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Skecher Sneaker Injury Lawsuits Filed, Tone Up Shoes Injury Lawsuits

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People have been injured by Sketcher sneakers and sketcher sneaker injury lawsuits are being filed. Sketcher sneakers have caused severe injury and long term disability and lawyers are filing sketcher lawsuits for:

  •     Broken femurs from sketcher sneakers,
  •     Fractured hips due to sketcher sneakers,
  •     Ankle injuries from sketcher sneakers,
  •     Sprains and strains sneaker lawsuits,
  •     Fall related injury lawyers from sketcher sneakers,
  •    Traumatic brain injuries  from falls due to sketcher sneakers,
  •     Sketcher sneakers broken arms from falls,

Skecher Sneaker Lawsuits Are Being Filed

(Case No: 3:12-cv-00619-TBR),.

According to the lawsuit, in October 2009, the Plaintiff began experiencing significant leg and feet pain and, as a result, visited the Piedmont Foot & Ankle center. X-rays and other testing revealed that the Plaintiff had suffered a stress fracture in her left foot. Because she was unaware that Skechers Shape-Ups had allegedly contributed to her injuries, the Plaintiff kept wearing these shoes on a daily basis – even after being diagnosed with two subsequent stress fractures to her left feet (in February 2010 and June 2012, respectively). Along with suffering these stress fractures, the Plaintiff alleges that, between 2009 and 2012, she also suffered from sprained ankles, damage to her ligaments and tendons, and additional injuries to her left foot and legs.

In addition to these allegations, the complaint (Case No: 3:12-cv-00619-TBR) accuses the Defendants of knowing that Skechers toning shoes could cause injury due to their unstable rolling or rocker bottom; intentionally misleading consumers in its advertising; and failing to warn consumers about the possible risks and injures associated with using these shoes.

If you have been injured by sketcher sneakers contact our skecher sneaker lawyers today.

 

Hurricane Damage Helpline, Hurricane Damage Claims Information

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Nationwide hurrican damge helpline is here for insurance company help for your hurricane damage lawsuit. With such a major disaster a huge influx of claims can be expected. people will have questions abput theor rights against insurance companies that attempt to not pay on a claim. Many of these may result in class action claims. Altjhough we hope for everyones safety we know from our past experience fighting insurance companies that you may have a battle on your hands. if  you need help call our hotline.

President Obama has made emergency disaster declarations in seven states: Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, plus  Washington, D.C.

According to The National Storm Damage Center

Filing an Insurance Claim for Storm Damage

If your home has been damaged, exposure to the elements may greatly increase the amount of damage to you home. Many insurance policies limit your time to file a claim, so don't wait until you have water dripping through the ceiling, mold in the attic, or your roof caves in to call your insurance company. It might be too late to file a valid storm damage claim.

Be wary of insurance company "approved" contractors who have a financial incentive to save the insurance company money at your expense. Protect yourself by hiring a reputable contractor to represent your best interests. You have paid your homeowners insurance, so make sure you get the maximum value for your claim.
Insurance Claim Tips

    Don't Delay! Most insurance policies limit your time to file a claim
    You can't be singled out for a rate increase due to storm damage
    Insurance restoration contractors advocate for you
    Always hire the best contractor, not the cheapest
    Beware of insurance company "approved" contractors
    Always do your homework and understand your rights

Insurance Claims Process

Filing a storm damage insurance claim can be a frustrating and confusing process. You should remember that your insurance company is in business to make money and may try to deny your claim. So we’ve created a 7 Step Guide to make the claims process easy to understand.

Step 1: Assess the storm damage. Record the date of the storm, signs of damage you can see from the ground, and take pictures of any damage. Search online for news stories of the storm hitting your area, so you have proof if it is ever required.

Step 2: Contact several reputable storm repair contractors and obtain 3 written proposals. Make sure your contractor performs a full property inspection, including the roof, windows, siding, AC units, screens, concrete and all other exterior surfaces.

Step 3: Read your insurance policy carefully and contact the claims department of your insurance company directly. Be prepared to provide pictures, and the estimate from the contractor you have chosen to work with.

