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What is Lexapro?

Lexapro® is the orally-administered prescription antidepressant drug manufactured by Forest Laboratories Inc. Its active component is escitalopram, which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in August 2002. It is one of a class of antidepressant drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), which also includes Prozac, Zoloft and Celexa.

SSRIs are commonly prescribed to correct an imbalance of neurotransmitters. Medical experts believe that this imbalance is the cause of mental disorders such as depression. In the case of Lexapro and other SSRIs, excess serotonin (that which did not bind to receptors) are prevented from returning to the nerves that produce them, referred to as reuptake. SSRIs inhibits reuptake, keeping the levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain high.

Lexapro is FDA-approved for treating depression as well as generalized anxiety disorder. It may also be prescribed for panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder, although these are off-label uses. First-time users may not see any improvement in their conditions until after 4 weeks of regular intake; the maximum daily of intake Lexapro is 20 mg although 10 mg a day is thought to be just as effective for treating depression.

Common side effects of Lexapro include but not limited to:

  • Agitation
  • Blurred vision
  • Sleep problems
  • Fever
  • Dry mouth
  • Indigestion
  • Frequent urination
  • Loss of libido, sexual difficulties
  • Changes in appetite
  • Sweating

More serious side effects which may tip the balance for the discontinuation of taking the medication include suicidality and birth defects. Lexapro and Celexa are chemically similar, and according to the website of the National Injury Law Center, these are unfortunately side effects that they have in common. They are so similar that the two drugs have been named in conjunction as part of multidistrict litigation against Forest Laboratories in Missouri Judicial Circuit 19 in Cole County for birth defects. The allegations state that Forest knew about the risk to pregnant mothers of taking either of these two products but failed to give adequate warning. Birth defects alleged to have been caused by taking Lexapro and Celexa include spina bifida, craniosynostosis, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, anencephaly, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn and club foot.

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit and Your Right to Compensation

A transvaginal mesh implant is a surgical procedure that is meant to strengthen the thickness of the vaginal wall and improve tissue strength. It is a necessary operation, especially if your urethra and bladder are no longer receiving adequate support from your pelvic muscles. When your pelvic muscles fail, stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) can occur, so transvaginal mesh surgery may be necessary to prevent these unwanted medical complications.

Transvaginal mesh implants can also end the problems associated with hysterectomy and alternative curative processes. This, and its introduction as a low-risk surgical option, led to its fast recognition in the medical field. The procedure requires the embedding of a porous synthetic substance that is intended to relieve women of any pain or discomfort associated with stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.

Due to the considerable potential this product had for helping patients, the possibility of the product having complications was not fully considered. It did not take long, however, when complaints regarding the side-effects of the implant began to emerge, so that by 2010, records of complications numbered at least 3,874 , with at least seven deaths.

The complications transvaginal mesh implant is associated with include mesh contraction, mesh exposure, mesh erosion, and mesh migration. These complications, in turn, lead to painful side effects, like neuromuscular issues, infection, vaginal scarring and shrinkage, bleeding, and perforation of the organ. Unfortunately, such complications can sometimes be too difficult to correct once the transvaginal mesh is set in place.

A transvaginal mesh lawyer, however, can help you file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit, if only to bring the negligent party to justice and to have you compensated for all your financial losses, as well as costly medical treatment. Though no amount of compensation will ever repair the harm done against you and all those affected, it will help you and other victims to get the medical treatment you need.

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Skechers Facing Lawsuits for Defective “Shape-Ups” Toning Shoes

Shoemaker Skechers is facing several lawsuits due to defects in its Shape-Ups toning shoes that allow people to roll their ankles, resulting in falls, bone fractures, and broken ankles.

Shape-Ups are athletic shoes with rounded bottoms. When used properly, they are meant to have a smattering of health benefits, including improved posture, reduced back pain, and leg muscle activation. They are not meant to be worn while running or playing sports that require quick changes in velocity, and the company recommends people acquire a sense of balance while wearing them before doing it for extended periods of time.

An independent study by the University of Wisconsin found that the Skechers’ claims that Shape-Ups can improve fitness, muscle tone, and strength are scientifically unsupported.

ankle pain The design of Shape-Ups has led to many injuries and lawsuits. These lawsuits allege that Skechers advertisements led people to purchase Shape-Ups to improve their health, but were instead injured because of the shoe’s poor design. Some people have suffered multiple bone fractures and have had to go through more than one surgery to repair the damage to their body. In some cases, injured customers had to have metal screws implanted. Companies have an obligation to manufacture products that are safe, and can be held accountable for injuries caused by defects and malfunctions.

