For the last five years or so, Risperdal has gained a rather bad reputation due to a number of high profile lawsuits that arose from the use of this ADHD drug. It was soon revealed that many of these suits had been settled out of court and no formal legal action had ever been taken against the company. Even worse, there was no evidence of any side effects or health risks whatsoever. This has all led to claims by parents of children who had suffered with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as being ‘ruined’ by Risperdal.
A leading UK figure in the field of personal injury law has called for a full investigation into whether or not Risperdal caused death or injury in relation to the deaths of two children, Phoebe Prince and Alex King.
His comments came as a shock to the Royal College of Psychiatrists in London who are conducting an ongoing review into the claims surrounding risperdal. One of the concerns raised was the possibility that risperdal could cause irreversible damage to the heart or brain. As, well as this worry from the medical profession, there are other more worrying signs that could be pointed to in relation to this ADHD drug. A renowned attorney who specialises in cases such as these, is urging parents to contact him and he is warning that they may face a challenge in their attempt to get a Risperdal lawsuit payout.
The first sign to look out for is the development of gynecomastia.
It is estimated that at least one in ten men develop gynecomastia during their lifetime. The condition appears to be more common in adolescent males, but it can also affect boys and girls. It can be caused by a rise in testosterone levels in the body. The primary cause for this increase in male breast growth is an excess of estrogen.
Having male breast tissue can have a number of negative effects on a man’s health including increasing the risk of developing prostate cancer and osteoporosis.
There is also a link between this disorder and substance abuse and depression. If you suspect that your son or daughter has been prescribed the risperdal antidepressant Zyban to treat their bipolar disorder and the doctors have failed to mention the potential side effects of this drug, it may be time to contact an expert lawyer to help win your child’s case. There are two main scenarios that can occur with regard to a child being entitled to a Risperdal lawsuit payout; either they have been diagnosed with either Asperger’s Syndrome or bi-polar disorder, or they have evidence of severe birth injury.
It is important to remember that any medical advice relating to the treatment of depression and anxiety should always be subject to the supervision of a medical practitioner.
Risperdal is not a suitable alternative for individuals suffering from bi-polar disorder or serious developmental disabilities. If there are any other adverse affects to the child such as low birth weight or premature, this should be referred to your lawyer who will advise you on your best course of action. A qualified medical practitioner will be able to make the correct diagnosis and provide the necessary treatment for your child.
When considering whether or not to pursue a claim for compensation following the diagnosis of a child with ADHD, it is important to know that the courts take into account a number of factors before deciding on compensation.
The main factors considered by the courts include the loss of work due to the parent’s inability to provide their children with the care that they need, loss of earnings and future losses due to sickness and in some cases emotional trauma. These losses can amount to millions of pounds. If you or a loved one have lost needlessly from this disorder, then you may be entitled to a suitable claim for compensation against the manufacturer of Risperdal.