Millions of Americans use prescription drugs or medical devices each day to help with illness, disease, or serious medical conditions every day. As someone who needs this medical help, you trust that the medicine or treatment you receive will help you. Unfortunately, often times prescription drugs and medical devices can cause more harm. When that happens, our attorneys are here for you.
At the Hickey Law Firm, we’ll use our decades of experience to fight for your rights. We have handled numerous cases dealing with prescription drugs, medical malpractice, and defective medical products allowing us to help clients from all around the country.
If you’ve been injured by a dangerous prescription drug or medical device you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. Please contact our experienced lawyers today by filling out the form on this page or by calling us at 305-371-8000 to schedule your free consultation. We proudly help those who live in the Miami, Florida area as well as across the nation.
Harmful Prescription Drugs
Prescription drugs are administered to patients in order to address pain, illnesses, and disease. However, there are many harmful prescription drugs that do just the opposite, causing serious injuries and further medical issues. Below, we list some of the harmful prescription drug cases we accept.
Abilify is an antipsychotic medication used to treat mood disorders such as schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder. Abilify has also been prescribed for depression and outbursts related to autism.
Researchers believe that Abilify may affect the dopamine receptors in the brain that trigger compulsive behavior. This may be why some patients who have taken Abilify have developed compulsive gambling habits.
Proton Pump Inhibitors
Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI), is a type of medication used to treat a myriad of gastrointestinal issues including heartburn, acid reflux, stomach ulcers and inflammation of the esophagus.
The use of the PPI medications Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium have been linked to kidney damage in some users. If you suffered from any type of kidney damage including acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease and interstitial nephritis you could be eligible for compensation.
Xarelto is a blood-thinning drug that is used to reduce the risk of blood clots and strokes in patients with irregular heartbeat. It is also used in the prevention of serious blood clots in patients who have undergone knee or hip replacement surgery.
The use of Xarelto has been linked to some very serious side effects including gastrointestinal bleeding, kidney bleeding, brain hemorrhaging, stroke and even death.
If you or a loved one has experienced any serious side effects while taking Xarelto, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Eliquis is an anti-coagulant. Like Xarelto and Pradexa, two other controversial drugs, Eliquis works by interrupting the coagulation process. It does this by blocking an enzyme called Factor Xa, preventing the formation of a protein called thrombin.
Eliquis has been linked to a number of side effects, but the issues related to the drug go beyond that. The process by which the drug was approved by the
FDA was notably bumpy. Actually, that’s something of an understatement. Eliquis’ approval process was rocked by allegations that the companies engaged in a cover-up and that there were unreported side effects associated with the drug.
If you’ve suffered physical harm as a result of taking Eliquis, you should consider legal action.
Defective Medical Devices
Medical devices are used to help patients with various health issues. However, sometimes the medical devices used are defective, leading to serious injury and sometimes even death. Below we list some of the defective medical device cases we handle.
Transvaginal mesh, also known as pelvic mesh or bladder sling, is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (“POP”) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
Transvaginal mesh injuries can destroy your quality of life. They can be irreversible. They can also be very serious. Several women have already died from injuries caused by the defective vaginal mesh.
The most common complication reported to the FDA was an erosion of the mesh through the vagina. Shrinkage of the vaginal mesh (mesh contraction) is a complication that the FDA was not aware of before its 2008 report on Vaginal mesh complications. Mesh contraction can cause vaginal shortening, tightening, and pain.
Vaginal mesh complications can require additional surgery, sometimes multiple surgeries. These surgeries do not always successfully correct the problems caused by the defective mesh. Defective vaginal mesh complications can be permanently debilitating and have a significant effect on quality of life.
Surgical mesh has been used to repair abdominal surgeries since the 1950s. The mesh has been available in organic and synthetic materials-- either absorbable, non-absorbable, or a combination of both. The woven material is now used in a variety of surgeries: Starting in the 1970s, hernia mesh products were used to do abdominal repair of prolapse.
Complications such as postoperative hematoma and seroma, foreign body reaction, organ injury, infection, mesh rejection, and fistula are being noted.
We help clients all around the country who've been injured from defective transvaginal mesh and hernia mesh receive the justice they deserve.
As of July 2018, pharmaceutical giant Bayer announced that it would discontinue sales of Essure, a permanent female birth control implant, by the end of the year. The implant has been at the forefront of complaints by medical professionals and thousands of women who have experienced serious injury and side-effects from using the device.
Throughout its history, Essure has been the subject of an estimated 16,000 lawsuits by women who’ve experienced serious injury resulting from using the device, including abdominal and pelvic pain, bleeding, hypersensitivity reactions to other products, perforation of the uterus and the fallopian tubes. There have also been numerous deaths, including of a few infants, attributed to the defective medical device.
There are an estimated 750,000 women in the U.S. implanted with the device. According to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), there were 5093 injury reports between the years of 2002 and 2015 from women who used the device. If you or someone you love has suffered serious injury or worse because of using Essure, contact our experienced attorneys today.
Gadolinium contrast media, also known as MRI contrast media, dyes, or agents, is a chemical substance that is used aid in imaging when a patient has an MRI. The contrast media is injected into the patient to help enhance the images that appear during the MRI. Gadolinium contrast media is used in roughly 1 in 3 patients who undergo an MRI. It’s known for improving the diagnostic accuracy of the scan, including being able to better see inflammation, tumors, blood vessels, and even blood supply in some organs.
Unfortunately, however, gadolinium toxicity can occur to some patients. While the symptoms may vary between individuals, they are nonetheless serious and can cause serious physical and emotional distress. Some of the wide-ranging symptoms patients have experienced include:
- Pain in exterminates, joints, or location of MRI
- Skin issues such as lesions, tightening, or hyperpigmentation
- Weakness, twitching, or contracting of muscles
- Eye issues such as dry or bloodshot eyes and even worsening vision
- Cognitive symptoms
- Ear, nose and throat issues such as tinnitus, swallowing, and voice problems
- Low body temperature
- Hair loss
- Itching skin
- Issues with balance
- Swelling of the extremities (edema)
Compensation We Can Pursue
If you or a loved one has been seriously harmed by a prescription drug or medical device, you deserve justice and compensation.
Compensation awarded in harmful prescription drug and defective medical devices cases can be used toward expenses, including:
- Medical and hospital bills
- Current and ongoing medical treatment
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Wrongful death
Contact Our Experienced Attorneys Today
Sustaining injuries from a dangerous drug or device is serious. Contact us so we can help fight to make sure this doesn't happen again. Nobody deserves to suffer from a defective product. Our lawyers at the Hickey Law Firm will fight for you, so you can focus on your family and your recovery.