Prescription drugs are intended to help patients attain some level of relief from all types of medical conditions and symptoms. Unfortunately, prescription drugs are not fail-safe and are associated with an increased risk of other medical problems and complications.
Our experienced pharmaceutical litigation attorneys at Osborne & Francis represent numerous clients negatively impacted by a wide range of prescription medications. We help our clients receive full and fair compensation for their medical problems.
What Are the Benefits of Hiring a Lawyer for Dangerous Drug Cases?
There are many benefits to hiring a lawyer for a dangerous drug case. Negligent pharmaceutical errors fall under product liability laws and can be very challenging to prove. When healthcare professionals make a dangerous drug error, it may fall under medical malpractice.
Consulting a knowledgeable dangerous drug lawyer will help you explore all your options. Your claim may have better grounds for a personal injury lawsuit under product liability rather than medical malpractice. Every case is unique. An attorney’s sole responsibility is to look after your best interests. When your health has suffered, choosing the right representation will mean the difference between receiving the compensation you deserve and settling for less than the costs of your medical expenses.
Secondly, an experienced lawyer can identify all responsible parties. When you are harmed by dangerous drugs, liability may seem simple. However, your injuries may be caused by an unexpected source. In many cases, multiple parties can bear responsibility, including:
Third, an attorney will prove your claim. Establishing negligence in the medical world has significantly more hurdles than a car accident or other personal injury case. Due to their special training, medical personnel are afforded a greater latitude when making decisions. It takes an exceptionally skilled legal team with great resources to prove:
Lastly, an attorney is your advocate. We only act with your best interests in mind. We are your advisors and protectors, and will fight on your behalf.
Can You Sue a Drug Company for Side Effects?
Yes, you can sue a drug company for side effects if specific criteria are met. When a dangerous drug attorney evaluates your case, they will look for three factors:
Dangerous drug claims are complex. There are too many variables to consider to effectively qualify your claim without a proper consultation.
How Long Does a Dangerous Drug Lawsuit Take?
It depends; a dangerous drug lawsuit can take anywhere from six months to several years. Once a medication is found to be harmful or allegedly harmful, the pharmaceutical company will immediately go on the offensive.
Large pharmaceutical companies understand the potential for large class-action lawsuits. It is in their best interests and considerable means to hire a team of defense lawyers. In most cases, drug manufacturers hire various doctors and other medical experts to support their defense. Settling quickly with a pharmaceutical company is rare.
How Do I Find the Best Lawyer for the Job?
Finding the best lawyer for the job involves narrowing your search window and focusing your criteria. Choosing an attorney to represent your case is a very personal decision. When you are hurt, you need a dangerous drug lawyer you can trust and who has the skill and experience to take on large pharmaceutical companies.
A good approach to finding the best lawyer for your needs involves the following steps:
Finding the best dangerous drug attorney will require some self-education and research. Take advantage of your consultations and make sure you have a full understanding of how the firm would handle your case.
What is the Difference Between Class Action and Mass Tort Lawsuits for Dangerous Drugs?
The difference between a class action and mass tort lawsuits for dangerous drugs depends on whether the plaintiffs will be treated individually or as a group:
For example, numerous municipalities and city governments have been filing lawsuits against opioid manufacturers in response to the nationwide opioid crisis. Now, thousands of cases are being grouped together under a mass tort.
For instance, Osborne & Francis is currently handling Zantac drug litigation. Zantac is typically prescribed to those suffering from heartburn and indigestion. However, in April 2020, the FDA recalled the dangerous drug due to the carcinogenic NDMA found in overwhelming doses per pill. More than 70,000 lawsuits against Zantac have been consolidated into a class action as of March 2022.
Can Common Prescription Drugs Lead to Health Problems?
Going to the doctor and receiving a prescription for a new drug that is supposed to provide some level of relief is a common occurrence. Unfortunately, prescription drugs have the potential to do more harm than good. The most common prescription drugs known to pose an additional risk and cause serious side effects are as follows:
Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of these drugs for failing to adequately warn against possible side effects and intentionally concealing proof of harmful complications.
If you or a loved one has suffered significant medical problems due to prescription drugs, contact our team of personal injury attorneys with the legal knowledge and skills you need to protect your interests.
Prescription drugs are supposed to enhance your quality of life, not destroy it. Unfortunately, many drugs have proven to lead to severe medical complications and even death. At Osborne & Francis, PLLC, we understand how daunting your situation may seem and strive to ease your legal and financial burdens.
Why Work with Our Pharmaceutical Litigation Attorneys?
At Osborne & Francis, PLLC, we understand how pharmaceutical medicine can be both a blessing and a curse. Drugs can become dangerous for various reasons. Errors can arise along the supply chain. In some cases, an improperly made drug can have dangerous side effects. If you or a loved one have been harmed by prescription medication, you need a pharmaceutical litigation attorney by your side.
We believe in providing our clients with aggressive and thorough representation. Our talented legal team has excelled at recovering the maximum compensation for our injury victims. We have collected over $1 billion in settlements and verdicts for our clients. We have earned a reputation in the community for going up against multi-million dollar corporations and never backing down.
Dangerous Drug FAQs
Some common dangerous drug injuries include the following:
- Blood clots
- Liver damage
- Heart and cardiovascular conditions
Drugs can become dangerous when they are defective, prescribed in the wrong dosage, or given with another drug with a history of harmful reactions.
Some examples of dangerous drugs include the drug Trasylol and the case against Bayer Pharmaceuticals. In a multi-million dollar settlement won by Attorney Joseph A. Osborne of Osborne & Francis, PLLC, the dangerous drug was found to have caused the deaths of more than 22,000 people. Trasylol was used to reduce blood loss during heart surgery but caused devastating side effects.
The filing deadline for dangerous lawsuits is two to four years. Defective drug injury claims may fall under medical malpractice or product liability. The statute of limitations is different for each type of claim. For example, pharmacists have a strict two-year window, while product liability claims are subject to a four-year window.
A dangerous drug lawyer can help your claim by presenting you pain and suffering in such a way that a reasonably healthy person can relate and understand. A skilled attorney will:
- Gather experts to support your claim, including scientists and physicians
- Investigate your case from various angles
- Stand up against large legal teams at pharmaceutical companies and other medical facilities
- Represent your best interests throughout the case
At Osborne & Francis, we understand that your case depends heavily on the skills of your dangerous drug attorney. Schedule a consultation to discuss the details of your case and how our team can help by calling (561) 293-2600.