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Consulting Lawyers Before the Statute of Limitations Run Out

Consulting Lawyers Before the Statute of Limitations Run Out

Most people know that a statute of limitations means that there is a time limit for filing a criminal or civil case, after which a legal remedy may no longer be pursued, unless an exception is applicable. When it comes to personal injury, the statute of limitations may vary from state to state. Personal injury lawyers have the experience it takes to guide a victim through the applicable statute for specific types of personal injury claims in the state.

Not all types of personal injury claims have the same statute of limitations, and there are cases when the statute may be extended, stayed, or shortened depending on the circumstances. Nevertheless, there are general cases where the standard statute of limitations will apply. The following are the standard statute of limitations that apply for certain types of claims:

  • Medical malpractice – two years after the incident, or alternatively, two years after reasonable discovery
  • Personal injury – two years
  • Product liability – two years after the incident, or alternatively, two years after reasonable discovery

The term “reasonable discovery” refers to injuries sustained that may not be immediately apparent but for which wrongful conduct, negligence or carelessness of a third party was the direct cause. For example, if a misdiagnosis led to extended and inappropriate treatment for a non-existent disease while allowing the real disease to progress untreated, resulting in death three years later, the two year statute of limitations would commence as soon as the misdiagnosis was discovered.

It is also possible to “pause” the running of the statute of limitations in certain cases of personal injury. This is referred to as “tolling.” This may be due to the victim’s age or  mental competence at the time the injury occurred.

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There’s nothing “Mild” about MTBI

Anytime that there is injury to the brain, it’s serious. The brain is a delicate structure floating on fluid that has very little to protect it outside the bony structure of the skull. So when sudden, violent trauma resulting from the negligent or reckless conduct of another person causes brain injury in any way, it is a cause for concern necessitates immediate medical attention.

Medical jargon can be misleading, such as when someone’s brain injury is tagged as mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). “Mild” is used when a victim loses consciousness for less than half an hour and retrograde amnesia resolves within 24 hours. However, there is no such thing as “just” or “a little” brain injury as the term “mild” might suggest in common usage. It merely places the severity at less than moderate or severe. The initial effect of MTBI may be less apparent than the effects of more severe cases of traumatic brain injury, but it does not mean that there are no consequences to MTBI later on.

Delayed onset for MTBI may be up to a few days to a few weeks following the event. Extensive tests would have to be performed to determine the extent of the damage. It is likely that negative changes in cognitive, psychomotor, and social behavior may be noticed. There may be incomplete cognitive processing and some difficulty in performing tasks that were routinely accomplished prior to the incident, leading to frustration, irritability, and loss of confidence. Any traumatic brain injury increases the risk of developing dementia. These effects may be temporary; some may be permanent. In either case, there is considerable loss associated with MTBI, and the liability of the person who was directly responsible for the injury needs to be addressed.

While there may be steps that can be taken to reduce the effects of a MTBI, victims and their families may feel the effects physically, emotionally, and financially for months or even years to come. When a situation like this arises, speaking to an injury lawyer will allow you and your family to learn more about the legal actions you can pursue.

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Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries account for 1.5 million injuries every year, taking away the lives of almost 52, 000 Americans. Traumatic brain injury, (also called TBI) is considered as the leading cause of fatalities in people aged 1 to 40 years old. It basically occurs when the brain suddenly receives physical trauma, such as a quick and violent hit on the head or an object penetrating the brain.

The leading cause of traumatic brain injury is motorcycle accidents, although there are other causes such as workplace accidents, slips and falls, physical assault, child abuse, and sports. Once you or someone you know has TBI, it’s best to get treatment immediately to prevent further complications and to care for the injury right away. When the cause of the injury is due to another persons’ negligence or hostility, it is a good reason to file for a claim. After getting the injury treated, contacting brain injury attorneys would be the next step in getting compensation.

There are generally two types of traumatic brain injuries (TBI), namely the closed head injuries and the open head (or penetrating) brain injuries. The effects of TBI depend on the severity of the injury as well as the type of injury sustained.

Traumatic brain injuries are not something that can be taken lightly, as their effects can be very devastating and could be long-term. According to the website of injury attorneys Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., treatment for the injuries from traumatic brain injuries can be very lengthy and expensive, and with the problem of dealing with the pain of the injury, you don’t need to trouble yourself with the financial issues that come along with it. It is important to have someone knowledgeable about these issues to help determine your legal rights and also to establish how much compensation you are eligible to get. When you think you are a victim of another person’s callousness or ill will, then talk with trusted and dependable personal injury attorneys who can represent your case in court.

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