Prescription drugs are supposed to treat illness, relieve pain and make us feel better. Unfortunately, some drugs make it to market without being adequately tested or become dangerous due to problems in the manufacturing process. When this happens, lives may be lost.
When drugs create pain and injury, they are dangerous drugs. If you have lost a loved one to a dangerous prescription drug or over-the-counter medication, you may have a wrongful death claim.
Wrongful death is a legal term used to describe a death that results from a wrongful act or from negligence. When drug companies send dangerous medications to be used by the public, they are behaving negligently.
The following drugs have been linked to wrongful death:
• Ortho Evra
• Children's Motrin
When wrongful deaths occur due to drug reactions, drug side effects, recalled drugs or the failure of drugs to work, pharmaceutical companies can be held accountable. Filing a wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the victim died because of a dangerous drug and that his surviving family is entitled to monetary compensation from the drug company for their losses.
Compensation for a wrongful death includes payment for any expenses that incurred because of the injury that led to the death. These expenses may include lost earnings and medical bills, as well as conscious pain and suffering the deceased may have suffered between the onset of injury and the death. These types of damages are known as “survival damages” because had the deceased survived the injury, he could have filed a Missouri dangerous drug injury claim for these damages.
In addition to survival damages, family members may recover damages for pecuniary loss, funeral expenses, and for the reasonable value of the services, consortium, companionship, comfort, instruction, guidance, counsel, training, and support that the deceased loved one provided to the family.
Has A Loved One Died Due To The Negligence of Others?
If your loved one has died due to the negligence of someone else an experienced wrongful death attorney can help you hold them responsible. Contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.