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Carolyn St. Clair, RN, BSN, JD

Trial Attorney and Registered Nurse

Nationwide Representation

Carolyn St. Clair, RN, BSN, JD, a trial lawyer and registered nurse, has amassed a wealth of success over thirty years litigating personal injury and wrongful death cases across the nation.  Of Counsel to The Nations Law Firm, St. Clair represents injured people in cases involving:

      • Medical Device Defects – Hernia Mesh, IVC Filters, Transvaginal Mesh, Hip Implants
      • Drug and Product Recalls – Xarelto, Talcum Powder, Actos
      • Medical Errors – Birth Injury, Hospital and Nursing Home
      • Accidents – Auto, Truck, Train, Boat, Airplane, Cruise Ship, Amusement Park Rides

Medical Legal Trial Expertise

With decades of success and millions in trial settlements, St. Clair understands the multiple health, legal and financial issues that overwhelm injured clients in multidistrict litigation (MDL), class actions, federal and state courts. St. Clair’s experience as an operating room nurse with heart surgeons, Dr. Denton Cooley and Dr. Michael DeBakey, and as a briefing attorney with Justice C. L. Ray of the Supreme Court of Texas, lends a swift analysis of the damages and liability of each caseWorking with legal legends, John O’Quinn, Joe Jamail and Jim Kronzer, she gained valuable skills in courtroom trial strategy.  St. Clair enhanced her education with negotiation, mediation, and arbitration at the Harvard Law School Negotiation Institute. Lawyers, clients and medical professionals refer injured people to her firm. Easily available to consult with injured individuals, St. Clair regularly communicates updates about health and litigation. A few of our testimonials are listed below.


  • “We just wanted to say thank you for being by our side during all of this! It was such a blessing to meet you in court that day!!  Hope to see you again one day! Anyone that needs an amazing caring attorney that has you’re best at heart… this is your lady!!”  T.G. in Arkansas
  • “I thank you for all the hard work you did to obtain my settlement in my case. You are amazing and did a wonderful job. The settlement amount is more than expected and I could not have gotten it without you. Again, thank you as so much, all is greatly appreciated.” S.E. in Tennessee
  • “Thank you for graciously representing me, your kindness and respect for clients goes above the bar. I will highly recommend you to anyone. Thank you again sweet lady and GOD bless. I bought a cute brick home with my money and still have plenty for new furniture and paying bills and a honeymoon we never got to take. I’m so excited, got so many plans, I guess dreams really do come true. Thank you again sweet lady, for all your hard work.” A.C. in Arkansas
  • “Thank you for all the help you have given me in this matter. I know that you and your staff used up countless hours to get to the bottom of this. If I come across anyone who has the same problems, I will recommend you and your team without hesitation!! Blessings to you and your staff.” M.F. in Texas
  • “I would like to Thank you for everything you have done for US. May GOD bless you always !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” J.D. in Georgia
  • “I want to thank you and your staff for all the help in getting the case settled and getting a refund. Ya’ll are wonderful. I received my check in the mail yesterday.’ M.H. in Louisiana
  • “Thank you so much. Your expertise is very much appreciated. ” D. B. in Michigan
  • “We very much appreciate working with you against the manufacturers.  We have enjoyed working with you in the past and look forward to working with you in the future. ” G.F. in Texas

Current Medical Device and Drug Lawsuits

We are actively pursuing litigation involving the following medical devices and drugs:

      • IVC Filters
      • Transvaginal Mesh
      • Hip Implants
      • Talcum Powder

IVC Filter Lawsuits

An inferior vena cava blood clot filter (IVC filter) is a medical device implanted into the inferior vena cava to catch and prevent blood clots from reaching the lungs or heart. Life-threatening complications have been reported causing the FDA to issue a safety communication in August 2010 and updated in May 2014. Serious problems include: 

      •          Breaking and fracturing of the IVC Filter struts
      •          Movement or migration of the filter
      •          Perforation of the heart, lungs or vena cava 
      •          Cardiac or pericardial tamponade
      •          Internal bleeding
      •          Tachycardia (rapid heart rhythm)
      •          DVT – deep venous thrombosis – clot in the legs or pelvis
      •          Hematoma or nerve damage at the puncture site
      •          Chest pain
      •          Pulmonary embolism – clot in the lungs
      •          Shortness of breath, respiratory distress
      •          Infection
      •          Death

An alarming number of these critical injuries have been associated with temporary blood clot filters, designed to be left in the body for a short period of time, then removed. Bard manufactured and sold the Recovery filter beginning in April of 2003. In October of 2005, Bard redesigned the defective device due to filters breaking up in several patients and named the new IVC filter, Bard G2. The filters we are investigating include: Bard

      • Recovery;
      • Bard G2;
      • Bard G2 Express
      • Eclipse
      • Meridian
      • Denali


      • Gunther Tulip
      • Celect


      • Optease
      • Trapease

Talcum Powder, Baby Powder, Shower to Shower

Talcum powder in Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower has been linked to ovarian cancer.  Over 1,200 cases have been filed across the nation with a  $72 million verdict and a $55 million verdict against Johnson and Johnson. The jurors have found that Johnson & Johnson failed for decades to warn consumers that its talc-based products could cause cancer and found the corporation liable for fraud, negligence and conspiracy.

