Supreme Court rejects BP’s appeal without ado

Posted on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 at 10:36 am    

On December 8, the United States Supreme Court rejected a plea made by oil giant BP Plc to reopen a settlement deal made in 2012 that required the company to provide hundreds of billions of dollars to the victims of the April 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in the case of BP Exploration & Production, Inc. v. Lake Eugene Land & Development, Inc., SCOTUSblog reported.

The dismissal was issued without comment or dissent from any of the justices. The case sought to delay lower court actions which would have BP pay over $600 billion for economic damages to claimants who allegedly lack any empirical evidence that the damages incurred by their properties were directly caused by the massive oil spill.

If you are among those affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, get in touch with our attorneys at Williams Kherkher by calling 800-220-9341. We may be able to help you pursue a case against BP for the financial compensation you believe you deserve.

Can power morcellators cause endometriosis?

Posted on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 at 4:12 pm    

Found along the inside lining of the uterus, the endometrium plays a very important role in the female reproductive process. Before menstruation, the endometrium tissues thicken to accommodate human embryos in case of pregnancy. During menstruation, these tissues shed off through the cervix and out of the body. When pieces of endometrial tissue detach from the inside lining of the uterus and grow outside it, endometriosis occurs.

Endometriosis is characterized by symptoms such as painful sexual intercourse, dysmenorrhea, painful urination, excessive bleeding, painful bowel movements, and infertility. Unfortunately, women who have undergone a uterine procedure using a power morcellator are at higher risk of suffering from this painful disease. Scientists have found that endometrial tissue broken down by a power morcellator may lodge outside of the uterus and cause endometriosis.

If you have developed endometriosis or any other health conditions after undergoing a surgical procedure involving a power morcellator, do not hesitate to take legal action. Our team of power morcellator attorneys at Williams Kherkher want to help you take legal action against the responsible manufacturer. For a free case assessment, call us at (800) 220-9341 today.

Williams Kherkher’s December 2014 Oil Spill Claim Newsletter Now Available

Posted on Monday, December 15th, 2014 at 5:06 pm    

Williams Kherkher‘s most recent BP oil spill claim newsletter was released on December 12th. Covering issues such as the Supreme Court’s denial of BP’s appeal and BP’s PR campaign, the firm’s latest newsletter includes information that is sure to be helpful to both current and potential claimants. To read the newsletter in full, click here.

Makers of Xarelto move to prevent merging of lawsuits

Posted on Monday, December 15th, 2014 at 12:34 pm    

Drug companies Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Bayer are currently working to prevent the consolidation of lawsuits targeting their anticoagulant drug Xarelto, Fierce Pharma reported on December 4.

Twenty-one current lawsuits against the maker and manufacturer of Xarelto will possibly be consolidated and sent to U.S. District Judge David Herndon in East St. Louis, IL. Bayer and J&J are pushing back against that request. The current lawsuits come after more than 65 bleeding deaths have occurred after patients begin treatment with Xarelto. The plaintiffs also claim that the company did not properly inform the public about potential bleeding risks. J&J maintains that all anticoagulant treatments, including Xarelto, bear the possibility of bleeding.

The lawyers of Williams Kherkher know that people have suffered great financial loss from treating illnesses caused by potentially hazardous medications like Xarelto. If you or a loved one has suffered severe bleeding in the stomach or intestines from Xarelto use, we may possibly help you pursue damage claims against negligent companies. Speak with us today at (800) 220-9341 to learn more about your options.

Pending compensation for Stryker hip implant victims

Posted on Monday, December 15th, 2014 at 9:40 am    

Stryker hip implants have been utilized by approximately 20,000 people throughout the United States, thousands of whom have experienced serious negative health effects from the medical device, WSVN reported on November 19.

Stryker Corp. agreed to pay $1.46 billion to settle product liability lawsuits just this November to compensate many who have suffered from these hip implants. Thirty-seven-year-old Broward County local Arthur Monroe, who has a hip implant device that was recalled in 2012, may be one of those people who will receive money as compensation. He has experienced excruciating pain in his leg, as well as complete numbness. Some experts are concerned about the long-term effects of these implants, especially in those who have not yet felt negative health consequences.

A manufacturer who failed to completely ensure the safety of its product before releasing it onto the market should be held fully liable for any damages it causes consumers. If you have suffered unduly from a Stryker hip implant, call the attorneys at Williams Kherkher today at (800) 220-9341 to learn about seeking compensation.

Does a baby with cleft lip and palate feel pain?

Posted on Friday, December 12th, 2014 at 1:03 pm    

Because of the facial malformation caused by cleft lip and palate, parents and family members may worry that babies born with such defects feel pain or discomfort. However, infants born with cleft lip and palate do not actually feel pain. When babies are born with this facial malformation, they do not understand that they are in any way different than others.

