The parties involved in hundreds of Risperdal lawsuits will be meeting in conferences scheduled this summer before the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia.
One of the issues in these Risperdal lawsuits is whether punitive damages may be awarded. At the heart of these cases is the injury common to adolescent plaintiffs in Risperdal lawsuits.
Many Risperdal plaintiffs are adolescent males who developed female-like breast tissue after having used the antipsychotic. The injuries were so hideous in many cases that painful and expensive reconstructive surgery was the solution.
Surgery could remove the physical ailment; nevertheless it is doubtful that surgery can undo the emotional setbacks. To call the development of breasts in boys an embarrassment is an understatement, especially when the community can connect the dots between the condition and the use of a medication used to treat mental illness.
So the general public finds out very personal details. There is mental illness and there is the condition linked to the elevation in boys of the hormone prolactin, which stimulates milk production in the mothers of newborns.
A Johnson & Johnson subsidiary has been accused in Risperdal lawsuits of allegedly failing to warn young males and their parents of the increased risk of gynecomastia, which is the development of breasts in males.
Moreover, the pharmaceutical corporation has another problem; it does not help its case at all. It relates to its marketing of Risperdal. J&J agreed with the U.S. Justice Department in November 2013 to pay $2.2 billion in civil and criminal penalties arising, in part, from J&J's alleged marketing of Risperdal to children from 1999 through 2005, which was a period before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had approved Risperdal for use in children for any purpose.
For 30 years, the product liability attorneys at Reich & Binstock have held pharmaceutical corporations accountable for injuries their drugs allegedly caused. They will wield their experience and expertise in Risperdal lawsuits. At Reich & Binstock, it costs nothing for a Risperdal victim to get an attorney to evaluate whether he has a case. The consultation is free.
Simply call Reich & Binstock toll-free or send an electronic request for a free consultation through the firm's website if you or a loved one has suffered gynecomastia that may be the result of the use of Risperdal.
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