Lethal Shards from IVC Filter Killing and Injuring Patients for Years

 

NOVEMBER 2015 - Reports first surfaced in 2005 that the radial arms and struts of medical equipment manufacturer Bard’s Recovery IVC Filter had broken off inside the body of patients. Since that time the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received around 1000 adverse reports involving the filters, primarily regarding the IVC filters fragmenting and embolizing inside the body. Due to these reports, made by both physicians and patients, and extensive research of the filters, the FDA urged physicians to consider the risks before recommending the IVC Filter be installed in patients who are ineligible for anticoagulation therapy. The FDA also recommends that the filters be removed as soon as the risk of Pulmonary Embolism has passed.

Despite the FDA’s warning, Bard’s redesigned IVC Filter has been implanted in more than 65,000 patients. A recent study of 258 IVC filter patients in Ohio indicated that tilting of the filter is a primary cause of failure when retrieving the IVC filter, but the study also mentioned that there was limited proof that "such filters should function as safe, permanent filters." The latest information featured recently on the NBC Nightly News also questions the safety of these deadly devices.
 
Legal Commentary
Fears Nachawati represents families who are victims of the dangerous and life threatening effects following IVC filter surgery. If you or a loved one experienced any issues because of an implanted or removed IVC filter, we encourage you to consult with one of our IVC Filter attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim against the responsible party will ensure relief from the burden of costly medical expenses. We will also pursue compensation for the pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work as a result of IVC filter complications. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at +1.888.352.4850.
 
About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer who represents patients and surviving family members of fatal IVC filter procedures nationwide. Mr. Nachawati has successfully resolved numerous cases, with proven results in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He serves with prominent legal organizations, such as the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas, the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum, and The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. 
 
Mr. Nachawati is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, as well as most federal courts in the nation. He also holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Texas Monthly Magazine has recognized Mr. Nachawati as a Super Lawyer for six consecutive years for his legal excellence in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Contact Mr. Nachawati through his website at http://cases.fnlawfirm.com/ivcfilter, by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling +1.888.352.4850.

Ethicon Trial in Dallas Reports Testimony on TVM Dangers

NOVEMBER 2015 - Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon Prosima device is the center of a trial in progress currently in Dallas. The testimony stated that although medical professionals were aware that there are safer natural alternatives to the mesh product, doctors proceeded to permanently implant a temporary vaginal support device that may be defective. Ethicon's victims, like Carol Cavness suffered chronic pain, bleeding, tissue erosion, and infections. Patients implanted with Ethicon's Prosima device risked the need for additional surgeries at a higher risk. The testimony also revealed defects in the Prosima mesh, as well as Ethicon's failure to provide sufficient instructions and information regarding the side effects, adverse effects, and potential complications. Ethicon responded in court that the pharmaceutical company is not liable, stating that the injuries were caused by pelvic floor disorder unrelated to the Prosima transvaginal mesh surgery. The previous trial in April 2014 resulted in a $1.2 million verdict. A New Jersey court awarded $3.35 million in 2013 in a similar case.

 
Legal Commentary
Our firm represents the victims of transvaginal mesh surgery side effects and injuries. If you or a loved one has experienced any complications caused by transvaginal mesh surgery, you should contact one of our attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will ensure the victims are not burdened with costly medical expenses, and will hopefully compensate them for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead MESH lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at +1.877.222.3284.
 
About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer who is focused on compensation for the victims of transvaginal mesh complications. To date, Mr. Nachawati has achieved successful results in recent products liability cases, including seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas and is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, as well as most federal courts in the nation. Many prominent legal organizations have named Mr. Nachawati to serve in a leadership role. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice. He also serves on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of a Leaders’ Forum, a PAC member of the American Association for Justice, and a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Texas Monthly Magazine named him as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for the past six years in recognition for his legal excellence. Mr. Nachawati can be reached through his website at transvaginalmeshcompensation.com, by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling +1.877.222.3284

PA Woman Suffers Deep Bone Infection 10 Days After Hip Replacement Surgery with Bair Hugger Forced Air Warmer

 

NOVEMBER 2015 - A Pennsylvania woman was in the hospital for 10 days following her hip replacement surgery. As soon as she left the hospital, she was hospitalized again the very next day. The doctors found that she suffered a deep bone infection after the hip replacement surgery where a Bair Hugger Forced Air Warmer had been used to regulate her body temperature.
 
Reports show that serious infections developed in hip replacement patients when the surgical facility used a product known as the Bair Hugger.  The Bair Hugger is a forced air warming blanket used to maintain normal body temperature during surgical procedures. If you or a loved one has developed a serious infection after hip replacement surgery, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and pain and suffering incurred as a result of the use of the Bair Hugger forced air warmer.  With an army of over 20 lawyers and a staff of 50 support personnel, our experienced defective medical device lawyers are available to provide a free consultation to review your case.  See our website at http://www.hipreplacementinfection.com or call us at +1.866.516.1993 to discuss your legal options today.
 
About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a dedicated Bair Hugger Lawyer focused on representing victims and families harmed by this dangerous medical device nationwide. Mr. Nachawati has successfully resolved numerous dangerous medical device cases, resulting in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past six consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with noteworthy settlements for surgical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling +1.866.516.1993

Power Morcellators Transform Treatable Conditions into a Death Sentence

 power morcellator

NOVEMBER 2015 - Surgeries using power morcellators have transformed treatable conditions into a death sentence. For one Texas family, this nightmare became all too real. A mother of three died from cancer that spread after her hysterectomy was performed using power morcellation. It all began when the OB/GYN discovered a possible tumor in the patient's uterus. After the surgery, the tumor was diagnosed as leiomyosarcoma. After three months of chemotherapy, the cancer spread to the abdominal wall. The patient passed away less than a year later. Similar stories of cancer spreading after surgery using power morcellation are reported to our firm daily.
 
Legal Commentary
The Food and Drug Administration determined that power morcellators cannot be made safer. Johnson & Johnson, previously the largest manufacturer of morcellators, has pulled their version of the device from the market. Many hospitals are no longer using the device in hysterectomies. Currently, more than 20 lawsuits against the manufacturers of the device have been filed in 16 different federal courts. Additionally more than 300 cases against the manufacturers of power morcellators are currently pending. 
 
Previously undiagnosed cancer or malignancies can spread after surgical procedures using power morcellators. According to the FDA, as many as 1 in 350 women could have undiagnosed uterine sarcoma that can be spread during morcellation. For patients, this can be a costly, painful and potentially deadly complication. Our firm represents families who are the victims of the complications from a variety of surgical tools, including the power morcellator. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems following surgery involving the use of the power morcellator, we encourage you to consult with one of our attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm through our website at cases.fnlawfirm.com/morcellation, by emailing Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at +1.866.485.6886.
 
About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer who is focused on representing victims and families harmed by dangerous products nationwide. Mr. Nachawati has successfully resolved numerous cases that resulted in seven-and-eight-figure confidential settlements. He serves on numerous prominent legal organizations' boards and committees, including: The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas, Texas Trial Lawyers Association Board of Directors, Board of Directors for Public Justice, and a Leaders' Forum. Mr. Nachawati is also a PAC member of the American Association for Justice. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Courts of Texas and Arkansas, and well as most federal courts in the nation. Mr. Nachawati also holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for six consecutive years in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati can be reached through his website at cases.fnlawfirm.com/morcellation, by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling +1.866.485.6886.

NC Federal Jury Rules in Favor of Mesh Manufacturer

 

NOVEMBER 2015 - On October 16, 2015, in the US District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, the federal jury ruled in favor of Boston Scientific Corp., in a case regarding the risks and dangers of transvaginal mesh (TVM). The Uphold TVM manufacturer was stated to have no liability for flaws in the design. The trial went on for 10 days, where a victim of the Uphold Vaginal Support System testified about her chronic pain and other injuries due to the permanently implanted device. It was found that the doctor who implanted the device did not follow the correct directions in this particular case. A portion of the testimony focused on the polypropylene material used to manufacture the mesh. The case alleged that the material stiffens as it degrades, contributing to the injuries suffered by the plaintiff. 
 
Legal Commentary 
Our firm represents the victims of transvaginal mesh surgery side effects and injuries. If you or a loved one has experienced any complications caused by transvaginal mesh surgery, you should contact one of our attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will ensure the victims are not burdened with costly medical expenses, and will hopefully compensate them for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead TVM lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at +1.877.222.3284.
 
About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer who is focused on compensation for the victims of transvaginal mesh complications. To date, Mr. Nachawati has achieved successful results in recent products liability cases, including seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas and is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, as well as most federal courts in the nation. Many prominent legal organizations have named Mr. Nachawati to serve in a leadership role. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice. He also serves on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of a Leaders’ Forum, a PAC member of the American Association for Justice, and a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Texas Monthly Magazine named him as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for the past six years in recognition for his legal excellence. Mr. Nachawati can be reached through his website at transvaginalmeshcompensation.com, by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling +1.877.222.3284

IVC Filter Lawsuits Centralized

 

NOVEMBER 2015 - Numerous IVC filter lawsuits have been centralized for pretrial proceedings before Arizona U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell. Patients are experiencing serious health injuries when the filters are breaking apart and piercing their hearts. In many cases, all of the sharp metal fragments of the faulty filters are not recoverable, leaving them migrating throughout the victim's bodies until they come to rest with sometimes fatal consequences. IVC filters have caused permanent injuries. The risks include increased fracture, embolism, and IVC wall penetration. The recent NBC News Investigation brought additional publicity to IVC filter dangers. Despite years of FDA warnings about the risks, doctors nationwide continue to implant them. There are actually two multidistrict lawsuits (MDLs) pending: one against Cook Medical which will go before U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young in the Southern District of Indiana, and the MDL regarding Bard filters before U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell in the District of Arizona.
 
Legal Commentary
Fears Nachawati represents families who are victims of the dangerous and life threatening effects following IVC filter surgery. If you or a loved one experienced any issues because of an implanted or removed IVC filter, we encourage you to consult with one of our IVC Filter attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim against the responsible party will ensure relief from the burden of costly medical expenses. We will also pursue compensation for the pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work as a result of IVC filter complications. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at +1.888.352.4850.
 
About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer who represents patients and surviving family members of fatal IVC filter procedures nationwide. Mr. Nachawati has successfully resolved numerous cases, with proven results in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He serves with prominent legal organizations, such as the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas, the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum, and The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. 
 
Mr. Nachawati is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, as well as most federal courts in the nation. He also holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Texas Monthly Magazine has recognized Mr. Nachawati as a Super Lawyer for six consecutive years for his legal excellence in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Contact Mr. Nachawati through his website at http://cases.fnlawfirm.com/ivcfilter, by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling +1.888.352.4850

2015 TVM Settlement News

 

NOVEMBER 2015 - Juries across the US have awarded numerous settlements to victims of defective transvaginal mesh (TVM) products this year alone. Thousands more women have filed claims, due to injuries and complications following TVM surgeries. Boston Scientific is one transvaginal mesh manufacturer who paid millions this year to victims. One jury took only 7 hours to determine that Boston Scientific was liable for the defects in its mesh product. There are more than 25,000 pending product liability lawsuits in US federal and state courts concerning Boston Scientific's TVM products.

