BP contests Barbier’s determination of oil spill size through appeal

Posted on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 at 10:52 am    

London-based oil giant BP Plc appealed U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s finding that 3.19 million barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, making the company liable to pay the U.S. government an estimate of $13.7 billion in penalties under the Clean Water Act, the Insurance Journal reported on February 24.

The appeal was made after Barbier rejected BP’s attempt to lessen the maximum civil fine it is facing in connection with the oil spill. Barbier has yet to make an official decision regarding the total amount of penalties that BP will pay and he has yet to indicate when said decision will be made.

At present, around $42 billion of costs were estimated to be the amount of damage BP incurred for oil spill cleanup, fines and penalties from the government, and compensation for victims. Around 810,000 barrels of oil have already been collected through cleanup efforts.

BP claimed that Barbier’s ruling was “grossly negligent” and that the assertion during the first phase of the trial that BP’s actions led to the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Macondo well was faulty.

Our attorneys at Williams Kherkher represent those who have suffered damages as the result of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and we may also be able to fight on your behalf for the funds you need to recover. Call our offices today at (713) 230-2200 or (800) 220-9341 for an initial case discussion with a member of our legal team.


Medications for treating peptic ulcer

Posted on Monday, March 2nd, 2015 at 12:44 pm    

Depending on the cause, individuals suffering from peptic ulcers should take medication to treat the problem.

• Doctors may prescribe some antibiotics to their patients if an H. pylori bacterium is causing the peptic ulcer.
• Patients with a peptic ulcer are then given several medicines to heal the blisters by controlling the acid levels in the digestive system. However, some of the medications like the proton pump inhibitors (PPI) may increase a person’s risk of suffering a spine, hip, or wrist fracture.
• Some patients with a peptic ulcer are given cytoprotective agents to protect some parts of their digestive system.

After undergoing medications, doctors may require their patients to undergo endoscopy if the ulcer still persists.

Unfortunately individuals who take Xarelto medicine to prevent blood clots are at risk of suffering peptic ulcer-like conditions that often lead to profuse bleeding in the digestive system. If you believe that you have been harmed by this potentially dangerous drug, the pharmaceutical lawyers of Williams Kherkher may work for you. Call us today at (800) 220-9341 to find out how we may help you with your condition.


Possible symptoms of celiac disease

Posted on Monday, March 2nd, 2015 at 12:40 pm    

Individuals with celiac disease, the autoimmune and digestive disorder that affects the small intestine lining when those afflicted ingest gluten, may suffer from the following symptoms:

• Digestive disorders like diarrhea, weight loss, abdominal bloating, and stool problems.
• Blood problems caused by iron deficiency.
• Seizures
• Musculoskeletal disorders
• Oral ulcers
• Irregular menstrual period for women.

Individuals with celiac disease are also at risk of developing other serious health disorders that may affect the unborn babies of pregnant women.

Unfortunately, individuals taking Benicar to lower their blood pressure may begin suffering from the symptoms of celiac disease. If you are negatively affected by Benicar, it is highly advisable to enlist a pharmaceutical legal team who may pursue financial compensation on your behalf. Discuss your situation with the lawyers of Williams Kherkher today at (800) 220-9341 to learn more about your options.


What you need to know after a uterine leiomyosarcoma diagnosis

Posted on Monday, March 2nd, 2015 at 11:27 am    

Individuals who have just been diagnosed with uterine leiomyosarcoma (LMS) might feel restless and apprehensive. But as they learn more about the disease, they may be able to drive away their anxiety and fears to regain control of their lives.

Upon leiomyosarcoma diagnosis, it is important for you to seek the help of a sarcoma oncologist to give you a better view on the overall status of your health. He or she can also shed light about the nature of the disease, and may give you an idea about the treatment options that will be most appropriate for you. Your sarcoma oncologist may also work in collaboration with oncology nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, and dietitians to ensure that your health will be at the optimum while fighting against the disease.

Uterine leiomyosarcoma is oftentimes hidden in benign uterine growths. However, removal of these benign growths through laparoscopic procedures involving a power morcellator has been associated with the spread of leiomyosarcoma in the uterus. If you believe your cancer has been a result of a procedure involving a power morcellator, our legal team at Williams Kherkher might be able to help you file a case against the manufacturers of the device. Call us at (800) 220-9341 today.


John Eddie Williams interviews Joe Jamail

Posted on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 at 3:55 pm    

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.

John Eddie Williams Jr. and Joe Jamail

John Eddie Williams Jr. and Joe Jamail

John Eddie Williams Jr. and Joe Jamail


Grandfather proudly shares baby’s cleft palate transformation

Posted on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 12:26 pm    

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 employees injured in San Antonio industrial explosion

Posted on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 10:28 am    

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 studies further prove the prevalence of hidden uterine sarcoma

Posted on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 9:58 am    

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 increases 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.


The top four dangers of arrhythmia

Posted on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 9:41 am    

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Stroke – A clot may travel into your brain and lodge into one of its arteries, causing a stroke
  4. 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.


Scientists found a new approach for treating ovarian cancer

Posted on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 9:38 am    

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.


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