Zantac Lawsuit

On February 28, 2020, a Rhode Island man filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Rhode Island against Zantac. The lawsuit alleges that he developed bladder cancer as a result of taking the heartburn drug five (5) times a week for six (6) years. This product liability lawsuit joins the growing number of lawsuits being filed against the drug manufacturers after cancer risks have emerged. This case will likely join others in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, where this MDL (Multidistrict Litigation) is being centralized. What Makes Zantac Potentially Dangerous? Since October 2019, after the FDA announced its finding on Zantac, the drug has been recalled for its link to causing digestive cancer. The main culprit is the drugs active ingredient, ranitidine. When mixed with water, ranitidine produces a substance called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which is classified as a probable human carcinogen. NDMA is widely known to be hazardous, especially to a person’s bladder, liver and stomach. The crux of the issues stemming from these lawsuits is that the manufacturers of Zantac were allegedly well aware of these risks and did not warn anybody. There was research in the past that showed this very clear link between ranitidine and NDMA. Yet despite the research shown, manufacturers chose not to disclose this information to the public or the government. Now, many others have filed similar suits stating their cancer was a result of taking Zantac. Along with bladder cancer, others have claimed to have developed colorectal, esophageal, kidney, liver and stomach cancer.   Contact an Experienced Zantac Lawyer Today!   If you or a loved one took Zantac and was later diagnosed with a form of digestive cancer, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering and other related losses. We work with experienced Zantac Lawyers around the nation who charge no fees unless you receive a settlement or award. Call us toll-free at 800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online for a free (no obligation) case evaluation. 

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A motorcycle accident claim can be hard to prove since the other person’s insurance company usually states that their driver was not entirely at fault. The other driver may try to say they never saw the motorcycle coming which adds to this denial of fault. It is imperative to follow these three (3) important things to best help your motorcycle accident claim.    Take evidence from the scene of the accident – If it is possible, make sure to gather the information from the other driver including name, contact information and insurance. Take pictures from the scene of the accident including your property damage and visible injuries. If there were any witnesses in the area, get statements from them as well as their contact information. All of these will be useful to your motorcycle accident lawyer.     Get medical attention right after – Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries. Even if it does not appear that you were seriously injured, you should still get checked out as some injuries do not manifest until days or even weeks later. This step will also be evidence you can present for your motorcycle accident claim. Give all of the details to your doctor about how you were injured so they can document everything properly. Speak with a motorcycle accident lawyer – Especially since these accidents can be difficult to prove, it is to your benefit to contact a motorcycle accident lawyer to assist you. If you follow the above two (2) steps, you will make this a very smooth process for your lawyer. Let them focus on your case while you focus on what is important; your recovery. What are some of our firms Best Motorcycle Accident Settlements?   Hiring a lawyer for your motorcycle accident case will increase the chances of recovering the compensation you deserve. d’Oliveira & Associates has been successfully handing these types of cases and getting favorable settlements for our clients. Here are just a few of our best settlements:    $300,000 Settlement – Attorney Laura Cameron settled this case for a Warwick, RI man who was cut off by a driver who turned in front of him. Read More $250,000 Settlement – Attorney D. Robin Gouveia settled this case for a Portsmouth, RI man who sustained serious injuries after he was thrown from his motorcycle after a car collided with him. Read More $100,000 Settlement – Attorney Cara Gallucci settled this case for a Woonsocket, RI man who needed multiple surgeries after has was hit by a car. Read More Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today!    If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to obtain compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other losses. Whether you need a Rhode Island Motorcycle Accident Lawyer or a Massachusetts Motorcycle Accident Lawyer, d’Oliveira & Associates is ready to evaluate your case. Call us toll-free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online for a free (no obligation) case evaluation. 

