26
Mar

3 Complications Victims Deal with Following a Fire

March 26, 2019

No one ever want to experience a fire and with large house fires seemingly so rare, it’s something most of us never think about. But the truth is, fires are actually quite common and can lead to prolonged complications. And it’s not just house fires that people should be wary of—you can deal with the aftermath of a fire in an apartment, at your work or even inside your car.Complications Victims Deal with Following a Fire

The most unfortunate aspect of a fire is that the majority of the time, they occur due to the negligence of someone else, whether that’s the builder of the home or the landlord of the apartment complex. For many who experience a fire in a rented home or apartment, a landlord can be to blame if they do not follow fire safety measures. It is their job to ensure smoke detectors work properly, fire doors are installed and that all fire exits are kept clear. When negligence is involved, it’s important for victims to contact a fire and burn injury lawyer to get the compensation you need to get back on your feet.

Following a fire of any sort, victims deal with a difficult aftermath and many complications.

Injuries

No matter where a fire occurs, victims are likely to experience injuries, most commonly burns. Burns can range from surface level to deep and life-threatening, so it’s important for all fire victims to seek medical attention to ensure their burns are treated properly. There are three levels of burns that fire victims will experience:

  • First degree burn: this is a burn that only affects the top layer of the skin. While these can be extremely painful, they are often not life-threatening and heal quite quickly. Medical attention should still be sought out after a fire, but this type of burn can usually be treated at home by the victim.
  • Second degree burn: a second degree burn is a bit more severe as it goes beyond that first layer of your skin. A doctor or hospital will probably advise you to keep your burn bandaged and to care for it properly for a few weeks until it is fully healed. More complicated second degree burns, or second degree burns that span the entire body, will likely need increased medical attention.
  • Third degree burn: the worst kind of burn, a third degree burn not only torches your skin but can reach down to your bones and organs and affect them, too. Rightfully so, these burns are the most damaging and can lead to life-threatening illnesses, nerve damage and even death.

 

Property Damage

A fire leaves victims with damages to their skin and body, but it also leaves lifelong damages to their property. When a fire occurs in the home, it often acts quickly, making it nearly impossible to retrieve personal belongings. If the fire spreads throughout the house, it can leave families homeless or without items that help them sustain their everyday lives. If the fire occurred due to the negligence of someone else, you deserve to be compensated for everything you lost. While personal items and family heirlooms can never be replaced, it’s imperative that you contact a fire and property damage attorney so you can replace the things that are, such as a roof over your head, clothing and everyday necessities. The same is true for those who are displaced from an apartment, unable to attend their place of work or who lose their vehicle due to a fire.

In addition to dealing with the loss, you will likely also be dealing with your insurance company. Often, insurance companies may not offer to cover all of your losses and may try to give you the run around knowing you are in a fragile state. An experienced attorney can help handle this for you so you can focus on getting you and your family into temporary housing or back to life as normal.

Loss of Livelihood

Our homes are the heart of our lives. It is where we retreat to, where we find comfort and where our families go to be together and live day-to-day. When a fire occurs in our homes, it can be a life altering situation that leads to not only the physical detriments and loss of property mentioned above, but also emotional turmoil victims may not expect. Even if you experience a fire at your workplace or in your vehicle, you could end up experiencing emotional trauma and the inability to live your life as normal.

At Stewart & Stewart, we understand how difficult the aftermath of a fire is, no matter where or how it occurred. We want to help our clients get the compensation they need so they can get back on their feet as soon as possible. If you or a loved one experienced a fire due to the negligence of another, contact us today to learn more about how we can help you. Give us a call at 1-800-33-33-LAW or visit our website for more information.

24
Mar

How Can an Attorney Help Me if My Child Was Born with a Defect?

March 24, 2019

Birth defects are something that no parent ever wants to experience. Before the baby is born, parents look forward to all the milestones their child will complete and adding a brand new member to their family—they never expect to have to deal with lawyers, doctors and an unfair diagnosis that their child has a defect caused by birth.How Can an Attorney Help Me if My Child Was Born with a Defect?

When birth defects do happen, though, it’s imperative that you contact an attorney to help you through the process. While you deal with the aftermath, you are probably asking yourself why this happened in the first place—a question your attorney can help you answer. While many birth defects are unavoidable and no one’s fault, a lot of them can be directly related back to medications taken during pregnancy, a negligent surgeon or doctor during or before birth or a missed diagnosis from an obstetrician. If a birth defect can be linked back to one of these things, you will have a lawsuit on your hands.

