Philips CPAP, BiPAP and Ventilator Recall

If you have used the recalled Philips CPAP, BiPAP, or ventilator machines and have been diagnosed with lung cancer or other serious or life-threatening injuries, you may have a claim for for money damages. Please call Attorney Marilyn McGoldrick at 1-888-341-1405, or tell us your story online.

UPDATE: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on July 22, 2021 classified the recall of Philips Respironics CPAP and BiPAP breathing devices and ventilators as Class 1, or the most serious type of recall, saying the use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death.

On June 14, 2021, Philips Respironics issued an urgent recall of many of their CPAP, BIPAP and ventilator devices. The polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound-insulating foam used inside the machines may degrade over time. The degraded particles and chemicals in that foam then can make their way into the airway portion of the devices. Inhaling, ingesting, or absorbing these toxins can increase your risk of lung cancer and other serious or life-threatening injuries.

FDA Recommendations for People Who Use Affected BiPAP or CPAP Machines

The FDA indicates people who use Philips DreamStation, CPAP or BiPAP machines should consult their physicians immediately and seek a suitable treatment alternative. The treatment alternatives outlined by the FDA are:

  • Stopping use of your device
  • Using another similar device that is not part of the recall
  • Using alternative treatments for sleep apnea, such as positional therapy or oral appliances, which fit like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer.
  • Initiating long term therapies for sleep apnea, such as losing weight, avoiding alcohol, stopping smoking, or, for moderate to severe sleep apnea, considering surgical options.
  • Continuing to use your affected device, if your health care provider determines that the benefits outweigh the risks identified in the recall notification.

Unfortunately, because the recall covers almost 4 million machines, there is likely to be limited availability for other breathing machines, and alternative treatments for sleep apnea or lifestyle changes may not be possible in the short term.

FDA Recommendations for People Who Use Affect Ventilators

The FDA recommends ventilator users not to stop or change ventilator use until consulting their physician. Use of an inline bacterial filter may help ventilator users filter out particles of foam. However, this filter is untested and will not affect exposure to off-gassed chemicals. In addition, filters may affect ventilator performance and resistance of air flow. Closely monitor for possible accumulation of foam debris on the filter or resistance-related problems.

What Injuries Can the Recalled CPAP, BiPAP and Ventilator Machines Cause?

Philips’ recall notice advised that the polyester-based polyurethane foam in these devices degrades and/or off-gasses, posing risks of serious injuries to users, including:

  • Airway irritation (skin, eyes, nose, respiratory tract)
  • Inflammatory response (airway inflammation)
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Lung Damage
  • Asthma (new or worsening)
  • Pneumonia
  • Toxic carcinogenic effects (Lung, kidney, liver colon cancers)
  • Heart attack/heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Respiratory failure
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease

What CPAP machines have been recalled?

The Philips CPAP recall list includes these models manufactured before April 26, 2021:

CPAP & BiPAP Devices:

  • E30 Ventilator (under emergency use authorization)
  • DreamStation ASV
  • DreamStation ST, AVAPS
  • SystemOne ASV4
  • C-Series ASV
  • C-Series S/T and AVAPS
  • OmniLab Advanced+
  • SystemOne (Q-Series)
  • DreamStation
  • DreamStation Go
  • Dorma 400
  • Dorma 500
  • REMstar SE Auto

Mechanical Ventilator Devices:

  • Trilogy 100
  • Trilogy 200
  • Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent
  • A-Series BiPAP Hybrid A30 (not marketed in US)
  • A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto
  • A-Series BiPAP A40
  • A-Series BiPAP A30

Reporting Problems With Your Device

If you think you had a problem with a CPAP, BiPAP, or mechanical ventilator, the FDA encourages you to report the problem through the MedWatch Voluntary Reporting Form.

What Can You Do?

If you were using one of the recalled Philips CPAP, BiPAP, or ventilator machines, please consult your doctor for advice on how to proceed. If you use one of the recalled machines and have experienced airway irritation or inflammation; breathing difficulty; lung damage; new or worsening asthma, pneumonia, lung cancer, kidney, liver, or colon cancer; a heart attack or heart failure; stroke; respiratory failure, liver disease; or kidney disease, you may have a claim for damages against the manufacturer. Contact the Boston law firm of Thornton Law Firm LLP online or call Attorney Marilyn McGoldrick at 1-888-341-1405 for a free consultation with a recognized leader in Massachusetts drug and medical device litigation. You have nothing to risk. We offer a fair and accurate assessment of your case. The consult is free and will be held in strictest confidence.

