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.

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

 

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 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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.