Legal Commentary
Our firm represents the victims of transvaginal mesh surgery side effects and injuries. If you or a loved one has experienced any complications caused by transvaginal mesh surgery, you should contact one of our attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will ensure the victims are not burdened with costly medical expenses, and will hopefully compensate them for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead TVM lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at +1.877.222.3284.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer who is focused on compensation for the victims of transvaginal mesh complications. To date, Mr. Nachawati has achieved successful results in recent products liability cases, including seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas and is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, as well as most federal courts in the nation. Many prominent legal organizations have named Mr. Nachawati to serve in a leadership role. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice. He also serves on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of a Leaders’ Forum, a PAC member of the American Association for Justice, and a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Texas Monthly Magazine named him as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for the past six years in recognition for his legal excellence. Mr. Nachawati can be reached through his website at transvaginalmeshcompensation.com, by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling +1.877.222.3284

TN Woman Dies from IVC Filter Complications

 

USDA photo by Bob Nichols

COOKEVILLE TENNESSEE - Three months after having an IVC filter implanted in her stomach, a 76-year-old TN woman died from congestive heart failure and blood clots in her legs. The IVC filter was supposed to help with the blood clots. Prior to the surgery, the woman was able to live alone and had mobility. Once the surgery was complete, she suffered severe pain and remain hospitalized on a morphine drip, until she passed away at Cookeville Regional Medical Center in October.

Legal Commentary
Fears Nachawati represents families who are victims of the dangerous and life threatening effects following IVC filter surgery. If you or a loved one experienced any issues because of an implanted or removed IVC filter, we encourage you to consult with one of our IVC Filter attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim against the responsible party will ensure relief from the burden of costly medical expenses. We will also pursue compensation for the pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work as a result of IVC filter complications. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at +1.888.352.4850.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer who represents patients and surviving family members of fatal IVC filter procedures nationwide. Mr. Nachawati has successfully resolved numerous cases, with proven results in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He serves with prominent legal organizations, such as the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas, the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum, and The Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Mr. Nachawati is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, as well as most federal courts in the nation. He also holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Texas Monthly Magazine has recognized Mr. Nachawati as a Super Lawyer for six consecutive years for his legal excellence in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Contact Mr. Nachawati through his website at http://cases.fnlawfirm.com/ivcfilter, by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling +1.888.352.4850

Bair Hugger Website Claims Low Risks for Surgical Site Infections

 

OCTOBER 2015 - Surgical Site Infections (SSIs) can be serious, resulting in multiple surgeries and amputations. The Bair Hugger is a forced air warmer that is used to maintain normal body temperature in surgery patients. There is a risk of surgical site infections, when bacteria and contaminated air from the operating room floor is drawn into the warmer and introduced into the surgery site.

Numerous lawsuits have been filed from patients who claim to be injured by the Bair Hugger. Hip and knee replacement patients are most commonly affected by the severe SSIs. Dr. Scott Augustine, the originator of the Bair Hugger, stated that 3M knew about the dangers since 2010.

Legal Commentary
If you or a loved one has developed a serious infection after knee or hip replacement surgery, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and pain and suffering incurred as a result of the use of the Bair Hugger. With an army of over 20 lawyers and a staff of 50 support personnel, our experienced defective medical device lawyers are available to provide a free consultation to review your case. Visit our website at http://hipreplacementinfection.com or call us at +1.866.516.1993 to discuss your legal options today.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families harmed by dangerous products on a nationwide basis. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past six consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling +1.866.516.1993

Serious Infections Caused by Use of Bair Hugger Warmer in Hip Replacement Surgeries

 

OCTOBER 2015  - During a lengthy surgical procedure, such as a hip replacement surgery, keeping the patient adequately warmed is important to prevent hypothermia. Medicare requires warming during hip replacement surgeries to reduce bleeding and shorten recovery time. The Bair Hugger Forced Air Warmer is one type of device used since 1987 to maintain normal body temperature during surgeries. Bair Hugger has been linked to serious infections and complications for many hip replacement patients. Bacteria from below the operating table can be drawn through the Bair Hugger Warmer, resulting in the contamination of the surgical site.  One patient with serious complications following his hip surgery required 15 additional surgeries to address the recurring infections. More severe cases of deep joint infection could result in amputation of a limb or death.
 
One study estimated that 50,000 patients are warmed with the Bair Hugger forced air warming system worldwide each day. In the US alone, over 80% of hospitals use the Bair Hugger system. Marketing information to promote the use of the Bair Hugger blanket mentions the reduction in cost to the patient, due to shorter hospital stays when the warmer is used. What they fail to disclose is the reality of post-operative infections, and the cost of subsequent surgeries to address deep joint infections from bacteria being drawn through the warmer and spread into the incision site. 
 
Legal Commentary
If you or a loved one has developed a serious infection after knee or hip replacement surgery, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and pain and suffering incurred as a result of the use of the Bair Hugger.  With an army of over 20 lawyers and a staff of 50 support personnel, our experienced defective medical device lawyers are available to provide a free consultation to review your case.  Visit our website at http://hipreplacementinfection.com or call us at 1 (866) 516-1993 to discuss your legal options today.
 
About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families harmed by dangerous products on a nationwide basis. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past six consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.516.1993.

IVC Filters Cause More Risks than Benefits

 

OCTOBER 2015 - Recently, the JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association) published an article concerning the use of IVC filters for pulmonary embolism patients. Soon, many doctors questioned the findings of the report. 200 patients were studied using blood thinners along with IVC filters. There were comparative studies with a group of patients who received the blood thinner drugs alone. After three months of follow up visits, they found that the IVC filter patients suffered double the amount of recurring pulmonary embolisms.
 
Legal Commentary
Fears Nachawati represents families who are victims of the dangerous and life threatening effects following IVC filter surgery. If you or a loved one experienced any issues because of an implanted or removed IVC filter, we encourage you to consult with one of our IVC Filter attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim against the responsible party will ensure relief from the burden of costly medical expenses. We will also pursue compensation for the pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work as a result of IVC filter complications. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at +1.888.352.4850.
 
About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer who represents patients and surviving family members of fatal IVC filter procedures nationwide. Mr. Nachawati has successfully resolved numerous cases, with proven results in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He serves with prominent legal organizations, such as the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas, the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum, and The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. 
 
Mr. Nachawati is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, as well as most federal courts in the nation. He also holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Texas Monthly Magazine has recognized Mr. Nachawati as a Super Lawyer for six consecutive years for his legal excellence in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Contact Mr. Nachawati through his website at http://cases.fnlawfirm.com/ivcfilter, by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling +1.888.352.4850.

Power Morcellator Investigation Challenges FDA Approval of Dangerous Device

OCTOBER 2015 - U.S. lawmakers are planning to launch an investigation into the FDA regulation of power morcellators. The U.S. Government Accountability Office has agreed to probe into FDA oversight of power morcellators. Although the GAO does not comment on ongoing investigations, it could take some time to complete the probe. Less than a year ago, the FDA stepped up its oversight of the surgical devices, due to the risk of previously undetected cancers spreading, such as uterine sarcoma following uterine surgeries. The investigation is leading some changes in the healthcare industry, such as private health insurers, such as Aetna dropping coverage for any surgeries using power morcellation. 

 
Legal Commentary
The Food and Drug Administration determined that power morcellators cannot be made safer. Johnson & Johnson, previously the largest manufacturer of morcellators, has pulled their version of the device from the market. Many hospitals are no longer using the device in hysterectomies. Currently, more than 20 lawsuits against the manufacturers of the device have been filed in 16 different federal courts. Additionally more than 300 cases against the manufacturers of power morcellators are currently pending. 
 
Previously undiagnosed cancer or malignancies can spread after surgical procedures using power morcellators. According to the FDA, as many as 1 in 350 women could have undiagnosed uterine sarcoma that can be spread during morcellation. For patients, this can be a costly, painful and potentially deadly complication. Our firm represents families who are the victims of the complications from a variety of surgical tools, including the power morcellator. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems following surgery involving the use of the power morcellator, we encourage you to consult with one of our attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm through our website at cases.fnlawfirm.com/morcellation, by emailing Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at +1.866.485.6886.
 
About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer who is focused on representing victims and families harmed by dangerous products nationwide. Mr. Nachawati has successfully resolved numerous cases that resulted in seven-and-eight-figure confidential settlements. He serves on numerous prominent legal organizations' boards and committees, including: The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas, Texas Trial Lawyers Association Board of Directors, Board of Directors for Public Justice, and a Leaders' Forum. Mr. Nachawati is also a PAC member of the American Association for Justice. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Courts of Texas and Arkansas, and well as most federal courts in the nation. Mr. Nachawati also holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for six consecutive years in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati can be reached through his website at cases.fnlawfirm.com/morcellation, by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling +1.866.485.6886.

Power Morcellation Claims the Life of Viviana Ruscitto

 

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SEPTEMBER 2015 - Viviana D. Ruscitto passed away on September 3, 2015 after a struggle with cancer that was suspected to have been spread following surgery using a power morcellator. Ms. Ruscitto was only 43 years old. Patients like Ms. Ruscitto are fatally harmed by the power morcellator, when previously undiagnosed and contained cancer is spread throughout the abdomen. The dangerous device cuts and shreds tissue during hysterectomies so that it can be removed through a tiny opening during minimally invasive surgeries. Ms. Ruscitto was diagnosed with Stage 4 leiomyosarcoma, and she did not survive.   
 
The Food and Drug Administration determined that power morcellators cannot be made safer. Johnson & Johnson, previously the largest manufacturer of morcellators, has pulled their version of the device from the market. Many hospitals are no longer using the device in hysterectomies. Currently, more than 20 lawsuits against the manufacturers of the device have been filed in 16 different federal courts. Additionally, more than 300 cases against the manufacturers of power morcellators are currently pending. 
 
Legal Commentary 
Previously undiagnosed cancer or malignancies can spread after surgical procedures using power morcellators. According to the FDA, as many as 1 in 350 women could have undiagnosed uterine sarcoma that can be spread during morcellation. For patients, this can be a costly, painful and potentially deadly complication. Our firm represents families who are the victims of the complications from a variety of surgical tools, including the power morcellator. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems following surgery involving the use of the power morcellator, we encourage you to consult with one of our attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm through our website at cases.fnlawfirm.com/morcellation, by emailing Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at +1.866.485.6886.
 
About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer who is focused on representing victims and families harmed by dangerous products nationwide. Mr. Nachawati has successfully resolved numerous cases that resulted in seven-and-eight-figure confidential settlements. He serves on numerous prominent legal organizations' boards and committees, including: The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas, Texas Trial Lawyers Association Board of Directors, Board of Directors for Public Justice, and a Leaders' Forum. Mr. Nachawati is also a PAC member of the American Association for Justice. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Courts of Texas and Arkansas, and well as most federal courts in the nation. Mr. Nachawati also holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for six consecutive years in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati can be reached through his website at cases.fnlawfirm.com/morcellation, by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling +1.866.485.6886.

Consolidation of Bair Hugger Lawsuits Planned for MN Federal Court

 

St. Paul, MN Federal Court Building

SEPTEMBER 2015 - A request was filed by a 3M / Arizant Healthcare, Inc. Bair Hugger plaintiff to transfer the 14 product liability claims alleging injuries related to Bair Hugger Forced Air Warmer (Bair Hugger FAW). The request states that centralized pre-trial proceedings would benefit parties and witnesses for both sides in the case by improving efficiency in regards to workload and by reducing the costs of discovery. Currently, six different U.S. District courts have lawsuits pending against 3M and Arizant, corporations that are based in Minnesota. Multidistrict litigation with a single judge should help to prevent conflicting pretrial rulings, especially as the number of future claims increases.
 
