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Medication, personal injury and the law

Have you or someone you love been prescribed medication or exposed to harmful substances and has suffered personal injury as a result? If so, you may want to consider filing a law suit against the firm that produced the medication or the person or firm who caused you to be exposed to the harmful substance or caused you injury by negligence. However, a big impediment to filling lawsuit is the legal costs, and also the fact that if you lose the case, you may have to pay for the other party's legal and other costs. Not everyone can afford to do so.

I myself have a Malaysian patent which according to my judgement (and the Intellectual Property lawyer who drafted my patent application) has been infringed upon by large tolled highway operators with deep pockets. I have tried to look for Patent lawyers to file suit against the firms on a contingent fee basis (my understanding of contingent fee is that one need not pay until recovery is obtained, and in some cases, disbursement costs may be payable, but it is best you do your own research. There is some information and a sample contingent fee agreement at Sample Fee Agreement Forms, but this is for the state of California). Contingent fee is not allowed in Malaysia. As such, I am unable to proceed with the lawsuit as I cannot afford the legal costs involved.

However, if you are fortunate enough to be locate in Seattle, Washington you are in luck because there is a law firm Paglialunga & Harris, PS that specialises in Personal Injury and Civil Right Law. And not only that, they are willing to go on a contingent fee basis . And for your convenience, you can complete their case evaluation form online. If you do, it would be good for you to find out more about what is meant by contingent fee basis.

Asbestos and Mesothelioma

Asbestos is any of a group of minerals that can be fibrous, and which was widely used in insulation materials, brake pads, roofing sheets, etc. Inhalation of the asbestos fibers can cause asbestosis (a chronic inflammatory medical condition affecting the parenchymal tissue of the lungs) and mesothelioma (a tumor of the pleura, peritoneum and pericardium). If you or anyone you love have been exposed to asbestos and and suffered from mesothelioma, and you live in Washinton, you may want your case evaluated by the law firm Paglialunga & Harris, PS

Vioxx® Lawsuit

A good example of personal injury from drug usage is the drug Vioxx® (chemical name is rofecoxib). Vioxx® is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) developed by Merck & Co. to treat osteoarthritis, acute pain conditions, and dysmenorrhoea. It was approved as safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 20, 1999. It was also marketed under the brand name Ceoxx® and Ceeoxx®.

Most NSAID works by inhibiting the cox-1 enzyme as well as the cox-2 enzyme. The problem is the cox-1 enzyme is essential in the protection of the stomach lining and thus inhibition of the cox-1 enzyme can lead to fatal or debilitating peptic ulcers. However, Vioxx® only inhibits the cox-2 enzyme, so occurrence of peptic ulcers does not arise. It was hailed as a miracle drug and widely prescribed for treating arthritis and other conditions causing chronic or acute pain.

Five year later, on September 30, 2004, Merck voluntarily withdrew Vioxx® from the market because tests showed increased risk of heart attack and stroke associated with long-term, high-dosage use.

There had been some controversy over when Merck knew about the increased risk of heart attack and stroke and the drug approval by the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration, and as a result, there had been many lawsuit filed against Merck & Co. If you or someone you love have been prescribed Vioxx® and have suffered personal injury, and you live in Washington, you may want to consider have your case evaluated by Paglialunga & Harris, PS

Other Lawsuits

Paglialunga & Harris, PS also do lawsuit involving automobile accidents, traumatic brain injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, guidant defibrillator, construction accidents, rollover accidents, nursing home neglect, negligent highway design, spinal cord injury, semi truck accidents, Magnetix injury, benzene leukemia, Zyprexa, Fosamax, Ortho Evra, Regian, Ketek, Paxil birth defect and Actiq.

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