Issues continuing with Xarelto medication (Xarelto)

Our firm is reviewing claims on behalf of patients who took the blood thinner Xarelto and suffered serious bleeding events, including hemorrhages and strokes. While bleeding is a common complication associated with anticoagulants, it has been alleged that Xarelto is more dangerous than traditional blood thinners because no antidote exists to reverse its blood-thinning effects. This means that, in the event of an emergency, patients may be at risk for irreversible bleeding problems, including life-threatening internal and gastrointestinal bleeds.

Pharmaceutical companies, including the makers of Xarelto, have a duty to ensure that their drugs are reasonably safe for use – and failure to do so may be grounds for a lawsuit. If you or a loved one suffered a serious bleeding event after taking Xarelto, you may have legal recourse. For more information, contact us today to have your case reviewed, free of charge.

It’s easy to spot droughts causing serious damage to your property including brown lawns and wilted gardens.  The biggest devastation a drought can cause on your home is with the home’s foundation. During periods of prolonged dryness, the soil surrounding your home shrinks away, causing the foundation to potentially shift or crack. If not addressed quickly, these can grow into even bigger problems over time, such a flooding (especially if your home has a basement or crawl space) or structural damage.

Some common signs of foundation damage include cracks in the interior walls (these usually start in the basement if you have one), separations between concrete blocks in a block foundation, or cracks and crumbling of the concrete foundation. Other signs include doors that will not close properly and bulging floors.

If you spot any of these signs, contact a foundation specialist immediately. Rain does not make these problems go away. In fact, heavy rain can even aggravate these problems because you risk issues of the foundation shifting and flooding. In times of drought, it is important to be vigilant of these issues because if they are left unaddressed, they can cause even greater damage to your home.

Unexpected Medical Results

Xarelto

Xarelto, a blood-thinning drug, has been linked to serious side effects including internal bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, brain bleed and death. (From Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Corp.)

IVC Filters

Retrievable IVC filters are wire devices implanted in the vena cava, the body’s largest vein, to stop blood clots from reaching the heart and lungs. These devices are used when blood thinners are not an option. Risks associated with the retrievable IVC filters include migration, fracture and perforation, leading to embolism, organ damage and wrongful death.  

Taxotere

Taxotere (docetaxel) is a chemotherapy drug approved in the treatment of breast cancer, along with other forms of cancer. It is administered intravenously through a vein, and is a member of a family of drugs called taxanes. While hair loss during chemotherapy is expected, patients undergoing chemotherapy with Taxotere were not warned they could potentially experience permanent hair loss. Permanent hair loss is an extremely debilitating condition, especially for women.  you.

Abilify

Abilify is an anti-psychotic drug that is often prescribed for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, Parkinson’s disease and autism spectrum disorders. According to the FDA, it is the top selling anti-psychotic drug in the U.S.  It has been linked to uncontrollable, compulsive urges, especially for gambling, and the inability to control these urges.

Trick-Or-Treating, Walking, and Biking at Night

Summer is over and fall is here. With the temperatures dropping, it’s a great time to exercise and enjoy the nice weather.  Days are getting shorter; more and more people are walking and biking at night. We have handled numerous cases where a pedestrian or cyclist was injured by a vehicle at night. We want to take the time to offer you a few basic tips to help you stay safe and enjoy this season.

1. Wear Bright Clothing! -Whether you’re walking, trick-or-treating, jogging, or biking, the easiest way to avoid being struck by a vehicle is to be as visible as possible! Reflective costumes and clothing are preferable but if you don’t have that, wear bright colors and avoid dark colors that cannot be visible at night.  Flame retardant (See Pooh and our favorite Princesses pictured) costumes are best for little ones, especially with all the jack-o-lanterns that may have flaming candles. 

2. Stay in well-lit areas! – Neighborhoods often have different degrees of lighting. Try and stay in the most well-lit sections of your neighborhood. Sidewalks along the main roads often have much better lighting than side streets or alleys.

 3. Have a light with you! – When biking, you might attach a white light to the front of the bike and a red, reflective one to the rear so you’ll be more visible to cars and trucks. If you’re walking or jogging, a simple flashlight or even a glow stick would do the trick. The idea is to have something bright that draws the driver’s attention to you and allows the driver to avoid you.  Never allow your kids to wander in the streets alone, especially at night.

 Stay safe this Halloween and on the upcoming nights of Fall and Winter. There is no reason you can’t continue to enjoy the outside if you practice these simple safety steps. 

Takata airbags recall

Millions of vehicles are now under recall due to faulty airbag inflators manufactured by Takata. Many of these faulty inflators are in Honda vehicles. Serious injuries and at least 13 deaths are blamed on the Takata airbags.  We are investigating these claims.  If you or a loved one has been injury by a Honda airbag, call us to see if we can help.

Pokemon Go and the Dangers of Distracted Driving

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Chances are you have heard about the new app called “Pokemon Go” that has exploded onto the app scene. While many have been enjoying the highly interactive game safely, a news report that a man caused a huge car wreck by stopping on the highway to catch-em-all went viral and definitely spurred some interesting conversation in our office. Luckily this report has been found to be fabricated but the false story did highlight the real dangers that exist with playing cell phone apps while driving. It won’t be long before someone is injured by someone trying to catch Pikachu scurrying across their dash. This action is not only dangerous, but it also exposes you to civil and potentially criminal liability. If you cause physical injury to another while you were playing a cell phone game and driving, you would expose yourself to a lawsuit for not only negligent conduct, but also wanton conduct which carries the penalty of punitive damages. You may also face criminal charges for reckless endangerment for creating a substantial risk of serious physical injury to another. Additionally, under Alabama law, it is illegal to text while driving. At this time, it is not illegal to use a cell phone app while driving. In fact, some apps, such as a GPS app, can aid a person’s driving. However, you might not know is that all novice drivers in the state of Alabama are banned from cell phone use while driving regardless of the manner of use. A novice driver is defined as a driver who is 16 or a 17 year-old licensed within the prior 6 months. Remember to encourage your friends and family to drive safe and refrain from distracted driving. If you or someone you know has been hurt in a car wreck call Hodges Trial Lawyers today!

Should I Pay my Copay

One question that is often asked by new clients is whether or not they should pay the co-pays when they visit a doctor after a wreck. We often have clients say that they should not have to pay these co-pays because the person who caused the wreck should pay them. Ultimately, the responsible party will end up paying for those co-pays in the settlement regardless of whether you pay them now or wait to pay them later.

We recommend that you pay your co-pays and outstanding medical bills if you are able. If you refuse to pay your co-pays because you want the other side to pay them, the only person it can hurt is you. When an insurance company makes an offer to settle a case, they are considering the out-of-pocket expenses you incurred for your medical care, which includes your co-pays and deductibles. The settlement offer will not change if these bills are paid or unpaid. So you are not increasing your offer by leaving these bills unpaid.  Therefore, there is no gain for you to leave these bills unpaid. However, there are potential negative effects that could occur to your credit score if these bills remain unpaid.  If the insurance company stalls the case, which is common, these debts will remain unpaid and your medical providers may decide to send the bills to collections. This will affect your overall credit score negatively because you will have bills listed as unpaid and sent to collections. Given enough time this can become bad debt and be reflected on your credit score. It is not uncommon to see clients credit scores lower by a small amount if they choose to not pay their co-pays.

We understand that not everyone is financially able to pay their co-pays and outstanding deductibles after a wreck. We have methods we use to try and delay medical providers from sending debts to collections while we attempt to settle your case. So if you find yourself injured after a wreck come talk to the lawyers at Hodges Trial Lawyers and we would be happy to discuss your options!