 

Demanda por Exposición al Herbicida Paraquat

Thornton Law Firm LLP está investigando activamente las demandas de los pacientes diagnosticados con la enfermedad de Parkinson después de la exposición al Paraquat. Si usted o un ser querido estuvo expuesto al herbicida Paraquat y posteriormente fue diagnosticado con la enfermedad de Parkinson, es posible que tenga una demanda por daños y perjuicios. Llame a los abogados de Paraquat en Thornton Law Firm (888) 491-9726 para una consulta gratuita para evaluar su posible reclamo.

¿De qué se trata este caso?

Los estudios han demostrado que incluso los niveles bajos de exposición recurrente a la sustancia química que mata las malezas Paraquat se asocia con la enfermedad de Parkinson. Como líderes a nivel nacional en litigios por exposición a sustancias tóxicas, buscamos representarlo a usted oa cualquier persona que conozca que haya estado expuesto al Paraquat y posteriormente diagnosticado con Parkinson.

Esto se refiere a aquellos que pudieron haber mezclado el químico, rociado y otros que pudieron haber estado cerca del herbicida tóxico mientras trabajaban.

Si usted o un ser querido ha sido diagnosticado con Parkinson o está sufriendo síntomas relacionados, es posible que tenga derecho a una compensación económica. Llame al (888) 491-9726 o envíenos un mensaje para obtener una consulta gratuita y confidencial. Lo ayudaremos a obtener el dinero que se le debe y trabajaremos para evitar que esto le suceda a otras víctimas como usted.

¿Que es Paraquat? La definición de Paraquat.

El dicloruro de Paraquat, comúnmente conocido como “Paraquat”, es un herbicida altamente tóxico. Es tan tóxico que, según la EPA, un pequeño sorbo puede matar a una persona. Está prohibido en más de 30 países, incluidos la Unión Europea y China. La evidencia sugiere que la exposición crónica al Paraquat puede aumentar el riesgo de desarrollar la enfermedad de Parkinson entre un 200% y un 600%.

El dicloruro de Paraquat se vende con varios nombres. Los nombres comerciales de Paraquat incluyen el herbicida Gramoxone, Firestorm, Ortho-Paraquat, Helmquat 3SL, Para-SHOT, Parazone 3SL y Quik-Quat. Se utiliza principalmente como spray líquido.

¿Para qué se utiliza el paraquat?

El herbicida de Paraquat se ha utilizado en cultivos en los Estados Unidos desde la década de 1960 como herbicida por Gramoxone. Se utiliza para controlar malezas y pastos invasores. El Paraquat se usa más comúnmente en maíz, algodón, haba de soja y uvas de viñedo, pero se usa en más de 100 cultivos diferentes en los Estados Unidos.

Debido a su extrema toxicidad, aquellos certificados para mezclar, cargar y aplicar el herbicida son los que corren mayor riesgo, pero otros trabajadores o transeúntes que pueden haber estado expuestos también pueden haber desarrollado problemas de salud causados ​​por esa exposición al Paraquat, también conocido como “Envenenamiento por Paraquat”. Si esto le parece, llámenos al (888) 491-9726.

Paraquat y Parkinson

Los estudios han demostrado una asociación entre la enfermedad de Parkinson (EP) y la exposición al herbicida Paraquat. Según el Unified Parkinson’s Advocacy Council (UPAC), un grupo de organizaciones de EP estatales, regionales y nacionales, “la investigación científica indica que la exposición crónica de bajo nivel [al Paraquat] aumenta significativamente el riesgo de la enfermedad de Parkinson”. La UPAC ha pedido a la EPA que prohíba el Paraquat.

Síntomas de la enfermedad de Parkinson

La enfermedad de Parkinson es un trastorno neurodegenerativo progresivo. Con el tiempo, la enfermedad deteriora el movimiento y las habilidades motoras. Eventualmente, las habilidades no motoras también se ven afectadas. Recientemente ha aparecido en las noticias luego de la investigación de la UCLA sobre pesticidas en el Valle de San Joaquín, ahora apodado “Parkinson’s Alley”.

Los síntomas comunes de la enfermedad de Parkinson incluyen (pero no se limitan a):

  • Pérdida del equilibrio
  • Temblores de manos
  • Dificultad para moverse o caminar
  • Rigidez
  • Bradicinesia (lentitud en los reflejos voluntarios y el movimiento)
  • Problemas para hablar
  • Deterioro cognitivo
  • Insomnio y otros trastornos del sueño.
  • Incontinencia
  • Demencia
  • Alucinaciones

La experiencia del bufete de abogados Thornton con litigios por exposición a sustancias tóxicas

Dirigido por David Strouss, el equipo de abogados de daños tóxicos de Thornton Law Firm ha representado a los demandantes en demandas contra compañías químicas por defectos de nacimiento, cánceres y otras lesiones por exposición a pesticidas y químicos durante cuatro décadas. Actualmente estamos preparando un caso de herbicida Roundup para el juicio contra Monsanto en Massachusetts. El bufete de abogados Thornton estuvo ampliamente involucrado en uno de los únicos casos que fueron a juicio en los Estados Unidos que involucraba la exposición de un trabajador agrícola a pesticidas y los defectos de nacimiento subsecuentes de su hijo. El bufete de abogados Thornton representó a demandantes de Argentina con defectos de nacimiento en juicios contra fabricantes estadounidenses de pesticidas y tabaco.