Step 4: Request an insurance adjuster inspection. Insist your contractor is present during the adjuster inspection. Your contractor's job is to make sure the adjuster plays fair, and provides you with a fair assessment. Remember, the insurance adjuster works for the insurance company and may have an incentive to deny your claim, if they think they can.

Step 5: If your claim is denied, don't worry. You are entitled to meet with three insurance adjusters. Remember, even a small amount of damage should result in an approved claim. Any type of damage can devalue your home and damage should be fixed immediately before it leads to greater damage down the road.

Step 6: Once your claim is approved your insurance company will send you 2 separate payments. The first payment, or materials deposit, covers the cost of materials. Make sure your contractor orders materials in your name, and uses your check to pay for your materials.

Step 7: After your materials are delivered, your contractor will get to work. Any changes to the written bid should be submitted in writing for your approval. No additional payment is due until all the repairs are complete. Once your project has passed a city inspection, you will have a chance to approve the job before making final payment. Make sure the job is done to your satisfaction and your contractor signs a lien waiver, before handing over the second payment.

When filing an insurance claim, remember most state laws prohibit insurance companies from cancelling policies for filing claims in an Act of God storm damage situation. In most states insurance company cannot single you out for a rate increase. If the insurance company is going to raise rates, they have to raise everyone's rates in your area. So, if you don’t file a claim, your personal rate increase will pay for everyone else's claim except for yours.
Claim Denials: What to do if your insurance company says "no"

It has become more common in recent years for insurance companies to deny storm damage claims that should be approved, hoping homeowners won't file again. Research shows that of all storm damage related insurance claims that are denied, only 5% re-file. Of claims that are filed again, an estimated 50% are approved the second or third time around. So, if you live in an area that has been hit by a severe storm, and think you have property damage, don't take no for an answer from an insurance adjuster.

The American Justice Association publishes an annual list of the 10 worst insurance companies for claim denials. Their list includes companies such as Allstate, State Farm, and Farmers. If your claim is denied, get help from a reputable contractor with experience getting claims approved.

Remember, no matter how much you like your insurance agent personally, agents and adjusters work for the insurance company and may have a financial incentive to deny your claim. Your insurance company is in business to make money, not pay out claims. You should be absolutely certain your home has not been damaged before you stop pursuing the insurance claims process.

source: National Storm Damage Center

Mesothelioma Lawyers, Lung Cancer From Asbestos

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Class Action Lawyer Network has launched a mesothelioma helpline for victims of asbestos related cancer and their families, The helpline is run by a medical social worker who will offer support and connect you to a mesothelioma lawyer.

What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a group of minerals that occur naturally in the environment and asbestos has been  used in many industries. As a worker If asbestos fibers are breathed in,  you can get asbestosis or  a scarring of the lung tissue resulting in mesothelioma and lung cancer.

There are two  types of asbestos:

  • chrysotile asbestos
  • amphibole asbestos

Our mesothelioma lawyers  are here for  Asbestos victims and their families. Our Mesothelioma helpline  Asbestos attorneys and medical social worker understand how difficut it is the watch your loved one deteriorate from this disease and feel helpless.

This dangerous lung cancer causing substance can be found in many work environments. if your loved one has worked in an asbestos work environment and has fallen vitim to mesotelioma we can help.

Workers inhaling large amounts of asbestos can get:

  •     Asbestosis
  •     scarring of the lungs
  •     Pleural plaques
  •     Pleural effusions
  •     fluid buildup between lungs and chest cavity
  •     Pleural thickening

Workers with a high risk of developing mesothelioma were exposed to asbestos at work or through large quantities of environmental contact.