Although babies with cleft lip and palate do not feel any pain from the congenital defect, they are unfortunately susceptible to suffering serious complications if not treated.

This congenital defect can be caused if a woman took Topamax during pregnancy–a drug intended to treat those who suffer from seizures. The resulting effect on one’s child and the costly expenses associated with medical treatment can be devastating. However, the attorneys at Williams Kherkher may be able to help you hold the negligent drug manufacturer fully accountable for any financial losses. Call our offices at (800) 220-9341 today to learn how you may pursue the funds you need to protect your child’s future.

What we know about arrhythmia

Posted on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 at 10:42 am    

Arrhythmia, or abnormal rhythm of the heart, refers to any condition that occurs when there is an irregularity in the electrical system that synchronizes the heart’s pumping activity. Individuals with arrhythmia are at higher risk of serious health conditions, such as heart damage, stroke, and other cardiovascular conditions.

Although arrhythmia can result from different risk factors, such as underlying medical conditions, history of heart attack, and drug abuse, this condition can also be the result of using phentermine-containing Qysmia. Phentermine amplifies the effect of norepinephrine, a brain chemical known to be a potent cardiac stimulator that may trigger heart rhythm abnormalities.

Arrhythmia is just one of the many cardiovascular side-effects associated with Qysmia. If you plan on holding the manufacturer of this drug legally accountable for all the damages you have incurred, consult with our team of product liability attorneys at Williams Kherkher, by calling (800) 220-9341 today.

Living with ovarian cancer

Posted on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 at 10:37 am    

Although a diagnosis of ovarian cancer can be tremendously devastating for some, it is important to note that a diagnosis does not immediately mean a death sentence. Several studies have already proven that the survival rate for ovarian cancer significantly improves with prompt diagnosis, proper medical care, a healthier lifestyle and a positive outlook.

The first step after an ovarian cancer diagnosis is to seek a qualified gynecologic oncologist to look after your health. You may talk to him or her about possible treatment options and how to live healthier. Support from family, friends, and other individuals with ovarian cancer may help you see your situation in a more constructive way.

Talcum-based feminine care products may contain asbestos, which can unfortunately cause cancer when lodged in the ovaries. If you believe a talcum powder product has been the cause of your ovarian cancer, seek the help of our team of product liability attorneys at Williams Kherkher to see if your situation qualifies you for a claim. Call us at (800) 220-9341 for a free cases assessment.

How doctors detect pituitary tumors

Posted on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 at 10:25 am    

Found below the base of the brain, the pituitary gland is considered the “master gland,” as it can control the hormonal production of other glands throughout the body. As such, any disorder involving the pituitary gland may result in metabolic and developmental defects, and may decrease a person’s overall quality of life.

Among the most common pituitary gland disorder is pituitary tumors, or benign growths that develop in the organ. Individuals experiencing signs and symptoms of pituitary tumors should get tested for diagnosis:

  • Brain imaging – Computerized tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to obtain an image of the brain
  • Urine and blood tests – These tests are conducted to check for abnormal hormone levels, which may indicate the presence of a pituitary tumor
  • Vision testing – Pituitary tumors may press against the nerves that affect eyesight

Unfortunately, a diagnosis of a pituitary tumor can sometimes result from using Risperdal, an anti-psychotic medication that has also been associated with other serious side-effects, such as heart attacks and pancreatitis. If you believe your health condition has stemmed from using this dangerous drug, a lawyer at Williams Kherkher might be able to determine the possibility of financial restitution. Call us at (800) 220-9341 for help.

Changes may provide hope to some waiting for kidney donors

Posted on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 at 9:23 am    

Starting December 4, rules for the national kidney transplant allocation system were revised in order to provide additional transplant opportunities for kidney transplant candidates. The new rules mostly affect unusual cases and those who would normally have to wait a long time for a kidney donor.

Some provisions of the new system include:
• Specific, individual determination of the length of time a patient will need a transplanted kidney and how long a potential kidney will last;
• Revisions to blood type matching to give more opportunities to candidates who have rarer blood types;
• Increased priority for candidates whose immune systems may not accept most kidneys.

According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, around 101,954 people need a donated kidney, yet less than 17,000 kidney transplants occur annually.

Before a kidney transplant becomes necessary, those with kidney problems may use dialysis to treat their condition. Unfortunately, many health problems have arisen in those who used the dialysate GranuFlo. If you have experienced this, the attorneys at Williams Kherkher may help you hold the drug manufacturer financially accountable. Call our offices at (800) 220-9341 today to learn more.

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