Nuestra firma es líder a nivel nacional en litigios por agravios tóxicos de vanguardia, y representa a miles de personas que han sufrido una lesión o enfermedad personal grave por exposición a toxinas en el trabajo o en el hogar. Representamos a cientos de niños nacidos con defectos de nacimiento catastróficos en litigios pioneros contra las empresas responsables de las exposiciones tóxicas de sus padres. Luchamos por los padres de niños que estuvieron expuestos a éteres de glicol en “salas limpias” de semiconductores, pesticidas en la agricultura, una variedad de productos químicos utilizados en la fabricación y contaminación del suministro de agua y tierra.

¿Qué puedes hacer?

Cualquier paciente que experimente síntomas de la enfermedad de Parkinson debe buscar atención médica de inmediato. Si usted o un ser querido ha sido diagnosticado con la enfermedad de Parkinson después de la exposición al Paraquat, es posible que tenga una reclamación por daños monetarios. Comuníquese con los abogados de Paraquat en Thornton Law Firm llamando al (888) 491-9726 o cuéntenos su historia aquí. Los abogados con experiencia en Paraquat de Thornton Law Firm pueden ayudarlo a evaluar su posible reclamo. La consulta es gratuita y confidencial. Como todas las reclamaciones legales, las reclamaciones de Paraquat estarán sujetas a límites de tiempo legales breves y estrictamente aplicados. No se demore en buscar asesoramiento legal.

 

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Paraquat Weed Killer Exposure Lawsuit



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Thornton Law Firm LLP is actively investigating claims on behalf of patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after exposure to Paraquat. If you or a loved one was exposed to the weed killer Paraquat and was subsequently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you may have a claim for damages. Call the Paraquat lawyers at Thornton Law Firm (888) 835-6565 for a free consultation to assess your potential claim.

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What is this Case About?

Studies have shown that even low-levels of recurring exposure to the weed killing chemical Paraquat is associated with Parkinson’s disease. As nationwide leaders in toxic exposure litigation, we are seeking to represent you or anyone you know that was exposed to Paraquat and subsequently diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

This pertains to those that may have mixed the chemical, sprayed it, and others that may have been around the toxic herbicide while working.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s or are suffering from related symptoms, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call (888) 835-6565 or message us to get a free, confidential consultation. We will help you to get the money you’re owed and work to prevent this from happening to other victims like you.

What is Paraquat? The Paraquat Definition.

Paraquat dichloride, commonly referred to as “Paraquat,” is a highly toxic herbicide. It is so toxic that, according to the EPA, one small sip can kill a person. It is banned in over 30 countries including the European Union and China. Evidence suggests that chronic exposure to paraquat may increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by 200% to 600%.

Paraquat dichloride is sold under several names. Paraquat trade names include Gramoxone herbicide, Firestorm, Ortho-Paraquat, Helmquat 3SL, Para-SHOT, Parazone 3SL, and Quik-Quat. It is primarily used as a liquid spray.

What Is Paraquat Used For?

Paraquat herbicide has been used on crops in the United States since the 1960s as a gramoxone weed killer. It is used to control weeds and invasive grasses. Paraquat is most commonly used on corn, cotton, soybeans, and vineyard grapes, but is used on more than 100 different crops in the United States.

Because of its extreme toxicity, those certified to mix, load, and apply the weed killer are the most at risk, but other workers or bystanders that may have been exposed may also have developed health problems caused by that exposure to Paraquat, also known as” Paraquat poisoning.” If this sounds like you call us at (888) 835-6565.

Paraquat and Parkinson’s

Studies have shown an association between Parkinson’s disease (PD) and exposure to the Paraquat herbicide. According to the Unified Parkinson’s Advocacy Council (UPAC), a group of state, regional and national PD organizations, "scientific research indicates low-level chronic exposure [to Paraquat] significantly increases the risk of Parkinson’s disease". The UPAC has called on the EPA to ban Paraquat.

Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder. Over time, the disease impairs movement and motor skills. Eventually non-motor skills are affected also. It has recently been in the news following UCLA research on pesticides in San Joaquin Valley, now nicknamed “Parkinson’s Alley.”