Legal Commentary
Reports show that serious infections developed in knee and hip replacement patients when the surgical facility used a product known as the Bair Hugger.  The Bair Hugger is a forced air warming blanket used to maintain normal body temperature during surgical procedures.  If you or a loved one has developed a serious infection after knee or hip replacement surgery, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and pain and suffering incurred as a result of the use of the Bair Hugger.  With an army of over 20 lawyers and a staff of 50 support personnel, our experienced defective medical device lawyers are available to provide a free consultation to review your case. Visit our website at http://www.kneereplacementinfection.com or call us at +1.866.504.4558 to discuss your legal options today.
 
About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a dedicated Bair Hugger Lawyer focused on representing victims and families harmed by this dangerous medical device nationwide. Mr. Nachawati has successfully resolved numerous dangerous medical device cases, resulting in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past six consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with noteworthy settlements for surgical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling +1.866.504.4558
 

NBC Investigation on Dangerous Device Exposes IVC Safety Concerns

 

SEPTEMBER 2015 - NBC News investigated the safety concerns from patients implanted with the IVC filter, a medical device that is designed to stop blood clots. The news story revealed that 27 deaths are known to have been caused by complications or malfunctions of the IVC filter. Two of the stories shared by NBC stated that the filters killed patients by migrating to the heart and puncturing it, or by pieces of the IVC filter breaking off and piercing the heart.

The NBC investigation revealed that one IVC filter manufacturer, C.R. Bard, took multiple steps to protect their stock prices when issues with the device were first reported. Bard scrambled to hire PR representatives and medical consultants to shift the focus away from the safety of the IVC filter in favor of the company's profits over many years. NBC also suggested that the FDA approval of the IVC filter was questionable, as it took Bard multiple attempts to certify the device with the FDA. One story raises questions about the validity of the signature on the FDA application. The Regulatory Specialist who was contracted with Bard in 2002 was not provided with adequate information regarding safety performance testing prior to her possibly forged signature being placed on the FDA form. The NBC report closed with a statement urging patients to seek immediate assistance with any concerns over IVC filters that were implanted to prevent blood clots.

Legal Commentary
Fears Nachawati represents families who are victims of the dangerous and life threatening effects following IVC filter surgery. If you or a loved one experienced any issues because of an implanted or removed IVC filter, we encourage you to consult with one of our IVC Filter attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim against the responsible party will ensure relief from the burden of costly medical expenses. We will also pursue compensation for the pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work as a result of IVC filter complications. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at +1.888.352.4850.
 
About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer who represents patients and surviving family members of fatal IVC filter procedures nationwide. Mr. Nachawati has successfully resolved numerous cases, with proven results in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He serves with prominent legal organizations, such as the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas, the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum, and The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. 
 
Mr. Nachawati is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, as well as most federal courts in the nation. He also holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Texas Monthly Magazine has recognized Mr. Nachawati as a Super Lawyer for six consecutive years for his legal excellence in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Contact Mr. Nachawati through his website at http://cases.fnlawfirm.com/ivcfilter, by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling +1.888.352.4850

Why was My Transvaginal Mesh Defective?

AUGUST 2015 - Women who received bladder sling and pelvic support products in surgeries have reported severe complications for many years. Recently, a major vaginal mesh manufacturer announced a group settlement upwards of $200 million for the victims of its transvaginal mesh products. There were many root causes of the surgical complications that these women suffered.

Many complications occurred when the mesh eroded through the vaginal tissues and caused infections and incontinence. Some women experienced issues from the mesh shifting. Although the mesh was designed to be a long-term solution intended to stabilize the pelvic organs, the resulting defects caused the mesh to quickly degrade, erode, and disintegrate inside the victims' bodies. The severe pain and internal damage caused by TVM surgeries could also be related to improper sterilization and defective materials used to construct the mesh. Even worse, the victims are suffering continual pain and permanent injuries from the resulting damage caused by the surgical removal of transvaginal mesh products.

Legal Commentary
Our firm represents the victims of transvaginal mesh surgery side effects and injuries. If you or a loved one has experienced any complications caused by transvaginal mesh surgery, you should contact one of our attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will ensure the victims are not burdened with costly medical expenses, and will hopefully compensate them for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead MESH lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at +1.877.222.3284.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer who is focused on compensation for the victims of transvaginal mesh complications. To date, Mr. Nachawati has achieved successful results in recent products liability cases, including seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas and is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, as well as most federal courts in the nation. Many prominent legal organizations have named Mr. Nachawati to serve in a leadership role. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice. He also serves on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of a Leaders’ Forum, a PAC member of the American Association for Justice, and a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Texas Monthly Magazine named him as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for the past six years in recognition for his legal excellence. Mr. Nachawati can be reached through his website at transvaginalmeshcompensation.com, by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling +1.877.222.3284

Critical Concerns over IVC Filter Dangers and Complications

 image from 2minutemedicine.com

AUGUST 2015 - A recent study from The Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that the benefits of the IVC filter procedure are not always clear, when examined alongside the risks. The study stated that, "Although retrievable inferior vena cava filters are frequently used in addition to anticoagulation in patients with acute venous thromboembolism, their benefit-risk ratio is unclear... Primary efficacy outcome was symptomatic recurrent pulmonary embolism at 3 months. Secondary outcomes were recurrent pulmonary embolism at 6 months, symptomatic deep vein thrombosis, major bleeding, death at 3 and 6 months, and filter complications." Patients have reported complications, such as blood clots, chest pains, pain in the filter area, and ultimately, death from pulmonary embolism. In some cases, the IVC filter migrates inside the body, and cannot be removed. The tragic consequences of this possibly unnecessary and dangerous medical device are increasing, while at the same time, one of the leading manufacturers of the IVC filter are experiencing massive growth in financial profits

Legal Commentary
From a civil standpoint, our firm represents families who are victims of the dangerous and life threatening effects following IVC filter surgery. If you or a loved one experienced any of these problems because of an implanted or removed IVC filter, we encourage you to consult with one of our IVC Filter attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim against the responsible party will ensure relief from the burden of costly medical expenses. We will also pursue compensation for the pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work as a result of IVC filter complications. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at +1.888.352.4850.
 
About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer who represents patients and surviving family members of fatal IVC filter procedures nationwide. Mr. Nachawati has successfully resolved numerous cases, with proven results in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He serves with prominent legal organizations, such as the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas, the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum and is a PAC member of the American Association for Justice.
 
Mr. Nachawati is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, as well as most federal courts in the nation. He also holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Texas Monthly Magazine has recognized Mr. Nachawati for six consecutive years for his legal excellence in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Contact Mr. Nachawati through his website at http://cases.fnlawfirm.com/ivcfilter, by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling +1.888.352.4850

 

Lawmakers Expose Massive Public Health Hazards of Power Morcellator Surgical Device

 Ethicon's Morcellex Sigma Tissue Morcellator--Courtesy of Johnson & Johnson

US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand sent an open letter to the Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration expressing urgent concerns about the dangers of power morcellation devices. Prominent lawmakers, including Tennessee senator Lamar Alexander, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, and Marco Rubio joined a bi-partisan group of senior leaders in the US Senate to increase the public awareness of the risks of power morcellators in hysterectomies and myomectomies. Senator Warren's letter specifically highlighted the need for the FDA to clearly communicate the risks of power morcellation, which could spread undetected cancer. Warren and Gillbrand urged the FDA to put the lives of the patients first, because of the tragic consequences of the 24 year record of power morcellators spreading malignancies during laparoscopic surgeries.

Legal Commentary
The Food and Drug Administration determined that power morcellators cannot be made safer. Johnson & Johnson, previously the largest manufacturer of morcellators, has pulled their version of the device from the market. Many hospitals are no longer using the device in hysterectomies. Currently, more than 20 lawsuits against the manufacturers of the device have been filed in 16 different federal courts. Additionally more than 300 cases against the manufacturers of power morcellators are currently pending. 
 
Previously undiagnosed cancer or malignancies can spread after surgical procedures using power morcellators. According to the FDA, as many as 1 in 350 women could have undiagnosed uterine sarcoma that can be spread during morcellation. For patients, this can be a costly, painful and potentially deadly complication. From a civil standpoint, our firm represents families who are the victims of the complications from a variety of surgical tools, including the power morcellator. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because of a surgery involving the use of the power morcellator, we encourage you to consult with one of our attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm through our website at cases.fnlawfirm.com/morcellation, by emailing Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.485.6886.
 
About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer who is focused on representing victims and families harmed by dangerous products nationwide. Mr. Nachawati has successfully resolved numerous cases that resulted in seven-and-eight-figure confidential settlements. He serves on numerous prominent legal organizations' boards and committees, including: The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas, Texas Trial Lawyers Association Board of Directors, Board of Directors for Public Justice, and a Leaders' Forum. Mr. Nachawati is also a PAC member of the American Association for Justice. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Courts of Texas and Arkansas, and well as most federal courts in the nation. Mr. Nachawati also holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for six consecutive years in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati can be reached through his website at cases.fnlawfirm.com/morcellation, by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.485.6886.

The Role of Morcellators in Spreading Cancer During Hysterectomies

More recently, a significant number of women and theirs families have brought lawsuits against various manufacturers after doctors used laparoscopic power morcellators during their hysterectomies. These individuals allege that these devices were responsible for spreading undiagnosed cancers and that they were not adequately warned about the potentially deadly risk.

Laparoscopic power morcellators have been used during hundreds, if not thousands, of minimally invasive laparoscopic surgeries. More specifically, the device functions by grinding up the uterus and uterine fibroids during hysterectomy and fibroid removal procedures. Unfortunately, during these procedures, the device has been connected to the spread of aggressive and previously undiagnosed uterine cancers. Many women, after undergoing such a procedure, soon find themselves diagnosed with late-stage cancers. Additionally, this means that such a diagnosis reduces long-term survival for many women. 

The Food and Drug Administration has determined that power morcellators cannot be made safer. Johnson & Johnson, previously the largest manufacturer of morcellators, has pulled their version of the device from the market. Similarly, many hospitals are no longer using any iteration of the device in their hysterectomies. Currently, more than 20 lawsuits against the manufacturers of the device have been filed in 16 different federal courts and more than 300 are currently pending. 

Legal Commentary
The complications caused by these devices have led to several cases where undiagnosed cancer was spread after a surgical procedure. According to the FDA, as many as 1 in 350 women is suspected of having undiagnosed uterine sarcoma that can be spread during morcellation. For patients, this can be a costly, painful and potentially deadly complication. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of the complications from a variety of surgical tools, devices and products, including a power morcellator. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because of a power morcellator, we encourage you to consult with one of our attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, and hopefully for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families harmed by dangerous products on a nationwide basis. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

Plaintiff Settles with LiNA Medical Over Power Morcellator Death Lawsuit

Two weeks ago, one of the first laparoscopic power morcellator lawsuits that was filed in federal court was finally settled. The plaintiff, widower Scott Burkhart, settled for an undisclosed amount right before it the lawsuit was scheduled to reach trial. He had originally filed the lawsuit in March 2014 against LiNA Medical after his wife, Donna Burkhart, died of myelosarcoma, a type of uterine cancer. She had developed the cancer after her hysterectomy was performed with a power morcellator.

Laparoscopic power morcellators are medical devices used during laparoscopic surgeries and more specifically, during hysterectomies or myomectomies. Recently, in November 2014, the FDA released a warning against the use of power morcellators in these particular surgeries. It further required manufacturers to put a black box warning that detailed the risk of spreading undiagnosed uterine cancer. 

