On Friday night, January 22, the Diamond Dreams Gala took place at Minute Maid Park, raising $1.3 million for the Astros Foundation. The event, co-chaired by Sheridan and John Eddie Williams, featured a cocktail-attire dinner, appearances by current and former Astros players, and an after-dinner concert by James Taylor. The Astros Foundation began four years ago as a way to help give back to people around Houston and to support various charities throughout the city. Recently, the foundation has narrowed their focus on raising money to support education, youth baseball, the military, and the city’s homeless population. The Friday night Diamond Dreams Gala was specifically raising money to support New Hope Housing, an organization that strives to provide safe, affordable housing options for Houston’s most vulnerable residents. You can read more about the gala by clicking here.
One person was killed and three others injured in an explosion that took place at a Pasadena chemical plant, near Houston, this past weekend. According to reports, the explosion occurred on Saturday afternoon at the PeroxyChem Bayport Plant when a contractor’s equipment exploded while performing a “routine function.”
Two of the individuals who were injured in the explosion were taken to the hospital to receive treatment for exposure, while another received treatment for a broken arm. The individual who was killed in the explosion passed away at the plant itself.
Vance Mitchell, spokesman for the Pasadena police, stated that approximately 1,000 gallons of an oil-based cleaning solution were spilled as a result of the explosion, though the exact name of the chemical was not released.
The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.
Gynecomastia is a condition in which the male breast is enlarged due to a hormone imbalance. It may be due to the blocking of testosterone or the increase in estrogen levels. Several health conditions may cause the development of gynecomastia, according to the Mayo Clinic. They are:
- Starvation/malnutrition – Levels of testosterone drop when the body does not get ample nutrition, while estrogen levels remain the same.
- Hyperthyroidism — A condition in which the thyroid gland produces excessive thyroxine, throwing the body’s hormones into imbalance.
- Hypogonadism – A condition that interrupts regular testosterone production.
- Liver failure/cirrhosis
- Tumors – Particularly those involving the testes, as they may impact the production of hormones.
- Kidney failure – Hormonal imbalances are a common aspect of regular hemodialysis.
- Aging – Hormonal changes are common results of aging, especially in overweight males.
Another cause of gynecomastia is the use of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. The effects of this prescription medication have affected many men over the years, causing the physical condition that often leads to physical discomfort and embarrassment. If you have suffered as a result of the drug Risperdal, speak with our lawyers at Williams Kherkher today by calling our office at (888) 220-0640.
Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous, smooth muscle tumors that form on the wall of the uterus, and they usually develop after puberty, typically after age 30. While they are usually benign, there are risks of metastasis when a power morcellator is used in surgery to remove these fibroids.
The Center for Innovative Gyn Care listed the following facts regarding uterine fibroids:
- The development of uterine fibroids in women is common, and approximately 80% of the female population has fibroids.
- Uterine fibroids, also called leiomyomas, are not relative to the risk of uterine cancer.
- The growth of uterine fibroids is generally unpredictable. It may be fast or slow or stay the same. They may grow significantly or shrink.
- About 1 in 1000 women has the risk of leiomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer.
While uterine fibroids are not dangerous, power morcellation (the breaking down of large tissue into small fragments) may spread these cells throughout the body and put the patient at risk of leiomyosarcoma.
If you think you have suffered from the side effects of a power morcellator, please discuss your case with our lawyers at Williams Kherkher. Call us today at (888) 220-0640.
Non-cancerous, smooth muscle tumors that develop on the walls of the uterus are called uterine fibroids. Generally, uterine fibroids are harmless and are not associated with the risk of uterine cancer; however, there are cases where the use of a power morcellator in surgery spreads the fibroids throughout the body and creates the risk that these cells will metastasize into a rare cancer called leiomyosarcoma.
