Archive for May, 2014

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May

The Signs and Symptoms of Drug-Induced Liver Injuries

May 28, 2014

Certain drugs may result in serious injury to the body, with the liver being one of the most common organs to be afflicted.

A drug-induced liver injury can be caused by either prescription or over-the-counter medications. Most recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration focused their efforts on preventing liver injuries caused by dietary supplements when a product was found to cause liver failure and was also linked to the spread of non-viral hepatitis.

This leaves many patients wondering what some of the symptoms of a drug-induced liver injury are. An article from Health News Digest explains some of the most common signs include:

  • Low energy levels
  • Loss of appetite
  • Yellowing of skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Itchy skin

So what can you do to prevent such injuries from occurring? The Indiana drug injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out that following the directions for consumption of a medication supplied on the packaging or prescription is the first step. If you do suspect a medication is causing adverse health events, speak with a doctor. Then consider seeking legal representation.

At Stewart & Stewart, our team of lawyers is dedicated to helping if you’ve been injured by a drug. We are available anytime to discuss your needs by calling (800) 33-33-LAW or by filling out a free online form on our website.

21
May

How the Fentanyl Pain Patch Could Cost You Your Life

May 21, 2014

Using narcotic opioid medications can be an effective way to treat patients who suffer from severe, chronic pain. The Fentanyl pain patch in particular can put users at serious risk of harm.

The Fentanyl pain patch is supposed to only be used to manage the most severe cases of pain because the high potency of the drug presents such a serious risk of respiratory and cardiovascular failure. Impairment of function in both systems have been linked to cases of death involving the drug. The National Institute of Health also lists a number of other Fentanyl pain patch side effects and health conditions that can be linked to the use of the medication.

Despite these risks being addressed during the Fentanyl pain patch recall that occurred in 2008, the medication remains on the market. So what should you do if you or a loved one have been injured or you loved one died after using a Fentanyl pain patch?

Seeking legal council may be a good place to start, considering the number of successful lawsuits that have been filed by pain patch injury victims against the manufacturers and distributors of the drug.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our team of Indiana drug injury lawyers is dedicated to helping accident victims like you, and we are available anytime to speak with you regarding your injury. You can reach us by calling (800) 33-33-LAW or by completing an online consultation form on our website.

 

14
May

Drug Injuries Associated With Risperdal

May 14, 2014

Risperidone, which carries the trade name Risperdal, is currently facing scrutiny for its side effects. According to an article from Scientific American, experts have found use of the medication can result in:

  • Weight gain
  • Drowsiness
  • Involuntary body movements

But the drug is also associated with more serious Risperdal Drug Injuries. It can cause a condition in male patients called gynecomastia, in which the male user develops female breasts. Scientists believe the drug increasing levels of the hormone prolactin in the user’s body causes the condition, and research to support the theory was released in a 2006 issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology.

These findings leave many former and current Risperdal users wondering what they should do if they have experience negative side effects or health consequences as a result of taking the medication. The Indianapolis drug injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would suggest drug injury victims follow these three steps:

  1. Get help– Speak to a medical professional regarding your medication and the problems you are experiencing.
  2. Document your case– Collect notes and records from your care as well as receipts for expenses related to your condition.
  3. Speak with an attorney– Having legal representation by your side will help ensure your rights are protected throughout the process of seeking compensation for your losses.

 

7
May

Charity of the Month: Humane Society of Indianapolis

May 07, 2014

Helping charitable organizations throughout Indiana is part of our mission at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys. That is why our team of Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers are working with a local animal rescue and shelter as part of our Charity of the Month program.

The Humane Society of Indianapolis was founded in 1905, and it has blossomed into a private, non-profit organization that provides numerous services to the animals and people of Indianapolis. Some of the programs they have developed include sheltering, fostering, and adoption services, behavioral training, and animal advocacy outreach.

Each of these programs can cost a great deal of money to operate, which is why Stewart & Stewart will be donating $1 to the organization for each new “like” our Facebook page receives.

If you’d like to do more for animals in Indianapolis, there are also volunteer opportunities available through the Humane Society. Of course, the best way to support the cause is to adopt an animal next time you’re considering getting a pet.

One of the many pets available is pictured above. Rexington, a 2-year-old terrier mix, is called one of the friendliest, most loveable dogs around and has one heck of a smile! Those interested in giving Rexington a forever home are encouraged to contact the Humane Society of Indianapolis today.