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June 20, 2016

Can I Really Go to Jail for Possession of Marijuana?

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Although medical marijuana is legal in twenty-four states, recreational marijuana is legal in four states and the state of Mississippi has decriminalized some aspects of marijuana possession, but you could still end up behind bars for possession of marijuana, in some instances.

In Mississippi, if you are found with 30 grams or less of marijuana in your possession, and it is your first offense, you face nothing more serious than a fine of $250. In order to only receive the fine, you must show a valid ID, and sign a pledge to appear in court. Follow the rules, and you will not be arrested.

Beyond this laid back approach to a first offense of possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana, the penalties become much more serious, including:

  • For a second offense possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana, you will face a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 days in jail—with a maximum possible of up to 60 days. Your fine will remain the same--$250.
  • For a third offense possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana, the fine increases to $500, and the jail time is the same as for a second offense—a mandatory minimum of five days, up to a maximum sentence of 60 days behind bars.
  • For larger amounts of marijuana possession, the jail time and fines increase sharply. For possession of 30-250 grams of marijuana, you will face felony charges, up to three years in prison, and fines as high as $3,000.
  • For possession of 250-500 grams of marijuana, you will face felony charges, a mandatory minimum sentence of 2 years in prison, with a maximum possible of 8 years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine.
  • For possession of 500-5k grams, you could face felony charges with a mandatory minimum of six years in prison, to a maximum sentence of 24 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

Tagged: Dangerous Drugs, Drug Arrest

June 17, 2016

Could dosage impact breast enlargement side effects of Risperdal?

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Risperidone, commonly known as Risperdal, is an antipsychotic drug which can be prescribed by your doctor. It is a strong drug that affects the chemicals in your brain.

There are possible side effects of taking this medication (like enlarged breast tissue, known as gynecomastia). Taking a higher dosage than your doctor prescribed can increase the chances of you having a reaction or side effects to Risperidone.

Tagged: Dangerous Drugs

May 25, 2016

Is Risperdal gynecomastia reversible?

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Having gynecomastia after taking Risperdal is not life threatening, but the physical changes can be upsetting, especially if you don’t know if it is reversible.

Prescribed medication like Risperdal is designed to help you cope with mental illnesses like schizophrenia.

Suffering from gynecomastia because of Risperdal can be counter-productive to your mental well-being.

In most cases gynecomastia is reversible by changing medication or taking prescribed drugs to decrease your estrogen levels.

Risperdal gynecomastia is the swelling of the breast area in men from taking Risperdal. The drug can cause an imbalance of estrogen and testosterone in the body which can lead to increased breast size. Usually gynecomastia affects both breasts, but it can affect just one and can cause uneven size. This condition is not life threatening, but for men it can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Some boys have been teased or bullied because of the condition. There are other side effects of Risperdal.

What can cause gynecomastia?

Boys and men can get gynecomastia due to other reasons. Antibiotics, heart medicine and anti-anxiety medication can increase estrogen in your body, which can lead to increased breast size. Some boys can have temporary breast swelling during puberty. It is important to check for Risperdal side effects in children so you can seek alternative medication.

“I have Risperdal gynecomastia, will it go away?”

As there are other reasons that can cause increased breast size you should go to your doctor to find out what the definite cause is.

Changing medication can reverse the effects

If the breast swelling has been caused by Risperdal then your doctor can change you to alternative medication or prescribe medicine that will decrease the estrogen in your body.

In most cases, a change of medication will reduce the swelling of breast tissue caused by Risperdal gynecomastia but in some rare cases, the swelling does not decrease.

Tagged: Dangerous Drugs, risperdal

May 05, 2016

6 Signs You May Have Risperdal Side Effects and What to Do Next

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When taking any kind of medication, there is a risk of having side effects. In most cases, you won’t notice any changes, but it’s always important to be aware of any potential side effects before you start taking new medication. If you have been prescribed Risperdal by your doctor, then there are signs you must look out for. Risperdal side effects can have a high impact on your daily life, and you should go to your doctor to let him/her know once you notice any changes.

These are the signs you may be suffering from Risperdal side effects:

 

1. Drowsiness

Feeling more sleepy than usual and feeling lethargic on a daily basis can suggest it is a side effect caused by Risperdal.

A change in your diet and illness can cause you to feel drowsy, too. So, make sure to make a note of how often you feel drowsy and if this began once you started taking Risperdal.

 

2. Dizziness

Dizziness or feeling lightheaded can be caused by Risperdal. Feeling dizzy can cause nausea, and in some cases, dizziness can make you feel like you’re going to faint.

One way to reduce dizziness is to try rising from a sitting position slowly.

If feeling dizzy or lightheaded becomes a common occurrence, then you should speak to your doctor. Do not drive or use machinery while feeling dizzy.

