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Covidien and Ethicon Surgical Staplers Litigation

Today’s surgeons rely more on surgical staplers as an alternative to stitches and sutures due to the increased speed and ease of use provided by the devices. Ethicon and Covidien Surgical Staplers can misfire during a surgery and cause serious injuries.  Thousands of surgery patients have reported serious injuries regarding the surgical staplers during gastrointestinal tract surgeries such as: colon cancer, diverticuli and weight loss surgeries to link sections between body parts such as the intestines and stomach.  Misfiring of the device may lead to incomplete staple lines and malformed staples.

Due to the frequency of the misfires, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Class 1 recall and reported the following risks associated with the defective staplers: 

  • Bleeding
  • Tearing of organs and internal tissue
  • Development of anastomotic leaks
  • Sepsis 
  • Increased risk of cancer recurrence
  • Multi-organ failure
  • Fistula formation 

As a result of these injuries, patients may require additional surgeries, including an ostomy bag (an external pouch to collect body waste).  Many times, patients are forced to return to the operating room for an unplanned, emergency repair surgery.  Other patients may be released from the hospital only to return a few days later once symptoms arise for emergency surgery.

Who are the manufacturers of Covidien and Ethicon Surgical Staplers? Covidien is a subsidiary of Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) which has a market cap of $152 billion.  Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) is a parent company of Ethicon boasting a market cap of $384 billion.

Numerous lawsuits have been filed on behalf of patients hurt by the malfunctioning staplers.  Some of the lawsuits have gone to trial and led to sizable verdicts against the defendants.  The most prominent among them was a California case that ended up with the plaintiff being awarded $80 million, including $70 million in punitive damages against Ethicon.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by defective Ethicon or Covidien Surgical Staplers, please call the Mass Tort Team at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation.

Paraquat Herbicide May Cause Parkinson’s Disease

Paraquat is a highly toxic herbicide that has been used for a variety of farming and agricultural applications in the United States since 1964. The product is registered for use on row crops to vegetables and trees, and on non-farm areas, including airports, industrial sites and commercial buildings.

The EPA has stated, “Paraquat is highly toxic.” A single sip of Paraquat can kill a person. If it is accidentally inhaled or spills on a person’s skin during application it may cause seizures, heart failure and lung scarring.

Research has shown that Paraquat may be linked to Parkinson’s disease, a progressive nervous system disorder that can lead to uncontrollable shakiness, stiffness and the general deterioration of motor-function abilities. There is no known cure for Parkinson’s disease.

Paraquat has been banned in more than 60 countries worldwide but there has been no such ban in the United States.  

Law firms have begun filing lawsuits against the makers and distributors of Paraquat and are accepting cases where the person has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and:

  • Was a pesticide applicator or has a restricted use license;
  • Worked for a pesticide applicator or company/person that had a restricted use license;
  • Was a Herbicide mixer;
  • Transferred Paraquat into application equipment;
  • Worked at a plant or company that manufactured or distributed Paraquat, or
  • Worked as a farmer, farmhand, or another type of worker in areas where Paraquat was used.

If you or a loved one have been exposed to the chemical herbicide Paraquat and have subsequently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, please call the experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation.  

 

Paraquat Lawsuits – Nebraska, Iowa

Crock Pot Pressure Cookers Recalled after 99 People Suffer Burn Injuries

Sunbeam Products recalled about 943,000 Crock-Pot Express Pressure Cookers after reports that 99 people suffered from burn injuries ranging from 1st-degree to 3rd-degree burns.

There were over 119 reports of the lid detaching according to Sunbeam Products who issued this statement:

The recalled Crock-Pot multi-cooker can pressurize when the lid is not fully locked.  This can cause the lid to suddenly detach while the product is in use, posing burn risks to consumers from hot food and liquids ejected from the product.”

The recall includes Crock-Pot® 6-Quart Express Multi-Cookers (Model Number SCCPPC600-V1) which can be found printed on the bottom of the Crock-Pot.

The Crock-Pots were sold from July of 2017 through November of 2020, at Walmart, Target and other online retailers for $70-$100.

If you or a loved one have suffered burn injuries involving a Crock-Pot® 6-Quart Express Multi-Cooker, please call the experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation.  

Beovu Vision Loss Lawsuit

Beovu (brolucizumab) is used to treat patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a chronic eye disorder.  AMD is the leading cause of vision loss for people 50 years and older and it may cause a person to struggle reading fine print and have dark vision blurriness in the center of their vision.  Novartis the drug manufacturer of Beovu released a press statement confirming that Beovu may cause “retinal vasculitis and/or retinal vascular occlusion that may result in severe vision loss.”

Symptoms you may have after receiving a Beovu Injection:

  • Changes in your vision, including floaters 
  • Pain or redness in the eye
  • Bleeding in or around the eye
  • Swelling in the eyelid
  • Hives, rash, redness or itching

If you or a loved one have suffered from severe side effects or blindness from a Beovu injection, please call the mass tort Team at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation. 

