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MUELLER LAW specializes in products liability including surgical mesh, as well as personal injury, birth trauma, mass torts and qui tam cases.

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BIRTH INJURY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
GENERAL MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
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Surgical Mesh

Over the last several years the FDA has identified many surgical mesh manufacturers with defective mesh products leading to a number of product recalls. Recipients of surgical mesh have reported to the FDA painful and debilitating complications from a variety of surgeries in which surgical mesh was used. Faulty surgical mesh surgeries and products can cause painful injuries that appear immediately or years after the initial surgery, and unfortunately in some cases, these symptoms can continue for a lifetime particularly when there is permanent nerve damage and/or when the mesh cannot be entirely removed safely.

In both men and women surgical mesh is commonly used to repair various hernia conditions. Complications include infections, pain, meshomas, mesh erosion, and or migration into tissue or organs, significant contraction of the mesh, unusual and unexplained intestinal symptoms, intestinal fistulas, and even death.

In women, extremely painful and often severe complications have arisen from the placement and failure of transvaginal surgical mesh, bladder slings and various other products/techniques used to treat conditions such as Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) in women. Complications include infections, pain, urinary problems, vaginal scarring, mesh erosion through the vaginal tissue and reoccurrence of POP or SUI along with perforations of the bowel, bladder, blood vessels or death.

In some cases, for both men and women, the mesh cannot be completely removed due to the integration into the body, and the patient’s health is continuously compromised for life, requiring ongoing medical monitoring and treatment.

There are a number of companies that manufacture and distribute various mesh products. The products are made out of a wide variety of materials and combinations of materials from polypropolene and polyeurethene to various polymer, biologic and animal based materials. Most of these products were introduced into the market without sufficient research or human trials. Most of the products have used/abused the abbreviated FDA 510k process in order to avoid pre-market testing and approval processes. The companies have marketed the products in an extremely aggressive manner to physicians and hospitals who in turn have also generated large revenues from the use of these devices in surgical procedures. Most doctors rely on the manufacturers for information about the product and its risks/safety profile. This information is routinely incomplete and misleading and in some cases materially false and deceptive. In turn, patients are frequently not advised of risks, what product is used or even that a mesh product will be used. Often there is not even a mention of the mesh on informed consent forms.

There are complicated medical, scientific and regulatory issues involved in these cases as well as a deep and primarily financially based resistance from both manufacturers and many physicians preventing their full acknowledgement of the serious health problems caused by these dangerous and defective products.

At Mueller Law we have dedicated substantial time and resources and are working closely with other dedicated legal and medical professionals in order to understand and effectively pursue legal remedies for the damages caused by these products.


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Birth Injury Medical Malpractice

We have successfully settled or tried numerous cases involving birth injury and are prepared to assist any family whose child was seriously injured because of negligence of the hospital, doctors or nurses at or around the time of birth. Contact us for a free consultation.

The number of newborns who suffer brain injury due to substandard medical care is large and the cost of providing necessary custodial, rehabilitation and medical care for those injured is a huge burden for families as well as for the schools, government support systems, medical insurers and ultimately the taxpayers who bear much of the cost to provide even the most minimal levels of care. The cost of loss of human potential and depression of the spirits and psyches of the injured and their loved ones is sobering and incalculable. Neither exact numbers and percentages nor reasonable approximations of the injuries that are caused by negligence are known at the present time. This is due to poor record keeping, bad data collection, vague or improper diagnosis, failure of hospitals and doctors to self-report bad occurrences whether or not they might involve verifiable negligence, denial, avoidance, cover-ups, failure to have clear universal standards, or ignorance or incompetence of medical providers relating to the understanding of medical causation of injury and its application to a given patient.

It has been the experience of attorneys at MUELLER LAW, as well as that of other legal and medical practitioners with substantial experience and knowledge in birth injury cases, that there are a number of fact patterns, instruments and drugs that result in a disproportionate share of the preventable injuries sustained, especially in the term or near term infant. These factors may operate alone or in combination with each other to produce injury


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General Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice occurs when a hospital, doctor or other healthcare professional causes injury, sometimes resulting in death, to a patient because of a negligent act or a failure to act that does not conform to medical standards. Contact MUELLER LAW for a free consultation about your case. Medical malpractice takes many forms and may include a failure to diagnose, a misdiagnosis, surgical error, procedure error, prescription or medication error, failure to read or negligent interpretation of diagnostic scans and tests or the failure to prevent or treat infection.

