Every year, doctors write approximately three billion prescriptions, and tens of millions of United States citizens use prescriptions as well as over the counter medications. Many individuals depend on the benefits of these medications, but there are several dangerous drugs and defective medical devices on the market still available for use by patients. Pharmaceutical companies continue to make significant profits, while consumers bear the cost of expensive medical bills to repair the damage to their health caused by harmful drugs. Companies should accept responsibility for their defective products. At Proffitt & Cox, we work to ensure victims get the justice they deserve for their suffering. Our Columbia injury lawyers provide pharmaceutical litigation support and experienced representation to those suffering from drug injuries as well as their families.
We understand and care that when an injury occurs people are concerned about medical expenses, lost income, and compensation for their pain and suffering and other damages. We can put our experience to work immediately toward helping victims of careless or wrongful conduct obtain prompt and appropriate compensation.
If a drug or medical device is defective, or if a medication error occurs, you may suffer serious injuries or the loss of someone because of a wrongful death. Our Columbia injury attorneys have significant experience representing victims of drug injuries. They secured a multi-million dollar recovery for a group of their clients who suffered serious side effects linked to the prescription painkiller Vioxx. Contact Proffitt & Cox, LLP today by calling our South Carolina number at 803-834-7097 or our toll free number at (877) 276-0533 to receive free attorney advice for personal injuries.
Most people who get vaccines experience no serious problems or side effects. However, like any medicine, a vaccine in rare cases may case a serious problem such as a severe allergic reaction or death. A vaccine may be administered negligently or in a manner which causes injury.
Congress enacted the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, which resulted in the creation of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). Congress enacted this law after lawsuits threatened to cause vaccine shortages and reduce U.S. vaccination rates. See Pub. L. No. 99-660, 100 Stat. 3755 (1986) (codified as amended at 42 U.S.C. §§ 300-aa-1 to -34). Compensation awarded to injured persons is financed by an excise tax on vaccines.
Short answer: Nothing.
An injured person may retain an attorney to represent him, her or a loved one in a vaccine injury case. The law provides that the attorney’s fees and case costs of the injured person must be paid by the VICP, as approved by the Court of Federal Claims.The attorney is paid on an hourly fee basis, not on a contingency fee basis. The injured person does not pay the attorney’s fees and case costs, which may include the cost of an expert witness such as a physician.
Even if a claim is denied, if certain requirements are met, the Court may order the attorney’s fees and costs to be paid. Regardless of whether the claim is granted or denied, the injured individual does not pay the attorney’s fees and costs.
With limited exceptions, a petition must be filed within three years after the first symptom of the alleged vaccine injury. If the person died, the petition must be filed within two years of the date of death and within four years after the first symptom of the alleged vaccine injury that resulted in death.
We have successfully represented victims in vaccine injuries and would appreciate the opportunity to speak to you about your case. Contact us by calling locally at 803-834-7097 or toll free at (877) 276-0533 and schedule your free consultation.
The FDA issued an alert on Jan. 31, 2014, stating that it was investigating the risk of stroke, myocardial infarct (heart attack), and sudden death in men taking testosterone replacement products approved by the FDA following the publication of two recent studies that suggest an increased risk of cardiovascular events among men taking prescribed testosterone therapy.
Testosterone replacement therapy is marketed and FDA approved for the treatment of low testosterone, or “low T.” Testosterone is a hormone produced primarily in the testicles that maintains bone density, muscle strength, muscle mass and sexual desire. Men naturally lose testosterone as they age.
If you or a loved one suffered a myocardial infarct (heart attack), stroke or death while using prescription testosterone products, please contact Proffitt & Cox pharmaceutical attorneys Ron Cox or David Proffitt by email or call 803-834-7097 to discuss your potential “low T” testosterone replacement therapy lawsuit.
Testosterone replacement therapy is prescribed for men to combat the natural decrease in testosterone as they get older. Testosterone replacement therapy is FDA approved specifically for the treatment of abnormally low testosterone levels, a condition commonly called “low T.” The hormone helps reduce body fat, increase muscle, and improve sex drive. According to media reports more than 5 million prescriptions for testosterone were written annually over the last several years in the United States. Testosterone replacement therapy is most often administered as a gel, patch or injection. Below is a list of some of the leading brands of testosterone replacement therapy:
Recent published medical studies have linked prescription testosterone use with the increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and even death.
In a 2014 study conducted by researchers from UCLA and the U.S. National Cancer Institute, the study results found a doubling of the risk of heart attacks in men 65 and older in the 90 days following the first prescription. The same study also showed increased risks for men younger than 65 who had pre-existing cardiovascular disease. The younger group had a two- to three-fold increased risk of heart attack in the 90 days after testosterone replacement drugs were first prescription.
A November 2013 medical study, conducted on older men who received healthcare through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, many of whom had pre-existing cardiovascular disease, showed a 30 percent increased risk of death, thrombotic stroke, and myocardial infarct (heart attack) in the group of men that had been prescribed testosterone therapy drugs. The study findings were reported in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
Proffitt & Cox is currently investigating potential legal claims for the family of men who died or claims for men who suffered non-fatal heart attacks or strokes while taking prescription testosterone therapy. If you or a friend or a family member has been injured while taking testosterone replacement therapy, please contact one of our low T lawsuit lawyers.
