Nov 13 2012

The Dangers of Zometa

A New York federal jury found Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. liable for personal injury jawbone damage to Barbara Davids who took the drug Zometa. The verdict, is the second-largest among similar cases over Zometa.

The point of the drug is to treat high calcium levels in the patient’s blood, and the suspected cause is cancer. It is used for patients who are going through chemotherapy because it slows down the ability for of the bones to releasing its calcium and it does not allow the bones to breakdown.

Doctors will often administer the drug into the veins, and it will often last fifteen minutes. When the consumer takes the drug, they face the following side effects. The most common side effects are: fever, shortness of breath, constipation, anemia, and nausea. In addition, the patient will have the following side effects at the injection site: tenderness, pain, or bleeding.

Some of the more serious side effects include but are not limited to: rashes, itching, anorexia, abnormal liver function, vomiting, anxiety, bone pain, confusion, insomnia, anorexia, secondary infection, coughing, agitation, chest pain, and urinary tract infection.

There are less common side effects, but some users do experience the following side effects: mucus infection, leg swelling, dehydration, blood clotting, and inflammation of the eye. It could change the eye so people have blurred vision, and it may increase the person’s desire to urinate.

In addition, some of the other side effects are: heartbeat irregularities, chills, swelling or pain in the jaw, and mood changes. The person may also experience tingling in the extremities. You may also see brushing or bleeding at the injection site. If you experience any of these side effects, you should contact your physician.

It is not recommended that pregnant women take the drug because it can cause harm to the fetus. If you suspect your pregnant, then tell your doctor immediately.

It may be possible to have an allergic reaction to the drug, and the symptoms of that include: difficult breathing, swelling in the tongue, rashes, swelling on the face, hives, swelling in the mouth, face, lips or tongue and usual hoarseness.

Some of the less common side effects include: depression, gout, asthma, diabetes, dry eyes, thirst, ear pain, bronchitis, inability to orgasm, abnormal dreams, urinary incontinence, eye hemorrhage and much more. It is no wonder that Barbara Davids won her law suit because there are so many possible side effects!

If you feel that you are suffering due to the drug Zometa Ramji Law Firm can help fight for your compensation today!

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Oct 25 2012

One Employee is Killed, Another is Seriously Injured in Explosion at Refinery Ran by Sugar Land Company

As injury lawyers working in an area with numerous oil, gas and other industrial facilities, we are always conscious of the potential for serious industrial accidents to workers.

CVR Energy, a company based in Sugar Land, Texas, has made headlines in recent days over an explosion at its facility in Oklahoma City, that killed one oil refinery employee and left another critically injured.


The Houston Chronicle reported the blast at a boiler inside the refinery to the south of Oklahoma City on September 28, 2012, injured Russell Mann of Davis and claimed the life of Billy Smith, 34, of Pauls Valley.


CVR Energy Inc. released a statement saying it is working closely with federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and state agencies to find out what caused the explosion.


According to CVR’s website the Sugar Land based company acquired the facility when it purchased Gary-Williams Energy Corporation in 2011. The oil refinery has a daily capacity of 70,000 barrels of crude and produces diesel fuel, gasoline, military jet fuel, solvents and asphalt.


This accident in Oklahoma is of considerable interest in Texas, given the large number of refineries and the fact a Texas company runs the refinery where the explosion took place.


When accidents like this occur the plant operator can be held liable for a personal injury or a wrongful death.


Although accidents are fairly rare in the petroleum industry they do happen. Given the nature of the product, when they do occur they can result in severe burns, death or catastrophic injuries.


In some instances companies dealing with toxic substances have been accused of failing to protect employees.


Recently federal prosecutors accused Port Arthur Chemical and Environmental Services of Texas of illegally transporting hazardous materials, causing the deaths of two employees.


If your or a loved one have been hurt by an industrial accident or by toxic exposure in Texas that you believe was due to the negligence of an employer or another party, we’d like to hear from you. Call our Houston Personal Injury Attorney at   713.888.8888 or contact us online for a FREE consultation.

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Sep 28 2012

Trader Joe’s Recalls Suspect Peanut Butter After Mass Salmonella Outbreak

Trader Joe’s says it’s recalling a brand of peanut butter as a precaution amid reports it may be linked to an outbreak of Salmonella poisoning.


But you don’t have to be an experienced Houston personal injury attorney, or to have a long memory to recall how devastating food poisoning outbreaks linked to peanut butter can be.


On September 22, 2012, officials with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said peanut butter from the store appeared to have been linked to at least 29 illnesses in 18 states.


The FDA is investigating Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter. The retailer has taken the product off its shelves.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said children under the age of 5 and the elderly face the greatest risk from this product. People with weak immune systems may also be in greater danger from the recalled peanut butter.

