The Grounds for a Poligrip Lawsuit Include a Diagnosis of Zinc Poisoning
Denture wearers nationwide are filing Fixodent and Poligrip lawsuits against manufacturers GlaxoSmithKline and Procter & Gamble, alleging that the zinc in denture cream caused them to develop neuropathy, a debilitating neurological disease. The symptoms of neuropathy include weakness, numbness, tingling, and pain in the extremities, difficulty walking and balancing, and whatâs known as âglove and stocking syndrome,â where it feels like stockings and gloves are being worn (even though they are not). If you are a loved one have experienced these symptoms, you might have neurological damage caused by denture cream use, which could entitle you to compensation from the productâs manufacturer. First, however, you need to have your condition diagnosed by a doctor, which could prove to be difficult for a number of reasons.
Zinc is not inherently dangerous when consumed moderately and in fact has some health benefits. Too much of the mineral, however, can cause the body to purge itself of copper, which may lead to nerve damage. While this has been scientifically documented for years, it wasnât until 2008 that the zinc in denture cream was identified as potential source of neurological disease by University of Texas researchers, findings that have formed the empirical basis of denture cream lawsuits against GSK and P&G.
Prior to this groundbreaking research, zinc poisoning was often misdiagnosed or else its source remained a mystery. And even now, it is not uncommon for zinc toxicity to be misinterpreted as demyelinating disease, a form of nerve damage in which the protective covering of nerve cells is damaged. Types of demyelinating disease include multiple sclerosis, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), and Guillain-BarrÃ© Syndrome. A misdiagnosis of your nerve damage not only means that you wonât receive proper treatment, but also that you may have trouble building a case against a denture cream manufacturer and obtaining compensation for your injuries (see: Poligrip lawsuit payouts). Some doctors still may not be aware of the link between denture cream zinc and nerve damage, so in order to receive the correct diagnosis, you may want to mention that products like Fixodent and Poligrip have been shown to cause neuropathy.
Another key to the proper diagnosis of zinc poisoning is timely testing. Although you should stop using denture cream with zinc right away, doing so could cause your zinc blood levels to drop quickly, making it difficult to confirm zinc toxicity (despite the fact that you may still experience its symptoms). Blood urine, and hair tests can confirm hyperzincemia (excessive zinc) or hypocupremia (copper deficiency), but you should try to have these tests performed within one week of the time you stop using denture cream.
When left untreated, zinc poisoning can cause horrific side effects and may progress to the point where you cannot walk without the use of a cane, wheelchair, or walker. The effects of nerve damage can be mitigated by stopping the use of denture cream containing zinc and taking a copper supplement, but early detection is key. And while your health should be your top priority, itâs also worth remembering that if you believe your nerve damage was caused by denture cream use, these suspicions should be confirmed by a doctor before you file a Fixodent or Poligrip lawsuit. Your time to take legal action is limited, so schedule an appointment with your doctor right away.
If you have any questions about your case or are ready to initiate a claim, donât hesitate to contact the Rottenstein Law Group. Through 25 years of experience in product liability law RLG has developed a thorough understanding of what it takes to hold a big corporation liable for the harm it causes.