Modern science has come a long way in developing medications that can treat our illnesses and injuries. As a result, people are living longer, healthier lives. Unfortunately, however, there are many risks that come along with the use of these drugs. There are several potential ways in which a dangerous drug can lead to harm. Over a million people every year suffer an injury and thousands die from taking prescription drugs that had severe or undisclosed dangerous side effects. If you or a loved one suffered or passed away due to taking medication that was prescribed to you by your doctor, our attorneys can help you bring a suit against those responsible, and can also help you recover compensation.
If you took a prescription or approved over-the-counter drug, you likely did not expect that you could be harmed by it. Generally, patients use medications in an attempt to feel better, not worse. As a result, it can come as quite a shock when an injury or traumatic side effect occurs. Victims are often left with many questions, such as:
- Can I pursue a claim against the pharmaceutical company that made the drug?
- Can I pursue a claim against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approving the use of the drug?
- Can I pursue a claim against my doctor for prescribing the drug?
- Is the pharmacy responsible for my injuries as a result of taking this drug?
Our team of lawyers is experienced at representing clients in claims relating to the use of dangerous drugs. We understand your questions and concerns and are here to provide you with the guidance you need.
Types of Legal Causes of Action After a Dangerous Drug Injury
After an injury caused by a dangerous drug, there are several different legal claims that you may choose to pursue, depending on the facts and circumstances of your case. Examples of these “causes of action” that your attorney may suggest include the following:
- Negligence when the injury is caused by a pharmacist’s failure to provide a duty of care when dispensing medications. For example, if the pharmacist fails to point out that two medications taken together may have a harmful interaction, the pharmacist can be held liable. Other ways that a pharmacist may be at fault include dispensing the wrong medication or giving the medication to the wrong person.
- Negligence when the pharmaceutical company fails to diligently test its products for safety or provide adequate warnings of the risks associated with a drug’s use. The pharmaceutical company may also be negligent for the manner in which it markets the drug.
- Medical malpractice when the injury is caused by a doctor’s negligence in prescribing the medication or in transferring the prescription to the pharmacy.
Since these cases are often complex, it is important to seek assistance from a knowledgeable legal professional in order to ensure that your legal rights are fully protected.
Types of Drugs That Can Be Potentially Dangerous
Perhaps what may be most surprising to many victims is the sheer number of medications that are currently in use that can potentially result in harm. Some examples of drugs that have been linked to harmful side effects include the following:
- Drugs used in a procedure known as “lipodissolve”
- ACE inhibitors
- Blood thinners
In addition, even seemingly safe herbal supplements, such as St. John’s wort, ginseng, and gingko, can cause injury when combined with certain other types of medications.
Contact Our Attorneys Today to Discuss Your Potential Claim
While we understand that you are likely focused on your physical recovery from the harmful effects you suffered after taking a dangerous drug, it is important to remember that time is of the essence when considering filing a legal claim for compensation. When you are ready to learn more about your options, we invite you to contact us for a consultation at (888) 348-2616.