Possible causes of blood presence in urine

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 at 9:42 am    

People who suffer from hematuria, the medical term for blood presence in urine, should not disregard the condition; it is a sign that they are possibly suffering from a serious medical problem. Hematuria is often linked to the following health conditions:

  • Kidney infections
  • Kidney stones
  • Kidney diseases
  • Bladder infections that affect adults and children

In some situations, a procedure called “microscopic hematuria” is conducted to detect the presence of red blood cells in the urine that cannot be seen by the naked eye. People who have hematuria are usually treated depending on the medical condition they are suffering from.

Sadly, people who take Xarelto are at risk of suffering from serious health conditions, which may become apparent through blood in the urine. If you have suffered from dangerous side effects after taking this drug, the legal team of Williams Kherkher may help you pursue financial compensation to cover medical treatment and other damages. Find out how we may help you file a claim against negligent parties today by calling (800) 220-9341.


Did you know that Williams Kherkher won a $38M Depakote award this week?

Friday, May 29th, 2015 at 3:42 pm    

The verdict, won by Williams Kherkher attorneys and partners including John Eddie, John Boundas, Sejal Brahmbhatt, Margot Trevino, and Brian Abramson, continues to reverberate in the legal community and make national news.  Expect more coverage in the coming weeks.  This is a great verdict, and exemplifies the jury trial leadership for which Williams Kherkher is known.

The verdict against Abbott was due to the fact that Abbott underplayed the risk of birth defects, making it appear that Depakote had about the same level as other anti-epileptic drugs available.  As John Eddie and John were able to argue, in reality it was the most dangerous anti-epileptic drug.

Some examples of coverage of the story include:


Hearing problems linked to cleft defect

Thursday, May 28th, 2015 at 1:23 pm    

When children are born with congenital defects like cleft lip or palate, there are many challenges the parents and children will have to face. Although advanced surgery treatments are already available for children with cleft defects, parents should know that their children may also suffer from hearing problems.

Infants who are born with cleft palate unfortunately are at a high risk of developing infections in their middle ear. If a child has a cleft palate, the Eustachian tube that equalizes air pressure in the middle ear works improperly, often resulting in an increased risk of infections. A child with cleft palate whose ear infection is left untreated may eventually suffer from hearing loss. Children with clefts may require a tube in their ears to prevent them from developing infections by draining excess fluids.

Treating hearing problems caused by cleft palate can be expensive, leaving many families suffering from financial loss. If you believe that your loved one’s congenital defect has been caused by the mother using Topamax while pregnant, the legal team of Williams Kherkher may help you pursue financial compensation to cover medical expenses from the negligent drug manufacturer. Find out how we may help you file a Topamax claim today by calling (800) 220-9341.


FBI investigates Johnson & Johnson over power morcellators

Thursday, May 28th, 2015 at 10:43 am    

The FBI is currently investigating what, exactly, Johnson & Johnson knew about their laparoscopic power morcellator before it was released and while it was on the market, according to a Wall Street Journal article on May 27.

Power morcellators, often used in hysterectomies, are designed to cut up fibroids in the uterus which are then extracted through small incisions. Unfortunately, however, these devices have resulted in the spread of previously undetected uterine cancer in many women. J & J recalled the product last year but has been receiving alerts about its dangers for at least the past nine years.

A former pathologist contacted the company in 2006 to express his concerns that use of the device would spread cancerous cells, thus further threatening a patient’s health.  A J & J spokesperson said that after this communication, an additional warning was added to the instructions, explaining that malignant tissue may be spread through its use.

A physician’s assistant in California accumulated a list of women, including her, whose cancers worsened after the device was used in a medical procedure. The list consists of 386 names. This woman, along with the retired pathologists and others who have spoken out against the power morcellator, has been contacted by the FBI as part of its investigation.

The attorneys of Williams Kherkher are dedicated to representing those whose health has been affected by the use of power morcellators. Call us at 800-220-9341 today to learn more about holding the responsible parties accountable.


Soft drinks may increase the risk of endometrial cancer

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 at 10:45 am    

Older age, obesity, early start of menstruation, and hormone therapy are among the many risk factors associated with uterine cancer. But apart from these, a recent study published in the Journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention revealed that soft drinks may also increase your risk of developing this life-threatening disease.

In a study that looked into 23,000 post-menopausal women, individuals who consumed sugar-sweetened drinks were 72% more at risk of uterine cancer. Experts believe sugar-sweetened beverages increase the level of estrogen in the body. Because post-menopausal women are not able to shed their endometrial lining regularly, increased estrogen level may cause their lining to thicken, thereby increasing their risk of uterine cancer.

Unfortunately, these are not the only risk factors associated with endometrial cancer. Power morcellators, for instance, may cause the spread of undetected cancer in the uterus during laparoscopic procedures. To learn more about taking legal action after being harmed by this medical device, consult with our legal team at Williams Kherkher by calling (800) 220-9341 today.


