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Defective products lawsuit filed against Bristol-Myers

Abilify is a prescription medicine that is used by many Texas residents and others around the country in treatment of numerous mental illnesses, such as depression and schizophrenia. It is also prescribed to combat certain symptoms of autism. Unfortunately, the use of the drug led to various unexpected behaviors in some of its consumers. Some residents of another state recently filed a defective products lawsuit against Bristol-Myers, the manufacturer of Abilify, claiming that it did not disclose that certain behaviors may result from taking the drug.

The complaint stated that use of the drug resulted in compulsive behaviors, such as shopping, gambling or hyper-sexuality. Because of such behaviors, consumers of the drug experienced numerous physical, mental and financial damages. Those filing the lawsuit claimed that the defendants did not provide sufficient warnings about the drug. The drug's manufacture and sales continued without warnings to those who prescribed, purchased or used it.

Did FDA actions lead to Bayer removing Essure from U.S. market?

More than likely, Bayer, the Food and Drug Administration, and doctors all had high hopes for Essure, a non-surgical, permanent method of birth control after its release into the U.S. market back in 2002. The device promised to allow women to never again worry about pregnancy without undergoing surgery, which was the only other way to achieve the same promised results.

Sadly, the device failed to live up to the manufacturer's promises. Women began lodging complaints with the FDA, and now, approximately three years after the agency began taking decisive action to protect consumers, Bayer announced recently that it would discontinue selling Essure here in the United States on Dec. 31, 2018. Even though many advocacy groups believe this is a step in the right direction, it probably won't let the company off the hook for the harm done to at least tens of thousands of women across the country.

If you have suffered harm as the result of using Essure, you may be eligible for compensation. Speak with an experienced personal injury attorney to learn about your legal options.

Ways to prevent most common type of workplace accidents

Employees at businesses in Texas and in all other states go to their jobs each day with the expectation that they will have a safe working environment. The majority of companies have extensive safety manuals and accident prevention programs in place. Employees are required to follow proper procedures on how to safely perform their duties and how to operate potentially hazardous equipment. However, on-the-job accidents still occur, no matter what size or type of industry. Safety experts have cited the most common types of workplace accidents and some suggestions on how to prevent them.

The most common types of workplace accidents are slips and falls, making them account for the most workers' compensation claims. Substances on floors, poor lighting and clutter are just a few of the scenarios that could lead to slips and falls in work areas. To prevent them, experts recommend proper housekeeping of the area and appropriate footwear.

Did your loved one die in a car accident? You may have a case.

Texas families that are mourning the loss of a loved one after a fatal accident understand that it can affect them in many ways. From the grief associated with an unexpected loss to the financial expenses related to the crash, the aftermath of a fatal accident can be overwhelming. For some grieving families, however, there are certain legal options available.

Depending on the circumstances of your loved one's accident, you could have grounds for a wrongful death claim. Of course, this cannot reverse the losses you experienced and bring your loved one back, but it can help you recover compensation. It may be helpful for your family to get a better understanding of the legal options available.

Defective products blamed for loss of man's eye

Fireworks are synonymous with the Fourth of July holiday in Texas and elsewhere around the country. While many people attend organized fireworks events, more and more families are purchasing fireworks for their own individual displays. As sales for fireworks increase, accidents do as well. A man in another state filed a products liability lawsuit against a fireworks manufacturer after the company's apparently defective products caused a catastrophic injury.

In 2013, the man went to a fireworks store to purchase items for his annual Independence Day celebration. After making his selections, the store staff recommended an additional item, a hexagonal firework with multiple tubes. When this firework was ignited, a ball of fire hit the man's face. The man experienced the loss of one eye and loss of vision in the other.

What Do You Need To Know About Mediation?

In Texas, court-ordered mediation in tort cases is an increasingly common occurrence. If you are in litigation, chances are the judge will order you to go through a court-ordered mediation process before you can proceed to trial. Consequently, it is important to understand how mediation might impact your personal injury lawsuit.

A More Informal Setting

Does A Contingent Fee Structure Help Your Personal Injury Case?

The fee arrangement for personal injury representation is distinct from other areas of law. The typical structure involves a contingency fee contract. A plaintiff does not owe any attorney’s fees or costs to the attorney unless he or she recovers in court. In that event, the attorney is awarded a percentage of the recovery. 

Do Contingency Fees Get A Bad Rap?

How Do You Find A Good Personal Injury Attorney? Part 2

In this two-part blog series, we continue our discussion of some of the hallmarks of effective personal injury representation. By understanding these traits, you will know what to look for when the time comes for you to find an effective personal injury attorney. 

Gathering Facts From the Crash Scene

How Do You Find A Good Personal Injury Attorney? Part 1

If necessity is the mother of invention, this explains why many new clients come to us only when they are in dire need of a personal injury attorney. Typically, they want to pursue compensation against someone whose negligence caused injury to them.

Traits Of Successful Advocacy

Risk factors that put some seniors at increased risk of abuse

Making the decision to place an elderly loved one in the care of a nursing home or medical facility is not easy. Family members often spend a lot of time researching options and figuring how to pay for accommodations, and they want to feel confident that their loved ones are in a place where they are safe and treated with dignity.

Tragically, this doesn't always happen. Nursing home residents in facilities across Texas can be targets for abuse and neglect. And unfortunately, some are at a particularly high risk of being mistreated in a nursing home.

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