Written by attorney Christopher Michael Mellino

Botox Treatment and Side Effects Can Include Allergic Reactions

Although the Botox treatment is supposed to make you feel better about yourself and your appearance, in some cases, the very opposite happens. Botox may cause side effects in some patients. These may include milder side effects like bruising and nausea to muscle weakness, vision problems and more. Some patients even suffer an allergic reaction to Botox that can lead to respiratory issues and even death.

If you experienced an adverse reaction to Botox, you could have grounds for a claim if negligence on behalf of a healthcare professional is to blame. This may include failing to account for allergies or improper administration of the injections. An attorney in Cleveland can review the circumstances of your case.

Possible Reactions to Botox Treatment

Many people choose to receive these injections to improve or prevent wrinkles and look younger. In fact, according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Botox was the most popular non-surgical procedure for women under the age of 35 in 2011. Unfortunately, some patients’ quests for beauty may be marred by unfortunate side effects.

Some possible Botox side effects include:

  • headache;
  • nausea; and
  • pain around injection site;
  • redness at the injection site;
  • muscle weakness.

These side effects may be relatively mild and may go away on their own, but inform your doctor about them if they persist. Meanwhile, other possible, and potentially more serious, complications of the injection include: problems with vision; difficulty breathing; bladder control problems; body-wide muscle weakness; and allergic reaction.

If you experience these symptoms, inform your doctor immediately. Side effects may be present shortly after receiving the injection in some cases, while others may experience delayed side effects that appear in the days or weeks after receiving treatment.

Some patients may experience side effects because the physician or provider is not diligent in administering the treatment. He or she may fail to use or inject the Botox as directed, fail to verify a patient’s allergies, or fail to use clean and sanitized tools when injecting the treatment. If this leads to serious injury and damages, a claim may be filed.

Filing a Malpractice Claim for Botox Side Effects

Suffering serious side effects or an allergic reaction to Botox treatment could give you grounds for a legal claim against the doctor, nurse or other health care provider who performed your treatment.

If successful, your claim could compensate you for medical bills; lost wages and income; loss of enjoyment or quality of life; and pain and suffering, both physical and mental.

You may even be due punitive damages if the doctor or other healthcare professional intended to inflict harm or was extremely reckless in providing Botox treatment. These damages go above and beyond what you are already due in your claim and are intended to punish the defendant for significant wrongdoing.

Did a medical professional’s negligence lead to serious side effects or an allergic reaction to Botox? Learn more about filing a claim in our FREE Ohio medical malpractice guide or call Mellino Robenalt LLC in Cleveland at 440-333-3800 to discuss filing a Botox treatment claim.

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