Currently, there are about 20 other morcellator lawsuits being brought against various manufacturers. Mr. Burkhart also named Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon unit, as well as Blue Endo. Mr. Burkhart's wife had no history of metastatic cancer or disease prior to her surgery in 2012 but only a week after the procedure, doctors informed her that she had cancer. Complaints that have been brought against these various manufacturers allege that they were not warned about the risk of spreading undiagnosed cancer after a power morcellator was used in their surgeries or procedures. Mr. Burkhart himself hoped to bring attention to these possible complications.

Legal Commentary
The complications caused by these devices have led to several cases where undiagnosed cancer was spread after a surgical procedure. According to the FDA, as many as 1 in 350 women is suspected of having undiagnosed uterine sarcoma that can be spread during morcellation. For patients, this can be a costly, painful and potentially deadly complication. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of the complications from a variety of surgical tools, devices and products, including a power morcellator. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because of a power morcellator, we encourage you to consult with one of our attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, and hopefully for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families harmed by dangerous products on a nationwide basis. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

 

FDA Clears New Caldera Medical Transvaginal Mesh, Even as Lawsuits Increase

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new version of a pelvic mesh produced by Caldera Medical, even as last week, Medtronic settled with more than 11,000 vaginal mesh patients. This new iteration of the Vertessa Lite mesh (pictured left) has been cleared to be used in surgery for pelvic organ prolapse. Caldera claims that this newer version will have larger pores which will improve the acceptance of the mesh by the host tissue. They have not claimed any specific safety advantages, however. The mesh is also purportedly lighter and stronger. 

Manufacturers of transvaginal mesh and sling products continue to push forward for approval of new products, even as lawsuits continue to mount against them. Additionally, the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health have considered reclassifying pelvic mesh from a moderate risk, class II device to a high-risk, class III device that would require premarket approval application. Even as all these apparent risks seem apparent to agencies like the FDA, new, seemingly improved transvaginal mesh and sling products continue to enter the market. 

Legal Commentary
The complications caused by these devices have left many women to suffer with horrid recoveries, large medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing pain. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of the complications from the transvaginal mesh device. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because of an implanted or removed Mentor transvaginal mesh or sling, we encourage you to consult with one of our transvaginal mesh attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, and hopefully for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead TV Mesh lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing transvaginal mesh victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis—especially the Transvaginal mesh device. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

Covidien, Transvaginal Manufacturer, Agrees to Settlements

Another transvaginal mesh manufacturer has agreed to settle with injured plaintiffs. This time, the company is Covidien, which has agree to settle some of the 11,000 claims that are currently being made against them. Covidien has supplied C.R. Bard with mesh products, specifically Bard's Avaulta pelvic mesh. In 2013, Bard was ordered to pay Donna Cisson almost $2 million in punitive damages after a Bard Avaulta Plush mesh that was implanted in her body caused her chronic pain. 

Covidien has identified that they supplied transvaginal mesh products to C.R. Bard. So far, Bard has requested to delay its transvaginal mesh trial, but Judge Goodwin has denied this request. Bard faces three large waves of cases in 2015. The last set of cases include 298 cases that involve problems with many of Bard's Avaulta Plus and Solo mesh products. These continued settlements point to an increased willingness to provide proper and timely compensation to women who have been injured by mesh products. 

Legal Commentary
The complications caused by these devices have left many women to suffer with horrid recoveries, large medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing pain. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of the complications from the transvaginal mesh device. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because of an implanted or removed Mentor transvaginal mesh or sling, we encourage you to consult with one of our transvaginal mesh attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, and hopefully for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead TV Mesh lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing transvaginal mesh victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis—especially the Transvaginal mesh device. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

More Than a Dozen Ethicon Mesh Lawsuits to Go to Jury

Judge Joseph Goodwin, the federal judge in charge of overseeing multidistrict litigation involving transvaginal mesh and sling products, has moved to consolidate more than a dozen such lawsuits for jury trial this November. The decision came on June 12th, when he consolidated 26 transvaginal mesh lawsuits into a single trial which is set to begin on November 2nd of this year. All of these cases involve Ethicon's Gynecare TVT Mesh. The plaintiffs at the center of these 26 cases allege that the product caused them serious injuries and complications, including surgical removal of the mesh. 

Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, opposed the decision. Judge Goodwin, however, determined that the 26 cases were similar enough to try in front of a jury. Additionally, considering that there are more than 23,000 lawsuits currently pending against Johnson & Johnson, a consolidation was warranted. By consolidating these cases into one, all parties involved can also save time and money. For the individuals who have suffered after having a mesh product implanted, a timely decision would come as a relief. So far, Ethicon has failed to settle cases with plaintiffs. 

Legal Commentary
The complications caused by these devices have left many women to suffer with horrid recoveries, large medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing pain. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of the complications from the transvaginal mesh device. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because of an implanted or removed Mentor transvaginal mesh or sling, we encourage you to consult with one of our transvaginal mesh attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, and hopefully for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead TV Mesh lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing transvaginal mesh victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis—especially the Transvaginal mesh device. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

 

October Bellwether Trial Scheduled for Zimmer NexGen Knee Implants

More than a thousand cases related to Zimmer NexGen knee implants have been filed and consolidated in federal court in Illinois. The federal judge overseeing these cases has recently issues a scheduling order setting opening statements for the first trail that is set to begin on October 13th of this year. A bellwether trail in this case would give the judge and both defendants and plaintiffs an opportunity to present representative samples of cases. This process gives all parties involved a good indication as to what is likely to happen as these cases proceed. It is also a way to streamline the process and hopefully lead to a quick and adequate compensation to injured patients. 

The patients at the center of these cases have endured pain and discomfort as a result of faulty knee replacements. In particular, the MIS Tibial device, a component of Zimmer NextGen system, has been recalled due to reports of loosening. These lawsuits further allege that other components, specifically the LPS-Flex and CR-flex femoral components, have caused problems for individuals. In March, Zimmer issued a recall on the Persona Trabecular Metal Tibia Plate for similar reasons. Loose parts in a knee replacement cause pain, discomfort and can result in revision surgery which can be costly, painful and may not fully fix the original problem. 

Legal Commentary 

If you or someone you love has had any of the lots or sizes C-J of the Zimmer Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate implanted as part of a knee replacement surgery and have experienced pain, loosening, discomfort or have had to undergo additional revision surgery to fix these problems, you may be able to pursue a claim against Zimmer Persona. Individuals who have had problems with these implants are alleging that the company failed to test the design and perform the adequate research required before it was approved for the market.

If you or someone you know has been injured by a recalled or defective product, you deserve to understand the full extent of your legal rights and the compensation you may be entitled to receive. The attorneys at Fears | Nachawati Law Firm have successfully represented hundreds of clients who have been hurt by recalled pharmaceutical devices and products. We understand the painful and costly impact such products can cause our clients and we work hard to pursue claims against those responsible. The attorneys at Fears | Nachawati are national leaders in product recall cases and will be happy to assist you. For a free attorney consultation, please call 1.866.705.7584 or send an email to mn@fnlawfirm.com.

Crucial Conference Status on Transvaginal Mesh Being Held in June

Today, June 2nd, U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin of the Southern District of West Virginia will hold a crucial conference status meeting where the major manufacturers of transvaginal mesh and sling products intend to ask for a moratorium on current or future claims. In this case, a moratorium would prevent other women harmed by transvaginal mesh products from coming forward and filing suit against the manufacturers, even as more and more women continue to file suit for pain and complications caused by these products. These manufacturers include: Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard, American Medical Systems, Cook Medical and Neomedic. 

A significant number of the woman who have had transvaginal mesh or sling implanted have faced numerous complications and chronic pain. The material that is used in these products can erode through the vaginal lining which can cause nerve damage and lead to severe infections. These mesh products are difficult to remove fully, leaving women to face expensive medical treatment, pain management and in many cases, the inability to have sexual relationships again. Clearly, a moratorium would be a big strike against those who have not yet filed suit against transvaginal mesh manufacturers. 

Legal Commentary
The complications caused by these devices have left many women to suffer with horrid recoveries, large medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing pain. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of the complications from the transvaginal mesh device. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because of an implanted or removed Mentor transvaginal mesh or sling, we encourage you to consult with one of our transvaginal mesh attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, and hopefully for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead TV Mesh lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing transvaginal mesh victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis—especially the Transvaginal mesh device. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

 

Boston Scientific Ordered to Pay $100 Million to Delaware Woman

It was recently announced that Boston Scientific Corp., the manufacturer behind a number of vaginal mesh and sling products, must pay $100 million to a Delaware woman for damages. The woman, identified as Deborah Barba, blamed the company's vaginal-mesh inserts for her constant pain after the mesh eroded insider her body, causing scarring and a number of additional problems. She also claims she is no longer able to have sex. 

This verdict is the largest mesh-related verdict that Boston Scientific Corp. has had to pay out. Last  year, a Texas woman was awarded $73 million by the company for complications she faced after having the company's Obtryx sling implanted. Last month, the company also agreed to pay $119 million to resolve close to 3,000 mesh-related lawsuits. The jury in Mrs. Barba's case also awarded $75 million in compensatory damages and fined the company with a $25 million punitive damages award. Women who have the issues with vaginal mesh or sling products contend that they faced a number of painful complications, which include erosion and scarring. Hopefully these lawsuits will bring sufficient compensation to the women harmed by these products. 

Legal Commentary
The complications caused by these devices have left many women to suffer with horrid recoveries, large medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing pain. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of the complications from the transvaginal mesh device. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because of an implanted or removed Mentor transvaginal mesh or sling, we encourage you to consult with one of our transvaginal mesh attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, and hopefully for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead TV Mesh lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing transvaginal mesh victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis—especially the Transvaginal mesh device. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

$119 Million Expected in Boston Scientific Corp Settlement in Transvaginal Mesh Cases

On Tuesday, April 28th, Boston Scientific Corp, one of the leading manufacturers of transvaginal mesh products reached its first settlement agreement to resolve thousands of civil law suits that had been brought against them. Plaintiffs had experienced negative side effects after using mesh and sling devices from Boston Scientific Corp. and had brought lawsuits against the company as a way of seeking compensation. 

The company is expected to pay about $119 million to resolved 2,970 cases. In total, Boston Scientific Corp. is facing more than 25,000 mesh claims in the United States. This is not the first time that Boston Scientific has lost in court: in November, the company lost two federal cases in West Virginia and Miami In the Miami case, four women were awarded $26.7 million after a federal court jury found that Boston Scientific was responsible for selling faulty transvaginal mesh devices. In West Virginia, an verdict of $18.5 million was brought against the company. Given that the company has been ordered to pay such significant verdicts, it's likely that other big pharmaceutical companies that manufacture mesh devices like Johnson & Johnson will also have big verdicts brought against them. 

 

Side Effects of Transvaginal Mesh Have Consequences for Couples

After transvaginal mesh products began to be introduced to the pharmaceutical market, many women thought that the mesh devices would bring them comfort after suffering from intimate discomforts like pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Transvaginal mesh slings or patches were created as alternatives to more invasive abdominal procedures but have so far, created painful and costly problems for tens and thousands of women. These complications can include pain, nerve damage, infection, painful sexual intercourse and recurrence of POP or SUI. 

Given the various negative side effects that have emerged from these products, thousands of women have already begun filing legal claims against the several manufacturers of transvaginal mesh products and man have so far won substantial claims. Although many women allege physical pain, they also allege that the products caused suffering in their personal and emotional lives, a pain that can't be fixed with a financial settlement. 

