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North Carolina Invokana lawyers Auger and Auger have begun accepting cases for victims of type 2 diabetes medications including Invokana and similar medications Infokamet, Farxiga, Xigduo XR, and Jardiance. Just two months ago, the FDA released a warning to consumers that taking Invokana may lead to ketoacidosis, a condition that can cause serious complications including coma or death. Invokana and its potential risks and side effects are currently being investigated.

F.D.A. Warning

In May, the Food and Drug Administration issued a public warning regarding Invokana. In that warning, the FDA reported that anyone taking the drug should pay close attention to any side effects they experienced. Difficulty breathing, nausea, abdominal pain, confusion, and unusual fatigue should alert patients to seek immediate medical attention. The drug puts people at risk of developing ketoacidosis, an extremely serious condition that can be fatal if left untreated.

Invokana and Invokamet

These drugs are SGLT2 inhibitors. That is, when they are combined with a prescribed diet and exercise regimen, the drugs help the patient control their diabetes by lowering blood sugar and improving glycemic control. Invokamet differs slightly in that it is a combination of Invokana and metformin. It is utilized when either drug is not sufficient in controlling diabetes on its own.

In the United States, diabetes is seventh on the list of causes of death. Left untreated or unmanaged, type 2 diabetes can eventually lead to nerve damage, blindness, heart disease, kidney failure, high blood pressure, and other serious problems. These types of drugs help the kidneys remove excess blood sugar through the urine.

Recall

Although the FDA has released a warning about the potential dangers of Invokana and similar drugs, there has been no official recall issued. It is important to note that the investigation is in its early stages. Investigations such as this can take years to complete. It is when these investigations are completed that voluntary and involuntary recalls are issued. Even though there has been no official recall, patients taking the drugs are strongly urged to pay attention to their bodies for signs of ketoacidosis. Although potentially fatal, the condition can be treated if detected early enough.

Ketoacidosis

When your body is unable to produce enough insulin, your cells are unable to accept an adequate amount of glucose. Ketoacidosis is a condition in which your body begins to break down fat for fuel as an alternative to glucose.

Symptoms of ketoacidosis include fruit-scented breath, frequent urination, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, weakness, confusion, shortness of breath, hyperglycemia, and high ketone levels in the urine. While any of these symptoms should alert you to the need to seek medical attention, never ignore an inability to keep food or liquid down, blood sugar levels that do not respond to self-treatment, or urine ketone levels that are moderate to high.

Patients should seek immediate medical attention if blood sugar levels persist above 300 milligrams per deciliter, multiple symptoms of ketoacidosis are present, or excessive ketones are present in the urine. Remember that, when left untreated, ketoacidosis can be fatal.

Representation

Attorney and founding partner Herbert W Auger is heading the Invokana lawsuits at Auger & Auger. If you or a loved one has suffered any significant health issue or complication after taking Invokana or Infokamet, contact our offices at your convenience.

Your initial phone call is free and we do not charge you a fee unless we obtain compensation for you. Your call and information will be kept confidential. Each case will be handled on a contingency basis, meaning we do not accept a fee unless we settle your case in your favor. Call our offices today and tell us how we can help you.

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download (80)Sometimes even just a little difference in speed can make all the difference in the world between safe driving and having an accident. That is what some in the Morgantown City Council believe. They met to discuss the possibility of lowering the speed at what many consider a dangerous intersection in Monongalia County.

The request is for a lower speed limit at the intersection of Route 119 and Route 73 by 5 or 10 mph.  The current speed limit is 45 mph and there is one accident per week at this intersection on average.    There is also a request for a flashing yellow light to alert drivers of the intersection and the reduced speeds.

The City Council has decided to support the project.

Accidents usually happen because someone does something careless.  When driving along at a higher rate of speed, if a driver is unaware of what is going on around them, such as changes in the road, or increased traffic flow that they aren’t expecting, an accident can result.  Governments at the city, county and state level usually take care and try to insure the safety of their citizens and make adjustments in order to insure their safety.  Even with the best of intentions, accidents can and do happen.

If you have been injured in an accident of any kind, give our law offices a call. .  We have the resources to help you and we are the first, best step in any personal injury claim.

Call Auger & Auger today and let us help you get the compensation you need to get your life back on track after an accident. Call us today.

Getting driver permitIn effort to reduce the number of North Carolina car accidents that involve newly licensed teenage drivers, a new law recently went into effect which requires that a driving log with evidence of at least 60 hours of driving be presented by teens between the ages of 16 and 18 when applying for their provisional license.

The new provision requires that all teens who obtain their limited learner’s permit on or after October 1, 2011, maintain a logbook detailing at least 60 hours driving, with at least 10 of those hours being nighttime driving. The supervising driver is required to sign the log, and the log book must be presented to the Division of Motor Vehicles at the time of the applicants road test. But beware-if the clerk thinks you have falsified your log book, you will not be permitted to take your road test, and will have another 6 months in which to complete a legitimate logbook.

Additionally, teens between the ages 16 and 18 who obtain their limited provisional license on or after October 1, 2011 will be required to keep a logbook detailing at least 12 hours, with at least 6 of those hours being at night, and must be signed by the supervising driver for the nighttime hours. As with the limited provisional license requirements, if the Division of Motor Vehicle thinks your logbook has been falsified, you will not be eligible for your full provisional license for another 6 months, during which you must complete a legitimate logbook.

