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Caitlyn Jenner not charged after fatal accident

Posted on Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at 11:09 am    

Last February 7 on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Caitlyn Jenner was involved in a car crash that took the life of Kim Howe. Jenner’s SUV hit Howe’s Lexus from behind, causing it to head towards oncoming traffic, where it was hit by a Hummer.

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced September 30 that Jenner will not be charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter- despite lawsuits already filed by the victim’s adult stepchildren.

Based on reports, the investigation concluded that Jenner was below speed limit and was driving slower than Howe. Although Jenner was not going over the speed limit, she was still driving at an unsafe speed for the condition of the road, according to reports.

Losing a life is devastating, and it is more tragic if another person is at fault. True justice must be served for everyone who is experiencing a loss like this. Our legal team at Williams Kherkher extends its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Kim Howe.

Ovarian cancer patients taking beta-blockers have better survival rates

Posted on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 at 4:44 pm    

A retrospective study found that ovarian cancer patients who took certain types of drugs for hypertension had better survival rates than other women with the disease, an article from WebMD reported.

In a study of 1,425 cancer patients taking beta-blockers, scientists learned that women taking beta-2 and beta-3 blockers, or nonselective beta-blockers, lived for almost eight years on average after an ovarian cancer diagnosis, as compared to three years among those who did not take beta-blockers. According to research, beta-blockers are known to inhibit the effects of epinephrine, which promotes the growth of cancer cells.

However, a researcher at the U.S. National Cancer Institute, Dr. Christina Annuziata, warned ovarian cancer patients about the dangers of using beta-blockers when you don’t have high blood pressure.

The use of power morcellators during hysterectomies may spread undetected cancer tissues in the inside lining of the uterus, resulting in ovarian cancer. To know more about holding the device makers accountable for all of your damages, seek the legal guidance and representation of our legal team at Williams Kherkher. Call us at (888) 220-0640 for a free case assessment today.

Research shows pancreatitis increases diabetes risk

Posted on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 at 2:28 pm    

The correlation between pancreatitis and diabetes mellitus has once again been confirmed by new research, but with a twist – scientists have found that the risk of developing diabetes is much more severe for those with pancreatitis, and visa-versa.

The study involved 127 patients who have suffered and survived from a pancreatitis attack. Of the 127 participants, 28 of them developed diabetes either during index admission or during the course of the follow up. Researchers further found that patients with more severe pancreatitis attacks were at higher risk of developing diabetes.

Risperdal is known to over-activate the parathyroid gland, which in turn may increase calcium and phosphorus levels in the bloodstream. Too much calcium in the bloodstream may cause the lining of your pancreas to become inflamed, causing pancreatitis. Our legal team at Williams Kherkher is willing shed light on your inquiries about obtain financial compensation through a lawsuit if you have been harmed by this drug in any way. Call us at (888) 220-0640 today.

Williams Kherkher files lawsuit against Olympus over power morcellator

Posted on Monday, September 21st, 2015 at 3:16 pm    

Williams Kherkher is representing a Pennsylvania woman who is now the third person to file suit against the Olympus manufacturing company responsible for the PKS PlasmaSORD Bipolar Morcellator after the machine was found to have caused the spread of uterine cancer. The complaint, along with the two existing complaints, claims that Olympus either knew or should have known that the power morcellator could potentially cause the spread of undetected cancer cells during gynecological surgery.

The device was approved under a 501(k) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration several decades ago, as it was “substantially equivalent” to previously approved technology and therefore allowed to bypass testing. The morcellator uses cutting jaws to remove tissue laparoscopically, and has caused damage by cutting through uterine fibroids that contained cancerous cells, allowing them to propagate throughout the abdomen and pelvis. The consequences are an increased rate of cancerous growth and a worsened prognosis.

The FDA eventually recognized the risks associated with these devices and published a safety warning regarding the potential danger of power morcellator use during hysterectomies and myomectomies. In response to numerous lawsuits, Johnson and Johnson voluntarily recalled all of their power morcellators in 2014. Other makers, however, have threatened to pursue legal action against individuals or parties who denounce their product.

71-year-old dies in Carson City accident

Posted on Saturday, September 19th, 2015 at 9:54 am    

Last Thursday, September 17, a 71-year-old man was killed after he was hit by a pickup truck in Carson City, Nevada. The man was brought to the hospital but died later that night.

It was around 2:50 p.m. when a sheriff responded to the crash at 101 Hot Springs Road. The victim was crossing the street when he was hit by a truck driven by a 68-year-old who was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian, according to Reno Gazette Journal.

According to the release, the man was trapped under the truck, but he was already removed and still conscious and speaking when the respondents came. He was transported to Renown Medical Center by helicopter.