The common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include (but are not limited to):

  • Loss of balance
  • Hand tremors
  • Difficulty moving or walking
  • Stiffness
  • Bradykinesia (slowness in voluntary reflexes and movement)
  • Trouble speaking
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Insomnia and other sleep disorders
  • Incontinence
  • Dementia
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations

Thornton Law Firm’s Experience with Toxic Exposure Litigation

Led by David Strouss, Thornton Law Firm’s team of toxic tort lawyers have represented plaintiffs in lawsuits against chemical companies for birth defects, cancers, and other injuries from pesticide and chemical exposure for four decades.  We are currently preparing a  Roundup weedkiller case for trial against Monsanto in Massachusetts. The Thornton Law  Firm  was  extensively involved in one of the only cases that went to trial in the United States involving pesticide exposure to a farmworker and her child’s subsequent birth defects. Thornton Law Firm represented plaintiffs from Argentina with birth defects in lawsuits against U.S. manufacturers of pesticides and tobacco.

Our firm is a nationwide leader in cutting-edge toxic tort litigation, representing thousands of people who have suffered a serious personal injury or illness from exposure to toxins at work or at home. We are not a legal service looking to pass you off to a law firm and make money doing it. We are experienced lawyers with expertise in this specific type of toxic tort litigation looking to aid victims like you that were harmed and help prevent others from suffering.

What Can You Do?

Any patient experiencing symptoms of Parkinson’s disease should seek medical attention immediately. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after exposure to Paraquat, you may have a claim for money damages. Contact the Paraquat lawyers at Thornton Law Firm by calling (888) 835-6565 or tell us your story here. Thornton Law Firm’s experienced Paraquat attorneys can help you assess your potential claim. The consultation is free and confidential. Like all legal claims, Paraquat claims will be subject to short, strictly enforced legal time limits. Do not delay seeking legal advice.

Xeljanz Lawsuits

Thornton Law Firm LLP is actively investigating Xeljanz claims on behalf of patients injured by this potentially defective drug. If you or a loved one has taken Xeljanz or Xeljanz XR and been diagnosed with a blood clots, heart problems, cancer, or death, call the Xeljanz lawyers at Thornton Law Firm 888-341-1405 for a free consultation to assess your potential claim.

Xeljanx may raise the risk for blood clots, heart-related problems, cancer, and death. Based on clinical trial findings, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued safety alerts in 2019 and 2021 for patients taking Xeljanz for rheumatoid or psoriatric arthritis or ulcerative colitis. Patients taking Xeljanx who suffered pulmonary embolisms, cardiovascular problems, cancer and death may have a claim for damages against the manufacturer, Pfizer.

What is Xeljanz?

Xeljanz is a Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor that works inside your cells to disrupt pathways believed to play a role in inflammation. Generic name tofacitinib, Xeljanz was approved by the FDA in 2012 to treat adults with rheumatoid arthritis who did not respond well to the drug methotrexate. Xeljanz is a pill, and is also available in an extended release form (Xeljanz XR) and as an oral solution. In 2017 it was approved for treatment of psoriatric arthritis, and in 2018 the FDA approved it for the treatment of ulcerative colitis.

FDA Warnings About Xeljanz

The FDA has issued three warnings about Xeljanz since 2019. In February of 2019 the FDA alerted the public that the Xeljanz clinical trial found an increased risk of blood clots and death associated with Xeljanz at a 10 mg/2 times per day dose. This dose was not approved for rheumatic arthritis; it was only approved for ulcerative colitis.

In July of 2019 the FDA approved a Black Box warning for tofacitinib’s prescribing information for the 10 mg/2 times a day dose.

In its latest alert about Xeljanz, in February 0f 2021 the FDA warned providers of an increased risk for serious heart-related issues and cancer among older patients, compared with TNF inhibitors. Unlike the earlier FDA warnings, this warning includes both the 5 mg and 10 mg doses of Xeljanz, thereby including all conditions for which the drug can be prescribed. This is the first time cancer has been associated with Xeljanz.

What Can You Do?

Patients should not discontinue Xeljanz without first consulting their health professionals, as doing so could worsen their condition according to the FDA. Patients should talk to their health providers about any questions or concerns. Any patient experiencing symptoms should seek medical attention immediately.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with blood clots, pulmonary embolisms, heart problems, cancer, or death after taking prescription Xeljanz, you may have a claim for money damages. Contact the Xeljanz lawyers at Thornton Law Firm by calling 1-888-341-1405 or telling us your story here. Thornton Law Firm’s experienced drug and medical device attorneys can help you assess your potential claim. The consultation is free and will be held in complete confidence. Like all legal claims, Xeljanz claims have short, strictly enforced legal time limits. Do not delay seeking legal advice.

