A Virginia woman has filed suit in Richmond City Court charging that Botox injections caused brain injuries, movement disorders and dementia. The lawsuit against Botox manufacturer Allergan, Inc. alleges that the company failed to warn consumers about serious side effects of the treatment.

Personal injury clearinghouse AboutLawsuits.com summarizes the allegations as follows:

[The plaintiff]  indicates that she was given Botox injections to treat a head tremor. As a side effect of Botox, [she] alleges that she suffered a variety of serious and permanent injuries caused by the injections. She experienced rashes, fever, vomiting, severe pain and confusion shortly after being given the injections. Eventually, she developed autoimmune encephalitis movement disorder, lost some of her cognitive functions and now trouble walking. As a result of the Botox injury, the lawsuit claims that she requires care and help from others to conduct a number of daily activities.

Extremely minute quantities of Botulinum Toxin A are contained in Botox, which is the bacteria associated with the muscle paralyzing condition Botulism.

[The plaintiff]  says Allergan should have warned users of the chance that Botox toxin, which the lawsuit describes as being 100 times stronger than cyanide, would migrate outside of the injection area and could cause significant injury.

While Botox is known primarily for its cosmetic applications, it is also used to treat various non-cosmetic medical conditions.

The lawsuit seeks $10 million in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages on grounds of product liability, negligence, and breach of warranty.

On a day-to-day basis, most Virginia residents are more likely to suffer a severe brain injury in a slip-and-fall accident or in a car crash than in any other circumstance. If you believe that you (or a love one) have sustained a traumatic brain injury, it is important to hire experienced legal counsel. The Virginia brain injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C. have the experience needed, and the requisite contacts with the best doctors in the area, to ensure you and your loved ones have the best representation possible in the event. Call Toll Free 877-544–5323 for a no-obligation consultation.


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