Personal Injury

Neocate Infant Injuries

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Issue: Child Injuries from Neocate Baby Formula

Lieff Cabraser is investigating multiple reports of infant and child injuries allegedly related to the consumption of Neocate, an elemental amino acid-based baby formula given to babies with sensitivities to proteins in cows’ milk. Manufactured and marketed in the U.S. by Nutricia, Neocate is one of the oldest baby formulas available for babies who cannot drink cow’s milk.

In March 2016, Nutricia issued a warning that babies using Neocate as a primary or sole source of nutrition “should be routinely monitored by clinicians.” This warning is inadequate and does not raise the association with hypophosphatemia or the seriousness of these injuries.

A 2017 Yale University study revealed a link between babies and children using Neocate and multiple and severe bone fractures though to be occurring because of phosphate deficiencies (a condition known as hypophosphatemia or Rickets). While the deficiency (though not the existing bone breaks) could be reversed by getting the children off Neocate and feeding them alternative soy-based formulas, in some of the babies the multiple bone fractures resulted in permanent disfigurement.

Contact an Infant Injury Lawyer at Lieff Cabraser

If your baby or child has suffered bone fractures you suspect may be related to the use of Neocate, we urge you to contact infant injury lawyer Wendy Fleishman at Lieff Cabraser today. You can use the short form below or call Ms. Fleishman toll-free at 1 800 541-7358. Lieff Cabraser has successfully litigated cases on behalf of parents of injured children across America. We will review your claim for free, confidentially, and with no obligation on your part.


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Why Would Nutricia Be Liable for Child Bone Injuries from Neocate Use?

A manufacturer of a product has a duty to use reasonable care in the design, manufacturing, testing and inspection of the product to see that the product is safe for any use. A manufacturer also has a duty to give an adequate warning of any dangerous conditions that are not obvious to product users. Plaintiffs allege that Nutricia was negligent in their failure to warn consumers and provide adequate instructions for safe use of the product, in addition to being negligent in the design of Neocate that resulted in an unreasonably dangerous product which enhances injuries.

PPI Use and Stomach Cancer

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Lieff Cabraser is investigating reports of links between the use of proton pump inhibitor drugs and the development of stomach cancer. Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, is cancer that develops from the lining of the stomach. Early symptoms can include loss of appetite, nausea, heartburn, and upper abdominal pain. The cancer can spread to other parts of the body, particularly the liver, lungs, bones, lining of the abdomen and lymph nodes. Stomach cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer world-wide and the third leading cause of death from cancer.

What are PPIs?

Proton-pump inhibitors are a group of drugs whose main action is a pronounced and long-lasting reduction of gastric acid production in the stomach. PPI drugs are the most potent inhibitors of acid secretion available, and are among the most widely-sold drugs in the world. They are used to treat dyspepsia, gastritis, peptic ulcers, GERD, certain esophageal conditions, and in H. pylori eradication. Specialty professional organizations recommend that people take the lowest effective PPI dose to achieve the desired therapeutic result when used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease long-term. In the United States, the FDA has advised that no more than three 14-day treatment courses should be used in one year.

An October 2017 study of over 60,000 subjectsd published by leading general medical journal BMJ found an association between PPI use the worsening of gastric atrophy, particularly in patients infected with H. pylori. The study further found a connection between PPI use and gastric cancer in subjects who had received therapy for H. pylori bacterial infections.

Injured or Concerned PPI Users: Contact an Injury Lawyer at Lieff Cabraser

If you or a family member have developed stomach cancer you suspect may be related to PPI use, we welcome the chance to talk with you. In addition to potentially helping you with your PPI-related stomach cancer injury case, learning of your experience can help others suffering from PPI cancer injuries. Please use the form below to start the conversation, or call us toll-free at 1 800 541-7358 for a free, no-obligation review of your case.