Unfortunately, medical malpractice is a serious issue in the United States. A 2008 study of Medicare data by HealthGrades estimated that nearly 200,000 hospitalized patients died from potentially preventable medical errors each year. A 2006 Institute of Medicine study found that medication errors harm at least 1.5 million people every year. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that 7 percent of patients failed to receive notification about significant clinical findings in medical test results. In spite of these numbers and instead of concentrating on reducing medical errors, supporters of so-called “tort reform” have succeeded in imposing mandatory limits on the damages available to individuals injured as a result of medical malpractice. Because lobbyists paid for by doctors and health care organizations as well as insurance companies have been successful in falsely persuading state legislatures that medical malpractice law suits and not medical errors are responsible for the rise in healthcare costs, unfortunately the really bad law and bad press have made it ever more difficult for injured patients and their lawyers to obtain fair compensation for life-changing injuries and in pursuing justice for people seriously injured by medical malpractice.


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Brain Injury

The attorneys at MUELLER LAW are uniquely qualified to handle complex brain injury cases and are committed to help victims and their families fight for their legal rights. The Center for Disease Control estimates that at least 5.3 million Americans, approximately 2% of the U.S. population, currently have a long-term or lifelong need for help to perform activities of daily living as a result of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The trauma of hitting your head or other injury to the brain can have serious consequences, including bleeding and swelling of the brain, and can cause permanent disability or even death. The effects on the victim and family and the medical expenses are often never-ending and devastating.

Our attorneys bring years of expertise and understanding to people and families affected by the devastating impact of injury to the brain caused by negligence. We have special experience with the legal and medical implications of brain injury and work with nationally known medical experts in such fields as neurology, neuroradiology, neuropsychology, physical medicine and life care planning in order to present top-notch medical analysis and expert testimony on behalf of their clients. Traumatic brain injury in children and adults can be the result of medical malpractice, for example, the failure to properly diagnose or treat an injury or a medication error can lead to irreversible brain injury. Head injuries commonly occur as a result of motor vehicle traffic crashes, particularly with large commercial trucks and 18-wheelers, as well as from work or construction site accidents, explosions, falls or defective products.


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Pharmaceutical Liability

Manufacturers of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications may face legal liability if their products injure people. If you or someone you know suffered injury or death because of any dangerous drug, please contact MUELLER LAW for a free consultation. Some drugs are simply “bad drugs,” that is, these medications have the potential to cause long-term damage because of a defect in design or error during the manufacturing process or they have somehow become tainted. The fact that a drug is approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is no guarantee of its safety. The FDA does not conduct independent tests on new drugs and is almost entirely dependent upon the manufacturer of the drug for the data necessary to demonstrate its safety. As result, bad drugs are often marketed to the public and prescribed by physicians before dangerous side effects are discovered or even fully researched.

Drug companies may be sued if someone has been injured or has died as a result of using a prescription drug or over-the-counter drug. There are various causes of action that may be brought against a drug manufacturer including negligence, misrepresentation, breach of express warranty, breach of implied warranty, and strict products liability. Attorneys at MUELLER LAW are available to discuss your case and help to form a litigation strategy that maximizes your chance of recovery.


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Oil and Gas Disputes

We work for plaintiffs, individually or as members of a class action, to enforce their rights against big companies or anyone who unlawfully interferes with oil & gas, mineral or water rights. Contact us about your case.

Before an oil and gas companies can drill for minerals, the company must own or lease the rights to those minerals. Many oil and gas disputes arise over conflicts between a landowner and oil and gas companies over leases, mineral rights, payments, royalties due, failure to return the site to its original condition and other related issues. Water is also a precious resource and for that reason water rights are taking center stage in the legal arena as more and more conflicts arise over the right to own and use water. The attorneys at MUELLER LAW are ready to help resolve and, if necessary, litigate claims on behalf of plaintiffs whose mineral and water rights have been infringed by individuals or large corporations.


