Testosterone Therapy Injury Lawyers
Have you, or a loved one such as your father or brother, suffered a serious injury or death caused by testosterone therapy? If so, they, or their estate, may be entitled to benefits and financial compensation according to personal injury laws in the state where the injury or death occurred. Speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney handling testosterone therapy accident claims is a smart move.
Please do not wait to contact our team of Texas personal injury lawyers as they have a tremendous amount of experience handling testosterone therapy injury and testosterone therapy wrongful death claims. They offer free consults and charge no legal fees if they do not recover for you. Serving the entire country and Washington D.C.: Austin, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Diego, Irvine, Seattle, San Francisco, San Jose, Portland, Miami, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Atlanta, New Orleans, Las Vegas and Tuscon.
Many males who used AndroGel, or other testosterone therapies, have suffered from heart attacks, strokes or other serious medical conditions. Studies show that AndroGel and other “low-T” treatments, which are available as testosterone gels, patches, pellets and injections, have recently been linked to an increased risk of heart and cardiovascular problems in older and middle-aged men with a history of heart disease.
Testosterone Therapy Injury Statistics
No matter how far the scientific advances of medicine has come we still have to deal with ineffective treatments and dangerous drugs released by greedy pharmaceutical companies. One of the more recent treatments to come under scrutiny testosterone replacement therapy, a method to treat low sex drive and erectile dysfunction in men that has inspired a string of concerning lawsuits. The most shocking testosterone therapy statistics show an increased risk of many life-threatening side effects in men being treated for low testosterone aka “Low T.”
Non-Fatal Heart Attacks
A recent study published by the Public Library of Science found a correlation between testosterone therapy and non-fatal myocardial infractions, or heart attacks. Researchers found that older men who had received testosterone therapy had heart attacks at twice the rate of the baseline male population, while young men with a history of heart problems had two to three times the risk of heart attacks.
In both cases, the men only had an elevated risk for 90 days after they had received the treatment, after which point their risk became the same as that of the baseline. This is strong evidence that testosterone therapy contributes to heart attacks and other cardiovascular disorders.
During an ischemic stroke, the brain loses access to blood flow and oxygen supply, causing brain tissue to die. This can render the victim unconscious within seconds and dead or irreversibly brain damaged in minutes. A 2013 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that testosterone therapy led to an increased amount of abnormal blood clots in the brain’s blood vessels.
This caused the risk of ischemic strokes to increase regardless of whether or not the patient had a previous history of coronary artery disease or other risk factors. This study and others like it prompted the FDA to make testosterone manufacturers put warning labels on their products explaining that they increase the risk of stroke, heart attack, and death.
Although testosterone therapy can lead to temporary increases in sex drive, muscle development, and energy, it hampers the body’s ability to do these things on its own. Testosterone therapy causes the body to produce more estradiol, a hormone that leads to moodiness, high blood pressure, erectile dysfunction, and the development of breast tissue. Though the treatments themselves counter these effects, as soon as men stop the treatments, their sex drives and performance are lower than ever, leading to dependency on artificial testosterone.
Aside from causing testosterone dependency, increased estradiol production may also lead to prostatic hyperplasia, a condition in which the male prostate grows. Although not life-threatening, hyperplasia causes frequent urination, incontinence, and pain during urination and ejaculation. Untreated hyperplasia can lead to more serious conditions, including bladder stones, bladder, damage, kidney damage, and urinary tract infections.
As of 2011, 78% of testosterone patients receive their testosterone through a topical gel. Recent studies have shown that men who apply these gels risk transferring testosterone to anyone they come in contact with. This means that spouses, children, friends, and relatives of testosterone patients can experience the same risks as the patients themselves. Men who decide to take testosterone treatments should inform their loved ones of the risk and avoid physical contact after applying the gel.
Common Health Risks Due To Testosterone Therapy
Testosterone is the primary male hormone that is responsible for the onset of puberty and the anatomical and physiological changes that occur during puberty. The body manufacturers testosterone and the production peaks in the late teens or early 20’s. As men get older, the production drops significantly. If it drops too low, it can cause a decreased sex drive, diminished ability to perform sexually and other side effects. For men of all ages who have low testosterone, doctors often prescribe testosterone. While there can be health benefits to testosterone therapy, there are also health risks. The San Diego, California testosterone therapy injury attorneys on our team are handling cases related to injuries due to testosterone therapy. If you, or a loved one, have been injured or experienced health problems due to a prescribed testosterone regimen you may be entitled to benefits and financial compensation.
If you or a loved one suffered a heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism or other serious side effect while on testosterone therapy, our attorneys may be able to help you file a lawsuit seeking compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering and other damages. To learn more about filing a lawsuit, contact our California testosterone therapy injury lawyers today for a free consultation.
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