John Eddie Williams, Jr., outgoing chair of the Houston Bar Foundation, recently interviewed legendary attorney Joe Jamail at the Houston Bar Foundation Annual Luncheon on February 26. Both men have dedicated their time and support to charitable organizations such as the Houston Bar Foundation, which was formed in 1982 to provide excellent representation and resources to those in the community in need. Here are some pictures from this fantastic event.
A grandfather proudly shared the progression of his baby granddaughter after she was treated for severe cleft palate, the Daily Mail reported on February 11.
Reports said Lexi Grace, 1, had an extreme case of cleft lip and palate when she was born in 2013. Lexi’s mouth, according to her grandfather, had gears and wires for months before her palate was treated. The little girl had to undergo several operations to correct her congenital defects. Lexi Grace’s grandfather posted several pictures on the internet that showed the remarkable transformation of Lexi. Though recent photos of Lexi Grace shows great improvement, her grandfather said in a letter that she still needed dental treatments for further improvement. Cleft defect is one of the most common congenital defects in North America, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) said.
The pharmaceutical legal team of Williams Kherkher understands how difficult it is for babies to be born with congenital defects like oral clefts. However, if you believe that your loved one’s cleft may have resulted from the mother’s Topamax medication during pregnancy, we may help you get the treatment funds you need for expensive surgeries and other procedures from the negligent drug makers. Have your situation evaluated by us today at (800) 220-9341 to learn more about your options.
Three people were burned when an explosion rocked a cement plant in San Antonio, the San Antonio Express-News reported on February 24.
According to reports from the San Antonio Fire Department spokesperson Deborah Foster, the explosion itself happened around 2 p.m. Fire crews responded to the coal mill fire, which occurred at Capitol Aggregates at 11551 Nacogdoches Road, but the flames had already been put out by a carbon dioxide suppressant system.
Reports indicated that three employees suffered facial burns. Although further details about their conditions were not released, there were reports that at least one person was transported to a nearby hospital.
The attorneys of Williams Kherkher hope for the quick recovery of those injured in this recent explosion. Our Houston legal team knows all too well the prevalence of industrial explosions, and we work to help those who have been injured in accidents like this. To learn more, call our offices at 800-220-9341 today.
Two recent studies published in the Obstetrics & Gynecology and JAMA Oncology further established the possibility that many women who underwent gynecological procedures with power morcellation were put at risk for the spread of undetected cancer tissues, The Wall Street Journal reported on February 19.
In a study published inObstetrics & Gynecology, researchers from the University of Michigan said the possibility of having undetected sarcoma among women who had hysterectomies was one in 368. On the other hand, a study published in the JAMA Oncology stated that although the possibility of hidden cancers are low among those who have their uterine fibroids removed with or without a power morcellator, the risk of cancers hidden in benign growths increase with age.
These two studies further prove that the possibility of spreading hidden sarcoma during a laparoscopic procedure involving a power morcellator is high. To learn how you might be able to seek compensation from the makers of this medical device, speak with our legal team at Williams Kherkher by calling (800) 220-9341 today.
Qysmia and Belviq are weight management drugs that are both highly associated with cases of arrhythmia, or heart rhythm abnormalities. Qysmia contains phentermine, a drug that may increase the level of norepinephrine in the body, which then increases the likelihood of heart rhythm abnormality. Meanwhile, Belviq contains topiramate, a drug which may increase the risk of arrhythmia due to a higher level of acid in the body fluids.
Arrhythmias may cause health complications, several of which could be life-threatening. Here are the top four most dangerous arrhythmia complications:
- Oxygen deficiency – The heart’s inability to synchronize its pumping activity may compromise the delivery of oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body, causing multiple organ failure if not treated
- Blood clots – Because of irregular electrical synapses of the heart, the blood may pool in the heart’s blood vessels, causing it to form dangerous clots
- Stroke – A clot may travel into your brain and lodge into one of its arteries, causing a stroke
- Heart failure – Prolonged and forceful pumping of the heart to compensate for lower oxygen levels may cause it to fail
At Williams Kherkher, we help victims of Belviq and Qysmia fight against the pharmaceutical companies responsible for the drugs. Call us at (800) 220-9341 to learn how you might be able to file a claim.
A study conducted by a group of researchers at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia revealed a new way to possibly treat an aggressive subtype of ovarian cancer, Medical News Today reported on February 17.
