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Legal Action if Testosterone Drugs Caused Serious Harm
Testosterone drugs, although meant to be beneficial, can cause severe harm to users. If you have suffered due to testosterone drugs, you may be eligible to file a product liability claim. Contact Kisling, Nestico & Redick today to discuss your case and legal options.
Testosterone is an essential hormone for men. When men do not naturally produce enough testosterone due to age or a medical condition, they can experience an array of side effects, from a reduced libido to decreased muscle mass and bone density. Men can physically and mentally suffer from a significant lack of this hormone, which is why some are advised to go through testosterone therapy. Men may be prescribed testosterone gel or injections, or an anabolic-androgenic steroid (AAS) to return their hormone levels to normal. However, testosterone therapy can lead to negative side effects, including increasing the risk of prostate cancer, heart attack, or stroke.
If you were prescribed testosterone therapy and you experienced a serious side effect that you were not warned about, contact us at Kisling, Nestico & Redick. We have decades of experience handling defective and dangerous drug cases. We will review your situation and discuss whether you have a valid product liability claim against a drug manufacturer.
Commonly Prescribed Testosterone Therapies
If you were diagnosed with low testosterone, you may have been prescribed:
Some of these drugs are gels, while others are skin patches, mouth patches, injections, or implants.
The Dangers of Testosterone Therapy
Testosterone therapy can have many negative side effects, such as:
- Acne or other skin reactions
- Tenderness, swelling, and growth of breast tissue
- Swelling in the ankles
- Sleep apnea
- Testicle shrinkage
- Reduced sperm production
- High red blood cell count
- Cancerous and non-cancerous prostate growth
- Liver toxicity
- Mood changes
A high red blood cell count can be particularly worrying since this can raise the chance of clotting, which leads to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Moreover, the older you are when taking testosterone, the greater the risk for cardiovascular issues.
The heart may not be the only organ impacted by testosterone or AAS, which is a synthetic version of the hormone. There is a link between high doses of testosterone therapy and liver toxicity. Some physicians are also concerned about the possible link between testosterone therapy and prostate cancer. The hormone replacement can increase non-cancerous prostate growth and potentially contribute to the increase in the size of pre-existing prostate cancer.
High doses of testosterone and AAS can lead also to personality changes, and men who abuse testosterone or AAS are at an especially high risk. Some men suffer from depression or become hostile and aggressive. In addition, failure to maintain high doses of testosterone or AAS can lead to withdrawal symptoms including fatigue, irritability, depression, insomnia, lack of appetite, and decreased sex drive.
Your Legal Options When Testosterone Therapy Caused You Harm
If you experienced a significant and unexpected side effect of testosterone therapy, such as a heart attack or stroke, call us at Kisling, Nestico & Redick right away. We have handled a wide variety of defective drug cases over the decades. Once we listen to your story, we will review whether or not you have a product liability claim based on a design defect, manufacturing defect, or lack of warning.
A design defect claim is based on the drug manufacturer not formulating the drug in the way that was safest while remaining effective. A manufacturing defect alleges the drug you received was not created in accordance with its specifications. In this case, something in the manufacturing process went wrong, giving you a defective and dangerous drug. You may also have a product liability claim based on evidence that the drug manufacturing did not properly warn you about the potential side effects of the drug.
Depending on your situation, you may have a claim against a drug manufacturer or other party based on negligence or strict liability. If the other party was negligent, we will seek to prove that they owed you a duty of care and their actions failed to uphold this obligation.
Pursing Compensation Through a Product Liability Claim
If you have a valid product liability claim in relation to a testosterone drug, then our legal team at Kisling, Nestico & Redick will fight for you to receive compensation for your:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of consortium
Did You Lose a Loved One to Heart Failure or Stroke?
If you lost your husband, father, or adult son due to a deadly side effect of testosterone therapy, it is time to speak with an attorney. You may have the right to move forward with a wrongful death claim based on a defective product or to continue your relative’s product liability claim after their passing.
During a survival claim, you will pursue the compensation your loved one would have been entitled to had they lived. Within a wrongful death claim, you will seek compensation for your and your other relative’s injuries including funeral expenses, loss of your loved one’s financial support, loss of your loved one’s companionship, and your mental anguish.
Contact Kisling, Nestico & Redick Today
When you are prescribed a medication, you know there may be some mild and uncomfortable side effects. However, you never anticipate that the side effect of the drug could be worse than the original condition that necessitated it.
If you suffered a serious side effect from undergoing testosterone therapy, such as a heart attack, stroke, or severe depression, you should call Kisling, Nestico & Redick today or use our online form to schedule an appointment. Our Ohio drug injury lawyers are here to listen to your story and advise you on what you can do next. If we believe you have a valid product liability claim, we will explain your legal options and guide you through the legal process.
As your legal team during a product liability claim, we will always fight for you to receive the maximum compensation possible for your injuries.