Synvisc-One Lawyer Can Help You Get Compensation
Talk to our Attorneys about a Synvisc-One Lawsuit
Synvisc-One is a popular gel-like drug, used since 2009 mostly as injections into the knee joint to alleviate pain from knee osteoarthritis. Synvisc works to prevent pain for up to six months, and therefore has been a consistent financial success for its manufacturer, Sanofi Genzyme, which reported almost $410 million in gross sales during 2016 alone. Over time, Synvisc has been used to ease symptoms of arthritis in other joints as well.
Unfortunately, there have been side effects from Synvisc injections. People began coming up with infections on the site of their knee injections, and an internal investigation discovered the appearance of unanticipated microbial contamination, which could cause walking problems and harm to the knee. In December 2017, as a result of dozens of infections being reported to the FDA, Sanofi Genzyme announced a voluntary recall for a single lot of its Synvisc-One arthritis syringes, The recalled lot (number (7RSL021) comprising 18,000 Synvisc-One syringes, was distributed in virtually all 50 states during the last week in October and the first week of November 2017.
Microbial contamination occurs when medication is externally “invaded” by infectious material such as bacteria, yeast, mold, fungi, and even certain viruses. A contaminated syringe could cause infections in patients suffering from osteoarthritis.
Our lawyers can help you get compensation
If you or a loved one was harmed by Synvisc injections, you may be eligible to receive compensation for the damages you received through a defective drug lawsuit. While no amount of money can make up for the pain you are going through, financial compensation can reduce the stress of worrying about paying medical costs and bills at a time you may be incapacitated and unable to work. It’s essential to consult with a skilled worker compensation lawyer to explore your legal options and guide you through the process.
Texas laws are complicated, large drug companies like Sanofi Genzyme have high-powered lawyers on their payroll to fight against lawsuits, and making mistakes can be costly. Fortunately, there is legal help available from the experienced drug-injury lawyers at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law.
Our compassionate Synvisc-One lawsuit attorneys understand the difficulties you face from your injuries. We know the laws and the tactics large companies and their insurers use to avoid paying, and we have a track record of bringing successful drug-related lawsuits. Our Synvisc legal team will examine your individual situation and advise you about the best way to move forward with your legal claim. If you are not sure whether your arthritis injection was recalled, our attorneys may be able to investigate specific details and make this determination.
We offer a free, no-obligation consultation, and there are no fees to you unless and until we win your case.
Call us today – (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000
How Our Synvisc-One Lawyer in Houston Can Help
Our Synvisc Lawyer Knows Whether You Have a Case
If you were harmed by Synvisc or Synvisc XR, our Terry Bryant lawyers can help. When you have us on your side, our Synvisc legal team will:
- Meet with you and examine your case and determine whether you have a valid case and what your case might be worth
- Gather evidence, such as from your medical records and lab reports
- Get expert testimony as to the connection of your injuries with Synvisc, the costs and treatments that were involved, and the negative effects on your life and family
- Handle all legal requirements related to filing your case and making court appearances in a timely manner
- Negotiate for a settlement with insurer and Sanofi Genzyme company lawyers
- Build your case and take to court and argue on your behalf in front of a judge and jury if necessary.
If you were harmed by Synvisc injections, our compassionate attorneys will explain your legal options and get to work on your case immediately.
What Compensation Can I Get in a Contaminated Synvisc Syringe Lawsuit?
Our Synvisc Lawyer Will Fight for Economic and Non-economic Damages
In a successful drug injury lawsuit, you may be awarded compensation for both economic and non-economic damages. In some cases, punitive damages, meant to punish and make an example of a defendant, may be awarded as well.
Economic damages are meant to reimburse you for monetary expenses, such as:
- Your doctor bills, hospital costs, prescription drug costs, nursing care, and costs of any needed equipment or modifications to your home or vehicle
- Past, present, and future lost income if you cannot work
- The costs from temporary or permanent future disability.
Non-economic damages are to compensate you for damages that do not have a specific dollar value, but have negative effects on your life, such as:
- Pain and suffering damages for your long-term physical pain and your mental and emotional trauma from the infection
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium and effects on your marital relationship.
Exemplary, or punitive, damages may be awarded in rare cases where it is found that the drug manufacturer was particularly negligent.
Amounts of Damage Awards You May Receive
There is a wide range of settlement amounts that may be awarded in a drug injury case, depending on your individual situation and factors that include:
- The type and severity of your injury and how it affects your life
- Whether you will need long-term care and treatment
- Your age and earning capacity
- The availability of insurance and assets of the defendants that can go toward a settlement
- The skill and experience of your personal injury attorney
- The inclination of the individual judge and jury.
Our drug injury lawyers would look to find all parties responsible for causing your injuries and hold them all accountable, as they all may have insurance and assets that can go toward a settlement.
Our Infection from Synvisc-One Lawyer Explains What Contamination Means for Patients
A Contaminated Syringe Could Cause Infection in Patients Suffering from Osteoarthritis.