The study, which was funded by the Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, aims to bring new hope to treating ovarian clear cell carcinoma, an ovarian cancer subtype which is known to respond poorly to chemotherapy. Scientists have found a way to halt the spread of the disease by inhibiting an enzyme through a certain gene mutation.
EZH2 is an enzyme that is widely associated with the spread of certain cancers. The ARID1A, on the other hand, is a highly-mutated gene in several types of cancers. Mutated ARID1A halts the overabundance of EZH2, preventing the progression of certain types of cancers such as ovarian clear cell carcinoma.
Ovarian clear cell carcinoma affects approximately 10% of ovarian cancer patients in the country. Sadly, several cases of ovarian cancer have been associated with using talcum powder products for feminine care. To learn more about how to take legal action against the manufacturers involved, speak with an attorney at Williams Kherkher by calling us at (800) 220-9341 today.
Pancreatitis, or the inflammation of the pancreas, happens when the pancreatic juices are activated before being released by the organ to aid in digestion. Individuals with an inflamed pancreas are at risk of different health complications, such as poor digestion, abnormal sugar levels, infection, and kidney problems.
There are many different factors that can influence the development of pancreatitis, including:
- Cigarette smoking, excessive drinking
- Genetic predisposition
In some cases, atypical antipsychotic drugs, such as Risperdal, can cause the thyroid gland to become overactive. This may eventually increase the level of calcium in the bloodstream, which may in turn heighten the risk of pancreatitis. If you or someone close to you has suffered from the medical complications brought about by Rispedal, a lawyer at Williams Kherkher may help you file a case against the manufacturers involved. Call us at (800) 220-9341 to learn more today.
Seventeen-year-old Anya Pogharian realized that people needing medical assistance, especially those who need to have dialysis sessions three times a week for their chronic kidney disease, have a hard time getting to their medical facility, Mother Nature Network reported on February 10.
That is why Pogharian came up with an idea to build a kidney dialysis machine for her high school science project. She created a machine using simple technology and could be crafted on a mere $500 budget. Instead of the 10 hours mandated for the project, Pogharian spent 300 hours researching and developing the machine.
Chronic kidney disease affects your entire life, especially because patients must travel to and from a dialysis treatment center several times a week. When patients with kidney problems are then affected by even greater health concerns due to the dialysate, the situation can become devastating. GranuFlo has been associated with severe effects, such as low blood pressure, stroke, or metabolic alkalosis. If you too have suffered after taking GranuFlo, call the Williams Kherkher legal team at 800-220-9341 today to learn how we may advocate on your behalf.
A jury in Oklahoma awarded $2.5 million in compensatory damages to a woman who was negatively affected by a hip implant manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, an award that was computed based on her past, present, and future expenses related to the defective product, Injury Lawyer News reported on February 19.
This is one result out of the string of lawsuits faced by DePuy due to its defective hip implant products. In 2013, it offered $2.5 billion in settlements to plaintiffs, with over 8,000 injured victims garnering approximately $250,000 each.
At present, DePuy is facing four separate tort lawsuits in state and federal district courts across the country – in Ohio, New Jersey, Indiana, and Texas.
A feature of the multi-district litigation is the ability of the plaintiff to consolidate and unify hearings and case conferences in a bid to maintain judicial economy while maintaining their own case numbers and control over the result of the trial, unlike what happens in class action lawsuits.
If you wish to file a lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company for its production of defective or malfunctioning products, such as the manufacturers of DePuy for their failing hip implants, call our attorneys at Williams Kherkher by dialing (800) 220-9341 today.
A study published on Wednesday, February 11 in the journal Plos One by a team of marine scientists from across the United States showed that bottlenose dolphins have been dying rapidly in the northern Gulf of Mexico between the years 2010 and 2013 – the period after London-based oil giant BP Plc’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded causing a massive oil spill into the gulf.
According to the research, “the location, timing, and magnitude of dolphin stranding trends observed following the [BP] oil spill, particularly statewide for Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi, overlap with the location and magnitude of oil during the year following [the] spill.” The research is the most recent study that links the Deepwater Horizon oil spill severe health problems in dolphins, especially those that swim in Louisiana’s Barataria Bay. A similar study funded by BP in 2013 showed that the 4.2 million barrels of oil spilled into the gulf may have caused missing teeth, lung disease, and hormone imbalance in the dolphins within the area.
Marine life has been severely affected by the oil spill, and so has those whose livelihood depends on the gulf. If your livelihood has been affected by the BP oil spill, our attorneys at Williams Kherkher will work diligently towards the favorable resolution of your BP oil spill claim. Call our offices today at (800) 220-9341.