Hormone replacement therapy is aimed at restoring hormone levels to normal in persons experience hormonal issues. For instance hormone replacement therapy may be prescribed for someone who has been diagnosed with low testosterone or low estrogen. Hormone replacement therapy can involve a number of methods, including:
- Oral administration of drugs (pills)
- Topical creams or gels
- Other aspects such as dietary changes
Hormone replacement therapy is also sometimes used in connection with other treatments. For instance, hormone therapy often plays a role in fertility treatments and some forms of cancer treatments.
Are There Any Legal Issues to Consider with Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Hormone replacement therapy is sometimes associated with different legal issues such as:
- Product liability (especially for dangerous drugs associated with hormone therapy)
- Medical malpractice
- Pharmaceutical errors
In legal cases involving hormone replacement therapy, liability can often lie with a single individual such as a nurse or doctor. In some cases, an entire organization may be held liable. An example of this where a fertility clinic performs procedures that don’t conform to state or federal standards. A lawsuit may result in the plaintiff obtaining damages for losses caused by an injury or illness.
Are There Any Side Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy?
As with any type of treatment, there may be some side effects associated with hormone replacement therapy. These are generally associated with situations where the hormone levels become too high after therapy. Some side effects include over-stimulation of ovaries, increased blood pressure, and the appearance of gender-associated characteristics (such as facial hair or increased breast size).
Do I Need a Lawyer?
Hormone therapy treatments can vary from person to person, and may also vary according to the aims of the treatment. Legal issues can sometimes arise in connection with hormone replacement sessions. In such cases, it may be necessary to hire a personal injury lawyer for advice and guidance.