Man’s Chantix Lawsuit Joins MDL

Russell Weber of Minnesota filed his Chantix claim against the manufacturer, Pfizer in October 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. This is the Southern Division.

The plaintiff used the Master Short Form Complaint and decided to file the lawsuit in Alabama instead of Minnesota in order to take part in what is called a “multidistrict litigation,” or MDL, case. This was the chosen route because the pretrial processes of a number of Chantix lawsuits are combined so that the legal process can move forward more quickly.

In his dangerous drug lawsuit, Weber claims that he began the smoking cessation drug in 2008. He alleges that the medication caused him to suffer from paranoia, aggression, anxiety, and vivid dreams. These are side effects that are commonly referred to by Chantix plaintiffs. An additional side effect that has been reported in connection with the drug is attempted suicide or thoughts of suicide.

Research has shown that Chantix can have some rather significant psychological effects because it blocks dopamine activation in the brain. Dopamine is a chemical that contributes to smoking addiction, but it also helps regulate the brain in the way of depression and serious mental health issues. In other words, it is a “happy chemical” within the brain.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had required Pfizer to place a black-box warning on the drug because of the suicide rate and the number of serious risks. There was one period of 18 months that Pfizer had received nearly 300 suicide and depression reports in connection with Chantix use. This is why they issued the black-box warning, which is the most serious warning that can be issued by the FDA without having to declare a mandatory recall.

The lawsuits that have been filed against Pfizer are filed in order to try and receive monetary compensation that can cover lost wages, medical bills, and other costs that are associated with the side effects patients have experienced while taking Chantix. Family members who have lost loved ones to suicide after taking Chantix have also filed lawsuits against the drug maker.

If you have consumed Chantix and suffered serious side effects, we encourage you to contact a personal injury lawyer in Bloomington, MN at TSR Injury Law today. We charge no upfront fees if we take on your case and are ready to help you today.

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Pharmacists Admit Sterile Drugs Frequently Contaminated

Months after the fungal meningitis infections started to surface, the deaths have continued to climb. The cause was contaminated pain shots and pharmacists say that they believe such a contamination and outbreak could happen again.

Approximately 13 percent of pharmacy technicians, pharmacist, and others that have responded to polls about the issue have said that they believe contamination had occurred in their own shops in 2012. They types of drugs they are referring to are the same steroids as those administered through injection that killed 45 and infected nearly 700. The steroid was made by New England Compounding Center and an inspection of their facility found mold and other contaminants, as well as the shop’s close proximity to a junk yard.

The president of the ISMP, which monitors the safety of medication, has said that they have been aware of the risks for quite some time. He has said that consumers are still at risk and they need to know that fact.

The fungal meningitis outbreak that raised many flags became one of the worst public health catastrophes in memory. Now, there are hundreds of individuals facing months or years of treatment.

It was the fungal meningitis outbreak that promoted the ISMP to find out if the proper management of high-risk compounded drugs was as widespread as they believed.

Unfortunately, they found that the answer is yes.

Pharmacists, pharmacy techs, nurses, and doctors were polled in November and December 2012. The poll had an emphasis on managing CSPs, which are made by compounding pharmacies or on-site.

Injectable drugs that are sterile are quite difficult to create because they require mixing drugs that are not sterile with other ingredients. These other ingredients must remain sterilized to ensure no mold, bacteria, or fungi makes its way into the final product.

The poll showed that there may be problems in a number of places. 11 percent of pharmacists and 29 percent of techs who participated believed that they had on-site contamination of CSPs in 2011. The poll did not specify whether or not it was believed the contamination was detected before the drugs were distributed or if those contaminated drugs were given to patients. It was also not clear as to whether or not the problems had been reported.

Fifty percent of pharmacists believed that no contamination had occurred on their watch, but only 38 percent of pharmacy techs felt that no contamination had occurred while they were on the job. However, the reason why most pharmacists felt that no contamination occurred on their watch was because many of the high-risk CSPs were not compounded on-site.

This poll is just one more indicator that there are serious problems that involve the contamination of sterile drugs. And even though the FDA recommended changes in the way compounding pharmacies are regulated, it is important for consumers to understand that injectable drugs that are touted as sterile are still risky.

If you have contracted meningitis after being exposed to an unsterile drug, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact a Minneapolis injury lawyer from TSR Injury today for your free consultation.

