When Tennessee residents and people all over the United States go into a doctor’s office or hospital to have a medical procedure they expect to get better. Unfortunately, sometimes treatments or procedures are given that may be dangerous and harmful to patients and this may result in an injury and the need for additional care or treatment. If you or someone you love has had a procedure or taken medication and then suffered further injury as a result then you should talk to a Tennessee dangerous drug and personal injury attorney right away.
In this case, a man received Botox injections in 2007 as treatment for a hand tremor and writer’s cramp. The first two treatments went well, however after the third treatment the man suffered a rash then metal confusion that led to brain damage which left him disabled and needing twenty-four hour care. The Botox injections have left him unable to walk, talk, feed himself, or go to the bathroom. He has no health insurance and only receives Veteran Administration benefits.
According to the lawsuit which claims that Allergan, the producer of Botox, failed to warn his physician about the possible risks of Botox. According to evidence shown during the case, before July of 2007 Allergan sent letters to European doctors warning about the possible dangers of Botox but fail to disclose these warnings to doctors in the United States. This warnings included that Botox can spread beyond the injected muscle and cause severe auto-immune responses and brain injuries. Allergan instead of warning about these possible dangers stated that Botox was a miracle drug and compared to penicillin.
The Allergan Company in another settlement agreed to pay $600 million to the U.S. Justice Department when it illegally promoted the off-label use of Botox and encouraged doctors to use it for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. In this case, the man was awarded $12 million in compensatory damages and $200 million in punitive damages.
Unfortunately, cases similar to this one occur all too often to people all across the country and even here to Tennessee residents. If you or someone you love has received a medical procedure or taken medication and then suffered a personal injury as a result, then you should contact one of our compassionate and experienced Tennessee dangerous drug and personal injury attorneys immediately. We care about our clients and will work with you to make sure you receive the compensation you need for the pain and suffering you have been through. Contact us online or call us at 800.705.2121 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options.