25
Jun

How Buying Medication Manufactured In The U.S. Lowers The Chances of A Drug Injury

June 25, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) heavily regulates the drugs that are manufactured in the United States. The facilities where these products are made and the processes that are used to do so face scrutiny and evaluation by FDA investigators on a regular basis, but the same cannot be said for the medications that are made outside our borders and imported into our country.

The FDA only has a handful of inspectors who can conduct investigations into the safety and quality of medications that are being made. It’s enough of a struggle for them to regularly inspect the manufacturing facilities in the United States, much less those in other countries. Unfortunately, this lack of oversight can often lead to errors being made that can cause a patient to suffer a serious drug injury.

The New York Times highlighted a case where a heart drug that was manufactured in India was being recalled because patients were suffering serious adverse health events after consuming the product. Drug manufacturing giant—GlaxoSmithKline USA—also recently recalled three lots of an antidepressant drug that was manufactured in Romania and distributed through a Filipino company due the possibility that the drug “adulterated”.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury attorneys say the best way to prevent a drug injury caused by a defective medication is to use a name brand product. You can also check to see if your medication has recently been recalled by visiting the FDA’s website.

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20
Jun

New law to help Veterans file Disability

June 20, 2014

Scheduled to take effect July, 1 2014, a new law could give veterans access to more help when it comes to filing disability claims.

The legislation, passed last year by the General Assembly, would allow law schools in the state to set up clinics that specialize in aiding veterans through the disability claims process. The clinics would be run by the students allowing them to get experience in the field while simultaneously serving their community.

According to Emily Hildebrand, the director of development and public policy for Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation, “The Veterans Affairs disability claims process is a challenging and often overwhelming bureaucracy for our veterans.”

Helping veterans file these claims, will make the process more accessible and allow more veterans to receive the help and care they deserve from their time of service to this country.

Indiana University Maurer School of Law is jumping on board. They already have a clinic that deals with Medicaid and social security problems, but Professor Carwina Weng, director of the current disability clinic, hopes to add veteran disability claims to its repertoire.

Funding for the program will be discussed in the 2015 Budget session.

To read more, follow the link below to the original article by Allie Nash in NUVO.

http://www.nuvo.net/indianapolis/law-clinics-to-aid-veterans/Content?oid=2854228#.U6R_NfldXi9

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18
Jun

Statute of Limitations Brought Into Question In Risperdal Drug Injury Lawsuits

June 18, 2014

When a person is harmed as the result of taking a defective medication, they may be entitled to seek compensation through civil litigation; however, such lawsuits must be filed in a timely manner in order to stay within the statute of limitations that are sometimes placed on drug injury lawsuits.

Statutes of limitations are laws that create a timeline in which an accident victim must take legal action. If complaints are not filed within these time frames, the victim’s rights to compensation may be lost.

Arguments over statutes of limitations have arisen during recent RisperdalÒ drug injury lawsuits. The drug is used to treat certain mental disorders, such as Schizophrenia. Too often though, patients experience adverse side effects such as gynecomastia—a condition in which adolescent boys can develop female breast tissue that must be surgically removed.

The company who manufactures RisperdalÒ, Johnson & Johnson, has conceded that they failed to properly warn patients of the dangers the drug poses, but is now arguing that many of the lawsuits that have been brought against the company regarding problems with the drug should be thrown out because they were not filed within the statute of limitations.

The situation highlights the importance of taking legal action as soon as a drug injury is discovered, which is why Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are here to help.

Our team of Indianapolis drug injury attorneys has navigated the state’s legal system numerous times and knows what it takes to get you the compensation you need for your RisperdalÒ injury. So call us today to get a free consultation of your case!

 

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11
Jun

3 Steps To Take If You Are The Victim of Indiana Medical Malpractice

June 11, 2014

Doctors and medical staff have a responsibility to protect their patients’ safety and health at all times. Errors or negligence that results in a patient being harmed may be grounds for the victim to seek compensation through civil litigation.

A former United States Marine is seeking such damages through an Indiana medical malpractice lawsuit that stems from allegedly negligent care he received as a patient at an Indianapolis Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) medical facility.

A story released by Indiana Public Media explains the Marine filed the lawsuit after a doctor at the facility pushed a medical tool into his urethra with only minimal local anesthetic. The procedure resulted in the patient suffering from pain, bleeding, and complications that resulted in the need for further surgery.

After having been told the doctor who originally botched the patient’s care would not be performing his surgery, the opposite occurred. Instead of being healed, the patient was harmed by the doctor again after his prostate was punctured during the surgery.

So what should you do if you have been harmed while receiving medical care? At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our team of Indianapolis personal injury lawyers suggest taking the following steps if you suspect you are the victim of medical malpractice:

  • Report The Incident- Any problems you receive in your medical care should be reported to hospital or doctor’s office management immediately so the complaint can be documented.
  • Collect Evidence- Gather any documents, receipts, records, or notes that pertain to the supposed negligent care you have received.
  • Speak With An Attorney- having a qualified legal professional by your side to answer your questions and hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions can be the difference in you being compensated for your losses or not.
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4
Jun

Charity of the Month: Best Buddies Indiana

June 04, 2014

There are currently millions of Americans living with developmental and intellectual disabilities, with many residing here in Indiana. It’s important to have support programs available for these individuals, which is why Stewart & Stewart Attorneys and our team of Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are excited to support a non-profit organization that offers such services as our charity of the month for June.

Best Buddies Indiana was founded in 1993 on the idea of bringing a network of volunteers together to offer friendship, vocational assistance, and leadership training to the disabled living in the state. Today, the organization is responsible for having a positive impact on a countless number of disabled individuals.

The organization partners those with intellectual and developmental disabilities with a buddy who can offer social and emotional support. Participants can range in age from elementary school students to those attending college.

To help support this wonderful organization, all you have to do is simply click the button on your computer’s mouse. That’s because for every new “Like” our Facebook page receives throughout the month of June, we will donate $1 to Best Buddies Indiana.

If you want to do more to help the organization, they are always seeking volunteers to become buddies. To get involved, simply complete a volunteer form that can be found on the organization’s website under the volunteer tab.

Participating in a charity of the month is just one way we give back to the community and encourage you to learn more about our firms mission to help those who are injured or disabled.

 

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28
May

The Signs and Symptoms of Drug-Induced Liver Injuries

May 28, 2014

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

May 21, 2014

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

May 14, 2014

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

May 07, 2014

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

April 30, 2014

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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