The agencies described a “fast-moving outbreak” of a strain called Salmonella Bredeney. Symptoms usually set in within 12 to 72 hours of eating the product. They include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment.
Outbreaks of food poisoning in peanut butter were rare until a few years ago. However, in 2009, more than 500 peo­ple were struck ill with sal­mo­nella after eat­ing contaminated peanut but­ter. Sadly there were nine deaths in that food poi­son­ing out­break, result­ing in wrong­ful death lawsuits against a manufacturer in Lynchburg, Virginia.

If you are injured by a dangerous or defective product you have a case to seek compensation and should consult an experienced Houston injury lawyer.


A mass food poisoning outbreak almost inevitably follows some negligence or lapse in hygiene at a processing facility.


If you or a family member have been hurt by a defective product or suffered from serious food poisoning, please call our law firm at (713) 888-8888 or (281) 888-8888.


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Aug 10 2012

Former Houston Chemical Company President is Charged Over the Toxic Exposure Death of Two Truck Drivers

by admin in Toxic Exposure

When companies dealing with hazardous substances fail to take proper precautions the results can be lethal for employees. According to a federal indictment, Port Arthur Chemical and Environmental Services went even further than that. It produced false documentation to illegally transport hazardous materials, according to prosecutors.

The result was the death of two employees.


As an experienced Houston toxic exposure injury attorney I am disturbed by some of the charges in the indictment.


The Houston Chronicle reported the former president of Port Arthur Chemical and Environmental Services is named in the 13-count federal indictment. Matthew Lawrence Bowman, 41, of Houston is charged with conspiracy to illegally transport hazardous materials, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


Bowman was the president and owner of the company for two years up to November 2010. The company manufactured and sold caustic materials to paper mills.


The company which is located on Gulfway Drive in Port Arthur, is also named in the indictment.


“The indictment describes a scheme in which hazardous materials were illegally transported with false documents and without placards, according to the news release. The indictment also says workers were not properly protected from exposure to hazardous gases,” the Chronicle reported.


The indictment claims two truck drivers were killed by exposure to hydrogen sulfide at the Port Arthur facility – on December 18, 2008 and April 14, 2009 – according to the news release.


As the man at the head of the operation Bowman was responsible for directing production, the disposal of dangerous hydrogen sulfide wastewater, employee safety, and in some cases he handled the investigation of work-related employee injuries.


Bowman could face five years in jail if the charges stick. As an experienced Houston wrongful death attorney, I believe there seems to be a clear case for a wrongful death case to be brought over the deaths of the two truck drivers, who had a right to believe they were not being subjected to dangerous and life threatening conditions.


If your or a loved one have been hurt by toxic exposure in Texas that you believe was due to the negligence of an employer or another party, we’d like to hear from you. Call our Houston Personal Injury Attorney at  713.888.8888 or contact us online for a FREE consultation.

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Aug 03 2012

Prescription Drug Overdoses On The Rise

Every year hundreds of people die in Texas from overdoses of prescribed drugs, making legal drugs one of the biggest killers in the state.


In 2010 the Texas Tribune reported how deaths from accidental overdoses had risen in the state by more than 150 percent from 1999 to 2007, from 790 to 1,987, citing a report from the Drug Policy Alliance, a drug policy think tank, based in New York.


“The problem is particularly pronounced in Houston, where prescription drugs were identified in half of all accidental overdose deaths from 2005 to 2009, according to the report,” the article stated.


The figures make me wonder about the role of drug companies as well as the responsibilities of doctors and pharmacists toward patients.


This month the giant British drug companyGlaxoSmithKline agreed to pay $3 billion in fines after pleading guilty to pushing popular antidepressants such as Paxil and Wellbutrin on unapproved users.


The fine is likely to make little difference to a company that made about $44 billion in sales of drugs last year.


But as a Houston injury lawyer, it concerns me that Glaxo had been illegally marketing drugs to vulnerable people who may have been harmed by side effects.


Federal prosecutors accused the giant drug company of illegally promoting Paxil for treating depression in children from 1998 to 2003, when it wasn’t approved for anyone under age 18.


It seems the actions by Glaxo were designed to sell their drug to teenagers who were at greater risk from it. It prepared, published and distributing a misleading article in a medical journal that misreported a clinical trial of Paxil, saying it was effective in treating depression in patients under the age of 18.

In fact, the study had failed to demonstrate the drug’s effectiveness. At the same time, data from two other studies which failed to show the drug’s effectiveness in treating depression in minors was hidden.


“The company also promoted Wellbutrin from 1999 through 2003 for weight loss, sexual dysfunction, substance addictions and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, although it was only approved for treatment of major depression,” reported Fox News.

Two whistleblowers said Glaxo had given kickbacks to doctors and sales reps, encouraging them to promote drugs for unapproved uses

“For far too long, we have heard that the pharmaceutical industry views these settlements merely as the cost of doing business,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Stuart F. Delery, head of the Department of Justice’s civil division. “Today’s resolution seeks not only to punish wrongdoing and recover taxpayer dollars, but to ensure GSK’s future compliance with the law.”

