Defective Product Injury Lawsuits, Settlements, and Lawyers
Parker Waichman LLP is a national products liability law firm helping victims of product liability injuries. We handle cases involving defective medical devices, prescription drugs, cosmetic products, and other dangerous products to try to recover the compensation our clients desperately need and deserve. If you have a potential defective product action, call our firm today to speak with an experienced product liability attorney.
EXPERIENCED PRODUCT LIABILITY ATTORNEYS
Our skilled lawyers have extensive experience litigating product cases, and we have successfully secured more than $2 billion in compensation for our clients. We help injured people receive settlements and verdicts to cover their medical costs, make up for lost time from work, and compensate them for their pain and suffering.
Throughout our decades handling these cases, we have received numerous honors from our colleagues, judges, and clients. We are proud to have the following awards and rankings:
- An AVVO rating of 9.8 out of 10.
- A rating of “AV Preeminent Lawyers” by Martindale-Hubbell®.
- A rating of “5 out of 5 Dragons” by Lawdragon.
- Our firm is listed in the Best Lawyers publication.
When you have been harmed by a defective product, you need the best legal representation on your side. Our law firm has the skill and knowledge to bring you the justice you deserve. We always offer free case consultations with no obligations and no gimmicks. Call Parker Waichman LLP today to learn more about our results and how we can help you and your family in your product liability case.
Medical Device Litigation
Parker Waichman LLP actively litigates cases against the manufacturers of dangerous medical devices. “Medical device” refers to instruments and implants used during surgeries, and our attorneys pursue compensation for people injured by both. Currently, our firm is litigating cases against the manufacturers of numerous medical devices because they have been found to be harmful to patients. Some of these include:
A hernia occurs when organs or tissue bulge through a weakened wall of tissue or muscle in the body. An example is a ventral hernia, in which a person’s intestines bulge through a weakened area in the abdominal wall. Hernias can usually only be repaired with surgery, and one of the surgical methods doctors use is implantation of polypropylene or polyester mesh. The mesh will roughly match the shape and size of the hernia, and it will have many tiny holes throughout it, like a window screen.
During the surgical procedure, the surgeon will make an incision near the site of the hernia, pushes the herniated tissue back in place and reinforces the muscle wall using a piece of mesh. Scar tissue is then supposed to grow into the holes of the mesh, making a more rigid wall to prevent hernia recurrence. However, studies show that polypropylene and polyester mesh can cause serious complications when implanted in the human body. Hernia mesh has been known to erode, degrade, tear, perforate nearby organs, and cause severe infections. On top of that, its porous composition makes the mesh almost impossible to remove. Many patients require multiple additional surgeries, and some face lifetime side effects.
Parker Waichman LLP is pursuing lawsuits against multiple hernia mesh manufacturers, and we are currently taking new cases. If you had hernia repair surgery using synthetic mesh, contact our firm today for a free case consultation to see if you qualify for a lawsuit.
People who are prone to developing blood clots or deep vein thromboses (DVT) are often prescribed anticoagulants by their physicians. These drugs work to thin the blood to prevent clots or thrombus from building up and causing heart attacks, strokes, or pulmonary embolism. But some patients do not respond favorably to anticoagulants or cannot take them because of other medical conditions.
In these situations, a doctor might recommend implantation of an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter. An IVC filter is a tiny metal implant that resembles the underside of an umbrella. It is implanted into a major vein in the body (the inferior vena cava) through a catheter inserted into the groin area. Once the filter is “deployed,” it is supposed to sit inside the vein and trap blood clots that travel up the leg to prevent them from going to other areas of the body, like the heart, lungs, and brain.
These filters are mostly designed to be temporary, but they are very difficult to retrieve. They can become lodged in the vein, puncture the vein, break apart, migrate out of position, and perforate nearby organs or tissue. They can also become completely clogged with thrombus and cause serious medical complications. Studies suggest that nearly every IVC filter will fail, leaving patients at risk for significant injuries.
Our experienced medical device lawyers are investigating IVC filter cases and filing lawsuits against several different manufacturers. If you had an IVC filter implanted, contact our firm today. We will review your case facts to see if you can file a claim in court.
St. Jude ICDs
An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a device surgically placed in the upper chest area to detect and correct arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). When an ICD detects an arrhythmia, it sends an electric pulse to the heart to restore normal rhythm. The ICD thereby prevents patients from experiencing cardiac arrest or sudden cardiac death.
Lithium batteries that power the ICD are designed to last several years. When a patient’s battery supply is low, the ICD will send a vibratory alert to the patient, notifying the patient to see his or her physician soon. Usually, patients have about three months from the time of the vibration alert to the time of full battery depletion.
