FAQ

Hernia Mesh

  • Q:1. What is hernia mesh?

    A:- Hernia mesh is a medical device used to patch the area where a hernia was repaired. The mesh is sutured into the tissue around to keep the organs in place. There have been reports of patients suffering from mesh failures all around the country due to defective manufacturing. Certain meshes have been known to cause painful infections, organ damage, bowel obstruction, adhesions and the list goes on. 

  • Q:2. What are the symptoms of hernia mesh failure?

    A:- Abscess: A painful pocket of pus
    - Adhesions: Scar tissue forms and it sticks to the mesh
     - Bowel Obstruction: The mesh blocks bowel movement thereby shutting down the digestive system. This can cause constipation, lack of appetite, and inability to pass gas.
    - Fistula: An abnormal connection between two organs
     - Incarcerated Hernia: Part of the intestine or abdominal tissue gets trap and cannot be massaged back into its original place
     - Nerve Entrapment: A nerve loses its mobility, flexibility, or it becomes compressed by tissue. It can cause extreme pain and require surgery
     - Seroma: A build-up of clear fluids where tissue has been removed by surgery.

  • Q:3. What year was hernia mesh recalled?

    A:The FDA began recalling defective mesh devices in 2005. Among the manufactures were: 

  • Q:4. How do I qualify for a hernia mesh lawsuit?

    A:- To qualify for a hernia mesh lawsuit, you have to have needed repair surgery. Of course, we’ll need more information such as the date you got your hernia mesh as well as your symptoms. For a more detailed response about your specific case, please contact our attorneys.

  • Q:5. What is the average payout for a hernia mesh lawsuit?

    A:- Compensation for these types of litigations depends on many factors such as loss of earnings, out-of-pocket expenses, and pain and suffering. There is truly no way to tell, every case is different manufacturing companies can drag the cases on for years to not pay the plaintiffs a dime. Here at Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP, we fight our hardest so that we can get you the best compensation possible that nothing can fix the horrible damage done to you by these companies.

  • Q:6. What is the statute of limitations to file a hernia mesh lawsuit?

    A:- Depends on the state. Some states have a 1-year limitation and you need to ask fast. A lawyer can provide you with more information.

  • Q:7. How do I know if my hernia mesh has been recalled?

    A:- You can search the list above or look up the name of your brand and manufacturer.

Paragard

  • Q:1. What is Paragard?

    A:- It is a small non-hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) that works as long-term birth control (up to 12 years). It is a T-shaped plastic wrapped in copper wire which is inserted into the uterus. The copper produces an inflammatory reaction that is toxic to sperm and prevents it from reaching an egg, therefore, preventing pregnancy.

  • Q:2. Why is Paragard being sued?

    A:- Over the past few years, there have been reports of Paragard breakage while inside the uterus and during removal, something they did not warn about. There have also been reports of infertility, scarring, perforation of the uterus and other organs as well as inflammatory reactions. Some of the complications that the Paragard copper IUD causes have to be remedied through surgery which brings its own sets of complications. - Our law firm, Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin, has successfully litigated cases against manufacturers of defective medical devices, and are currently speaking with women injured through the use of Paragard IUD

  • Q:3. What are the side effects of Paragard?

    A:- Paragard can cause many injuries, the IUD can cause infertility or become embedded in the uterus. To read more about the side effects of Paragard you can read this blog: Paragard IUD – Health Risks, Breakage, and Removal Surgery for Women? (rheingoldlaw.com)

  • Q:4. Who makes the Paragard IUD?

    A:- Paragard was previously manufactured by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, but in 2017 they sold the rights to The Cooper Companies, Inc in a $1.1 bil deal.

  • Q:5. Has Paragard T 380a been recalled?

    A:- No. Paragard IUD continues to be in the market but warning labels have changed to include the risk of breakage.

  • Q:6. How do I qualify for a lawsuit?

    A:- If you were injured by Paragard breakage during removal and required surgery to repair the damage you might have a claim. You can sign up for a free consultation on our website or call (888) 260-0473 to find out more.

  • Q:7. Have there been any settlements?

    A:- There are no settlements yet, the Paragard lawsuits are still in a very early stage. Settlement talks do not begin until some cases go to trial and this has not happened yet.

  • Q:8. Is this a class action or an individual lawsuit?

