Newsbreak: Botox Causes Debilitating Botulism in Patient
The popularity of Botox treatments to get rid of wrinkles is at an all-time high. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says that more than 6 million people received Botox facial rejuvenation treatments last year.
But in one case, a woman doctor in Oklahoma got botulism, a serious illness that made her so debilitated that she had to give up her medical practice and resign as the medical director of a hospital. A jury awarded her $15 million in damages and a state appeals court just upheld the verdict.
Dr. Sharla Helton, an obstetrician in Oklahoma City, had injections of 50 units of Botox Cosmetic, which is made by Allergan Inc. Afterwards she had trouble breathing and experienced double vision. She also suffered from confusion and joint and muscle pain – and she was unable to continue working. She was ultimately diagnosed with botulism poisoning.
Helton filed suit against Allergan, charging it with negligence and failing to warn about the risk of botulism. In the trial, Allergan argued that the jury should have determined other possible causes of Helton’s injuries, and claimed that she had a mental disorder that caused her to feel the side effects. The jury didn’t buy Allergan’s arguments and instead believed her treating physicians, who testified about her conditions and the cause of them.
In a similar case in Virginia, a jury awarded $212 million to a man who suffered brain damage from Botox injections. You can learn more about Botox cases and related injuries by reviewing our resources on Lawyers.com.