Transvaginal mesh products, as noted above, can lead to painful sexual intercourse. Others may experience pain and infections. For many partners, this means limiting or altogether putting a stop to the physical component of their relationship. This in turn can cause stress on the relationship and lead to problems within the relationship, which can then lead to marital problems and divorce. That's why it's important for those who have suffered because of a transvaginal mesh product to know that they and their partner may have legal recourse for both individual's pain and suffering. 

Legal Commentary
The complications caused by these devices have left many women to suffer with horrid recoveries, large medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing pain. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of the complications from the transvaginal mesh device. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because of an implanted or removed Mentor transvaginal mesh or sling, we encourage you to consult with one of our transvaginal mesh attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, and hopefully for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead TV Mesh lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing transvaginal mesh victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis—especially the Transvaginal mesh device. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

 

 

Joint Status Conference for Transvaginal Mesh Manufacturers May Lead to More Settlements

In a recent pretrial order, the Honorable Joseph R. Goodwin of the Southern District of West Virginia has set a joint status conference for June 2nd of this year. The conference has ordered some of the largest manufacturers of transvaginal mesh and bladder sling plastic devices to appear before Judge Goodwin. The list of manufacturers named include American Medical Systems (AMS), CR Bard, Boston Scientific, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon. Neomedic has been the only company to not be called to appear. 

Plaintiffs and their lawyers hope that this recent move will push manufacturers of transvaginal mesh devices to try and settle their respective cases before June. According to court records, Judge Goodwin is currently over seeing more than 70,000 mesh-related cases. As the number of lawsuits increase, it's important that these current cases be settled quickly. Otherwise, many of them will be remanded and sent back to their federal districts for individuals trials, a process that will continue to flood the court system.

For the women who are suffering from pain after having had a transvaginal mesh device implanted, this means waiting even longer for compensation for their pain and suffering. These devices originally came under fire because of the numerous negative side effects that they developed as a result of these devices. Some of the unfortunate side effects that women experience include internal injuries, urinary problems and pain. Many women have had to undergo costly and painful revision surgery to address these issues. Hopefully this most recent move will speed along current cases so that plaintiffs who have been hurt by a mesh device can find some recompense. 

Legal Commentary
The complications caused by these devices have left many women to suffer with horrid recoveries, large medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing pain. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of the complications from the transvaginal mesh device. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because of an implanted or removed Mentor transvaginal mesh or sling, we encourage you to consult with one of our transvaginal mesh attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, and hopefully for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead TV Mesh lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing transvaginal mesh victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis—especially the Transvaginal mesh device. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

 

Zimmer Persona Issues Recall, Has History of Recalls for Various Products and Devices

Zimmer, the largest manufacturer of knee implants, has recently recalled its Persona Knee implants after a substantial number of patients complained of pain and complications after the implants were used in their knee replacement surgeries. The FDA has issued a Class II Recall regarding the implants, stating that they can loosen early and cause complications. This particular recall, issued on March 12th of this year, affects all lots and sizes of the Zimmer Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate knee implant. So far, 11,658 devices have been affected. According to the company, the issues with these particular knee implants are related to radiolucent lines and loosening, which in turn cause pain, swelling and tissue and bone damage.

Although the company is well known for its NextGen and High Flex Knees, it has had to issue recalls regarding these and other products before. In 2008, Zimmer briefly recalled the Durom Cup hip component after it was found that it was not staying in place and that its fixation surface was inadequate. In 2010, almost 70,000 MIS Tibial components were recalled because of early loosening. In 2014, 40,000 NexGen Knee models were recalled because of defective screws that led to loosening and failure. As of today, Zimmer has allocated $70 million to pay for the revision surgeries associated with the Durom Cup failure. Lawsuits are still pending regarding these recalls. 

If you or someone you love has had any of the lots or sizes C-J of the Zimmer Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate implanted as part of a knee replacement surgery and have experienced pain, loosening, discomfort or have had to undergo additional revision surgery to fix these problems, you may be able to pursue a claim against Zimmer Persona. Individuals who have had problems with these implants are alleging that the company failed to test the design and perform the adequate research required before it was approved for the market.

If you or someone you know has been injured by a recalled or defective product, you deserve to understand the full extent of your legal rights and the compensation you may be entitled to receive. The attorneys at Fears | Nachawati Law Firm have successfully represented hundreds of clients who have been hurt by recalled pharmaceutical devices and products. We understand the painful and costly impact such products can cause our clients and we work hard to pursue claims against those responsible. The attorneys at Fears | Nachawati are national leaders in product recall cases and will be happy to assist you. For a free attorney consultation, please call 1.866.705.7584 or send an email to mn@fnlawfirm.com.

Zimmer Persona Recalls Knee Replacement Plate

On March 12, Zimmer Persona recalled more than 11,600 of their personalized artificial knee component. The recall of these particular knee replacements primarily impacted all lots and size of the Zimmer Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plates. The knee components had only been used for three years, from November 2012 to early 2015, in knee replacement surgeries before they were recalled.

Zimmer Persona made the decision to recall the knee parts after a significant number of patients complained about radiolucent lines and loosening of the parts. Similar devices, they acknowledge, have not had the same complaint rate. These particular plates have failed in about six of every 1,000 implants but that number is expected to rise the longer patients have these specific parts in their bodies. The FDA has since issued a Class 2 recall on the devices.

Patients who have had problems with the parts have experienced problems with initial fixation, which in turn causes knee pain and discomfort. For many patients, these problems have ultimately required additional knee revision surgery, which can be risky, painful and costly. Hospitals across the country have been made aware of the problem and all of the devices in question have been returned to the manufacturer or have been quarantined.

If you or someone you love has had any of the lots or sizes C-J of the Zimmer Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate implanted as part of a knee replacement surgery and have experienced pain, loosening, discomfort or have had to undergo additional revision surgery to fix these problems, you may be able to pursue a claim against Zimmer Persona. Individuals who have had problems with these implants are alleging that the company failed to test the design and perform the adequate research required before it was approved for the market.

If you or someone you know has been injured by a recalled or defective product, you deserve to understand the full extent of your legal rights and the compensation you may be entitled to receive. The attorneys at Fears | Nachawati Law Firm have successfully represented hundreds of clients who have been hurt by recalled pharmaceutical devices and products. We understand the painful and costly impact such products can cause our clients and we work hard to pursue claims against those responsible. The attorneys at Fears | Nachawati are national leaders in product recall cases and will be happy to assist you. For a free attorney consultation, please call 1.866.705.7584 or send an email to mn@fnlawfirm.com.
 

Study Reveals How Pain From Transvaginal Mesh Remains, Even After Removal

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently released an article titled "What is New in the Use of Mesh in Vaginal Surgery?", which touched on some of the lingering effects that transvaginal mesh can have for women. One of the issues that the article also described was that of women who have remaining pain, even after troubling or painful mesh is removed. They state, "Of those who presented with pain, 51% reported persistent pain after excision." For many women, then, even removal of the mesh will not completely help with persistent side effects. 

They also claim that doctors have very little tools, experience, or resources to help women who are experiencing pain after their mesh is removed. They encourage doctors to counsel their patients about the abnormal side effects they may experience. They also urge patients to consider whether the benefits outweigh the potential risks. Since the FDA announced a safety update in 2011, doctors and patients have been even more wary of the potentially negative side effects of TVM. Since the announcement, there has been a steady decline in the use of mesh to treat prolapse issues. Meanwhile, hundreds of lawsuits are still being filed against the makers of different mesh products for the pain they have caused patients. 

 

Legal Commentary
The complications caused by this device have left many women to suffer with horrid recoveries, large medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing pain. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of the complications from the transvaginal mesh device. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because of an implanted or removed Mentor transvaginal mesh or sling, we encourage you to consult with one of our transvaginal mesh attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, and hopefully for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead TV Mesh lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing transvaginal mesh victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis—especially the Transvaginal mesh device. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.
 

 

$5.7 Million Awarded to Transvaginal Mesh Injuries by Ethicon

Recently, a judge found Ethicon, a division of Johnson & Johnson, liable for injuries that their Transvaginal Mesh Tape (TVT) Abbrevo caused one patient. The woman, identified as Coleen Perry, has been awarded $700,000 in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. The jury that was chosen to preside over the case deliberated for three days before reaching a verdict. 

The plaintiff in this case claimed that the mesh her doctor had used eroded in her body, causing permanent and consistent pain. She had originally had it surgically implanted to treat her stress urinary incontinence but stated that she began experiencing pain almost immediately after her surgery. Other women have had similar experiences and while most TVTs can be surgically removed, they can cause irreparable damage and permanent pain.  More than 65,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed against various manufacturers. This particular suit is the fourth to reach a verdict against Ethicon out of a total of 36,000 against the manufacturer. 

 

Legal Commentary
The complications caused by this device have left many women to suffer with horrid recoveries, large medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing pain. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of the complications from the transvaginal mesh device. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because of an implanted or removed Mentor transvaginal mesh or sling, we encourage you to consult with one of our transvaginal mesh attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, and hopefully for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead TV Mesh lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.


About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing transvaginal mesh victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis—especially the Transvaginal mesh device. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

 

Manufacturers of Transvaginal Mesh Settle More Than 100 Lawsuits in February

In February, Johnson & Johnson, one of the manufacturers of a TVM (transvaginal mesh) device, settled more than 100 lawsuits brought against them by consumer who had been hurt by the device. These particular cases were related to their Mentor unit manufactured transvaginal mesh tape and sling mesh devices.This particular mesh was discontinued in 2006, although Johnson & Johnson continues to allege that their device was safe for patients to use.

The settlements were reached in a U.S. District Court for Middle Georgia. Johnson & Johnson has elected to not disclose the amounts plaintiffs will receive. The settlements do however point to a willingness by Johnson & Johnson to, at the very least, settle some of the hundreds of lawsuits that consumers are bringing against them. There are still a number of cases to be settled in this particular court, and there are six bellwether cases set for trial for later this year. 

 

Legal Commentary
The complications caused by this device have left many women to suffer with horrid recoveries, large medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing pain. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of the complications from the transvaginal mesh device. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because of an implanted or removed Mentor transvaginal mesh or sling, we encourage you to consult with one of our transvaginal mesh attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, and hopefully for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead TV Mesh lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing transvaginal mesh victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis—especially the Transvaginal mesh device. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.
 

Boston Scientific Ordered to Pay $73 Million Over Defective Vaginal Mesh Device

After a two week trial in state court in Dallas, Texas, the 12 person jury has reached a verdict Salazar v. Boston Scientific. The verdict comes after a mesh lawsuit was filed by Plaintiff, Martha Salazar, who was implanted with the Obtryx sling to treat urinary incontinence. During trial, evidence was presented showing that the implantation resulted in serious damage to her nerves and caused permanent and persistent pelvic pain.  The lawsuit also accused the company of negligence in both product design and marketing. 

The jury found that Boston Scientific Corporation failed to properly and adequately warn doctors and patients about the health risks associated with the mesh implant.  As a result, the jury returned a verdict holding Boston Scientific liable for the injuries that Martha Salazar sustained. According to a court filing dated September 8, 2014, the jurors awarded Salazar approximately $23 million in compensatory damages and $50 million punitive damages—for a total of $73 million in damages. 

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Transvaginal Mesh Trials Continue Throughout August

Boston Scientific, one of several manufacturers of transvaginal mesh devices, has resumed trials in Massachusetts last week as it seeks to defend itself against plaintiffs who allege injury as a result of using the company's transvaginal mesh. Industry watchers, pundits and plaintiffs alike are watching the trials closely, especially after Boston Scientific won its first big case last month, even as most juries erred on the side of plaintiffs in past trials. 

