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Lawyers / Attorneys: Evaluating Nationwide Botox Accidents, Injuries & Death

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Information For Users of Botox Who May Have Suffered Injuries

If you were potentially seriously injured by Botox®, or you have a loved one who was injured or even died from taking Botox®, please contact us immediately for a FREE potential case evaluation. We have Botox® lawyers standing by ready to speak with you.

  • Death
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Facial Paralysis
  • Pneumonia
  • Cardiovascular Problems

All of the above have been attributed to Botox®. 

You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, and we take all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not pay for our services unless you receive an award/compensation.  

Do not Delay!  

Your rights and compensation may be lost forever if you wait.  

WHAT IS BOTOX®? 

Botulinum toxin is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, and is currently the most toxic protein known. However, this has not prevented it from becoming a popular and worldwide treatment for (a) muscles spasms, and (b) cosmetic issues, such as the temporary removal of facial lines and wrinkles.

It is commercially available under a variety of brand-names, the most well-known being Botox®.  

In the 1950s, research into Botulinum revealed that when small amounts of the toxin were injected into overactive muscles, the resultant effect was a noticeable decrease in muscle activity – which was achieved  by blocking the release of acetylcholoine, and preventing the muscle from being able to contract for a period of time up to approximately 4 months.  

By the early 1970s, Alan B Scott, MD, of the Smith-Kettlewell Institute had utilized botulinium toxin type A in experiments with monkeys; and by the dawn of the 1980s had utilized the toxin to treat human patients with Starbismus – a condition in which the eyes are not correctly aligned with each other.  

In 1988, Allergan, Inc., a company whose work was focused upon both prescription eye therapies and contact lens products, purchased the rights to the product and renamed it Botox®. 

One year later, in December 1989, Botox® was officially approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of strabismus, blepharospasm, and hemifacial spasm in patients over the age of 12.  

On April 15, 2002, the FDA issued a statement to the effect that it was approving Botox® to treat those individuals with mild to severe lines between the eyebrows. 

Today, according to statistics collected by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Botox® is the most common and widespread cosmetic operation within the United States, with nearly 5 million procedures now having been undertaken – primarily on patients seeking to drastically lessen the appearance of facial lines and deep wrinkles. 

The product is available at hospitals and medical spas, and can be provided by plastic surgeons, dermatologists, cosmetic physicians, nurses, and physician’s assistants. 

ARE THERE ANY POSSIBLE HEALTH RELATED RISKS? 

Although most adverse side-effects to Botox® are relatively minor (including flu-like symptoms, allergic reactions, and muscle weakness), other, more serious side-effects have been reported.  

For example, in September 2005, a paper was published in the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology in which it was revealed that the use of Botox® has led to almost 30 deaths in the period from 1989 to 2003. 

Then, on February 8, 2008, the FDA issued a statement in which it was reported that:

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today notified the public that Botox® and Botox® Cosmetic (Botulinum toxin Type A) and Myobloc (Botulinum toxin Type B) have been linked in some cases to adverse reactions, including respiratory failure and death, following treatment of a variety of conditions using a wide range of doses.” 

The FDA further added that (a) the adverse effects were found in FDA-approved and non-approved usages; and that (b) the most severe adverse effects were found in children treated for spasticity that was associated with cerebral palsy.  

According to the FDA, the adverse side-effects in question appeared to be related to the spread of the toxin to areas distant from the actual site of the injection, and mimicked symptoms of botulism itself, including difficulty swallowing, extreme weakness and breathing problems.  

The FDA added that it was aware of the body of literature describing the use of botulinum toxins to treat limb spasticity in children and adults, but was careful to stress that the safety, efficacy and dosage of botulinum toxins had not been established for the treatment of limb spasticity of cerebral palsy, or for use in any condition in children less than 12 years of age.  

WHAT ARE THE SPECIFIC HEALTH RELATED RISKS? 

The most serious risks include:

  • Death
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Facial Paralysis
  • Pneumonia
  • Cardiovascular Problems

If you have experienced any of these side effects, or you have a loved one who has had a serious, adverse reaction to Botox®, or who died following the use of Botox®, you may have a claim for legal compensation.

Contact the Mulligan Law Firm today for your questions related to Botox.    

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In all personal injury cases, it is extremely important that measures be taken promptly to preserve evidence, to investigate the case in question, and to enable physicians, attorneys, or other expert witnesses to thoroughly evaluate any injuries.   

If you or a loved one or friend is injured and may have a potential legal claim, call The Mulligan Law Firm now at 1-866-LAW-0001.  

The initial consultation is FREE of charge, and if we agree to accept your case, we will work on a contingent fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary award or recovery of funds. 

You may have a valid claim and be entitled to compensation for your injuries, but a lawsuit must be filed before the statute of limitations expires.   

Do not delay!   

If you delay, and the statute of limitations time period expires, you may lose all your rights to file any claim for compensation of any kind.  

If you are not sure or need additional help, please fill out our form on this website or call us for help at 1-866-LAW-0001 (1-866-529-0001)

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