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Whistleblower Claims

If you know that someone or some company is cheating the government, there are ways that you can stop the fraud and be rewarded for doing so. The Federal False Claims Act contains a qui tam ("whistleblower") provision that encourages a private citizen who has evidence of fraud committed against the federal government to act as a whistleblower (also called relator) and sue on the government’s behalf to recover losses created by the fraud. Some states have also created statutes to protect state government against fraud by including qui tams provisions enabling them to recover money at the state level.

The whistleblower law provides that if a qui tam suit is successful, the whistleblower receives a percentage of the recovery. In addition, once a qui tam lawsuit is filed, the law provides certain protections for the whistleblower including protection from retaliation in the workplace. MUELLER LAW is a supporter of Taxpayers Against Fraud (TAF), a nonprofit, public interest organization dedicated to combating fraud against the Federal Government through the promotion and use of the Federal False Claims Act and its qui tam provisions.


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Intellectual Property Disputes

We are willing to assist individual inventors and small businesses in patent infringement and trade secret cases on a contingency basis. Often an individual inventor or small business is up against a large corporation with unlimited resources.

A patent infringement may occur when an individual or a company makes, uses, sells, offers to sell any patented invention within the United States or United States Territories or imports an infringing invention or its equivalent during the term of the patent. Damages that may be recovered in a patent infringement case include lost profits on sales the patent owner would have made absent the infringement or the payment of a reasonable royalty by the defendant who infringed on the patent. A court order stopping the infringing sales or production may also be obtained.

In general, trade secrets are confidential business information which provide an individual or company with a competitive edge and include manufacturing or industrial secrets and commercial secrets. The unauthorized use of such information by persons other than the trade secret holder is regarded as an unfair practice and a violation of the trade secret. The law provides for injunctive relief in the event those trade secrets are misappropriated by third parties as well as monetary damages.


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Class Action

If you feel you have a claim as part of a class action or are wondering if you should file an individual lawsuit, the attorneys at MUELLER LAW can advise you on whether filing a class action or an individual lawsuit is best for your case. Attorneys at MUELLER LAW have been involved in individual, mass tort and class action cases.

Class actions are often the most effective way of seeking justice for victims of fraud at the hands of corporations and financial institutions. In many instances, the actions of a corporation or financial institution injure a group of people in a similar way. One member of that group may file a class action lawsuit against the company on behalf of all who have been injured. Other persons injured, called class members, can join in the suit rather than file an individual claim in numerous separate lawsuits. Class actions often involve business transactions, fraud, or products liability claims against huge corporations. Individual consumers alone have little power over big business but in large enough numbers can even out the legal playing field and make corporate defendants accountable for their actions.


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Our Team

Known for his unique and spontaneous courtroom style, attorney Mark Mueller has achieved extraordinary results in the field of birth injury and medical malpractice through relentless effort and creative, unconventional approaches. Mueller Law is currently involved in surgical and transvaginal mesh products liability cases.

We are a small, well-funded, well-connected, and energetic firm. Our staff is creative, dedicated, and committed to the outcome of each and every client. Informal and user-friendly, we treat people fairly and work well under pressure. Our access to new media production, intellectual property expertise, and innovative businesses enhances our ability to develop captivating and dynamic courtroom presentations.

MUELLER LAW brings all necessary resources required to move a case forward. These resources include the dedication, creativity and strength of the firm’s attorneys and staff, as well as a large matrix of lawyers throughout the country who can be called upon to provide help when needed, including the Alumni and Faculty of the Trial Lawyers College, founded by one of America’s greatest trial lawyers, Gerry Spence.

MUELLER LAW practices in buildings on the historic Bremond block in downtown Austin, which also houses Voodoo Cowboy Entertainment, Dart Music International, and several marketing affiliated businesses.


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Austin TX 78701
Telephone: (512)478-1236
Toll-free number: 800-324-5879
Fax: (512) 478-1473

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1650 Market St.
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Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Atlanta Office - By Appt. Only
3455 Peachtree Road NE
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Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 995-7048

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