TVT manufacturers are becoming increasingly involved in numerous trials as women who have had the device implanted for POP or SUI have facd severe complications. They allege that the mesh, among several complaints, can migrate and penetrate the vaginal wall or have become intertwined in bowels, intestines or other internal organs. For many women, what was meant to be a solution to already difficult medical issues has instead become an even worse medical problem. Because of complications, many women cannot have the mesh removed and must remain in chronic pain. Most plaintiffs have filed lawsuits that claim that the devices are defective and that companies have known about the defects but have not adequately warned doctors and patients about the possible complications. 

Legal Commentary
The complications caused by this device have left many women to suffer with horrid recoveries, large medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing pain. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of the complications from the transvaginal mesh device. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because of an implanted or removed AMS transvaginal mesh, we encourage you to consult with one of our transvaginal mesh attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, and hopefully for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead TV Mesh lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing transvaginal mesh victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis—especially the Transvaginal mesh device. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

 

Public Advocacy Group Demand Changes From FDA Regarding Transvaginal Mesh

Public Citizen, a group that advocates on the behalf of consumers, has in the past petitioned the FDA to order a global recall of all transvaginal mesh products. Additionally, the petition asks the FDA to ban the marketing of any of the products, which are used to treat pelvic organ prolapsed. The FDA, in a letter dated from May of this year, has rejected both petitions, stating that at the current time, transvaginal mesh products do not warrant a total recall or ban. They do however acknowledge that the mesh products are associated with post-operative complications such as mesh exposure, vaginal scarring, pelvic pain and infection.

Transvaginal mesh companies such as Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson, have recently come under scrutiny by both the agency and by the general public. Although companies have been allowed to continue to produce potentially life-threatening products, it seems as though very few individuals are willing to stand by those products. The FDA continues to alert the public about the dangerous side effects of having a transvaginal mesh implanted. Additionally, more than 60,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits have are currently filed in the courts.

Legal Commentary
The complications caused by this device have left many women to suffer with horrid recoveries, large medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing pain. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of the complications from the transvaginal mesh device. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because of an implanted or removed AMS transvaginal mesh, we encourage you to consult with one of our transvaginal mesh attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, and hopefully for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead TV Mesh lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing transvaginal mesh victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis—especially the Transvaginal mesh device. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

FDA Moves to Label Transvaginal Mesh From 'Moderate Risk' to 'High Risk' Category

The number of transvaginal mesh lawsuits has drastically increased in the past few months, as more and more women who have suffered as a result of the mesh have come forward. According to recent court documents, more than 50,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, by women who have been injured by a mesh product.

In light of the significant number of lawsuits related to various mesh products, the FDA has also moved to rate transvaginal mesh from a moderate risk device to a high-risk one. Devices labeled as moderate risk do not have to conduct human clinical trials before market. However, high-risk devices have higher levels of scrutiny imposed on them and manufacturers must submit pre-market approvals and undergo various evaluations.

Although the move by the FDA comes after a significant number of women have been harmed by the mesh, it will require manufacturers to provide more stringent testing before their mesh products are allowed in the market. So far, all of these new requirements by the FDA reveal that mesh manufacturers have been allowing faulty devices into the market for far too long.

Legal Commentary
The complications caused by this device have left many women to suffer with horrid recoveries, large medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing pain. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of the complications from the transvaginal mesh device. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because of an implanted or removed AMS transvaginal mesh, we encourage you to consult with one of our transvaginal mesh attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, and hopefully for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead TV Mesh lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing transvaginal mesh victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis—especially the Transvaginal mesh device. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

 

AMS, Manufacturer of Transvaginal Mesh, Faces More Criticism from FDA, Begins New Surveillance Studies

On April 10, 2014, the FDA sent a warning letter to American Medical Systems, one of the largest transvaginal mesh manufacturers in the country. The warning letter came after the FDA inspected the company’s plant and found several issues that were related to risk analysis and other quality control problems. Although AMS has since responded and claimed that it would be implanting a corrective action plan with the help of the FDA.

The response by AMS also comes after hundreds of women have filed lawsuits against the company due to faulty transvaginal mesh devices that have caused physical and psychological issues. Transvaginal mesh devices are used to treat pelvic organ prolapsed and other problems. However, these devices have been known to erode and scar, causing pain and infection for patients. Many have to have surgery to remove the mesh after it causes problems. According to one study by the FDA, about 10% of women suffered mesh exposure within the first year of having the mesh implanted. The FDA in response has proposed that TV Mesh products be considered “high risk.” Furthermore, Endo Health Solutions, which owns AMS, has already paid more than $50 million in settlement claims.

The FDA has also recently required that post-market surveillance studies be undertaken by all transvaginal mesh manufacturers. AMS, in response, has begun enrolling patients in an Embrace study for two of its mesh products. 1,000 patients are expected to be included in the two studies, which are expected to take two years of enrollment and three years of follow-up for a full five years of data. The studies are expected to shed light on how the company can improve their mesh products.

Legal Commentary
The complications caused by this device have left many women to suffer with horrid recoveries, large medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing pain. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of the complications from the transvaginal mesh device. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because of an implanted or removed AMS transvaginal mesh, we encourage you to consult with one of our transvaginal mesh attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, and hopefully for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead TV Mesh lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.


About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing transvaginal mesh victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis—especially the Transvaginal mesh device. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

FDA Warns AMS, Manufacturer of Transvaginal Mesh

After the FDA inspected American Medical System's manufacturing plant in Minnetoka, Minnesota in February, the transvaginal mesh manufacturer was placed under heavier scrutiny. According to the report that resulted from that inspection and which Endo Health Solutions, Inc. released in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Comission (SEC), the FDA issued three observations and met with the company to address how these issues could be corrected. 

The company will be subject to a follow-up or otherwise the FDA may implement fines or refuse to grant future premarket approvals. As of today, AMS has already been hit with more than 17,000 lawsuits from injured clients who had AMS' transvaginal mesh implanted in their bodies. The devices, which are designed to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary continence, have caused painful and serious complications for many of the thousands of  women who have had them implanted, including organ damage and pain. The FDA's observations against AMS only serve to underscore the fact that AMS has not provided the most stringent measures in the manufacturing of their devices, which in turn have severely impacted the quality of life of thousands of women. 

Legal Commentary
The complications caused by this device have left many women to suffer with horrid recoveries, large medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing pain. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of the complications from the transvaginal mesh device. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because of an implanted or removed AMS  transvaginal mesh, we encourage you to consult with one of our transvaginal mesh attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, and hopefully for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead TV Mesh lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing transvaginal mesh victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis—especially the Transvaginal mesh device. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

 

 

Transvaginal Mesh Causes Numerous Painful Problems for Many Women

 For many women, pelvic organ prolapse, the medical condition in which the muscles of a woman's "pelvic floor" weakens because of age or trauma, is a common and uncomfortable medical issue. Women who are diagnosed with the condition must deal with embarrassing side effects that occur when organs such as the bladder, uterus and small bowels drop into the vagina.

Although there are several procedures that can either help alleviate or altogether get rid of the problem, one particular procedure has recently caused numerous issues for an increasing number of women. This procedure includes the use of transvaginal mesh inserts in an attempt to correct the problem. And while many women do not have problems with the mesh, many unfortunately do. The mesh can erode, degrade, or become exposed, which can cause pelvin pain, incontinence, and pain during sexual intercourse. A supposedly helpful procedure can make a women's quality of life much worse than before. 

In May, Edno International Plc was made to pay $830 million to resolve approximately 20,000 lawsuits related to the usage of its vaginal-mesh implants that had eroded. Prior to the settlement, the FDA had stated that all mesh inserts should undergo stricter safety requirements because of their high-risk nature. 

Legal Commentary
The complications caused by this device have left many women to suffer with horrid recoveries, large medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing pain. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of the complications from the transvaginal mesh device. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because of an implanted or removed transvaginal mesh, we encourage you to consult with one of our transvaginal mesh attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, and hopefully for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead TV Mesh lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing transvaginal mesh victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis—especially the Transvaginal mesh device. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

 

Metal on Metal Hip Implants Increasingly Causing Problems for Patients

According to Dr. Jay Mabrey, chief of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Baylor University Medical Center, approximately 400,000 hip replacements are performed each and every year. While the majority of these replacements are successful, many metal on metal hip implants cause serious problems and constant pain for patients.

Surprisingly, many patients don’t even know the name or type of artificial hip they have in their bodies. Many of Dr. Mabrey’s patients for example, don’t realize that the ‘clicking’ noise they may hear is due to the fact that they have metal on metal hips. These particular hips are often made of chromium cobalt metal and when they grind against one another, they can cause a dangerous condition called metallosis in which the chromium metal debris builds up in soft tissues in the body. This can lead to destruction of ligaments around the hip, neurological toxicity and/or psychological or cardiac toxicity. 

Although hip replacements generally come with a hefty price tag, hip implants in the past 10 years have faced high recall numbers. According to the Safe Patient Project, 578 recalls from six major manufacturers, have occurred in this time. Furthermore, given that these hip implants are approved by the FDA in a shortcut process called 510K, many of them are not rigorously tested by either the manufacturer or the FDA. Increasingly, these manufacturers, including DePuy - which has recently settled a class action lawsuit for $2.5 billion – are facing litigation from rightfully unhappy and unsatisfied patients.

Legal Commentary
From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of the dangerous or crippling effects of hip implants, specifically that of the DePuy ASR hip implant. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because the implant, we encourage you to consult with one of our Hip Implant attorneys as soon as possible. Although no amount of money can compensate for permanent physical damage, a successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will ensure the victims are not burdened with costly medical expenses, and will hopefully help compensate them for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead hip implant lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing hip implant victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

Canada Warning Women of Risks from Transvaginal Mesh Implant

Canadian health officials are in the process of reviewing whether or not women in that country are being warned about the risks associated with the transvaginal mesh implant. The review comes based on the fact that several women have reported experiencing problems after receiving the mesh implant. These problems include but are not limited to pelvic organ prolapsed (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). All of the complaints involve similar allegations that vaginal mesh and bladder slings are defective and unreasonably dangerous, claiming that manufacturers knew or should have known about the health risks with transvaginal mesh.

Unfortunately, women need to be aware of the risks, and indicates that these complications sometimes require additional surgery, and even then, many women are left with long term problems from transvaginal mesh. As a result of these reports by women, Health Canada is reviewing the labeling on transvaginal mesh products to determine whether additional information should be provided.

 

Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead MESH lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

Injured by a Recalled Product?

You may have heard about the recent ignition switch recall by General Motors. http://www.gm.com/ignition-switch-recall.html. Such product recalls are not uncommon and the chances are that you have received a letter at some point in your life informing you that a product you have purchased has been recalled.

If you or someone you know has been injured by a recalled product, merely sending the product back for a replacement or refund is unlikely to be an adequate response. Rather, an individual injured by a recalled product is likely entitled to greater compensation under the law. This likelihood is particularly true because large corporations that produce defective products normally carry large insurance policies for the benefit of the consumers that their products might injure.

If you or someone you know has been injured by a recalled or defective product, you deserve to understand the full extent of your legal rights and the compensation you may be entitled to receive. In such cases, you may be subject to a pressing statute of limitations (the deadline to make a claim), or you may be at risk of losing evidence critical to your case; therefore, it is essential that you act quickly to preserve your rights. The attorneys at Fears | Nachawati are national leaders in product recall cases and will be happy to assist you. For a free attorney consultation, please call 1.866.705.7584 or send an email to mn@fnlawfirm.com.