Millions of workers since the 1940s have been exposed to asbestos. Those at risk for asbestos-related illnesses worked in the following industries:

  •     Shipbuilding
  •     Mining and milling
  •     Maritime industry
  •     steel mills
  •     Automobile
  •     Asbestos textile manufacturing
  •     Construction and building
  •     Drywall or asbestos removal
  •     First responders to burning buildings or buildings with asbestos exposed the fumes

 

Symptoms of Asbestos related lung cancer

  •     Breathlessness or shortness of breath
  •     A cough that won't go away
  •     Coughing up blood
  •     Wheezing or hoarseness
  •     Fatigue or anemia
  •     Trouble swallowing
  •     Pain or tightening in the chest
  •     Swelling of the neck or face
  •     Weight loss
  •     Loss of appetite

Asbestos and Asbestosis

 For people with severe exposure to asbestos, three of the primary causes of death are: scarring of the lungs,asbestosis, lung cancer and  mesothelioma.
While mesothelioma is the most well known illness caused by exposure to asbestos, it is not the only one. Another significant illness caused by asbestos is asbestosis.

If you or a loved one has toxic exposure due to asbestos resulting in mesothelioma contact our mesothelipoma helpline today.

  

Vaginal Mesh Lawyers Expanded Coverage Area, Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits

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The wave of Vaginal mesh lawsuits is picking up as more women realize it is not in their heads. Multi District Litigation lawyers are gearing up as ther proceedings for the vaginal mesh lawsuits begin. Tne vaginal mesh has caused thousands of women pain anguish and destroyed lives and marriages.

This is a call to all women with a failed vaginal mesh to locate a doctor who understands the problem rigt away. This shaould be a urogynecologist. You will need to prove inury from the transvaginal mesh or baldder sling to file your lawsuit. Yes, we know it is from the mesh and not in your head but, a medical report needs to back you up. This is the hard part.

You must file your vaginal mesh ;awsuit if you have not done so already. The stautes in many states are running very close. We do not want you to be left out.

Alert: File Your Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Today

Contact our 24hr hotline for victims of  the vaginal mesh

 

Menigitus Outbreak From Recalled Steroid Medication Reaches 9 States

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The outbreaks of Menigitus from a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts has now reached 9 states and 91 victims according to the Wall Street Journel. See article below:

    HEALTH INDUSTRY
    Updated October 7, 2012, 8:31 p.m. ET

Meningitis Cases Rise Amid Hunt for Victims

 

By TIMOTHY W. MARTIN, THOMAS M. BURTON, BETSY MCKAYand JENNIFER LEVITZ

The number of people sickened with fungal meningitis from tainted epidural steroid injections has now risen to 91 in nine states, including seven deaths, federal officials said Sunday, as investigators try to home in on the precise source of contamination at a compounding pharmacy tied to the widespread outbreak.

Investigators from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and state officials are probing the Framingham, Mass., facility where the New England Compounding Center made the 17,676 potentially tainted steroid injections, which were then shipped to 75 clinics in 23 states, according to federal and state officials.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman said it isn't possible to know how many cases there will be. The CDC and state health officials scrambled last week and over the weekend to track down patients who received the shots to see if they had been sick and to warn them to watch for possible symptoms.

The numbers of cases are rising sharply now not necessarily because people are continuing to get sick, but because investigators are pinpointing more illnesses among those who already received the injections of methylprednisolone acetate for relief of back and neck pain.

The injections were given between July and September. So far, those who have been infected developed symptoms between one and four weeks after receiving their injections.

"There's no evidence that new infections are occurring at a more rapid rate," said John Jernigan, medical epidemiologist at the CDC who is involved in the investigation.

It is too early to know how many people ultimately will be affected. Federal and state investigators must determine how many people received potentially contaminated injections, then track down each one. They must then confirm that those who have subsequently become ill actually had fungal meningitis and not another disease. There are "too many variables to speculate on the number of possible cases," said a CDC spokesman.

The compounding pharmacy that produced the injections in question issued a recall Saturday of all products made at its compounding center. "This action is being taken out of an abundance of caution due to the potential risk of contamination," the New England Compounding Center said in a statement. The company has said it is cooperating with investigators. It had no further comment Sunday.

The FDA had already advised medical professionals last week not to use NECC-made products.

Meningitis is a potentially deadly inflammation of the brain or central nervous system. It is usually caused by viruses or bacteria, but can also be brought on by fungi. The two fungi found thus far in some patients—known as aspergillus and exserohilum—are commonly found in the air and soil.