While many women have long used talc-based products such as baby powder to reduce odor and increase comfort in their genital area, scientific evidence is mounting that talcum powder causes ovarian cancer. One study by a Harvard researcher concluded that women who apply talcum powder have a 30 percent increased risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer and marketer of many talcum powder products, has continued to deny talc causes ovarian cancer. However, juries recently awarded $127 million in damages against Johnson & Johnson as a result of lawsuits alleging that talcum powder causes ovarian cancer. Johnson & Johnson is currently defending against over 1,000 additional talcum powder lawsuits across the United States.
For years, talcum powder has been marketed to women as a safe hygiene product. However, evidence uncovered in the lawsuits shows Johnson & Johnson was advised as far back as 1971 that there was a possible connection between applying baby powder to the genital area and ovarian cancer. Despite knowing that there might be a cancer risk for consumers, Johnson & Johnson has never warned its customers of the possible danger. Instead, Johnson & Johnson continued to market these products as safe to the public. Johnson & Johnson’s talc-containing Shower to Shower product was specifically marketed to women as a feminine hygiene product for use after bathing in order to maintain a “fresh” feeling or reduce odor.
Talc is a mineral containing magnesium and silicon. In studies that conclude that talcum powder causes ovarian cancer, one theory is that when baby powder is applied to the genital area, it travels through a woman’s reproductive tract to her ovaries. Once in the ovaries, the talc is believed to cause inflammation. The body’s inflammatory response to the presence of talc can eventually result in cancer. Studies have shown that some women with ovarian cancer who have used talcum powder often had particles of talc embedded in their ovaries.
Our law firm is representing women and their families who have been victimized and suffered from ovarian cancer due to their use of baby powder and other talc products. Our attorneys have represented clients in numerous cases involving defective prescription drug, medical devices, and other dangerous products, recovering million of dollars for worthy families. If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after longtime use of talcum powder or have lost a loved one who used these products, we would welcome the opportunity to talk to you.
You do not have to call a toll free number and hire a law firm from across the county to whom you might be just a number. If you want to discuss a potential talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit, you can talk to our lawyers right here in South Carolina that can meet with you face-to-face, answer your questions, and discuss how we may be able to help. You can talk to an attorney with Proffitt & Cox, LLP for free and with no obligation. To set up a free consultation, call us or fill out the online contact form on this page today.
Each year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns the public about health issues connected to drugs that consumers expect to be safe. These warnings inform the public of recently discovered potential dangers linked to existing products on the market. The FDA may also recall harmful drugs and defective medical devices if the administration deems these products unsafe for widespread use. David Proffitt and Ron Cox have seen the harm that dangerous drugs can cause, and represent those suffering from drug injuries. Our South Carolina injury lawyers handle pharmaceutical litigation cases, and work to bring awareness about the drug alerts associated with some available medications.
The following is a brief list of drugs that have been the subject of FDA warnings, recalls or other safety alerts:
Many individuals suffer from the harmful side effects of defective drugs each year. Consumers trust that the medication they take will improve their health, but pharmaceutical companies can be negligent and allow dangerous medications to enter the market. If you suffered a drug injury, our Columbia injury lawyers will work on your behalf to seek the compensation you deserve for medical expenses, lost wages in addition to pain and suffering. We have earned significant recoveries for many clients. Call us today locally at 803-834-7097 or toll free at (877) 276-0533 to speak with our personal injury lawyers.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that as of 2010, it had received almost 1,000 complaints from patients about inferior vena cava (IVC) filters. In 2013, manufacturer Cook Medical first began facing legal claims that its IVC filters were harming patients. Since then, over 500 Cook IVC filter lawsuits have been filed against the medical device company.
IVC filters are used to treat people who experience blood clots to prevent the clots from reaching the heat or lungs. Also known as blood-clot filters, IVC filters are cage-like devices that are implanted in a person’s blood vessels to catch blood clots before they reach major organs. Over 200,000 IVC filters are implanted in patients nationwide each year. Axis Research Mind reports that the average annual revenue from IVC filter sales is $435 million.
The issue with Cook Medical’s IVC filters is that the devices break apart, move inside of blood vessels or cut through blood vessels. This can lead to severe pain, dangerous infections and may require multiple surgeries to recover and remove the broken IVC filter. The issue with Cook Medical’s IVC filters is that the devices break apart, move inside of blood vessels or cut through blood vessels.In one particularly severe case, a Cook IVC filter was implanted in a 50-year-old woman’s thigh, where it then broke and part of the filter lodged in her spine. She had to have five surgeries to remove all the pieces of the broken filter.
Cook Medical is one of Indiana’s largest companies. It has around 12,000 employees worldwide and annual sales approaching $2 billion. However, Cook Medical has been facing a string of defective medical device issues over the last few years. Since 2014, the company has had to issue five recalls involving its medical devices. One of the recalls involved over 4 million catheters, which were breaking and splitting at the tip, resulting in patients undergoing surgeries to have the tips removed from their bodies.
Cook IVC filter lawsuits from throughout the country have been combined in a US District Court in Indianapolis as a multi-district litigation (MDL). MDLs are where cases filed in courts nationwide are consolidated in a single district for the pre-trial period. In this pre-trial period, one judge oversees preliminary issues including discovery (the exchange of evidence), issues of liability and more. Once these issues have been resolved, the individual cases in MDLs are sent back to their original courtrooms. At that point, the plaintiffs and their attorneys can choose to pursue a trial in their home state or negotiate a settlement agreement.
Proffitt & Cox, LLP is dedicated to helping injury victims and their families throughout South Carolina. Speak with us for more information about the Cook IVC filter lawsuits and options for victims. Give us a call or submit the case review form on this page to set up a free consultation with our Columbia injury lawyers today.
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