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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.

 

The Business of Business is MORE Than Just Business

In 1996, Odwalla, a major player in the juice industry, was hit with an E.Coli bacteria scare.

The company which operated from Half Moon Bay, CA was known for its unpasteurized and fresh juices of the best quality. Founder Greg Steltenpohl was adamant about the importance of a superior product and took the necessary steps to ensure Odwalla remained on top of its competition. Unfortunately, even Steltenpohl’s careful watch over the processing of his juices could not prevent the worst. 10 out of 13 E.Coli break outs in Washington as well as three of four cases in Colorado flagged warnings back to Odwalla’s apple juice.

Without a second thought, Steltenpohl ordered the recall of all products containing any apple juice before the FDA could even prove that the Odwalla product was the cause of the E.Coli. The company also pleaded guilty to all cases filed against them and paid medical bills in full. Steltenpohl even received permission to attend the funeral of a young girl who died from the E.Coli breakout. The net loss was
incredible. Even worse, the Odwalla reputation was tainted.

This did not last long, though. Odwalla was soon viewed as a corporation with high social responsibility, setting the prime example of an ideal company. From setting the highest practices with the manufacturing process of the juice, to assuming full, but unnecessary responsibility of the E.Coli problem, Odwalla was praised for their steps to help the greater good.

What does this say about our corporations today? If even a quarter of major companies assumed responsibility for their actions, how different would the face of “corporate America” be?

To read an article published by CNN in 1996, click here.
To read another view of the Odwalla case, click here.

Unfortunate incidents occur every moment.
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Football Players Sue NFL for Concussions?…

Initiated by hundreds of former NFL players, four lawsuits have been consolidated by a federal judicial panel to sue the league and helmet makers. Apparently, professional football players were not made aware of the dangers of concussions and hits to the head before playing the sport. The cases will be tried together in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Jim McMahon and Jamal Lewis and well as wives of players have also filed suits and may be added.

Here’s my confusion: it’s FOOTBALL. Is it not a given fact that head injuries and concussions are a major risk of the game? Is it not even more relevant to those who are in the game itself? Perhaps there is more to the situation that I do not understand or isn’t mentioned in the article, but from what I can tell, this should be a very interesting case.

What do you think about this case? Do the NFL players stand a chance in court? Click here for the article.

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Voluntary Recall: Expandable Lunch Box with Gel Packs

 

photo: Ci Sport Expandable, Insulated Lunch Box SeSold at Costco Wholesale Clubs, Leon Korol, and Cost U Less stores, the Expandable Insulated Lunch Box with Freezer is being recalled by California Innovations Inc. due to dangerous contents in the gel packs.  The gel contains diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol and can leak out of damaged packs.  These contents are hazardous should it contaminate food or be ingested.

There have been no reports of directly harming any persons; however, there have been two cases in which dogs have ingested the gel.  One dog recovered with treatment and the other passed away without treatment.

To read more about the details of the lunch box and how to get a refund, click here.

If you have been negatively affected by this lunch box or any other product defect, click here for more information to find out how Higher Legal can help you.