What You Should Know About Rear-End Collisions

Posted on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 at 3:58 pm    

If I’ve been hit in a rear-end collision, is the driver behind me automatically at fault?

rear end collision
When rear-end collisions happen, the trailing driver will likely be considered at least partially responsible for the accident. This is because all drivers have a responsibility to follow other vehicles at a safe distance. If the car in front of you needs to slow down or stop for any reason, you need to allow enough distance to bring the vehicle to a sudden stop and avoid a collision.

There are some instances in which the driver of the car that was rear-ended could be partially responsible for the accident. Some examples of negligence on the part of the driver in front include:

  • Broken or malfunctioning brake lights – If the vehicle’s brake lights were not functioning correctly, the driver of the following vehicle might not have adequate warning of the impending stop.
  • Reversing suddenly – If the driver in front reverses without notice, they could be at fault for the accident.
  • Stopping for no reason – If the driver in front stops without an apparent reason, they could be held liable for the crash.
  • Mishandling mechanical problems – Stopping to address a mechanical issue is normal, but drivers have a responsibility to pull over to the side of the road or engage their hazard lights.

When it comes to recovering compensation for a rear-end collision, it is important to note how the process works. Alabama subscribes to a “contributory negligence” system, which means that it will be challenging to recover compensation if you are found to be at fault for the crash by even a slight percentage.

That’s why it is so important to have an experienced car accident attorney on your side if you’ve been hurt or if your property was damaged in a rear-end collision. To secure the compensation you need to pay your medical bills, replace lost wages from time missed from work, and get your vehicle repaired or replaced, you will need to present a convincing claim.

Your attorney will work quickly to secure all of the necessary evidence to prove that the other driver was at fault and behaved negligently. They will negotiate with insurance company representatives to get a fair settlement for your claim, and if no such arrangement is offered, they will try your case in court.

The most important thing to remember after a car accident is that time is of the essence. You should first seek immediate medical attention and then contact an attorney as soon as possible to make sure that vital evidence is preserved and witness testimony is secured.

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If you have been hurt in an accident in Alabama, the car accident lawyers at Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP are here to help you. We have the experience, skill, and resources that you need on your side. Contact us at (205) 324-1212, chat with us live, or fill out a contact form to schedule a free consultation with us today.


The Truth About Switching Attorneys

Posted on Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 at 3:45 pm    

By: Jessica Zorn

There are two common ways you could end up with a different lawyer handling your case after you hire someone: (1) you may fire your attorney and hire someone new or (2) your attorney may refer your case to a different lawyer or firm.

Here is everything you need to know about navigating those processes, what it means for your civil case, and what’s going on behind the scenes.

Firing Your Attorney

Although you may feel like your civil attorney has total power over your case, you almost always have the power to fire your attorney and hire a new one. You may want to consider switching attorneys if your lawyer does not communicate with you, tells you about deadlines or hearings at the last minute, or if they are unable to explain why your case has not progressed in a long time.
There are a few important considerations when firing your attorney:

  • Call them first. If you are unsatisfied with your lawyer, call them first and see if there is an explanation for your frustrations. The court system is largely outside of an attorney’s control, and it is possible that there is a really good reason for whatever is bothering you. If you can’t get ahold of your lawyer right away, try to email your lawyer or ask to speak to that attorney’s paralegal or legal assistant. Assistants are more available than an attorney who could be scheduled to be in court for weeks at a time.
  • Ask to speak to a senior partner. If your lawyer is an associate in a firm, sometimes a senior partner would be willing to speak to you about how your case is going and why you are upset with your representation. It may be easier, faster and more efficient for you if the partner re-assigns your case to a different associate in the same firm instead of starting completely over with a new firm.
  • If you decide to fire your lawyer, do it in writing. Whether you do it via e-mail or snail mail, keep a copy of the firing letter you send to your attorney. It can be a simple letter stating that you no longer require his or her legal services for your claim or case.
  • Fire your attorney before you hire someone else. There are ethical rules that prevent lawyers from speaking to someone who already has an attorney. Generally, if you’re shopping around for new representation, the new lawyer will ask to see a copy of the letter you sent firing your old attorney. Keep that copy handy when you start looking to hire someone new.
  • Firing an attorney will probably lead to delays in your case. Your new lawyer will need to take some time collecting records and becoming familiar with your case. Be aware that these delays are inevitable – even if they may be worth it in the long run.