A birth defect can happen due to a number of different reasons, but the most common causes include:

  • A prescription drug given to the mother while pregnant. The actual drug or the dosage amount could be to blame for a birth defect.
  • Exposure to chemicals or dangerous toxins
  • Failure to diagnose or properly treat a condition during pregnancy, labor or birth
  • Failure to properly monitor a child during pregnancy
  • Negligence during labor

 

A child who is exposed to these causes may be born with defects including club foot, cleft palate, brain and skull deformities, Spina Bifida, Cerebreal Palsy, heart defects and may even be born stillborn or suffer fetal death. If any of these can be traced back to negligence, medical malpractice or exposure, you’ll need an attorney to help you not only enter into a lawsuit, but to win it and get the help you need and deserve.

An experienced attorney will take the case out of your hands and pursue the law the on your behalf, taking into account your needs during this trying time. We will initially help you decide if you have a case to move forward with and from there, we will take the necessary steps to enter your claim and get you compensation as soon as possible.

Your family doesn’t deserve to deal with a birth defect, especially one that could have been avoided. Let us take this ordeal on for you so you can focus on raising your baby. For more information about how the attorneys at Stewart & Stewart can help you, contact us today at 1-800-33-33-LAW or visit our website for more information.

23
Mar

Can I Be Injured by a Warming Blanket?

March 23, 2019

With the harsh winter weather here in Indianapolis, it’s likely that many of you are reaching for your warming blankets when at home or even sitting in the office. While these heating pads and warming blankets are great for keeping us warm, they can also be extremely dangerous when they are defective or malfunction while in use.

Recently, there are have been many product liability and defective product cases brought out against manufacturers of warming blankets—proving that it is not only possible to be injured by a warming blanket, but it’s possible to be injured so badly that a lawsuit is needed to help pay for medical bills.

The most common type of injury involving warming blankets is severe burns. Often these burns are caused by:

    • Leaving the warming blanket at a high setting for too long
    • A defective product where the blanket heats up to a dangerous temperature
    • Many blankets have a shut off timer when the blanket gets too hot—if this is damaged or defective it can lead to severe burns
    • Falling asleep with the blanket at a dangerous temperature
    • Faulty fabrics that do not facilitate the heat on skin correctly
    • A faulty blanket causing a fire or fire hazard when turned on

What Can I Do if I’m Injured by a Warming Blanket?

If you or a loved one was injured, or even died, after using a warming blanket, you should hire a product liability attorney as soon as possible to start your case. There are two main reasons that a warming blanket would lead to a lawsuit:

1.    Labeling Defect: This occurs when a manufacturer fails to label their product correctly and in turn, leads to injury to the consumer. With warming and electric blankets, this could mean failure to inform consumers of risks and dangers associated with the blankets or failure to let customers know that the blanket should not be left at a high setting for long periods of time.

2.    Product Defect: This occurs when there is a defect in the making of the actual product. This could mean any aspect of the blanket not working properly, whether it is the fabrics used, the thermometer settings or the heating element itself. If you suffer an injury because of these defects, you should hold the manufacturer liable for their negligence.

If either of these situations happened to you, an attorney can help you enter into a product liability case, where you can seek compensation for any pain and suffering you experienced due to the defective product. At Stewart & Stewart, we understand how frustrating a case like this can be—you never expect to be hurt or burned by a product only meant to keep you comfortable during colder months. Our team of experienced attorneys is ready to help you hold the negligent manufacturer responsible and get the compensation you deserve after an injury, burn or death. For more information, contact us today at 1-800-33-33-LAW or visit our website for more information.

23
Mar

How Do I Know if I Had an Acetaminophen Overdose?

March 23, 2019

Acetaminophen is a popular drug used for a variety of illnesses and ailments. Most commonly found in Tylenol, Acetaminophen can also be found in prescription drugs and other over-the-counter medications. While many people can take Tylenol daily to treat things like headaches and muscle pain, others will have adverse reactions to the medicine, specifically when not taken correctly or when mixed with other medicines.

It may be shocking to know, but many people have overdosed or been severely harmed by the use of Acetaminophen—some cases of Acetaminophen overdose or wrongful use have even led to death. The most dangerous side effect of Acetaminophen use is liver damage, which often occurs when patients mix Acetaminophen with another drug or use too much Acetaminophen in one single dose.

