5 Dangerous Products To Avoid
Obtaining Compensation for Defective or Harmful Products on the Market
Not all products that make it to consumers are safe. In fact, some are dangerous and defective, causing serious harm to those that purchase or use them. If you are injured by a hazardous product, you might be entitled to compensation through a product liability lawsuit.
At Bailey Cowan Heckaman, we represent people who have been seriously injured by dangerous or defective products. Our lawyers have secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of injured parties nationwide. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact our office at (888) 367-7160 to schedule a free consultation.
Avoid these 5 defective products that can potentially cause significant harm:
1. Onewheel Electric Skateboards
At BCH Law, we have successfully recovered compensation for individuals who have been injured or lost a loved one in Onewheel nosedive accidents. The Onewheel is a self-balancing electric transportation device that can reach speeds of up to 20 miles per hour.
Despite its growing popularity, the device is suspected of containing a significant design defect that causes it to suddenly shut off and nosedive toward the ground. The force of the impact can violently throw a rider off the device resulting in serious harm.
Our attorneys have filed wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of families who have lost loved ones while riding on a Onewheel. We continue to litigate product liability cases against the manufacturer, Future Motion, Inc.
2. GMO Products
Individuals who have suffered significant health problems related to the consumption of food with genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) may be entitled to compensation. Eating GMO products, such as Monsanto’s corn, has been linked with serious ailments, including tumors and severe allergic reactions.
3. 3M Earplugs
It is alleged that the dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) sold by 3M, contained a dangerous defect. It is believed that thousands of United States service members and veterans have sustained hearing loss, tinnitus, and other harm after relying on these earplugs during combat and training. BCH Law continues to investigate 3M Military Earplug cases.
4. 3M Warming Blankets
After surgery, many patients are given warming blankets to help prevent hypothermia. The Bair Hugger Warming Blanket manufactured by 3M is believed to have caused deep-joint infections when used after orthopedic surgeries. The infections can result in life-threatening health problems and, in some cases, may require amputation.
5. Cars Manufactured by GM
General Motors is one of the largest manufacturers of automobiles in the world. Unfortunately, not all of the vehicles that they produce are safe. It is believed that over 100 deaths can be linked to a faulty ignition switch in certain GM vehicles. The faulty ignition switch resulted in the recall of 39 million cars in 2014 alone. It is reported that employees knew of the defect for over a decade.
Injured by a Dangerous or Defective Product?
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Aaron Heckaman Presents on Philips CPAP and Pfizer Xeljanz Litigation
Important Status Update and Overview on CPAP and Xeljanz Litigation
Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC partner Aaron Heckaman recently provided an important update and overview on Philips CPAP and Pfizer Xeljanz litigation. Currently, multidistrict litigation (MDL) has been formed for users of Philips’ now recalled CPAP, Bi-Level PAP, and mechanical ventilators. While an MDL has not been formed yet, claims related to Pfizer’s Xeljanz continue to be investigated.
Individuals affected by these products are strongly encouraged to contact Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC for a free consultation. The trial lawyers at BCH Law have decades of experience handling complex dangerous drug and defective device litigation, including the successful representation of thousands of Fen-Phen and Seroquel users.
If you or someone you love has been harmed by a dangerous drug or medical device, contact our office at (888) 367-7160 to discuss your legal options.
Philips CPAP Litigation
Several models of Philips CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines were recalled after reports that the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam used in its devices was prone to degradation resulting in life-threatening, permanent injuries to users. The foam would break down into potentially toxic particles that could be inhaled or ingested.
Millions of CPAP and BiPAP machines, as well as several ventilator models, were affected by the recall. All devices were manufactured prior to April 26, 2021. If you currently have or previously used a recalled CPAP machine, you need to contact a drug and medical device injury lawyer to discuss a potential legal claim.
It is alleged that Philips knew that their product was defective six years before issuing a recall. On March 10, 2022, the FDA issued a notification order which determined that the recalled products present “an unreasonable risk of substantial harm to the public health.”
Status of CPAP Claims in the United States
An MDL was formed in the Western District of Pennsylvania. The Honorable Joy Flowers Conti is presiding over the MDL and has appointed a 12-member plaintiffs’ steering committee in addition to lead counsel. In total, there have been 24,000 causes tolled. There are 102 class actions and 162 personal injury claims regarding Philips CPAP devices.
Individuals with qualifying injuries and proof of exposure are encouraged to contact our office immediately. Qualifying injuries may include but are not limited to kidney, liver, or lung disease, respiratory failure, cancer, pleural effusion, and chemical poisoning.