Transvaginal Mesh and Vaginal Slings

Transvaginal mesh and vaginal sling products have been linked to thousands of reported serious, life-threatening side effects or adverse events from seven (7) surgical mesh manufacturers. Over 90,000 cases have been filed resulting in multimillion dollar verdicts with billions set aside for TVM settlements. Complications associated with surgical mesh implants to repair Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) include:

      • Erosion of the vaginal tissue
      • Urinary leakage, retention or frequency
      • Protrusion from the vagina
      • Reoccurrence of POP or SUI
      • Constant vaginal drainage
      • Mesh revision, removal or trim in office or hospital
      • Painful intercourse
      • Perforations of the bowel, bladder or blood vessels
      • Vaginal bleeding, infections, pain, scarring

Treatment includes additional surgery to revise or remove the mesh, Botox, pain injections, physical, electro, IV therapy, blood transfusions, and drainage of hematomas or abscesses from infection. Seven (7) MDLs (Multi-District Litigation) against manufacturers have been created before Judge Goodwin and thousands of lawsuits have been filed by women suffering from mesh and sling products. Transvaginal Mesh Products & Manufacturers include: Ethicon – MDL 2327

      • Secure – removed from the market
      • Prolift – removed from the market
      • Prolift +M – removed from the market
      • Gynemesh/Gynemesh PS
      • Prosima – removed from the market
      • TVT
      • TVT-Obturator (TVT-O)
      • TVT-SECUR (TVT-S)
      • TVT-Exact
      • TVT-Abbrevo

C. R. Bard – MDL 2187

      • Align
      • Avaulta Plus™ BioSynthetic Support System – removed from the market
      • Avaulta Solo™ Synthetic Support System – removed from the market
      • Faslata® Allograft
      • Pelvicol® Tissue
      • PelviSoft® Biomesh
      • Pelvitex™ Polypropylene Mesh
      • PelviLace
      • InnerLace
      • Uretex

American Medical Systems – MDL 2325 – Settlements Announced

      • SPARC®
      • Mini-Arc
      • Apogee
      • Elevate
      • Monarc
      • In-Fast
      • BioArc

Boston Scientific – MDL 2326 – Settlements Announced

      • Obtryx® Curved Single
      • Obtryx® Mesh Sling
      • Obtryx Transobturator Mid-Urethral Sling System
      • Prefyx Mid U™ Mesh Sling System
      • Prefyx PPS™ System
      • Uphold Vaginal Support System
      • Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair Kit – removed from the market
      • Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling System
      • Advantage Fit System
      • Solyx SIS System

Hip Implant System Recalls

$2.5 Billion Depuy ASR Hip Implant Settlement $2.5 billion has been offered to resolve thousands of defective DePuy ASR hip implants manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. On November 19, 2013, Johnson & Johnson announced its agreement to pay at least $250,000 per qualified claimant who underwent revision or removal surgery more than 180 days after the hip original implantation. The surgery must have been before August 31, 2013. An additional benefit is that most medical insurance liens will also be assumed by the manufacturer. The award may be adjusted depending on whether or not the patient received multiple surgeries or revisions, thrombosis, strokes, or heart attacks suffered as a result of revision surgery. Reductions in payments may occur based upon comorbid factors, such as, smoking or obesity and other conditions regarding the life of the implant and whether or not there were previous hip implants.  Hip implant patients who have not had the implant revised or removed before August 31, 2013 are not eligible for this settlement.

Actos, Actoplus Met, Actoplus Met XR and Duetact

A settlement was announced by Takeda Pharmaceutical to compensate the individuals injured by Actos. Pioglitazone is one of the best-selling diabetes drugs in the United States. In 2010, the pioglitazone-containing drugs Actos, Actoplus Met, Actoplus Met XR, and Duetact were prescribed to over 2.3 million people. Both France and Germany have withdrawn pioglitazone products from the market because of safety concerns associated with bladder cancer. The study showed that pioglitazone treatment for over 12 months carried a 40% increased risk of bladder cancer. NuvaRing Birth Control linked to strokes, clots and embolisms Settlements have been announced for women injured by NuvaRing Birth Control. Reports reveal that the components found in NuvaRing (etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol), estrogen and progesterone, have been linked to serious side effects of:

      • Stroke, CVAs (blood clots in the brain)
      • Pulmonary embolisms (blood clots in lungs)
      • Deep Venous thrombosis (Leg blood clots)
      • Cerebral hemorrhage (Brain bleeding)
      • Death

NuvaRing is still on the market and prescribed by doctors and clinics to prevent pregnancy. Because the hormones in the vaginal ring are processed by the body differently than hormones from birth control pills, women will be exposed to more estrogen than if they were using typical birth control pills containing 35 micrograms of estrogen.

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