Following recent warnings from the FDA about the potential side effects of Onfi, an anti-seizure drug, the lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are now reviewing the potential for Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) lawsuits and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) lawsuits on behalf of former users of the medication who have suffered these serious and potentially life-threatening skin reactions. Read More
Defective boilers, furnaces and hot water heater in the home may pose a serious risk of carbon monoxide poisoning problems if they are defectively designed, improperly installed or negligently serviced. This reality was highlighted this week, with a recall issued for thousands of Crown Boiler gas hot water boilers, which may be installed in homes nationwide and pose a risk of leaking carbon monoxide gas into the home. Read More
The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are evaluating the potential legal claims on behalf of individuals nationwide who have suffered a blood clot injury after receiving the Thoratec HeartMate II Left Ventrical Assist Device (LVAD).
Also referred to as a Left Ventrical Assist System (LVAS), the HeartMate II is a mechanical heart pump that is used to continuously push blood through the heart. It is a critical treatment device for patients with advanced heart failure who are awaiting a heart transplant or too weak to undergo such a procedure.
According to a study published in New England Journal of Medicine, that rate of pump thrombosis, or blood clots with the HeartMate II has increased dramatically since early 2011.
While all mechanical heart implants are prone to blood clots that may form on the surface of the device, researchers indicate that the rate of HeartMate II problems increased from approximately 2.2% prior to March 2011, to 8.4% for devices implanted since then.
A Thoratec HeartMate II blood clot can develop on the blood-contacting surfaces of the heart pump, including the inflow cannula or outflow conduit. As a result of the thrombosis, patients may suffer:
- Emergency Heart Transplant
- Pump Replacement or Removal
- Sudden Death
After noticing an increase in the number of patients experiencing blood clot problems after receiving a Thoratec HeartMate II LVAS, doctors at the Cleveland Clinic performed an analysis of data involving 837 patients treated between January 2003 and May 2013 at their hospital, as well as Washington University Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Duke University Medical Center. The findings noted a sudden increase in the rate of complications after March 2011.
Researchers also noted that the increase in blood clots from the HeartMate II was accompanied by an increase in levels of LDH, which may be an indicator for the formation of clots.
Following March 2011, the study found that blood clot rates not only increased, but were occurring much sooner after the artificial heart pump was implanted. While the median time between implant and blood clots that developed prior to March 2011 was 18.6 months, the median time was only 2.7 months after early 2011.
While Thoratec has not disclosed any recent changes to the design or functioning of the pump, the sudden increase in the HeartMate II pump thombosis risk appears to be supported by data from a federally funded registry known as Intermacs. Data from that registry also shows an increase from 2% during prior years, to 5% after May 2011. While the increase was less than researchers found at their hospitals, the registry may not capture all cases, such as those involving emergency heart transplants after a clot forms.
Based on these findings, the FDA has indicated that it is reviewing the matter and that the agency shares the concerns expressed by the researchers about the potential increased risk of HeartMate II blood clots that may develop shortly after implanted.
As the investigation is continuing, the HeartMate II blood clot lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are closely monitoring these problems and evaluating whether individuals who experienced an injury may be able to pursue financial compensation through a product liability lawsuits. To submit information about a potential HeartMate II lawsuit for review by our lawyers, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.
The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are now reviewing potential Crestor lawsuits for diabetics who previously used the popular cholesterol drug. It appears that AstraZeneca, the makers of Crestor, have withheld information from consumers and the medical community about the extent of the link between side effects of Crestor and diabetes. Read More
Over the past weekend, we all rolled back our clocks on Saturday night and received multiple reminders that we should also check to make sure that our fire alarms are in working order. However, it is equally important that individuals make sure they have a functioning carbon monoxide detector in their home as well! Read More
The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are represent a number of families who are pursuing Tide Pod laundry detergent poisoning lawsuits and cases against manufacturers of other single-use laundry detergent capsules, which could cause infants and young children to suffer serious and devastating injuries. Read More
UPDATE: Following a review of potential claims on behalf of a number of former patients of Dr. John Yacoub, our office has decided that we will not be pursuing legal action at this time. While we are continuing to monitor this situation, clients are no longer being accepted and no cases are being pursued. The content below is provided for informational purposes only regarding the prior investigation into these potential legal matters.
The medical malpractice lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential claims for former patients of OB/GYN Dr. John K. Yacoub, who may have been taking inappropriate photographs of female patients during treatment.
It has recently been discovered that Dr. Yacoub had multiple pictures containing close-up images of female genitalia on his telephone. Reports indicate that most of the pictures also featured a hand with a medical glove and at least two have medical equipment visible in the image, suggesting that they may be photographs of former patients.
While information is still being reviewed and uncovered surrounding this potential violation of privacy, the lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are providing free consultations and claim evaluations for former patients of Dr. John Yacoub, who is believed to have provided gynecological and obstetrical treatments in recent years at GBMC and St. Agnes Hospital’s Seton Medical Group.
Dr. John Yacoub Private Photographs of Females Discovered
The Maryland State Board of Physicians has suspended the medical license for Dr. John Yacoub, amid findings that he was inappropriately dispensing medications, using illegal drugs and was found to have images on his phone that may have been taken of patients.
According to an Order (PDF) issued by the State Board of Physicians on October 8, federal DEA agents conducted a search of Dr. Yacoub’s home last month. Among other findings, the report describes what agents found on Dr. Yacoub’s phone:
If it is established that Dr. John Yacoub was taking unauthorized pictures of patients, financial compensation may be available through a lawsuit for:
- Invasion of Property
- Emotional Distress
- Lack of Supervision and Oversight Failure by Dr. Yacoub’s Employers
- Lack of Informed Consent
UPDATE: While the lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. reviewing whether a number of former patients of Dr. John Yacoub may have a case, our law firm is no longer actively investigating this matter or accepting potential clients. Should any new information become available that suggests former patients of Dr. Yacoub may have potential legal claims, we will update this page.
The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential product liability lawsuits for women who have experienced hair problems following use of a Suave Keratin Infusion Smoothing Kit. The recalled hair product has been linked to reports of:
- Hair Loss
- Scalp Burns
- Other Hair Damage
Lawsuits for Hair Loss, Scalp Burns, Other Damage
Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion 30 Day Smoothing Kits were introduced in 2011. The products were marketed as a way to smooth hair and coat it with Keratin, which is a naturally found protein in hair.
Based on information now surfacing, it appears that the manufacturer knew or certainly should have known about a risk of hair loss problems that may be caused by certain ingredients or a combination of ingredients in the product. However, they failed to take necessary steps to protect consumers.
Financial compensation may be available through a Suave Keratin Infusion smoothing kit lawsuit for women who have suffered injury or hair loss.
A Suave Keratin Infusion kit recall was issued in May 2012, when the manufacturer decided to stop selling the product. However, it appears that inadequate steps were taken to make sure consumers were aware of the dangers of hair loss from the smoothing kits or to make sure that any remaining products were removed from store shelves.
All potential claims are being reviewed by the Suave Keratin smoothing kit lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are no fees or expenses unless a financial recovery is obtained. To review a potential case and determine if you, a friend or family member may be entitled to a settlement, Request a free consultation and claim evaluation.