The fungal form of meningitis is particularly difficult to diagnose because the symptoms can be vague and mild initially, including fever, headache, nausea and stiffness of the neck, according to the CDC. People with fungal meningitis can also experience dizziness and confusion. Several of the patients in the current outbreak have had strokes.

Most of the people who have been sickened had normal immune systems, Dr. Jernigan said, meaning they weren't at particular risk of infections. While the investigation into how patients became infected is ongoing, there is some evidence to suggest that the fungi in the medication penetrated the lining protecting the central nervous system after being injected epidurally, Dr. Jernigan said.

While the fungi aren't harmful in the environment, they can become deadly when they flourish in a medication and are then injected directly into a part of the body that should not have germs, Dr. Jernigan said.

One possible victim, 56-year-old Tennessee resident Diana Reed, died Wednesday; she got meningitis after receiving steroid injections, says a lawyer for her family. She had received the injections at a facility that has since been closed because of a meningitis outbreak, according to its Web site.

Ms. Reed underwent an autopsy; the lawyer said he didn't yet know the results.

The outbreak has drawn renewed attention to the little-regulated world of compounding pharmacies. The FDA is hampered by federal law and conflicting federal court decisions over its authority to regulate compounding pharmacies. Current and former senior FDA officials said the agency has sought greater authority over the past decade, but so far has been stymied.

Government officials say the FDA is especially concerned about large compounding pharmacies that send out large amounts of drugs across the country—as opposed to a small pharmacy that may compound a medication three or four times a year.

In particular, the agency hasn't been able to take the normal steps it would take to ensure the safety of a drug produced at a compounding pharmacy. That includes requiring and evaluating clinical trials, and inspection of manufacturing facilities.

Attempts in the past by the agency to regulate more strenuously have been challenged in court.

Chevron Toxic Exposure Victims, Toxic Exposure Lawyers File Lawsuits

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New potential class action against Chevron due to toxic exposure from a Chevron plant fire. Toxic exposure lawyers filing lawsuits for injury from toxic exposure. See story below:

BAAQMD Finds 23 'Potentially Toxic Pollutants' in Air Around Chevron Fire, Says 'Well Under Exposure Levels'
August 7, 2012, 8:18 pm • Posted by Jon Brooks
 

Statement from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District on air quality samples the agency took around the Richmond fire:

    The Air District had inspectors at the scene of the August 6 Chevron fire, collecting air quality samples from the surrounding area. These were sent to the Air District’s lab at 6 a.m. this morning, and the results came in this afternoon.

    The results of our lab analysis of air samples from the Chevron fire show levels of these potentially toxic pollutants to be well under their reference exposure levels or RELs, and not a significant health concern. These concentrations were similar to the “background” levels measured throughout the Bay Area by our monitoring network.

    The Air District lab tested these air quality samples for a group of 23 compounds, most of which have been identified by the state of California as Toxic Air Contaminants. The Air District regularly tests and measures amounts of these compounds through its air monitoring network. These pollutants are organic compounds typically found in petroleum products.

    The Air District also performed an additional analysis to identify and estimate concentrations of any other pollutants that might show up in significant amounts.

    Reference Exposure Levels, or RELS, were developed by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as public health measurements based on epidemiological evidence and sensitive populations. RELS are set at levels that could impact sensitive populations – children, the elderly, or those with pre-existing health issues or respiratory conditions.

    Local air quality monitors also showed near normal concentrations of air pollution from the fire, with pollution levels significantly below federal health standards. Weather conditions were favorable at the time of the incident – surface winds were light and heat pushed the smoke upwards where stronger winds aloft helped to disperse it.

    As part of the investigation, the Air District has reviewed air quality monitoring data from monitors at the Chevron facility. Chevron’s findings were consistent with the Air District’s.