Minneapolis Chiropractor Malpractice Attorneys

Chiropractic has been a controversial form of medicine since it first became popular in the U.S. in the late 19th century. Some people claim that the entire field is a scam, while others argue that there are only a few chiropractors who give the rest a bad name. One fact is not in dispute: chiropractors who practice their form of medicine badly, are a danger to their patients. Have you suffered injury from a negligent chiropractor? Are you hurting and angry? Call TSR Injury Law at 612-TSR-TIME or submit our free consultation form.

Types of Chiropractic Error

The Minnesota chiropractor malpractice attorneys of TSR Injury Law are familiar with a variety of chiropractic injury claims. Generally, the errors committed by negligent chiropractors fall into one of two categories:

  • Failure to correctly diagnose a problem. As with other fields, some chiropractors are so devoted to their form of medicine that they believe it can cure any ailment. People have been seriously injured by receiving only chiropractic treatment when their condition actually required a conventional medical doctor.
  • Damage to body parts. Although many chiropractors are committed to their patients’ health and safety, some are less attentive. Patients can be seriously injured by reckless manipulation of their joints, bones, and muscles. Those with weakened or damaged bones or muscles are especially at risk.

Holding Chiropractors Responsible

If you have been injured by a negligent or fraudulent chiropractor, there is a way for you to seek justice. A chiropractic malpractice suit can be filed in the same fashion as any other form of medical malpractice suit. An experienced Minnesota chiropractic injury lawyer will be able to give you more details.

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If you are considering filing a suit against a chiropractor who injured you or a loved one, contact our Minnesota Chiropractic Malpractice Attorneys at 612-TSR-TIME or submit our contact form.

Pain and Suffering Issues with Before and After Witnesses

Attorney Rich Ruohonen, one of our partners, recently presented two courses at a legal seminar on conveying pain and suffering issues in a jury trial. Rich’s courses were entitled, “Pain and Suffering Issues with Before and After Witnesses” and “Arming the Jury with Ability to Award Significant Pain and Suffering Damages in Closing Argument.”

Given Rich’s experience with pain and suffering issues, he chaired the seminar. According to Rich, “Pain and suffering can be a large percentage of a compensation package for injured victims.” It is important the jury understands that this is a significant damage issue for your client.

All of our attorneys have significant experience arguing for adequate compensation for pain and suffering. They are consistently named Super Lawyers by their peers and Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine and Law & Politics. They are skilled, aggressive personal injury litigators with years of experience with spinal injury cases, traumatic brain injury cases, car accident cases, and many other categories of personal injury law.

Collapsed Decking Injury Lawsuits in MN

Anytime a deck collapses the people involved in the incident are going to get hurt. The shear impact of the deck can crush victims and leave those on the deck or under it with severe injuries. There have been many instances where a collapsed deck has resulted in tragic loss of life as well as serious and permanent injuries to the victims. If you or someone you love has been injured due to a deck collapsing, then now is the time to do something about it.

Contact TSR Injury Law today at (612) TSR-TIME.

At TSR Injury Law firm we are a leading personal injury law firm in Minnesota that have helped countless clients gain the financial compensation they deserve after faced with an unexpected injury or death. We can’t turn back the clock but we can help you move forward.

If you or a loved one has been injured after a deck has collapsed then you will be lucky to walk away with only a few cuts and scrapes. A deck is a huge structure which in itself can crush anything in its path. Add this to the fact that the deck may fall two or more stories and you can expect extremely serious injuries or fatality. If faced with a deck collapse you could be looking at:

  • Broken bones
  • Serious brain injuries and head trauma
  • Paralysis and permanent damage
  • Serious spinal injuries
  • Death

Furthermore, you could also be looking at several expenses surgeries and rehabilitation exercises to help you get through this pain. Physically you may need to learn how to use your legs again; emotionally you may need months of therapy to stop the nightmares and fears that come with living through this type of trauma.

Who is Responsible?

If you are faced with a serious injury after a deck has collapsed then you will probably want to know how this happened. Who is responsible for the deck collapsing? Was it due to a faulty builder that did not take adequate care when building the deck or was it the fault of the timber company that supplied the wood for the balcony? A deck injury could be the responsibility of:

  • The owner of the property
  • The person renting the property
  • The HOA or the complex association of the property
  • The manufacturer of the deck
  • The builder of the home

At TSR Injury Law, our personal injury lawyers in Bloomington will work hard to find out who is responsible for your injury and ensure you are properly compensated for your pain, suffering and financial loss.