Court Awards Linda Batiste $1.2 Million for Defective TVT-O Ethicon Johnson and Johnson Transvaginal Mesh Sling Device

Recently, the Texas Jury awarded Linda Batiste, a 64 year old nurse, received $1.2 million from the company Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). Batiste had the Tvt-Obturator (TVT-O) transvaginal mesh sling device (made by JNJ) implanted to treat stress urinary incontinence—a condition which involves involuntary urination. Batiste asserted that the mesh sling was defectively designed, and because of this failure to create an effective product she has suffered severe pelvic pain from the device eroding inside of her.

Ten of the 12 jurors agreed on the following points and awarded the following amounts respectively:

  • For “Physical Pain and mental anguish” the jury awarded $100,000
  • for “Physical pain and mental anguish that, in reasonable probability, Linda batiste will sustain in the future” the jury awarded $500,000
  • for physical impairment sustained in the past $0
  • for “Physical impairment that, in reasonable probability, Linda Batiste will sustain in the future” the jury awarded $400,000
  • for “Reasonable expenses of necessary medical care that, in reasonable probability, Linda Batiste will incur in the future” they awarded $200,000.

The verdict was not unanimous, but ultimately the ten jury members agreed that there was in fact a design defect of the TVT-O. In other words, this means there is a safer alternative design but the company failed to use the safer alternative for this product. While the jury rejected batiste’s claim that the Ethicon mesh didn’t provide sufficient warnings about the health risks of the device and declined to award punitive damages, Batiste was awarded a total of $1.2 million for her physical pain, impairment, and medical expenses.

JNJ has been involved in so many lawsuits regarding many of their Transvaginal mesh devices that in 2012 they decided to stop selling certain lines of the product. While this saved many victims from suffering from defective products, unfortunately the TVT-O, the brand Batiste suffers from, is still on the market. For more information here is a link to another article written on this lawsuit.

Legal Commentary
The complications caused by this device have left many women to suffer with horrid recoveries, large medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing pain. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of the complications from the transvaginal mesh device. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because of an implanted or removed transvaginal mesh, we encourage you to consult with one of our transvaginal mesh attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, and hopefully for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead TV Mesh lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing transvaginal mesh victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis—especially the Transvaginal mesh device. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

Picture from http://meshmedicaldevicenewsdesk.com/tag/linda-gross/

DePuy LPS Diaphyseal Sleeve Knee Implant Recall

In February the FDA officially announced a recall of the DePuy LPS (Limb Preservation System) Diaphyseal Sleeve knee implant. This product is used during the overall reconstructive knee surgery of the DePuy LPS knee system. The Diaphyseal Sleeve specifically is made by DePuy Orthopaedics which is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The system is used to aid in reconstructing severe defects of the soft tissue and bones. One of the connections in the device has been seen to fracture and fail because it cannot handle the stress during normal walking. This fracturing and failure has been seen to result in infection, loss of the limb, soft tissue damage, and in some cases even death.

Legal Commentary
From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous victims and families who are victim to the dangerous or crippling effects of the DePuy LPS Diaphyseal Sleeve knee implant. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because the implant, we encourage you to consult with one of our knee Implant attorneys as soon as possible. Although no amount of money can compensate for permanent physical damage, a successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will ensure the victims and their families are not burdened with costly medical expenses and will hopefully help compensate them for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Although no monetary amount can compensate for the death of a loved one, a successful claim could help the victims family pay for any final expenses and can lessen the burden during that trying time. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead hip implant lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing knee implant victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

Coloplast Transvaginal Mesh Victims Receive $40,000 Each

Coloplast, a manufacturer of medical products, is said to have agreed to pay about $16 million to settle lawsuits accusing the company of injuring women with its vaginal-mesh inserts. Coloplast is best known as a maker of ostomy and urine bags for post-surgical use.

Officials for Coloplast agreed in January 2014 to resolve about 400 suits over the inserts, which are designed to support internal organs. The final settlement will provide an average payment of about $40,000 for each claimant. With that said, settlement talks are continuing with other manufacturers facing thousands of suits over their vaginal-mesh inserts, including C.R. Bard (BCR) Inc. and a unit of Endo Health Solutions (ENDO) Inc. 

Further, many of the cases against Coloplast and other vaginal-mesh implant makers in federal courts around the U.S. have been consolidated before U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin in Charleston, West Virginia, for information exchanges and bellwether trials.

Coloplast has been sued over implants including the Novasilk-Synthetic Flat Mesh System and the Aris-Transobturator lines, according to court filings. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration ordered Coloplast, Johnson & Johnson, Bard and more than 30 other vaginal-implant makers in 2012 to study rates of organ damage and complications linked to the implants.

All in all, J&J officials have said in court filings that more than 1 million women have received the inserts during the past 15 years to help hold up internal organs or treat incontinence. The consolidated cases are In Re: Coloplast Corp Pelvic Support System Products Liability Litigation, 12-md-2387, U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia (Charleston).

Legal Commentary

The complications caused by this device have left many women to suffer with horrid recoveries, large medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing pain. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of the complications from the Transvaginal mesh device. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because of an implanted or removed TV Mesh, we encourage you to consult with one of our TV Mesh attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, and hopefully for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead TV Mesh lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at1.866.705.7584.

About the Author

Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing Transvaginal mesh victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis—especially the Transvaginal mesh device. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

Swelling and Permanent Damage From Metal on Metal Depuy Pinnacle Hip Implant

The DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits involving metal-on-metal hip systems continue to mount in the federal multidistrict litigation currently underway in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. According to a Master Case List issued by the court on January 31, 2014, at least 5,590 DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits have been filed in the proceeding on behalf of individuals who were allegedly injured by a version of the Pinnacle Hip Replacement System that utilizes the Ultamet liner. (Orthopaedics Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2244)

All of the Pinnacle hip lawsuits pending in the Northern District of Texas allege that the all-metal design created by the Ultamet liner can cause the hip implant to shed dangerous amounts of microscopic metal debris into patients’ tissue and blood stream. Among other things, plaintiffs assert that the all-metal Pinnacle is flawed in much the same way as the DePuy ASR hip, which was recalled in 2010. This has caused much debate regarding whether or not the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip system should be pulled from the market as well.

 

Many of the lawsuits allege that DePuy Pinnacle hip implants shed metal debris inside of the body and is released into the bloodstream, causing swelling, general pain, and metallosis (metal poisoning). Metallosis causes a number health complications including; general infection, thyroid problems, cognitive impairment, and cardiomyopathy, which can lead to heart failure.

 

According to an alert issued by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in January 2013, metal-on-metal hip implants may be more prone to premature failure than devices made from other materials, such as plastic or ceramic. Recipients of such implants who suffer pain, swelling, or other symptoms that might be indicative of failure should undergo metal ion blood testing to ensure their hip is functioning properly, according to the agency.

 

The FDA has also recommended stricter regulations for metal-on-metal hip implants, including a requirement that manufacturers of devices currently on the market conduct safety studies on their products if they plan to continue selling them. Consequently, this prompted a decision by DePuy Orthopedics to end sales of such devices, including the all-metal Pinnacle. Consequently, the Pinnacle litigation’s first bellwether trials are scheduled to begin in September 2014.

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Table Saw Injuries Cost $2.36 billion Annually

Across the nation, many individuals and families own a table saw--a very common product. While this tool can be found in many homes, the injuries caused by this machine have caused much pain and suffering. In fact, there is such a high rate of personal injury accidents caused by this tool that the federal product safety regulators have begun looking at a new mandatory safely requirement for all these devices. According to a press release by Tenenbaum, there are approximately 67.300 table saw injuries every year. In total these injuries have cost $2.36 billion a year.

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Best Lawyers in Dallas 2014

Majed Nachawati of Fears | Nachawati Law Firm was selected from a panel of 505 lawyers as one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas 2014" in the Mass Tort category. Congratulations Mr. Nachawati!

Testosterone Law Firm - Nationwide Representation

Testosterone Attorneys at our firm, Fears | Nachawati, continue to review Testosterone Replacement Therapy Cases, known as "TRT," on a daily basis. A number of Testosterone Lawsuits have been filed as a result of two recent studies demonstrating a marked increase in the risk of heart attacks, strokes and death caused by use of Testosterone products such as Androgel, Androderm, Axiron, Bio-T gel, Delatestryl, Dep-Testosterone, Fortesta, Striant, Testim and Testopel. The Testosterone products linked to heart attacks, strokes and death come in the form of gel, patches, injections and in some cases, pills. If you have questions concerning a Testosterone product you are taking, please email the head litigation attorney, Mr. Nachawati, at mn@fnlawfirm.com or call our law firm toll free at 1.866.705.7584. Continue Reading...

Testosterone Stroke Heart Attack and Death Lawyer

Androgel Lawyers and Androgel Law Firm Fears | Nachawati investigates Androgel and Testosterone Lawsuits on a Nationwide Basis 

Testosterone Lawyers and Androgel Attorneys at our firm are accepting Androgel Wrongful Death, Heart Attack, Stroke, Pulmonary Embolism and Deep Vein Thrombosis cases on a Nationwide basis.  To contact our law firm for a free consultation call us at 1.866.705.7584 or email the head lawyer of pharmaceutical litigation at mn@fnlawfirm.com.

Androgel and Testosterone linked to Heart Attack Stroke and Death

The Journal of American Medical Association Study and the PLOSONE study support the widely-held belief for the past ten years that medical data has demonstrated a noticeable increased risk between the use of testosterone containing gels and injections and the increased risk of having a stroke, heart attack or death as a result.  

FDA Alert - Testosterone Study on risk of Heart Attack, Stroke and Death Reports

In the past month, the Food and Drug (FDA) Administration has issued an urgent alert reminding consumers that the side effects are not known of TRT therapy and that they have taken steps to monitor data to determine if there is a causal link between Testosterone Replacement Therapy and an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and death.

Here is a non-exhuastive list of the products we are investigating and cases we are accepting:

Product                                 Manufacturer

Androgel                              Abbott Laboratories, Inc. and Abb Vie, Inc.

Androderm                          Actives

Axirom                                 Lilly USA, LLC

Bio-T-Gel                             Bio Sante Pharmaceuticals and Teva Pharmaceuticals

Delatestryl                          Indevus Pharmaceuticals

Dep-Testosterone             Pfizer

Fortesta                               Endo Pharmaceuticals

Striant                                  Mipharm S.p.A. and Columbia Laboratories, Inc.

Testim                                  Auxilium Pharmaceuticals and Glaxo Smith Kline, LLC

Testopel                              Auxilium Pharmaceuticals

Androgel and Testosterone Replacement Therapy Lawsuits
 
Our law firm has represented thousands of individuals and families against the world's largest pharmaceutical and medical product device manufacturers.  Our Androgel lawyers are in the process of filing Androgel lawsuits against the manufacturers for negligence, gross negligence, failure to warn, design defect, manufacturing defect, and breach of implied and express warranty.  The damages we are seeking on behalf of our clients include but are not limited to past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages or loss of wage earning capacity, past and future physical impairment, past and future loss of enjoyment of life, past and future loss of consortium, past and future pain, discomfort and mental anguish, as well as case expenses, costs of court and any other relief a judge and jury believe to be appropriate.  For more information about the legal nuances of the cases, call us at 1.866.705.7584 or email us at mn@fnlawfirm.com

What are your Androgel and Testosterone Legal Options?  Call us for a Free Consultation to Find Out
 
If you or a loved one have taken Androgel, Androderm, Axirom, Axiron, Bio-T-Gel, Delatestryl, Dep-Testosterone, Fortesta, Striant, Testim, or Testopel, and have suffered a stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis or a death, we encourage you to consult with one of our Testosterone attorneys as soon as possible by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by phone at 1.866.705.7584.
 