DePuyHip Replacement Lawsuits Progress, Hip Replacement Lawyers

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The DePuy metal on metal hip replacement is currently in the ligation process. The DePuy is a part of a long line of metal on metal hip recalls, the most recent being the Stryker metal component hip replacements. As the trials progress executives will be questioned as to knowledge of the potential failure of these devices.

Executives that will be questioned  include David Floyd, former president of DePuy at the time of the 2010 recall; Tom Camino, worldwide hip development director; and Rodrigo Diaz, manager of clinical research. Additional executives include the director of marketing, manager of development, director of biostatistics and data management, and member of the research and development team.

The DePuy is a part of a massive multi distrct litigation effecting 1000's of people with a hip implant that failed. Most of them will require additional surgeries with rehabilitation. The problem appears to be that these revision surgeries are not always working. Many people, mostly seniors, have been severely debilitated by these failed hips and their quality of life will never be the same again. Additional problems include metal on metal chromium and cobalt toxicity.

The most recent updates report that  Judge Brian R. Martinotti of Bergen County Superior Court in New Jersey issued an order setting September 9, 2013 and October 21, 2013 as the dates for the first two ASR bellwether trials to be held in the state’s multicounty litigation against DePuy Orthopaedics. Attorneys for both sides must select three cases as bellwether trial candidates by October 15, 2012.

The latest news on the Stryker Rejuvinate recall reports that Stryker has warned in its recall notice that patients with the Rejuvenate or AGB II hip implant components may develop adverse  reactions that could manifest with symptoms of pain and/or swelling.* According to a  recent report  it appears eight  people  have filed lawsuits in New Jersey Superior Court, Bergen County claiming Stryker  sold their  Rejuvenate hip stem while knowing it had problems. The Stryker also appears to be having the same metal on metal toxicity problems as the DePuy even thou it is a metal component and not metal on metal product.

If you have a faulty DePuy or Stryker product you are encouraged to call our Metal on metal hip replacement helpline today to speak to a hip replacement lawyer.

St Jude Riata Defibrillator Lead Lawyers Filing Lawsuits For Lead Failure

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Class action lawyer network filng lawsuts for the St. Jude Riata Defibrillator lead

A product liability lawsuits has been filed by a Washington, D.C. man whose St. Jude Riata defibrillator lead failed, joining a growing number of complaints filed by individuals throughout the United States who have experienced similar problems with the recalled lead wires.
The complaint (PDF) was filed by Gary Rouse in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota on September 17, naming St. Jude Medical and Pacesetter, Inc. as defendants.
According to the lawsuit, Rouse received a St. Jude Riata lead in 2008, connecting his implantable defibrillator to his heart. However, he learned in July 2012 that the Riata lead was failing and he has had to undergo surgery near his heart to replace the defective lead.
A St. Jude Riata and Riata ST defbrillator lead recall was issued late last year, after the medical device manufacturer stopped selling the leads amid reports of the lead conductors poking through the insulation. If the leads penetrate the insulation, the wire can become exposed inside the patients’ body, posing several risks for patients.
Although St. Jude stopped selling the Riata leads and issued the recall, patients like Rouse were left with few options, since removing the leads, which are inserted through arteries leading to the heart, can be difficult and dangerous.
Last month, the FDA recommended that any individuals who received a St. Jude Riata or Riata ST lead obtain an x-ray or other imaging exam to check the condition of the leads.  The agency also recommended that doctors consider remote monitoring of patients with the recalled leads to quickly catch any electrical problems.
St. Jude was also ordered by the FDA to conduct new clinical studies on other defibrillator leads, including the newer St. Jude Riata ST Optim and St. Jude Durata leads.
At least three other St. Jude Riata lead lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota by individuals who had to have their leads replaced because of design defects.

DePuy Recalls Custom Joint Implants, DePuy Recall Lawyers

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Class action lawyers announce another DePuy recall: DePuy Hip replacement and custom joint implants

DePuy has been forced to recall another product. FDA Forces DePuy Recall of Custom Joint Implants
September 5, 2012 by: Linda Grayling

DePuy Orthopaedics is being forced to recall yet another line of hip and other artificial joint implants. This time, the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary is pulling back its custom orthopedic devices because of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety concerns. The recall notice was issued on August 24 — two years after its ASR hip-implant recall.

