First Bard IVC Filter Case Awarded $3.6 Million

IVC Filter Lawsuits

Women awarded $3.6 million in first Bard IVC filter injury case.

A federal jury in Phoenix awarded a woman $3.6 million ($1.6 million for failure to warn of the risks of the filter and $2 million in punitive damages) for proven injuries. Her injuries resulted from a defective implanted device meant to prevent blood clots. C.R. Bard was the manufacturer of the inferior vena cava (IVC) filter that is said to have harmed the plaintiff, Sherr-Una Booker.

Ms. Booker had to undergo open heart surgery to remove a piece of the implant that fractured, tilted and migrated. Not only did the piece migrate, it perforated her inferior vena cava. In light of this, she stated that she fears further injury if any pieces break free from the remaining piece still embedded in her IVC wall. Her original IVC filter implant took place on June 21, 2007.

Setting Precedent for Future IVC Filter Injury Claims

The outcome of this bellwether trial case could help pave the way for global negotiations. Ms. Booker hopes that her win will helps other people injured as well as make Bard accept responsibility for their defective filters and their failure to properly warn medical providers about known potential risks.

As a matter of fact, there are currently over 3,600 cases pending trial in the District of Arizona multi-district litigation (MDL 2641).

Additionally, three other bellwhether cases are on the schedule to go to trial in 2018:

  • May 15, 2018
  • September 10, 2018
  • November 5, 2018

Suffered Complications from an IVC Filter?

If you have suffered complications from any brand of IVC filter including ones made by C.R. Bard, Cook Medical, Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific, or any others, contact Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys right away so we can discuss your case. You may be eligible for compensation for pain and suffering, as well as medical expenses and other damages.

The information on this blog is for general information purposes only. Nothing herein is meant as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information does not create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.

Be Safe and Avoid Being Scammed This Holiday Season

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Beware of holiday scams and if you become a victim, contact us today!

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we are now focused on holiday shopping for Christmas and Chanukah. However, it is important to always be diligent as a shopper—while you think you are innocently searching the Internet for the best deals, hackers may be trying to steal your personal data and your money.

Here are some tips you should follow to stay safe from holiday scams.

Be Safe on the Internet

We know how easy it is for hackers to steal our information, and yet sometimes we are less vigilant than we should be. Holiday scams are everywhere.

Even though it is convenient to use public WiFi networks, stay aware of the information you enter while using them. Be especially careful not to enter private financial information or passwords while you are using these networks.

Also, be careful about going to unfamiliar websites. Make sure they have a secure URL, read reviews for the company, and make sure they have contact information (email and phone number) for customer service.

Do Your Homework on Charities

Many of us choose to give back this holiday season, and donate to various charities. While laudable, your contribution deserves protection.

Make sure your chosen charity is registered with the Secretary of State, and you know how much of your donation will actually be given to the charitable purpose rather than to administrative costs.

Purchase Gift Cards Wisely

So many of us decide to give gift cards to our loved ones rather than giving actual presents or cash. When buying gift cards, make sure they are coming from legitimate websites and stores. If possible, buying directly from the store itself is the safest option.

Check for the correct amount on the gift card. Don’t get fooled.

Sign for Your Deliveries

Make sure that when you expect package delivery to your home, someone you know signs for it.

Ask the delivery person to leave the package in a concealed location when out during delivery. Packages stacked on a doormat indicates to potential thieves that you are not home.

You can also have your package delivered to your place of work.

Stay Vigilant for Holiday Scams

Finally, if a deal seems too good to be true, watch out! Don’t risk your personal information just for great deal. There may be an underhanded or nefarious reason why a product online is so inexpensive.

If you think that you have been the victim of a holiday scam, don’t hesitate to contact Glen Lerner injury attorneys for a free consultation.

Complications from Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements Skyrocketing

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Injured from your hip implants? Contact us today!

