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Dangerous Drugs and Defective Products Attorneys - Our Chicago Law Firm Has Experience, Resources, Determination

Many dangerous products cause serious harm and pose a serious threat of injury to people of all ages. Illinois and the federal government have laws designed to protect consumers from these products. But taking on the large, multinational companies that make many of these products can be a daunting task. Such companies often have entire teams of lawyers working for them with one goal in mind: to keep payments to a minimum. That's why it's crucial to level the playing field if you have been injured or a loved one was injured or killed. You will need an experienced Chicago dangerous products lawyer on your side, fighting for your rights and protecting your interests.

The physical and financial impact of a dangerous product can be substantial.  If you receive a defective hip implant or transvaginal mesh, you could suddenly be faced with large medical bills from additional medical procedures aimed at fixing the mistake.  The loss of a loved one will not only be emotionally devastating, but it may lead to financial ruin.  Our attorneys are experienced at assisting clients with wrongful death claims related to a dangerous product.

Many people also often fail to consider the true cost of a dangerous product.  Along with additional operations, you might need extensive physical therapy.  You might be unable to work for weeks or months at a time.  And don't underestimate the physical and emotional toll such products can take on someone's life and the lives of loved ones.

Dangerous Drugs

The list of dangerous drugs changes constantly. That's why it's vital you have an informed Chicago dangerous drug lawyer on your side if you believe you are a victim of one of these dangerous pharmaceutical products or a loved one has experienced dangerous drug side effects. In Illinois, the Oak Park law firm of Coplan + Crane can work with you and handle all the details, from cutting through the legal red tape to making sure you receive the compensation you rightfully deserve.

Dangerous drug cases can be extremely complicated. And because you're often dealing with large, multi-national corporations and their lawyers, simply knowing who to deal with can be a daunting task. You should also be aware that drug companies and their lawyers often have one goal in mind: to keep payments to dangerous drug victims to a minimum. The same goes for cases involving defective hip implants and transvaginal mesh.

The list of dangerous drugs covers a wide range. Even drugs you think are safe can be dangerous if taken by certain people in certain situations. Some of the more common dangerous drugs include:

  • Accutane (Linked to increased risk of depression, suicide)
  • Ambien (Linked to amnesia, delusions)
  • Celebrex (Increased risk of stroke, heart attack)
  • Ephedra (Increased risk of heart attack, stroke)
  • Fen-Phen (Linked to heart-valve disease)
  • Hydroxycut (Linked to liver damage)
  • Lamisil (Linked to liver damage)
  • Ortho Evra (Linked to blood clots)
  • Oxycontin (Linked to seizures, low blood pressure)
  • Paxil (Paroxetine) (Linked to violent behavior, suicide)
  • Prozac (Fluoxetine) (Linked to suicide and violent behavior)
  • Ritalin (Linked to seizures, suicidal tendencies)
  • Tylenol (Acetaminophen) (Linked to damage to kidneys and liver)
  • Uloric (Linked to heart attack, stroke and blood clots) 
  • Viagra (Linked to blurred vision, heart attack)
  • Vioxx (Linked to stroke, heart attack)
  • Yaz (Linked to blood clots)

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Dangerous Medical Devices

When medical devices are not designed correctly or improperly installed, patients often have to undergo additional surgeries to correct the problem.  They may suffer from infections and lose their physical mobility for weeks or months.  That's one of the reasons for the DePuy Hip recall, issued in 2010.  It's also why many medical devices, including metal-on-metal ("MoM") hip implants and transvaginal mesh, have been subject to recalls or warnings issued by the Food and Drug Administration.

An FDA recall is a serious matter. These are issued by the government when they believe dangerous products pose a serious threat to the public. When such recalls are issued, patients using such medical devices should immediately consult their doctor. In certain extreme cases, the side effects can result in death. If you believe a loved one has died due to a dangerous medical device, you may have grounds for a wrongful death case.

The most up-to-date list of which products the FDA has recalled can be found at:

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Hip Implants

Hip implant recipients in Illinois face very serious health risks.  Specifically, people who received the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular hip replacement system manufactured by the DePuy Orthopedics unit of Johnson & Johnson face serious health risks. That's why the product was recalled voluntarily by the company in 2010.

