Lawyers Fighting for Men Injured by Testosterone Therapy Treatment
Signs of low testosterone can be easy to notice – fatigue, depression, difficulty concentrating, loss of muscle mass, lower bone mass, increased fat, low sex drive, and more. Testosterone is an anabolic steroid that, in men, promotes hair growth, muscle and bone mass, and helps prevent osteoporosis, among others. In recent years, men with low testosterone (also known as “low-T”) levels have been administered testosterone therapy in order to boost those levels. Unfortunately, studies show that testosterone therapy products can cause an increased risk of stroke and heart attacks for users. If you or a loved one suffered injuries caused by AndroGel or another low-T product, call the testosterone injury attorneys of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. Our attorneys regularly handle cases involving dangerous and unsafe drugs.
Testosterone Therapy: What Is It?
In recent years, testosterone has boomed into a $3+ billion dollar industry. Marketed to men of all ages, testosterone therapy drugs are manufactured by some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world – AbbVie, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, and Endo Pharmaceuticals, to name a few. Doctors currently prescribe testosterone replacement therapy in many forms, including gel, skin patch, injection, implant, cream, and tablet, to improve a patient’s energy level, sex drive, and overall mood. It is also used to treat hypogonadism. Some of the more well-known low-T products include:
Risks Associated with Testosterone Therapy
Medical research has shown that testosterone therapy can cause users to suffer from heart attack, stroke, cardiac arrest, pulmonary embolism, coronary artery disease, and even death. In 2015, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety announcement to caution members of the public that low-T products had not been approved for men who have low testosterone due to normal aging. As such, the FDA required manufacturers to change their labeling to clarify the approved uses. Labels were also required to be updated to reflect the increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Testosterone Therapy Lawsuits
According to FDA guidelines, pharmaceutical companies owe several duties to consumers and members of the public. They must properly manufacture, design, test, produce, assemble, inspect, research, distribute, market, label, sell, and sufficiently warn of risks and dangers associated with a given product. In recent years, thousands of lawsuits have been filed by testosterone injury lawyers in courts across the country against the manufacturers of testosterone therapy and large pharmaceutical companies.
A common claim is that manufacturers failed to adequately warn consumers of increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and other serious diseases. The lawsuits also attack marketing practices. Low-T drugs like AndroGel have been aggressively marketed, and lawsuits allege that the pharmaceutical companies encouraged doctors to prescribe them for off-brand usage.
Testosterone lawsuit victims may be able to recover financial compensation in the form of compensatory and punitive damages. Compensatory damages can include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium. Compensatory damages are designed to make victims whole, as if the injury never took place. On the other hand, punitive damages are meant to punish a defendant for particularly egregious conduct. Their purpose is not to compensate for the victim’s loss; instead, it is to deter others from acting in a similar manner. Punitive damages are typically reserved for cases involving reckless, intentional, or fraudulent conduct, such as knowingly hiding adverse side effects. Each state will have its own laws regarding punitive damages and how they can be recovered.
Speak with Our Testosterone Injury Attorneys Today
Millions of men currently take testosterone therapy, and many may have been prescribed these drugs for unapproved uses. Our testosterone injury lawyers are available today to take your call if you (or a loved one) suffered a heart attack or stroke due to testosterone therapy. We serve clients in product liability and mass tort litigation throughout Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky, including in and around Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. For a free consultation with a low-T lawyer, call 800-529-4004 or complete our online form.
Disclaimer: Do not stop taking a prescribed medication without first consulting with your doctor. Discontinuing a prescribed medication without your doctor’s advice can result in injury or death. In addition, any drug or medical device remains approved by the United States food and drug administration, unless the product has been recalled by a government agency or through an agreement between a manufacturer and government agency.
Most car accidents are preventable and occur as a result of errors by one or more drivers. To prove liability, you will need to establish by a preponderance of the evidence that the driver owed you a duty of care, which was breached, and that your injuries resulted from the driver’s carelessness. Damages that may be available in these cases often include medical expenses, lost income, mental anguish, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.
Truck drivers are required to follow numerous detailed regulations, including rules related to hours of service, keeping a logbook, and maintenance procedures. Many of these regulations are intended to protect other people on the road from harm. In some states, if a driver violated a law that was enacted to protect the public, the violation can create a rebuttable presumption of negligence. Trucking companies are also required to follow a number of regulations, including rules related to background checks of drivers and proper supervision. They often may be held directly or indirectly liable for a truck accident.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates applications for disability benefits. Although many people pay into this system throughout their lives, many legitimate claims are initially denied, and this process may be less straightforward than claimants expect. The SSA uses a five-step sequential evaluation to determine whether to grant benefits to an applicant. Each step is considered in a set order. We can present your case in a persuasive manner and help you appeal a denial of a meritorious claim if needed. This could include representing you in a hearing before an administrative law judge.
Workers’ compensation functions slightly differently in each state. In Tennessee, for example, businesses that employ five or more employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you are injured on the job, you may recover benefits, such as medical costs and disability. Neither your employer’s nor your own culpability for your injuries will prevent you from collecting these benefits. However, it may still be a struggle to obtain benefits from your employer’s insurer. We can help you navigate this challenging process.
If you were harmed by a health care professional’s failure to use the appropriate level of care in providing treatment to you, you may be able to recover compensation. Most medical malpractice lawsuits require retaining an expert to determine the accepted standard of care and explain what the defendant did that fell short of this standard, as well as how the inappropriate conduct caused the patient’s injuries.
When you buy a toy, car, medication, or other product, you do not expect to be hurt. If you are injured, you may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit. There are three types of defects that may be actionable: manufacturing, design, and marketing (also known as failure to warn). Manufacturers may be held accountable under multiple different theories, including strict liability, negligence, breach of warranty, and concealment. For example, if you take a drug that causes you to develop cancer, but you were not told that a potential side effect of the drug was developing cancer, you may have grounds to hold the manufacturer strictly liable for its failure to warn you of the risk.
Nursing home residents are often elderly or disabled, and thus they are especially vulnerable to neglect, physical abuse, and exploitation by staff members. Unfortunately, many nursing homes are understaffed or employ staff members who are inadequately trained to deal with potentially frustrating situations. Nursing homes are required to protect their residents from physical, mental, and emotional harm by providing a safe environment, as well as adequately training and supervising staff. A failure to do so may be grounds for a nursing home negligence lawsuit for damages.
Property owners have a duty to keep their property reasonably safe. In most situations, this includes an obligation to inspect the property for dangerous conditions and fix them or provide warnings about them so that visitors are not harmed. One type of dangerous condition, which may present a particular problem in apartment complexes or shopping centers, consists of inadequate security measures such as broken locks, poor lighting, or a lack of security guards. A failure to take security measures when appropriate may allow third-party criminals to assault, rob, rape, or otherwise harm visitors and tenants. You may be able to recover damages if you can prove that the defendant knew or should have known about a history of attacks similar to yours and taken appropriate security measures to reduce the risk of further incidents.
Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer in Memphis or the Surrounding Regions
If you are dealing with a devastating injury or medical condition, the Memphis personal injury attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can evaluate and explain your options. Our firm has 30 attorneys and more than 100 staff members, and we serve injured people in many areas of Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky, including Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a personal injury, workers’ compensation, or Social Security Disability lawyer. Once you have learned more about our vigorous advocacy for the rights of the injured, you will realize that NST is the way to go.