 

Beovu Lawsuits – Vision Loss & Blindness

Defective Paragard IUD Litigation

Paragard is an Intra-Uterine Device (IUD) birth control device made from copper.  Paragard is a non-hormonal IUD that is implanted during a doctor’s visit.  Plaintiffs allege that the Paragard T 380A IUD is a defective contraceptive.  There have been 55 Paragard IUD actions now consolidated in Georgia’s Northern District.

Injuries may include:

  • IUD breaking upon removal
  • IUD falling out of the uterus
  • IUD mitigation to other parts of the body
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • The IUD becoming embedded in the uterus
  • Inflammation and/or allergic reaction due to copper left in the body
  • Hysterectomy
  • Perforation of the uterine wall or cervix
  • Scarring and/or damage to other organs
  • Fractured uterine cavity

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries from a Paragard copper IUD, please call the experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation. 

Elmiron Vision Loss Lawsuit

Elmiron is used to treat patients with Interstitial Cystitis (IC), which is an ailment in the urinary tract system/bladder.  IC causes pain and is a chronic condition that causes frequent urination that mostly affects women.   Janssen Pharmaceuticals a division of Johnson & Johnson had known for over 20 years and failed to warn patients about the potential eye damage risks that are associated with taking Elmiron.

Recent studies have shown that patients who have been prescribed Elmiron may have developed Maculopathy, an eye disorder that can lead to blindness.  Maculopathy is an eye disorder affecting the central part of the retina associated with highly sensitive vision.  Symptoms for patients experiencing damage from taking Elmiron include:

  • Blindness
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty reading
  • Difficulty adapting to dim lighting
  • Dark spots in the center of vision
  • Straight lines appearing curved or squiggly
  • Muted, less vivid colors

INSERRA l KELLEY l SEWELL wants you and yours to know that if you have suffered side effects from Elmiron, please consult with your physician to find out if you should immediately stop taking the medication.

If you or a loved one suffered from severe side effects or blindness from Elmiron, please call the mass tort Team at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation.

Injectafer Injections May Cause Severe Symptoms and/or Death

Injectafer is an injectable intravenous medication manufactured in the United States used to treat patients with Adult Iron Deficiency Anemia. It is administered in two dosages separated by at least 7 days or more.

Researchers and physicians have reported that patients injected with ferric carboxymaltose (FCM), the type of iron used in Injectafer, may not have warned patients of the risk of them getting severe Hypophosphatemia (HPP). HPP is an abnormally low level of phosphate in a person’s blood. Severe HPP can cause severe symptoms such as: Read more

ISK’s Living Safely Magazine – October 2020

Living-Safer-Magazine-Omaha-Personal-Injury-AttorneysOur great team at INSERRA l KELLEY l SEWELL, Injury Attorneys is pleased to provide you with this copy of Living Safer. This publication is produced quarterly in collaboration with a growing community of respected legal professionals, industry experts and consumer advocates called Injury Board, all committed to improving everyone’s quality of life by promoting safety and better health and wellness.
Our law firm is passionately devoted to protecting people and fighting for our clients’ rights, whether it be handling serious injury and death cases or consumer class actions. We believe that an informed client is the best client, and that an informed public leads a better life. Read more

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Leading Personal Injury Attorneys Donate Video Communication Devices to Nursing Homes Nationwide

The nation’s leading personal injury attorneys, members of Injury Board, are providing hundreds of video communication devices to nursing homes and assisted living facilities, including Inserra | Kelley | Sewell Personal Injury Attorneys in Omaha, NE.

Read our press release here: Leading Personal Injury Attorneys Donate Video Communication Devices to Nursing Homes Nationwide: More Than 500 Units Donated During Injury Board’s “Day of Action”

Ford Recalls 2020 Mustangs because the Brake Pedal May Fail

Ford is recalling approximately 38,000 of the 2020 Mustangs to replace a defective brake pedal bracket.  The only Mustangs being recalled have the 10-speed automatic transmissions.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that the brake pedal bracket can break without warning when the driver slams on the brakes, which would increase the risk of an accident and make it very difficult to stop.  Ford stated that the faulty bracket is from Canada’s KSR International.  KSR International decided to replace nylon with polypropylene in the manufacturing process.  The cars being recalled were built between March 4, 2019 through August 13, 2020.

Ford is sending a recall notice in the mail to the owners of the affected Mustangs.  They will need to take their Mustangs to the nearest Ford dealership to have the brake pedal bracket replaced for free.  Ford dealerships have been alerted about the recall but many owners may not receive the recall notice until November 16, 2020.

If you or a loved one have suffered injuries from driving a 2020 Ford Mustang with a defective brake pedal bracket please call the experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation.