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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Isotretinoin and Accutane Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease) Lawsuits

Accutane Crohn's Disease Lawsuits, Accutane Ulcerative Colitis Lawsuits, and Accutane Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Lawsuits by Texas Accutane Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Isotretinoin which is sold under several tradename including Accutane is an acne medication that is a synthetic form of Vitamin A.  The drug has been commonly sold and marketed to alleviate severe acne symptoms by inhibiting oil gland and cell growth. Scientific evidence has linked the acne drug, Isoterinoin and Accutane, to severe side effects including increased risk of severe digestive problems, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Ulcerative Colitis, and Crohn's Disease.

Accutane and Isotretinoin Digestive Disorder Lawsuits including Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn's Disease, and Ulcerative Colitis
The digestive system provides our bodies with nourishment as well as gets rid of toxins that can cause health problems.  The digestive system includes the stomach, large and small intestines, and rectum.  It converts the foods we eat into nutrients and absorbs these nutrients into the bloodstream to fuel our bodies. We seldom appreciate the workings of our digestive system unless something goes wrong, as in the case of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of inflammatory conditions of the colon and small intestine that can cause significant health problems and can be extremely unpleasant and can cause disability. The major types of Inflammatory Bowel Disease IBD are Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

Crohn's Disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It usually affects the intestines, but may occur anywhere from the mouth to the end of the rectum (anus).  Crohn's Disease symptoms depend on what part of the gastrointestinal tract is affected. Symptoms range from mild to severe, and can come and go with periods of flare-ups. The main symptoms of Crohn's disease are cramps and abdominal pain, fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, pain with passing stool (tenesmus), persistent & watery diarrhea, and unintentional weight loss.  Other symptoms may include constipation, eye inflammation, fistulas (usually around the rectal area, may cause draining of pus, mucus, or stools), joint pain, liver inflammation, mouth ulcers, rectal bleeding and bloody stools, skin rash, and swollen gums.

Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects the large intestine (colon) and rectum.  Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis can include abdominal pain and cramping that usually disappears after a bowel movement; abdominal sounds (a gurgling or splashing sound heard over the intestine); diarrhea, from only a few episodes to very often throughout the day (blood and mucus may be present); fever;  tenesmus (rectal pain); weight loss; gastrointestinal bleeding; joint pain; and nausea and vomiting.

Isotretinoin Acne Medication and Related Health Problems including Inflammatory Bowl Disease IBD, Crohn's Disease, and Ulcerative Colitis

The leading pharmaceutical manufacturers of the acne drug, Isotretinoin, have received billions in revenue from the sale of the acne drug, Isotretinoin and Accutane.  Isotretinoin is sold under several trade names including Accutane, Amnesteem, Claravis, Decutan, Isotane, Izotek, Oratane, Isotrex, Isotrexin, Sotret, Ratane, and Raccutane.  

Isotretinoin is a medication used for the treatment of severe acne. It was first developed to be used as a chemotherapy medication for the treatment of some forms of cancer.  It was later discovered that it was effective and treating severe acne.  Though Isotretinoin including Accutane was originally only meant for the treatment of severe acne, over time many dermatologists pushed by pharmaceutical marketing representatives began to prescribe the drug for mild cases. 

Isotretinoin including Accutane works by inhibiting the growth and reproduction of oil glands and cells. It depletes the body of molecules that hold water which help to keep skin, eyes, scalp, and joints well lubricated. Scientific research has determined that Isotretinoin including Accutane can cause several health problems including Crohn's Disease, irritable bowel disease, Ulcerative Colitis, depression, suicidal tendencies, birth defects, miscarriages, vision problems, ringing in the ear, psychosis, liver damage, heart attack, stroke, seizures, lowered white blood cell count, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Accutane FDA Action, Accutane Black Box Warning, and Accutane Lawsuits

The FDA has required a black box warning be put on all containers of Accutane, warning of all the known health risks associated with taking Isotretinoin including Accutane. A proper warning label notifying health care providers and users of a drug will typically protect a drug manufacturer from liability.  As such, it is thought that because Isotretinoin and Accutane had warnings about the drug potentially causing birth defects and warnings to patients and medical providers that women who are pregnant or about to get pregnant should not take the drug, it is thought that birth defect cases will probably not be viable against the makers of Accutane.

However, Plaintiffs that have suffered severe inflammatory bowel disease after taking Accutane and were taking the drug prior to the risk being added to the warning label may have viable claims.  This is because the drug manufacturer did not warn those outside the company of known serious risks of taking the drug.  Plaintiffs that have suffered inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) including Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis and took Accutane prior to the warning label changes are expected to have viable cases because it is thought that some of the manufacturers of Isotretinoin hid known health risks of the drug from medical doctors and the public in order to increase their revenues and profits.

Additionally, there are potential off label marketing issues where patients were given Isotretinoin when they did not have severe acne.  These issue may impact the viability of potential cases if it is proven that the manufacturers provided false and misleading information to medical providers for the purpose of selling more of the drug.

