Skilled Malpractice Attorney Serving Testosterone Treatment Victims and Families in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Areas
Philadelphia attorney John A. Mattiacci, Jr. has experience in many areas of personal injury. Currently, he is investigating potential testosterone treatment lawsuits against drug manufacturers. Recent studies have shownevidence that taking prescription testosterone drugs may increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, or cardiovascular disease. If you have suffered injuries from taking low testosterone treatments, also known as “Low T” drugs, you may have grounds for a testosterone treatment lawsuit.
The federal Food And Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a safety alert that it is investigating the risk of stroke, heart attack, and death in men taking FDA-approved testosterone products. Testosterone drugs, such as Androgel ®, are widely prescribed and are used to increase low testosterone levels and increase sex drive.
A large scale study published on January 29, 2014 found the risk of heart attack in older men, and in younger men with pre-existing heart disease, substantially increased following testosterone treatment. The same article noted that a study of patients over the age of 60 in the Veterans Administration health care system, many with pre-existing heart conditions, showed an increased risk of death or heart disease following testosterone treatment.
The FDA is asking patients and doctors to report side effects involving prescription testosterone products to the FDA MedWatch program. The FDA approved certain testosterone drug formulations, such as a topical gel, transdermal patch, buccal system (which is applied to upper gum or inner cheek), and injection. However, given the studies showing the risks of taking such medications, the FDA will be investigating the dangers caused by taking Low T drugs.
Some common testosterone drugs, also known as Low T drugs, include the following prescription medications:
- Androderm ® (testosterone patch)
- AndroGel ® (testosterone gel)
- Depo ®-Testosterone (testosterone cypionate injection)
- Fortesta ® (testosterone gel)
- Methitest ® (methyltestosterone tablets)
- Axiron ® (testosterone topical solution)
- Delatestryl ® (testosterone enanthate injection)
- Striant ® (testosterone buccal tablet)
- Testim ® (testosterone gel)
- Testopel ® (testosterone pellets)
- Testred ® (methyltestosterone capsules)
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Frequently Asked Questions
How does the use of testosterone products increase the risk of cardiovascular disease?
Testosterone treatment increases the body’s production of red blood cells. This causes blood to coagulate, which increases the risk of cardiac events by two to three times the normal risk. This factor applies whether or not the patient has a prior history of cardiac problems.
What are some of the common side effects of testosterone therapy?
Some of the most common side effects include:
- Increased red blood cell production and thickening of the blood.
- Sleep apnea (interruption of breathing during sleep), leading to possible high blood pressure and even heart failure.
- Breast enlargement.
The foregoing are only a few of the many risks associated with Low T drugs.
How should I respond if I have had a heart attack, stroke, or cardiovascular disease that I suspect may have been caused by testosterone therapy?
Take the following actions:
- See your doctor immediately and tell them your symptoms and suspicions.You might want to consider getting a second opinion – particularly if you suspect that your treating physician might misdiagnose you out of fear of a medical malpractice lawsuit.
- Contact a product liability lawyer with experience in handling testosterone therapy lawsuits.
How much time to I have to file a testosterone therapy lawsuit?
Generally speaking, the deadline for filing a Pennsylvania product liability lawsuit is two years after the date of the injury. Under certain circumstances, however, it can be tricky determining the exact date of the “injury.” Consult with your lawyer on this matter after he becomes familiar with the facts of your case. This is another reason why it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible.
What kind of compensation might I be eligible for?
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you might be eligible for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost earnings
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Non-economic damages such as
- pain and suffering,
- emotional distress,
- mental anguish, and
- loss of quality of life.
My husband died of a heart attack that I suspect was caused by testosterone therapy. What are my legal options?
New Jersey and Pennsylvania have both enacted wrongful death statutes that enable the personal representative of the deceased victim’s estate (normally a close relative) to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Damages go to certain close relatives.The personal representative may also seek to have the deceased victim’s estate reimbursed for funeral and burial expenses, etc.
What do I have to prove to win a testosterone treatment lawsuit?
You must prove certain facts, including the following:
- You were physically harmed
- The drug was defective in some way – defectively designed, for example
- The drug actually caused the harm you are experiencing
Should I file a lawsuit or seek a private settlement?
Under most circumstances it is possible to start off seeking a settlement and then proceed to file a lawsuit if any settlement offer is unacceptable. Typically, our firm aggressively pursues claims and will file a lawsuit as soon as we feel the opposing party is not willing to settle a claim for what we consider to be appropriate. Filing suit does not mean the case cannot settle. However, filing suit starts the process and helps to apply pressure to the defense so they offer you a just settlement. Even after you file a lawsuit, while we are fully prepared to go to trial, there is always an opportunity to settle the case at any point in litigation. This includes up to and during trial.
You Don’t Pay Unless You Win
Mattiacci Law does not charge our clients unless we recover compensation for them. Your initial consultation is completely free. We charge no upfront fees, no retainer, and our bill is calculated as a percentage of your compensation. Your bill won’t even come due until your compensation check comes in.
About John Mattiacci
Moorestown attorney John Mattiacci, is a highly regarded Low T trial lawyer who has handled multi-million dollar lawsuits, including complex product liability cases and defective product cases, against some of the largest companies in the world. He actively pursues justice for those injured by manufacturers of defective and dangerous products, drugs, and pharmaceuticals.
He has been practicing law since 2002, and he is licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Mr. Mattiacci has recovered over $50,000,000 for his personal injury clients in a variety of personal injury cases. This stellar performance resulted in his admittance to the Multi-million Dollar Advocate’s Club, along with only one percent of his peers.
Call a Moorestown Testosterone Lawsuit Lawyer John Mattiaci Today
The sooner you contact me after you suffer harm that you suspect was caused by testosterone treatment in Moorestown, the better your chances of full compensation will be. Contact me today by filling out my online contact page, or call my toll-free number at (866) 617-0050, so that we can schedule a free initial case consultation.