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Risperdal Lawsuits: How Consumers Art Hurt by Dangerous Prescription Drugs

Several months ago, we discussed the famous prescription drug lawsuits surrounding Accutane, a once popular medication used to treat acne. Accutane gained national attention after several lawsuits claimed the drug increased the risk of suicide or caused users to suffer from other severe health issues. However, Accutane is only one of many prescription drug lawsuits that have been filed over the years. Other lawsuits show that prescription drug side effects have caused irreparable psychological and physical damage to unsuspecting people. In 2013, Johnson & Johnson paid $2.2 billion in criminal and civil fines over accusations that it marketed Risperdal, an antipsychotic drug, to older adults and children despite known health risks. Federal prosecutors claimed Johnson & Johnson knew Risperdal could cause adverse side effects in adults and children, some of which could cause irreparable damage. For example, boys taking the drug were at increased risk of developing breasts, a condition…
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Car Accidents and PTSD: Do You Recognize These Symptoms?

Car accident survivors can suffer both severe physical and psychological damage. Some survivors may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a debilitating mental health condition that has become commonly associated with war veterans. PTSD can develop after being involved in a traumatic event. Car accidents and PTSD may share a link. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) claims car accidents are responsible for 25 percent of traumatic events reported by males, and 13 percent reported by females. VA estimates also show that 9 percent of car accident survivors will develop PTSD. Research carried out by the VA has shown that some car accident survivors are more likely to develop PTSD than others. For example, accident survivors with preexisting mental health disorders might be at greater risk for developing PTSD. Survivors who lost loved ones during an accident might also be at increased risk for developing the condition. Sufferers of PTSD can…
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Out-of-Work Oil Industry Worker? These Online Resources Might Help

When oil prices started a downward spiral in 2014 and then stayed low for two years, many oil and gas companies were unable to stay profitable. The financial resources put into surveying, drilling and refining could no longer generate a healthy profit for many companies. This was especially true for companies operating in the fracking industry, which sank more costs into extracting and refining oil. Many companies filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in an attempt to ride out the economic turmoil. Unfortunately, this had awful effects on the lives of tens of thousands of workers in this industry. Many were laid off, including right here in Lafayette. The Louisiana Workforce Commission, several state colleges and other organizations have launched, a website designed to help people who were laid off from the oil and gas industry. As the website suggests, there are still jobs available throughout the state. Some jobs…
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