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Benicar® Lawsuits Filed in Federal Courts Across the Country

On December 18, 2014, a motion was filed with the United States Judicial Panel on MultiDistrict Litigation (JPML) seeking consolidation and transfer of pending federal cases involving the pharmaceutical drug Benicar® (and other drugs containing the ingredient olmesartan). There are currently more than a dozen Benicar® lawsuits filed in federal courts across the country. The Motion seeks transfer of these cases to the Honorable Dan Aaron Polster of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio for pre-trial proceedings.  Pending hearing by the JPML on this Motion, this matter has been designated as In Re: Benicar (and other olmesartan drugs) Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2606. This litigation includes the following pharmaceutical drugs: Benicar®, Benicar HCT®, Tribenzor®, and Azor®. These medications are prescribed for the treatment of high blood pressure and contain the ingredient olmesartan. Benicar®, Benicar HCT®, Tribenzor®, and Azor® are all brand name drugs which are manufactured by Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., a Japanese corporation. Recent studies have shown that these prescription medications can cause alarming injuries among users, including, but not limited to, the following: dehydration, severe weight loss, chronic diarrhea, vomiting, and sprue-like enteropathy. A 2012 study by the Mayo Clinic followed 22 patients who were taking drugs containing olmesartan and suffering from chronic diarrhea and weight loss, with most requiring hospitalization. All study participants showed significant improvement of their symptoms after they discontinued the use of drugs containing olmesartan. The study concluded that olmesartan was directly linked to the patients’ alarming injuries. In July of 2013, the United States Food and Drug Administration issued a Safety Announcement which warned of the link between the use of olmesartan and serious gastrointestinal side effects, such as chronic diarrhea and weight loss. Drug injury lawyer Andrew Jones of Cory Watson Attorneys is currently investigating claims by individuals who suffered severe gastrointestinal side effects after taking Benicar®, Benicar HCT®, Tribenzor®, and Azor®. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

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Takata Airbag Disaster: Timeline of Events

 More than 7 million defective airbags manufactured by Takata Corporation have been recalled because they can emit shrapnel when they violently deploy in an automobile crash. The airbags were installed in cars manufactured by Acura, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota. Take note of the most recent developments in the Takata airbag recall and follow the timeline of events here:

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FDA Says Power Morcellators May Spread Cancer, Requires Black Box Label

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave power morcellators the strictest safety warning possible on Monday, stating that the device can spread cancer in the majority of women who have cancerous uterine fibroids. The “black box” warning means that the FDA is strongly recommending power morcellators not be used in laparoscopic hysterectomies to remove potentially cancerous fibroids. Furthermore, doctors and patients are advised to discuss alternate methods for fibroid removal without morcellation devices. Short of a complete ban, the black box warning is the strongest caution the FDA issues.

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Graco Recalls 5 Million Strollers After Reports of Infant Finger Amputations

Infant fingertip amputation is something that no parent wants to even think about. Approximately 5 million Graco baby strollers have been recalled due to this very danger. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) and Graco have received reports of injuries including six reports of fingertip amputations, four reports of partial-fingertip amputation and one finger laceration. The recall includes the following stroller models sold between August 1, 2000, and November 19, 2014: Aspen Breeze Capri Cirrus Glider Kite Lite Rider Sierra Solara Sterling Travel Mate The Chairman of the CPSC, Elliot Kaye, said manufacturers do not always put forth as much effort as they should behind dangerous product recalls. “We need to solve this problem and we need as much energy and as much participation from all different aspects as we can,” said Kaye. He considers a “successful” recall to have 20% reclamation, while bad recalls can have as little as 5%. Though many new consumer protection laws have been passed in recent decades, unsafe products continue to make it onto the market, and serious injuries often occur before safety hazards come to light. The product liability attorneys at Cory Watson Attorneys have been advocates for consumer safety for more than 38 years, representing thousands of clients nationwide who have been killed or injured by defective products. If you or someone you care about was seriously harmed by a defective product such as a Graco stroller, our legal team ready to help. We aren’t afraid to take on big corporations if it means protecting your rights to compensation. Don’t wait to reach out—give us a call at (877) 562-0000 or fill out our free initial consultation form to get started.