 

 

 

PFAS Birth Defects Lawsuits

Contact the PFAS Birth Defect attorneys at Thornton Law Firm today if you think exposure to PFAS chemicals caused your child’s birth defects, or other injuries. Call us at 888-491-9726 for a free consultation or or tell us your story here.

Thornton Law Firm is a nationwide leader in cutting-edge toxic tort litigation, representing thousands of people who have suffered a serious personal injury or illness from exposure to hazardous chemicals and other toxic substances at work or at home. We represent hundreds of children born with catastrophic birth defects in groundbreaking litigation against the companies responsible for the toxic exposures of their parents. We fight for the parents of children who were exposed to glycol ethers in semiconductor “clean rooms”, pesticides in agriculture, a variety of chemicals used in manufacturing, and land and water supply contamination, including Birth Defect PFAS cases.

What are PFAS?

Perfluoroalkyl (or polyfluoroalkyl) substances, or PFAS for short – are a family of chemicals that are repellant to water, grease, or stains. An increasing number of health studies suggest that PFAS may be responsible for many different kinds of illnesses, including cancers and birth defects. Because they don’t break down in the environment or our bodies, they are known as the “forever chemicals”.

The first, and perhaps most famous PFAS is Teflon, developed by DuPont in the 1940s. Since then many consumer and commercial products have been produced containing PFAS, including:

  • Firefighting foam
  • Stain-resistant coatings for fabric, carpets and furniture
  • Cleaning products
  • Food containers made of grease-resistant paper, like fast-food containers, pizza boxes, microwave popcorn bags, and candy wrappers
  • Water resistant clothing
  • Cosmetics and other personal care products (shampoo, dental floss)
  • Paint, varnish & sealants
  • Other nonstick cookware

Health effects of PFAS contamination

In the body, PFAS generally settle into the blood, kidney, and liver. Many health conditions have been studied in association with repeated exposures to PFAS, including:

  • Birth defects in children born to families exposed to PFAS
  • Low birth weight, diminished growth and behavioral effects in infants and older children
  • Decreased fertility, or infertility
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Increased risk of certain cancers, including liver, kidney, pancreatic and testicular cancer
  • Resistance to childhood

Where are we exposed to PFAS?

PFAS have been shown to accumulate in the ground, in drinking water, and in the animals and plants we consume. Recent sampling of both town and private water sources has found groundwater contaminated with unacceptable levels of PFAS. Some of these sources are near many military and industrial sites that have been contaminated.  The more people are exposed to PFAS, the more PFAS build up in the body, a process called “bioaccumulation”. These forever chemicals continue to build up in the body over the years.

Studies have shown that not only do PFAS chemicals last forever, they travel a long way in the environment. PFAS end up in our bodies, in the ground, in the air, and in the water. Perhaps the greatest risk to our health is at or near the military and industrial locations where PFAS chemicals are produced or used.

Sites where groundwater is contaminated with PFAS

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) maintains a map of sites contaminated with PFAS in the United States. You can view the EWG map at this link. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has detected amounts above the allowable level under Massachusetts regulations in public water sources in the following towns, and they are consistently finding additional contaminated sources in the state:

Ayer Acton Barnstable Bedford Braintree
Danvers Falmouth Holbrook Hudson Littleton
Mashpee Millis N. Reading Princeton Randolph
Shirley Stow Topsfield

 

Groundwater Contamination at or Near Military Bases and Airports

PFAS are used in Fire Fighting Foam and in other applications on Military bases and other airports, including:

  • Joint Base Cape Cod, bordered by the towns of Bourne, Falmouth, Mashpee, Sandwich and Barnstable, MA (formerly known as Otis Air National Guard Base, Camp Edwards, and Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod)
  • Former Naval Air Station, South Weymouth, MA, bordered by Abington, Rockland, Holbrook and Braintree, MA
  • Hanscom Field/Hanscom Air Force Base, Bedford, Concord, Lexington and Lincoln, MA

Firefighter and Military PFAS Exposure

Firefighters including U.S. military firefighters are exposed to significant amounts of PFAS. A type of firefighting foam called Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) which is used to contain fires fueled by oil, gas and other petroleum sources contains high levels of PFAS. Once used, the firefighting foam residue remains and contaminates the ground and water where it was used. In addition, firefighting gear is also treated with PFAs to make it water and petroleum repellant.

Manufacturers of PFAS

In the United States, there are 8 major manufacturers of PFAS:

  • Dupont
  • 3M Company
  • Akrema
  • Asahi
  • Ciba
  • Clariant
  • Daikin
  • Solvay Solexis Inc.

Perfluorooctanic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) are the two most commonly manufactured PFAS compounds. These 8 companies (above) produce PFOA in the United States: only 3M produces PFOS in the U.S.