Our firm is pursuing litigation related to several models of ICDs manufactured by St. Jude Medical, Inc., (a subsidiary of Abbott Laboratories) because their batteries are defective and deplete rapidly. In certain St. Jude ICDs, the batteries develop deposits or “clusters” of lithium inside the batteries, which can lead to short circuiting and nearly immediate battery depletion. Patients have almost no time to get their batteries replaced before the ICDs are dead, which exposes them to significant medical risks, including death.
If you or one of your family members has sustained an issue with rapid battery depletion in an ICD, contact Parker Waichman LLP today for a case evaluation. You could be qualified to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer to receive compensation for medical bills, time off work, and more.
Prescription Drug Cases
Prescription drugs are highly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Drug manufacturers have an ongoing duty to make sure their products are safe for ingestion and are packaged with adequate warning information for doctors and patients. When patients do not have all available warning information, they are not able to make informed choices about their medical treatment.
Parker Waichman LLP works to hold prescription drug manufacturers accountable when they distribute unsafe medications. We are currently filing lawsuits related to many drugs, including the following:
Our firm is taking cases involving injuries from sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. Common brand-name SGLT2 inhibitors include Invokana, Xigduo XR, and Jardiance. These medications are prescribed for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, a disease that causes a person’s pancreas to make inadequate insulin to control blood sugar. People who have type 2 diabetes have too much sugar in their blood, and medications like SGLT2 inhibitors are supposed to reduce blood sugar levels to prevent patients from experiencing serious complications.
SGLT2 inhibitors are designed to regulate glucose by manipulating a protein found in the renal system. When your kidneys produce urine to eliminate waste from your body, this protein (the sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 protein) prevents some glucose from being expelled so that it can be reused as energy. The protein’s function is quite helpful in people with normal blood sugar, but people with diabetes already have too much sugar in their bloodstreams, so they need to eliminate more of it through their urine. SGLT2 inhibitors block (or inhibit) the function of the protein so that diabetic patients can expel more glucose and have a healthier balance of sugar in their blood.
However, SGLT2 inhibitors are now associated with medical complications that mimic some of the issues diabetic patients already face. The medications seem to exacerbate common diabetic complications, leading to patients’ experiencing kidney injury, urinary tract infections, diabetic ketoacidosis, and amputations of the toes, feet, or legs. These injuries have devastating effects on people’s lives, and our firm fights for their rights to appropriate compensation.
If you took an SGLT2 inhibitor and suffered one of the above injuries, call Parker Waichman LLP today. You might qualify to file a claim for damages against the drug manufacturer.
It is difficult to ignore the crisis America is facing with opioids. A major part of the problem with addiction and overdose deaths in the United States is the enormous increase in opioid prescriptions. Throughout the last decade, the number of people taking prescription opioids has absolutely ballooned. Many people who take them will then go on to use and become addicted to illegal drugs like heroin.
Prescription opioids are powerful painkillers that are supposed only to be prescribed to patients with severe pain, like breakthrough pain in cancer patients. However, manufacturers began an onslaught of marketing to doctors, persuading them to use opioids as a safer, more effective alternative to other pain medications. Doctors then started prescribing them to patients with even mild pain or with conditions not even related to pain. Through a vast system of misinformation, deception, and corruption, millions of people have become dependent on opioids, and people are dying from overdoses and opioid complications every day.
The opioid painkiller litigation will undoubtedly be expansive and include many manufacturers, but Parker Waichman LLP is already managing cases and investigating more on behalf of injured people and families who have lost loved ones. If you have battled dependency or addition, suffered medical complications, or lost a family member to opioids, contact our firm today. Parker Waichman LLP can advise you of your potential legal options and pursue legal recovery on your behalf.
Taxotere (docetaxel) is a chemotherapy drug primarily indicated for treatment of breast cancer. It is manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC and was marketed as a superior treatment option to the popular chemotherapy drug Taxol. But patients who receive treatment with Taxotere can experience permanent hair loss.
Most patients who undergo chemotherapy understand they will lose their hair. With most chemotherapy drugs, however, the hair eventually grows back. Taxotere causes permanent hair loss on the head, eyebrows, eyelashes, and body. Women who have been treated with Taxotere are devastated to find that they will never regrow their hair, and they experience extreme loss of self-esteem, often leading to isolation.
Patients who have battled cancer do not deserve to deal with embarrassing hair loss, particularly when they would have opted for another treatment if they had known about all of the risks. Our firm is standing up for the rights of these women, and we are aggressively seeking justice against the drug manufacturer. If you underwent chemotherapy treatment and suffered permanent hair loss (persisting six months or longer), call Parker Waichman LLP today. We will investigate your claims to see if you can file a lawsuit against the manufacturer.
Dangerous Cosmetic Products
Manufacturers of cosmetic products are not bound to the same intense regulation from the FDA as do manufacturers of medical devices and prescription drugs. However, the manufacturers of cosmetic products still have a legal obligation to make sure their products are safe for consumers to use. Parker Waichman LLP files lawsuits on behalf of people injured by dangerous cosmetic products, and we work tirelessly to achieve the results they need.