Having Your Case Referred

When your case is “referred,” that means your attorney has asked a different lawyer to take over the case. There are many good reasons for a lawyer to hand over a case, and the referral will likely benefit you.

Many civil injury claims have two stages: pre-lawsuit negotiation with the insurance company, and then the lawsuit itself if the parties are unable to settle.

One of the most common reasons for your case to be referred involves attorney expertise in these two areas. There are plenty of civil firms who specialize in negotiation before a lawsuit is ever filed. However, if the insurance company will not settle your claim for a fair number, then a lawsuit needs to be drafted – and your case will be in better hands if it’s being handled by a lawyer with litigation expertise.

On a related note, your case might turn out to be a type of claim that your first lawyer doesn’t normally handle, and a more specialized lawyer needs to work it.

Here are some things to keep in mind if your case is referred to a lawyer you have never met:

  • You will probably not be paying any extra for the new attorney. When your case is referred, that generally means that your old and new attorneys will split the original fees that you had already agreed to pay. You will not be paying for 2 attorneys or a double fee. However, it is always a good idea to verify with your new attorney that your contract with your first lawyer will still be honored.
  • There are usually good reasons for the referral. Call your original lawyer or your new lawyer to ask why your case is being transferred – generally, the change in hands will benefit your claim.
  • Lawyers only refer cases to other attorneys they trust. It can be intimidating to be assigned a new lawyer you’ve never spoken to or met. However, the lawyer you hired sent your case to someone else because he or she trusts them. Do not hesitate to call your original attorney and ask about their relationship with your new attorney, how often they have worked together, etc.
  • Your case may not be significantly delayed because of a referral. When a case is referred, usually the first attorney will send over your entire file to the new attorney. Because both the old and new lawyers are on your side (and they have a pre-existing relationship), the transition can generally be easily made from one lawyer to the next.

Whether you end up changing attorneys by choice or by referral, there are mechanisms in place to make sure your case is in the best hands for the job. Importantly, do not hesitate to contact your attorney (old or new) to ask questions until you feel comfortable with who is working your lawsuit.


Bayer’s Essure Contraceptive: What You Need to Know

Posted on Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 at 9:50 pm    

On Friday, July 20, Bayer AG, a German pharmaceutical and chemical company, announced it will cease selling its Essure medical device. Unsurprisingly, Bayer’s announcement was termed a “business decision” due to declining sales rather than the safety and efficacy of the device. In fact, Bayer cited “inaccurate and misleading publicity” as the primary reason for its decommercialization of Essure.

While the Essure device is itself unique, its tortured history is not unlike many implanted contraceptives that came before it. Indeed, the suffering of nearly 1 million women caused by the Dalkon Shield IUD in the 1960s and 70s served as the impetus for Congress’ passage of the Medical Device Amendments of 1976 (“MDA”). The MDA established for the first time comprehensive federal pre- and post-market regulation of medical devices.

What is the Essure Device?

  • Essure is a small, metal spring-like device wound with synthetic fibers designed for implantation in the fallopian tube to create a barrier of scar tissue to block sperm from reaching eggs.
  • Essure was developed by Conceptus, Inc., and FDA approved by the FDA in 2002. Bayer AG purchased Conceptus, Inc. in 2013, including the rights and liabilities associated with sales of Essure.
  • Since approval, the FDA has received nearly 30,000 reports of serious complications associated with the device, including migration and perforation of the device through tissue and organs, severe autoimmune response (fatigue, hair loss, weight gain), chronic pain and even death.
  • In 2015, the FDA held a public meeting with OB/GYN experts, concerned citizens and women injured by Essure.
  • In 2016, and due to continued complaints of complications and injury, the FDA required Bayer to conduct a clinical trial to test the safety and efficacy of Essure.
  • In October of 2016, the FDA demanded that Bayer add a “black box” warning to the Essure device.
  • In April of this year, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb took the unprecedented step of imposing “unique” restrictions on the sale of Essure, including limiting the sale of the device to physicians who agreed to employ a “Patient-Doctor Discussion Checklist – Acceptance of Risk and Informed Decision Acknowledgement,” to ensure that the risks associated with the device were presented to prospective users prior to implantation.

What Do You Do if You Have Been Implanted with or Injured By Essure

  • Talk to your doctor to make sure you fully understand the risks of the device
  • If you’ve been injured by the device, consider seeking legal assistance now as your claim may be subject to strict time limits.