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Cory Watson Attorneys Settle Wrongful-Death Defective Tire Case

Leila Watson was featured in Westlaw Journal: Automotive, September 9th, 2014, Volume 34 Issue 5, for her work in the wrongful death case of Hernandez v. Hankook Tire America Corp. The plaintiffs claimed Hankook’s DynaPro tire caused the death of Valente Santiago Garcia and serious debilitating injuries to Gregoria Hernandez. Garcia was driving a 1998 Ford Explorer on I-65 when the tread separated from the tire on the rear right side. This caused Garcia to lose control of the vehicle, killing Garcia and injuring Gregoria. The victims filed suit against Hankook for the production of a deadly defective tire, Ford for the Explorer’s rollover, and Wal-Mart, for allegedly improperly inspecting the tire when the Explorer had been serviced at the local Wal-Mart store. The Ford and Wal-Mart cases settled, which left Hankook as the only open case. On August 2nd, the case for the last remaining defendant was settled for an undisclosed amount. Leila H. Watson of Cory Watson Attorneys represented the plaintiffs, alongside Sigfredo “Freddy” Rubio of Birmingham, Alabama.

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Cory Watson Attorneys to Help Birmingham Hit-and-Run Victim

Attorneys at Cory Watson Attorneys are preparing a wrongful death case against Sylvester Corderyl Taylor for striking and killing Angela Marie McCall with his vehicle, and then fleeing the scene. The incident occurred around midnight in the 9500 block of Parkway East. A witness recalled honking the horn before passing Taylor. Taylor then sped around the witness, jumping the curb at approximately 60 mph and struck McCall on the sidewalk. McCall was pronounced dead on the scene. Taylor has been charged with manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident and is currently being held without bail. Attorneys at Cory Watson are representing a family member of Ms. McCall to recover compensation for her death. Court records show that Taylor was convicted of first-degree robbery in 2008 and subsequently served two years in prison. He was charged with attempted murder in 2012; Taylor was also arrested earlier this year on a charge of attempting to elude police. We are all saddened by this tragic and senseless loss of life. Cory Watson Attorneys are hard at work to ensure justice and closure for Ms. McCall’s family.

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Continental Tire Recalls 170,000 Motorcycle Tires Worldwide

Continental Tire announced a product recall September 17, 2014. The tires were sold as original equipment on BMW, KTM, Brammo and Bimota. The defective tires were also sold as aftermarket parts. The recall covers approximately 9,000 motorcycle tires sold in the United States and 170,000 worldwide between 2007 and 2014. According to a Continental press release, “market feedback indicates that some of these tires have exhibited a condition in the tread and/or belt which may lead to separation and possible air loss.”The company states that there have currently been no reports of accidents or injuries in connection with the defective product. The product lines included in the recall are: ContiSportAttack ContiSportAttack 2 ContiAttack SM ContiRaceAttack Comp. Soft ContiRaceAttack Comp. Medium ContiRaceAttack Comp. Endurance ContiRoadAttack 2 GTW The last four digits of the DOT serial numbers indicate the production period. Tires between numbers 1907-2614 are included in the recall. No other production periods or products are affected. Have you or someone that you love suffered a serious injury from a motorcycle crash that was not the fault of the rider? If so, the injury victim may be eligible to file a claim for compensation. At the law offices of Cory Watson Attorneys, we have detailed knowledge of Alabama’s personal injury laws and can help fight for the maximum amount of injury compensation you deserve.