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Recently d’Oliveira & Associates attorney, Laura Cameron, obtained a $125,000 settlement from Progressive and USAA for a Warwick, RI woman who was injured by an uninsured motorist. Our client was standing by a vehicle that suddenly took off at a high rate of speed, severely injuring our client. This incident required our client to undergo invasive medical procedures and miss time at work, for which she needed to be compensated.  Attorney Laura Cameron said, “I am very happy that this client was compensated quickly and fairly on this claim.” In the state of Rhode Island, all insurance policies must include uninsured motorist coverage. This provision in the policy is intended to protect the insured driver in the event that they are struck by another driver who does not have insurance. When an uninsured driver injures you, you can file a claim with your own insurance company to be compensated for your injuries. Contact a Warwick Personal Injury Lawyer If you or a loved one were injured in a car or pedestrian accident, you should contact a knowledgeable Warwick Personal Injury Lawyer to get you the best possible compensation for your medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering and other losses. Please call our Warwick office at 401-490-6907 fill out an online contact form for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.     

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Being involved in a car accident can be a trying time. However, you must keep your head clear and follow proper procedures. Your ability to do these three (3) key things could make or break your case, regardless of how strong it may be. Never admit fault – It is important to give as much detail to the police officer who arrives on the scene. However, you should never admit fault. Regardless of how you feel about the situation, fault has not been determined. You can only harm your case by doing this. Let the police report and evidence gathered from the accident tell the story.    Gather any evidence possible – This can include pictures from the scene of the accident of your damages and visible injuries, witness testimony from the people who saw the accident transpire and bills from a mechanic or doctor. Another great piece of evidence is  the police report. Within this report, the officer may have cited one driver for being at fault for the accident. This is valuable evidence that can help your case if you were not the one at fault. Seek medical attention immediately – This is crucial to do as soon as possible. This shows the insurance companies that you are taking your injuries seriously and, at the same time, gives you the opportunity to be checked out so you can get what you need to recover. Failure to do so, or delaying this process, will tell the insurance companies that your injuries are not as serious as you make them out to be. This has the potential to reduce your settlement amount drastically. What are some of our firms Best Car Accident Settlements?    While these three (3) things are important, it is also a great idea to hire an experienced car accident lawyer to help you through this complicated process. Our firm has been successfully handling car accident cases for over 30 years. Here are some of our best car accident settlements to date: $369,000 Settlement – Attorney Laura Cameron settled this case for a woman in South Kingston, RI. Our client was struck on the front end of her vehicle, resulting in broken bones, requiring surgery. Read More $292,500 Settlement – Attorney Cara Gallucci settled this case for a woman in Woonsocket, RI. Our client suffered traumatic injuries as a result of another driver crashing into her. Read More $250,000 Settlement – Attorney D. Robin Gouveia settled this case a woman in New Bedford, RI, after mediation. Our client was severely injured after being involved in this car accident. Read More Contact a Knowledgeable Car Accident Lawyer Today!   If you were injured in a car accident, you need a firm that has the experience and knowledge to best represent you. Whether you need a Rhode Island Car Accident Lawyer or a Massachusetts Car Accident Lawyer, d’Oliveira & Associates has you covered. Let us focus on your case while you focus on your recovery. Call us toll-free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.

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woman slip and fell on ice

A Little Compton, RI woman obtained a $140,000 settlement from EMC Insurance Company for a slip and fall accident. While at a bank, she slipped and fell on a wheelchair ramp that had patches of ice. This caused her to suffer contusions to her knee, hip, elbow and lower back. d’Oliveira & Associates maintained joint responsibility with another Rhode Island slip and fall attorney, who settled this case with the insurance company.    Attorney Paul d’Oliveira said, “ It is rare that we get this much money for this type of slip and fall on ice case. The reason is because juries usually apportion fault on the part of the person who slipped and fell. The argument is that the person should have been watching where they were going. This was an excellent settlement. ” Slip and falls that occur on commercial property, such as banks, grocery stores and restaurants, would be best evaluated by an experienced Rhode Island slip and fall lawyer. The Courts hold these property owners to an elevated standard of safety, since they invite people to their property for the purposes of making a profit. The owners of these properties have insurance, much like in this case, to help pay for slip and fall claims made against them. A proficient Rhode Island slip and fall lawyer knows how to best negotiate with the insurance companies to best compensate you for your losses and injures.   Contact a Rhode Island Slip and Fall Lawyer If you or a loved one were injured in a slip and fall accident, you should contact a knowledgeable Rhode Island Slip and Fall Lawyer to discuss your options and get you the best possible compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering, among other losses. Please call us today toll-free 24/7 at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out an online contact form for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.

