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My Loved One Was Prescribed Opioids and Became Addicted—Can I Sue?

January 15, 2020

If you have suffered as a result of someone you love becoming addicted to prescription opioid drugs, you and your family may be eligible for compensation. The first thing you should do is discuss your case with a drug injury attorney so they can advise you on the next steps to take.

In the past, doctors have prescribed opioids in an attempt to help their patients manage their pain, but opioid manufacturing companies withheld information that could have highlighted the risk of addiction to doctors and patients.

The Opioid Epidemic in the US

Thankfully, opioid prescriptions have decreased by 30% in the United States since 2012 when over 80% of prescriptions involved opioids in an effort to treat chronic pain. Still, over 1/3 of opioid deaths occur as a result of an addiction that began as an opioid prescription by a doctor. This issue is especially serious for Americans 65 and older as they are often prescribed opioids by their doctors to treat severe chronic pain. Countless patients and their families have been affected by addiction that started out as a prescribed medication. However, doctors and their patients are now better understanding the risks and looking for safer ways to treat chronic pain.

The Fight Against Opioid Use in Indiana

Due to the unique opioid crisis in the state of Indiana, state officials have initiated lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and sellers. The mayor of Indianapolis has spoken out on the topic, saying, “The companies contributing to this [opioid] crisis have failed in their duty to be responsible gatekeepers. These potential defendants spread the false message that opioids were safe for chronic pain and not addictive.” By naming opioid drug manufacturers as “potential defendants,” the mayor indicated that legal action is clearly necessary, both for state lawmakers as well as the patients and families who were affected. Government officials hope to force manufacturers to own their product liability and see fewer opioid addictions and overdoses in the state.

Holding Opioid Manufacturers Accountable

Those being prescribed opioids should talk to their doctor about alternative treatments that are less likely to end in drug addiction and/or overdose. At the same time, drug manufacturers are obligated to properly warn doctors and users of the dangers and possible side effects.

Product manufacturers that allow their products to harm users are liable for injury, both through a failure to warn customers and possible product defects. These charges and more may be made in your opioid addiction case. If you or someone you love has developed an addiction after being prescribed opioid medication, you must speak with a drug injury attorney right away.

Those who file a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers could receive compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, and damages for pain and suffering. For more information about how a drug injury attorney in Indianapolis can help you with your case, contact Stewart & Stewart Attorneys at 800-333-3529 or visit our website.


What Can I Do if I Have Been Exposed to Roundup?

August 20, 2019

The distribution and marketing practices of Roundup represent one of the most egregious attacks on human health by herbicide companies in history.

As more evidence surfaces about the dangerous effects of Roundup exposure, victims and their families are taking steps to hold Roundup and other glyphosate herbicide companies responsible for their injuries. With the excessive and rampant use of Roundup by farmers and organizations seeking to clear vegetation from large tracts of land, it is almost impossible not to become exposed to glyphosate.

For many, Roundup exposure over time can lead to devastating health issues.

Diseases Caused by Glyphosate

Roundup uses an active ingredient known as glyphosate. This is a well-known toxic herbicide that keeps certain plants from being able to grow. Most commonly used by farmers in the Midwest, it is effective at killing unwanted plants, but it is also raising major health concerns.

Glyphosate does not simply wash away with water or disappear once produce treated with it reaches the grocery store. Once ingested, residual doses of glyphosate can lead to the dissipation of healthy bacteria in the stomach and intestines.

Additionally, those living near glyphosate-treated fields may come into contact with the herbicide via the skin or airways.

Roundup exposure neither leads to disease immediately nor in every individual. However, ongoing exposure has been known to lead to various forms of cancer, Parkinson’s disease, liver and kidney disease, lymphoma, and more.

What’s more is that scientists have also noticed that exposure to glyphosate can gather aluminum in the brain, leading to neurological diseases such as autism, ADHD, and Alzheimer’s disease.

How to Detox from Roundup Exposure

The best way to protect yourself from Roundup exposure is to avoid it as much as possible. If you garden at home, consider non-glyphosate alternatives to Roundup.

If you must use Roundup or live near crops that use Roundup, consider wearing shoes that completely cover the foot, as well as long pants and long-sleeve shirts.

At the grocery store, organic produce avoids glyphosate completely. Buying only (or mostly) organic produce can limit your and your household’s exposure, thus minimizing the risk of disease.

Lastly, drinking apple cider vinegar (1-2 teaspoons in a cup of juice) can neutralize the negative effects of glyphosate on the body.

Injuries Sustained from Exposure to Roundup

For many, detoxing the body from the negative effects of Roundup comes too late. It is in the food we eat and the air we breathe.

