A Little More Light on Tardive Dyskinesia and Risperdal

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Injuries, Lawyers | 0 comments

Involuntary movement is the best way to describe what is tardive dyskinesia. It is frequently if somewhat carelessly included in the list of possible side effects of some drugs, typically in neuroleptic (also known as antipsychotic) drugs. However, it is important to understand that these involuntary movements can have serious effects. The most common symptoms manifestations of tardive dyskinesia are:

  • Excessive eye blinking
  • Grimacing
  • Lip puckering
  • Lip smacking
  • Lip pursing
  • Tongue movements

One can imagine how disconcerting it is to be in conversation with a person with tardive dyskinesia, even when you understand what it is. There are also instances when the rapid, involuntary muscle spasms can make it impossible for a patient to walk.

It would be accurate to say that tardive dyskinesia is a common side effect of typical antipsychotics, and that the condition is both devastating and incurable. It would also be accurate to say that atypical antipsychotics such as Risperdal have improved on this by delaying its onset. However, Risperdal side effects lawyers know that it still causes tardive dyskinesia in patients with high doses over a long period, which is contrary to what the drug manufacturer initially claimed.

Recent lawsuits based on disputing this claim have come down on the side of the plaintiffs, and it is now widely known that tardive dyskinesia is a possible side effect. However, there is no significant emphasis on how bad it can get for the patient, or on what it means. As far as the regular patient is concerned, it is “involuntary movement.” What most people do not realize is that tardive dyskinesia is a symptom of advanced neurological damage. Once it becomes noticeable, it means there is no reversing the damage.

If you or an immediate family member manifests tardive dyskinesia from using Risperdal, you are too late to prevent permanent damage. However, you may still be able to get compensation. Consult with experienced Risperdal side effects lawyers in your area to find out more about your legal options.

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Williams is Named Chairman of the Houston Bar Foundation

Posted by on Mar 1, 2015 in Lawyers | 0 comments

One of the top personal injury lawyers in the country was named pro bono chairman of the Houston Bar Foundation. John Eddie Williams Jr. is known best for his success in several landmark cases, including the case against Chevron for the negligent death of two of its workers and against the tobacco industry, both of which resulted in significant awards to his clients.

However, he is also a noted philanthropist, which makes him the ideal person to chair the Houston Bar Foundation for 2014. It is the pro bono division of the Houston Bar Association, which funds free legal assistance and representation through the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program. For people who cannot afford to pay a lawyer, this is an important resource for them, and the foundation helps many veterans as well.

When asked about the work done at the Houston Bar Foundation, Williams says they have regular clinics to grant access to people who need a lawyer. He explains that “indigent people need health care, but people need legal help, too. Whether it’s putting together a will, dealing with landlord-tenant issues. And, of course, veterans have all kinds of problems getting benefits.”

Among the public services that Williams oversees include:

  • Dispute Resolution Center
  • Domestic Violence Services
  • Elder Law Services
  • Fee Dispute Committee
  • Houston Lawyer Referral Service
  • Houston Volunteer Lawyers
  • Saturday Legal Advice Clinics
  • The People’s Law School
  • Veterans Legal Initiative

The position is for one year, so Williams is nearing the end of his term. His main goal was to raise as much as he could so that they could help as many people as possible while continuing to build the endowment, which he calls a “rainy day” fund. Williams represent lawyers who care about people who have legal needs, and do what they can by donating their time and money. The Harvest Party, which is the biggest fundraising activity of the foundation, was held at River Oaks Country Club. Almost 1,000 lawyers attended the event, which brought in about $670,000 for the endowment.

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