How A Lawyer Can Help

We understand how hard it can be to get your life back on track after a deck collapse injury. At TSR Injury Law we can help you acquire the compensation from liable parties including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Other damages

For further inquiries about filing a personal injury lawsuit and getting your footing back after a deck collapse, feel free to call TSR Injury Law at (612) TSR-TIME or send an e-mail by clicking on this link: contact us.

Pilot Killed in Plane Crash

A Bemidji pilot was killed when his plane crashed early in December in Northern Illinois.

Larry Diffley, 74, president of a small charter airline in Minnesota, was killed when his two-engine plane crashed into a Manhattan Township soybean field owned by the family of Ray Nugent. The crash, which occurred just before 3 p.m. on December 4th, left a path of debris that was a few hundred yards long.

It was confirmed that Diffley was the only one in the Hawker Beechcraft BE-58. It was registered with Bemidji Aviation Services, which is based in Minnesota and is a cargo and charter airline that Diffley co-owned for almost four decades before the company became owned by its employees in 2006. Diffley was, however, the company president.

As for where Diffley was heading, the Will County Illinois authorities said that Diffley was working for an oil pipeline company and was going to the Joliet airport to pick up another individual. Diffley almost made it to Joliet when the plane went down.

It was realized that something was wrong when Diffley had not showed up on time and no one had heard from him. It was not long before the call came in that informed those waiting on Diffley that his plane had crashed in the nearby field.

It is suspected that the cause of the crash may have been a fuel issue because there was no gas odor at the scene of the crash, nor was there a fire. The reason for the crash is currently under investigation. If someone that you love has been fatally injured in an incident that may have been caused by the malfunction of a defective product, you may be eligible to file a damages lawsuit. Contact a personal injury lawyer at TSR Injury Law today for a complimentary consultation.

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Separated Shoulder Injury Claims in MN

Three bones form the shoulder joint: clavicle, scapula, and humerus. A shoulder separation is a tear in the ligaments holding the scapula and clavicle together.

A shoulder separation happens most often in slip and fall cases, but they can occur in car accidents and truck accidents from bracing against the dash or being forced against the door. Shoulder separations are rated 1, 2, or 3, depending on the distance between the scapula and the clavicle.

  • A grade 1 shoulder separation has tenderness but no actual separation. It involves a sprain of the acromioclavicular (AC) ligament, without displacing the clavicle. The shoulder will look normal on an X-ray.
  • A grade 2 shoulder separation has slight separation of the clavicle from the scapula. The AC ligament will be torn and the coracoclavicular (CC) ligament may sustain minor tears.
  • A grade 3 shoulder separation is when the AC joint is noticeably out of position. The AC and CC ligaments sustain complete tears.

Treatment of Separated Shoulder

The first treatment recommended is immobilization until the pain dissipates. Simple separations do well if the ligaments are not extensively damaged. More serious ligament damage may require surgery. Sometimes surgery is delayed to see if the shoulder will heal and regain full function without surgery.Whether the shoulder separation is treated conservatively or with surgery, the shoulder will require physical therapy to restore range of motion and rebuild strength and flexibility.

Minnesota Shoulder Separation Attorney

Our personal injury lawyers in Minneapolis, MN are gifted litigators with extensive medical knowledge and persuasive delivery. We will handle all of the paperwork, negotiate with the insurance company, and file your claim, if necessary. Call (612) TSR-TIME or submit our free contact form.

Salmonella Food Poisoning Outbreak

TSR injury Law represents victims of the salmonella food poisoning outbreak which occurred at Great Moon Buffet located on Robert Street in St. Paul. This outbreak occurred in late June 2018 and sickened numerous persons. If you or a loved one were a victim of this food poisoning outbreak or any other outbreak, it is TSR Time! Call a Bloomington personal injury lawyer at our firm today at (612) TSR-TIME.

What is Salmonella?

Salmonella is a bacteria that makes people sick. It was discovered by an American scientist named Dr. Salmon, and has been known to cause illness for over 125 years. The illness people get from a Salmonella infection is called salmonellosis.

Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most individuals recover without treatment. In some cases, diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. In these patients, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites. In these cases, Salmonella can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

How Common is Salmonella Infection?

