28
May

The Signs and Symptoms of Drug-Induced Liver Injuries

Certain drugs may result in serious injury to the body, with the liver being one of the most common organs to be afflicted.

A drug-induced liver injury can be caused by either prescription or over-the-counter medications. Most recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration focused their efforts on preventing liver injuries caused by dietary supplements when a product was found to cause liver failure and was also linked to the spread of non-viral hepatitis.

This leaves many patients wondering what some of the symptoms of a drug-induced liver injury are. An article from Health News Digest explains some of the most common signs include:

  • Low energy levels
  • Loss of appetite
  • Yellowing of skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Itchy skin

So what can you do to prevent such injuries from occurring? The Indiana drug injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out that following the directions for consumption of a medication supplied on the packaging or prescription is the first step. If you do suspect a medication is causing adverse health events, speak with a doctor. Then consider seeking legal representation.

At Stewart & Stewart, our team of lawyers is dedicated to helping if you’ve been injured by a drug. We are available anytime to discuss your needs by calling (800) 33-33-LAW or by filling out a free online form on our website.

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21
May

How the Fentanyl Pain Patch Could Cost You Your Life

Using narcotic opioid medications can be an effective way to treat patients who suffer from severe, chronic pain. The Fentanyl pain patch in particular can put users at serious risk of harm.

The Fentanyl pain patch is supposed to only be used to manage the most severe cases of pain because the high potency of the drug presents such a serious risk of respiratory and cardiovascular failure. Impairment of function in both systems have been linked to cases of death involving the drug. The National Institute of Health also lists a number of other Fentanyl pain patch side effects and health conditions that can be linked to the use of the medication.

Despite these risks being addressed during the Fentanyl pain patch recall that occurred in 2008, the medication remains on the market. So what should you do if you or a loved one have been injured or you loved one died after using a Fentanyl pain patch?

Seeking legal council may be a good place to start, considering the number of successful lawsuits that have been filed by pain patch injury victims against the manufacturers and distributors of the drug.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our team of Indiana drug injury lawyers is dedicated to helping accident victims like you, and we are available anytime to speak with you regarding your injury. You can reach us by calling (800) 33-33-LAW or by completing an online consultation form on our website.

 

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14
May

Drug Injuries Associated With Risperdal

Risperidone, which carries the trade name Risperdal, is currently facing scrutiny for its side effects. According to an article from Scientific American, experts have found use of the medication can result in:

  • Weight gain
  • Drowsiness
  • Involuntary body movements

But the drug is also associated with more serious Risperdal Drug Injuries. It can cause a condition in male patients called gynecomastia, in which the male user develops female breasts. Scientists believe the drug increasing levels of the hormone prolactin in the user’s body causes the condition, and research to support the theory was released in a 2006 issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology.

These findings leave many former and current Risperdal users wondering what they should do if they have experience negative side effects or health consequences as a result of taking the medication. The Indianapolis drug injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would suggest drug injury victims follow these three steps:

  1. Get help- Speak to a medical professional regarding your medication and the problems you are experiencing.
  2. Document your case- Collect notes and records from your care as well as receipts for expenses related to your condition.
  3. Speak with an attorney- Having legal representation by your side will help ensure your rights are protected throughout the process of seeking compensation for your losses.

 

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7
May

Charity of the Month: Humane Society of Indianapolis

Helping charitable organizations throughout Indiana is part of our mission at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys. That is why our team of Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers are working with a local animal rescue and shelter as part of our Charity of the Month program.

The Humane Society of Indianapolis was founded in 1905, and it has blossomed into a private, non-profit organization that provides numerous services to the animals and people of Indianapolis. Some of the programs they have developed include sheltering, fostering, and adoption services, behavioral training, and animal advocacy outreach.

Each of these programs can cost a great deal of money to operate, which is why Stewart & Stewart will be donating $1 to the organization for each new “like” our Facebook page receives.

If you’d like to do more for animals in Indianapolis, there are also volunteer opportunities available through the Humane Society. Of course, the best way to support the cause is to adopt an animal next time you’re considering getting a pet.

One of the many pets available is pictured above. Rexington, a 2-year-old terrier mix, is called one of the friendliest, most loveable dogs around and has one heck of a smile! Those interested in giving Rexington a forever home are encouraged to contact the Humane Society of Indianapolis today.

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30
Apr

“Drive Now, TXT L8TR” Contest Aims to Prevent Distracted Driving

Making the streets of Indiana a safer place to travel is one goal the Indianapolis personal injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys try to achieve. That’s why the firm would like to let young locals know about a contest focused on preventing Indiana distracted driving accidents.

The “Drive Now, TXT L8TR” campaign focuses on educating the public about the dangers distractions from cellphones can pose to motorists on the road. One way the campaign is aiming to spread this message is through a contest where students create a social media post that works to change the public’s attitudes and behaviors that are related to texting and driving.

There are a total of six categories that posts can win, including the most tweets, the most retweets, and the most favorites on Twitter, as well as most likes and most creative posts on both Vine and Instagram. Winners will each be awarded $5,000. If individuals decide to work as a team and the team wins a category, each participant will receive a $5,000 award.

Contest rules can be seen on the Indiana Department of Labor’s website.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys applaud the efforts that are being made to prevent a distracted driving car accident and are hopeful the campaign is successful in its mission!