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List of Proton Pump Inhibitor Drugs

Brand and generic names for PPIs include:

  • omeprazole (Prilosec, Prilosec OTC)
  • aspirin and omeprazole (Yosprala)
  • lansoprazole (Prevacid, Prevacid IV, Prevacid 24-Hour)
  • dexlansoprazole (Dexilent, Dexilent Solutab)
  • rabeprazole (Aciphex, Aciphex Sprinkle)
  • pantoprazole (Protonix)
  • esomeprazole (Nexium, Nexium IV, Nexium 24 HR)
  • esomeprazole magnesium/naproxen (Vimovo)
  • omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate (Zegerid, Zegerid OTC)

 

Mirena Pseudotumor and Intracranial Hypertension Injuries

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Issue: Pseudotumor/Intracranial Hypertension and Related Injuries

Lieff Cabraser represents women suffering from the non-stroke neurological condition pseudotumor cerebri (PTC), also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), in injury lawsuits that claim their conditions were caused by their use of the Mirena® contraceptive device. The lawsuit allegations include negligence, negligent and fraudulent misrepresentation, design defects, fraud by suppression and concealment, failure to adequately warn of health risks, and breach of warranty, and seek compensatory and punitive damages.

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If you or a family member have experienced injuries like PTC or intracranial hypertension you believe may relate to the use of Mirena, please contact a dedicated women’s injury attorney at Lieff Cabraser today by using the form below or calling us toll-free at 1 800 541-7358. There is no cost or obligation for our review of your Mirena injury case.


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 What is Mirena?

Mirena is a small, t-shaped plastic intrauterine device (IUD) that releases a hormone into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. It is manufactured by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Mirena in December 2000 as a contraceptive for women who have had at least one child. In 2009, the FDA approved Mirena to treat heavy menstrual bleeding in women who prefer intrauterine contraception as their method of birth control. In 2017, the FDA approved Mirena as a contraceptive for women who had not had a child. More than 2 million women in the United States currently use Mirena, and the device has been used by more than 15 million women worldwide.

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Mirena releases the synthetic hormone levonorgestrel directly into the uterus for birth control. While Mirena’s label includes warnings about stroke risks, the lawsuits allege Mirena’s label does not sufficiently warn about non-stroke PTC/IIH — in fact, the condition is not mentioned on the warning label at all. Further, in the course of marketing Mirena, Bayer was warned by the FDA that its advertising omitted serious and frequent risks associated with Mirena, and misleadingly suggested that Mirena is safer than has been demonstrated.

Dangerous Mirena PTC and Brain Hypertension Side Effects

Pseudotumor cerebri or idiopathic intracranial hypertension is a condition that develops in the skull when cerebrospinal fluid levels become elevated, causing increased pressure. PTC derives its name from the fact that the condition acts like a tumor but it is not actually a tumor. Patients with PTC or IIH typically develop symptoms of severe migraines or migraine-like headaches with blurred vision, diplopia (double vision), temporary blindness, blind spots, or other visual deficiencies resulting from increased pressure on the optic nerve. Failure to correctly diagnose and treat PTC or IIH can lead to permanent vision loss and even blindness. There is currently no treatment to reverse permanent injury to the optic nerves caused by increased intracranial pressure.

About Lieff Cabraser

Recognized as “one of the nation’s premier plaintiffs’ firms” by The American Lawyer, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP is a seventy-plus attorney law firm with offices in San Francisco, New York, Nashville, and Seattle. Our firm has recovered over $19 billion for clients in personal injury cases, and has successfully represented tens of thousands of women nationwide in injury lawsuits relating to breast implants, birth defects, vaginal surgical mesh, power morcellators, and Yaz and Yasmine contraceptives, among many other cases. U.S. News and Best Lawyers named Lieff Cabraser as their 2016 “Law Firm of the Year” for representing plaintiffs in class actions and mass torts. We were recognized more recently by the National Law Journal as one of nine “Elite Trial Lawyer” firms and by Benchmark Litigation as one of the Top 10 Plaintiffs firms in the country.

