By Osborne & Francis
October 25, 2023

How to Choose the Best Defective Drug Lawyer

Many Americans rely on medication to manage chronic conditions, treat infections or illnesses, and alleviate symptoms. Unfortunately, even FDA-approved drugs may be revealed to have side effects that cause serious injury or death. Consumers may be entitled to recover compensation for damages like medical expenses, reduced earning capacity, and loss of quality of life.

At Osborne & Francis, we have represented numerous Floridians who have been harmed by the negligence of defective drug makers. Our team provides comprehensive legal services to maximize your compensation. We offer free consultations to prospective clients, which you can schedule by contacting us at (561) 678-0156 or reaching out to our offices in Boca Raton or Orlando.

Look for Someone With Lots of Experience Handling Cases Like Yours

The first thing you want to do when looking for a representative is to make sure that your attorney has the skill set and expertise best suited to your specific type of claim. Generally speaking, you need a personal injury lawyer for a defective drug claim. Personal injury lawyers handle civil claims involving negligence. This can include anything from car accidents to workers’ compensation issues to defective products. 

More specifically, you should look for a personal injury lawyer who specializes in product liability claims, which involve defective medications, household items, equipment, and other faulty products. A product liability lawyer with a specific focus on bad drug claims with has the necessary expertise to investigate the defective medication and create a compelling claim for damages, in addition to the added layer of understanding the medical context. 

Ask Questions During Your Free Case Evaluation

Many people are unsure of what to expect when attending a free case evaluation with a personal injury lawyer. This is simply an opportunity for them to assess the validity of your claim and for you to learn more about the process of filing and negotiating a product liability claim. It can be helpful to go into the consultation with a few basic questions in mind.

  • Which of my damages qualify for compensation?
  • What documentation do I need to provide for my injuries and damages?
  • What will my settlement be worth?
  • How long will the personal injury claims process take?
  • What does it cost to hire a defective drug attorney?
  • Does my wrongful death claim have a different statute of limitations?

Choose an Attorney Who Has Won Large Settlement Awards and Brought Cases to Trial

Product liability lawyers who have not taken claims to trial are essentially saying that they believe negligent defendants generally offer fair settlements, which is not consistent with the goal of most defendants. As a general rule, most defendants want to avoid cutting into their profits, so they will offer the lowest amount they are obligated to reimburse you for.

Entering negotiations with a product liability lawyer who has previous trial experience can deter defendants from trying to diminish the value of your claim. In many cases, defendants want to avoid the hassle and attention that a trial can bring, so if your product liability lawyer is willing to go to court, they may be more inclined to back down and offer a fair settlement.

Also, you don’t want to be caught in a situation where the defendant is refusing to make a fair offer and your personal injury lawyer is unequipped to go to trial. That would mean you either have to switch to a new attorney or agree to a lower settlement offer than you potentially could have received in court. 

Ask Friends and Family for Recommendations

In addition to doing your own research, you should reach out to your friends and family to see if they have used a personal injury lawyer before. This is a great way to get information about potential representatives from people you trust. Even if they weren’t satisfied with the results, you will at least know which firms to avoid. 

If your friends and family say that they had trouble getting ahold of their personal injury lawyer, they were constantly passed around between paralegals, or they felt like their concerns weren’t respected, you should consider choosing a different product liability attorney. At Osborne & Francis, many of our current clients were referred to us after we settled a claim for someone in their family or friend group, which is a point of pride for our team.

Look at Reviews and Testimonials for the Personal Injury Law Firm

Once you’ve found a product liability lawyer who specializes in defective drug claims or learned of one through your family or friends, take the time to look at their client testimonials and read through their reviews on Google. This can help give you a sense of how the firm operates and whether or not clients feel respected by the team.

There are also sites, such as Yelp and Avvo, that provide former law firm clients the space to discuss their experiences. You can also see if the product liability attorney you are considering is in good standing by checking the Florida State Bar website. The Florida Bar Association keeps track of attorneys who have had ethics complaints, so you can ensure that the defective medication lawyer you choose does not have any reported violations.

Choose a Defective Drug Attorney With Local Connections

Hiring a defective drug attorney with roots in your community can prove beneficial. They will be able to offer access to local resources and experts. For example, imagine you need a reputable doctor to testify on your behalf for your Orlando-based defective medication claim, but your product liability attorney is located in Tallahassee. They are less likely to know a quality doctor in your area that would be available to provide their medical expertise to validate your claim.

Types of Defective Drug Cases We Take On

The product liability lawyers of Osborne & Francis have taken on a variety of defective drug cases over our years of service, including both prescription and over-the-counter medications. In some cases, these claims have gone on to join class action lawsuits or multidistrict litigations. Our team is prepared to handle complex defective drug claims, including cases involving:

Why Should I Choose Osborne & Francis to Represent Me?

Major pharmaceutical companies and their insurance carriers will be prepared to fight for their agenda in court, and you should be ready to do the same. It is in your best interest to seek out the legal assistance of a highly-regarded product liability attorney to negotiate your claim. At Osborne & Francis, we set high standards for ourselves.

Our team will relentlessly pursue maximum compensation on your behalf, as we have done for countless other clients. As experienced product liability lawyers, we are familiar with the tactics that defendants employ to get claims dismissed or diminished. You can trust our team to devote the time and attention to your claim that it deserves.

Contact Osborne & Francis to Speak with an Experienced Defective Drug Attorney

At Osborne & Francis, we know how critical it is for our injured clients and their families to receive a settlement that covers their medical bills, lost wages, and other losses like pain and suffering. That’s why we will commit ourselves to maximizing your compensation and holding negligent drug manufacturers liable.

Our team has valuable trial experience that distinguishes us from other personal injury law firms. If we need to take your case to court to secure a fair settlement, we are prepared to do so. We will work tirelessly to provide you with the high-quality service you deserve.

If you have been injured or become ill as a result of taking a defective drug, the product liability attorneys of Osborne & Francis encourage you to schedule a free consultation by reaching out to us at (561) 678-0156 or contacting our offices in Boca Raton or Orlando. Our team can provide critical legal insight and empathic support as you navigate your defective drug claim.

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