People who developed painful complications after hip replacements have filed over 28,000 lawsuits against manufacturers of defective hip implants. These companies have spent billions of dollars settling the cases, even as more people file lawsuits.

Metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implants are a type of implant that, put simply, fits a metal ball into a metal cup. MoM hip devices were at first considered more durable, but some studies have shown faster deterioration and higher failures.

In some instances, a design flaw causes metallosis, or poisoning caused by elevated levels of toxic metals in the blood, which occurs when metal particles shed dangerously into the body. This condition can also cause bone erosion and tissue death.

Biomet, DePuy, and Stryker are the manufacturers with the most lawsuits for the MoM hip implants. If you or a loved one has symptoms of joint failure or recently had corrective hip surgery, you should ask your surgeon which brand of hip replacement was used.

A recent multidistrict litigation verdict involved DePuy, a division of Johnson & Johnson. After a lengthy trial, a jury awarded $247 million in damages to six patients whose DePuy hip implants failed and had to be surgically removed.

Biomet, Depuy, Stryker hip implants failure

If the device was from by Biomet, DePuy or Stryker, you deserve justice. Contact our office today.

Biomet implant failure symptoms include:

  • Especially relevant, pain
  • swelling, or infection near the implant site;
  • difficulty walking or reduced mobility;
  • an inability to bear weight on the side of the implant;
  • Lastly, scraping or popping noises from the implant.

In a failing Depuy hip implant, components may rub against each other, allowing metal shards to harm tissue around the hip and cause a severe allergic reaction to metal fragments. Additional signs of failure may include pseudotumors cerebri and soft tissue missing or receding from the reaction to metallic debris. Pseudotumors cerebri just means a false tumor caused by pressure around the brain.

Finally, a Stryker hip plant failure may result in a severe allergic reaction to metal entering hip tissue. Thus leading to false brain tumors and other issues. In addition, bone loss, tissue swelling and death, and loosening of the joint leading to problems walking or need for surgery are possible symptoms.

There can be serious complications from hip implants. The last thing someone wants to discover is that their replacement part has a faulty design which could fail and cause pain or other serious injuries. If you have suffered complications, please get in touch.

Youth Driver, Walker & Biker Safety Tips for Los Angeles

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Contact us when concerned about pedestrian safety in Los Angeles.

May is Global Youth Traffic Safety Month, and it’s the perfect time to be aware of and share these tips from the Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at California Injury Attorneys:

Driving

Drive without distractions

It’s illegal to use mobile phones in California while driving unless your phone is in hands-free mode. However, even if you’re not using your hands on your device, our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys point out that it can still be a mental distraction from your driving. Additionally, pay attention to the road, rather than your friends. 

Don’t speed

Younger drivers may be more likely to speed, and this can leave them unable to handle sharp curves and make them more vulnerable to hitting a car that suddenly slows down in front of them. In fact, just over 35% of fatal crashes involving 16- to 19-year-olds were primarily caused by unsafe speeds.

Pedestrian safety

Take extra care at night

When walking at night, our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys recommend wearing bright or reflective clothing so drivers on the road can see you. Also carry a flashlight, which will help you see curbs, potholes, and other hazards while making you visible to drivers.

Be aware of your surroundings

Pay attention to your surroundings so you don’t step out in front of a car as you’re walking. It also helps to make eye contact with drivers so you know they can see you.

Biking

Wear a helmet

If you’re a bicyclist under 18, you’re legally required to wear a helmet in California. We recommend wearing a helmet at any age, because it may be able to help prevent a serious head injury. Check your helmet’s size and fit every year to make sure your children haven’t outgrown it.

Know where to ride

Use a bicycle lane when there’s one available. If no bicycle lane, the law requires you to ride on the right side with the flow of traffic.

Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorneys and Pedestrian Safety

Injured in a driving, pedestrian, or biking accident? Contact our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at (323) 732-7363. We offer free consultations and are available during office hours from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. as well as 24/7 to take your call.