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Mirena® is a registered trademark of Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals. The use of this trademark is solely for product identification and informational purposes. Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals is not affiliated with this website, and Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals has no affiliation with Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP. Nothing on this site has been authorized or approved by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals.

DePuy Attune Total Knee Implant Patient Injury Lawsuits

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Knee implant patients across the U.S. report unusually high early failure rates of DePuy Attune Total Knee implant systems. While DePuy has reported that “early clinical results of the Attune Knee are promising,” the Journal of Knee Surgery published a June 2017 report indicating numerous DePuy Attune Total Knee system failures as well as underreported Attune knee complications.

Patients who suffer from implant-related injuries they suspect relate to design or manufacturing defects in medical devices have the right to bring lawsuits against implant manufacturers for pain, suffering, the cost of care and revision surgery, and other attendant losses. An attorney can be critical to properly evaluating your case and advising you of your rights, including the time by which you must file a lawsuit in order to preserve your claim under the relevant statute of limitations. Also, without counsel, you may never know or receive the full value of your case.

Contact a DePuy Attune Total Knee System Injury Lawyer at Lieff Cabraser

For decades, Lieff Cabraser has represented patients who have been injured by defective implants and other medical devices. Contact us today by calling 1 800 541-7358 or use the form below to get a free, no-obligation review of your knee implant injury case.


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Invokana Amputations & Invokamet Amputations

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Issue: Increased risk of leg & foot amputations after Invokana or Invokamet usage

May 2017: FDA Confirms Increased Risk of Leg & Foot Amputations with Invokana or Invokamet Use

In May 2017 the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration issued a heightened Invokana warning confirming earlier studies that “the type 2 diabetes medication canagliflozin (Invokana, Invokamet, Invokamet XR) causes an increased risk of leg and foot amputations.” The FDA further noted it is requiring new warnings, including its most prominent Boxed Warning, to be added to all Invokana and Invokamet drug labels to warn patients about these serious risks.

The FDA further advised all patients taking Invokana or Invokamet to notify their health care professionals immediately if they develop “any new pain or tenderness, sores or ulcers, or infections in the legs or feet.” The FDA also advised warned doctors before prescribing Invokana/Invokamet to consider all factors that might predispose patients to a risk of amputations, which risk could be doubled by the use of Invokana or Invokamet.

Lieff Cabraser has successfully represented tens of thousands of clients in personal injury and dangerous prescription drug cases across America. U.S. News, Best Lawyers, and the National Law Journal have all recognized us as one of the top plaintiffs’ law firms in the nation.

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If you have had a leg or foot amputation you think may be related to your use of Invokana or Invokamet, please contact us today by completing the contact form below or by calling us toll-free at 1 800-541-7358 and ask to speak to attorney Sarah London.


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What are SGLT2 Inhibitors like Invokana or Invokamet?

SGLT2 inhibitors are a class of prescription medicines that are FDA-approved for use with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with Type 2 diabetes. SGLT2 is an abbreviation for sodium-glucose cotransporter-2.

SGLT2 inhibitors lower blood sugar by causing the kidneys to remove sugar from the body through the urine.

The active ingredient of SGLT2 inibitors is canagliflozin, dapagliflozin, or empagliflozin. These medicines are available as single-ingredient products sold under the brand names:

  • Invokana
  • Farxiga, and
  • Jardiance.

The active ingredients of SGLT2 inhibitors are also used in combination with other diabetes medicines. These medications are:

  • Invokamet
  • Xigduo, and
  • Glyxambi.

What Does the FDA Say About Amputations Caused by Invokana or Invokamet?

The FDA has reviewed data from two large clinical trials of type 2 diabetes medicine canagliflozin (Invokana, Invokamet, Invokamet XR) and has concluded that these drugs cause a doubled risk of foot or leg amputation in patients. The data “showed that toe, leg, and foot amputations occurred about twice as often in patients treated with canagliflozin compared to patients treated with placebo.”