 

3. Muscle spasms

Risperdal can cause uncomfortable muscle spasms or jerky body movements. Shaking and tremors are another possible side effect, too.

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April 21, 2016

8 ways to check for Risperdal side effects in children

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March 23, 2016

Personal Injury Lawsuits: Hip Implants

With the promise of reduced pain and greater mobility, thousands have undergone hip replacement surgery.  Sadly, thousands have also filed lawsuits after suffering complications far more debilitating than their initial hip issues.  These lawsuits allege faulty designs and serious complications from metal-on-metal implants.

Tagged: Dangerous Drugs, Defective Products, Personal Injury

March 02, 2016

Five Common Types of Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is a term many are familiar with, or have at least heard in passing.  But, do you really know what it means?  It’s much more than just a dissatisfied customer.

Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed by a doctor or nurse who fails to provide proper health care treatment.  Legally, medical malpractice means that a doctor or medical provider must have been negligent in some way (i.e. the provider was not reasonably skillful or competent, resulting in harm to a patient).

It is understood when examining the medical field that on a small scale, mistakes will be made.  However, within that small scale, certain types of errors do crop up more often than others.  These are the top five most common types of medical malpractice:

Misdiagnosis

Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis make up the majority of medical malpractice complaints.  In such a complex field as medicine, mistakes are going to be made.  However, often a physician’s negligence will cause them to completely overlook obvious signs and symptoms in a patient.  These oversights might mean that a patient misses out on treatment opportunities that could have prevented serious harm or even death.

Tagged: Dangerous Drugs, Defective Products, lawsuit, Medical Malpractice, Negligence, Personal Injury Attorneys in Jackson MS

March 01, 2016

The Trouble With IVC Filters Continues

For those of you who are only just tuning in to the problems with IVC filters, we’ll give you a quick rundown (before we dive into the update). C.R. Bard is a New Jersey-based medical device manufacturer. They are a giant in their industry, and until recent years, were a trusted source of medical devices for healthcare providers across the country. Bard is one of 11 manufacturers who make inferior vena cava (IVC) filters, and while the majority of filters are implanted without issue, those produced by Bard have caused nothing but problems over the years.

Bard’s “recovery” filter was given FDA clearance in 2002, and it didn’t take long for the troublesome reports to begin rolling in. According to NBC:

A confidential study commissioned by Bard showed that the Recovery filter had higher rates of relative risk for death, filter fracture and movement than all of its competitors. An outside doctor hired to conduct the study wrote that "further investigation…is urgently warranted."

Tagged: Dangerous Drugs, Defective Products, IVC Filter, lawsuit, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Personal Injury Attorneys in Jackson MS, Products Liability

July 22, 2015

Popular Anti-Nausea Drug Zofran May Increase the Risk of Birth Defects

Zofran is a drug which was approved by the FDA for use among patients undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, and other surgical procedures which cause nausea and vomiting. Zofran has also been prescribed fairly frequently off-label, to pregnant women who experience severe morning sickness. Studies on the risk of birth defects among women taking Zofran have shown conflicting results; one study done in 2013, which was based on 900,000 births, found a 30 percent increase in the risk of Zofran birth defects as well as double the risk of heart defects.

Tagged: Dangerous Drugs, Negligence, Personal Injury

August 11, 2014

Manufacturer's Liability for Failure to Warn of Dangerous Drugs

Drug manufacturers sometimes know of serious risks associated with use of their drug, but continue to market the drug without adequate warnings anyway. In Mississippi, plaintiffs who are hurt by a dangerous drug that did not come with a warning or did not come with adequate warnings, can allege failure to warn under Miss. Code Ann. § 11-1-63. These plaintiffs will need to prove: (1) the drug was defective and lacked adequate warnings, (2) the defect rendered the drug unreasonably dangerous, (3) the defect was the proximate cause of their injuries and (4) the drug manufacturer knew or should have known about the unreasonable risk of danger and that consumers wouldn't know about it.

In order to prove a drug was unreasonably dangerous and lacked warnings, the plaintiff will have to prove evidence that proves the dangerous drug had a serious side effect that was not part of the manufacturer's warnings. For example, studies have shown that the atypical antipsychotics Abilify and Risperdal can cause gynecomastia in teenage boys and young men. The detrimental psychological effects of growing breasts as a teenage boy can be substantial. A teenage boy's family could bring a failure to warn lawsuit against the manufacturers of certain atypical antipsychotics.

Proving proximate causation may require expert testimony, medical studies and expert testimony. In many cases, a plaintiff's attorney bringing a failure to warn case will consult with an expert even before filing a lawsuit. Usually, the medical studies and expert testimony must align with prevailing views in the expert's community. An expert who has opinions that are too far afield from other experts in his field may not be able to testify.

Tagged: Dangerous Drugs, Products Liability