Did you or a loved one experience the troubling side effects of risperidone, a medication that’s commonly sold under the brand name Risperdal? Gynecomastia is one of the most serious risperidone side effects, leading to the development of breasts in young males. Some patients have also reported tardive dyskinesia, a condition involving the involuntary movement of the limbs, lips, tongue, face and torso.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) originally approved this antipsychotic drug for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults. Manufactured and marketed by Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Risperdal is now approved to treat a range of other conditions in children, including autism and bipolar disorder. Risperidone is commonly used “off-label” for the treatment of anxiety, depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Unfortunately, the risperidone side effects in young boys can be permanent and devastating, as the medication can lead to the development of breast tissue, a condition called gynecomastia. Gynecomastia often requires surgical correction. Significant emotional distress and social issues can also arise from this condition.
At the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A., our legal team is here to help clients who have suffered these devastating side effects. A Risperdal lawsuit can be filed to help you get the compensation you deserve for your medical expenses, pain, and suffering.
Serving the area of Orlando, Florida, attorneys with the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A. are available to discuss your case in a free and private consultation session. But you must act soon because the law places a limit on how long you have to file a legal claim. Call the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A. at 407-422-2188.
Common Questions About Risperdal Lawsuits and Risperidone Side Effects
Attorneys with the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A. receive questions from parents who are concerned about their children and their well-being as a result of risperidone breast development and tardive dyskinesia. This serious side effect has led to numerous Risperdal claims being filed in court, with plaintiffs getting compensation for pain, suffering and medical expenses, amongst other losses.
Our legal team has compiled some information about Risperdal, side effects and other questions about filing a risperidone lawsuit or a claim for another one of the many dangerous drugs that have been held liable for causing illness, personal injury and even deaths.
Are Risperdal and Risperidone the Same Thing?
Risperdal is a brand name drug, whereas risperidone is the generic version of this medication. There is now a variant available through a long-lasting injection called Risperdal Consta. Risperidone, Risperdal Consta, and Risperdal have all been linked to reports of gynecomastia and tardive dyskinesia.
How Does Risperdal Breast Development Occur?
Risperdal is believed to increase the body’s natural production of a hormone known as prolactin. In pregnant women, the pituitary gland releases this hormone to stimulate the production of breast milk. But in young boys, this hormone can cause the breast tissue to grow and enlarge.
Risperdal breast development occurs on a spectrum, with some experiencing a small amount of tissue growth in the nipple area, whereas other boys and young males can develop a significant amount of tissue that results in fairly large breasts that closely resemble a female’s. In the most severe cases, males have developed D-cup sized breasts.
The breast development is not always symmetrical. In some cases, the condition may affect one side of the body, with no effects or minimal effects on the other side of the body.
To compound matters further, gynecomastia that arises as a side effect of risperidone can cause lactation, called galactorrhea. This can add to the embarrassment and social issues that a young boy or adolescent may experience.
Discontinuing risperidone can halt breast growth and some of the excess breast tissue may shrink over time. But if the enlarged breasts remain for 12 months or longer, surgery may be required to remedy the condition. Surgery can take a few forms, including breast reduction surgery, mastectomy or liposuction. This can result in pain, scarring, and additional medical expenses.
Can You File a Risperdal Lawsuit for Tardive Dyskinesia?
Tardive dyskinesia can cause uncontrolled movements, repetitive movements, and even involuntary vocalizations. While very different from gynecomastia, this condition can be just as emotionally distressing and socially problematic. Furthermore, the movements can make it difficult to perform various tasks, which can interfere with an individual’s ability to work.
Unfortunately, this movement disorder can persist even after Risperdal is discontinued, resulting in lasting damages. You may have a viable claim in cases where there is a direct link between the medication, the side effects and the damages or losses that you have suffered.
What Type of Compensation Can I Get in a Risperdal Lawsuit?
Risperidone-related lawsuits (and subsequent settlements) can provide victims with the opportunity to recover money for damages such as medical bills and health care costs, missed work/lost wages and pain and suffering. Some boys may need to undergo mental health care due to the psychological distress and social problems that can arise. In these cases, the cost of the mental health care could also qualify as a “loss.”
You may qualify for compensation for other related expenses too. For instance, if your child had to enroll in a private school or required homeschooling due to bullying or extreme teasing at public school, the family could qualify for compensation for these costs. When you turn to our law firm, an experienced Risperdal attorney will work to establish a direct link between the drug, the condition/side effects and the losses or damages that you or your child has sustained.
How Much Will it Cost to Get an Orlando Lawyer to Handle My Risperdal Lawsuit?
The Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A. typically accepts this type of case on a contingency basis, meaning that payment is contingent upon the outcome of the case. In other words, the client agrees to pay the attorney a percentage of the money recovered, whether it’s through a settlement or a jury award.
Turn to Our Orlando Lawyers to Handle Your Risperdal Lawsuit
At the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A., our legal team is committed to helping clients who have been the victim of serious Risperidone side effects, including gynecomastia and tardive dyskinesia. We understand how devastating these two conditions can be, with the victim experiencing lasting physical and emotional scars. Our team of experienced Orlando lawyers will work to help you get the compensation you deserve.
At the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A., we take great pride in providing our clients with a positive experience, as we believe in a “client first” approach that places you and your needs first and foremost. Many clients have never been involved with any sort of legal proceedings, so they’re unsure of what to expect as they move forward with a Risperdal lawsuit. Our objective is to keep you informed and involved from start to finish.
In addition to cases involving dangerous drugs and dangerous medical devices, our law firm can also offer representation for individuals seeking help with medical malpractice lawsuits, personal injury lawsuits, wrongful death claims, workplace injuries, product liability cases (including those products that have been the subject of a recall) and premises liability claims. We will work with you every step of the way, from determining liability and gathering evidence in your case, to taking action and seeking settlements in court through litigation and at trial.
If you or a loved one was injured by risperidone breast development or other side effects such as tardive dyskinesia, it’s vital that you take action as soon as possible because the law places a limit on how long you have to file a claim. Don’t miss out on your chance to find justice.
The Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A.’s experienced legal team is available to discuss your case in a free, confidential consultation session. Call us today at 407-422-2188.