Pfizer Xeljanz Litigation
Between 2012 and 2018, Pfizer’s Xeljanz was approved by the FDA for the treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriatic arthritis, and ulcerative colitis. In 2019, concerns over an increased risk of pulmonary embolism and death resulted in a safety communication being released by the FDA.
Shortly after the release of the safety communication, Pfizer was required to put a black box warning label on the drug, and its use was limited to the treatment of ulcerative colitis in adults. A subsequent black box warning was mandated after initial trial results showed Xeljanz users had an increased risk of serious heart-related problems and cancer.
Status of Xeljanz Claims in the U.S.
Currently, an MDL has not been formed for Xeljanz litigation. However, clients who have taken Xeljanz or Xeljanz XR for the treatment of arthritis for a minimum of six months are encouraged to contact our office.
To qualify, Xeljanz users must have taken a 10 mg dose twice per day and must have suffered a pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), stroke, or other blood clot-related injury while taking the drug. It is not known how many individuals were affected by this potentially dangerous drug.
Were You Harmed by a Dangerous Drug or Defective Medical Device? Contact Our Office Today.
If you sustained injury after taking a dangerous drug such as Pfizer’s Xeljanz or a defective medical device like Philips CPAP machines, contact our office. We offer free, no-obligation consultations. Call (888) 367-7160 to speak directly with an experienced attorney.
Women With Essure Birth Control Device Face Increased Risks of Repeat Procedures, New Study Shows
As of 2019, following years of patient complaints and thousands of lawsuits filed by women who suffered serious and painful injuries, Bayer no longer sells its Essure Permanent Birth Control System. A non-reversible, non-surgical contraceptive device that had been heavily marketed as an alternative to procedures like tubal ligation (or “tying tubes”).
Essure has been associated with a number of serious and devastating adverse effects, including:
- Severe pelvic pain
- Organ perforation
- Autoimmune disease
- Allergic reactions (nickel)
- Headaches and migraines
- Device breakage, displacement, and migration
- Abnormal bleeding, bloating, and fatigue
In addition to considerable pain and suffering, many women with Essure implants have had to undergo serious and costly medical procedures and surgeries to address their symptoms, repair devices, remove the devices entirely, or perform other needed treatment. According to new research, those types of revision procedures are far more likely to happen to women with Essure implants than women who use other forms of contraception/sterilization.
What Researchers Are Saying About Essure
According to a medical journal article recently published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, repeat procedure risks increase with the use of Essure birth control devices. The study comes from a team of physicians and researchers from the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research and NYC’s Weill Cornell Medical College. Here are some of their key findings:
- Women with Essure birth control implants are significantly more likely to require a repeat medical procedure (specifically tubal resection or ligation) than those who received the more conventional laparoscopic sterilization.
- Those “significant” risks are associated with the first few years following implantation, as researchers limited their study to outcomes within 7 years of initial implantation.
- Because the risks beyond 7 years after implantation are not yet known, researchers say continuous monitoring will be crucial to both the health of women, and to improving our understanding of long-term risks posed by the device beyond 7 years.
Although some experts have commented that risks of repeat procedures may not impact all women who underwent hysteroscopic sterilization (the formal name for the Essure procedure), many of the hundreds of thousands of women with Essure devices already implanted have required such procedures and surgeries – and many more may as well in the following years. They also don’t deny that numerous women across the world have and still continue to suffer from a range of adverse effects and persistent pain associated with the device – which is why many have filed lawsuits against Bayer.
Justice for Victims of Essure-Related Injuries
On our blog, we frequently provide updates about news and events involving dangerous drugs and medical devices – including Essure. Recently, we’ve discussed how Essure concerns are still growing nationwide, and how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has pledged to better study Essure, its long-term effects, and improve the agency’s oversight of medical devices.
While those types of pledges are certainly welcomed, they’re made after numerous women have already suffered from the effects of Essure – from severe and chronic physical pain and emotional suffering to sizable medical expenses, lost income, and other economic and non-economic damages. As the FDA and Big Pharma have proven time and time again that they can’t or won’t effectively protect consumers, it often becomes the job of victims and plaintiffs’ attorneys to stand up, raise awareness, and seek justice that can produce needed changes.
In addition to prompting change, our personal injury lawyers at Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC are committed to helping women harmed by Essure as they seek financial compensation for the damages they incurred. Our civil trial lawyers have been recognized throughout the country for our work in pharmaceutical and medical device injury, product liability, and serious personal injury cases, and are prepared to help you better understand your rights, options, and how we can help you take the next steps in your legal journey.
Discuss a potential Essure case by contacting our firm. Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC offers free consultations, and proudly serves clients throughout the country.