Roundup and other glyphosate herbicide companies have been known to interfere with lab test results seeking to measure the negative side effects of glyphosate on human beings. Additionally, they’ve been proven to use deceptive advertising techniques to minimize public awareness of the risks of Roundup exposure.

If that were not enough, the World Health Organization noted in 2015 that glyphosate is likely responsible for carcinogenic effects on the human body, leading more specifically to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Seek Legal Aid with Stewart & Stewart

If you or someone you love is suffering as a result of the negative effects of Roundup, you may be eligible for compensation for medical bills, lost wages, funeral costs, and pain and suffering.

By discussing your situation with an experienced attorney, you and your family can seek justice against these companies. 

For more information about how a drug injury attorney in Indianapolis can help you with your case, contact Stewart & Stewart at 800-333-3529 or visit our website.


Can I Sue After Complications from Testosterone-Boosting Products?

August 05, 2019

Depending on the circumstances in which you took any testosterone supplements or drugs, and depending on the effects of those drugs, you may be eligible for compensation in a product liability case or drug injury case.

If you or someone you love has suffered adverse effects after taking testosterone-boosting drugs, talk to your doctor before continuing use.

Additionally, you should consult a local drug and personal injury attorney to discuss your eligibility for compensation.

Not only have testosterone-boosting products often fail to produce results, but they have also led to severe physical side effects that endanger the lives of the men and women who take them.

Why Men are Using Testosterone Supplements

While some women take these supplements, it is usually middle-aged to older men who are seeking to boost their testosterone levels. There are a number of reasons why one would take testosterone-boosting drugs, from doctor prescriptions, to public marketing, to trying to privately remedy erectile dysfunction.

As men age, it is common that their testosterone level decreases, and possibly their sex drive and muscle tone does as well. Men often use products to “boost” their testosterone to address one or more of these concerns.

Unfortunately, “low T” is not a well-defined symptom or diagnosis. Doctors might prescribe these drugs with little or no thought. Men might also self-diagnose and try a variety of testosterone-boosting products on their own.

Those who create and sell testosterone-boosting products often employ marketing on the basis of trying to help men feel more youthful and appealing.

Known Adverse Effects of Using Testosterone-Boosting Products

More and more reports have surfaced indicating a strong connection between testosterone-enhancing drugs/supplements and severe health complications.

These complications include heart attacks, blood clots, stroke, and even breast cancer in men.

The FDA is attempting to issue proper warnings and regulate the testosterone-boosting industry, but unfortunately, many of the sellers and manufacturers have not stopped marketing their products.

In the meantime, the number of testosterone-drug victims merits suspicion that these products are not worth the risk.

Even if your doctor were to advise you to take testosterone-boosting drugs, you should discuss the possible severe side effects before using drugs to address low testosterone.

Basis for a Lawsuit

Many lawsuits have already been filed against testosterone drug and supplement companies.

Not only have testosterone-boosting products shown time and time again to harm their users, but there has not been concrete evidence to support that these products actually work.

Anyone seeking justice and compensation against one or more organizations creating and selling testosterone-boosting products would file a lawsuit on the basis of product liability.

There are currently thousands of motions seeking to address the claims that testosterone drug companies have been negligent and misleading customers.

If you or someone you love feels that they are suffering from “low t” (low testosterone), they should first consult with their doctor to confirm that is the case. If after taking any testosterone-boosting products you begin to experience major discomfort, such as chest pain, you should notify your doctor of your symptoms and that you have already used these products.

Studies have shown that using testosterone drugs and supplements can increase your chances of having a stroke or heart attack.

If you or someone you love has suffered a stroke or heart attack after taking testosterone-boosting products, you should seek assistance from a personal or drug injury attorney right away. You may be eligible for compensation for medical bills and other damages.

For more information about how a drug injury attorney in Indianapolis can help you with your case, contact Stewart & Stewart at 800-333-3529 or visit our website.


5 Low Testosterone Treatments that Can Lead to Heart Risks

July 30, 2019

Since increased reports of low testosterone (particularly in men) is a relatively new concern in the medical community, solutions have sprung up quickly and come with unknown risks.

More and more men have begun using different forms of low T treatments, but some negative side effects are starting to emerge. The FDA and other accountability groups are demanding more tests and urging doctors and patients to proceed with caution.

Some of the more serious side effects include attacks on the cardiovascular system, such as blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks. In rare cases, the extended use of testosterone-boosting drugs can lead to breast cancer in men.

If you or someone you love feels that they may be suffering from low testosterone, you should consult with your doctor to verify the condition before self-medicating with over-the-counter solutions.

If a doctor prescribes you testosterone to treat your symptoms, make sure to discuss the possible risks associated with the drug and any family history of heart conditions.

Here are some of the common forms of low T treatments that have been known to lead to blood clots, stroke, and heart attacks.


Often in pill form, oral low T treatments are common. They can also be consumed as a legal form of anabolic steroids.

