Updated: 02/27/2020

When To File Lawsuits for Defective Products in West Virginia

Modern medicine is supposed to help us, and most of the time, it does. Periodically, though, a medical product reaches consumer markets that have the potential to cause serious harm or even death.

When these defective medical products cause damage, victims of the manufacturers’ negligence are often entitled to compensation.

It would be impossible to keep track of all the defective product lawsuits out there, but this article will introduce four products that have surfaced across West Virginia. If you have used these products and are now suffering, you should consult a lawyer immediately.

Invokana Lawsuits

Invokana is a medication used for Type 2 Diabetes that has led to severe side effects in users. These side effects included the development of diabetic ketoacidosis, acute kidney infections, heart attacks, strokes, and more. For those who have taken Invokana, amputation of the leg, foot, or toe may also be necessary.

The risk for cardiovascular issues and limb amputations led to the release of an FDA black box warning regarding the dangers of Invokana. Patients who have taken this drug and have required hospitalization, surgery, or serious medical treatment as a result may be able to receive compensation for their injuries. Those who have a loved one who has died due to complications may also be entitled to financial compensation.

Talc Powder Lawsuits

Talc is an ingredient in talcum powder, also known as baby powder. Women often use this common household product as a hygiene product. Unfortunately, it may be causing ovarian cancer. There are several talc-containing products form the Johnson & Johnson line that are linked to ovarian cancer. These include the company’s Shower to Shower product as well as its Baby Powder.

The company initially claimed the talc was safe to use due to it being asbestos-free, but scientists are now noticing the presence of talc powder in ovarian cells, ranging back to 1971 up until now.

Today, there have been dozens of reputable scientific studies performed that show a link between the use of talc on the genitals and the development of ovarian cancer. Since the company did not warn about this risk, those who have developed cancer may be able to file a lawsuit to receive compensation.

Birth Control Lawsuits

Essure is a type of permanent birth control produced by Bayer that has been linked to nearly 30,000 serious injuries or deaths. The FDA issued a black box warning for the device in 2016, but did not take it off the market.

Bayer has since pulled the device from the U.S. market, but many women are still struggling with its lasting impact. Side effects include severe abdominal pain, cramping, device migration or expulsion, miscarriages of unintended pregnancies, hair loss, autoimmune problems, or other issues. If a woman has suffered any of these complications, she may have grounds to sue.

Monsanto Lawsuits

Although Roundup certainly isn’t a medical product or device, it can still cause severe medical problems. Public sentiment and legal rulings alike have recently begun to turn against Monsanto. One jury ordered the company to pay $289 million to a groundskeeper who was diagnosed with cancer after using the product. If you believe that your cancer or health issue is due to the use of Roundup, you should contact a product liability lawyer immediately.

Seek An Attorney If Needed

Have you been affected or know someone who has suffered due the use of these products?  At Jacobs Law Office, we help our clients get the representation they deserve.  Call our office right away.

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