EPA Regulation of PFAS

The EPA does not yet fully regulate PFAS chemicals, despite releasing the “EPA’s Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Plan” in February of 2019. The document outlines the EPA’s future plans to establish a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) process for PFOS and PFOA, which will set the federal legal threshold under the Safe Drinking Water Act for the amount of PFOS and PFOA allowed in public water systems. The EPA also plans to propose federal drinking water monitoring, and to explore adding PFAS to the Toxics Release Inventory, which would make information about reports of certain PFAS releases publicly available.

Trust Thornton Law Firm’s Toxic Tort Attorneys To Help

Have PFAS been detected in your town or private water source? Do you live near a military or industrial site that may be a source of PFAS contamination? Contact the Boston law firm of Thornton Law Firm online or at 1-888-491-9726 for a free consultation with one of our dedicated attorneys who specialize in toxic tort litigation:

David Strouss

Brad Mitchell

Christian Uehlein

Led by David Strouss, Thornton Law Firm’s team of toxic tort lawyers represents hundreds of plaintiffs in lawsuits against chemical companies for birth defects, cancers, and other injuries caused by exposure to chemicals and toxins. The consultation is free. You will receive a fair and accurate assessment of your case from a recognized leader in toxic tort and birth defect litigation.

Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawsuits

If you believe you have experienced chronic kidney disease after taking a proton pump inhibitor, you may have a claim for money damages. Please call Attorney Marilyn McGoldrick at 1-888-341-1405. or tell us your story online

A popular form of antacids known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have been linked with serious kidney problems and other serious side effects. These dangerous conditions include acute interstitial nephritis, chronic kidney disease, kidney failure and other debilitating effects which may result in hospitalization or death.

What are Proton Pump Inhibitors?

Proton pump inhibitors are a class of prescription and over-the counter medicines that treat heartburn and acid reflux.

Medications such as brand names Dexilant, Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, and Protonix, and generics dexlansoprazole, esomeprazole, lansoprazole, omeprazole, pantoprazole, and rabeprazole are in a group of drugs called proton pump inhibitors, which aim to reduce the amount of acid in a person’s stomach. They are used to treat conditions such as stomach ulcers and acid reflux, as well as diseases such as gastroesophageal reflux disease and other esophageal-related conditions.

How Do Proton Pump Inhibitors Work?

PPIs work by blocking the production of an enzyme known as H+/K+ ATPase or the gastric proton pump. By blocking the production of this stomach acid enzyme, the drugs lets ulcers and irritations within the stomach and esophagus heal.

History of PPIs

The first PPIs were approved by the FDA in 1989. Today, proton pump inhibitor antacids are the most widely used class of prescription and over-the-counter drugs in the United States. PPIs have been marketed by many pharmaceutical companies over the years, including Abbott Laboratories, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Novartis, Procter & Gamble, Pfizer, Sanofi, Takeda, TAP Pharmaceutical, and Wyeth.

A Johns Hopkins study of more than 250,000 patients found that PPI users have a 20 to 50 percent higher risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) compared to nonusers.

What Serious Health Problems are Linked to PPIs?

In 2011, the advocacy group Public Citizen filed a petition asking that warnings be placed on PPIs for a number of side effects, including kidney injuries. In response, in December of 2014 the FDA added warnings to PPI labels for several conditions. One of these was acute interstitial nephritis, a dangerous swelling of the kidneys.

In 2016, chronic kidney disease (CKD) was identified as a risk by the Johns Hopkins study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Chronic kidney disease is a life-threatening complication because it may cause a gradual shutdown of kidneys, which may require the patient to have dialysis or get a kidney transplant.

What Are the Symptoms of Severe Kidney Disease?

Signs of kidney disease and/or failure include:

  • Too much urine (or not enough) leaving the body
  • Blood in urine
  • Foamy urine
  • Excessive need to urinate
  • Swollen legs, feet, ankles, and eyes
  • Fatigue or tiredness; trouble sleeping
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Back or abdominal pain or pressure
  • Nosebleeds
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Seizures or coma
  • Death

What Can You Do?

If you are taking a PPI it is important that your medical team carefully monitor your kidney function. If you have been diagnosed with severe kidney disease after taking a proton pump inhibitor antacid, call the defective drug lawyers at Thornton Law Firm for a free consultation. You can call Attorney Marilyn McGoldrick at 1-888-341-1405 or tell us your story online  for a free, confidential evaluation of your legal claim. You have nothing to risk. We offer a fair and accurate assessment of your case.

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What is asbestos?

The word “asbestos” is the term for six types of naturally occurring minerals: chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite and actinolite. Their physical properties can be useful for several reasons: the minerals are resistant to heat, electrical, and chemical damage, and provide excellent sound absorption and tensile strength. Unfortunately, asbestos is also toxic and a carcinogen.

