How much can I get by filing a Risperdal lawsuit?
Plaintiffs across the U.S. are filing Risperdal lawsuits against the drug’s manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, alleging that the drug caused adverse side effects including gynecomastia, or the development of breasts in males which may or may not cause pain, tenderness, swelling and nipple discharge.
Although the medication was approved in 1993 to treat specific symptoms of psychiatric disorders, plaintiffs are filing claims against Johnson & Johnson, claiming that the manufacturer marketed Risperdal to children, older adults and individuals with developmental disabilities – patients for whom Risperdal was not initially intended nor approved.
How Much Can I Get?
If you or a male you love developed gynecomastia, or growth of the breast tissue, while taking Risperdal, you may be entitled to file a claim against Johnson & Johnson to seek compensation for your condition. Common symptoms of gynecomastia allegedly caused by Risperdal include:
- Tenderness in the breast
- Swollen breast tissue
- Nipple discharge from one or both breasts
- Pain in the breast
The attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are currently investigating and handling Risperdal lawsuits to patients who took the medication and later developed breast growth. Those who have been diagnosed with this condition may be entitled to seek compensation for pain, suffering and medical expenses including lactation, mastectomy or liposuction procedures to remove the affected tissue.
Risperdal Under Scrutiny
Johnson & Johnson settled its first Risperdal lawsuit in September 2012 – a case that alleged that Risperdal caused gynecomastia. Most recently, a resolution was announced on November 4, 2013, the third-largest settlement for a pharmaceutical company ever, and Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay $2.2 billion in criminal and civil fines to settle accusations. The settlement was part of an effort to hold the manufacturer responsible for allegedly marketing the medication as a drug to control patients with dementia and children with behavioral disabilities.
According to Johnson & Johnson, Risperdal could allegedly help to manage symptoms that made treating certain types of individuals difficult such as hostility, agitation, impulsiveness and confusion. However, lawsuits also claim that:
- Risperdal did not perform as promised
- Johnson & Johnson put the health of young children, the elderly and the disabled at risk
- Risperdal caused gynecomastia, among other complications and side effects
- Johnson & Johnson promoted use of Risperdal in these patients although it did not have FDA approval to do so until 2006.
Those injured by Risperdal may be entitled to seek compensation for adverse side effects including gynecomastia, lactation or painful or swelling breasts while taking the medication. Possible damages include pain and suffering, lost wages, disability and the psychological trauma caused by the medication.
Contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP for More Information
Since 1993, Bernstein Liebhard LLP has recovered over $3 billion on behalf of our clients across the U.S. Our attorneys work on a contingency-fee basis so that you will not be obligated to pay our attorneys’ fees or expenses unless we are able to make a recovery on your behalf. Our highly-skilled attorneys are available now to answer your questions and assist you in filing a claim. To determine how much you can get or to what compensation you may be entitled, call us at 1 (855) 511-1001 today.