Even when marketed to the people who are meant to take it, drugs such as Paxil, can have alarming side effects. Paxil has been linked to changes in mood behavior, anxiety, suicides and even homicides as well as lung problems in newborns.


Donald Schell shot and killed his family and himself after taking Paxil. A jury later found Glaxo liable in a massive lawsuit.


As a Houston dangerous drugs attorney I am alarmed by the behavior of drug companies such as Glaxo. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a prescription drug you should contact us.For a free case evaluation by anexperienced Houston injury attorney who could assist you with a potential personal injury case, please call our law firm at(713) 888-8888 or (281) 888-8888.

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Mar 27 2012

Study Points to Link Between Diesel Fumes and Lung Cancer

by admin in Toxic Exposure

Many people are exposed to diesel fumes be it workers on railroads, truck drivers or commuters on the freeways of Houston.


As an experienced Houston toxic exposure attorney, I’m concerned about a new report that provides alarming evidence of a link between exposure to diesel fumes and elevated rates of lung cancer.


A recently completed study by the National Cancer Institute linked diesel fumes to increased lung cancer rates in miners.


It was a lengthy and exhaustive study. Thestudy started in 1992 and looked at 12,350 workers in mines in New Mexico, Wyoming, Ohio and Missouri.


All of the workers encountered diesel exhaust on a regular basis. The study pointed to higher rates of lung cancer, pneumoconiosis and esophageal cancer, compared with a study group that did not work with diesel, but the incidence of heart disease and bladder cancer, were similar in both groups.


The conclusion of the report by Dr. Michael Attfield stated: “The study findings provide further evidence that exposure to diesel exhaust increases risk of mortality from lung cancer and have important public health implications.”


As toxic exposure attorneys we’re aware that the implications of this report go beyond the lives of miners in three states.


For many years railway workers have been claiming the exposure to diesel fumes in their jobs, has led to lung cancer and another disease known as “diesel asthma.”

In 2011, Lynard B. Harper, a former railroad worker, filed a lawsuit against Union Pacific Railroad in the Eastern District of Texas. Harper, who worked as a trainman in the Transportation Department from 1969 until 2004, claimed exposure to diesel fumes and other chemicals caused him to develop leukemia, the South East Texas Record reported.

“He states that during his employment he was exposed to various hazardous materials, including benzene, toluene, gasoline, diesel fuel and diesel exhaust, and as a result developed leukemia,” the newspaper reported.


Union Pacific is accused of negligence under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) on numerous grounds including failing to provide the employee with a safe place which to work, not warning employees about the hazards of exposure to toxic materials, failing to perform adequate screening and not complying with relevant industry regulations in relation to exposure to hazardous materials.


The dangers of exposure to toxic diesel fumes go beyond mines and railroads. In a 2002 report, the Environmental Protection Agency pointed to a likely link between exposure to diesel fumes and lung cancer. The report concluded long-term exposure to diesel “is likely to pose a lung cancer hazard to humans as well as damage the lung in other ways depending on exposure.”


Research suggests younger people may be particularly vulnerable to exposure from diesel fumes from cars and trucks.


In a recent study in California, researchers suggested pollutants in diesel cause as many as 3,500 premature deaths a year in the state.

If you believe you are suffering from an illness related to exposure to diesel fumes or other hazardous chemicals, you should contact an experienced Houston Injury Attorney. For a free case evaluation by an experienced injury attorney who could assist you with a potential personal injury case, please call our law firm at (713) 888-8888 or (281) 888-8888, or simply text the word INJURY to our short number: 313131 to communicate via text.


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Oct 11 2011

What is Toxic Exposure?

by admin in Toxic Exposure

The term toxic exposure covers anyone who has been harmed by exposure to a toxic or chemical substance. People who work in heavy industrial settings are particularly at risk for occupational toxic exposure to substances such as asbestos and benzene, including workers in:

  • Chemical and plastics manufacturing
  • The petroleum industry
  • Steel and heavy metals manufacturing
  • Construction sites
  • Welding

Toxic exposure does not always happen in the workplace. There are many substances within the home that can put people at risk for serious injury or death due to chemical exposure, including:

  • Cleaning products
  • Pesticides
  • Spray paint
  • And more

Those who work or live near chemical plants, refineries and gas stations may also have a higher risk of toxic exposure.

Chemical and Toxic Exposure Symptoms

People who have been exposed to toxic or chemical substances often exhibit a wide variety of symptoms, many requiring extensive medical treatment. Some of the most common short-term symptoms of toxic and chemical exposure include:

  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headaches
  • Forgetfulness

Exposure to chemicals over a long period of time can produce even more serious injuries, such as:

  • Cancer
  • Birth defects
  • Internal organ damage
  • Learning disabilities
  • Chronic neurological damage

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