Chrysotile (more commonly referred to as “white” asbestos) Amosite (more commonly referred to as “brown” asbestos and sometimes “gray” asbestos) Crocidolite (more commonly referred to as “blue” asbestos)
Tremolite Anthophyllite Actinolite

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What was asbestos used for?

The unique properties of asbestos make it hazardous. Asbestos fibers break into tiny particles that become deeply embedded in human tissue when breathed. When you see visible asbestos in the air, the number of the tiniest and most dangerous fibers is in the millions. Asbestos dust floats longer than other dusts. Asbestos has unique aerodynamic properties: the mineral frays into tiny microscopic rectangles, and they float in the air like little balsa airplanes.

Asbestos was most often used in building construction and shipbuilding. Concrete, bricks, pipes, cement, gaskets, insulation, flooring, roofing, drywall, and joint compound at one time all used asbestos as one of their components. Formerly, this potentially deadly material was also manufactured into automobile brake pads, shoes, and clutch discs.

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When did they stop using asbestos in building materials?

Surprisingly, in the United States, asbestos in building materials has never been completely banned. The quick summary is that the EPA issued bans on specific asbestos products beginning in 1973. EPA then tried to issue a total ban on asbestos in 1989 by issuing a final rule under Section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). But the ban was overturned by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1991. The EPA issued a ban on asbestos products in 2019 under the new TSCA, but under that 2019 rule companies can petition the EPA for approval to import asbestos products. So it is not a total ban.

Asbestos use was banned by the European Union as of January 1st, 2005. Most developed countries also follow these guidelines, with the exception of the United States, Russia, and Canada. Unfortunately, asbestos is still widely used in third-world countries, with little or no protection for workers or consumers.

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Causes of Mesothelioma

What are the causes of mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is generally caused by long-term occupational exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a fibrous material, and when the fibers are inhaled, they can irritate the mesothelium — the tissue surrounding your heart, lungs, chest cavity and stomach cavity. In many cases, the long-term exposure leads to the creation of malignant cells in the mesothelium that begin to invade the rest of your body.

Where can I be exposed to asbestos?

Asbestos was widely used in construction and manufacturing until the 1970s when the government first began efforts to regulate the use and exposure to asbestos. Since then asbestos is no longer used in construction, but many building and houses still contain asbestos

Primary workplace exposure generally occurred at naval shipyards, power plants, railroad infrastructures and other industrial job sites, as well as in building construction. Anyone who worked at a jobsite with asbestos exposure is at risk of contracting mesothelioma. Asbestos-related exposures have also been diagnosed in families of industrial workers. Workers with asbestos fibers on their clothes inadvertently spread the fibers at home.

Worksites with confirmed asbestos exposure include the following:

Northeastern U.S. shipyards

  • Boston Naval Shipyard (Charlestown, MA)
  • Fore River Shipyard (Quincy, MA)
  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (Kittery, ME)
  • Bath Shipyard/Bath Iron Works (Bath, ME)
  • Hingham Shipyard (Hingham, MA)
  • Groton Yard (Groton, CT)
  • Newport Naval Shipyard (Newport, RI)

Boston Edison Co.

  • Boston Edison L Street Station (Boston, MA)
  • Boston Edison Edgar Station (Weymouth, MA)
  • Boston Edison Mystic Station (Everett, MA)
  • Boston Edison Plymouth Station (Plymouth, MA)

Big manufacturing sites in western Massachusetts

  • General Electric (Pittsfield, MA)
  • Monsanto (Springfield, MA)

Asbestos spray sites in Massachusetts

  • Charles River Park, Office Building (Boston, MA)
  • New Brockton High School (Brockton, MA)
  • Badger Building (Cambridge, MA)
  • Middlesex County Courthouse (Cambridge, MA)
  • Prudential Tower (Boston, MA)
  • Keystone Building (Boston, MA)
  • Polaroid Building (Waltham, MA)
  • Sachar International Center (Waltham, MA)
  • State Street Project (Quincy, MA)

Boilers: Riley Stoker sites

  • Bucksport Mill (Bucksport, ME)
  • Crane Paper (Dalton, MA)
  • Crocker Burbank Power Company (Fitchburg, MA)
  • Diamond International (Old Towne, ME)
  • Esso Refinery (Everett, MA)
  • Fitchburg Gas Electric Company (Fitchburg, MA)
  • Fitchburg Paper (Fitchburg, MA)
  • General Electric (Pittsfield, MA)
  • General Motors (Framingham, MA)
  • Georgia Pacific Paper Mill (Woodland, ME)
  • Great Northern Paper Company (East Millinocket, ME)
  • Holyoke Gas and Electric (Holyoke, MA)
  • Monsanto Chemical (Everett, MA)
  • Mount Tom Powerhouse aka Holyoke Water Power (Holyoke, MA)
  • New England Power Company – Brayton Point Station (Somerset, MA)
  • New England Power Company – Salem Harbor Station (Salem, MA)
  • Scott Paper (Bucksport, ME)
  • Scott Paper (Hinchley, ME)
  • Scott Paper (Winslow, ME)
  • Uniroyal, Inc./Fiske Tire Plant (Chicopee, MA)
  • University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA)
  • University of Massachusetts – Tillson Farms (Amherst, MA)

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Desmoplastic Mesothelioma

What is desmoplastic mesothelioma?

