Severe Complications Caused by Zoloft and Stryker Hip Implants

According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), about 118 million prescriptions are written by doctors for antidepressant drugs every year, making these the third most prescribed type of medication in the US. Antidepressants are usually prescribed by psychiatrists to people suffering from severe illnesses or severe cases of depression. Many doctors, however, prescribe this type of drug to those with only mild cases and even for off-label use, that is, for purposes not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), such as treatment for headache, insomnia, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), and as an aid in helping people quit smoking – this act is actually an issue of concern to the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse of the World Health Organization, which says that so many people in the US, who should not be taking the drug, are being prescribed with it anyway.

One example of antidepressant drug is Zoloft (sertraline chloride), a drug developed by Pfizer in 1990 (in the United Kingdom where it was sold under the name Lustral). It was later introduced in the US and approved by the FDA as treatment for depression, anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). After being proven effective and with fewer side effects, as compared to other types of antidepressants, Zoloft eventually became the number one antidepressant in the US with close to 30 million prescriptions every year.

Zoloft actually comes from a group of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs); these drugs have been formulated to control major depression and other types of mental illnesses by controlling the level of serotonin in the brain (serotonin is a neurotransmitter believed to affect sleep, mood and learning.

Zoloft may have been proven safe and effective in treating depression and certain types of disorders in patients, however, if used by pregnant women or those trying to conceive, risks of serious birth defects become a threat (there is also danger if Zoloft is taken while being treated with certain types of drugs, like methylene blue injection, pimozide, and MAO inhibitor, such as selegiline, isocarboxazid, rasagiline, phenelzine, tranylcypromine and linezolid). The website of the lawyers at Williams Kherkher offers helpful information about Zoloft and the serious threats pregnant women may face if they take the drug.

Prescription drugs are not the only ones identified as causing adverse effects in patients, though. Different kinds of medical products or devices have also been linked to the development of new and serious medical conditions instead of improving patients’ quality of life. One specific example of a medical device that causes complications is the Stryker Hip Implant, a prosthetic implant intended to treat people suffering from fractured hip joint, or improve or replace a patient’s biological makeup.

Introduced by Stryker Corporation in 2008 and approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a year later, this artificial medical device is placed inside the body of a patient through surgical procedure. Two products from Stryker Corp. obviously caught the attention of surgeons due to their advanced design which can be mixed and matched to suit a patient’s life style and preference: the ABG II Modular Neck and Stem and the Rejuvenate Modular Hip Neck and Stem.

As many as 20,000 patients were said to have been implanted either with the Stryker ABG II or the Rejuvenate Modular Hip Neck and Stem from 2009 to 2012. Then, in 2012, even as these Stryker products continued to be implanted in patients, Stryker Corp. had these recalled due to complaints, namely, implant failure and metallosis or metal poisoning, which is the buildup of metal debris in the body’s soft tissues, causing bone and tissue death and severe pain.

The website offers vital information about Stryker hip implants, examples of complications reported by recipients of these implants, Stryker’s responsibility over patients harmed by its defective products and rights of those injured by such products.

Patients have the right to demand, first, quality care and service from doctors, who they trust will effectively treat their condition and, second, safe and effective products from manufacturers, who they believe would produce only products that will neither worsen their condition nor develop in them worse complications. Surgeons and/or manufacturers who end up violating patient trust can be made to answer in court, where they may be ordered to compensate anyone they harm, as well as be prevented from making harmful mistakes in the future.

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Drunk-Driving: A Major Traffic Offense which continues to put Lives in Danger

Based on records from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 1.4 million drivers were arrested in 2010 due to intoxicated driving or driving under the influence (DUI), alternately referred to as driving while intoxicated (DWI) in some states. Probably due to the strict implementation of anti-drunk driving laws and the zealousness of traffic enforcers in catching violators, the number went down to 1,171,935 in 2013; despite the decrease, though, the figure is undoubtedly too high still.

All across the US the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level limit for car drivers is 0.08% (this level can be reached after consuming four regular bottles of beer within an hour). This means that any suspected driver who registers a 0.08% (or higher) BAC level (after he or she is stopped by traffic enforcers) will be considered alcohol-impaired and charged with DUI or DWI.

Alcohol, as various studies have consistently shown, weakens an individual’s motor skills and mental capacity, thus, affecting his or her perception, judgment, coordination, reaction time, and overall capability in maintaining focus on the road. According to the website of David Ravid & Associates, it is primarily due to this weakened control over these skills why drunk driving is considered a major road offense. Simply put, alcohol impairs a driver, thus, increasing risks of accident and risks of harm or injury to other motorists and pedestrians.

Despite the overwhelming figures on arrests and fatal accidents (at least 10,000 annually), the gravity of the charge, the harsh punishments (heavy fines, imprisonment and others), the continuous educational and informative campaigns, and warnings of risks of accident and injury, some drivers are just either obstinate or too careless, as they continue to get behind the wheel even when intoxicated. Due to this careless attitude the law, therefore, holds them fully accountable for any untoward event that they may end up causing – property damage, but more so, injury or death.

Car accidents, however, have far more serious results than just property damage and physical injuries. These, as stressed by Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C.‘s website, also cause serious and long-lasting physical, emotional and, often, financial repercussions. Victims have a right to seek monetary compensation in court.

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Amusement Park Accidents: Usually a Case Decided Under the Laws of Premises Liability

According to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), more than 350 million guests flock to theme and amusement parks annually, and this is in North America alone. Theme and amusement parks are very popular destinations, whether for individuals, group of friends or families. These are among the best places where families can have a more meaningful bonding or where anyone can have his or her fill of thrill and adventure.

Behind the thrills and excitement offered and promised by theme and amusement parks, however, the law firm Williams Kherkher points out the risks of injury visitors may be exposed to. These injuries, which range from mild to severe, and in some instances, fatal, and which are sustained by thousands of visitors every year, may be due to any of the following causes: slip-and-fall accidents; trip-and-fall accidents; assault; ride malfunction or mechanical failure; operator behavior; and, defects in ride design.

Due to these risks, amusement park owners are, therefore, charged with the legal duty of making sure that all their visitors are safe; this means keeping all features and areas of their parks in safe condition, and adhering to regulations on ride design, construction and regular inspection.

While many lawsuits filed by those who get injured base their case on employee negligence, many more pursue injury claims based on premises liability. By premises liability, what is referred to is the responsibility of property owners and residents in maintaining their environment relatively safe, holding them liable for accidents and injuries that occur therein. There are many different kinds of incidences that can lead to premises liability claims, including slip-and-fall and, in reference to amusement parks, injuries suffered on rides.

Despite clear proofs of injury, there can be instances when proving a property owner’s liability may be more challenging.

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