    A:- There are individual lawsuits filed before a federal judge in Georgia. Plaintiffs do not have to go to Georgia for the suit. Our firm files suits on your behalf.

Zantac

  • Q:1. What is Zantac?

    A:- Zantac also known by its generic name ranitidine is a prescription and OTC medication for heartburn and stomach acid. It was invented in the late 1970s in Europe to compete with Tagamet. Italian scientists in the early 1980s considered there could be a cancer issue, but no one paid attention, including the FDA. It wasn’t until 2019 that an independent pharmacy, through their own testing, sounded the alarm.

  • Q:2. Who makes Zantac?

    A:- There have been a series of major companies involved. This includes Sanofi SA, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer Inc., and Boehringer Ingelheim. 


    - There are more than 10 Zantac manufacturers. The most common brands are Zantac 150 Tablets, Zantac 150 Maximum Strength, and genric versions. You can find more common brands here New York Zantac Lawyers | Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP (rheingoldlaw.com)

  • Q:3. Has Zantac been recalled?

    A:4. Yes. On April 1, 2020, the FDA requested a recall of all Zantac products due to the correlation between cancer and the chemical NDMA which is linked to causing cancer in humans. There are allegations that the manufacturer of Zantac knew their product contained the carcinogen NDMA yet they chose not to disclose the information and to keep their products in the market. We believe there will be evidence extending back to European medical studies in the 1980s which was ignored by the manufacturers.

  • Q:5. How do I qualify to make a claim?

    A: If you took high doses of Zantac over a long period of time and developed cancer you might be entitled to a suit.
    - Cancers that qualify for Zantac lawsuits include: 
       ● Prostate (younger than 70)
       ● Pancreatic
       ● Stomach
       ● Esophageal
       ● Breast (ductal only)
       ● Liver
       ● Bladder
       ● Kidney
       ● Lung (must be a non-smoker for the last 20 years)
       ● Colorectal

  • Q:6. What is the average payout for a Zantac lawsuit?

    A:- Zantac litigations are still pending meaning we do not have an estimate. When settlements do begin they will depend on loss of income, medical bills, pain and suffering, and punitive damages. We can’t possibly say an estimate as everyone’s case is different but just know that here at Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP we fight hard to get you the compensation you deserve although we know that nothing can fix the horrible damage done to you by these companies.

  • Q:7. What is the statute of limitations to file a Zantac claim?

    A:- This will vary from state-to-state. Some states also have “discovery” provisions which calculates the time to file suit based on when the connection between Zantac and cancer first became public.

  • Q:8. Why is Zantac being sued?

    A:- They are being accused of knowingly manufacturing and selling a drug that they knew could cause cancer.

  • Q:9. Does Zantac cause cancer?

    A:- The FDA found traces of NDMA in ranitidine (zantac) which has been classified as a human carcinogen by the World Health Organization and the US Environmental Protection Agency. Medical studies also suggest that a chemical in Zantac degrades into a cancerous molecule once it is exposed to the warm, acidic environment of the stmach. NDMA has also been found in the drugs Losartan and Valsartan which have also been linked to cancer.
    - To get a list of cancers that might be a result of taking Zantac go here: Could My Cancer Be Caused by NDMA in Zantac? (rheingoldlaw.com)

  • Q:10. Is this a class action or individual lawsuits?

    A:- Individual lawsuits. Your case will only have you in it.

  • Q:11. Have there been any settlements yet?

    A:- Not yet as litigations are still pending. California has a state court case scheduled in October 2022. Plus, there will be back-to-back ones after that. Early California trials helped drive Round-Up settlements. The federal judge will have trials in 2023.

Valsartan

  • Q:1. What is Valsartan?

    A:- An angiotensin receptor blocker used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. Doctors prescribe Valsartan because it relaxes blood vessels and increases blood flow.

  • Q:2. What kind of cancer does Valsartan cause?

    A:- In 2018 the FDA issued a series of recalls of Valsartan (also known as Diovan), Losartan and Irbersatan were found to be contaminated with a human carcinogen known as NDMA. Valsartan has been linked to the following cancers:
     ● Liver cancer
     ● Stomach cancer
     ● Colon cancer
     ● Pancreatic cancer
     ● Kidney cancer
     ● Esophageal cancer
     ● Small intestine cancer

  • Q:3. What brands of losartan have been recalled?

