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Elizabeth City & Raleigh Product Defect Attorneys

You're probably here because you or a loved one was seriously hurt by a prescription drug or medical device in Elizabeth City, Raleigh, Charlotte, or another area of North Carolina. We are here to help. This page is meant as a resource for you and was developed by experienced product defect injury attorneys

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What Makes Our Elizabeth City & Raleigh Personal Injury Law Firm Different

Have you ever felt like just a number at a law firm?  Maybe even like you're part of a cattle call?  You won’t feel like that with our firm.  Most big firms have paralegals that handle the bulk of the work involved in an MDL (multi-district litigation), Class Action or product liability case. This is what makes our firm different - you will have an actual lawyer fighting for you and someone who you can contact when you have questions or concerns. We have worked very hard at building our reputation and pride ourselves on it. Also, our firm does not operate like most firms. With us, you will be treated like a person.  We will know your name.  We will know what happened to you.  We will tell you what is going on with your case whenever you want to know. 

Litigation can be scary.  There is a reason why certain people do well as lawyers and certain people would rather not ever see the inside of a courtroom, much less address a jury.  Every lawyer here enjoys a courtroom.  We are not afraid of a fight, and trust the jury system.

We may not advertise on TV, but that is a choice we made consciously. We're not focused on fancy commercials with explosions and paid celebratory endorsements. Our work speaks for itself - check our case results and our lawyer achievements.  If you want to be represented by someone who knows you and someone who cares, call us.  You won’t be disappointed.

Legal articles focused specificially on some extremely dangerous drugs/medical devices

  • Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills - Side effects include gallstones, stroke, blood clots, symptoms of depression, a breast lump, sudden numbness, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance, chest pain, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, and sweating.
  • Hydroxycut fat loss supplement - Side effects include yellowing of the skin, liver damage, heart palpitations, and nausea
  • Avandia diabetes prescription medication - Side effects include liver toxicity, severe chest pains, congestive heart failure, stroke, vision changes, trouble breathing, head ache, back ache, anemia, respiratory infections, and brittle bones in women.
  • Paxil antidepressant medication - Side effects include birth defects for women, respiratory distress, cyanosis, apnea, seizures, temperature instability, feeding difficulty, vomiting, hypoglycemia, hypotonia, hypertonia, hyperreflexia, tremor, jitteriness, irritability and constant crying.
  • Neurontin epilepsy drug - Side effects include back pain, changes in vision (double or blurred vision), constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, nausea, upset stomach,  vomiting and weight gain.
  • Fentanyl/Duragesic pain patch - Side effects include constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, dry mouth, exaggerated sense of well-being, headache, indigestion, loss of appetite, nausea, nervousness or anxiety, redness or discomfort on skin where patch is applied, sleeplessness, stomach pain or discomfort; sweating, and vomiting. 
  • DePuy artificial hip recall - Health risks from the high failure rate of these metal-on-metal hip implants include soft tissue damage, bone loss, metal particles or debris in the body, severe pain, inflammation, difficulty walking, joint stress, anxiety, and the possibility of painful "revision surgery" to remove the defective hip and replace it with another. 

 

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