles injured from the use of Actos

 

If you are a Type 2 diabetic, non-smoker who developed bladder cancer after taking Actos for management of your diabetes, you have two choices:

 

  1. You can contact a law firm located out of California and discuss your personal medical history 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 these cases and who understands the privacy you need and deserve.

 

 

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Many women have developed bladder cancer after taking Actos for management of their diabetes. If you were injured, 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.

 

The medication Actos  is used to treat type 2 diabetes  and works by increasing the body’s sensitivity to insulin, a natural substance that helps control blood sugar levels.  Patients taking Actos for more than a year  have an increased risk of bladder cancer, according to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) interim review of an ongoing epidemiological study.  The FDA is informing the public that use of Actos for more than one year is associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer. Information about this risk will be added to the Warnings and Precautions section of the label for the medicines. The patient Medication Guide for these medicines will also be revised to include information on the risk of bladder cancer.  This safety information is based on FDA’s review of data from a planned five-year interim analysis which showed an increased risk of bladder cancer was noted among patients with the longest and highest  exposure to Actos.  The FDA is also aware of a recent epidemiological study conducted in France which also found  an increased risk of bladder cancer with Actos. Based on the results of this study, France has suspended the use of Actos.  Litigation is ongoing in California with cases transferred to the Los Angeles County Superior Court following an order to consolidate on January 4, 2012. In that order, presiding Judge Lee Smalley Edmon ruled that Judge Jane L. Johnson will oversee the coordinated proceedings.

 

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Attention Women in Los Angeles injured from the use Yaz / Yasmin Birth Control

 

 

If you suffered a venous thrombotic event (DVT, pulmonary embolism or stroke) while taking Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella, you have two choices:

 

  1. You can contact one of those law firms located out of state and discuss your personal medical history 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 Yaz and Yasmin cases and who understands the privacy you need and deserve.

 

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Many women between the ages of 20 – 45 have been injured by these birth control drugs. If you were injured, 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.

 

Yaz is a combination birth control pill that contains estrogen and progestin. On September 26, 2011 the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued an updated Drug Safety Communication informing the public that it “remains concerned about the potential increased risk of blood clots with the use of drospirenone-containing birth control pills.” The FDA is advising patients to speak to their healthcare professional about the risk of blood clots before deciding which birth-control pill to use. This alert was updated on October 27, 2011 in a FDA Safety Medwatch. The Yaz/Yasmin group of birth control drugs, an oral contraceptive, contains progestin drospirenone, a diuretic which may elevate the levels of potassium in the blood stream.  Drospirenone and/or elevated potassium side effects may include pulmonary embolisms, deep vein thrombosis or DVT, blood clots, heart attacks, str

okes, damaged kidneys, damaged gallbladder, abnormal heartbeat, and even death.  The total number of deaths cited in the lawsuits is not known. A search of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) adverse event database discovered 140 fatalities linked to Yasmin and 50 to Yaz. Several studies have found that the contraceptives Yaz and Yasmin increase the risk of blood clots more than other types of birth control pills.  Judge Carolyn B. Kuhl of the Superior Court of the State of California has been assigned to oversee the coordinated case management proceeding. The coordination, which had been established in September of this year, is keeping track of other similar consolidations that will be taking place in Philadelphia and New Jersey.

 

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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.

 

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