By Nate Vanderveer


The Dangers of IVC Filters

Posted on Thursday, July 12th, 2018 at 4:17 pm    

Have you suffered complications from an IVC filter? Contact the Birmingham defective medical device lawyers at Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP today for a FREE case evaluation.


The Biggest Food Recalls in History

Posted on Thursday, July 12th, 2018 at 3:59 pm    

If you or a loved one has been harmed by contaminated food products, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact our experienced lawyers today to explore your legal options.


How Nursing Home Understaffing Can Lead to Senior Abuse and Neglect

Posted on Thursday, July 12th, 2018 at 3:25 pm    

There comes a time when most of us need some form of regular medical assistance, whether from friends and family or a senior living facility. For those who need help with activities of daily living (ADLs), a nursing home is often the only option.

Unfortunately, nursing homes also have a reputation for abuse and neglect. Due to understaffing, residents are often abused and neglected by overworked and distracted medical professionals.

Nursing Home Understaffing Statistics

The level of understaffing in nursing homes is astonishing. According to a 2002 New York Times article, the Department of Health and Human Services found that more than 90 percent of nursing homes were insufficiently staffed at the time.1

The situation hasn’t improved much since then. In 2014, the Center for Public Integrity published their findings from a nationwide analysis of nursing home staff. They compared reports of staff numbers on the Medicare.gov Nursing Home Compare website with the costs nursing homes provided to the Medicare program.

The discrepancy between the data sets was enormous. Eighty percent of nursing homes reported more staff on Nursing Home Compare than in their financial documents. In other words, anyone who visited the government website received an overinflated staff estimate when researching their nursing home options.2

Why Nursing Homes Are Understaffed

There are two feasible explanations for nursing home understaffing:

  • Lack of willing nurses in the area
  • Owners deliberately cutting corners to reduce costs and increase profits

Some unsafe nursing homes are truly doing their best to provide for residents but cannot find or retain staff. Since nurses and nursing aides must undergo a significant amount of training, there may be a shortage of qualified professionals in the area.

On top of that, nursing homes are extremely demanding environments. Any one nurse or aide could be responsible for dozens of residents. Many nursing home employees work an overwhelming amount of overtime and end up burning out and quitting, worsening the staff shortage.

However, some nursing home owners have more nefarious motives. They intentionally understaff their facilities to save on skilled labor costs, boosting their own profits at the expense of resident safety and well-being.

Negative Effects of Understaffing Nursing Homes

Residents receive better care when more nurses are on staff. Abuse and neglect are often direct results of understaffing and lead to the following consequences:

  • Falls and injuries
  • Inability to use the restroom in a timely manner
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Inaccurate medication administration
  • Development of bedsores or infections
  • Being berated or forcefully moved by staff
  • Death

Nursing Home Staffing Regulations in Alabama

All nursing homes must abide by state law, and those that accept Medicare and Medicaid funding are also subject to federal regulations. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), nursing homes in the state must have:

  • A registered nurse who is available eight hours every day of the week
  • A full-time director of nursing who must be a registered nurse and can act as the charge nurse in facilities with up to 60 residents
  • “Sufficient staff” for the amount of residents3,4

Surveyors make unannounced visits to each facility to ensure they are complying with the rules. If a nursing home is understaffed, they may be issued a fine or put on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) special focus facility list.

Legal Help for Nursing Home and Elder Abuse Victims and Their Families in Alabama

While the staffing shortage in nursing homes is sometimes understandable and not the result of willful negligence, it’s still inexcusable. Many seniors fall victim to abuse and neglect at the hands of their caregivers, which can lead to illness, injury, psychological trauma and even death.

If your loved one has been subject to nursing home abuse or neglect, the injury attorneys at Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP want to help. We can guide you through the tricky process of settlement negotiation or arbitration and fight for the justice your loved one deserves. Call us at (205) 324-1212 today for your FREE case evaluation.

https://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/18/us/9-of-10-nursing-homes-in-us-lack-adequate-staff-a-government-study-finds.html

https://www.publicintegrity.org/2014/11/12/16246/analysis-shows-widespread-discrepancies-staffing-levels-reported-nursing-homes

http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/providerstandards/assets/NursingFacilitiesRules.pdf

https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/nursing_home_staffing_standards_in_state_statutes_and_regulations.pdf


What You Need to Know About AndroGel®

Posted on Thursday, July 12th, 2018 at 3:07 pm    

The use of testosterone therapy drugs like AndroGel surged this decade, peaking at nearly five million total prescriptions in 2013.1 However, the U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA) recently linked testosterone therapy with some serious health conditions. AndroGel has since been implicated as the cause of injury in more than 6,000 lawsuits.2 Here’s what AndroGel users and family members of users need to know to ensure their safety and protection.