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23
Apr

How to Help Prevent Motorcycle Accidents Caused by Potholes

Asphalt contraction and expansion during winter months often leads to potholes in the Indianapolis area. As the weather gets warmer, potholes and other road imperfections become serious hazards to riders.

Recently, an Indianapolis motorcycle accident that claimed a Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy’s life occurred on Acton Road, where two complaints about potholes had been made prior to the crash.

Incidents like this leave many riders wondering what they should do to help avoid accidents caused by potholes. In an article from WISHTV 8 News, several experts explain that motorcyclists should allow plenty of space between themselves and other vehicles on the road in order to allow more time to recognize problematic areas in the road and avoid them. Other ways to improve safety include never riding beside another motorcycle, using a headlight, and checking tires for wear before riding.

The Indianapolis personal injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would like to add that wearing a helmet is also vital to staying safe when riding a motorcycle. Doing so can significantly reduce the chances of injury or death in the event of an accident.

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16
Apr

Upcoming Indianapolis Community Events Along Georgia Street

The sense of community and culture in Indianapolis is why the Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys love the city so much. That’s why the firm would like to remind citizens of several activities that are now taking place on a weekly basis in the Georgia Street vicinity.

In a Press Release from the city, officials explain a 45 minute workout session will be held every Wednesday. The event, known as Workout Wednesday, is being conducted in partnership with the YMCA on the Boardwalk from noon until 12:45 p.m. A rotating staff of health and fitness professionals will instruct each of the courses.

Once you’ve burned a few calories, it will be time to put a few back on during Food Truck Fridays on Georgia Street. These events will play host to a plethora of the area’s best food trucks, serving up fresh, local offerings from 11-2 p.m. The next Food Truck Friday is April 18th.

After attending these events, you may find yourself wanting to call it an early day and enjoy the businesses, bars, and restaurants that surround the area. If you do end up having a drink, the lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would like to encourage you to utilize a designated driver, cab, or loved one to get you home safely while avoiding an Indianapolis Car Accident.

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9
Apr

Indiana Car Accident Causes: Defective Automobile Parts

When automakers fail to ensure the safety of the products and parts they release to the public, consumers may become the victims of a Defective Product Injury.

This was the case for dozens of consumers who purchased makes and models of General Motors (GM) vehicles equipped with faulty ignition switches. A locking mechanism failure in the part can allow keys to shift into the off position while vehicles are in motion, resulting in a loss of control. Reports from CBS News explain that so far, 13 reports of fatalities and more than 450 injuries have been linked to the failure.

Toyota also recently recalled more than 6.4 million vehicles from around the world in connection to a similar problem. Starters in certain makes and models of these vehicles may contain a defect that causes the vehicle to remain running, even when the key is turned to the off position. The announcement comes on the heels of other earlier recalls that affected millions more vehicles.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize the dangers defective car parts can pose to the public and encourage anyone who has been harmed as the result of such a product failure to discuss their legal rights with an attorney.

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2
Apr

Indianapolis Burn Injury Lawyers Discuss Chemical Burn Risks

April 2, 2014

Perhaps the most damaging and difficult burn injuries to treat are those caused by chemicals. A chemical tank explosion at an Indianapolis factory left a total of nine workers seriously injured last week, highlighting the dangers that Chemical Burn Injuries can pose.

Reports from the New York Daily News indicate the incident occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Friday at the Rolls-Royce Plant 5. Officials explain the team of workers was filling a large tank with nitric acid when a buildup of toxic gases caused the tank to blow. Each of the injured workers was transported to a local trauma center for injuries caused by inhaling the gas and exposure to acids.

The incident leaves many wondering what they can do to protect themselves and their loved ones from the risks of suffering a chemical burn. The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain there are several actions that can be taken, including:

  • Keeping Volatile Chemicals Locked Away- Cleaners, solutions, and other dangerous chemicals should be stored out of the reach of small children and animals.
  • Following Directions- Using too much of a chemical or mixing chemicals can cause increased risk of injury.
  • Using Safety Equipment- When handling chemicals that can cause burns, an individual should always wear eye and skin protection.
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26
Mar

Federal Officials Asked to Reconsider Approval of New Prescription Painkiller

March 26, 2014

Prescription painkillers can be extremely useful in helping patients overcome pain caused by injuries, health conditions, and some medical treatments, but they also present a serious risk of harm. In fact, prescription painkillers are the leading cause of drug injuries and deaths in the United States. These risks were the reason behind a recent Pain Patch Recall.

Despite the dangers associated with the prescription painkillers already on the market, officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are considering the approval of a new drug that is 10 times stronger than existing painkillers. The decision to move forward with the release of the drug has prompted Indiana Attorney General, Greg Zoeller, to call on federal officials to reconsider the move.

According to FOX 59 News, concerns over potential abuse has driven Zoeller and at least five of his colleagues to ask Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, to overturn the FDA’s 11-2 vote to approve the drug, known as Zohydro.

Zoeller also launched a campaign aimed at raising Indiana citizen’s awareness about the problem of prescription drug abuse.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize the dangers prescription painkillers can pose. That is why the firm applauds efforts to regulate this potentially dangerous drug.

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