Taking Legal Action After Bad Reactions to Botox

Taking Legal Action After Bad Reactions to Botox


People choose to undergo cosmetic treatment as a way of coping with their age. These treatments are done to somehow ease the process of aging and feel good about oneself. There are no ethical problems and moral issues when it comes to slowing down aging. However, these treatments should hold medical professionals accountable for bad reactions or, worse, severe medical conditions.

A botox treatment is one of the treatments chosen by most people to remove facial wrinkles. There are, however, adverse reactions reported in some of these treatments that cause muscle weakness and other allergic reactions. If not done right, or if there are pieces of information that plastic surgeons failed to ask from patients, botox injections can lead to serious injuries. Thus, in these situations, patients are entitled to compensation.

What Is Botox?


Botox, otherwise known as Botulinum toxin, is a drug used to remedy facial wrinkles. Nowadays, people consider this a cosmetic treatment that aids people in looking younger and having fairer skin. Smoother and younger-looking skin is what patients aim for when undergoing a botox treatment.

Botox is also used to treat limb spasticity that causes stiffness and tightness of the muscles in the lower extremities. This treatment is done through botox injections that the Food and Drug Administration approves.

Four Types of Botulinum Toxin Injections

There are four types of Botulinum Toxin Injections that cosmetic patients can choose from. These four types may have similar symptoms and serious side effects, but they are distinct treatments with different dosages, contents, and purposes. We have also included their purpose, advantages, and disadvantages:


A botox injection is used for facial wrinkles and underarm sweating, and other dermatological conditions. Botox injections can be done quickly, so you won't have to schedule it for an entire day. However, side effects may occur on the injected area, such as migraine headaches, difficulty breathing, having a dry eye, flu-like symptoms, and muscle weakness.


Dysport is also a type of treatment for wrinkles, primarily on those in between the eyebrows, and is also used for muscle spasms. Like the usual botox treatment, a Dysport is also convenient as it takes only minutes to finish. Adverse effects such as pain at the injection site, difficulty breathing, and allergic reactions like rashes can occur.


Xeomin is a treatment to relax the muscles between the eyebrows, known as the frown lines. Unlike botox, Xeomin does not contain protein and other additives. It is used to treat cervical dystonia and eye twitching, and it also helps people with cerebral palsy relax their muscles. Pain in the injected area, swelling, and bleeding are some of the possible side effects of this treatment.


Myobloc is also used to treat cervical dystonia or muscle spasms in the neck area, salivary gland disorders, and an overactive bladder. Myobloc can be given to children with cerebral palsy and is easy to be given. However, subsequent injections should be scheduled to ensure their efficacy. Possible side effects include headache, difficulty swallowing, and weakness in other muscles.

How Can a Botox Procedure Go Wrong?


A botox injection can go wrong for many reasons. Injury and damages result from misinformation and lack of due diligence on the healthcare professionals administering the cosmetic treatment. Patients must consider serious side effects, and this information should always be apprised upon patients during prior consultations and evaluations.

Knowing the information disclosed by patients and still proceeding with the treatment despite the known risks result in serious injuries. Expired products and drugs inoculated that the Food and Drug Administration does not approve can yield adverse reactions. Life-threatening consequences are considered to be rare but still can occur in botox injections.

Botox Injections Can Sometimes Result in Adverse Side Effects

Patients may have different reactions to botox injections. The injection site can be painful for some, and others would enjoy a more smooth sailing process. Despite this, there are many adverse side effects to consider when undergoing a botox treatment. Listed below are some of the serious side effects of a botox injection that patients ought to know:

  • Migraine headaches
  • Localized pain
  • Flu-like symptoms such as nausea and fever
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Bruising in the injected area
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Pain in the injection site
  • Inability to speak properly
  • Numbness

It is important to seek medical advice from doctors before deciding to undergo botox treatments.

Steps You Should Take When You're Involved in a Botched Botox Procedure


A botched botox procedure can be considered medical malpractice since it is done through the negligence of a health professional. In these cases, patients need to know their course of action to recover damages for their botox injuries. Doctors must exercise diligence in their professional dealings, and the oath they took involves due care towards their patients and ensuring their safety at all times. The breach of this duty gives their patients the right to recover compensation for what they've lost.

Here are the steps that you should take when involved in a botched botox procedure:

  • Notify your doctor as soon as possible - Stay calm and notify your doctor at once. Try to remember as many details as possible about what happened, which could be used as evidence if you decide to file a complaint. Keep records of information such as prescriptions, scheduled check-ups, and receipts for your botox injection payments.
  • Seek medical treatment for your injuries - Make sure that you seek medical treatment as soon as possible. In most cases, poor results from a botox treatment can be resolved with some surgical procedures or other corrective measures. If the injury cannot be cured, it may still be remedied through reconstructive surgery or compensatory therapies to improve your appearance and functionality.
  • Call a personal injury lawyer - Find a personal injury lawyer in your area who will represent you and inform them of the details of your case. Personal injury lawyers know medical malpractice laws and can help you determine if you have a viable case. They will also be able to help you in the process of proving the negligence of the health professional and establishing your claim.
  • File a personal injury claim - In medical malpractice claims, you can seek compensation for pain and suffering, lost income, medical bills, medication costs, mental stress, permanent injury, or disfigurement. Injured clients should file their claim within one year, which is the statute of limitations for medical malpractice in Ohio.

Damages You Can Recover From Your Botox Injuries Caused By Medical Malpractice Or Negligence

Adverse reactions on a botox injection are no longer uncommon. However, health professionals must ensure that their clients are fully informed of the risks and that every treatment process should be done with the highest degree of care and skill.

Economic damages such as payment for medical expenses lost wages, and loss of future income can be awarded.

Non-economic damages can also be recovered for pain and suffering, loss of the ability to enjoy life's pleasures, and other related losses.

Emotional Damages in a Medical Malpractice Claim

There should be more emphasis on the emotional damages brought by a botched botox procedure. Botox injections are meant to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines, not to cause pain and suffering, and this is a traumatic event that can result in depression and anxiety.

In a medical malpractice lawsuit, non-economic damages can't exceed $250,000 under Ohio Revised Code section 2323.43. The overall maximum is $350,000 per plaintiff (or $500,000 in any case with more than one plaintiff).

Representing Clients With Injuries From Botox Procedures


Botox injections have become a trend for persons who want to have a better appearance or treatment for muscle conditions. When this treatment fails, taking legal action after bad reactions to botox is the next step.

At Ryan LLP, we provide effective legal representation for persons who suffered injuries because of medical malpractice. Call a medical malpractice lawyer immediately to get the necessary information on your legal rights and remedies.

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