Botox Injury Lawyers in Austin
Since 2006, Botox has been the most commonly used cosmetic treatment in the United States. Botox is used for both cosmetic and medical use- but Botox injections are not as safe as you might think. Just recently, a man received $212 million after a Botox treatment left him with permanent brain damage. The verdict is believed to be the single largest jury verdict in a claim involving the side effects of Botox. Another woman received $15 million after Botox left her partially paralyzed. Another family has reached a settlement with Allergen, after their mother died after taking Botox injections.
Botox is used to treat blepharospasm (spasm of the eyelids), cervical dystonia (severe neck muscle spasms), and severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis (excess sweating). According to a study published in the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology (September 2005), between 1989 and 2003, medical use of Botox caused 28 deaths (see wrongful death). In the words of one doctor, “The public just needs to know more about the risks than they do now. They know about the benefits.”
Botox’s Adverse Effects
Botox has caused difficulty breathing and swallowing, allergic reactions, paralysis of the wrong muscles, blurred vision, inability to speak, migraine headaches, muscle weakness, dry eyes, tear secretion disorders, eye irritation, Lagophthalmos (inability to close the eye), aspiration pneumonia, and in some cases, death.
Allergen, Botox’s manufacturer, has repeatedly been found guilty of not informing customers properly about the risks associated with using Botox. The company has also been found guilty of marketing the product for purposes it was never meant to meet. Between 1997 and 2006, Public Citizen reported that 658 people had adverse reactions to botulinum toxin. Of these, 180 people had difficulty swallowing or contracted aspiration pneumonia when food refluxed into the windpipe. Eighty-seven of these individuals had to be hospitalized and 16 people died.
Botox is composed of Botulinum toxin, which is a neurotoxin protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The FDA has released warning public notifications after Botox treatment resulted in severe, adverse reactions. If you have been injured by Botox injections, you could be eligible to receive damages for current medical bills, future medical bills, loss of benefits, loss of consortium, loss of earning capacity, lost wages, pain and suffering, physical impairment and monetary compensation.
When you are going up against Botox, you need a personal injury attorney that can help you obtain case information, records, legal documents and photographs related to your case. A personal injury attorney can also help you track down witnesses, find experts to testify at your case, make sure you file your claim within the statute of limitations time period (2 years in Texas) and fight hard for you so that you have the best chance to receive a successful settlement.
Do you have a lawsuit?
If you or a family member has been seriously injured by Botox injections, you need a personal injury attorney on your side to fight for the maximum damages possible. It can be difficult going up against a “big business” defendant, and you definitely should not attempt to do so on your own. Because you will need someone to extensively research whether Botox caused the adverse effects you now experience, you should not hesitate to secure the best legal representation on your side today.
At Zinda Law Group our firm has the qualifications you can trust: we are BBB accredited and were named as 2011 Texas Super Lawyers® Rising Star℠. When you want a hard-hitting personal injury attorney on your side, with widespread experience, heed the words of one of our past clients, “The team at Zinda Law Group is unbeatable when it comes to respect, communication and diligence.” What are you waiting for? Give us a call today!