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Product Liability – Dangerous Drugs, Defective Products, and More in the Fresno and Bakersfield Areas

The lawyers at Bourdette & Partners have been handling cases of product liability for years. If you or someone you love has been injured by defective products such as dangerous drugs, our Bakersfield and Fresno-area lawyers can help you obtain compensation from those responsible.

Anyone involved in the manufacture and distribution of a product is, at least in part, responsible for making sure that the product will not cause harm to the consumer. This responsibility extends to the manufacturers of any component parts, the manufacturer of the product, and even retail distributors. If the product injures the consumer or anyone to whom the product is given or loaned, any company that failed in its duty to ensure the product's safety can be held legally liable. The lawyers at Bourdette & Partners have decades of experience in cases of product liability in Bakersfield, Visalia, and the greater Central Valley. We can help you acquire financial compensation for the injuries you have suffered.

If you have been injured by a negligent company and would like information regarding product liability litigation in Bakersfield and the surrounding Central Valley, contact the attorneys of Bourdette & Partners for a no-cost consultation.

Dangerous Drugs

Bourdette & Partners has years of experience in cases of product liability involving dangerous drugs. Serving the Bakersfield and Fresno areas in California’s greater Central Valley for more than 30 years, our lawyers can help you find restitution if you have been injured form using Fen-Phen, Vioxx®, or other dangerous drugs.


Millions of Americans used the drug combination known as Fen-Phen for weight loss. Fen-Phen used two appetite suppressants working in tandem, either fenfluramine or dexfenfluramine as the first, and phentermine as the second, which results in drastic weight loss. Many people thought they had finally found the perfect way to lose weight quickly and easily, but over time questions began to surface concerning Fen-Phen's safety.

In September of 1997, the manufacturer of Fen-Phen pulled the product from the market after reports started to increase that some people who used the drugs were developing heart problems. A year later, three studies in the New England Journal of Medicine confirmed those reports, stating that more than one-fifth of Fen-Phen users had heart valve abnormalities. If you have heart problems and have taken Fen-Phen, contact Bourdette & Partners. We have the resources and determination to fight large drug companies, pursuing compensation for victims of Fen-Phen and other dangerous drugs in the Bakersfield and Fresno area.


Vioxx® was recalled by its manufacturer, Merck & Co., on September 30th, 2004. The drug, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, was originally prescribed to relieve the symptoms of arthritis and manage pain. Clinical studies involving Vioxx® have shown that patients who take Vioxx® are twice as likely to have cardiovascular problems, including life-threatening incidents such as strokes, blood clots, and heart attacks.

At Bourdette & Partners, we were litigating cases involving Vioxx® long before Merck & Co. recalled the drug. Our attorneys have years of experience in fighting the manufacturers of dangerous drugs and other defective products, helping our Bakersfield and Fresno-area clients receive settlements that can help them make a new life after enduring the tragedies caused by these drugs. An estimated 80 million people worldwide use Vioxx®, making the recall of the drug one of the largest in history. If you or a loved one has been harmed by Vioxx®, contact the law firm of Bourdette & Partners today.


The FDA expressed concern about side effect associated with 80-milligram doses of Crestor®, delaying the approval of the cholesterol drug by a year. The agency told the manufacturers of the drug that it would need to resolve concerns regarding potential kidney failure and muscle risk prior to being cleared to sell it in the United States. Eventually, the drug was released and deemed safe by the FDA. However, there has been an abnormally high occurrence of kidney and muscle problems in patients who have taken Crestor®. According to non-profit public interest group Public Citizens, the rate of kidney problems is 75 times higher than in all other drugs in the same class combined.

Symptoms of liver damage include yellow eyes, jaundice, abdominal pain, clay-colored stool, dark urine, and nausea. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, see your doctor immediately. If you are or have recently taken Crestor® and are suffering these symptoms, contact our product liability attorneys as soon as possible. Cases are being filed across the country against the manufacturers of Crestor®, and there may be a time limit after which you will no longer be able to seek damages.


Recalled by Pfizer in April of 2005 under orders from the FDA, Bextra® carries an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, much like another dangerous COX-2 inhibitor drug, Vioxx®. However, Bextra® has been found to lead to another, potentially even more dangerous, health complication, and with frightening regularity. Stevens-Johnson, Syndrome, also known as SJS, is a life-threatening disease which affects the skin, and is closely tied to drug side effects. In fact, SJS is almost always caused by a dangerous drug reaction.

In a study published in the medical journal Drug Safety in 2005, researchers found that the incidence of SJS in Bextra® patients was approximately 25 times greater than in the rest of the population. SJS can cause skin peeling rashes, inflammation, and blistering of the mucous membrane, and results in a great deal of pain and suffering.


Hormone Replacement Therapy

The changes in hormone levels that occur when a woman passes through menopause can have a wide variety of effects, including hot flashes, sleep disorders, mood swings, vaginal dryness, and decreased sexual desire. Some doctors have recommended Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), which uses the female hormones estrogen and progestin (synthetic progesterone), to ease the changes that come with menopause.

A recent, comprehensive study has, however, found that the risks of HRT may outweigh its potential benefits. The study followed 161,809 women who were receiving the therapy, and the data showed significant increases in the risk of blood clots, strokes, heart attacks, and breast cancer.

If you or someone you love has undergone Hormone Replacement Therapy and, as a result, suffered from these serious side effects, we can help you obtain damages from those responsible. Our attorneys have years of experience litigating cases of defective products in Fresno and the greater Central Valley area. Contact the Visalia, California office of Bourdette & Partners.


Defibrillators (Cardiac Devices)

In 2002, the Guidant Corporation, one of the leading manufacturers of cardiac defibrillators in the country, announced a manufacturing defect in several models of their devices. After a young patient died while relying on a Guidant defibrillator, the company announced that there was an electrical problem that could cause the defective product to short-circuit.

The company is under considerable fire currently, as it appears to have been aware of the problem with the devices, yet continued to market them. There are lawsuits being filed across the country against the Guidant Corporation and its subsidiaries. If you have a Guidant defibrillator, contact your physician immediately to find out if your model is among those recalled.

If you have already had your Guidant defibrillator replaced, or if you have suffered physical trauma as a result of your Guidant defibrillator, contact our law office immediately to find out if you have a case.


Gambro Dialysis Equipment

Recent evidence suggests that Gambro’s Prisma® Renal Replacement System is susceptible to bacteria and device malfunctions, and there have been multiple reports of patients suffering high fever, stroke, or even death following kidney dialysis with use of Gambro machines. The FDA announced a Class 1 recall of the system in November of 2005. If you have had problems with your Gambro machine and have suffered as a result, contact our product liability attorneys near Fresno for a free consultation to find out if you have a case.


Schedule a Consultation with Our Product Liability Lawyers

If you’ve been affected by any of the products listed above or have been the victim of any other dangerous or defective product or drug, contact our product liability attorneys near Fresno and Bakersfield today for a free consultation.


If you have been injured by defective products or dangerous drugs and would like to file a product liability case in the Fresno or Bakersfield areas, contact Bourdette & Partners today!

Bourdette & Partners
2924 West Main Street
Visalia, California 93291

Phone: 1.800.811.2003
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