Medical Devices & Drugs

Here at Meshbesher & Spence we have been helping patients and families harmed by defective medical devices and dangerous drugs for decades. Here is a list of some of the cases we are currently handling.

Drug or Device FDA Recall Use Complications to Watch For
Abilify Warning July 2013 Antipsychotic Meds Compulsive behaviors including gambling
Actos Banned in Europe Diabetes Bladder Cancer
Aesbestos Mining & Manufacturing Mesothelioma &Lung Cancer
Bair Hugger®/infections Used for warming Patients during surgery Deep joint infections following total hip and knee replacement
DePuy Attune Knee System Total Knee Replacements Loosening of tibial baseplate, pain, inflammation, and decreased range of motion
Benicar Warning July 2013 High Blood Pressure Severe diarrhea,unintended weight loss, immune system problems
Sorin 3T “Heater/Cooler”Devices October 2015 Used during cardiac surgery for patient warming Serious infections including Nontuberculous Mycobacterium (NTM) infections,which may appear as long as 4 Years after surgery
Hip Replacements:
-Biomet magnum/M2a
-DePuy ASR
-DePuy Pinnacle
-Smith&Nephew R3
-Stryker Rejuvenate
-Stryker ABGII
-Stryker”LFIT”V40
-Wright Profemur Z
-Zimmer Durom
-Zimmer M/L Taper
Zimmer Durom (Recall August 2008)
Depuy ASR(Recall August 2010)
Stryker Rejuvenate & ABGII(Recall July 2012)
FDA action on all “Metal-on-Metal” hips 2013
smith & Nephew R3(Recall 2013)
Hip Replacements Early Revision Surgery: Metal particles in the blood; pain; development of psedotumors; dislocation;muscles damage
IVC Filters Filters used to prevent migration of blood clots Device can migrate,requiring emergency surgery and/or cause aortic rupture and death
Morcellator Warning April 2014 Hysterectomy The tool used in this laparoscopic surgery scatters cancer cells,immediately advancing a stage 1 cancer to stage 4; Death
Physiomesh Recall 2016 Hernia mesh Mesh can migrate and/or erode into intestines or other internal organs
Talc Baby power/feminine hygiene Ovarian cancer
Taxotere Label change January 2016 Chemotherapy drug used for breast cancer At least 10% of patients have permanent hair loss/baldness
Transvaginal Mesh(“TVM”) Warning July 2011 Pelvic organ prolapse & stress urinary incontinence Organ perforations;erosion;recurrence of POP and/or SUI; pain; sexual Dysfunctions
Viagra JAMA study 2014 sexual dysfunction melanoma
Xarelto & Pradaxa JAMA Study 2014 Blood Thinner Uncontrolled bleeding, Hospitalization, Hemorrhagic stroke, Sometimes death

What is a “Mass Tort”?

A “Mass Tort” is a fancy way of saying something bad happened to a group of people. Sometimes that is a chemical spill that impacts property, sometimes that might mean an FDA recall of a particular medical device, and other times it might mean something like a train derailment. Our “mass tort”/class action attorneys represent large groups of people, who collectively bring a claim, usually against a corporate or business, to court. Here at Meshbesher & Spence, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of people who have been harmed by the wrongful acts of corporations, insurance companies, and other businesses. Our practice is focused on consumer fraud actions, private attorney general actions, multi-district litigation (“MDLs”), and class actions.

What is an “MDL”?

The United State Supreme Court promotes cost and time saving by coordinating certain cases so they can be heard together. The decision about whether the cases should be joined together or not is made by the “Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation” also known as the JPML. Anytime an MDL is created, all Plaintiffs who file similar lawsuits in the federal court system will be consolidated and grouped with the other lawsuits filed in federal court. This process is known as Multidistrict Litigation (MDL). Whether the MDL process is right for you will depend on the facts of your case. At Meshbesher & Spence, we evaluate each case individually because we understand that each situation is unique. Contact us to discuss whether participating in the MDL or pursuing your lawsuit on an individual basis is the right strategy for your case.

Free Consultations

When you hire an attorney from Meshbesher & Spence, you will not pay any attorney fees until you receive compensation. In the event that you do not recover compensation for your injuries, you owe us nothing. This kind of pay structure is called a “contingent fee agreement”.

Why Choose Meshbesher & Spence?

The attorneys of Meshbesher & Spence have been representing families in crisis for over 50 years. Ron Meshbesher established his Minneapolis legal practice in 1961 with a skilled staff dedicated to preserving and defending the welfare of individuals and families. Our highly skilled litigators specialize in personal injury, class action, and civil litigation. The experienced lawyers at Meshbesher & Spence will help you seek compensation for your injuries.

Results

Our team of attorneys has represented thousands of people from all over the United States, both individually and in groups, and have recovered tens of millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Some of our past work includes:

  • A settlement in excess of $1.5 Billion for patients impacted by the Stryker Rejuvenate/ABGII recall (Genevieve Zimmerman was appointed to the Settlement Committee who negotiated this settlement)
  • $40 Million Settlement for Class Action settlement involving off-label pediatric use of the prescription drug Paxil
  • Representing individuals injured by the drugs including Vioxx, Fen-Phen, Baycol, Permax, Levaquin, Zicam & Avandia
  • Helping families who were wrongfully denied health insurance benefits
  • Assisting individuals who paid for drugs that were not as effective as claimed
  • Aiding individuals injured by medical devices such as cardiac defibrillators, heart pumps and cochlear implants

How long do I have to file a lawsuit?

Each state has its own “statute of limitations”, which is the state rule setting the maximum time when an injury claim must be filed. This is known as the statute of limitations. If a claim is not filed against the manufacturer, marketers, sellers or healthcare providers before the statute of limitation expires, you will be prevented from bringing your claim against the companies and persons who may have caused your injuries.

Our attorneys are ready to begin investigating your claim, and will do everything we can to advocate for you and your family. Contact Meshbesher & Spence today.

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