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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.

Unexpected Medical Results

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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.

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!

A lawsuit has been filed against North Carolina restaurant Tarheel Q after an incident involving salmonella-contaminated food. The lawsuit was recently filed by the law firm of Ron Simon & Associates, along with local counsel Janet, Jenner & Suggs, on behalf of a Greensboro resident who was made ill after eating at the restaurant earlier this month. According to the lawsuit, the woman became sick after eating salmonella-contaminated food at the restaurant and was sent to the hospital. The woman is still recovering from the illness.  Read more about the suit.

Indiana University Health is facing a lawsuit alleging that it committed fraud by sending high-risk, low-income women to nursing assistants, rather than to doctors, as their paperwork stated. The whistleblower lawsuit was filed by a doctor who served as director of women’s services at HealthNet as well as medical director of ob-gyn services at IU Health Methodist Hospital. The lawsuit alleges that the hospital sent the high-risk, low-income female patients to nursing assistants, when they needed to be seen by doctors. It further alleges that the hospital fraudulently claimed that the women had been treated by doctors.

Jeremiah appears on Law Line on WAAY 31

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Jeremiah Hodges made a guest appearance on Law Line on the ABC affiliate WAAY 31.  Law Line is a live, weekly, thirty minute show broadcasted on Sunday nights where viewers are encouraged to call in with their legal questions.  Jeremiah answered a number of callers’ questions relating to car wrecks, liability issues, insurance coverage and claims, and whether individuals needed an attorney to handle specific issues.  While not all questions were simple enough to be answered on air, Jeremiah was able to help numerous callers with their specific legal problems.

Hodges Trial Lawyers enjoys giving back to the community by participating in events where we can use our training and talents to help those who might not otherwise have access to lawyers.  Last year, Tim McFalls of Hodges Trial Lawyers, participated in the Law Day All Call telethon that occurred at WHNT 31.  The All Call was a day long telethon where lawyers continuously answered phone calls and gave out legal advice to callers.  The event was deemed a huge success by the Madison County Volunteers Lawyers program.  Our lawyers appreciate the opportunity to give back to the community they are proud to represent.Law Line 2

Red Bull Settles False Advertising Suit, Offers Refunds

Energy drink maker Red Bull has settled a class action lawsuit by consumers alleging deceptive advertising. The group of consumers alleged in the lawsuit that the company lied in its advertising by claiming that the drinks contained only caffeine to provide energy, and not guarana, taurine and or other ingredients. The class action lawsuit also alleged that the company falsely advertised by claiming that the drink was a superior source of energy. As part of the settlement, Red Bull is offering a reimbursement for any consumer purchases over the last 10 years.