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Attention Women in Los Angeles who suffered injury from Da Vinci Robotic Surgery

laura gianni 2If you are a woman who has been injured as a result of Da Vinci Robotic Surgery (Intuitive Surgical) you have two choices:

  1. You can contact one of those law firms 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 have suffered injury to organs other than those their surgeon intended as a result of the Da Vinci Robotics, such as a hysterectomy which resulted in a perforated bowel, ureter, aorta or other organ. 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 Da Vinci Surgical System was brought to market in 2000 by Intuitive Surgical. The robot utilizes four remote-controlled arms and a sophisticated camera to allow surgeons to operate through small incisions with greater precision and visibility. According to Intuitive, Da Vinci robot procedures offer patients smaller incisions, less blood loss, and quicker recoveries.  Since its launch, the Da Vinci robot has been installed in over 2,000 hospitals. The device is used in a growing number of procedures including, Hysterectomies, Prostatectomies, Gastric bypasses and Gall bladder removals. According to Bloomberg.com, the Da Vinci Surgical Systems was used in some 300,000 U.S. surgeries last year.
Thousands of patients have reported adverse side effects from using the Da Vinci and other robotic surgical systems. These side effects include organ and blood vessel punctures, surgical burns, and death.  The Da Vinci Surgical System comprises a complex set of robotic arms and surgical instruments. Using 3-D images of the affected area, a doctor at a computerized console operates the system to perform high precision surgical procedures.  Since its release, Da Vinci has demonstrated serious side effects, including Organ and blood vessel punctures, Internal burns and other heat injuries, Intestinal tears and burns.  The Da Vinci robot’s other side effects include incontinence, vaginal cuff dehiscence, impotence, and cut ureters.  Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Da Vinci in 2000, patients have reported some 4,600 adverse events, claims Citron. Of those, 89 events included fatalities.  Plaintiffs who have filed a Da Vinci surgical robot lawsuit allege that Intuitive has induced hospitals to buy the expensive technology by promising their market share would increase if they offer patients robotic surgery procedures.

 

In January, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) launched a probe of the Da Vinci robot to determine if an increase in adverse events related to such procedures is a reflection of a real and growing problem. Among other things, the survey asks doctors to discuss their training on the machine. Recently, the American College of Gynecologists advised its members that robotic-assisted hysterectomy should not be the first choice for most women in need of the procedure.

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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.

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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 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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