Dangerous & Defective Drugs
By Mary Ann Pekara
You hear it in the news almost every day: Another pharmaceutical drug has been found unsafe, despite the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These defective drugs may have caused illness, injury, chronic conditions or even death.
You might recognize some of the names: Rezulin, Vioxx, Celebrex, Fen-Phen, Lipitor, Redux, Propulsid, Oxycontin, Crestor, Bextra. The list goes on - and it seems to grow longer every year.
If you've suffered a personal injury due to a defective drug or because a pharmaceutical company failed to disclose all of the risks associated with a drug, a local injury lawyer can help explain your rights and options. You may have a product liability or other personal injury claim, and your injury lawyer should know about these types of cases.
Types of Defective Drug Cases
There are several types of defective drug cases.
- Defective manufacturing: Something occurs to alter the safety of the drug during the manufacturing process, such as accidental contamination, poor quality control or even malicious tampering by an employee.
- Negative reactions to a drug: If the pharmaceutical company knows of potential side effects and sells a drug regardless, without warning the public.
- Unknown risks of side effects: If a pharmaceutical company did not know about the risk a particular side effect, through inadequate research and testing.
- Drug interaction cases: If there is a negative reaction when the drug is used in combination with another medication, food or beverage. The drug may be safe when used by itself, but could be dangerous when combined with other elements.
Defective Medical Devices
Defective medical devices can also cause serious injury and death. These include such things as artificial hip and knee joints; joint screws; rods and plates; artificial limbs; cosmetic devices such as penile and breast implants; cardiology devices like pacemakers, artificial heart valves and vascular stents; therapeutic devices such as catheters and tubing; and contraceptive devices like IUDs.
A Medical Injury Attorney Can Help You Understand Your Rights and Options
Defective drug and medical device cases are very complex. In fact, they are often even more complex than a standard product liability case. The average person doesn't have the necessary understanding of evidence gathering and trial procedures. Most people don't even know the basics of personal injury law, like what the applicable statute of limitations is for their particular case.
An injury lawyer can help you understand what's required to build a case, and give you a realistic assessment of the kind of recovery you might be able to expect.
Total Injury Can Arrange a Free Consultation with a Personal Injury Attorney
Total Injury provides general resources to help you understand the basics of defective drug issues and personal injury law. You can find out what to expect during a typical personal injury case and educate yourself about the pitfalls of dealing with insurance companies.
We know there is no substitute for direct, personalized information from an injury attorney in your area. That's why Total Injury makes it easy for you to arrange a free personal injury consultation. Take advantage of this opportunity to ask questions and educate yourself, so that you can make informed decisions for your future. Just call us at 877-288-7564 or fill out our free injury case evaluation form to connect with a personal injury attorney located in your area.