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Author: Matthew Dolman

Dolman Law Group, a Pinellas County Law Firm, is a personal injury law firm with satellite offices located St Petersburg, Clearwater, Bradenton and Melbourne Florida. Our mission is to provide zealous and competent service for any individual injured due to the negligence exhibited by either an individual or a corporation. We only represent the injured in Florida and no member of the Dolman Law Group will ever represent an insurance company.

I’ve experienced GI problems when prescribed Benicar, what do I do?

In April of 2002, Japanese pharmaceutical company Daiichi Sankyo received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to launch its new product in the United States. The product, Benicar, is a prescription medication used to treat hypertension, or lower someone’s blood pressure. Daiichi Sankyo went on to spend over $1 billion in advertising for the drug, promoting its effectiveness and safe use. In 2012, the FDA estimated that approximately 10.4 million prescriptions were prescribed to patients with blood pressure problems. However, it has recently been discovered that Benicar can cause serious gastrointestinal problems to those who use the drug.

BENICAR AND SPRUE-LIKE ENTEROPATHY

GI problemsFrom 2008 to 2011, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota studied patients who had been hospitalized with symptoms similar to that of celiac disease – chronic diarrhea, weight loss, and enteropathy. However, unlike people who suffer from celiac disease, the patients being studied were unable to curb any of their symptoms when they switched to a gluten-free diet. Also, the blood tests taken did not show a diagnosis of celiac disease either. When the Mayo Clinic researchers discovered the fact the all the patients they were studying were prescribed Benicar, they ordered them to stop taking the medication.

What they found when the patients stopped taking the drugs was their symptoms disappeared as well. These findings led them to studying 40 more patients who were found to have sprue-like enteropathy from taking Benicar. Once patients stopped taking the hypertension medicine, all gastro-intestinal problems, from diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, and intestinal inflammation stopped, and patients regained an average of 27 lbs.

In the wake of these study results, in July of 2013, the FDA required the drug manufacturer to place GI warning label on Benicar, notifying the consumer of the risk of sprue-like enteropathy. The symptoms from sprue-like enteropathy can develop anywhere from a few months to a few years after starting treatment with Benicar. The drug has been marketed as Benicar, Benicar HCT, Azor, Tribenzor, and olmersartan.

CONTACT CLEARWATER DEFECTIVE DRUG LAWYERS DOLMAN LAW GROUP

The severe side effects and their symptoms that can result from taking Benicar can have serious damaging effects on the person using them. It is possible for you to be hospitalized, resulting in lost wages, and suffer from extreme weight loss, making you become weak and unable to perform the tasks that you could once do with ease.

Our experienced defective drug attorneys at Dolman Law Group are currently investigating claims from users of Benicar who have experienced the following symptoms: severe diarrhea, weight loss, vomiting, and constant nausea.

If you, a loved one, or someone you know has suffered from any of the previously listed symptoms, or has been misdiagnosed with celiac disease due to the use of the prescription drug Benicar, you may be entitled to compensation. The attorneys at Dolman Law Group will work diligently to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve and that those who were negligent are held responsible. Call 727-451-6900 or contact us via our online contact form today for a free and confidential consultation on your Benicar case.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765
727-451-6900

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What do I do if I’m attacked by a Dog in Pinellas County?

angry dogA dog’s loyal and obedient nature have earned them the title “man’s best friend,” and rightly so due to the role they can play in a family’s life. It is difficult to find a person in the United States who has never once owned a dog as pet. However friendly and charming dogs can be, it is important to remember that they are still animals, and even the most well-trained and obedient dogs can revert back to their primal instincts. When this happens, they can attack humans and end up severely injuring them with a bite or maul. Not only will the victim of a vicious dog attack suffer physical injuries, they also can become permanently traumatized and suffer from such conditions as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). When attacked by the dog, make sure to follow the following steps to ensure a proper recovery:
  1. Make sure to attend to any wounds. Dog bites can be easily infected, no matter how large or small the wound.
  2. After you take care of any wounds, make sure to contact the authorities. If the dog was a stray and on a run, there is a chance it can attack others or have rabies. If attacked by a dog owned by someone you know, or a stranger’s dog, how you handle the situation is up to both parties. However, if you were injured, you may want to take legal action, as many states have laws that hold the owners responsible for their dog’s actions.
  3. Go visit a medical professional soon as possible. This is crucial due to the risk of rabies. If the dog was unknown, appeared to be foaming at the mouth, or acting erratically, there is a good chance it had rabies and treatment needs to be started immediately. If you haven’t had a tetanus shot in the last 5 years, you may also need to receive one of those as well.
  4. After the physical treatment for dog victims is completed, it will be important to monitor them for their mental trauma. In order to determine if you or a loved one is suffering from PTSD after being attacked by a dog, look for these signs:
  • Night terrors or nightmares
  • Flashbacks
  • Serious anxiety
  • Emotional unresponsiveness
  • Confusion
  • Avoidance of other people or social activities
  • Paranoia
  • Physical manifestations like headaches or insomnia
CONTACT CLEARWATER DOG BITE ATTORNEYS DOLMAN LAW GROUP

Not only can dog bites physically harm an individual, they can also emotionally ruin a victim as well, taking away their love of dogs and replacing it with fear. If you, a loved one, or someone you know has suffered a dog bite and are emotionally and/or physically scarred, it is important to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. The state of Florida holds dog owners responsible for their pet’s actions, and you may be eligible for compensation for the damages suffered.

Contact the experienced dog bite attorneys at Dolman Law Group today for a free and private consultation on your dog attack case. At Dolman Law Group, we will aggressively fight for the compensation you deserve.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765
727-451-6900

http://www.dolmanlaw.com/practice-area/dog-bite-ptsd/

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Infographic: 4 Things You Need to Know About Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

Florida Brain Injury Attorneys


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Infographic: Clearing up the Confusion About Florida Personal Injury Protection (PIP)

Florida PIP Law - Qualifying for Medical Benefits
 
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Infographic: You Won't Believe The Alarming Statistics of Texting While Driving

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