While testosterone pills come with directions for how often you should take them, this kind of treatment is often abused or overused.


Also known as testosterone shots, these are considered the most potent form of low T treatment. Some men inject themselves in the thigh area, or a doctor can inject them on one side of the buttocks.

Those who are on low T therapy may be directed to take a shot once every 1-3 weeks.

Mouth Patch

Two times a day, patients can apply a patch to the top of their mouths, typically on the gums near the teeth, just to the left or right of the center of the mouth.

Throughout the course of the day, the patch releases testosterone orally into the blood.

Skin Patch

For skin patches, doctors typically prescribe the appropriate testosterone levels according to the amount of low T therapy required. Patients can wear them on their arms, legs, back, or abdomen (as directed by instructions).


Testosterone gels are perhaps the most common and easily-obtained low T treatment available. Patients apply the gel to parts of the arms covered by a short-sleeved shirt. Other gels recommend an application to shoulders, back, thighs, and abdomen.

While packages typically recommend one use each day, patients have been known to over-apply or apply directly to the penis. In addition to the negative side effects of low T treatments, testosterone gel misuse can lead to even more severe health complications.

Another danger of testosterone gel occurs when the gel comes into contact with others. Even a casual brush can cause another person to absorb testosterone from the gel. Women and children have experienced numerous negative effects, including unusual hair growth and accelerated puberty.

If anyone you know begins to demonstrate these symptoms after coming into contact with a testosterone-treated area, encourage them to seek medical attention and to inform their doctor that they came into contact with testosterone gel.

If you or someone you love has already experienced blood clots, stroke, or heart attack after using one or more of these treatments, you should consult with a drug injury attorney right away. You may be eligible for compensation for any medical bills and damages associated with your heart condition.

For more information about how an Indiana drug injury attorney can help you with your case, contact Stewart & Stewart at 800-333-3529 or visit our website.


What Diabetes Drugs are Linked to Cancer?

July 01, 2019

More than 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes, and another 80 million are labeled as prediabetic, meaning if they don’t change their lifestyle, they will end up with the disease.
Diabetics are generally tied to a lifetime of drug use to manage their condition, but what happens when those drugs cause further problems for the body?
Bladder Cancer Concerns
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a press release in 2016 that states medication containing pioglitazone could carry with it an increased risk in developing bladder cancer. According to the FDA, diabetes medications containing pioglitazone include Actos, Actoplus Met, Actoplus Met XR, Duetact and Oseni.
The press release says that studies did not definitively conclude that pioglitazone – which works for type 2 diabetes patients by increasing the body’s sensitivity to insulin – increases the risk of bladder cancer, but the FDA believes there has been enough research to suggest a possible link.
Pancreatic Cancer Risk
Researchers at UCLA have found an increase in pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer in people with type 2 diabetes who take the following drugs:
Janumet (a combination of Januvia and metformin)
Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas that is often a precursor for pancreatic cancer.
Studies conducted in the United Kingdom found that insulin not produced by the body may also bring an increased risk of pancreatic cancer. However, others say the findings would not cause them to recommend a change in treatment for people using insulin.
Doctors believe the link between diabetes medications and pancreatic cancer comes from how these medications work. They reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics but can overstimulate the pancreas, which results in inflammation.
Healthy bodies produce a proper amount of insulin to help with digestion, as it converts glucose into energy for the body to function. Hormones make sure the body is producing the correct amount of insulin to accomplish this task. In diabetics, these hormones deactivate and halt insulin production, which results in a buildup of sugar in the blood. When the pancreas is damaged to the point where it cannot produce insulin as it is designed to, a person is diagnosed with diabetes. Taking certain prescription drugs can also add to this process, so you can see how it could overstimulate the pancreas.
Another factor that makes researchers less confident that specific diabetes medications can cause cancer is that patients typically don’t follow healthy habits to begin with. A poor diet and lack of exercise are two major causes of diabetes, and those factors can also lead to other health problems, including cancer.
However, while many of these drugs are linked to possible increases in cancer, the drug companies are not formally warning users of such risks on labels or in other correspondence to potential users.
If you or someone you love is diabetic and was later diagnosed with bladder or pancreatic cancer, a thorough examination of your case is required. A drug company’s negligence should not be tolerated, and we can hold them responsible. You could be entitled to damages to cover medical bills, transportation, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Stewart & Stewart’s attorneys aren’t afraid to hold the drug companies responsible, and our lawyers are some of the most experienced at handling drug cases in the Indianapolis area. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you – call 1-800-33-33-LAW or visit our website for more information.


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.


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.


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.