Here are the symptoms of uterine fibroids, according to Mayo Clinic:
- Long menstrual periods (seven days or more)
- Heavy menstruation
- Pain and pressure on the pelvis
- Frequent urination
- Difficulty with urination or emptying the bladder
- Painful sensation in the back and legs
If you are experiencing these symptoms, you may want to speak to your doctor about whether or not you have uterine fibroids. The sooner you take action, the better your chance of treating the condition before additional complications occur.
If you have been diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma and you think it was caused by the controversial medical device known as a power morcellator, speak with our lawyers at Williams Kherkher today by calling our office at (888) 220-0640.
According to an article on abc13.com, three workers were injured in an early morning fire at a refinery in Texas City. Marathon Petroleum Corporation reported that the fire occurred at around 2:45 am, injuring three employees, one badly. According to Marathon, the seriously injured contract employee was sent to a burn center in Galveston, Tex. via LifeFlight, while the two other contract employees were treated for minor injuries and then released.
According to reports, the section of the refinery that caught fire was closed at the time for planned maintenance. The exact cause of the fire is presently unknown and remains under investigation.
Approximately 1 out of 350 women estimated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is at risk for the metastasizing of a rare type of cancer called leiomyosarcoma during fibroid removal surgeries that use the medical device known as a power morcellator.
Not only do power morcellators result in leiomyosarcoma, but the spread of a benign tumor, leiomyoma, is also likely in laparoscopic hysterectomy procedures. Leiomyoma may not be cancerous, but when the morcellators scatter the cells during the procedure, they may develop into fibroid tissues around the abdomen and may eventually cause widespread pain.
Drug Dangers also listed the following as the other possible side effects of morcellators:
- Soreness, bruising
- Abscess, infection
- Bleeding, oozing, and pain on the incision
- Damage to surrounding organs
- Abdominal and pelvic pain
- Reoccurrence of fibroid
The FDA recently shocked medical communities when it released a warning about the use of power morcellators in surgeries due to the dangerous effects. Lawsuits began throughout the country alleging the device inflicted severe pain and even cause the deaths of some patients. If you have suffered as a result of a power morcellator, please contact our lawyers at Williams Kherkher to find out how we may be able to help you. Call our office now at (888) 220-0640.
According to Pennsylvania news sources, 8th district congressman Michael Fitzpatrick wrote a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on December 18 regarding a potentially harmful medical device, the power morcellator. The congressman is asking the agency to launch a criminal investigation about the dangers of using the morcellator in laparoscopic or minimally invasive surgeries.
The morcellator birthed numerous lawsuits all over the country in which the plaintiffs, who are usually female, allege that the device accelerated and spread uterine cancer cells after being used in surgeries.
The letter addresses the misconduct of well-known hospitals such as Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, and the biggest manufacturer of the device in question, Johnson & Johnson.
If you have suffered as a result of the use of these highly dangerous power morcellators, please do not hesitate to contact our lawyers at Williams Kherkher to discuss your situation and let us help you develop a strategy against negligent medical professionals, institutions, and manufacturers. Call us now at (888) 220-0640.
One person was killed yesterday, January 4, when an explosion occurred at a water-treatment plant near Midland, Tex. According to authorities, Julian Gallardo was working inside the plant, mixing chemicals, when the initial explosion occurred. After the first explosion, residents living near Water Rescue Services reported that a series of smaller blasts took place.
By the time responders arrived at the scene, the entire plant was already engulfed in flames. According to Dale Little, Midland Fire Marshal, it took responders approximately one hour to extinguish the blaze. Little continued that it looked like a chemical reaction sparked the initial blast, but that the explosion would remain under investigation.
No other workers were injured in the explosion and subsequent fire, but the building and all of its contents were destroyed.
On Wednesday, January 6, several attorneys from Williams Kherkher will be lending their time and their efforts to help staff the HBA’s LegalLine.
LegalLine is a program sponsored by the Houston Bar Association that lets individuals throughout Harris County get legal advice over the phone from licensed attorneys. Harris County residents can call in on the first and third Wednesdays of the month between the hours of 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm for free legal assistance. Our team is proud to once again have the opportunity to help with such a worthy cause.