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The Winston Law Firm is Accepting “Mass Torts” Cases

Posted on Friday, April 15th, 2016 at 3:02 pm    

Many reading this have heard about (or seen advertisements on TV) regarding “Mass Tort” claims.  Generally, these cases involve defective or dangerous consumer products, medications or medical devices.  Some of the more well-known have involved asbestos products, TVM (trans-vaginal mesh) and various medications, both prescription and over-the-counter.

In order to effectively and efficiently handle these cases, the lawyers must be skilled, knowledgeable and experienced. The Winston Law Firm is proud to announce we have forged a relationship with one of the nation’s leading Mass Tort law firms, and are accepting cases and claims for clients who have (or may) suffered adverse consequences from the following:

Proton Pump Inhibitor cases (Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix, Zegarid) – Brand and OTC are both going to be great cases.  Manufacturers have known for 20 years these drugs cause kidney disease and injury.  Finally, in December of 2014, manufacturers changed their package inserts and labels to warn of an association with PPIs and interstitial nephritis, diagnosed by kidney biopsy. However, no general warning regarding chronic kidney disease was ever added.  Also the OTC versions never contained any warnings.

Our acceptance criteria is very broad on these right now.  We are accepting cases with PPI ingestion and diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, acute kidney injury, renal or kidney failure, acute interstitial nephritis, dialysis treatment, kidney removal/transplant or related death.

Onglyza, Kombiglyze XR (diabetes medications) – The FDA just issued risk warning letter for heart failure and stroke.  The manufacturer’s own huge study, from which they were wanting to show the drug also helped prevent heart problems, showed a 27% increase in hospitalizations vs placebo.

Fluoroquinolones (Levaquin, Avelox, Cipro, Noroxin, Floxin, Factive) – These drugs can cause aortic aneurysms/aortic dissections.   JAMA and the British Medical Journal have found these drugs more than double the risk of suffering an aortic aneurysm or aortic dissection.

Fluoroquinolones (Levaquin, Avelox, Cipro, Noroxin, Floxin, Factive) – These drugs can also cause peripheral neuropathy (pain, burning, numbness or loss of use of hands or feet).

Xarelto – blood thinner –  This drug can cause strokes, blood clots and internal bleeding.   Xarelto received FDA approval in 2011 to reduce the risk of strokes, blood clots, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) in patients who have undergone hip or knee replacement surgery.  Xarelto, like other blood thinners, carries a risk of internal bleeding. However, there is evidence showing that Xarelto is not as safe or effective as other blood thinners and that the internal bleeding caused by Xarelto cannot be controlled or reversed by physicians, unlike the traditional class of blood thinners, which includes Coumadin® (warfarin). The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) advises that Xarelto has been associated with “serious, disabling or fatal injury,” including blood clots or thromboembolic events.

Talc  (Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products) – Can cause ovarian cancer.  We tend to think of Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products manufactured by Johnson & Johnson as a common and safe household item used to prevent dryness and rashes in a variety of applications. However, these common household products contain a dangerous substance known as “Talc” or “Talcum Powder” which have been shown to be associated with the development of ovarian cancer when used regularly near a women’s pelvic region.

Motorcycle accident kills Boynton Beach man

Posted on Thursday, January 5th, 2012 at 7:01 pm    

On Wednesday night, Ira Rosenberg, 59, of Boynton Beach, was hit by a car and killed on Boynton Beach Boulevard.

Rosenberg was riding his 1974 Harley Davidson motorcycle on El Clair Ranch Road when he was hit by a 1997 Pontiac after driving through a red light while making a left turn onto Boynton Beach Boulevard.  Denise Robinson, 30, was the driver of the Pontiac.

Rosenberg was rushed to Delray Medical Center and died three hours later from injuries suffered during the accident.  Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with the victims’ family.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact Fort Lauderdale motorcycle accident attorneys of Winston Law Firm by calling 954-475-9666.

Choosing the Right Personal Injury Lawyer

Posted on Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 at 6:59 pm    

There is no shortage of attorneys who are more than willing to take your business. However, simply because someone has a law degree and is willing to discuss your case with you does not mean that he or she is competent to handle your particular legal situation.

One of the main goals of this website and my book, Making the Right Choice: A Practical Guide to Choosing an Attorney is to debunk the commonly held belief that anyone with a law degree is capable of handling every existing legal problem. Most lawyers today specialize.

Just as you would not seek the assistance of a podiatrist when your medical needs concern something other than a foot problem, you should not hire an attorney who primarily practices criminal law to draft a will for you.

While this may seem obvious when stated so bluntly, many people are not aware of the complexity of most areas of the law and the fact that it takes a considerable amount of time and effort to keep abreast of one area of law let alone many.

When a lawyer claims to be proficient in a variety of legal fields, you need to be concerned and should question the attorney’s experience prior to retaining him or her. The state of the law today is much different from several decades ago when a lawyer could handle any legal issue that a client might face. The days of the general legal practitioner are gone.

In order to avoid a huge headache later, it is vital to always remember when you are hiring a lawyer that it is your burden as a consumer of legal services to determine whether a lawyer is qualified to handle your particular legal issue. The fact that a person is licensed to practice law does not in itself mean that he or she is competent.

It is also very important to remember that as is the case with any other field or profession, some attorneys are excellent and some are not. You, a potential client, simply need to make sure that your attorney is one of the excellent ones. This can be easily established if you are willing to invest a little time and effort in the process of choosing your counsel.

Click on the book title, Making the Right Choice: A Practical Guide to Choosing an Attorney to get your own personal copy delivered in immediate PDF format or by postal mail. Once you read the book, give me a call to discuss your case.

Bradley Winston, Esq.