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For more information on Accutane Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Lawsuits and Accutane Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) lawyers feel free to go to the following web page on Isotretinoin and Accutane Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Lawsuits.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Failed Back Surgery and Implantable Neurostimulation System Lawsuits

Neurostimulator Medical Malpractice Lawsuits, Neurostimulation Product Liability Lawsuits, Implantable Neurostimulation Systems Lawsuits, and Failed Back Surgery Resulting in Permanent Disability and Paralysis Lawsuits  by Texas Failed Back Surgery Product Liability, Medical Negligence, & Defective Product Lawyer, Jason Coomer

Failed back surgery including defective implantable neurostimulation  systems can cause catastrophic injuries and impairment.  These failed back surgery cases can be caused by defective spinal-devices or medical negligence, and can take significant resources to investigate and litigate a lawsuit.  When investigating these potential failed back surgery lawsuits, it is important to know what implant had been used as well as to obtain medical records of the surgery.

Implantable Neurostimulation System Lawsuits, Defective Spinal Implant Devices, and Failed Spinal Cord, Neck, & Back Surgery Lawsuits

Implantable Neurostimulation Systems have been used for a variety of types of chronic back pain situations including heriniated disks, postlaminectomy paid, Complex Reginal Pay Syndrome, unsuccessful disk surgery, Degenerative Disk Disease, and Failed Back Syndrome.  In fact, implantable neurostimulation systems and other spinal-devices are a huge business for the medical implant device industry including Medtronic, a leader in medical implantable devices.   Medtronic’s spinal-devices unit has about $3 billion in annual revenue from selling spinal devices including the Medtronic implantable neurostimulation system.  With this success, several other companies are developing similar implantable neurostimulation systems. 

The Medtronic implantable neurostimulation system is indicated for spinal cord stimulation (SCS) as an aid in the management of chronic, intractable pain of the trunk and/or limbs—including unilateral or bilateral pain associated with several different conditions.   Unfortunately, there are several claims that the implantable neurostimulation system has some defects that can cause serious health problems.

In reviewing failed back surgery implant cases, the failed back surgery lawyers have to determine if the implantable neurostimulation system was properly implanted by the spinal surgeon that implanted the spinal device as well as if the spinal device has some type of defect such as loose leads.  For more information on this topic, feel free to go to the following web page, Failed Back Surgery and Defective Implantable Neurostimulation System Lawsuits. 

Patients with Serious Back Injuries Including Severed Spinal Cords, Crushed Discs, Bulged Discs, and Herniated Discs when Seeking Pain Relief can sometimes Fall Victim to Defective Products, Negligent Health Care, and "For Profit" Medical Professionals Seeking to Increase Profits

The human spinal cord is basically a bundle of nerves which is surrounded by 33 bones or vertebrae.  Located between each vertebrae is a spinal disc which is a liquid filled disc shaped pouch.  These discs are stacked on top of one another and act as shock absorbers allowing the spine to flex, bend, and twist.  When functioning properly, the vertebrae and discs protect the spinal cord allow nerve impulses to travel from and to the brain to other parts of the body.  This allows us to experience sensations, move our bodies, and control many bodily functions.

Problems arise when the vertebrae, discs, or spinal cord are injured.  Broken vertebrae can damage and impinge on discs or the spinal cord causing extreme pain, numbness, and loss of control of bodily functions.  Back injuries can occur through traumatic events that result in paralysis.  Depending where and how severe the injury is will determine what type and how severe the paralysis is.   

The human body has remarkable healing potential.  Combining determination, proper medical attention, knowledge about an injury, and focus on the healing process can greatly help most injuries.  Hiring a lawyer to battle the insurance companies and responsible parties can allow the injured person to focus on the healing process.     

If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury or other serious back injury including a severed spinal cord, broken vertebrae, crushed discs, herniated discs, or a bulged discs; the most important thing you can do is to find a good medical doctor to assess the injury so you know what you are dealing with and how to best treat the injury.  From physical therapy and steroid injections to back surgeries (lumbar diskectomy, cervical fusion, and other lumbar or cervical procedures), there are many different ways to treat a back injury and it is important to know what will work best for you.  

Unfortunately, there are also medical clinics, medical implant sales people, and doctors that are more interested in profit and their bottom line than what is best for a patient.  Some of these medical professionals carelessly cause painful and difficult conditions to become much worse by paralyzing patients that are seeking relief from pain.   

The "For Profit" System of Medicine Can Sometimes Cause Medical Negligence by Overworking Medical Professionals as well as Encouraging Clinics and Medical Providers to Maximize the Number of Surgeries and Procedures Performed Regardless of the Patient's Best Interest Resulting in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Unfortunately, medical mistakes happen when doctors and nurses get too busy, are understaffed, under the influence of drugs, are just not paying attention, or are encouraged to perform unnecessary procedures to make a profit.  As medical budgets go down and healing people becomes more of a "for profit" business, cost cutting measures are causing more medical mistakes and encouraging unnecessary procedures on those with good insurance.  Overworked surgeons, doctors, residents, and nurses are much more likely to make mistakes than well rested health care professionals.

