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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 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 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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