Botox maker sued for allegedly causing a CP patient’s death

Botox maker Allergan is facing a federal lawsuit after the parents of a Vermont woman who died last year sued the company, alleging that the Botox treatment caused their daughter’s death, the Star Tribune reported on April 14.

Parents of Mandy Fortuna, 21, accused the Botox manufacturer of the failure to warn about the product’s danger. According to the lawsuit, Mandy started receiving Botox treatments in 2007, aggravating her health condition. On September 25, 2014, Mandy was found dead as her father tried to wake her up for school.

Mandy’s parents learned about the Botox’s risk after reading about a similar case against Allergan. In that lawsuit, a jury awarded $6.75 million to the family of a seven-year-old child who developed epilepsy after undergoing the same treatment by the same doctor.

Allergan, on the other hand, refused to comment on the issue.

Cerebral palsy treatments are supposed to relieve CP symptoms and promote a better quality of life. Unfortunately, defective CP treatments can tremendously damage a person’s health. If you believe your child’s CP has resulted from another party’s negligence, or if you believe your child’s CP has been aggravated due to medical negligence, a lawyer at the Driscoll Firm may look into your situation to see if it entitles you to file a claim. Call us at (800) 305-9800 today to begin taking action.


Changes in Bone Density Due to Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy, often caused by complications during birth, can create a number of serious consequences and disabilities for the rest of a child’s life, including mental health and neurological problems, malnutrition, lung disease, and osteoarthritis. Additionally, the child’s bone density may be affected, causing bone deformities, irregular growth, and difficulty walking. Affected children may also experience frequent bone fractures, even with only mild trauma.

Causes of Bone Density Changes and Osteoporosis

Changes in bone density may occur in cerebral palsy patients for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Low intake of calcium and other nutrients due to difficulties chewing or swallowing
  • Abnormal vitamin D metabolism due to lack of sunlight exposure
  • Immobility, causing lack of normal growth and bone development

There are certain precautions you can take to avoid the complications associated with decreased bone density or osteoporosis.

  • Include 10-15 minutes of sun exposure in daily routine, without sunscreen
  • Incorporate vitamin C and D intake into normal meals
  • Incorporate weight-bearing exercises

Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today

Oftentimes, cerebral palsy is caused by medical malpractice during the childbirth process. When this happens, the skilled birth injury lawyers of the Driscoll Firm are here to help you fight for compensation that covers all past and future costs of cerebral palsy. Please call our offices at (800) 305-9800 to learn more about taking action against those responsible.


Colorado family won $17.8 million in medical malpractice case

After seven long years of legal battle, a district court in Colorado finally awarded millions of dollars to a family who suffered from a medical malpractice incident after staff at the Children’s Hospital Colorado administered an incorrect dosage to their four-year-old daughter, resulting in lifelong brain damage and cerebral palsy, the Gazette reported on April 4.

The Arapahoe County District Court awarded $17.8 million, possibly the largest medical malpractice verdict handled out in Colorado, to Naomi Pressey, now seven years of age. In February 2008, Naomi was given the wrong dose of prostaglandin in preparation for a procedure to treat a common congenital heart defect. The error caused her to suffer from cerebral palsy, severe motor skill impairment, significant intellectual disability and cognitive impairment.

Children’s Hospital Colorado said it plans to appeal the verdict.

Medication error is considered among the most common medical malpractice causes of cerebral palsy in the country. To learn more about taking legal action against a negligent medical facility or practitioner that caused your child to suffer from this life-long condition, consult with a lawyer at the Driscoll Firm by calling (800) 305-9800 today.


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