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With recent lawsuits against Allergan’s textured breast implants for allegedly causing BIA-ALCL (breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma), concerns have been mounting on how to best detect it and what is the best thing to do if you still have these breast implants. Researchers at the National Cancer Institute released guidelines on how to diagnose patients. The FDA has also given information on what to do if you have these breast implants. What are the Recommendations? The recommendations within the researcher’s guidelines say to watch for swelling of the breast, as this is the most common sign of potential BIA-ALCL. This swelling is a result of fluid build-up and should be checked out immediately. This effusion fluid will be evaluated and tested for signs of cancer. It is also worth noting that the FDA has recommended that patients who currently have this implant do not remove them immediately. Patients should monitor how they feel and watch for symptoms of BIA-ALCL. Early detection of this cancer makes it very treatable. If BIA-ALCL is detected, that is when removal of the breast implant and the surrounding scar tissue should occur. If the cancer is not detected early, then chemotherapy and radiation would be the next form of treatment after the implant and surrounding scar tissue is removed. It is also recommended that patients keep a record of the product information, including the manufacturer, unique device identifier and model name. This information may be found on a patient device card given to your surgeon. Contact an Allergan Breast Implant Lawyer If you have Allergan’s textured breast implants, and have received a diagnosis of BIA-ALCL, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses and damages. We work with knowledgeable Allergan Breast Implant Lawyers across the nation who charge no fee unless you receive a settlement or award. Call us toll-free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out an online contact form for a free (no obligation) case evaluation. Source: https://ascopubs.org/doi/abs/10.1200/JCO.19.02778

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Twenty (20) 3M Military Earplug cases, along with five (5) alternates, are set to begin early next year as bellwether trials. With over 100,000 claims reporting permanent hearing loss after the use of these earplugs, this small group will represent the entire class to give both sides an idea of how an actual trial may turn out. U.S. District Judge Casey Rodgers, who is presiding over this MDL, has laid out guidelines on how things will transpire. Parties will need to respond to written discovery by May 15 and core discovery will be complete by July 31. After this is complete, four (4) trial group comprising five (5) cases each will go before juries to be heard, with the other five (5) remaining on standby as alternates. If, after these trials, a settlement is not reached, each case will be sent back to U.S. District Courts to be tried individually in the future. What Issues have 3M Military Ear Plugs Presented? These claims all have similar allegations that the military earplugs issued to them were defective and caused permanent hearing loss. The plaintiffs indicate that the earplug is too small to seal the ear canal appropriately and that the manufacturer knew about it. Allegedly having this knowledge, and instead of recalling the earplugs, the manufacturers continued to sell them. Nearly every service member was issued a pair. A $9.1 million settlement has already been reached with the Department of Justice over these earplugs in July 2018. Now, lawsuits look to hold the manufacturers accountable for their defective product. Contact a Defective Military Earplug Lawyer If you were a service member who used 3M Military Ear Plugs between 2003 and 2015, and has suffered permanent hearing loss, you need a Defective Military Earplug Lawyer with the knowledge and experience to help get you the compensation you deserve. There are no fees to you unless you receive a settlement or award. Call us toll-free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out an online contact form for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.