Every body is different, but the FDA states that the recommended daily dose for Acetaminophen is 4,000mg per day for adults. There are differing accounts of this, with the maker of Tylenol actually saying that the dose should be limited to 3,000mg. Always talk to your doctor if you are prescribed, or plan to take, a dose this large in one day.

Symptoms of an Acetaminophen Overdose

Most people do not expect to have any side effects after taking a prescribed medication, especially one as common as Acetaminophen, and even more so when they are taking an over-the-counter medication like Tylenol. But, for those that do take Tylenol regularly or were prescribed a medicine that contains Acetaminophen, it’s important to know what an overdose may look like so you can catch it before it’s too late.

If you experience any of these symptoms, head to the doctor or hospital immediately.

    • Pain in your stomach area, specifically the upper right side
    • Vomiting or intense nausea
    • Loss of appetite or inability to stomach foods as usual
    • Dark urine
    • Extreme fatigue
    • A yellow tint to your skin tone
    • Excessive, uncommon sweating

 

If these symptoms are ignored for too long, they can lead to a swollen abdomen, mental confusion, jaundice or even cause a patient to fall into a coma.

What Can I Do If I am Harmed by Acetaminophen?

Unfortunately, the use of Acetaminophen can lead to illness and dangerous side effects even when taken as prescribed. If you or a loved one experienced liver damage, signs of overdose, fell into a coma or even died after taking a prescribed amount of Acetaminophen, you may be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering, medical bills and lost wages. While the FDA stands strong on their recommendation to limit the use of Acetaminophen, many patients are still prescribed high doses or given the okay to take a drug containing Acetaminophen with another, causing an unintentional overdose or liver damage.

If this happens to you or a loved one, contact Stewart & Stewart immediately. The statute of limitations on this type of case is short, so waiting to file a claim could cause your case to be thrown out.

No one deserves to suffer after taking a medication that was meant to help him or her recover or relieve symptoms. Any medicine offered over-the-counter should be considered safe and the warnings and dangers surrounding it should be clear and readily available to all who buy or take the drug. For more information about how the attorneys at Stewart & Stewart can help you, contact us today at 1-800-33-33-LAW or visit our website for more information.

21
Mar

What Can I Do if My Airbags Failed During an Accident?

March 21, 2019

You get into your car everyday with the expectation that you will arrive at your destination safely. You also expect that should an accident occur, the safety measures inside your car, specifically your airbags, will work to keep you and any passengers safe from increased harm. But what do you do if the airbags fail to deploy after an accident?Air Bag failure

When an accident occurs that is serious enough to cause harm, the airbags should deploy to stop a victim from flying through the windshield and experiencing serious injuries or death. When airbags fail to do this, it is often due to a defect. Makers and manufactures of airbags, along with the makers of the cars, are required to ensure that every product they make works efficiently. When their products fail, they should be held liable for any injuries or harm caused by their negligence.

After an accident, there are many steps one should take to ensure they are not only kept safe and out of harms way, but that they can also file a claim and get the compensation they need to return to a normal life. When an accident occurs, you should always remain calm and try to move out of the way of other cars or busy intersections, if possible. If you suffered injuries, make sure an ambulance is called so you can be treated as soon as possible. If you are able, you should also take pictures of the scene, any injuries you see on your body or the body of a passenger and get the information of the other driver or drivers. If your airbag didn’t deploy in addition to the accident, you should also follow these steps:

  • Take pictures of the interior of the car to prove that the airbag did not deploy
  • Have a medical professional write down all of your injuries and take note of ones that could have been avoided if the airbags worked properly
  • Contact an attorney as soon as possible

When airbags do not work properly, there are a few people who can be held responsible. During the creation of an airbag, there are many different stages of design where a defect can take place. Because of this, an attorney will need to determine at what stage the defect occurred and who is responsible for your injuries. The following could be responsible for injuries related to a defective airbag:

  • The airbag manufacturer
  • Installers, tasked with physically placing the airbag correctly into the vehicle
  • The distributor or transport service who may have damaged the airbags during transport or storage
  • Testers, tasked with testing the airbags before the vehicle is put on the market to be sold
  • The car manufacturer

Determining who is to blame can be tricky, as it can hard to pinpoint exactly where in the process things went wrong. An experienced attorney will be able to look at all the facts and determine who was negligent and who should be held responsible for your injuries.