The FDA urges patients to contact their doctors right away if they experience any new symptoms that might relate to conditions requiring amputation (including new pain, soreness, or ulceration or infection) and has urged health care professionals and patients to report side effects involving SGLT2 inhibitors to the FDA MedWatch program.

What are my legal rights?

Manufacturers of prescription drugs have a duty to patients to produce safe products and to warn patients and doctors of all serious side effects from their medications.

The law in most states provides several personal injury claims for patients who have been seriously injured by a prescription drug with dangerous and undisclosed side effects.

These claims include strict liability for a defective product, breach of warranty, negligence, and misrepresentation. Damages sought against pharmaceutical companies for dangerous drug side effects and injuries include:

  • Physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and physical impairment;
  • Medical expenses, past and future; and
  • Loss of earnings and/or earning capacity.

In the case of a patient’s death, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death action and seek damages.

Disclaimer

This website is not intended to provide medical advice. The FDA states that patients should not stop or change their diabetes medicines without talking to their physician. If you have new pain or tenderness, sores or ulcers, or infections in your legs or feet, talk to your physician immediately.

Trademark Notice

Invokana is a registered trademark of Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Farxiga is a registered trademark of AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP. Jardiance is a registered trademark of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Invokamet is a registered trademark of Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Xigduo is a registered trademark of AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP. Glyxambi is a registered trademark of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The use of these trademarks is solely for product identification and informational purposes. None of these companies are affiliated with this website, neither do they have any affiliation with Lieff Cabraser. Nothing on this site has been authorized or approved by any of these companies.

BMW Takata Airbag Recall Lawsuits

Takata Airbag Recall Lawsuits

BMW Takata Airbag Dangers

Nearly 34 million vehicles have been recalled worldwide due to defective and dangerous airbags manufactured by Japan-based Takata Corporation. The largest automotive recall in U.S. history, at least ten deaths and more than 100 injuries have been linked to the Takata airbag defect. Affected vehicles include the following BMW vehicles:

2 series 2014 to present6 series Gran Coupe 2012 to present
3 series 2012 to present6 series Gran Tourismo Coupe 2012 to present
3 series Gran Tourismo 2014 to present6 series Conv. 2012 to present
4 series Coupe 2014 to presentM2 2016 to present
4 series Conv. 2014 to presentM3 2015 to present
4 series Gran Coupe 2015 to presentM4 2015 to present
5 series 2010 to presentX1 2016 to present
5 series Gran Tourismo 2009 to presentX3 2011 to present
5 series Sedan 2010 to presentX4 2014 to present
5 series Conv. 2012 to presentX5 2014 to present
5 series Gran Tourismo Coupe 2012 to presentX6 2015 to present
6 series Coupe 2012 to presenti8 EV 2014 to present

Contact Lieff Cabraser

If you or a family member have been injured in an accident linked to a faulty airbag or are concerned about the safety of your BMW and its airbags, please use the form below to contact Lieff Cabraser for a prompt and confidential evaluation of your case. Or call us toll-free at 1 800 541-7358 and ask to speak with auto accident attorney Fabrice N. Vincent.


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 Takata Airbag Problems and Airbag Recall Lawsuits

The recalled Takata airbags contain a dangerous propellant that can cause the airbag to explode, shooting metal casing debris towards drivers and passengers. The complaints charge that Takata knew of defects in its airbags long before the first recalls and that the auto manufacturers also knew or should have known that the airbags were dangerous and even lethal. Litigation is ongoing.

Lieff Cabraser attorney Robert Nelson summarizes the Takata airbag recall

Legal Rights of Persons Injured in Unsafe Cars and by Defective Airbags

Automakers have a legal duty to produce cars and components that are safe, and promptly correct any known safety defects. Damages in personal injury lawsuits against auto manufacturers for selling defective vehicles with safety flaws include damages for:

  • Past and future physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and physical impairment;
  • Past and future medical, incidental and hospital expenses;
  • Past and future loss of earnings and earning capacity; and
  • Punitive damages in cases of egregious misconduct.