Essure Birth Control Concerns Continue to Spread, Canadian Government Moves to Strengthen Medical Device Oversight
Concerns about the implantable birth control device Essure, manufactured by Bayer, are continuing to spread on a global level. Though Bayer will be suspending sales of Essure worldwide by the end of this month, questions still remain for thousands of women who have experienced pain and adverse reactions after having the device implanted.
Those lingering concerns and the stories of numerous women worldwide have prompted many countries to take more decisive action. This includes an order issued late last month by the Canadian Health Minister to strengthen regulations for medical devices, including improved standards for complication reporting, and stronger pre-market studies.
Essure: A Global Timeline of Pain & Adverse Health Complications
On our blog, we have featured many posts about the ongoing backlash over Essure, a small device comprised of a metal coil that can be implanted into the fallopian tubes for female sterilization. Although it gained popularity for being a minimally invasive and convenient form of birth control for women, and a purportedly safer option than tubal ligation, it has become the target of numerous concerns from patients, advocates, and regulatory agencies, as well as numerous lawsuits.
Today, more than 1 million women across the world have received Essure implants. However, reports of serious adverse reactions, years of physical and emotional pain, and thousands of painful removal surgeries linked to Essure soon prompted action from health regulators. That’s true in the U.S., where the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a “black box” warning label and requirements for physicians to thoroughly discuss risks and issues with patients prior to implantation.
In Canada, a journalistic investigation by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) found a severe lack of adverse event reporting, despite hundreds of Canadian women voicing their stories and complaints, and growing evidence about Essure being approved with potentially incomplete evidence about its safety, including one 2015 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The investigation soon led to Essure being discontinued in Canada in 2017, and the Canadian Health Department’s recent decision to improve how it oversees the approval and reporting process for medical devices. Similar steps have been taken in other nations where Essure has been sold.
Regulatory Changes Welcomed, But Women Still Reeling
Though pledges to revamp regulations regarding medical devices, pre-market testing and approval, and reporting are certainly steps in the right direction, they do not detract from the fact that thousands of women have already suffered, and are still suffering, from complications related to Essure, including issues such as:
- Excessive and constant bleeding
- Chronic pain, backaches, headaches, and migraines
- Blood clots, hemorrhaging, infection, and perforation of organs
- Device breakage and migration
- Pregnancy complications, including ectopic pregnancy
- Costly and painful corrective surgeries
- Hysterectomies and other organ-removal procedures
- Renal failure, bowel dysfunction, and other conditions / disabilities
In light of the serious physical, emotional, and financial suffering endured by many women, the civil justice system has become the means through which they are sharing their stories, and which they hope will provide an opportunity for more information about what Bayer knew about Essure to come to light. Women who seek justice in Essure lawsuits may also recover financial compensation for their economic and non-economic damages.
Questions About Essure Lawsuits? We Can Help.
Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC, LLP is a nationally recognized trial firm that has earned a reputation for fighting on behalf of the injured and the wronged, including victims who suffer serious injuries and damages as a result of dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices like Essure.
If you or a loved one has experienced harm and losses after having Essure implanted, our award-winning attorneys are available to discuss your case and whether you may be able to join thousands of other women with pending lawsuits against Bayer. Call or contact us for a free and confidential review of your case.
Women from Las Vegas Area Add Their Voices to Growing Number of Essure Complaints
The latest group of women seriously affected by Essure Permanent Birth Control System recently added their voices to the growing chorus of concerns about the medical device, which has been linked to perforated organs, severe pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, and more.
“[My doctor was] like, ‘You need to have whatever you have inside your body taken out,’ ” Lorena Llamas, recalled of a November 2016 visit to an obstetrician-gynecologist. “I didn’t want any more kids, but I also didn’t want to completely lose the hope. At that moment in time, that was the loss of hope.”
Llamas received the birth control implant seven years prior. After years of dealing with serious health concerns including what she described as blood clots the size of her hand, her husband rushed her to an emergency room. Her doctor, the obstetrician-gynecologist informed her that she would need a hysterectomy to remove the device.
“The moment I woke up from anesthesia, I was a completely different person,” Llamas said. “It was like I was reborn.”
At this point, more than 41,000 women have shared their stories dealing with Essure, and an estimated 17,000 have filed lawsuits against the device’s manufacturer, Bayer. While Bayer continues to deny any issues with this product – which it pulled form shelves earlier this year – the evidence against these claims continues to grow.
“This is a medical device that was released prematurely, and there’s simply not enough data to know for certain (if it’s safe),” said Dr. E. Scott Sills, a reproductive endocrinologist in Carlsbad, California, who has removed hundreds of Essure implants. “It’s designed to cause inflammation. I think that the inflammation in some women becomes systemic.”
At Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC, our Houston medical device injury attorneys understand just how much damage Essure has caused to unsuspecting women across the globe. If you suffered serious side effects from this form of permanent and non-reversible birth control, then you may be able to take legal action. Call our offices today to discuss your options with a member of our firm, or send us your information through our online form and we will reach out to you as soon as possible.
Women Continue to Come Forward to Speak About the Damage Essure Caused
New reports of women injured by Essure Permanent Birth Control System continue to flood the news across the globe. Recently, two women who are involved with the class action lawsuit against Bayer, the company that manufactures and distributes this product – at least until it leaves shelves at the end of the year – spoke about their experiences following the procedure to implant it.
“You get this birth control thinking, ‘Ok, I’ve done the best thing for me and my family,’ and it turns out to be the worst decision of your life,” says Latisha Montgomery of Rockford, IL. “It’s constant, it’s constant pain.”
“I went through hell for five years, absolutely hell,” says Ela Woolger of South Beloit, IL. “There were days I didn’t want to take care of my kid because I was so sick I couldn’t get out of bed.”
Latisha and Ela’s tragic stories are shared by tens of thousands of women in the United States alone. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received an estimated 27,000 reports of adverse side effects caused by Essure. In response, the FDA forced Bayer to implement both a patient checklist and a black box warning on its product to ensure that people were fully informed when using its product. Despite these precautions, women continued to come forward to file complaints with the FDA, leading the administration to restrict sales of Essure in April of 2018 before Bayer announced that it was discontinuing sales of its product.
“The device has been associated with serious risks including persistent pain, perforation of the uterus and fallopian tubes, and migration of the coils into the pelvis or abdomen,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. wrote in a statement posted on the agency’s website. “As the FDA learned more from patients about the serious adverse events associated with this device, we took a series of important actions to better understand the benefits and risks, and to address patient safety concerns.”
Our Houston drug injury attorneys at Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC continue to hear stories about how this permanent birth control device affects the lives of women across the country and around the world. If you suffered serious injuries caused by Essure Permanent Birth Control System, give us a call at to discuss your legal options with a member of our firm today. You can also send us your information through our online form to set up a case consultation and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Mother, Essure Patient Shares Her Struggles with Birth Control Implant
One of the women who joined in the class action lawsuit against Bayer over the permanent birth control implant Essure recently spoke out about the impact the implant has caused on her life.
“It has ruined my life completely and I really regret ever having it done,” said Nadi Nour, 41, a sales consultant and mother of three from Adelaide, Australia. “Each day has becoming a living hell because of these horrible side effects.”
She had the device implanted in her back in 2010, and in the eight years since stated that she’s gained a considerable amount of weight, suffers from severe pain after having sex, a reduced libido, cramps, chronic fatigue, migraines, depression, incontinence, and monthly bladder infections. These issues started appearing just months after the initial surgery.
“In just three months I'd gained 22lbs (10kg), which went up to 66lbs in the 18 months following the procedure,” she said. “I was doing everything right and there was no reason for me to be piling on the weight. It was so depressing. I've also become severely incontinent following the implant. Even after three kids, I never had problems with bladder control.”
Nour looked into the implant after deciding that her third child would be her last. A friend who had a positive experience with Essure recommended it to her, and after speaking with her doctor decided that it was the best option.
“I decided to talk to my doctor,” she said. “It seemed better than a hysterectomy because there was little to no recovery period. It sounded perfect. They just said it was a titanium rod that would stop me from ever getting pregnant.”
Nour is one of tens of thousands of women across the globe who have reported serious side effects caused by Essure. Some of the most dangerous and common side effects people have dealt with include:
- Severe pelvic pain
- Perforated organs
- Autoimmune diseases
- Unintended weight loss
- Allergic reactions to nickel
- Migraine headaches
- Abnormal menstrual bleeding
- Device displacement
- Device breakage
While Bayer, the product’s manufacturer denies that its product is the cause of these life-changing side effects, it has pulled or is in the process of pulling Essure from shelves in countries like the United States, Canada, Australia, South Africa, the UK, and more.
If you suffered serious side effects caused by the permanent birth control implant Essure, contact our Houston product liability attorneys at Bailey Peavy Bailey Cowan Heckaman today. Our attorneys have decades of experience handling lawsuits for people seriously injured because of a defective product, and will use that knowledge to help you fight for and secure the maximum compensation possible. Call us today to discuss your situation over the phone, or send us your information through our online form to set up a free consultation with a member of our firm.