Medical mistakes also happen more often when no one is watching.  It is extremely important when you are in the hospital to have someone that is with you and watching out for your well being.  This is especially true if you have an allergy to certain types of medicines.  Communication with your health care professionals is also important and can greatly limit medical mistakes.

Further complicated procedures such as spinal cord surgery require extremely competent surgeons that are on the top of their game to successfully complete.  A patient needs to be extremely careful when having spinal cord surgery to make sure that they have a good surgeon and everyone understands the risks of the procedure.  In some cases, even the best surgeons that do everything correctly will have bad results and the spinal cord surgery will fail.  However, at other times a defective product, a "for profit" surgeon or clinic, or a careless surgeon can cause a failed spinal cord surgery that will paralyze a patient for life.

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As the economic pressures of the medical system keep pushing medical providers to become "for profit" and prioritize making money over the health of individual patients; unnecessary procedures, overworked staff, using defective products, and making mistakes will become more common and hurt people.  It is extremely important to thoroughly investigate any clinic, hospital, surgeon or other health care provider prior to having spinal surgery, or any other complicated procedure.  Please feel free to go to the following web pages for more information on Failed Back Surgery and Defective Implantable Neurostimulation System Lawsuits, Texas Medical Malpractice Lawsuits, and Federal Medical Malpractice Lawsuits.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Fatal Helicopter Accident Lawsuits, Fatal Air Ambulance Lawsuits, and Fatal Aircraft Maintenance Lawsuits

Fatal Helicopter Accident Lawsuits, Fatal Air Ambulance Lawsuits, Fatal Blackhawk Crash Lawsuits, Fatal Aircraft Maintenance Lawsuits, Fatal Product Liability Lawsuits, and Fatal Military Aircraft Lawsuits by Texas Fatal Helicopter Accident Lawyer Jason S. Coomer 

Faulty maintenance or manufacturing of a helicopter including both civilian helicopters and military helicopters can lead to fatal and catastrophic injuries.  Every year many service personnel and civilians are killed in helicopter accidents caused by negligent maintenance, faulty manufacturing, and/or pilot error.  In some of these fatal helicopter accidents, it is possible to seek compensation from the responsible and negligent parties that caused the fatal helicopter accident through a helicopter crash lawsuit.

Fatal Military Aircraft Accidents and Fatal Civilian Helicopter Accidents Should be Investigated to Determine the Cause and Prevent Future Accidents

Military Aircraft and Civilian Helicopter accidents that result in someone's death or catastrophic injuries should be properly investigated to determine what happened to cause the helicopter crash and to make sure that other people are not killed or injured in similar fatal accidents.  In addition to the National Transportation Safety Board, military, and police investigations, it can also be helpful to have a Fatal Helicopter Accident Law Firm investigate a fatal helicopter accident. The information obtained through these investigations as well as the military and police investigations can be extremely important in determining the cause of a fatal helicopter crash and making sure that other similar air craft accidents do not occur.  By performing an independent investigation in addition to the military and/or police investigation, there is an opportunity to make sure that important facts are not missed and that there is no cover up of important information.  

Overseas Fatal Military Aircraft Accident Lawsuits, Iraq Fatal Military Transport Accident Lawsuits, Afghanistan Fatal Combat Military Attack Helicopter Accident Lawsuits, and other Foreign Military Aircraft Accident Lawsuits

Fatal Military Aircraft Accidents that occur overseas including transport helicopter crashes, transport military air craft accidents, observation helicopters crashes, attack helicopter accidents, can sometimes be brought into the United States Judicial System, if the responsible parties are subject to United States jurisdiction.  Defective maintenance and servicing on helicopters and other military aircraft by negligent government contractors can sometimes create jurisdiction in Texas or other parts of the United States. 

Medical Transport Helicopter Crash Lawsuits, Air Ambulance Helicopter Accident Lawsuits, News Helicopter Crash Lawsuits, Helicopter Tour Accident Lawsuits, and other Helicopter Accident Lawsuits

Helicopter crashes can be caused by a variety of negligent actions including pilot error, negligent maintenance, defective equipment, and worn parts.  Whether the helicopter crash is caused by defective parts, negligent maintenance, pilot error, or other reason, the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate every civil aviation accident including helicopter crashes in the United States. 

By working with the National Transportation Safety Board and other accident investigators, Fatal Helicopter Accident Lawyers can often determine what caused a fatal helicopter crash and seek compensation from those whose negligence caused the deadly air crash.   

Defective Helicopter Lawsuits, Defective Helicopter Engine Lawsuits, Defective Helicopter Part Lawsuits, and Helicopter Manufacturer Product Liability Lawsuits

There are several manufacturers of helicopters, helicopter engines, and helicopter parts including Boeing (Boeing Vertol and McDonnell Douglas), Bell Helicopter, and Sikorsky Aircraft.  These helicopter parts and helicopter manufacturers can cause a fatal or catastrophic injury helicopter crash if they produce a defective helicopter or helicopter part.

For more information on Fatal Helicopter Crash Lawsuits and Fatal Helicopter Crash Lawyers, feel free to go to the following web page on Fatal Aircraft Crash and Helicopter Accident Lawsuits.