The Super Lawyer heading up the Testosterone Replacement Therapy Lawsuits 
 
Majed Nachawati is the preeminent Pharmaceutical and Medical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing Testosterone Replacement Therapy victims and families harmed by dangerous drugs on a Nationwide basis.
 
Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trial and settlement that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements.  He is on the State Bar of Texas District Six Grievance Committee where as a panelist he oversees complaints and allegations of attorney misconduct in his region.  He represents clients on a nationwide basis and is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas, as well as the District of Colorado.  Mr. Nachawati contributes extensively to charitable causes that increase access to justice and remains a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice.  Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical and medical product liability injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum that recognizes lawyers for outstanding representation in cases involving settlements or resolutions exceeding $1,000,000.00. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584 to find out what your legal rights are.

 

 

Laparoscopic Surgery Required to Remove Mirena IUD

Although the intrauterine device (IUD) may seem like a good alternative and long term contraceptive option, many women experience long lasting and often permanent damage from the defective Mirena IUD. A woman from New York filed a product liability lawsuit because she had to undergo laparoscopic surgery—minimally invasive surgery performed through small incisions in the abdomen. Although doctors conducted placement checks and gave her confirmation that the device was properly situation within her uterus, a few years later she needed the surgery to remove the Mirena IUD which had perforated her uterus and migrated to her abdominal cavity. The complaint she filed states that Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals did not adequately warn about the risks and complications associated with the Mirena IUD.

Legal Commentary
From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous individuals and families who have become victim to the dangerousness of the Mirena IUD. If you or a loved one have experienced complications because of this contraceptive device, we encourage you to consult with one of our IUD attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will ensure the victims are not burdened with costly medical expenses, and will hopefully compensate them for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead IUD lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing IUD victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

Open Heart Surgery Needed From Defective Inferior Vena Cava Filter

The inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a device used by many doctors when coagulation drugs are not an option. The IVC filter is a device placed in the veins to trap clots caused by pulmonary embolism (PE). These clots, if not treated, could potentially travel to the lung and can be deadly. However, although the IVC filter may seem like a good option when coagulation is not possible, the device itself can be deadly and cause a variety of other issues. Many have experienced a break or fracture of the device which then migrates through the veins and often tears through tissue. An Illinois man experienced problems with a Bard Recovery IVC filter. He indicated the device failed inside his body which ultimately led him to require open heart surgery. According to the allegations, the device migrated to his heart causing life-threatening injuries. Even after the surgery and removal of the device, this man continues to suffer significant pain.

Legal Commentary
From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who have become victim of the dangerous and life threatening effects of the IVC filter. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because of an implanted or removed IVC filter, we encourage you to consult with one of our IVC Filter attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will ensure the victims are not burdened with costly medical expenses, and will hopefully compensate them for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead IVC Filter lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing IVC Filter victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

 

Enmeshed: A Documentary of Transvaginal Mesh Victims

Transvaginal mesh is a device meant to support sagging or weak tissue such as the bladder. It is made of polypropylene and looks somewhat like a hand. It is a flat piece of mesh with arms. They sew it into the pelvic floor to support and strengthen the weakening tissue. One major problem with the device is it is difficult if not impossible to completely remove. It often becomes enmeshed in the surrounding tissues. Multiple surgeries in attempt to remove the device have left many women suffering from constant pain. This video is a documentary of a few victims of the damage from the mesh device.

Legal Commentary
The complications caused by this device have left many women suffering with time consuming recoveries, large medical bills, lost wages, and many other issues. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of the complications from the Transvaginal mesh device. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because of an implanted or removed TV Mesh, we encourage you to consult with one of our TV Mesh attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will ensure the victims are not burdened with these costly medical expenses, and will hopefully compensate them for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead TV Mesh lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing Transvaginal mesh victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

Johnson & Johnson Pays Millions for the DePuy ASR Hip Recall

 

After the worldwide recall of the DePuy ASR hip from Johnson & Johnson, studies have shown that these metal-on-metal hips had been failing in approximately 12-13% of patients. However, as more information has come out, the true premature failure rate could surpass 40% of all DePuy recipients. In fact, at least 93,000 artificial hips have been known to be involved in the recall, 37,000 of which were sold in the United States alone. This major recall has greatly affected the Johnson & Johnson Company. According to records from 2013, Johnson & Johnson’s fourth quarter profits were up 37% from the previous year. However, it was revealed that it also took an after-tax charge of $42 million for expenses such as litigation costs. In fact, after the recall in the fourth quarter of 2012, the company recorded $800 million in extra charges most which were due to the DePuy ASR hip implant recall. Thousands of lawsuits continue to pile up against J&J for their defective and dangerous device.

Legal Commentary
If you or a loved one have been negatively affected by the DePuy ASR hip implant please call the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm to set up your free consultation. Our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of the dangerous or crippling effects of the DePuy ASR hip implant. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because the implant, we encourage you to consult with one of our Hip Implant attorneys as soon as possible. Although no amount of money can compensate for permanent physical damage, a successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will ensure the victims are not burdened with costly medical expenses, and will hopefully help compensate them for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead hip implant lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing hip implant victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

 

What is the Reason for the 45% Difference in Use of the IUD Contraceptive Device between the US and China or Mexico

The Mirena Intrauterine Device (IUD) increasingly gains popularity throughout the US each year. Currently, about 5-7% of women in the US choose the IUD as their choice of contraceptive. However, this number is low compared to the 40-50% use in other countries such as Mexico or China. Why is this? Some may wonder if women outside the US are more advanced in their contraceptive use. Some feel as if the US is still catching up to other countries in terms of women’s contraceptives. However, neither of these speculations is true. The answer is simple; in Mexico the government gives woman the option to use an IUD or have their tubes tied. In China, because of the population control, authorities force women to either wear an IUD after birth or become sterilized. In the US women are free to choose which type of contraceptive they would like to use. As the IUD becomes a more popular choice one main reason women have been seen to like this option is because the device can last an average of 5 years. Many women excite over this option because they no longer need to take a pill every single day. However, as the popularity of this device increases, so do the lawsuits. In many cases, the Mirena IUD has been shown to tear through the uterus and migrate to other parts of the body (the picture above displays one of these cases). In fact, some women have needed multiple surgeries to remove the device. For some, those surgeries have caused irreparable nerve damage causing them to live in constant pain.

Legal Commentary
From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous individuals and families who have become victim to the dangerousness of the Mirena IUD. If you or a loved one have experienced complications because of this contraceptive device, we encourage you to consult with one of our IUD attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will ensure the victims are not burdened with costly medical expenses, and will hopefully compensate them for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead IUD lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing IUD victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

Study Shows IVC Use is not Based on Reliable Data

A study done by Richard H. White and colleagues compares how frequent certain California hospitals use the inferior vena cava (IVC) filter from 2006-2010. This study observed results from 263 hospitals. From this sample there were over 130 thousand acute venous thromboembolism (VTE) hospitalizations, IVC filters were placed in 19, 537 of them—about 14.95%. A major finding from this study showed that certain hospitals tended to use the IVC filter because of local hospital culture and practice patterns. In this study researchers comment that these results demonstrate that there is much absence of reliable data to indicate whether the IVC filter provides a clear benefit or harm to the patient. This is because it seems that doctors choose whether or not to use the devise simply based on how that certain hospital tends to treat VTE, and not based on any reliable data. In fact, thousands have been adversely affected by this device. For many, the device has broken, and moved to other parts of the body. In some cases, the filter can break and tear through tissue and damage major parts of the body and in many instances this may cause deadly effects.

Legal Commentary
From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who have become victim of the dangerous and life threatening effects from the IVC filter. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because of an implanted or removed IVC filter, we encourage you to consult with one of our IVC Filter attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will ensure the victims are not burdened with costly medical expenses, and will hopefully compensate them for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead IVC Filter lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing IVC Filter victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

Complications Causes By Transvaginal Mesh May Also Be The Fault of the Surgeon

Complications Causes By Transvaginal Mesh May Also Be The Fault of the Surgeon
The transvaginal mesh device (TVM)—a soft, lightweight, porous plastic, mesh looking device—is often used to treat pelvic organ prolapsed (POP), as well as stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Many suffer from these conditions, causing them to have urinary incontinence which may be triggered by simple things such as coughing, sneezing, or laughing. Many women will have accidents from these simple and common acts, as well as when they exercise or engage in any sport. For many, the option to fix these problems is jumped upon. In fact, the Food Drug Administration (FDA) originally cleared the use of the TVM device for treatment of these conditions. In the beginning they said that any associated problems were rare. However, in July 2011 the FDA stated that they erred in their initial statement and stated that the most common problems resulting from the TVM appear in 10% of women within a year of the surgery. Most commonly the TVM device has been shown to shift, erode, and cause infection. Thousands of lawsuits have been underway as victims of this device try to get compensation for their pain and suffering and also to help them pay the unwanted medical bills from the multiple surgeries required to remove the device. While some blame the providers and manufacturers of the product, there are many who even point to inexperienced doctors and surgeons who implanted the device. In fact, a Pennsylvania doctor Vincent Lucente who specializes in female reconstructive pelvic surgery stated, “The innovation—and the skill sets to use the innovation – is outpacing the skill sets that the surgeons have, and no one is trying to close that gap.” He believes that in some cases, it is not only a problem with the mesh product, but it may be causes in large part by surgeons who don’t have enough training.

Legal Commentary
The complications caused by this device have left many women to suffer with horrid recoveries, large medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing pain. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of the complications from the Transvaginal mesh device. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because of an implanted or removed TV Mesh, we encourage you to consult with one of our TV Mesh attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, and hopefully for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead TV Mesh lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing Transvaginal mesh victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis—especially the Transvaginal mesh device. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.
 

Johnson & Johnson Possibly Faced with Settlements up to $4 Billion for DePuy Hip Implant Failures

Thousands of patients across the US suffer from the negative effects and failure of the DePuy ASR Hip Implant from Johnson & Johnson. In fact, in August of 2010 Johnson & Johnson issued a recall of 93,000 DePuy ASR hip implants across the world. In this recall they reported that 12 percent of implants failed within 5 years. Other complications experienced by those with the implant were: implant loosening, metal poisoning from the metal pieces scraping together shedding shards of metal, fractures at the location of the implant, and dislocation of the device. Thousands of individuals have since filed lawsuits agains J&J for this product failure. According to a New York Times article Johnson & Johnson could pay $4 billion to settle the thousands of DePuy ASR hip replacement lawsuits. So far they have agreed to an amount of at least $2.47 billion to resolve about 8,000 lawsuits.

Legal Commentary
For more information about these lawsuits, or if you are or have been a victim of this dangerous device, please call the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm for a free consultation. Our firm has represented numerous families who are the victims of the dangerous or crippling effects of the DePuy ASR hip implant. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because the implant, we encourage you to consult with one of our Hip Implant attorneys as soon as possible. Although no amount of money can compensate for permanent physical damage, a successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will ensure the victims are not burdened with costly medical expenses, and will hopefully help compensate them for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead hip implant lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing hip implant victims and families harmed by dangerous implantations on a nationwide basis. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trials and settlements that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.