Abilify FAQs

Abilify Compulsive Behavior Lawsuit FAQs

1. Can I File an Abilify Lawsuit?

Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of Abilify. The experienced attorneys at Bernheim Dolinsky Kelley, LLC offer free, no obligation consultations to determine whether you may be eligible to pursue a claim against the manufacturers of Abilify.

Most cases involving pharmaceuticals allege that a drug was sold with design, manufacturing, and/or marketing defects, which typically refers to a company’s failure to warn of a certain side effect. In the case of Abilify, patients may be able to take legal action in light of claims that the manufacturers failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk of compulsive behavior while on this medication.

2. My family member has passed away, can I pursue a claim on his behalf?

In most cases, yes you may pursue a claim on a deceased loved one’s behalf. If your loved one has passed away, our firm can typically set up an estate to pursue the claim of a deceased relative. If the claim is successful, we will then disperse the funds through the estate, as prescribed by the law governing the jurisdiction in which the claim is filed.

3. How long do I have to file a claim against the manufacturer of Abilify?

All claims must be filed within a specific period of time referred to as a statute of limitations. The statute of limitations varies among states and the time period in which you must file a claim is dependent upon the jurisdiction where the case will be filed. Because statute of limitations may vary considerably depending on where you live, you would be best served by consulting with an experienced Abilify attorney at Bernheim Dolinsky Kelley as soon as you become aware of the fact that you may have a claim.

4. How much does it cost to hire an attorney to pursue my claim?

All of our Abilify cases are handled on a contingent  fee basis—meaning we only collect our fee upon a recovery for you. As experienced products liability attorneys, our interests are uniquely aligned with those of our clients as we ONLY receive a fee when you are successful in your claim.

Our nationally-respected attorneys are available to  discuss your case without any obligation or cost  to you. Even if you are unsure if you wish to retain an attorney, we invite you to contact an attorney at Bernheim Dolinsky Kelley for a free, confidential, no obligation consultation today.

5. Have there been any other cases linking prescription medications to compulsive behaviors, such as compulsive gambling?
Yes, another prescription medication linked to compulsive behaviors is the Parkinson’s drug Mirapex (pramipexole). In 2010, a jury ordered Boehringer Ingelheim, the drug’s maker, to pay $8.3 million dollars, including punitive damages to a retired Minnesota police officer named Gary Charbonneau in the first Mirapex compulsive gambling lawsuit. Charbonneau lost $260,000 to compulsive gambling that lasted several years. The jury found that Boehringer failed to warn about the risks, and a number of other lawsuits followed.
The allegations against Abilify are similar, namely that the manufacturers failed to warn about the risks of increased compulsive behaviors. Researchers believe the drug affects a dopamine receptor in the brain that controls emotions and gives people a sense of pleasure , which they believe causes the risk of compulsive actions.
6. What type of compensation should I expect from a claim against the manufacturers of Abilify?
The value of each case is dependent upon the circumstance of the individual and their specific injuries. Nonetheless, a person, along with their spouse and children, who has suffered due to a dangerous drug such as Abilify may receive compensation for:
Past and future medical expenses, including treatment for compulsive behaviors
Economic or Wage loss
Pain and suffering
Mental and emotional damages
Debts incurred due to compulsive gambling or other compulsive actions
7. Why should I hire an attorney for my Abilify case?
The retention of a lawyer is a personal decision that may be dependent upon a variety of factors including your own personal circumstances. 
The manufacturers of Abilify  are very large corporations with massive amounts of resources who  are in a position of power when it comes to negotiating claims directly with individuals.
When an individual has an attorney to represent them, they benefit from both the advocacy and experience that comes along with that attorney. The attorneys at the nationally-respected firm of Bernheim Dolinsky Kelley have experience litigating cases on behalf of individuals across the country. We know how these cases are evaluated and we will take any and all necessary steps to maximize the value of your case to ensure you get the recovery you deserve. Our contingent fee system ensures that our interests are completely aligned with those of each client, as we only charge a fee when there is a recovery for you.
We invite you to talk with a one of our attorneys today without cost or obligation to discuss your legal rights. 
The Abilify attorneys at Bernheim Dolinsky Kelley are committed to representing people who have been negatively impacted by this drug, which was intended to improve the quality of life for  many patients across the country but instead has caused many to engage in harmful, compulsive and often destructive behaviors..  We have the resources, experience and commitment to provide you with the best legal services available. Contact an attorney today to find out more about your rights.