GSK sued over Zofran’s birth defect risk

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 at 10:42 am    

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is facing a lawsuit over its drug Zofran after a Chilton County woman claimed that the drug caused her son to develop multiple birth defects, AL.com reported on May 6.

In a claim filed in the U.S. District Court in Birmingham, Julie Hunter says the anti-nausea and morning sickness drug caused her 8-year-old son Talon to suffer from a multitude of birth injuries with lifelong effects. Among them are a distended kidney, extra fingers on his hands (polydactyl), and high narrow pallet. Doctors say the defects were a result of an abnormality in the 13th chromosome, an issue which Talon did not likely inherit based on a genetic examination his parents took.

The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology said there is a 30% increase of congenital defects when pregnant mothers use Zofran. If your baby has developed birth defects due to this drug, a lawyer at Williams Kherkher may look into your situation to see if it qualifies you for a claim. Call us at (800) 220-9341 to learn more about the possibility of filing a lawsuit.


Aetna to curb power morcellator coverage due to cancer risk

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 at 10:27 am    

Starting on May 15, U.S. health insurer Aetna began limiting its coverage of power morcellator use in hysterectomies over issues that the medical device might spread uterine cancer in women, CBC News reported on May 5.

The third largest health insurer in the country said it is cutting back its coverage for laparoscopic procedures involving power morcellators because their safety has still not been proven. However, the health insurer said it will provide exceptions for pre-menopausal women who want to preserve their fertility and are left with no other effective option. Exceptions will also be provided for women whose lives would be threatened through another treatment.

More and more health insurers in the U.S. are cutting their coverage on procedures involving power morcellator over the device’s risk of spreading undetected uterine cancer. If you have been harmed by this medical device in any way, a lawyer at Williams Kherkher might be able to represent you in a case against the manufacturer involved. Call us at (800) 220-9341 today.


Depakote and the risk of autism

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 at 9:31 am    

Depakote is an anti-convulsant drug prescribed to treat epilepsy, bipolar disorders, and migraines. Overtime, however, Abbott Laboratories Inc. has experienced fierce criticism over allegations that the drug may cause a host of brain defects in babies born to mothers who took the drug while pregnant.

In a Danish study of 665,000 children who were monitored for 10 years, researchers found that mothers who took Depakote had a 4.42% chance of having a child with autism. This is significantly higher compared to the 1.02% chance in mothers who did not take the drug. Scientists believe that because Depakote impacts the early development of the nervous system, infants exposed to this drug in utero are at risk of brain injury while in the womb, which increases their risk of autism.

More and more lawsuits are being filed against the maker of Depakote for allegedly causing brain and spinal defects. If you believe taking Depakote has endangered your child’s health, consult with an attorney at Williams Kherkher to learn more about the possibility of filing a case. Call us at (800) 220-9341 for a free case assessment today.


Am I suffering from galactorrhea?

Thursday, May 21st, 2015 at 1:08 pm    

Galactorrhea refers to the spontaneous production of milk in one or both breasts unassociated with breast feeding. Although galactorrhea largely affects women, some cases have been recorded to affect males and children. Galactorrhea is a result of an increased level of prolactin, a hormone responsible for initiating and maintaining milk production in nursing mothers.

Apart from milky discharge in the nipples, galactorrhea may also be accompanied by headaches or problems with vision. Such symptoms may indicate the development of benign growths in the pituitary gland, causing it to produce too much prolactin (prolactinoma). As the benign tumors grow, the pressure inside the skull increases, causing headaches and vision problems.

Risperdal is an atypical anti-psychotic drug well-associated with different adverse effects, including benign growths in the pituitary gland and galactorrhea. To learn more about taking legal action after being hurt by this drug, speak with an attorney at Williams Kherkher by calling (800) 220-9341 today.


Two categories of hemorrhagic stroke

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 at 4:28 pm    

There are two types of hemorrhagic stroke, or brain hemorrhage, depending on the part of the skull where the bleeding takes place.

  1. Hemorrhagic stroke is called “intracerebral hemorrhage” if the bleeding takes place inside the brain and is caused by a damaged blood vessel. People with hypertension or those who abuse controlled substance and alcohol are at risk of this type of hemorrhagic stroke.
  2. Hemorrhagic stroke is called “subarachnoid hemorrhage” if the bleeding takes place on the surface of the brain, between the skull and the organ. The bleeding, also caused by a damaged blood vessel, then mixes with the fluid that supports the brain and spinal cord. If this type of bleeding happens, people are at risk of brain tissue damage due to artery spasms.

brain hemorrhage can result in devastating health consequences and quickly accumulating medical expenses. If you have suffered a brain hemorrhage after taking Xarelto medicine, the lawyers of Williams Kherkher may work on your behalf for the funds you need to cover treatment and other damages. Call us at 800-220-9341 today to begin taking action.


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