What is AndroGel?

AndroGel is the most popular testosterone therapy drug available on the market. Of the 1.8 million total testosterone gel prescriptions in 2017, more than 994,000 were for AndroGel.1

The testosterone therapy gel is used to increase or replace testosterone in men with abnormally low or no testosterone. This condition is called hypogonadism, and it can be caused by many factors, including illness, trauma to the testicles, pituitary gland or hypothalamus issues or a side effect of chemotherapy.

Ample testosterone levels are important as they help maintain critical bodily processes, including:

  • Bone density
  • Fat distribution
  • Muscle mass
  • Sperm production and vitality

What Are the Concerns?

In recent years, drug manufacturers shifted their marketing campaigns to advertise products like AndroGel as a solution to “low T” and the natural effects of aging, such as fatigue, low sex drive and increased body fat. Essentially, a drug designed to replace testosterone in men with serious health problems began to be improperly prescribed to treat the normal effects of aging, leading to adverse effects.1

The concerns are larger than misleading advertising. In early 2014, the FDA began investigating whether testosterone therapy products increase the likelihood of potentially life-threatening side effects, such as heart attack, blood clots and stroke.

The FDA later issued a warning stating the product is not designed to treat low testosterone levels due to aging. All manufacturers are now required to provide a warning of increased risk of heart attack and stroke on the label. Additionally, the FDA states patients experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness in one part of the body or slurred speech while using testosterone therapy should seek immediate medical attention.5

A January 2014 study found that men with pre-existing heart conditions taking testosterone have a “substantially” higher risk of heart attack, while another in March 2014 concluded men undergoing testosterone therapy have an “increased risk of adverse outcomes.”3,4

Ongoing Legal Precedent

More than 6,000 people have filed lawsuits against AndroGel manufacturer, AbbVie, alleging that the company promoted the product as cure for “low T,” while failing to advertise that the drug was only approved for hypogonadism and has potentially deadly side effects.2 The lawsuits have had mixed results.

Most recently, a jury decided that AndroGel was not to blame when a 72-year-old Arizona retiree suffered from a pulmonary embolism after using the drug for more than two years. AbbVie’s attorneys successfully argued that a genetic predisposition to heart problems and his own choices were to blame.1

Just months prior, two separate cases heard in Chicago federal courts resulted in favor of the plaintiffs – one was awarded a $150 million verdict and the other $140 million. Both plaintiffs suffered heart attacks while using AndroGel. Despite AbbVie convincing the judge to throw out the $150 million verdict, the plaintiff was awarded more than $3 million in punitive and compensatory damages after a second trial.6

These are just a few examples of the ongoing product liability battle between the thousands of men who claim AbbVie’s drug has caused them serious injuries. The manufacturer has been named the defendant in more than 4,000 cases as of June 2018.2

Product Liability Compensation

Product liability cases like these hold negligent product manufacturers accountable for causing serious injury to consumers. The attorneys at Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP have many years of experience handling dangerous drug cases in Alabama. If you or a family member were seriously injured while using a testosterone drug like AndroGel, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

To find out if you have a case by calling (205) 324-1212 or filling out the form on our website for a FREE consultation.

1 https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-abbvie-androgel-lawsuits-20180205-story.html

2 https://www.drugwatch.com/news/2018/04/26/androgel-testosterone-lawsuits-set-for-federal-trials/

3 https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0085805

4 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24193080

5 https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm436259.htm

6 https://www.drugwatch.com/news/2018/03/27/jurors-award-3-2m-verdict-androgel-lawsuit/


Drunk Driving and Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Posted on Thursday, July 12th, 2018 at 2:56 pm    

Alcohol impairment is one of the leading causes of traffic-related deaths. In 2016, nearly 10,500 people were killed in crashes involving an impaired driver.1 Unfortunately, the DUI arrest rate is much lower – just over a million drivers were arrested in 2016 for driving under the influence, a minuscule number compared to the 111 million self-reported incidents of alcohol-impaired driving that same year.2

If you’ve lost a loved one in a DUI crash, you may be wondering what legal action you can take. Depending on the specifics of the case, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Wrongful death laws allow survivors to pursue consequences for those whose negligence or intentional act of harm caused a loved one’s death. Each state has its own wrongful death statute, so it’s important to know the limitations of the law in your state. For example, in Alabama, a wrongful death claim is like a personal injury claim, except the estate of the deceased person steps in to seek compensation on their behalf.3 Unlike other states, Alabama doesn’t allow family members of the deceased to file the claim – it must be done by a representative of their estate.

