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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.

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. 

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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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.