Asbestos is widely used in manufacturing and in many home and commercial products. Exposure to asbestos can cause diseases such as asbestosis, malignant mesothelioma, and several kinds of cancer.
Exposure to benzene—one of the top 20 chemicals used in the United States—has been linked to acute myeloid leukemia, a fast-spreading cancer of the blood and bone marrow.
- E-Cigarette Injury
The lithium ion batteries used to power electronic cigarettes, or "e-cigarettes," can explode or catch fire at any time, causing serious and permanent injuries.
- Endoscope Infections
Endoscope devices called duodenoscopes are used to help remove blockages from the channels that drain a patient’s liver. But the devices feature a design that may be difficult or impossible to disinfect between uses, which may expose patients to antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections.
- Essure® Birth Control Implant Side Effects
The Essure® birth control implant is marketed as an alternative to traditional “tube tying” surgeries. But since its approval in 2002, the device has been linked to unintended pregnancies with complications, painful side effects requiring surgery to correct, and even death.
- Exactech® Knee Replacement Failure
Patients who received Exactech® Optetrak® knee replacement models produced between 2011 and 2012 may face an increased risk of early device failure requiring corrective surgery.
- Forced-Air Warming Blanket Hospital Infections
Used to regulate the body temperature of surgical patients in a majority of U.S. hospitals, the surgical warming blanket may increase the chances of deep joint infection by up to 380%.
- Hernia Mesh Lawsuits
Certain models of hernia mesh, a surgical product used for hernia repair, have been linked to serious health complications, such as allergic reactions, bowel obstruction, renal failure, and more.
- IVC Filters
Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are implanted to help reduce the risk of pulmonary embolism, blood clots, and arterial blockages. But the devices can fracture and migrate to areas in the body that cannot be reached by surgeons.
A fireproof and conductive natural insulator, asbestos is used in industrial applications, construction materials, and automotive parts. But inhalation of loose asbestos fibers can cause mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that can take decades to develop.
- Metal-on-Metal Hip Injuries
Friction between moving components within metal-on-metal hip implant devices can cause severe pain and other conditions that require corrective surgery.
- Mirena® IUD Injury
Implanted in the uterus for up to five years at a time, the Mirena® IUD can migrate within the body causing painful internal injuries—and even infertility.
- Morcellator Cancer
A powered surgical device used to perform hysterectomies, myomectomies, and uterine fibroid surgeries, morcellators can spread cancerous cells to other tissues within the bodies of patients who have undetected cancers.
- St. Jude Pacemaker Recall
Pacemakers are powered by batteries and are supposed to give patients ample warning of battery failure. However, some pacemakers manufactured by St. Jude Medical Inc. have been reported to short circuit, leaving patients with little time to seek treatment or face life-threatening health complications.
- Stöckert 3T Heater-Cooler Infections
Used in more than 150,000 cardiac procedures in the U.S. each year, the Stöckert 3T heater-cooler is designed to help regulate surgical patients’ blood temperature. But recently, federal regulators have discovered the device’s faulty design may pose an increased risk of severe—or even fatal—complications caused by infection.
- Stryker® Hip Implant Lawsuits
A defective component has been reported in 14 of Styker® Corporation's hip replacement products, and hundreds of thousands of patients may be at risk. Our legal team has experience investigating defective medical device cases, and we're ready to help determine your rights to compensation.
- Talc Ovarian Cancer
Talcum powder doesn't break down within the body and it may increase the risk of ovarian cancer when used in the genital area.
- Transvaginal Mesh Failure
Transvaginal mesh helps support the internal organs of women who suffer from pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence. But the mesh can perforate nearby organs, causing painful injuries that may require surgery to correct.
- Zimmer Persona® Knee
A critical component in Zimmer’s Persona® total knee replacement system was recalled after reports of loosening with the knee. Patients who experience loosening may require painful and expensive revision surgeries to correct their defective implants.