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May 2012 Newsletter

There’s nothing more frustrating than a cure that actually makes the problem worse. This is especially true when it comes to your health. Already frustrating and inconvenient medical conditions are made downright deadly with the wrong treatment. If you’ve taken Actos for diabetes or received a transvaginal mesh (TVM) implant, you may be in danger and not even know it.

The serious, potentially deadly side effects of Actos and TVM have severely affected the quality of life for many patients, and legal action is finally being taken against the makers of these products to provide substantial recovery for affected patients.

The great need for excellent legal representation in these cases is why Bruce Hagen has added Actos and TVM to his areas of practice.


Known medically as pioglitazone, Actos essentially helps to decrease blood sugar levels and allow patients to effectively control Type 2 diabetes. You may also know Actos by one of its different names including Glizone, Glustin, Pioz, and Zactos.

Unfortunately, the problem with pioglitazone is that it is believed to increase the chances of congestive heart failure. Diabetic patients who already experience swelling of limbs, high cholesterol, severe heart condition, high blood pressure, narrow blood vessels, sleep apnea, irregular heartbeats, and heart attack survivors are all at serious risk when using Actos.

Dangerous Side Effects

Despite being banned in some countries and having many FDA warnings about the drug, Actos is still a best-selling prescription for Type-2 diabetes worldwide. Some of the more severe side effects include:

  • Dramatic weight gain over a short period of time
  • Swelling of the limbs
  • Shortness of breath
  • Racing heart beat
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dry cough or wheezing
  • Increased risk of bladder cancer
  • Increased risk of congestive heart disease

There are more side effects of Actos you should be aware of. See a more comprehensive list of Actos side effects.

Actos Class Action Lawsuit

Due to the high number of patients who have experienced the dangerous side effects of Actos, a class action suit has been filed against the makers of the drug. If you have experienced some of the side effects of Actos, contact Bruce Hagen. He can help you seek substantial recovery as part of the class action lawsuit.

Transvaginal Mesh

Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) is an implant intended to restrict the displacement of a female’s uterus, bladder, or rectum. The surgical mesh implant is inserted either along the vaginal wall or the abdomen region. Primarily used to treat stress urinary incontinence, it is estimated that over 70,000 women had the TVM surgery in the year 2011 despite published warnings by the Food and Drug Administration  (FDA).

Serious Side Effects

When 10% of TVM patients are the same patients who request to have their implant removed within a year after receiving the surgery, you know there’s a problem. Painful intercourse, vaginal infections, chronic pain, and mesh erosion are just some of the side effects associated with TVM. Additionally, over half of TVM patients who have their implant removed will need additional surgery to completely remove the mesh and correct other complications.

  • Other side effects of TVM include:
  • Recurrent prolapsed
  • Neuro-muscular problems
  • Vaginal scarring
  • Vaginal shrinkage
  • Emotional problems

What’s worst of all is that TVM has the potential to be deadly. There have been at least 10 deaths related to TVM follow-up surgeries between 2008 and 2010.

Transvaginal Mesh Class Action Lawsuit

If you are suffering from complications or side effects after receiving the TVM surgery, you should immediately alert your health care provider. You are also entitled to seek medical and emotional damages as part of a class action against the makers of TVM. If you are unsure of your rights and options, contact Bruce Hagen to receive free legal counsel.

Insurance Agent Meeting Speaking Engagement

Attorney Bruce Hagen Speaking At An Insurance MeetingBruce recently spoke to a group of about 100 independent insurance agents at a meeting of the Metro Atlanta Independent Insurance Agents.  His purpose was to help them understand what clients go through in dealing with insurance companies and to help dissuade them of their notions regarding frivolous lawsuits and phony claims. Bruce encouraged them to make sure that all their clients have uninsured motorist coverage and medical payments coverage and gave them several real life examples when those coverages made a huge difference to his clients.

Bruce’s Committee Appointment!

Bruce was also recently appointed by the President of the State Bar of Georgia to serve on the Committee to Review the Uniform Superior and State Court Rules that govern all civil cases in the courts of Georgia.  This is a tremendous honor and Bruce has been working hard along with the other committee members to implement changes that will benefit the civil justice system.

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