If you have suffered serious harm as a result of medication prescribed to you by a trusted professional, hiring a Risperdal lawyer can be the first and most important step to receiving compensation for your injuries. Because we at The Sanders Firm fully comprehend the confusion, discomfort and uncertainty you are likely experiencing, we feel exceptionally qualified to assist you at what may be the most trying time in your life. If you have developed gynecomastia or any of the other known serious side effects of Risperdal, take comfort in the fact that caring, compassionate help is within reach.
Our product liability lawyers are available for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your case. If you choose to file a Risperdal lawsuit, we will guide you every step of the way and make sure that you receive the maximum damages that the law allows. If your only mistake was in taking a drug you were told would help you, only to develop devastating, life-changing complications, you are not alone. Let us fight for justice on your behalf. Remember, The Sanders Firm charges no fees for our services unless we win your case or negotiate a settlement.
Finding the right Risperdal lawyer
To maximize your chances of securing the greatest financial recovery, it is essential that you find the right legal team.
When seeking a lawyer to handle your product liability and/or personal injury lawsuit, it is important to find professionals who:
- Possess a demonstrable track record of handling dangerous drug cases
- Have developed a strong network of experts, investigators and support staff
- Never make vague promises of success, but rather point to examples of positive outcomes achieved
- Are experienced in all stages of litigation, from settlement negotiation through to trial
Identifying the right Risperdal attorneys can make all the difference in your fight to receive the financial recovery you need.
A Risperdal lawyer can help you secure compensation for:
- Present and future medical bills
- Ongoing rehabilitation and therapy
- Lost wages and earning capacity
- Emotional distress
- Physical pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses in cases of wrongful death
Key facts about Risperdal
An antipsychotic drug intended as a treatment for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia in teenagers and adults, Risperdal also has FDA approval for use in the treatment for irritability in children with autism. In addition, the drug has been prescribed as a treatment for ADHD, dementia, stuttering and other disorders, though such applications are considered “off-label” and not formally approved.
Risperdal impacts the brain’s dopamine and serotonin receptors, and can be effective in calming hallucinations and other serious symptoms of schizophrenia. However, since its initial introduction in 1993, the drug has been linked to a variety of severe side effects.
Serious side effects of Risperdal include:
- Tardive dyskinesia (movement disorder)
- Gynecomastia (male breast growth)
- Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
- Cardiovascular complications
- Sexual dysfunction
Rise in concerns regarding Risperdal use
In the years following FDA approval of Risperdal for various uses, research studies began to emerge suggesting a likely connection between use of the drug and gynecomastia, a troubling complication which leads to breast development in males. Though the agency did not choose to issue stronger, formalized warnings about this potential side effect, it did require the addition of a “black box” warning on the product to alert patients and doctors to the fact that elderly individuals suffering from dementia who were prescribed Risperdal were at greater risk of mortality than those who did not take the drug.
As a result of the increased awareness of the dangers posed by Risperdal for various classifications of patients, plaintiffs in large numbers began to initiate litigation in order to secure compensation for the injuries they had sustained. Many such complaints asserted that Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen subsidiary knew that Risperdal had the potential to cause gynecomastia, but took steps to keep that information from the public.
It was also alleged that the drug maker marketed the drug for use in children long before any such applications received FDA approval, and also illegally promoted off-label uses, including giving the drug as a means to control difficult elderly dementia patients in nursing homes.
Since 1967, The Sanders Firm has built a reputation for its tireless pursuit of justice on behalf of those injured by dangerous drugs, and our team of attorneys is ready and willing to delve into the complex medical evidence necessary to establish your Risperdal injury claims.
Risperdal settlements & fines in the billions
As Risperdal lawsuits have continued to accumulate, several notable settlements have been reached that should give hope to all victims of this dangerous drug who are considering litigation of their own. In 2012, Johnson & Johnson reached a massive consumer fraud settlement with 36 individual states as well as the District of Columbia in the aftermath of allegations that the drug maker promoted off-label uses and downplayed known risks associated with the medication.
A series of gynecomastia settlements also began to take shape in late 2012, and in late 2013, the company agreed to pay civil and criminal fines of over $2.2 billion to resolve allegations of illegal marketing of the drugs and of engineering a kickback scheme aimed at increasing the number of prescriptions written for Risperdal. This agreement represents the third-largest pharmaceutical settlement agreement in U.S. history.
The Sanders Firm views these developments as extremely important victories for Risperdal victims, and we stand prepared to help those who have yet to receive compensation obtain what is rightfully theirs.
Depend on The Sanders Firm’s history of success
Since its inception over 45 years ago, the Sanders Firm has grown to become one of the most established, venerable injury firms in New York, and for good reason. Our commitment to obtaining fairness and justice for those harmed by the negligence and malpractice of others is unrivaled, and the litigation resources we have at our disposal are second to none.
If you or someone you love has suffered life-changing injuries due to Risperdal use, we at The Sanders Firm welcome you to call 800-FAIR-PLAY to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation initial consultation. Our personal injury attorneys will assess the facts of your case and explain all of your options in an accessible, personalized way. Because we accept injury matters on a contingency basis, our clients owe no fees unless and until we secure recovery on their behalf. Put our experience to work so that your process of healing can begin.
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- National Alliance on Mental Illness, Risperdal, http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=About_Medications&Template=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLID=51&ContentID=20703
- New York Times, J.&J. to Pay $2.2 Billion in Risperdal Settlement, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/05/business/johnson-johnson-to-settle-risperdal-improper-marketing-case.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0