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From August 2017 to August 2018, Juul sold over $1 billion in devices and pods, effectively capturing 76.1% of the electronic cigarette market. According to a survey conducted by Truth Initiative in 2018, teens between the ages of 15-17 were sixteen (16) times more likely to be Juul users than those between the ages of 25-34. Just how was Juul so successful in getting a brand new generation addicted to nicotine when smoking was already on a steep decline? Juul Copied Big Tobacco’s Playbook The strategies Big Tobacco companies employed is no secret to the public. Due to the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA), an accord between Attorney General’s for 46 states and four (4) cigarette manufacturers in 1998, the advertisements of old from Big Tobacco companies, as well as confidential memos and other advertising research, is available to be seen by the general public. Juul had complete access to this material like anyone else. Taking one look at older Juul advertising pictures, which included young adults in hip and fun environments, tells you that they were targeting new youth customers. Many comparison pictures between Big Tobacco advertisements and Juul’s look strikingly identical to one another. Much like Big Tobaccos attempts, Juul sold its products in various flavors. Some of the more popular flavors included cool cucumber, strawberry milk, crème brulee and fruit medley. To a generation who saw traditional smoking as a harsh smelling relic from their parents’ generation, this exciting burst of flavors was very enticing. In recent times, these flavor choices have become the crux of the youth epidemic and a nationwide ban on flavored vape products that are pod-based has recently gone into effect. Months prior, some states have already put bans on flavored vape products to curve the epidemic. Juul went further than Big Tobacco’s Playbook In 1998, when Big Tobacco companies were heavily restricted in their forms of continued advertisement, the internet was in its infancy and social media was non-existent. Since the MSA never included non-combustible tobacco products, Juul had a loophole to advertise in an area not yet explored. Juul posted things on their Twitter account, such as when a popular celebrity was spotted with a Juul device. They advertised online about youth-friendly parties where they gave out starter kits and played movies that teenagers would be in to. They even contracted online promoters that the youth could identify with to push their product on their sites. Juul Designed an E-Cigarette that would Appeal to the Youth Just by its looks alone, you can tell why young people would be drawn to this e-cigarette. Generation Z, roughly between the ages of 7-22, grew up in an era where technology is cool. Juul’s device resembles that of a USB flash drive and is small enough to be hidden from teachers and parents or camouflaged as a flash drive. It can even be recharged by plugging it into your laptop or desktop, further emphasizing the techy look. There is also an undocumented “party mode” feature to this device. Within party mode, the device cycles rapidly through different colored LED lights. To activate this mode, one needs to puff on the device until the LED light turns white and then wave the Juul device around quickly. This mode, with its vibrant flashy lights, is very popular with teen vapers. Juul Falsely Advertised their Product was Safe Many of the youth who were spoken to in recent times explain that they thought Juul was completely safe. They thought it was flavored water vapor and had no idea nicotine was in it. The question that must be asked is why would they think this? A major component of this confusion comes from Juul’s failure to adequately warn the public that this product contained nicotine. Until August of 2018, many of Juul’s promotional emails and other advertisements had absolutely no reference to this being a nicotine-based product. The FDA demanded that the warning label on the packaging also be enlarged as it did not meet standards. Even the word “vape” bring to mind harmless water vaper which is why teenagers think it is harmless. To make matters worse, students have testified that Juul representatives have gone to schools to talk about their product under the guise of youth smoking prevention. Under oath, teens testified that the Juul representative said the product was “totally safe” and that they should refer their nicotine addicted friends to Juul as it is a safer alternative. Some even testified that the representatives said it would only be a matter of time before the FDA approved of Juul. Contact an Experienced Juul E-Cigarette Lawyer Today! Juul e-cigarettes have been called into question for their deceptive marketing practices and the harm they have caused to the youth of the nation. If you or a loved one have developed complications due to the use of Juul e-cigarettes, you need a lawyer who can fight for your rights and get you the compensation you deserve. We work with experienced Juul E-Cigarette Lawyers around the nation who are ready to hear your case. Call us toll-free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out an online contact form for a free (no obligation) case evaluation. Sources: https://truthinitiative.org/press/press-release/new-study-reveals-teens-16-times-more-likely-use-juul-older-age-groups https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/25/health/juul-reps-in-classroom-teen-testimony/index.html

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Recently d’Oliveira & Associates attorney, D. Robin Gouveia, obtained a $125,000 policy limits settlement from Progressive Insurance Company for a Newport, RI woman, who was injured in a car accident. While traveling as a passenger in Newport, RI, our client was struck by another vehicle that ran through a red traffic light. After being taken to the emergency room, x-rays showed that her arm was fractured. As a result, she underwent invasive surgery to remedy. During the time before the surgery, our client was in a lot of pain, which interfered heavily with her daily life. Attorney D. Robin Gouveia said, “We did a full investigation of the facts and determined the accident to our passenger client was caused by the negligence of both drivers. We submitted a demand for the policy limits to both insurers because it was clear the case was worth these full limits. The insurer attempted to settle under the limits but we stood firm and fought for the client. Eventually, after several discussions, they agreed and offered what we were demanding.” Contact a Knowledgeable Rhode Island Car Accident Lawyer If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering and lost income, among other losses. Speak with a knowledgeable Rhode Island Car Accident Lawyer who has extensive experience dealing with the insurance companies and knows how to get you the settlement or award you deserve. You will not pay any fees unless we win your case. Call our Middletown office today at (401) 846-5449 or fill out a contact form for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.

