Injured by "Risperdal" in Nevada?
How to file a lawsuit

Men prescribed the antipsychotic drug Risperdal (risperidone) are at risk of developing breasts. These patients may be able to sue the drug's manufacturer for negligence and pursue compensatory damages for:

Nevada victims may bring a negligence lawsuit within two (2) years after their injury. Discontinuing the drug can be problematic and should be done under a physician's supervision and guidance.

In this article, our Nevada personal injury attorneys answer frequently-asked-questions about Risperdal lawsuits in Nevada, such as negligence claims, burdens of proof, and statutes of limitations. Click on a topic to jump to that section:

Risperdal
Risperdal can lead to male breast growth.

1. What can I do if I got injured by Risperdal in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Men who grew breasts after taking Risperdal may be able to file a negligence suit against the drug's manufacturer and marketer. The plaintiff (victim) in negligence lawsuits has the burden to prove the following four elements:

  1. The defendant(s) owed the plaintiff a duty of care;
  2. The defendant(s) breached this duty;
  3. This breach caused the plaintiff's injury; and
  4. This injury resulted in damages.1

Plaintiffs bringing a negligence lawsuit against the drug's manufacturer would probably claim that it failed to notify doctors of the potential side effect of developing breasts. Had they known, they might have elected not to take the drug.

1.1. Injuries

The most notable side effect is gynecomastia, the development of breasts in males. This is because Risperdal increases the hormone prolactin, which is involved in breast development.2

2. What money can I get?

Plaintiffs bringing a lawsuit would seek compensatory damages for:

  1. Doctor's bills,
  2. Pain and suffering arising from developing breasts,
  3. Lost wages, and/or
  4. Loss of future earnings

The plaintiff's attorney can discuss with the plaintiff whether it may be worthwhile to seek punitive damages as well, which can be far larger than compensatory damages.

3. Whom can I sue?

The primary defendant is the drug's manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceutical. Plaintiffs may also be able to sue companies that advertised and distributed the drug.

4. How do I prove my claim?

Nevada negligence cases require the plaintiff to prove that it is more likely than not that the defendant was negligent. The legal term for the plaintiff's burden of proof is "preponderance of the evidence." Common evidence in these cases include:

  • The plaintiff's medical records, showing an increased breast size;
  • Expert medical testimony that explains how the Risperdal caused the breast growth; and/or
  • Risperdal marketing materials that omit the breast growth risk

Learn more in our article about proving negligence in Nevada.

5. When can I sue?

Victims may bring a negligence lawsuit within two (2) years after developing breasts.3

6. What is Risperdal used for?

Risperdal is an anti-psychotic drug that is used to treat some psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. The FDA approved it in 1993.4

7. Has Risperdal been recalled?

There was a recall in 2011 due to a suspicious odor.5 And in 2005 the FDA issued an alert regarding the drug's increased risk of death as compared to placebos. 6

8. Resources

Call a Nevada personal injury attorney...

Have you developed breasts after taking Risperdal in Nevada? Our Las Vegas personal injury attorneys will fight for a settlement to cover your expenses, especially pain and suffering. Contact us at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) for a consultation free of charge. You pay us zero unless we win your case.


Legal References:

  1. See, e.g. Scialabba v. Brandise Const. Co., 112 Nev. 965, 921 P.2d 928 (1996).
  2. Men to sue over drug that made them grow breasts by Nick Valencia, CNN, (December 14, 2016).
  3. NRS 11.190.
  4. Official site.
  5. Daniel DeNoon, Antipsychotic Drug Risperdal Recalled Because of Odor, WebMD (June 20, 2011).
  6. FDA Alert for Healthcare Professionals: (April 11, 2005).

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