Synvisc-One gel is made from a substance called hyaluronan, which is an organic derivative of chicken combs. Hyaluronan is also a chemical in the human body’s synovial fluid, which acts like a lubricant and a shock absorber, allowing the knee – and other joints – to function normally. The Synvisc-One gel is injected directly into the knee by a doctor.
Microbial contamination occurs when a medication is externally “invaded” by infectious material such as bacteria, yeast, mold, fungi, and even certain viruses. In the their Class II recall notice to the FDA, Sanofi identified the microbe as a gram-negative bacteria called Methylbacterium thiocyanatum, which usually originates from environmental sources, such as soil, water, or sewage. This bacterium is difficult to treat because it is slow-growing, resists chlorine-based sanitation processes, and creates a biofilm, which means it could contaminate Synvisc-One syringes before it is detected.
The bacteria in Synvisc-One also may be resistant to antibiotics. Antibiotic-resistant infections may result in hospitalization and intensive treatment and may produce more long-term side effects, such as chronic pain.
It’s currently not known how these syringes became contaminated. Doctors and pharmacies with unused Synvisc-One syringes from the recalled lot – manufactured at the company’s plant in Ridgefield, New Jersey – have returned them.
Symptoms of Contaminated Synvisc-One Knee Injections
Patients who receive an injection of bacteria-contaminated gel in their knees can develop severe infections and long-term knee problems. These symptoms will likely begin within days of receiving the injection, but they can last for months.
Patients suffering from contaminated syringes reported suffering one or more of the following symptoms:
- Knee pain ranging from acute to general discomfort
- Swelling in the knee
- Difficulty walking
- Limited range of motion in the knee
- A “warm” sensation in and around the knee
- Redness around the knee
- Minor swelling due to fluid build-up in or around the knee.
If you have been infected with bacteria from Synvisc-One, you may need to have the fluid drained from the knee with a needle (called a “joint aspiration”). You may also need to receive anti-inflammatory cortisone injections, antibiotics, or even surgery to flush out the gel.
If you’ve suffered harm from a Synvisc-One syringe, you deserve to be compensated for your damages.
Call Terry Bryant now at (713) 973-8888
Synvisc Arthritis Injection Lawsuit Cases We Are Handling
We are focusing our investigation of claims with the following factors:
- You received your injection between October 25, 2017 and December 25, 2017;
- You had an adverse reaction within 7 days of the injection; and
- You required IV antibiotics or some other procedure to remove infection.
If this sounds familiar and applies to your or your loved one’s situation, contact the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant to speak to our legal team immediately. If you believe contaminated Synvisc was administered in another joint (elbows, wrist, ankle, etc.), check with your doctor. This is the first recall of Synvisc-One, and no previous negative events of any kind have been reported
INJURED BY A DEFECTIVE SYNVISC-ONE SYRINGE? HERE’S WHAT TO DO.
If you or a loved one was injured by any defective or recalled drug or medical device, the Accident and Injury Law Office of Terry Bryant, a trusted defective medical device lawyer, can assist you in filing a defective product claim against the drug manufacturer or medical device maker. We work on our patients’ behalf to hold negligent drug manufacturers liable for the harm they cause to patients who used their dangerous medications.
Because drugs always have the potential for side effects, drug manufacturers are not strictly liable for harm caused by taking them. However, if the drug manufacturer failed to warn about risks, failed to provide information about risks to the FDA, or if a safer alternative could be used, the manufacturer could be held liable in a lawsuit.
To win your lawsuit, our Synvisc-One attorneys would have to prove that the parties you are suing (the defendants in the case) . . .
- You owed your product injury lawyer a reasonable duty of care, such as to manufacture and sell a safe product.
- Breached that duty of care
- Caused you to be injured or incur damages as a result.
Our Terry Bryant lawyers have a track record of success in standing up to big drug companies.
Call Our Synvisc Lawyers for Help
Any defective prescription drug case can be complex, costly, and time-consuming. The manufacturer’s legal team aggressively defends its client. The same goes for their insurance company. So, it is not uncommon for some time to pass before a favorable resolution is reached. Sometimes there’s a trial, but most of the time a settlement is negotiated and a trial is avoided.
When you hire our defective product lawyers, you have experienced trial lawyers and a seasoned support staff to help you navigate the litigation process and effectively manage your case through every step of the process. This leaves you free to focus solely on your medical treatment and full recovery, relieved from the daily burden of dealing with the legal process, insurance claims, paperwork, and case management.
If you or someone in your family is being treated for a defective Synvisc-One injection from the drug manufacturer Sanofi Genzyme’s contaminated lot number 7RSL021, contact the defective drug recall lawyers at the Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law Firm for a free consultation.
Free consult – Call us now at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000
Disclaimer: Do not stop taking a prescription medication without first consulting with your doctor. Discontinuing a prescribed medication without your doctor’s advice can result in injury or death. Cases may be referred to another attorney or law firm.