    A:The Valsartan recall does not include all generic drugs that contain Valsartan as the active ingredient. The recall does not include Diovan, Exforge HCT, Exforge, and Entresto. All the recalled batches can be found here.
    These are just a few of the recalled batches. A lot are traced back to Chinese production which developed an expedited manufacturing process. Other NDMA lots are traced to an Indian company that used recycled cleaning fluids in the manufacturing process.
     ○ A-S Medication Solutions LLC (Teva/Actavis & Prinston/Solco)
     ○ American Health Packaging (Aurobindo)
     ○ Aurobindo Pharma USA, Inc.
     ○ Aurobindo Pharma USA, Inc. (Acetris)
     ○ AvKARE Inc. (Hetero/Camber)
     ○ AvKARE Inc. (Teva/Actavis)
     ○ Bryant Ranch Prepack Inc. (Teva/Actavis)
     ○ Hetero Labs Inc. labeled as Camber Pharmaceuticals Inc.
     ○ H J Harkins Company Inc. (Prinston/Solco)
     ○ Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc.
     ○ Northwind Pharmaceuticals (Teva/Actavis)
     ○ NuCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Prinston/Solco)
     ○ Preferred Pharmaceuticals Inc., labeled as Solco Healthcare LLC
     ○ RemedyRepack Inc. (Prinston/Solco)
     ○ RemedyRepack, Inc. (Torrent)
     ○ RemedyRepack Inc. (Hetero/Camber)
     ○ Rising Pharmaceuticals Inc. labeled as Acetris Health LLC (Aurobindo)
     ○ Solco Healthcare LLC (Prinston)
     ○ Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc.
     ○ Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. labeled as Actavis Pharma, Inc.
     ○ Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. labeled as Major Pharmaceuticals
     ○ Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited

  • Q:4. Is there a lawsuit for Valsartan?

    A:- Yes. Thousands of people have come forward to file dangerous drug lawsuits against Chinese manufacturer Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals and Indian company Hetero Labs Limited, as well as the American drug companies that used and sold affected valsartan batches. To take legal action, look no further than our product liability team here at Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP. Committed to protecting our clients’ rights and holding drug companies accountable for negligence, we’ll fight for justice on your behalf.

Talcum Powder

  • Q:1. Has the talcum powder lawsuit been settled?

    A:- In October Johnson & Johnson announced that it will be settling certain state court lawusits. In July of 2018, a St. Louis jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $ 4.14 billion in punitive damages to 22 women whose use of the talc products contributed to their ovarian cancer. In 2019 one New York City state court ordered the company to pay $325 to a victim of talc powder. In October 2020, Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay $100 million to resolve more than 1,000 lawsuits relating to their talc powder causing ovarian cancer.

  • Q:2. What is the average payout for the talcum powder lawsuit?

    A:- There is no way to determine an amount. There are different factors to be considered when settlement is on the table including the severity of the cancer. There are 35,000 cases in a federal consolidated litigation which need to be resolved.

  • Q:3. What are the dangers of using talc baby powder?

    A:- Talc users have been found to develop higher levels primary ovarian cancer including epithelial ovarian, or fallopian tube epithelial cancer with serous and mucinous borderline tumors, as well as invasive serous and endometrioid tumors. Primary peritoneal cancer is also related. Some of the cancers are “high grade” which means that the cancer spreads quickly. The risk appears to increase with more talc use (over ten years) and is also higher with African American users. Pathology studies have found microscopic talc particles in ovarian tissue. Special microscopes isolate these crystals which are also associated with an inflammatory response.

  • Q:4. How do I qualify for a talcum powder lawsuit?

    A:- You might be entitled to a lawsuit if you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder for a prolonged period of time. Give us a call and we can provide more information 888-260-0473.

  • Q:5. Why is Johnson & Johnson being sued?

    A:- The lawsuits claim that talc mineral used by Johnson & Johnson in their baby powder has been known to cause mesothelioma and ovarian cancer among people who use talc-based products regularly for prolonged periods of time. Mesothelioma is a progressive, incurable, and deadly form of cancer that affects the lungs, abdomen, or heart. Our firm is already aggressively pursuing talcum powder lawsuits on behalf of ovarian cancer victims. If you are interested in pursuing a lawsuit against talcum powder manufacturers like Johnson & Johnson, call (888) 260-0473 or send us an email.