These changes come on the heels of a study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety which found that newly licensed teens have a 50% greater likelihood of crashing during the first month of having a drivers license than they are following an entire year of solo driving experience.

The study identified specific areas in which parents can improve the safety of their teen driver:
-Continue practicing skills with their teen, and introduce them to more difficult driving conditions, such as heavy traffic and bad weather.
-Limit passengers. The risk of a teen driver crashing multiplies with additional teenage passengers.
-Limit driving at night. For a newly licensed, inexperienced teen driver, the decreased visibility at night increases risk of wrecking.

As the parents of two teenagers that will soon be getting their provisional drivers licenses, the Charlotte car accident lawyers are acutely aware of the dangers teenage drivers face, and urge you to stay involved with teaching your teen safe driving skills, even after they obtain their license.

 

North Carolina Highway Patrol has found that 16 year old Taylor Clark was texting when she caused a head-on collision, killing 17 year old passenger, Seth Beaver. Clark has been charged with misdemeanor death by a motor vehicle, failing to yield, and texting while driving.

It has been illegal for drivers in North Carolina under the age of 18 to use a cell phone while driving since 2006, and for any driver to text while driving since December 1, 2009, but drivers such as Clark continue to ignore this law. In fact, a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has reported that even though North Carolina bans cell phone use by drivers under 18 years of age, cell phone use by this group actually increased since the law went into effect.

There are currently three bills pending in North Carolina, all aimed at curtailing the use of cell phones by all drivers. If passed, House Bill 31 will make it illegal to use a cell phone while driving, and House Bill 44, would allow use of hands free devices only. Senate Bill 36 is nearly identical to House Bill 31. If passed, these laws will go into effect on December 1, 2011.

Our experienced car accident attorneys encourage you to talk to your teen. Reinforce the rules. Sit down with your child and watch “Faces of Distracted Driving”. Real stories, about real teens, who paid the ultimate price when someone was texting while driving.

North Carolina State Senator Bob Rucho of Mecklenburg County recently introduced Senate Bill 33 which seeks to limit the amount of money that can be awarded for pain and suffering to victims of medical malpractice to a mere $250,000, and make emergency medical providers, such as the emergency department in a hospital, immune from liability unless found guilty of “gross negligence, wanton conduct, or intentional wrongdoing.” Under the present law, the medical malpractice victim must show that the medical provider did not meet the standard of care among medical providers with similar training and experience.

This bill comes on the heels of a recent study which found that a person has a 20% chance of being harmed by medical care in a North Carolina hospital. The study, which was conducted by Harvard Medical School and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, was reported in the New England Journal of Medicine on November 25, 2010. In addition to reporting a significant risk of becoming injured as the result of medical care, it also found that almost 14% of the injuries resulted in life-threatening injury or death. Most significant, however, was the finding that over 63% of the injuries caused by medical care were preventable.

What does this mean to the North Carolina hospital patient? It means that if you or a family member becomes one of the more than 4,000 deaths are preventable each year, or suffers one of the 6,000 preventable permanent injuries, your North Carolina lawmakers want to prevent you from recovering anything, if the medical malpractice was committed by an emergency medical provider, or limit your recovery to $250,000 if malpractice was committed in a non-emergent situation.

What can you do about it? The injury attorneys at Auger & Auger, and urge you to contact your North Carolina State Senator as well as your Representative, and tell them to vote “NO” on Senate Bill 33.

Scroll to the bottom of the page and enter your zip+4 zipcode. This will bring up links to your North Carolina State Senator, Representative, and our Congresswoman. From there, you can email, call or write your elected officials and tell them to vote “NO” on Senate Bill 33.

In its 2010 session, the North Carolina Senate will decide whether to put an end to the archaic doctrine of contributory negligence and adopt a form of comparative negligence. Presently, North Carolina is one of only 5 states that follows contributory negligence, meaning if an injured party is partially responsible for his injury, even if only 1%, he is prevented from recovering any damages from the party primarily at fault.

The proposed new law, HB 813, modeled after the Uniform Apportionment of Tort Responsibility Act (UATRA), passed the North Carolina House of Representatives in May, 2009. Under the proposed HB 813, an injured party will be prevented from recovering damages only if his contributory fault is greater than or equal to the other at fault party. In a situation where more than one party is at fault, as long as the plaintiff’s fault does not add up to more than that of the other at fault parties combined, the plaintiff may recover part of the damages caused by each at fault party.

How does this affect the average auto accident victim? Lets say you were involved in an auto accident in which the at-fault party made a left turn in front of you, causing you to collide with their vehicle. Assume you were traveling 45mph in a posted 35mph zone. Under the current system of contributory negligence, the insurance company for the left-turning vehicle could deny your claim due to your traveling above the speed limit. Under the proposed HB 813, a jury would determine your percentage of fault and apportion your damages accordingly, as long as you were less than 50% at fault.

If HB 813 passes, it will mean more injured parties will receive compensation they are rightfully entitled to. Often times, a police officer investigates an accident scene and is “unable to determine” fault. Passage of HB 813 will give greater leverage to people who find themselves in this situation.

Contact your NC Senator and tell them you want them to vote “YES” on HB 813. To find out who your senator is, go to the NC General Assembly Senate page.

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