CDC estimates Salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the United States every year.2 Among these illnesses, about 1.1 million are acquired in the United States. Among the illnesses acquired in the United States, CDC estimates that food is the source for about 1 million illnesses, 19,000 hospitalizations, and 380 deaths.

Minnesota Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible E. Coli

News Release
Minnesota Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination
Class I Recall 082-2014
Health Risk: High Nov 22, 2014
Congressional and Public Affairs
Benjamin Bell
(202) 720-9113

WASHINGTON, Nov. 22, 2014 – Ranchers Legacy Meat Co., of Vadnais Heights, Minn., is recalling 1,200 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

Products subject to the recall are packaged in plastic cryovac sealed packets, and contain various weights of ground beef. All products produced on Nov. 19, 2014 are subject to recall.

All of the following have a Package Code (use by) 12/10/2014 and bear the establishment number “Est. 40264” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Individual products include:

  • Ranchers Legacy Ground Beef Patties 77/23
  • Ranchers Legacy Ground Chuck Patties 80/20
  • Ranchers Legacy USDA Choice Ground Beef 80/20
  • Ranchers Legacy USDA Choice WD Beef Patties 80/20
  • Ranchers Legacy RD Beef Patties 80/20
  • OTG Manufacturing Chuck/Brisket RD Patties
  • Ranchers Legacy Chuck Blend Oval Beef Patties
  • Ranchers Legacy WD Chuck Blend Patties
  • Ranchers Legacy USDA Choice NAT Beef Patties 80/20
  • Ranchers Legacy NAT Beef Patties 80/20
  • Ranchers Legacy USDA Choice NAT Beef Patties 80/20
  • Ranchers Legacy Ground Chuck Blend
  • Ranchers Legacy Chuck Blend Bulk Pack NAT Patties
  • Ranchers Legacy Chuck Blend NAT Beef Patties

The product was discovered by FSIS inspection personnel during a routine inspection. Products testing positive on November 21, 2014 were held at the establishment. The products being recalled were produced on the same day and equipment as the positive product. Products were shipped to distributors for sales nationwide.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160 ° F. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature.

Consumers and media with questions regarding the recall should call Jeremy Turnquist, Vice President of Operations for Ranchers Legacy Meat Co. at (651) 366-6575.

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Deer Stand Defect Lawyer

Minnesota is a beautiful state to go hunting in during the fall, so the woods are filled with hunters attaching deer stands to trees. Deer stands are an effective way to blend into the surroundings, while also receiving a bird’s eye view of the surrounding woods so that deer can be easily seen and the kill shot can be easily achieved.

Unfortunately, some deer stands are the subjects of faulty manufacturing, which means that they can malfunction while they are in use. If the safety harness breaks or it comes loose, head injuries, paralysis, and even death can occur from the fall. If that has happened to you, you need a Minneapolis product liability lawyer to pursue compensation for you.

Deer Stand Defects

We have represented hunters who have been involved in deer stand accidents that have been the result of device failure. This failure is in regards to poor design or manufacturing defects. There are other instances in which the design was not the issue. Instead, the poor quality materials led to the accident. We make sure that manufacturers are held accountable when they use shortcuts to get a product on the market as soon as possible.

Improper warnings and instructions can also be responsible for accidents. The stand may be made out of solid materials and it may even be designed carefully, but the manufacturer has a duty to provide users with instructions that are written carefully and accurately. If the instructions do not clearly state how the deer stand needs to be set up, then the manufacturer can be held responsible for an accident. Not even stating the hazards associated with the assembly or use of the stand is also a liability for the manufacturer.

Compensation For Injuries

When you contact us, we will have a Minnesota deer stand defect lawyer from our firm evaluate the details of your case. The type of defect, the cause, and all details will be reviewed to determine what kind of angle must be taken to hold the manufacturer accountable. As for the compensation that we pursue, you can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, childcare expenses if you are unable to take care of your children on your own, and compensation for other expenses that may be the direct result of the accident caused by the defective deer stand.

Contact A Minneapolis Deer Stand Defect Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a deer stand malfunction, you may have a case. It is very important to call us as soon as possible so we can begin investigating the details of your accident and build a solid case for you. To get started, call us at (612) TSR-TIME, or fill out our contact form and schedule a free case evaluation so we can inform you of your options and the rights you have to seek compensation in your case.