Everything to Know About the Hernia Mesh Case

July 31, 2018

A Hernia Mesh is a device implanted in humans who are affected by hernias and have to undergo hernia repair surgery. The device is meant to stay in the body permanently and provide support and reinforce any damaged tissue surrounding a hernia or multiple hernias. By allowing this reinforcement, a Hernia Mesh is meant to reduce the risk of the hernia returning and causing added problems. Unfortunately, many patients who received a Hernia Mesh have seen more complications than help and the implant has caused everything from pain and infection to more serious issues.

Why Did the Hernia Mesh Case Come About?

The manufacturer of the actual mesh has stated on their material safety data sheet that the device is not to be used in humans.  Instead of following these warnings, the manufacturers got together and decided that these would be good to implant in humans and now people are having all kinds of problems, requiring revisions when the mesh fails, and having to undergo multiple surgeries.

Can a Patient Enter the Case Now?

They can still enter the lawsuits now.  Depending on the type of mesh, if it’s an atrium c-qur mesh, that’s pending in the district of New Hampshire, they can still enter that lawsuit. Ethicon physiomesh, that’s pending in the northern district of Georgia and they can still enter that lawsuit.  Speak with a local attorney to see your options for entering a Hernia Mesh case.

How Long Will the Case Take?

A mass tort case like this usually takes a couple of years, depending on the MDL.  Some MDLs, get resolved within a year, while other MDLs, like the Xarelto MDL, they’ve had five bellwether trials that all resulted in defense verdicts so there’s no settlement negotiations. There are over 21,000 cases pending in that MDL, so the court is in the process of selecting the 1,200 cases for trial and preparing those for trial, so some may take a lot longer but on average, it’s usually about two years.

What Can a Patient Expect in Terms of Settlement?

It depends on their injury and it depends on the factors that are considered based on the product.  If I’m alleging cancer but the client has had a long family history of cancer or they’re smokers, all that factors in. The age of the client can play a factor depending on what the product is.  There’s different things for each case that can affect your settlement, it’s not a one size fits all situation.

How Can an Attorney Help?

An attorney will gather their medical records and make sure you are a candidate for this specific case. Once that is established, your attorney will draft the complaint and help you through the process of plaintiff fact sheet. At that point, they will take over and do basically everything. A good attorney will only need the client to tell us where they had the surgery, who the surgeon was and what problems they were having and who they treated with.

If you’ve experienced complications due to a Hernia Mesh, contact the expert attorneys at Stewart & Stewart today. Give us a call at 1-800-33-33-LAW or visit our website for more information.


Talcum Powder Lawsuit: What You Need to Know

July 31, 2018

Talcum Powder is a very common ingredient used in baby powder and cosmetic toiletries. It’s so common, in fact, that most people are using it in their daily lives without even realizing it. Until recently, using talcum powder was a common occurrence, but since, there have been links between the powder and cancer. Here’s everything you need to know about the case against talcum powder.

The Talcum Powder Case

The allegations are that talcum powder causes ovarian cancer. We’ve all used the powder on our kids or on ourselves, but until recently, we weren’t aware that talcum powder comes from the same mines where asbestos comes from. So, in the allegations and some of the documents show that Johnson & Johnson knew the risk of ovarian cancer with talcum powder dating back to the 70’s, but they’ve never put any warnings on it. So far, there have been several trials that have resulted in big verdicts for the victim. With the Jackie Fox case, that resulted in a $72 million verdict in her favor. The Gloria Ristesund case resulted in $55 million in her favor.  They’ve ranged with the last trial on August 21st, 2017 which was in a Los Angeles, California court, they awarded $417 million.

Can a Patient Enter the Case Now?

Yes, the case is still ongoing.

When Will the Case Be Settled?

Usually what will happen is the court will have plaintiff lead counsel select five cases and defense lead counsel will select five cases.  Of those 10 cases, the court will select certain cases and then they’ll hold what are called bellwether trials.  There’s usually time to give everybody an idea of the value of these cases depending on the outcome of those trials. They drive whether or not defense is going to settle and that type of deal, settle the claim.

What Can a Patient Expect in Terms of Settlement?

It depends on their injury and it depends on the factors that are considered based on the product.  If I’m alleging cancer but the client has had a long family history of cancer or they’re smokers, all that factors in. The age of the client can play a factor depending on what the product is.  There’s different things for each case that can affect your settlement, it’s not a one size fits all situation.

How Can an Attorney Help?

An attorney will gather their medical records and make sure you are a candidate for this specific case. Once that is established, your attorney will draft the complaint and help you through the process of plaintiff fact sheet. At that point, they will take over and do basically everything. A good attorney will only need the client to tell us where they had the surgery, who the surgeon was and what problems they were having and who they treated with.

If you’ve experienced health issues due to a Talcum Powder, contact the expert attorneys at Stewart & Stewart today. Give us a call at 1-800-33-33-LAW or visit our website for more information.