If the driver or occupant was killed, surviving family members may file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Mazda Takata Airbag Recall Lawsuits

Mazda Takata Airbag Recall Lawsuits

Mazda3 2010-2013 and Mazda2 2011-2014 Takata Airbag Dangers

Nearly 34 million vehicles have been recalled worldwide due to defective and dangerous airbags manufactured by Japan-based Takata Corporation. The largest automotive recall in U.S. history, affected vehicles include 2010-2013 Mazda3 and 2011-2014 Mazda2 vehicles. At least ten deaths and more than 100 injuries have been linked to the Takata airbag defect.

Contact Lieff Cabraser

If you or a family member have been injured in an accident linked to a faulty airbag or are concerned about the safety of your 2010-2013 Mazda3 or 2011-2014 Mazda2 and its airbags, please use the form below to contact Lieff Cabraser for a prompt and confidential evaluation of your case. Or call us toll-free at 1 800 541-7358 and ask to speak with auto accident attorney Fabrice N. Vincent.


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 Takata Airbag Problems and Airbag Recall Lawsuits

The recalled Takata airbags contain a dangerous propellant that can cause the airbag to explode, shooting metal casing debris towards drivers and passengers. The complaints charge that Takata knew of defects in its airbags long before the first recalls and that the auto manufacturers also knew or should have known that the airbags were dangerous and even lethal. Litigation is ongoing.

Lieff Cabraser attorney Robert Nelson summarizes the Takata airbag recall

Legal Rights of Persons Injured in Unsafe Cars and by Defective Airbags

Automakers have a legal duty to produce cars and components that are safe, and promptly correct any known safety defects. Damages in personal injury lawsuits against auto manufacturers for selling defective vehicles with safety flaws include damages for:

  • Past and future physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and physical impairment;
  • Past and future medical, incidental and hospital expenses;
  • Past and future loss of earnings and earning capacity; and
  • Punitive damages in cases of egregious misconduct.

If the driver or occupant was killed, surviving family members may file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Subaru Outback & Legacy Takata Airbag Recall Lawsuits

Subaru Takata Airbag Recall Lawsuits

Subaru Outback & Legacy 2015, 2016 and 2017 Takata Airbag Dangers

Nearly 34 million vehicles have been recalled worldwide due to defective and dangerous airbags manufactured by Japan-based Takata Corporation. The largest automotive recall in U.S. history, affected vehicles include 2015, 2016 and 2017 Subaru Legacy and Subaru Outback vehicles. At least ten deaths and more than 100 injuries have been linked to the Takata airbag defect.

Contact Lieff Cabraser

If you or a family member have been injured in an accident linked to a faulty airbag or are concerned about the safety of your 2015, 2016 or 2017 Subaru Outback or Legacy and its airbags, please use the form below to contact Lieff Cabraser for a prompt and confidential evaluation of your case. Or call us toll-free at 1 800 541-7358 and ask to speak with auto accident attorney Fabrice N. Vincent.


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 Takata Airbag Problems and Airbag Recall Lawsuits

The recalled Takata airbags contain a dangerous propellant that can cause the airbag to explode, shooting metal casing debris towards drivers and passengers. The complaints charge that Takata knew of defects in its airbags long before the first recalls and that the auto manufacturers also knew or should have known that the airbags were dangerous and even lethal. Litigation is ongoing.

Lieff Cabraser attorney Robert Nelson summarizes the Takata airbag recall

Legal Rights of Persons Injured in Unsafe Cars and by Defective Airbags

Automakers have a legal duty to produce cars and components that are safe, and promptly correct any known safety defects. Damages in personal injury lawsuits against auto manufacturers for selling defective vehicles with safety flaws include damages for:

  • Past and future physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and physical impairment;
  • Past and future medical, incidental and hospital expenses;
  • Past and future loss of earnings and earning capacity; and
  • Punitive damages in cases of egregious misconduct.