Women in Australia to Pursue Class Action Lawsuit over Essure
A group of women in Australia who suffered serious side effects from the permanent birth control product Essure have filed a lawsuit against Bayer, the pharmaceutical company that makes the implant.
Learn more about the dangerous side effects caused by Essure here.
Bayer announced that it would stop selling the product in the United States in July of this year – it had previously halted sales in other countries around the world. According to the German company, the decision was based on commercial reasons. It released a statement standing by the safety of the product, but the incredible number of reported issues caused by Essure paints a different picture.
“With side effects ranging from hair loss and tooth loss to chronic pain, severe bleeding, miscarriages and even death, the benefit risk profile touted by Bayer simply didn’t jibe with the data that was pouring into the F.D.A. from both patients and physicians,” Madris Tomes, a former FDA official who now runs a company that analyzes adverse event data said.
The law firm handling the Australian class action suit stated that it will examine whether or not the device was "inherently defective". One of the plaintiffs, Tanya Davidson, stated that she suffered from serious side effects like memory loss and pain for eight years because of Essure.
"Every day I wake to the feeling of brain fog [and] have trouble remembering simple things like the names of everyday objects," she said in a statement.
Our drug injury attorneys at Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC understand just how devastating the side effects of Essure can be, and we have spent years working with injured victims to help then fight for the compensation they deserve. Call us to discuss you situation with a member of our firm today, or send us your information through our online form to schedule a free consultation. We will help you better understand your legal options and guide you throughout the legal process in order to help you secure the legal outcome you need.
Researchers Publish Study Concluding an Increased Risk of Death Among PPI Users
A team of researchers recently published a study where they found that proton pump inhibitors (PPI) may be tied to an increased risk of death.
The study recently published in the BMJ Open looked into the product commonly used to help patients who produce an excessive amount of acid stomach, and through their research the team discovered that it may be time to restrict the use of the product.
They found a connection between the use of PPIs and bone fractured in people with osteoporosis, C difficile infections, dementia and a heightened risk of developing chronic kidney disease or assisting the progression of chronic kidney disease.
“Although our results should not deter prescription and use of PPIs where medically indicated, they may be used to encourage and promote pharmacovigilance [monitoring the side-effects of licensed drugs] and [they] emphasise the need to exercise judicious use of PPIs and limit use and duration of therapy to instances where there is a clear medical indication and where benefit outweighs potential risk,” said the researchers in a news release.
The team used national US data gathered together from a network of healthcare systems that involved over six million people. The health of these people was tracked over a period of about six years, either until 2013 or until they passed away.
While there is no clear explanation for the findings, the consistency of the results and growing body of evidence is compelling, to say the least.
At Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC, our Houston drug and medical device injury attorney have decades of experience representing injured victims in court and at the negotiating table. If you were seriously injured through the negligent or wrongful actions of someone else, give us a call to speak with a member of our firm or send us your information through our online form to schedule a free case consultation today.
Researchers Find Extended Use of Heartburn Drugs Tied to Kidney Damage
According to a study recently published in Kidney International, the prolonged use of certain heartburn drugs is tied to an increased risk of kidney damages.
Kidney International is the official journal of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN), a global not-for-profit membership-based society comprised of about 9,000 members representing 129 countries from around the globe. Since the organization was formed in 1960, the ISN has worked to provide medical professionals across the world with awareness-generating efforts, meetings, publications and more in order to better combat kidney diseases and damage.
During their study, researchers found that the use of a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) is associated with progression to end-stage renal disease, incident chronic kidney disease and an increased risk of acute kidney injury. In the study, the use of PPIs, sold to the public under names like Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid was compared to the use of H2 blockers like Pepcid and Zantac. Over a five-year stretch, researchers discovered that the 125,596 PPI users included in the study were at a higher risk for acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease than H2 blocker users.
An estimated 15 million Americans use prescription PPI medications to treat their acid reflux and heartburn, and experts have expressed concern over the fact that patients who suffer from kidney issues may not experience warning signs that would alert them to the issue. University of Southern California professor of Medicine and Engineering Dr. David Agus commented about this on CBS This Morning in late February, saying that:
“Chronic kidney disease is not one that has symptoms or signs until it’s too late. So obviously worrisome,” he said. “These were the prescription brands but they’re also available over-the-counter. And over-the-counter, classically, people aren’t even checked for kidney problems.”
Dangerous and previously unreported side effects of drugs and medical devices can cause serious issues for patients simply looking to recover. If you were seriously injured due to a defective drug, you may be able to file a lawsuit to secure compensation to cover any medical bills or damages you may have incurred. Contact our drug and medical device injury attorneys at Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC by calling us to discuss your case today, or fill out our online form to schedule a free case consultation.