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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

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

Florida Brain Injury Attorneys


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Traumatic Brain Injury Testing and the United States Department of Defense

human brain injuryThe United States Defense Department and Abbott Laboratories, an American pharmaceuticals and health care products company, have recently reached an agreement to collaborate on the development of portable blood tests which would help to evaluate and diagnose concussions and other head and brain injuries. Abbott will use its handheld diagnostic system, i-Stat, to develop the tests which will be designed to identify “certain proteins, or biomarkers, that are released into the bloodstream following a brain injury like a concussion.”

Diagnosis of a Traumatic Brain Injury is a difficult task with many hurdles that have been difficult to overcome for medical providers for many years. To begin with, Traumatic Brain Injuries vary greatly in severity from mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (like a sports concussion) to quite severe injuries, such as Diffuse Axonal Injuries (occurs when there is a tearing the brain’s long connecting nerve fibers, or axons as a result of a brain violently shaking or rotating movement inside the skull), which often result in comas, and in severe cases victims never regain consciousness.

COMMON DIAGNOSTIC TEST FOR TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

Below are the most common tests used to diagnose Traumatic Brain Injuries:
  • Glasgow Coma Scale: the initial test for doctors or emergency responders to evaluate the severity of a brain injury. Eye response, verbal response, and motor response is graded on a 15-point scale. The lower the score, the more severe the injury. The higher the score, the less severe the injury.
  • CT Scan (computerized tomography): a CT scan can detect bleeding in the brain, skull fractures, hematomas, brain bruises, and the swelling of brain tissue. A CT scan uses multiple X-rays to put together a detailed look into the brain.
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging): Often used after the victim’s condition has stabilized, a MRI uses magnetic and radio waves to develop a high definition image of the brain.
  • Intracranial Pressure Monitor: a probe used to monitor the cranial pressure in a victim’s skull that is the result from brain swelling.
However, diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injuries is often quite difficult, especially in the case of Diffuse Axonal Injuries. In those instances, there are two other methods of testing for TBI:
  • Susceptibility Weighted Imaging (SWI) - uses a type of contrast in MRI different from traditional imaging techniques. Two images are combined to create an enhanced image referred to as a SWI. SWI is typically run at a high resolution and is sensitive to gray matter/white matter boundaries which allow the radiologist or interpreting physician to see the microscopic bleeds which other diagnostic tools tend to miss.
  • Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) – allows direct examination of aspects of the tissue microstructure and provides a detailed view of the brain, and enables mapping of the orientation of white-matter tracts. Images the brain’s white the most important structures to decipher the location of pathology in TBI. Additionally, DTI allows physicians to quantify white matter integrity, and because TBI frequently involves white matter injury, and can be used to demonstrate injuries and pathology which can be attributed to mild TBI.
CONTACT YOUR TAMPA BAY AREA BRAIN INJURY LAWYERS

Clearwater traumatic brain injury lawyers at Dolman Law Group understand the life changing effect Traumatic Brain Injuries have on both the victims and their families. If you or a loved one have suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury, whether it be a Diffuse Axonal Injury or otherwise, as a result of a car accident or fall, contact us today. We will never relent in our advocacy for you, our client, against an insurance company and fight to ensure that you are compensated properly for the damages suffered.

Our teams of experienced attorneys are constantly keeping up to date with the latest scientific and technological developments in the medical field. Not only do we have the resources to take on the biggest insurance providers, we also have the resources to ensure that you received the proper medical diagnosis and treatment.  Contact the firm for a free case evaluation and consultation by calling 727-451-6900.

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

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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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