The sheriff’s office was notified of the victim’s death that same day at around 7:50 p.m.

No one deserves such a tragedy. The legal team at Williams Kherkher extends their deepest condolences to the friends and family of the victim.

Ovarian cancer: How common is the disease?

Posted on Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 at 4:02 pm    

In the U.S., ovarian cancer is considered the fifth most fatal cancer among women, and the most fatal cancer caused by the female reproductive system. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), a woman’s risk of developing this serious medical condition during her lifetime is approximately 1 in 75.

In 2015, ACS estimated that there will be about 21,290 new cases of ovarian cancer. Tragically, ACS also estimated that approximately 14,180 women will die from the disease. As such, it is important for women, especially those who are over the age of 60 and those who are experiencing signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, to get themselves tested for accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment.

Unfortunately, some studies suggest that women who have undergone laparoscopic procedures involving a power morcellator are at higher risk of ovarian cancer. To know more about holding the manufacturers of this medical device accountable for these damages, speak with our team of power morcellator attorneys at Williams Kherkher by calling (888) 220-0640 today.

U.S. GAO announces power morcellator investigation

Posted on Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 at 8:44 am    

On September 4, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced the launch of an investigation regarding the widespread use of power morcellators and their reputation of spreading cancerous tissues to the inner lining of the uterus. The investigation was granted after Congress members requested to investigate the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of these devices.

The power morcellator is a medical device used in minimally invasive surgeries that breaks tissue masses into fragments. Last November, the FDA announced the health risks posed by the use of these devices, recommending that the devices should come with a warning about the possible spread of undetected uterine cancer.

If you believe that the use of this device has, in any way, negatively impacted your health, we have a team of power morcellator lawyers at Williams Kherkher who might be able to help you take legal action against the device’s manufacturer. Call us today at (800) 220-9341 to learn more.

How Risperdal can cause vision loss

Posted on Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 at 11:20 am    

Risperdal is an atypical antipsychotic drug widely used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia, irritability in people living with autism, and manic states of bipolar disorder. However, some studies have associated this drug with different adverse effects, including loss of vision.

Atypical antipsychotic drugs are known to block a neurotransmitter called dopamine, which results in overproduction of prolactin (a type of hormone released by the pituitary gland). This overproduction may cause the gland to increase in size, making it more prone to develop benign tumors (pituitary adenomas). As these tumors grow, they may push the optic nerves and cause vision loss.

There are instances when only one of the eyes is affected. But in cases where a tumor pushes the area of the optic bundle where optic nerves from each eye meet, total loss of vision may occur.

If you think Risperdal has caused you or your loved one to suffer from vision loss or any other side effects, our legal team at Williams Kherkher might be able to help you file a claim against the drug manufacturer involved. Call us at (888) 220-0640 today.

Natural gas plant workers evacuated after fire

Posted on Friday, September 4th, 2015 at 12:21 pm    

The Targa North Texas gas processing plant located about 40 miles west of Denton in Wise County caught fire yesterday morning at around 2:15 a.m. The Wise County Fire Marshal stated that three compressors and one other structure caught fire, but an official release from Targa explained that the plant itself was not caught up in the blaze. The release went on to say that the plant “was immediately shut down per our emergency procedures and all employees were safely evacuated.” No injuries were reported.

As the fire was still burning at 11:00 a.m., officials made the decision to let it burn itself out before allowing anyone to enter. When asked about this decision, Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard cited a lack of resources for taking on such a significant fire. Beard explained that the fire was too large to fight safely, and, after an explosion blew the roof off of the building in which the fire started, the structure would be deemed a total loss.

In addition to the employees at the facility, residents of ten homes within a mile and a half of the facility were evacuated. Officials stated that this was a precautionary measure, and the residents were allowed back into their homes at 8:30 a.m.

While the plant remains closed, Targa officials believe the fire will only affect operations for a few days. They hope to at least partially reopen Thursday afternoon.

Williams Kherkher Attorneys to Work at HBA LegalLine Sept 2nd

Posted on Monday, August 31st, 2015 at 2:29 pm    

Several attorneys from Williams Kherkher will be volunteering their time and efforts this Wednesday, September 2nd, at the Houston Bar Association’s LegalLine.

Twice a month, the Houston Bar Association (HBA) holds their LegalLine program, offering individuals from around Harris County an opportunity to call in and receive free legal advice from licensed attorneys between the hours of 5:00 and 9:00 pm. This important event takes place on the first and third Wednesdays of every month, and the team at Williams Kherkher is happy to have the chance to regularly volunteer for such an important program.

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