Allergan appeals multi-million dollar Botox verdict

California-based Botox maker Allergan has appealed a $6.75 million verdict in a case filed by a couple who claims Botox treatment caused their son to suffer from seizures, the Burlington Free Press reported on June 9.

The drug maker has filed their appeal to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals several weeks after a judge in Vermont backed the jury’s decision to award the damages. Lori and Kevin Drake said their son had no history of seizures prior to Botox treatments, which were recommended by a Burlington doctor in 2010 and 2012 to treat their son’s cerebral palsy leg spasms. The couple claims the drug company failed to fully orient the doctor about the Botox treatment’s health risks.

The couple added that the treatment was off-label, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has never approved Botox for treatment of muscle spasm in kids.

Errors in cerebral palsy treatment may aggravate your loved one’s medical condition, and may even cause serious, even life-threatening medical complications. If you believe your loved one’s condition was caused by medical negligence, our legal team at the Driscoll Firm might be able to help you file a lawsuit against the party involved. Call us at (800) 305-9800 to learn more about your legal options.


Anticonvulsants could trigger or aggravate eating disorder – study

Anticonvulsants such as topiramate are sometimes prescribed to cerebral palsy patients suffering from seizures. A recent study published in Pediatrics stated that the anticonvulsant topiramate may trigger or aggravate an eating disorder among patients using it, including those with cerebral palsy, according to a report published in Medscape.

The study recorded seven girls aged 13 to 18 who had developed eating disorders or had their eating disorder worsen after taking topiramate. Researchers believe that because of the drug’s appetite-suppressant effects, physicians and parents should be aware of the risk of weight loss when taking the drug.

Cerebral palsy is a lifelong condition that varies in severity and can be treated in many different ways, including prescription drugs and physical therapy. The effectiveness of drugs will be a consistent concern as you raise your child with cerebral palsy, but you should not be held responsible for the costs of this medical treatment. The negligent doctor or medical facility that contributed to your child’s birth injury may be held financially accountable for any current and future treatment for your child.

Learn more about taking action for the funds your child needs by calling the Driscoll Firm at (800) 305-9800 today.


When surgeons commit mistakes in CP treatment

Some children with severe cases of cerebral palsy need to undergo surgery to relieve painful muscle spasms, reduce the risk of injury, and improve range of motion. Surgical procedures are primarily done to improve a patient’s safety and promote a higher quality of life. But, when done negligently, surgeries may further aggravate the patient’s medical condition and, tragically, may sometimes even result in death.

Unfortunately, unjustifiable medical errors are not rare. In the U.S., mistakes you make think are impossible to make in surgery happen regularly. This could mean that medical items are left behind in a patient’s body, or the surgeon may even perform the wrong procedure.

If you believe your child’s condition has been aggravated because of negligent medical care, or if medical malpractice has caused your child to develop cerebral palsy, consider taking legal action by consulting with our attorneys at the Driscoll Firm. You may call us at (800) 305-9800 for a free case assessment today.


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.


AAP warns about the dangers of delayed CP diagnosis

A diagnosis of cerebral palsy (CP) can be devastating for families. As such, doctors have been very wary of diagnosing this life-long condition. Because there is currently no definitive testing mechanism to determine CP, some medical professionals choose to diagnose the condition past the age of 8 to 12, when the child’s brain is fully developed and a CP diagnosis can be conclusive.

However, in a 2013 clinical study entitled Motor Delays: Early Identification and Evaluation, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) underscored that whatever the type of developmental condition the child has, it is important for the medical professionals to begin early intervention programs that would help the child and their parents adapt with the medical situation. After all, delaying a child’s diagnosis of cerebral palsy is tantamount to delaying the opportunity to seek the best therapies, treatment, and government benefit programs that would have been available to alleviate the condition.

If your child has suffered unduly because of a delayed CP diagnosis, a cerebral palsy delayed diagnosis lawyer at the Driscoll Firm might be able to help you seek the compensation you need. Call us at (800) 305-9800 today.


Cerebral palsy patients dissatisfied with pain therapy treatments

Researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine recently interviewed 100 cerebral palsy patients, asking questions to gather information measuring pain intensity, pain interference, and psychological functioning. After observing the collected data, researchers found that pain problems in cerebral palsy patients may be overlooked and under-treated.

Results showed that 67% of the patients felt intense pain in the lower back, hips, and legs. Additionally, the research found that many cerebral palsy patients were not satisfied with their pain therapy treatments.

Unfortunately, in addition to being a prenatal condition, cerebral palsy can be caused by negligent medical care at the time of childbirth. If you are affected by cerebral palsy, you might be eligible for financial compensation.  The St. Louis-based attorneys at The Driscoll Firm have the experience to effectively represent our clients’ interests. Contact us today at (800) 305-9800 to find out what we can do for you.


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