An example of a cosmetic product our attorneys are investigating and pursuing legal action upon is talcum baby powder. Products like Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower powder have long been used by women to maintain feminine hygiene. Women put talcum powder in their undergarments or dust their genital area with the powder to prevent moisture and odor, a practice encouraged by the powder manufacturers.
But talcum powder has been linked to ovarian cancer for numerous years, and the manufacturers have done nothing to change their products or warn consumers. The presence of talc embedded in studied ovarian tumors suggests the substance travels through the female reproductive system during prolonged use, causing cancer in the ovaries. Our firm is actively litigating cases against Johnson & Johnson for ignoring and concealing the cancer-causing potential of its talcum powder products.
Contact Parker Waichman LLP today if you or someone you love has been injured by a defective cosmetic product, like talcum powder.
The manufacturers of cars, trucks, and SUVs have a duty to ensure the safety of their vehicles before selling them to the public. Defects in the vehicles can lead to serious collisions and severe injuries. Our firm handles cases involving vehicle defects and malfunctions, including:
- Faulty brakes
- Steering wheel malfunctions
- Airbag defects
- Hood malfunctions
- Faulty transmissions
- Defective seatbelts
These cases can also sometimes fall under state Lemon Laws, which protect consumers who buy faulty automobiles. Our firm will explore all possible options for recovery in your automobile case, so contact us today to discuss your case facts. Parker Waichman LLP can help you secure compensation for your injuries, economic losses, and pain and suffering.
Faulty Building Materials
Materials that you buy for a construction build or home improvements should meet the standards provided by the manufacturer and be safe for handling. Under state laws, manufacturers of building materials (or any consumer product) cannot make false claims about their products and cannot sell products in a dangerous condition. Parker Waichman LLP assists consumers who have purchased or been harmed by faulty building materials to seek the compensation they need.
Currently, our firm is investigating claims of faulty building materials like CertainTeed vinyl home siding. This siding has been reported by consumers to degrade, warp, melt, blister, and ripple by exposure to the sun and outdoor elements. CertainTeed has refused to honor lifetime warranties to repair the defective siding, and our firm is coming to the aid of the consumers.
If you bought a defective building product, like vinyl home siding, contact our firm today to learn how we can help you seek legal recourse against the product manufacturer.
Defective Equipment and Tools
Certain equipment and tools inherently contain risks when used, like handsaws and drills, but the manufacturers have a duty to make sure they do not sell unreasonably dangerous products. When used for intended purposes, tools and equipment should not carry unknown and unnecessary risks to consumers. Defects during the design or manufacturing phases of equipment and tools can lead to severe injuries, such as:
- Broken Bones
- Head Trauma
- Internal Injury
- Electric Shock
Parker Waichman LLP diligently reviews claims of equipment and tool defects to make sure injured people receive just compensation for their injuries. If you have been hurt or harmed due to a malfunction or a defect in a tool or piece of equipment, contact our law firm today for your case consultation.
Most people are familiar with and regularly use various herbicides to control weeds in their home lawns and gardens. Many people also use herbicides at work on golf courses, parks, sporting fields, and farms. Roundup is one such herbicide that has extreme popularity because of the effectiveness of its active ingredient, glyphosate. Glyphosate, however, can be extremely dangerous and can lead to the development of certain kinds of cancer. Recently found to be a probable carcinogen, glyphosate is linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma and subtype cancers, including lymphocytic lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, B-cell lymphoma, and hairy cell leukemia.
Parker Waichman LLP is investigating claims on behalf of people who developed one of these types of cancer after repeated use of Roundup. We are suing the manufacturer, Monsanto, for concealing information about the risks associated with Roundup and for selling the product in an unreasonably dangerous condition.
If you regularly used Roundup at home or work to kill weeds and developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma or a similar type of cancer, contact our firm today. We will review your case facts to see if you might be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer to cover your medical costs, pain and suffering, and other damages.
TALK WITH ONE OF OUR PRODUCTS LIABILITY ATTORNEYS TODAY
Parker Waichman’s attorneys offer product case consultations at zero cost to potential clients and with zero retainers. We know you are already under financial pressure because of your injuries, and we want to help you without adding to your current stresses. We will review your claims timely and provide you with the best potential options for you and your family.
In addition, if we feel we can move forward with your case, and you wish to do so, we will contract your case using contingency fees. This means we will only receive attorneys’ fees and expenses if you receive a settlement or verdict in your favor. If you do not recover for your injuries, we will not receive a dime. You can rest easier knowing you are represented by experienced, compassionate lawyers and are protected even if your claim is not successful.
Because of state statutes of limitations that apply to all cases, we encourage you to contact us about your potential claims as soon as possible. Time could be limited on your ability to file, and case investigations will take time to complete thoroughly. You can speak with a skilled product liability attorney today, so do not delay in contacting us.
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