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Average Settlement Value for Abilify Lawsuit


Average Case Value for Abilify Claim
Abilify is a popularly used prescription drug intended to treat mental and mood disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Tourette’s syndrome, and depression. However, Abilify comes with an extensive list of side effects that can cause severe damage to patients, especially if they are not made aware of the side effects of the drug before its administration. In most cases, your doctor or physician will inform you of all the side effects of a drug before prescribing it to you. However, there are some cases where the drug’s manufacturer fails to adequately inform its users of the potential damages that the drug may cause. When this is a case, a lawsuit can be filed against the manufacturing company responsible and seek compensation for the damages. At Normandie Law Firm, our experienced product liability attorneys can walk you through the process of building your case and filing a claim for compensation. If you have any questions after reading this article, please don’t hesitate to contact our law offices for a free consultation.

Abilify: The Drug
Abilify is a drug that is prescribed by trained medical professionals as a way to treat severe mental and mood disorders. Abilify is regarded as an antipsychotic drug, meaning it can help decease hallucinations and improve the overall concentration of the patient. It can also help users with severe mental and mood disorders think more clearly, reflects more positively upon themselves, feel less nervous, and push them to take a more active part in their everyday life. However, like many prescription drugs, Abilify has a host of side effects that patients should be made aware before taking the drug. Some of these common side effects are listed below:

  • Severe agitation, distress, or restless feelings
  • Uncontrollable movements, such as twitching of the eyes, lips, tongue, face, arms or legs
  • Mask like appearance of the face, as well as trouble swallowing and problems with speech
  • Seizures (convulsions)
  • Thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself
  • Low blood cell counts
  • High blood sugar
  • Weight gain
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea, vomiting, changes in appetite, constipation
  • Drooling
  • Headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, feeling tired
  • Anxiety, feeling restless
  • Problems sleeping (Insomnia)
  • Cold symptoms (stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, etc.)
  • Faster heartbeat
  • Increased sweating
  • Pale skin
  • Puffing of the cheeks
  • Uncontrolled chewing movements

It is highly recommended that patients who are hoping to take Abilify consult a medical professional to make sure that the drug is right for them and their condition. Abilify has caused controversy recently in regards to an unmentioned side effect that causes compulsive behavior such as uncontrolled shopping, eating, sex, and gambling. While any compulsive behavior can be damaging, none are as severe as the damages from a severe gambling addiction. Those who have suffered from the damages of a compulsive gambling addiction from Abilify have every right to pursue legal action against the drug’s manufacturer. These users often seek the following damages from their suits:

  • To cover the medical expenses and treatment costs of compulsive gambling addiction
  • To recover funds lost due to compulsive gambling
  • To earn compensation for any emotional injuries
  • To restore quality of life previous to drug administration

Drug manufacturers are expected to ensure that all of their consumers are aware of the side effects that their drug might cause. If this responsibility is neglected, the manufacturing company can be hit with a damaging lawsuit forcing them to compensate for the damages of their consumers.

Your Case
Clients that come to our law firm seeking representation for their Abilify gambling addiction case they often as a wide range of questions that are quite similar to that of our other Abilify case clients. Some of these frequently asked questions are listed below:

  • What is the average case value for an Abilify Claim?
  • What is the typical settlement compensation for an Abilify gambling lawsuit?
  • What is the average value of an Abilify side effect case?

It is quite common for clients seeking representation to ask what the value of their particular case is. Often we can answer these questions individually through a thorough examination of the aspects of their particular case. However, it is incredibly challenging to generalize the case value of an Abilify side effect case. How much a case is worth depends on the varied characteristics that make up your case, as well as the damages that you have endured. The same goes for generalizing an average settlement value. Determining an average is possible. However, this average may not accurately represent every case, and in most instances would do our clients a disservice as there is no way to know for sure whether or not their case applies to this approximated average.

That is not to say that finding the payout settlement amounts, or average compensation is impossible, however. The best way to help determine a rough average or case value is to calculate the compensable damages that make up your case. These compensable damages fit into three separate categories: economic damages, noneconomic damages, and punitive damages.

Economic damages often make up the bulk a cases’ worth as they are made up of specific monetary damages that have a definable amount. Some of these common economic damages are as follows:

  • Past & Future Medical Expenses: These are the costs that a victim must endure for the hospitalization of the initial injury and any further treatment needed in the future because of this injury. These expenses often make up a significant portion of a settlement value.
  • Loss of Income: These compensatory damages meant to reimburse the victim for any wages lost from the injuries. This amount can be determined through a thorough examination of the victim’s salary history and often includes sick and vacation time.
  • Loss of Potential Income: Sometimes injuries can be so severe that the victim may lose the ability to perform at the same level they had before their injuries. To determine this amount, a complicated formula is used that involves the examination of the victim’s projected earnings and the impact that the damages may have had on the victim’s ability to find and perform future work.

Noneconomic damages are often difficult to place an accurate monetary value upon as they do not carry any definable monetary weight. However, the best way to determine the level of noneconomic damages in your case is to seek consultation with a legal representative. Some common forms of noneconomic damages are listed as follows:

  • Pain and suffering: This damage is compensated to a victim based on the pain and suffering they endured from their injuries. This amount is often calculated by the use of a pain multiplier that has the victim identify their level of pain on a scale of one to ten.
  • Emotional Distress: This form of compensation is offered to victims that have experienced any emotional trauma suffered due to the injuries. The compensable amount of emotional distress often varies from state to state.
  • Loss of Consortium: Loss of consortium is often added to the value of your case when the injuries are so severe that the victim’s loved ones are deprived of a normal loving relationship and companionship

Lastly, Punitive Damages are added to the value of a case as a way of punishing the defendant for their prior actions and as a way to deter them from engaging in similar actions in the future. In most cases, seeking punitive damages can be incredibly challenging. Lesser attorneys will often settle a case without seeking punitive damages for this exact reason. However, at Normandie Law, our product liability attorneys are committed to ensuring that all of our clients receive all the compensation that they demand; punitive damages included.

About Normandie Law Firm
Having a skilled attorney on your side can make the difference between filing a successful claim for compensation and having your case dismissed from court. At Normandie Law Firm our experienced product liability attorneys are committed to making sure our clients receive all the resources necessary to pursue a successful suit. Our attorneys practice in San Diego, Orange County, Riverside, Bakersfield, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento and throughout the state of California. If you contact our law offices today, we can walk you through the complicated process of filing your claim and earning the compensation you deserve. As a display of our commitment, under our zero fee guarantee policy our clients don’t pay for our services until we follow through on our promise and win your case.

Free Second Opinions
Unfortunately, many attorneys in this industry only care about their bottom line. As such, once they sign you up, they will have little contact with you. They might dodge your calls and ignore your emails, because they have already moved on to sign up more cases. Our law firm believes this is grossly unfair to clients. That’s why when you contact us, you will never be treated like a number. You will be treated with the respect and dignity that you deserve, from start to finish. Even if you already have an attorney, you can still contact our law firm for a free second opinion on your case.



 

 

 

 

 

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