Women continue to report Mirena issues

It’s been more than three years since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Bayer about its deceptive advertising  practices relating to the intrauterine device known as Mirena.

Millions of women worldwide continue to use the product as birth control, and now, many are taking to the Internet to share their stories of problems related to use of the device.

A quick search online for “Mirena side effects, ” “Mirena issues” or “Mirena complications” will reveal  dozens of sites with women who either are using Mirena or who have used the IUD and now wish they had chosen a different form of birth control.

Many women report abdominal pain, extremely heavy menstrual flow, infections and mood swings. In more serious cases, the device has become dislodged and caused uterine perforation. Thousands of women have had Mirena removed because the side effects or complications were too difficult to endure.

Mirena’s marketing targeted “busy moms,” suggesting that the product would increase the level of intimacy, romance and emotional satisfaction for women. This in spite of clinical trials that reported at least 5 percent of women experienced decreased libido after use.  The marketing also suggested Mirena would help women “look and feel great,” despite known side effects including weight gain, acne, breast pain and tenderness.

The personal injury lawyers of Elk & Elk have nearly 50 years of experience battling big businesses who put the bottom line before the health and safety of their customers – businesses like Bayer, that continues to profit from Mirena despite the risk to millions of women’s well-being.  Making false and misleading ads and failing to inform patients of the risk of product migration and uterus perforation has endangered the health of every woman using the device.

If you have been injured or suffered complications while using Mirena, please contact us today. Call 1-800-ELK-OHIO or fill out or free online consultation form.

To find out more about Mirena and what the Ohio Mirena lawyers of Elk & Elk can do to help you, click here.

Arthur Elk’s Winter Survival Kit For Your Vehicle

By Arthur Elk

Like the Boy Scouts always say, it pays to be prepared. Are you prepared for any emergency that may occur while you are driving?

Automotive emergencies can take many forms – from accidents to breakdowns. If you live in an area where you must deal with winter weather for several months each year, a winter survival kit is an essential part of being prepared for whatever emergencies may come your way.

Snow, cold, ice and slush can all play havoc with your vehicle as you try to navigate your path across treacherous winter roadways. The odds of you having a driving emergency during the winter are much higher than in the other three seasons.

That’s why it is so important for you to have some essential items in your car at all times – a winter survival kit.

What are 10 items you should definitely have in your winter survival kit?

1)      Blanket. If you are stuck in a stranded car, you will want a warm blanket, or several warm blankets, to retain your body heat.

2)      Snow shovel. Keep a short-handled shovel in the trunk in case you need to remove snow from around the wheels of your vehicle. Plastic ones may work, but a metal one may be preferred in case you need to chip away some ice or compacted snow.

3)      Flashlights. Always have at least two water-proof flashlights with fresh batteries in case you breakdown or have an accident at night.

4)      Bottle of water. The human body can last days without food. However, serious organ damage or even death can result if you are without water for more than 12 hours. Water can also be used to clean wounds, and to fill your radiator if your car overheats.

5)      Food. Packaged nuts and seeds are good choices, as are protein bars – these items can withstand temperature changes without becoming spoiled. Packaged dried fruits or dehydrated foods designed for camping also work well for car emergency kits. They can provide fats, protein, and essential nutrients your body needs to help you get through a roadside emergency.

6)      Spare cell phone charger. Having an extra charger in your car could mean the difference between you having to walk for help or being able to call for assistance.

7)      Flares. Flares should be placed behind your vehicle if you break down or are pulled off to the side of the road so other vehicles can see you at night or in inclement winter weather. Be sure to include several books of matches or a couple of lighters, so you will be able to light the flares if necessary.

8)      Jumper cables. Cold weather has a way of sapping your battery’s charge, potentially leaving you stranded on a frigid winter night. If all you need to get back on the road is a jump start, it pays to have your own set, instead of hoping the person nice enough to stop and help you has a set.

9)      Hot packs/hand warmers. Available at camping stores, all you have to do is smash these bags and the chemical reaction inside creates warmth for up to 14 hours.

10)   Basic first aid kit. Antiseptic wipes, adhesive bandages, pain relievers, and cold compresses should all be placed in your emergency kit. Any of these items may come in handy if you are ever in an accident or trapped in your car.

Once you have assembled your winter survival kit, be sure to check it throughout the winter to make sure nothing is broken or expired.

While having a winter survival kit can’t prevent emergencies from happening, it can make sure you get through the experience as comfortably as possible. Be prepared and be safe this winter.

Elk & Elk partners with hunger center, radio host to battle hunger

Everyday across the country, millions of Americans battle hunger. It’s a battle no one should have to fight. That’s why the Ohio attorneys at Elk & Elk are privileged to be able to help some Cleveland-area residents win that battle.

On Wednesday, Nov. 21, members of the Elk & Elk family will be loading up a trailer full of turkeys and food and traveling to the St. Augustine Hunger Center in Tremont.

This is the eighth consecutive year Elk & Elk has partnered with Cleveland sports radio host Mark “Munch” Bishop to help stock the hunger center for the year to come. Bishop, who started the annual food drive in 1990, will be broadcasting live from the center to help raise awareness of the food drive.