DePuy agreed in January 2012 to stop manufacturing the custom devices after a warning letter from the FDA. In it, the agency said the implants were being sold without federal approval, which requires an application with the FDA and clinical trials. DePuy argued that the devices were exempt because they were already approved by the FDA and modified only by doctors’ prescriptions, which is permitted by law.

But the FDA disagreed: “Although the devices’ size and shape may vary with each patient’s anatomy, the standardized design characteristics do not vary among the devices manufactured. The fact that final specifications are tailored to match a patient’s anatomy does not preclude a clinical study or submission of a marketing application for the devices.”

The FDA also said DePuy used poor quality-control systems in the production of the 14 types of custom implants. It ordered the company to recall any implants that had been delivered to surgeons prior to the halt in manufacturing earlier this year. More than 8,300 customized DePuy implants have been sold since 1999, but the number of unused devices in the recall is unknown.

DePuy already is dealing with a massive global recall of 93,000 ASR hip-replacement and hip-resurfacing devices that was announced in August 2010. The defective metal-on-metal hip implants have been shown to fail within a few years, resulting in painful revision surgeries. Typically, all-metal hip implants are expected to last about 15 years.

In addition, the DePuy artificial hips produce metal shavings when the ball and socket components grind against each other, causing metallosis, or metal poisoning of the blood. One British study found that when the metal debris becomes embedded in surrounding tissues, it increases the patient’s risk of bladder and kidney cancers.

In the United States, more than 8,000 patients have filed lawsuits against DePuy over their dangerous hip implants. Of those, 6,000 federal cases are part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL) that is being overseen by Judge David A. Katz in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. The first case in the MDL is expected to go to trial in March or April 2013.

The remaining state cases are winding their way through the courts. The first three DePuy ASR lawsuits, which were scheduled to be tried together in Las Vegas, Nevada, were settled out of court recently. Bloomberg reported the plaintiffs each received about $200,000.

GranuFlo Recall, GranuFlo Lawyers

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 GranuFlo recall announced causing sudden heart attacks and death. GranuFlo lawyers filing lawsuits.

FDA Issues GranuFlo Recall
Elise Kramer | September 13th, 2012 | Posted in GranuFlo Lawsuits, Injury Lawsuit News

The Food and Drug Administration issued a recall of the dialysis products GranuFlo and NaturaLyte on the 29th of March, 2012, after a memo from drug maker Fresenius Medical Care was leaked to the public. These products are used during hemodialysis in order to remove toxins from the bloodstream of a patient whose kidneys are not functioning properly; however, GranuFlo and NaturaLyte have been linked to an increased risk of heart attack and sudden death. A number of patients who have experienced these side effects or whose loved ones have experienced them have filed suit against the drug manufacturer in the hopes of gaining compensation for the injuries.
Dangerous side effects linked to products

GranuFlo and NaturaLyte are similar products which were both designed to reduce the build-up of acid in the blood and to utilize bicarbonate in order to neutralize acids. However, these products are different from their competitors in that they use greater concentrations of bicarbonate, which can lead to serious health issues especially if doctors miscalculate the proper and safe dosage. Fatal overdoses, which can cause sudden death, and heart attacks are the most serious side effects of this product.

Fresenius Medical Care published an internal memo on the 4th of November, 2011, regarding risks associated with their product. A reported 941 patients had suffered heart attacks linked to the use of these products, and the memo detailed these “troubling findings”. Medical staff were informed that the problem needed to be “addressed urgently.” However, no contact was made with the Food and Drug Administration about these concerns, and no public warning was issued to patients at risk for GranuFlo related side effects. The memo was leaked to the Food and Drug Administration, which prompted a recall of the products.
Recall leads to individual lawsuits

Patients alerted to the recall suddenly may have been able to connect adverse health events that they had experienced to the use of GranuFlo, and many have hired GranuFlo attorneys in an effort to seek compensation that could help cover injury-related costs they have accumulated.