Desmoplastic mesothelioma is a cell subtype of mesothelioma. This aggressive variant of sarcomatoid mesothelioma often occurs in the pleura surrounding the lungs and sometimes in the abdomen (peritoneum). Around five to ten percent of mesothelioma patients have this type of cancer. Its cells are often described as bland or patternless in appearance and are usually found after the cancerous cells have invaded the chest wall.

How is desmoplastic mesothelioma diagnosed?

As with any form of mesothelioma, a doctor usually orders a biopsy for testing. The goal of the biopsy is to collect a large sample of tumor tissue for testing because the fibrous regions of sarcomatoid mesothelioma tumors can hide cell variations necessary for a desmoplastic diagnosis.

The presence of the dense cell fibers in all pleural mesothelioma tumors, in general, makes it difficult for doctors properly to diagnosis desmoplastic mesothelioma, so misdiagnosis is common. The disease is often misdiagnosed as fibrous pleurisy, pleural fibrosis, rheumatoid disease or spindle cell sarcoma.

Doctors look for the following criteria when a patient is suspected of having the disease:

  • At least 50 percent of the tumor consisting of dense fibrous tissue that frequently forms nodules
  • Areas of increased cellularity with sarcomatoid mesothelioma characteristics
  • Specific areas of cell death, known as necrosis, seen in 70 percent of cases
  • Spread of neoplastic spindle cells to the lung or chest walls
  • Metastasis to nearby fat tissue, skeletal muscle or lungs
  • Presence of the p53 tumor suppressor gene protein

Symptoms and treatment of desmoplastic mesothelioma

The symptoms vary, depending on the cell type. The most common symptom of desmoplastic mesothelioma is chest pains caused by fluid buildup in the lungs. Often, this is the only symptom experienced by patients.

Treatment for desmoplastic mesothelioma is typically palliative — striving to reduce symptoms, prolong survival and improve quality of life. Treatments can also include chemotherapy and radiation to shrink tumors and kill cancerous cells. After diagnosis, the average life expectancy of patients is only about one year.

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History of Mesothelioma

Massachusetts Mesothelioma Cancer

Since the founding of our city, the people of Boston, Massachusetts, and the surrounding area have been in the process of building, structuring, and re-purposing their living and work environments. Many of these constructions, including factories, office buildings, public facilities, and shipyards, were built using materials that contained asbestos. during World War II. Unfortunately, its effects and consequences on the human body, such as mesothelioma and asbestosis, were not known until much later.

Today, the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), limits the amount and conditions under which workers are exposed to asbestos. The government’s limits on asbestos exposure starting in the 1970s came too late for many individuals and families; the damage has already been done. In addition, workers are often unknowingly exposed to asbestos today during demolition or repair of old asbestos-containing buildings and machines.

Types of Treatment

The most common types of treatment for an individual diagnosed with mesothelioma include the following:

  • Surgery. While this method alone traditionally has yielded poor results, it has been found increasingly effective when used in conjunction with radiation and chemotherapy.
  • Radiation. Often given to patients with localized disease, this treatment is commonly dispensed post-operatively along with other treatments. Occasionally, it is used palliatively to relieve the symptoms of mesothelioma.
  • Chemotherapy. Currently, this is the only treatment that has been shown to produce curative results in certain patients when used either alone, or in combination with other types of treatments.

Massachusetts Mesothelioma Law

Although OSHA provides certain protections for those still at risk of asbestos exposure in their work environments, this does not protect you from the cancer called mesothelioma. There is no safe level of exposure to any substance that causes cancer. OSHA regulations also do not always mean that employers follow OSHA regulations. You or a family member may collect compensation if it can be proven that your employer did not routinely monitor your exposure risk, or provide you with respiratory equipment, protective clothing, safety training, or health exams.

For claims against the manufacturers, sellers and distributors of the asbestos products you were exposed to,  the statute of limitations in Massachusetts is short: only three years from the date of diagnosis. By seeking the advice of a Massachusetts mesothelioma lawyer at Thornton Law Firm, we can help you:

  • Determine who is at fault for your diagnosis
  • File for compensation on your behalf
  • Pursue settlement or litigation of your case

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