From 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 21, the hunger center will be accepting food and monetary donations at its Tremont home – donations that will keep the center feeding three meals a day for the next year.

“The help that we get each year is so important for us to keep this hunger center going. Without it, I could not do it,” said Sister Corita Ambro, director of the hunger center.

“We take each dollar that comes in and stretch it as far as we can so that we can provide meals for these people every single day,” said Sister Corita. “If you give us $10, we can feed at least 100 people with that.” She said that the center serves up to 250 people at each meal.

This year, every dollar you donate to the hunger during the food drive will go even further. Elk & Elk will match every dollar donated up to $12,000.

“Without the support of the Cleveland community, we wouldn’t be where we are today. It’s important for us to give back to the community and take care of the less fortunate members of our community,” said Elk & Elk managing partner Arthur Elk.

Hunger center volunteers cook and carve 50 turkeys a day from Oct. 1 through Thanksgiving day to prepare the thousands of turkeys that will be used on Thanksgiving day.

On Thanksgiving day, more than 17,000 poor and homeless residents of the Greater Cleveland area will be fed by food from the hunger center. Sister Corita says she shares the turkeys with 17 soup kitchens and pantries across the area.

To learn more about how you can help the St. Augustine Hunger Center fulfill its mission to feed Cleveland’s hungry, visit its website at www.staugustine-west14.org or call the parish at 216-781-5530.

The center is located in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood at 2486 W. 14th St.


Number of Yaz lawsuits continues to grow as problems mount

The number of lawsuits filed against the maker of Yaz and Yasmin birth control products continues to grow as more women discover the health risks associated with the products.

According to Bayer’s Stockholder’s Newsletter, as of Oct. 15, 2012, there were 12,400 lawsuits pending in the United States that had been served on the company. An additional 720 claims were pending but had not yet been filed in court.

The company has already settled with 3,490 claimants and agreed to pay about $750 million.

Yaz (and in a slightly altered form, Yasmin) is an oral birth control medication billed as more than just a pill to prevent pregnancies. It also has the added benefits of treating moderate acne and a severe form of premenstrual syndrome called premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD. Unfortunately, as many women have found, it also packs the potential for a host of serious, even life-threatening side effects, including blood clots, gall bladder injury, heart attack and stroke.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ordered new warnings added to the labels of all birth control products containing drospirenone, including Yaz and Yasmin. The labels of these products now reflect the new information about the increased risk of blood clots.

According to the FDA communication, the new labels show that some studies reflected as high as a threefold increase in a woman’s risk of blood clots when using oral contraceptives that contain drospirenone compared with products that contain levonorgestrel or other progestins. A clot in blood vessels can prove fatal if it breaks loose and travels to the lungs, heart or brain.

If you or a loved one have used Yaz or Yasmin and suffered complications, please contact the personal injury attorneys of Elk & Elk today. We have nearly 50 years of experience helping clients get the results they deserve. Find out how we can help you. Call 1-800-ELK-OHIO today or fill out our online consultation form.

Elk & Elk endorses candidates in Nov. 6 election

Election Day is still two weeks away, but more than 800,000 Ohioans have already cast their vote. If you are not one of those more than 800,000, Elk & Elk encourages you to research the candidates and issues and be sure to vote on Election Day.

If for some reason you cannot make it out on Election Day or just want to vote early, there are options for you. Voters choosing to vote by mail have until Saturday, Nov. 3 at noon to ask for an absentee ballot from their boards of elections. If you live in Ohio, click here to find out where your county board of elections is located.

Completed absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by Monday, Nov. 5 or dropped off in person to the board of elections by the close of polls on Election Day.

If you haven’t already voted, please be sure to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at your local polling place. At Elk & Elk, we believe very strongly in the Democratic process and urge everyone to do their part by casting their vote.

Based on their experience, dedication and commitment to the individual civil rights of all Ohioans, Elk & Elk supports the following candidates in the Nov. 6 election:

For Justice of the Supreme Court

  • Mike Skindell
  • William M. O’Neill
  • Yvette McGee Brown

For Judge of the Court of Appeals (8th District)

  • Frank D. Celebrezze Jr.
  • Tim McCormack
  • Eileen T. Gallagher
  • Mary J. Boyle

For Judge of the Court of Common Pleas (General Division)

  • Joseph D. Russo
  • Stuart A. Friedman
  • Michael Jackson
  • Timothy McCormick
  • John P. O’Donnell
  • Daniel Gaul
  • Dean W. Van Dress
  • John D. Sutula
  • Carolyn B. Friedland
  • Shirley Strickland Saffold
  • Janet R. Burnside
  • Joan Synenberg
  • Colleen Ann Reali
  • Robert C. McClelland
  • Steve Gall

For Judge of the Court of Common Pleas (Juvenile Division)

  • Frankie Goldberg
  • Alison Nelson Floyd
  • Thomas F. O’Malley
  • Michael John Ryan

Other Non-Judicial candidates we support:

For U.S. Senator

  • Sherrod Brown

For Representative to Congress (14th District)

  • David P. Joyce

For State Senator (24th District)

  • Thomas F. Patton

For State Representative (6th District)

  • Anthony Fossaceca

For Prosecuting Attorney (Cuyahoga County)

  • Timothy J. McGinty

Post by Arthur Elk