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Actos (Pioglitazone)
The medication Actos (pioglitazone) is used to treat type 2 diabetes. It is in a class of medications called thiazolidinediones and works by increasing the body's sensitivity to insulin, a natural substance that helps control blood sugar levels. Patients taking Actos for more than a year may have an increased risk of bladder cancer, according to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) interim review of an ongoing epidemiological study.

Catastrophic Injury/Motor Vehicle Accidents
Millions of Americans are injured every year, which for many leads to disability, chronic pain, a profound change in lifestyle and, in some cases, death. An estimated, 1.5 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury each year, most often from motor vehicle accidents and falls. Motor vehicle accidents account for more deaths than all natural disasters combined. Although early symptoms may appear mild, many injuries can lead to significant suffering and permanent impairment, affecting an individual's ability to function cognitively, physically and psychologically.

Dental Implant Injury
Although implant dentistry has become widely accepted to restore esthetics and function of teeth, it is not without risks. One serious complication that can occur is alteration of sensation due to nerve injury. Some reports place this occurrence as high as 13%. For dental practitioners, thorough understanding of anatomy, surgical procedures, and implant systems along with proper planning of treatment are essential to reduce this complication.

Fenfluramine (Pondimin©) and Dexfenfluramine (Redux©) were popular weight loss drugs in the mid-1990s. They were taken off the market in 1997. An FDA investigation supported by a Mayo Clinic Study suggested that one-third of users of the medication developed serious heart valve damage often requiring cardiac surgery. They have also been associated with pulmonary hypertension, a life threatening disease involving the progressive narrowing of blood vessels in the lungs. It is characterized by progressive shortness of breath, and is incurable.

Food Poisoning
Food poisoning is a common, yet distressing and sometimes life-threatening problem for millions of people in the U.S., and throughout the world. People infected with foodborne organisms may be symptom-free or may have symptoms ranging from mild intestinal discomfort to severe dehydration and bloody diarrhea. Depending on the type of infection, people can even die as a result of food poisoning. More than 250 different diseases can cause food poisoning. Some of the most common diseases are infections caused by bacteria, such as Campylobacter, Salmonella, Shigella, E. coli and Listeria. Symptoms include Diarrhea (sometimes bloody), Nausea and vomiting, Abdominal pain and/or cramping, Malaise (general uneasiness), and sometimes death.

Medical Malpractice
The rise and dominance of managed care corporations has eroded the quality of health care for many Americans. Treatment decisions made by these corporations, rather than doctors, have resulted in unnecessary and avoidable death and suffering. Gianni ♦ Petoyan has won substantial settlements and verdicts for our clients against doctors, nurses and hospitals for medical negligence.

Mesothelioma is a cancer that can take up to 50 years to manifest. The only confirmed cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. It is common among people who work in asbestos mines or with asbestos products, which were used in the construction of ships and buildings in the 1940s through the 1970s. It is usually fatal. The average life expectancy after a mesothelioma diagnosis is about 18 months.

Nursing Home Neglect/Elder Abuse
Americans are living longer than ever before. The fastest growing population segment in the United States is the elderly. As a result of this demographic shift, many elderly Americans have become residents of nursing homes during their final years. There are no clients more vulnerable to abuse than those who are patients in nursing homes. When nursing homes put profits before patients, the results can be tragic. Gianni ♦ Petoyan considers the special needs of these clients when litigating cases against nursing homes for needless injury and suffering due to neglect.

Overtime Pay Litigation
Many employees are denied overtime pay by employers who simply don't want to pay. These employees are either misclassified as exempt from overtime, or simply told not to submit more than 40 hours per week--even if they are expected to work extra hours. An employee paid a weekly, bi-weekly and/or monthly salary may still be entitled to overtime pay.

Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation
Drug companies have been putting profits before patient safety by failing to adequately test new drugs and warn of serious side effects. Gianni ♦ Petoyan is a recognized leader in drug and medical device litigation including review and analysis of clinical trials and company documents as well as the deposition of company scientists and litigation experts.

Sexual Harassment
Employers are now required by law to maintain a workplace that is free of unwanted sexual harassment. Sexual harassment against women is a devaluing and aggressive act that disrupts the personal relationships of the victim and leads to long periods of disconnection and isolation. The emotional injury associated with the experience can include confusion, self-blame, denial, fear, depression and anger. Litigation resulting from these acts can provide compensation for emotional injury, medical treatment and lost wages.

SSRI Litigation
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or serotonin-specific reuptake inhibitor (SSRIs) are a class of compounds typically used as antidepressants in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, and some personality disorders. Common medications in this class of drugs include fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil) and sertraline (Zoloft). SSRIs are classified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as potentially causing harm to a developing fetus if it is used during pregnancy. These drugs cross the placenta and have been associated in human studies with congenital malformations in newborns.

Transvaginal Mesh
We are presently representing a number of women with potential claims against the manufacturer of Transvaginal Surgical Mesh due to serious complications. The implanting surgeons are not involved in the litigation as it is a claim against the manufacturer only. The FDA recently issued an alert to health care and medical professionals to warn them of complications associated with the placement of surgical mesh in women with Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence. This is an unusual action on the part of the FDA. The action was taken because so many women have been injured by the use of vaginal mesh and there are other surgical procedures to correct these problems that do not include the use of mesh.

Laparoscopic Power Morcellator and Women's Cancer
Laparoscopic power morcellators should no longer be used for hysterectomy or myomectomy in most women with uterine fibroids because of the risk of spreading unsuspected cancerous tissue, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on 4/17/14. The FDA estimates that about one in 350 women undergoing a hysterectomy or fibroid removal has an unsuspected type of cancer called uterine sarcoma.

Wrongful Termination
The law provides powerful protection for employees against retaliation and wrongful termination. It is illegal for an employer to adversely impact a worker due to race, religion, gender, age, national origin, medical condition or because the worker files a worker's compensation claim. Whistle Blower termination is all too common when an employee stands up for what is right. Litigation of these claims can provide for the recovery of lost wages and employment benefits.

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