A Bad Year for Johnson & Johnson
If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, then you probably know that Johnson & Johnson faced some substantial cases last year. In fact, the company has been engaged in six of the seven biggest product defect cases of 2016. And the verdicts did not play out in their favor. They are likely to end up losing millions of dollars as a result.
Johnson & Johnson started 2016 off with their first major case involving a defective blood-thinner, Xeralto, which caused uncontrollable bleeding in some patients. They also were involved in two major defective hip implant cases and two cases involving talcum powder and ovarian cancer. The sixth case was over their drug Risperdal, which caused the boys who took it to develop female breasts. In all 6 of these cases, Johnson & Johnson was forced to settle for anywhere from $55 million to $1 billion.
The important thing about cases such as these is that they can end up becoming more and more expensive for a company, even after the cases have settled. Many people worry that they won’t be able to stand up in court to a big company such as Johnson & Johnson. However, once they see that someone with a similar case has been successful, more and more victims start stepping forward.
Everyone who’s been wrongfully harmed by a prescription drug or medical device that was supposed to help them deserves to have their case heard and to be rightfully compensated. If you’ve been injured as a result of a faulty product, don’t hesitate to reach out to an experienced attorney like the caring and determined team members we have at Oxner + Permar. We can help you stand up to the big corporations and get the benefits you deserve.
With more than $257 million in awards and settlements, the attorneys at Oxner + Permar have the experience to stand up to big corporations and ensure that your rights are protected.
Xarelto Bellwether Trials Postponed for a Surprising Reason
You may remember from one of our previous blog posts (August 26, 2016) that the Xarelto Bellwether trials were supposed to be underway by now. In fact, the first case was supposed to have been heard in February. However, the trial was postponed. What caused this major trial to be postponed may surprise you.
Generally, courts don’t like to postpone trials if they can help it. But it does happen. Trials can be postponed for things like family emergencies or scheduling conflicts. Sometimes they’re delayed because of a change of venue or because more time is needed to prepare. The reason for the delay of the Xarelto Bellwether trials? Basketball.
That’s right, basketball. The NBA All Star game was scheduled for the middle of February – the same week as the Xarelto Bellwether trials. Because of this, both parties agreed to delay the start of the trials. Though the exact reason as to why they didn’t want the trials to start the same week as the game is unknown, we can speculate that maybe they didn’t want the distractions of two major events happening at the same time.
The trials were rescheduled for March. The first trial was moved to March 13th, and the second will take place on April 24th. The results of the first four trials are going to have a huge impact on the outcomes of the cases that come after, so be sure to look for the results of these cases!
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a defective drug or medical treatment, be sure to contact an experienced attorney at Oxner + Permar for a free consultation.
Oxner + Permar Gives Back: A Simple Gesture
We talked last month about a couple of charities that Oxner + Permar is proud to work with, and this month we thought we’d share another. A Simple Gesture is a wonderful program dedicated to making sure that food banks and pantries are fully stocked with everything they need to help serve the community. While this program has a national reach, we work directly with the Greensboro branch to ensure that we’re doing our part for our community.
Participation is, as the name suggests, simple. But it makes a huge difference! Every month we give our employees little green bags. When they go to the grocery store, the just need to buy an additional nonperishable food item to fill the bag. Then, once a month, a volunteer comes to collect all of our full green bags. They distribute the bags to organizations such as Out of the Garden, The Greensboro Urban Ministry, Backpack Beginnings and Jewish Family Services.
All of the organizations that A Simple Gesture donates to have waiting lists to fill. It makes us happy to know that we’re helping to alleviate some of that need. If you’re interested in helping out or donating to A Simple Gesture, get your company involved, or sign up as an individual! Volunteers will drive to your house to collect your green bag, which means you can give without having to take time out of your busy routine.
If you have any questions about volunteering or donating to A Simple Gesture, be sure to visit their website for more details.
More Construction Means More Workers’ Comp Claims
It’s impossible to overlook it. New construction is going up everywhere in the Triangle. Whether it’s the newest set of apartments around the corner or the new shopping center that’s expanding down the street, it’s inescapable. Have you seen the Catholic Cathedral that’s going up off Centennial Parkway near the NC State campus? It’s massive! And it’s not even at the top of the list of the most expensive construction projects happening in the Triangle this year.
I’ve heard a lot of different opinions about all the construction: Some people are really excited about all of the growth and the opportunities for new jobs. Others are annoyed with the noise and traffic that comes with construction and the congestion that comes with an increase in visitors or overall population.
Whether you love it or hate it, the fact is that this growth doesn’t seem to be going anywhere — which is great for the construction industry who falls firmly on the “love it” side of things. But with all of this new construction comes construction-related dangers. When more people are working, the chance of injury is going to be higher. So it’s important to keep proper safety guidelines in mind.
If you are injured at work, be sure to file a workers’ compensation claim. Most work-related injuries are covered by workman’s comp. Workers’ comp claims can be a long process, so it never hurts to have a workers’ comp attorney on your side who can help guide you through your claim.
If you’re injured at work, don’t hesitate to contact an attorney. With more than $275 million in awards and settlements, Oxner + Permar has the experience to make sure you’re getting the benefits you deserve.
What Do I Do if I Discover I Have a Faulty Hip Replacement?
When you undergo a major surgery, you’re putting your life in the hands of the surgeons and doctors who will care for you. But they’re not the only ones you have to put your trust in. You also have to trust that the tools and equipment doctors use are reliable and safe. This shouldn’t be something you have to think about, but it does come up. Unfortunately, one medical device company is under scrutiny for claims that they have produced faulty hip replacement devices.
Stryker Orthopaedics is a company that makes hip implants; however, in recent cases the implants are failing years before they’re supposed to, causing nasty symptoms such as thyroid problems and vision loss.
Some other major symptoms include:
- Pain in your hip, leg, or groin
- Grinding, squeaking, popping, or other sounds that could be the metal rubbing together
- Difficulty walking or moving
You should also be mindful of the symptoms of metal poisoning which could be brought on by the erosion of metal at the joint:
- Damaged kidneys
- Depression or other psychological changes
- Hearing or vision loss
- Thyroid problems
If you believe you are experiencing symptoms of a faulty hip replacement, you should contact your doctor immediately. Once you have received medical attention, call an attorney right away. Faulty hip replacements are both expensive and traumatic. You should be fairly compensated.
At Oxner + Permar, we believe in protecting your safety and comfort and ensuring that you receive fair compensation. If you have any questions feel free to give us a call for a free consultation.