How State Laws Affect Damages

Though many DUI crashes result in criminal charges, some do not. If your loved one was killed in a DUI crash and the driver was not charged, you still may be able to file a wrongful death claim in civil court.

State laws also affect how damages are handled. Because a wrongful death case is a civil claim, liability comes in the form of damages, rather than punishment by imprisonment or other penalties that can be decided in a criminal case.

Many states offer compensatory damages, which cover funeral expenses, medical bills and other losses. Alabama’s wrongful death statute allows only for punitive damages, which are designed to:

  • Punish a defendant who’s found negligent
  • Deter similar negligent actions in future

Any damages awarded are paid directly to the deceased person’s heirs.

Timeline for Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Each state’s statute of limitations sets a time limit for filing a wrongful death lawsuit. In Alabama, a case must be filed within two years of the date of the incident. In rare cases, the deadline may be extended. If you miss the window for filing a lawsuit, you could lose your right to a legal remedy.

When a loved one dies in an alcohol-related crash, family members are often left stunned and unsure where to turn for help. Seeking legal advice immediately following the accident is advised, as evidence can be collected and eyewitnesses can be contacted. Memories get fuzzy, damages get repaired and the chance of video or photographic evidence being deleted or lost rises as time passes. Acting quickly is the best way to ensure as much evidence as possible is collected.

Legal Support for Wrongful Death Claims in Birmingham, AL

If you’re considering filing a wrongful death claim, it’s wise to seek the advice of an experienced attorney who can answer any questions you have about your case.

The attorneys at Farris, Riley & Pitt have represented many families who have lost loved ones in tragic accidents. Our team understands the importance of working quickly to gather evidence that can be used to help us fight for the justice you deserve. We have extensive experience representing drunk driving cases and other wrongful death claims in Alabama.

If you’ve lost a loved one due to someone getting behind the wheel when they were intoxicated or otherwise acting irresponsibly, call (205) 324-1212 or contact us online for a FREE case evaluation.

1 https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812450

2 https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/impaired_driving/impaired-drv_factsheet.html

3 https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/wrongful-death-lawsuits-alabama.html


Understanding the Risks of Hernia Mesh

Posted on Monday, June 11th, 2018 at 5:39 pm    

Each year, more than a million patients undergo hernia repairs in the U.S. 1 Since the first use of mesh for hernia repair in 1948, the technique has exploded in popularity. Approximately 10 percent of groin hernia repairs are currently being done without mesh. 2 Though this technique is widely used, it’s not without risk. Hernia mesh complications have led to tens of thousands of legal claims, with complaints ranging from pain to infection. 3 You may be wondering – what is hernia mesh, and why is it linked to medical complications?

What Is a Hernia?

A hernia occurs when an organ, intestine or fatty tissue protrudes through a hole or weak spot in the muscle or connective tissue. Hernias typically occur at the abdominal wall, and may even appear as a bulge that sticks out from the skin. The most common types of hernia are:

  • Inguinal: inner groin
  • Femoral: upper thigh or outer groin
  • Incisional: through an incision or scar in the abdomen
  • Ventral: abdominal/ventral wall
  • Umbilical: belly button
  • Hiatal: inside the abdomen, along the upper stomach/diaphragm4

Most hernias are caused by pressure and an opening or weakness in the surrounding muscle and tissue. Sometimes this weakness is present at birth but it usually happens later in life. Causes of hernias include:

  • Obesity
  • Heavy lifting
  • Constipation/diarrhea
  • Persistent coughing/sneezing
  • Poor nutrition
  • Smoking

Treating Hernias

If you suspect you have a hernia, talk to your doctor. They will perform a physical exam to determine if you have a hernia. Coughing and straining can make it more prominent, so you’ll likely be asked to do this.

Once you’ve been diagnosed, your doctor will discuss treatment options. If your hernia is small and isn’t bothering you, your physician may suggest watchful waiting. They will watch the hernia over time and make sure it isn’t growing or causing problems.