After a car accident, victims are subject to serious injuries and harm. Without airbags, those injuries can be intensified and lead to lifelong suffering and even death. If you or a loved one was in a car accident where the airbags failed to deploy, contact the attorneys at Stewart and Stewart right away to learn more about how we can help you get the compensation you need and deserve. For more information, give us a call at 1-800-33-33-LAW or visit our website for more information.

27
Feb

Is it Legal for a Restaurant to Ban E-Cigarettes?

February 27, 2019

The use of e-cigarettes and vaporizes is widespread throughout the country. In fact, wherever you look, it can be hard not to find someone puffing from a device that releases nicotine in the form of vapor. With their huge popularity, it may be hard to fathom that e-cigs were only first introduced for sale in the United States in 2007—just a little over a decade for their popularity to increase throughout every state.

Due to their quick increase in popularity, the FDA was unable to keep up with demand and for a while, e-cigs were released and sold without any guidelines or regulations attached to them. Because of this, many people are suffering from intense injuries and even death after using e-cigs and vapes that had faulty batteries and bad equipment. As more and more people were injured or dying from the use of e-cigs, states began to realize the need for more regulation.

Just a few years ago, a decade after the e-cigs were released, states began enacting laws that banned or limited the use of e-cigs in certain places. Across the world, the regulation on e-cigs vary. Some countries and states within the U.S. have banned devices entirely, while others have limited them or introduced no regulations at all. In 2016, we saw the first widespread regulation when the use of e-cigs were banned on airplanes in the United States. That same year, the FDA mandated that e-cigs be regulated the same as all other Tabaco products.

Still, though, it is up to each state to determine their laws regarding vaping and e-cigarettes. Here in Indiana, Indianapolis has banned all enclosed workplaces from using e-cigarettes. This includes bars and restaurants, so yes, it is legal for a restaurant to tell you to leave if you are using one of these devices or to ban them from use entirely while in their place of business. Similarly, in Greenwood, there has been a ban on e-cigs in all enclosed workplaces, but this does not include bars and restaurants, so you can smoke your device if in that area.

Other areas of Indiana do not have regulations set in terms of smoking e-cigs, but they do regulate the way they are marketed and sold. Throughout the state, the sale of any type of e-cig is illegal to anyone under 18 and a company must have a license and permit before selling any type of e-cigarette. As of now, there is no special tax on e-cigs in Indiana.

But, just because there are little to no regulations in the state for e-cigs does not mean that those injured by the devices do not have grounds to file a lawsuit against the manufactures who make them. E-cigs pose a great risk of injury due to devices often overheating and exploding in hands, pockets and mouths. E-cig users have reported second and third-degree burns, loss of limbs and even death after using an e-cigarette or vape.

If you have been injured or a loved one has died because of an e-cigarette, you deserve to be compensated. At Stewart & Stewart, we know what it takes to get our clients the money they deserve after using a defective or unsafe product, and we will work hard to get that for you. For more information, give us a call at 1-800-33-33-LAW or visit our website today.

25
Feb

What Do I Do IF I am Injured by an E-Cigarette?

February 25, 2019

E-cigarettes have only been around a short time compared to regular cigarettes, but their popularity has grown rapidly. As vaping becomes a regular occurrence in all areas, including places where smoking is banned, there has been an increase in the number of injuries associated with e-cigarettes as well.

An e-cigarette encompasses a variety of different devices, from vaporizers to mods. In short, any device that delivers nicotine is technically an e-cigarette, but most will come in the form of a battery-powered handheld that delivers nicotine through a vapor. Because of the vapor, many e-cigarette users believe that they are safer than the average cigarette. Unfortunately, there is not enough evidence supporting this claim. What we do know, though, is that these e-cigarettes may not pose a greater risk to our organs, but they do pose a greater risk for our well-being.

As more people have latched on to e-cigarette use, there have been more instances of injury, from devices blowing up in people’s hands and mouths and causing serious harm or even death.

Safety Regulations

As of right now, there are no federal standards or laws in place for e-cigarettes. Some states have recently begun to place bans on where you can smoke, but overall, there is no regulation as to how an e-cig or vape is made. Because of this, many companies have resorted to using cheap batteries that explode when they get too hot—something that should be of high concern when used for something like a vape pen.

Many e-cigarette brands have also been targeting teens and younger generations, which has caused a recent push for the FDA to regulate the ads and marketing tactics associated with e-cigs.

Overall, though, each time you use an e-cig, you are putting yourself at risk. Without any real guidelines in place, many people could be using faulty pens, vapes or e-cig devices without knowing and if their device should explode or malfunction, the results can be life-threatening.