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Each week we compile a summary of recalls, FDA warnings, market withdrawals and safety alerts that the public should be aware of for their safety and so that they can make informed decisions. 22 Recalls to be aware this week. Medical Devices & Equipment: CME America Recalls BodyGuard Infusion Pump System Due to Risk of Over-, and Under-infusion. Pharmaceuticals/Drugs: Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Phytonadione Injectable Emulsion USP, 10 mg/mL Single-Dose Ampules Due To Ampules Breaking And Shattering Upon Opening. Auto: Land Rover is recalling 1,553 model year 2017-2018 Discovery vehicles with low line headlight assemblies. When towing a trailer with the trailer lights connected to the trailer socket and the vehicle’s Daytime Running Lights (DRL) are on, the trailer lights may not function. Lamborghini recalls Aventador SVJ Coupes and Roadsters. The interior door handle mechanism may fail, resulting in the door being unable to be opened by using the inside door handle. The first covers certain 2014-15 Ford Fiestas, 2014-16 Ford Fusions, and 2014-16 Lincoln MKZs with doors that might not close properly. The second pertains to 2021 Ford E-Series stripped chassis and cutaway vehicles with a wiring harness that might chaffe and expose important wiring. Motorcycle/Scooters: BMW recalls motorcycles with brake light issue. A flashing brake light can cause confusion to other drivers on the road, increasing the risk of a crash. Triumph recalls Trophy SE A1 and Trophy SE A1 Launch motorcycles. The motorcycle may suffer a sudden loss of lighting or an engine stall. Utility/Recreational Vehicles & Automotive Accessories: Triple E recalls model year 2020 Wonder travel trailers. The 12V ceiling pot light wires are not protected with a grommet where they pass through the aluminum tubing, allowing them to chafe and arc. Thor Motor Coach recalls Tellaro & Sequence motorhomes. The shifter cable may disconnect from the transmission. Forest River recalls Berkshire and Sportscoach motorhomes. The brake caliper mounting bolts may not be tightened properly. Food, Beverage & Nutritional Supplements: Guan’s Mushroom Co Recalls Enoki Because of Possible Health Risk. Tiffany Food Corp. Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Huangfushanzen Dried Mushrooms. Allergy Alert Issued By Winter Gardens Quality Foods, Inc. for Undeclared Milk in Vodka Sauce. Lindt & Sprüngli (USA) recalls Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa chocolate bars. The product contains milk and soy, allergens not declared on the label. Al-Shamas Food Products recalls spring rolls and samosas. The products may contain milk, an allergen not declared on the label. Chicago Indoor Garden recalls Red Clover Sprouts and products containing clover sprouts. The products are contaminated with E. coli 0103. Infant & Children Products: Kids & Koalas baby walkers recalled. The baby walkers fail to meet the federal safety standard. Kidz Concepts recalls Lilly of New York children’s winter boots. The boots’ sole contains excessive levels of lead. Grizzly Industrial recalls children’s tool kits. The tool belt, hammer and suspenders contain excessive levels of lead. Pet Food & Animal Products: IcelandicPlus LLC Voluntarily Recalls Whole Capelin Fish Pet Treats Because Product Exceeds FDA Size Restrictions. Miscellaneous: Crate and Barrel recalls glass pitchers. The handle on the pitcher can break, posing a laceration hazard. Hawthorne Hydroponics recalls Grower’s Edge vaporizers. The vaporizers can overheat and possibly cause a fire. Sources: fda.gov, cspc.gov, usda.gov, reuters.com, safekids.org, goodhousekeeping.com, consumeraffairs.com, foodsafetynews.com, usatoday.com, autoblog.com, powersportsbusiness.com, roadandtrack.com, uscgboating.org, wemakeitsafer.com, guns.com

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