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Benicar® Safety Concerns

There is growing concern over serious side effects related to the following prescription medications: Benicar®, Benicar HCT®, Tribenzor®, and Azor®. These medications are prescribed for the treatment of high blood pressure and contain the ingredient olmesartan medoxomil. Benciar®, Benicar HCT®, Tribenzor®, and Azor® are all brand name drugs which are manufactured by Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., a Japanese corporation. Recent studies have shown that these prescription medications can cause alarming injuries among users, including the following: dehydration, severe weight loss, chronic diarrhea, vomiting, and spruelike enteropathy. A 2012 study by the Mayo Clinic followed 22 patients who were taking drugs containing olmesartan medoxomil and suffering from chronic diarrhea and weight loss, with most requiring hospitalization. All study participants showed significant improvement of their symptoms after they discontinued the use of drugs containing olmesartan medoxomil. The study concluded that olmesartan medoxomil was directly linked to the patients’ alarming injuries. In July of 2013, the United States Food and Drug Administration issued a Safety Announcement which warned of the link between the use of olmesartan medoxomil and serious gastrointestinal side effects, such as chronic diarrhea and weight loss. Drug injury lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys are currently investigating claims by individuals who suffered severe gastrointestinal side effects after taking Benciar®, Benicar HCT®, Tribenzor®, and Azor®. Contact us today for a free case evaluation. Never stop taking any medication without consulting your doctor. Benicar® is a registered trademark licensed by Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. and is used herein only to identify the product in question. This law firm is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with Benicar®, Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

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Helmets Play an Important Role in Sports and Bicycle Safety

A new British study published in the Neurology journal revealed that even mild concussions can cause brain damage. Unfortunately, according to the American Academy of Neurology, 2 to 4 million people suffer concussions each year from sports activities. The Neurology study pool included 53 people from the ages of 16-68 years old who had reported to the emergency room with a concussion. Reportedly 44 people had mild concussions and 9 people had moderate concussions. After reviews of MRIs that were performed 6 days after the injuries, the scans showed damage to nerve cells that were responsible for transmitting information. The scans were compared to the brain scans of 33 uninjured people. The injured group performed worse on verbal testing and still demonstrated signs of damaged brain cells one year later. Helmets make a difference and can prevent injuries that have long-lasting effects! Cory Watson is proud to sponsor the Helmets for Kids program. Cory Watson Attorneys launched Helmets for Kids to encourage children to always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle. We provide free bicycle helmets for children, along with age-appropriate booklets encouraging bicycle safety and accident prevention. Cory Watson Attorneys has teamed with Children’s of Alabama, Childcare Resources, United Way of Central Alabama and other organizations to distribute more than 2,000 bicycle helmets to children who need them. Call us at 1-800-686-8992 to schedule an appointment to get a helmet!

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The Epidemic of Medical Errors in the United States

How common are deaths in the United States due to medical errors? More common than you might think. In 1999, the Institute of Medicine issued a Report which stated that at least 44,000 people, and possibly as many as 98,000 people, die each year in U.S. hospitals due to medical errors. The Report cited multiple causes for the “epidemic” of fatal medical errors, including the fact that patients seek medical attention from multiple providers, limited attention to the issue of medical errors during the licensing and accreditation of medical professionals, and a lack of incentive for providers to improve safety and quality. More recently, in 2013, the Journal of Patient Safety issued a Report citing even higher numbers of patient deaths due to medical errors. (1) This Report stated that between 210,000 and 440,000 individuals are victims of medical errors that contribute to death each year. How can medical errors be prevented? The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (2) has tips that include the following: If you are in a hospital, consider asking all health care workers who will touch you whether they have washed their hands; When you are being discharged from the hospital, ask your doctor to explain the treatment plan you will follow at home; If you are having surgery, make sure that you, your doctor, and your surgeon all agree on exactly what will be done; If you have a choice, choose a hospital where many patients have had the procedure or surgery you need; and Make sure that all of your doctors know about every medicine you are taking. 1 A New, Evidence-based Estimate of Patient Harms Associated with Hospital Care. September 2013. Journal of Patient Safety. http://journals.lww.com/journalpatientsafety/Fulltext/2013/09000/A_New,_Evidence_based_Estimate_of_Patient_Harms.2.aspx 2 20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors: Patient Fact Sheet. September 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/patients-consumers/care-planning/errors/20tips/index.html

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