Actos: Blowing the Whistle

The drug pioglitazone, marketed as Actos®, is prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes. Chemically related to the diabetes drug Avandia, Actos has come under fire in recent years for serious, sometimes fatal side effects.

Representing clients injured by Actos, our attorneys in Chicago provide skilled legal service pursuing compensation for drug-related injury like bladder cancer, macular edema, and heart or liver failure. While money brings some justice, it does not restore health. Many of our clients injured by Actos wonder how much Takeda Pharmaceutical Company knew about the dangers of the drug it marketed to an unsuspecting public.

A 2010 safety announcement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mentions that one Takeda study found an increased risk of bladder cancer among patients with the longest exposure to Actos. But in a whistleblower lawsuit unsealed this past spring, a former consultant for Takeda claims she was instructed not to accurately report adverse drug events associated with Actos.

In her lawsuit, whistleblower Dr. Helen Gee claims:

  • Takeda purposely failed to report all heart failure cases to the FDA
  • Underreporting the adverse drug effects of Actos aided Takeda after the GlaxoSmithKline drug Avandia was linked to damaging cardiac events
  • Upon revealing her findings to Takeda, Dr. Gee was fired

Actos lawsuits are presently filed in Cook County where the manufacture Takeda is located. We have filed a number of cases against Takeda and expect to file more as people who are affected by Actos seek legal representation. While the question remains about what Takeda knew in 2008, there is no doubt now of the dangers of the prescription medication Actos.  If injured by Actos, be sure to seek experienced legal advice.

Chicago Public Transportation Should be Safe and Hazard-Free: Train Injuries

The Federal Railroad Administration reports that thousands of people across the United States are injured and killed in train accidents each year. Between the CTA, METRA and Amtrak, Chicago-area residents tend to rely heavily on trains. Considering that there were 12,000 railroad accidents and 800 train-related fatalities in the United States in 2008 though, it’s easy to see why this is an issue that concerns us all. Incredibly, a considerable number of these accidents and fatalities are caused by sheer negligence. When that happens, the help of a competent and experienced transportation accident attorney is imperative.

Negligence is often to blame in train accidents

Train accidents, including crashes and derailments, happen for a number of reasons. In some cases, railroad companies flout current safety regulations concerning railroad crossing warning systems, railroad track conditions and other related matters. In others, those who are charged with maintaining trains and train tracks fall woefully short of keeping up with their duties. When negligence is to blame for a train accident, victims and their families need to protect their rights. Hiring an experienced and talented train accident lawyer is a smart first step.

Chicago train accidents are often preventable

It’s disheartening to realize that the very people who are charged with keeping pedestrians, passengers and other innocent people safe around trains and railroad crossings often fail to do so. Considering the weight, size, speed and full capacities of many trains in the Chicago area, it’s easy to see how catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths can occur. However, there is no need to sit back and accept the situation. The best way to ensure that your rights are protected is by retaining a Chicagoland personal injury lawyer with a proven track record for handling train accident cases. That way, those who are to blame can be held responsible for their negligence.

Know Your Rights: Injuries in Transit

In the United States, several organizations are charged with regulating transportation throughout the country. There are hundreds of laws, rules and regulations on the books that apply to all forms of transportation. These laws and rules apply to motor vehicles, trains, airplanes, boats and every other conceivable method of transit. With that in mind, it’s crucial to seek the right legal representation if you have been injured in a transportation-related accident.

Know your rights

On any given day in the Chicago area, residents travel by car, bus, train, plane and even water taxi. While it’s reassuring to know that there are many government bodies that are tasked with ensuring the safety of these forms of transportation, the truth is that it’s not so easy to make sense of all of those laws. There is no question that the majority of those laws, rules and regulations are in place to ensure the safety of passengers, but everyday people can’t be expected to understand how those laws apply to them. That’s where an experienced transportation accident attorney can be invaluable.

Transportation accidents are often caused by negligence

As nice as it would be to live in a world where everyone did the right thing, the reality is that many people seriously miss the mark. From failing to maintain equipment to ignoring important safety regulations, the negligence of such individuals often results in serious injury and wrongful death.

Line up legal representation right away

In the aftermath of a transportation accident, confusion reigns. However, it’s important to get in touch with a competent attorney as quickly as possible. Without doing so, there is no way to ensure that your rights are being protected. The laws regarding various forms of transportation can be very confusing. A talented lawyer can help you get through the process as smoothly as possible.