Reportedly, the DePuy hip replacement system did not go through a rigorous pre-market approval process with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. As a result, at least 1 in 8 patients (13 percent) reported a failure of their DePuy hip replacement.  Common symptoms of a DePuy ASR device not functioning properly include hip pain, difficulty walking and swelling in the hip.

We work tirelessly with people dealing with the adverse health effects of defective hip implants and other dangerous products in Chicago and throughout Illinois. Based in Oak Park, we thoroughly investigate every hip replacement complaint. That means reviewing medical records, consulting with independent doctors - anything to help your case. We make sure every important detail is checked.

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Zimmer Biomet Hip Implants

The M2a Magnum hip implant, which was manufactured by Biomet Orthopedics before it was acquired by Zimmer to become Zimmer Biomet, was a leading hip replacement product for several years. Unfortunately, thousands of patients who used the M2a line of products reported significant complications, leading to lawsuits against the manufacturer.

Between 1999 and 2009, more than 110,000 of Biomet’s M2a metal-on-metal implant products were implanted in patients throughout the United States. Biomet claimed that the product allowed for a wider range of motion and lower dislocation rates. However, the metal-on-metal design caused metal shavings to be released into the blood and surrounding tissue, leading to a serious medical condition called metallosis. In time, the hip implant could cause tissues to become necrotic (dead), leading to severe pain, swelling and loss of function as well as device failure and potential revision surgery.

Coplan + Crane is currently reviewing cases involving Biomet hip implants. While the company agreed to settle many lawsuits in 2014, litigation is ongoing with hundreds of lawsuits still pending. If you or a loved one experienced side effects or device failure as the result of a Biomet metal-on-metal hip implant, contact us right away.

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Transvaginal Mesh

The transvaginal mesh was introduced in the 1990s to help fix pelvic organ prolapse, known as POP. When this condition occurs, women's pelvic muscles weaken. As a result, the pelvic organs (uterus, rectum and bladder) drop into the vagina. This condition typically occurs in older women after menopause and childbirth.

The transvaginal mesh was created to help hold the pelvic organs in place. But over the years, there have been problems with the hammock-like device. Specifically, the device has eroded or developed holes over time. The result is some women experience incontinence or constipation. Other women suffered more serious side effects, including puncturing the pelvic organs, resulting in vaginal scarring, bleeding, pain and other serious health problems.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has reported such dangerous findings, but has stopped short of issuing an FDA recall. Don't wait for your problems to get worse. If you're living with the effects of a defective transvaginal mesh, contact Coplan + Crane. Call (708) 358-8080 or (800) 394-6002 and schedule a free case evaluation.  Rely on an experienced, knowledgeable Oak Park transvaginal mesh lawyer serving women in Chicago and throughout Illinois.

Transvaginal mesh cases can be extremely complicated. Often, the manufacturer of the dangerous product will deny any wrongdoing. In certain cases, they may even try to blame the woman for such problems. They also often have one goal in mind: to pay you as little as possible for your problems caused by your defective transvaginal mesh.

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Uloric Injury Lawsuit

Severe injuries and an increased risk of death in certain people recently prompted the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to issue a “Black Box Warning,” the highest warning possible, for usage of the prescription drug Uloric.

Manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Uloric was approved for use in 2009 to treat a painful form of arthritis often associated with gout. People with gout have higher-than-normal levels of uric acid, which forms needle-like crystals in a person’s joints, often causing severe pain and inflammation.

Uloric was designed to reduce uric acid levels in patients but Uloric has been found to produce many dangerous side effects, including an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and blood clots. In certain severe circumstances, people taking Uloric have died as a result of complications with the drug, according to recent studies.

Our experienced dangerous drug attorneys at Coplan & Crane are currently reviewing potential legal cases involving injuries or wrongful death claims against Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. Such cases can be extremely complicated and challenging since pharmaceutical companies notoriously hire entire teams of attorneys to defend their actions and dismiss legitimate claims. They don’t intimidate us. We know how to investigate injuries caused by Uloric and can build a strong legal case on your behalf. Find out what we can do for you. Schedule your free case evaluation today.

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