Accidents Associated with E-Cigs

A large majority of the accidents associated with the use of e-cigs are explosion and fire related. Many claimants have reported their devices spontaneously blowing up while in their purse, pocket, or worse, their mouths. The injuries that occur can range from second and third-degree burns, chemical burns, and temporary vision loss to smoke inhalation, loss of fingers or limbs and even death.

Many victims of e-cig explosions end up in the hospital and require intense surgeries such as skin grafts, reconstructive work, and more. A number of unfortunate e-cig accidents have even left people in medically-induced comas.

What to Do If Injured by an E-Cig

If you do find yourself injured by your e-cigarette or vaporizer, be sure to get medical help right away. Once your injuries are tended to, your next step is to contact an attorney. Without set guidelines in place, filing a lawsuit against an e-cig or vape brand can be difficult and it takes an experienced e-cig attorney to help you get the compensation you deserve.

There are many reasons someone may want to file a lawsuit against an e-cig or vaporizer company. Injuries can lead to large medical bills, time off work and even death. In addition to personal injuries, e-cigs can also damage property should they explode and lead to prolonged health issues from the chemicals inhaled. If you want to file a lawsuit against an e-cigarette or vaporize brand after an injury, contact Stewart & Stewart today to learn more about how we can help you file a claim and get the compensation you deserve. For more information, give us a call at 1-800-33-33-LAW or visit our website today.

23
Feb

What Can I Do If I am injured Due to the Use of Acetaminophen?

February 23, 2019

If you aren’t sure if you’ve ever used Acetaminophen, it’s likely that you have. In fact, Acetaminophen is one of the most commonly used drugs in the country and is the main ingredient of common over-the-counter drugs like Tylenol and Nyquil. Those who have been injured, undergone surgery or needed painkillers for any other reason have also used Acetaminophen, as it is the main ingredient in stronger drugs like Percocet and Vicodin.

Taking a Tylenol to cure a headache won’t cause you to be hurt by the drug, but many people end up taking too much Acetaminophen without realizing, whether they take too many of one medication or mix multiple different medications all containing the drug. This can lead to liver damage and severe health problems. But taking too much Acetaminophen is actually quite easy. Have you ever taken a Tylenol during the day to help with head pressure and then a Nyquil at night to help you sleep? By doing this, you are putting yourself at risk for Acetaminophen overdose and liver failure—something that many of us are not warned about properly.

In 2011, the FDA required all drugs containing Acetaminophen to lower the amounts of it in their product. Given three years to comply, by 2014, all drugs should have lowered their amounts. While this helped some, there are still tons of lawsuits proving that Acetaminophen has led to liver damage and health problems, even when taking the drug correctly. In fact, according to the American Association of Poison Control Center, 30,000 people overdose from Acetaminophen use each year, many of which end up needing a complete liver transplant or even dying.

For many, Tylenol, and other popular drugs containing Acetaminophen, is seen as a safe drug to use at-will and when needed. Risks are often not noted, but can include everything from stomach pain, insomnia, constipation and more. Many believe that those who overdose or experience liver damage from Tylenol did not use the product correctly, intentionally took too much, or took the drug with alcohol. While this is true for many cases, it’s important to note that overdosing on Acetaminophen is very easy and can happen to anyone, even those who follow their doctors’ prescription or the amount labeled on the bottle.

If you do end up suffering from an Acetaminophen overdose, you are likely to show signs a day or two after taking the drug. Patients often experience stomach pain and vomiting first, before a decreased urinary output and then liver failure, which will manifest about 3-5 days after initial ingestion.

If you or someone you know overdosed on Acetaminophen, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer to get compensation for your medical bills and any future pain, suffering or health complications you may experience. The attorneys at Stewart & Stewart know how hard it can be to undergo a medical complication after using a common drug that is only meant to help. We are ready to fight for you and your family to ensure you get the help you so rightly deserve. For more information about how we can help you, contact us at 1-800-33-33-LAW or visit our website today.

21
Feb

If You Used Zofran, You Need to Read This

February 21, 2019

When a woman first gets pregnant, she may experience signs of nausea and sickness that come and go or last throughout the entire day. These symptoms can be so severe that they interrupt daily life and make it hard for a woman to work and go about her life as normal. To help release the painful symptoms, many women are prescribed Zofran, an anti-nausea drug that is said to be safe to take while pregnant.