If the driver or occupant was killed, surviving family members may file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Toyota 4Runner Takata Airbag Recall Lawsuits

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Toyota 4Runner 2016 and 2017 Takata Airbag Dangers

Nearly 34 million vehicles have been recalled worldwide due to defective and dangerous airbags manufactured by Japan-based Takata Corporation. It’s the largest automotive recall in U.S. history, and affected vehicles include 2016 and 2017 Toyota 4Runners. At least ten deaths and more than 100 injuries have been linked to the Takata airbag defect.

Contact Lieff Cabraser

If you or a family member have been injured in an accident linked to a faulty airbag or are concerned about the safety of your 2016 or 2017 4Runner and its airbags, please use the form below to contact Lieff Cabraser for a prompt and confidential evaluation of your case. Or call us toll-free at 1 800 541-7358 and ask to speak with auto accident attorney Fabrice N. Vincent.


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 Takata Airbag Problems and Airbag Recall Lawsuits

The recalled Takata airbags contain a dangerous propellant that can cause the airbag to explode, shooting metal casing debris towards drivers and passengers. The complaints charge that Takata knew of defects in its airbags long before the first recalls and that the auto manufacturers also knew or should have known that the airbags were dangerous and even lethal. Litigation is ongoing.

Lieff Cabraser attorney Robert Nelson summarizes the Takata airbag recall

Legal Rights of Persons Injured in Unsafe Cars and by Defective Airbags

Automakers have a legal duty to produce cars and components that are safe, and promptly correct any known safety defects. Damages in personal injury lawsuits against auto manufacturers for selling defective vehicles with safety flaws include damages for:

  • Past and future physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and physical impairment;
  • Past and future medical, incidental and hospital expenses;
  • Past and future loss of earnings and earning capacity; and
  • Punitive damages in cases of egregious misconduct.

If the driver or occupant was killed, surviving family members may file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Water Contamination from Dumped PFC Chemicals Discovered on U.S. Military Bases

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Drinking water and fish assessments including tests by the Michigan Department of Health reveal dangerous levels of PFCs in drinking water collected from private residential wells near the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Iosco County. Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) are chemicals that were used in fire-fighting foams on American military bases.

Similar concerns surround drinking water supplies around other U.S. military bases and former base areas, including Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in Washington, Glenview Naval Air Station in Glenview, Illinois, Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio, and Mitchell AFB in Wisconsin.

PFCs are known to cause serious, even lethal injuries, including

  • Testicular cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver tissue damage
  • Thyroid disease
  • Developmental effects to fetuses during pregnancy or to breastfed infants (low birth weight, accelerated puberty, skeletal variations)

If you or a family member are a veteran or local resident and suspect you may suffer from injuries possibly relating to water contaminated by PFCs, we urge you to contact us about your case by calling injury lawyer Fabrice Vincent at 1 800 541-7358 or by using the form below. There is no charge or obligation for our review of your PFC injury lawsuit.


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Lieff Cabraser is at the forefront of environmental lawsuits prosecuting cases against many of the world’s most powerful corporations, obtaining compensation for families and property owners harmed by toxic environmental exposures. Our notable successes include the co-representation of 69 families in Toms River, New Jersey with children whose cancer was linked to environmental contamination caused by Ciba, Union Carbide, and United Water Resources; work as co-lead Class Counsel in a suit against Unocal arising from a series of toxic releases from Unocal’s refinery in Rodeo, California and leading to a settlement of $80 million on behalf of 10,000 individuals; and our work as co-lead counsel in the nationwide class action against DuPont charging that its herbicide Imprelis caused widespread death among trees and other non-targeted vegetation across the U.S. where approximately $400 million was paid to 25,000 claimants.