Surgery is the only treatment to repair hernias. There are two options:

  1. Laparoscopy – This minimally invasive procedure allows your surgeon to operate through small incisions in your abdomen. Gas inflates your abdomen, making organs easier to see. A small tube equipped with a camera is inserted into one of the incisions, and the surgeon will insert tiny instruments through the other incisions to repair the hernia with mesh.
  2. Open hernia repair – Your surgeon will make an incision near the hernia, and push the protruding tissue back inside. They will sew it up and reinforce it with mesh.5

What Is Hernia Mesh?

Hernia mesh is a medical device surgeons use to provide extra support for the damaged tissue. It can be made of synthetic material or animal tissue, and comes in different sizes and shapes for different hernias.6

Hernia mesh is commonly used because it can lower the risk of a hernia recurring after the surgery. A 2014 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association compared conventional surgery, which uses sutures to repair the hernia, and surgery using hernia mesh. It found the rate of recurrence with suture repair is 8.2 percent, versus 2.7 percent for mesh repair.7 The study also linked mesh to higher rates of surgical site infection (SSI) and seroma, a pocket of fluid that forms near the incision and can lead to an infection.8

Hernia Mesh Complications

The use of hernia mesh is linked to other medical complications, such as:

  • Bowel obstruction
  • Migration of implant
  • Organ and tissue perforation
  • Scar-like tissue

While mesh is the preferred method for hernia repair, the long-term effects haven’t been widely studied. In 2016, researchers looked into complications, and found that 4.5 percent of patients who had their hernias repaired with mesh required additional surgery due to complications, as compared to just 0.8 percent of patients who had their hernias repaired without mesh. The study also found that the larger the mesh used, the greater the risk for complications.9

Hernia Mesh Recalls

Many hernia mesh complications reported to the Food and Drug Administration are linked to recalled products. In April 2018, the FDA recalled Versatex™ monofilament mesh made by Sofradim Production due to patient reports of hernia recurrence after surgery.10 The FDA has recalled more than a dozen hernia mesh products since 2013 due to risk of complications.11 You can find a full list of medical device recalls on the FDA website.

Hernia Mesh Lawsuits

Patients suffering from hernia mesh complications who have filed lawsuits allege that manufacturers were aware of the dangers their products pose and didn’t properly warn doctors and patients of potential complications. Many of these products are included in FDA adverse event reports. As recently as 2017, patients reported that Ethicon’s Physiomesh™ was breaking into pieces or rupturing after surgery and causing bowel obstruction.3

As of May 2018, there are more than 1,200 lawsuits against two hernia mesh manufacturers pending in federal multidistrict litigations (MDLs). Trials are expected to begin in 2019.12

If you’ve experienced a hernia mesh failure following surgery using mesh since 2007, are experiencing complications and you had or have scheduled hernia revision surgery, you could also have a case.13

Hernia mesh manufacturers have been found liable for hundreds of millions of dollars in lawsuits. The amount you will receive varies depending on your case. Any damages awarded will provide compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering

Compensation for Hernia Mesh Complications in Birmingham, AL

If you or a loved one have suffered complications from hernia mesh, but aren’t sure how to begin the process of filing a lawsuit, the team at Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP can help. Our attorneys have extensive experience advocating for victims of defective medical devices, and we’re dedicated to getting you the money you deserve.

Call us anytime at (205) 324-1212 to get your FREE case evaluation.

1https://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/HerniaSurgicalMesh/default.htm

2https://www.laparoscopic.md/surgery/instruments/surgical-mesh

3https://www.consumersafety.org/legal/hernia-mesh-lawsuit/

4https://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/understanding-hernia-basics

5https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/inguinal-hernia/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20351553

6https://www.drugwatch.com/hernia-mesh/

7https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamasurgery/fullarticle/1828521

8https://www.healthline.com/health/seroma#complications

9https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2565771

10https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfRES/res.cfm?id=162927

11https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfRES/res.cfm

12http://www.jpml.uscourts.gov/sites/jpml/files/Pending_MDL_Dockets_By_District-May-15-2018.pdf

13https://www.classaction.com/hernia-mesh/lawsuit/


How to Handle a Product Recall

Posted on Monday, June 11th, 2018 at 5:31 pm    

It’s not uncommon for a recalled product to cause serious injury and, in extreme circumstances, death. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a faulty product, contact the experienced lawyers at Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP.

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