Zofran first came on the market in 1991 after it was manufactured by GSK, but it wasn’t until about 10 years ago when the drug became a mainstream option for pregnant women suffering from morning sickness and severe nausea. Once the drug was released, though, its’ popularity was fast and by 2013, about one million women were using the drug to help with their symptoms. The way Zofran works is quite simple: it blocks serotonin, a natural substance the body produces that can cause vomiting and nausea. Unfortunately, it’s been proven that serotonin also has many other roles to play during pregnancy and blocking it completely may cause a risk to your unborn child.

Since its’ popularity increased, there have been studies around the world trying to associate Zofran with prenatal risks and birth defects. Some studies found that Zofran actually passes directly to the fetus through the placenta and lingers inside the child for a long time, causing issues and defects. A major issue is heart defects, which one study found increased by 20% in mothers taking Zofran. In addition to heart defects, infants born to mothers taking Zofran have also been reported having mental deficiencies, kidney malfunctions, skull deformation, clubfoot and more.

These studies have led to women coming forward and suing the manufacturer after their child was born with a defect directly related to the use of Zofran. These lawsuits have proven that GSK knew of the potential risks to unborn babies but continued to market their product to pregnant mothers.

What Can You Do?

Today, there are other options for morning sickness than just Zofran, and while doctors will still prescribe this drug, it is usually as a last resort. If your doctor prescribes you Zofran, be sure you understand all the risks associated with it and speak with your doctor about alternative options, such as a more recent anti-nausea drug called Diclegis, which is proven to be safe for pregnant women.

If you have already taken Zofran throughout your pregnancy and have a child born with a defect, you deserve to be compensated for your pain and suffering and the suffering of the child. You should contact an attorney right away, who can file a lawsuit against the manufacture on your behalf and get you and your family the help you so rightly deserve.

At Stewart & Stewart, we know how tragic a birth defect can be, and we want to fight for you every step of the way to ensure you get the compensation you need to pay for medical bills and more. If you have been hurt by the use of Zofran, contact us right away at 1-800-33-33-LAW or visit our website today.

19
Feb

Everything You Need to Know About the Taxotere

February 19, 2019

Taxotere is a chemotherapy drug produced by French company, Sanofi-Aventis, and is used to help prevent cancer cells from growing and dividing. Taxotere has been used to treat a number of different cancers, but it is most widely associated with the treatment of breast cancer.

Doctors were well aware of the common side effects associated with this drug, as they are similar to other chemotherapy drugs given to patients. These include fatigue, nausea, constipation and even numbness in the hands and feet. One symptom they weren’t aware of was the permanent hair loss that many patients experienced after using Taxotere.

Almost all chemotherapy treatments are associated with hair loss, but that loss is temporary and hair will usually begin to grow back shortly after chemotherapy treatment comes to an end. Unfortunately for those using Taxotere, many of which were women suffering from breast cancer, their hair never began to grow back and many developed alopecia, a technical term for permanent hair loss. And while hair loss is not technically a medical issue, women often suffer emotionally after losing their hair—and those emotions are only enhanced when they learn their hair will never grow back.

The most unfortunate part for Taxotere users is that many women were not warned of this potential side effect. With such big numbers of women experiencing permanent hair loss—about 20% of users—it is necessary and just for all patients to be warned of this possible side effect, particularly when there are other drug options that offer the same results without the risk. But it is not the doctors who are to blame. In fact, studies have shown that most doctors were also unaware of this risk, a fact that seems alarming knowing that the manufacturer of the drug knew about the hair loss side effect since the 1990’s. It has now been shown that the company worked hard to downplay the side effects of the drug and even offered incentives to doctors and medical professionals to use the drug over other, less expensive options that do not result in permanent hair loss.

The biggest surprise to many patients and their doctors was that Europe became aware of the hair loss risk associated with Taxotere in 2005, when Sanofi-Aventis put out a warning for the drug. But, it wasn’t until 10 years later that any patients or medical staff in the United States were made aware of this warning when the FDA finally required the company to inform patients of the risk.

While this is hopeful news for new patients undergoing chemotherapy, the amount of women already suffering from permanent hair loss is insurmountable. After fighting to win the battle with cancer, no woman should continue to fight emotionally for a semblance of their old selves. If you or a loved one used the Taxotere drug during your chemotherapy treatments and experienced permanent hair loss, you may be entitled to compensation.

Fore more information on the Taxotere lawsuit, or to find out how you can enter a claim against the manufacturer, contact the attorneys at Stewart & Stewart today at 1-800-33-33-LAW or visit our website today.