Alabama Dangerous Drug Attorneys Help Injured Victims
At Farris, Riley & Pitt, our personal injury attorneys know that medications, even when your doctor prescribes them and you take them correctly, can cause more harm than good. We all place trust in our medical practitioners and assume that when they tell us to take something, it is because it will heal our sickness, ease our pain or prevent further injuries to our bodies.
However, this trust should not be blind. According to a 2014 Harvard paper, properly prescribed drugs cause 1.9 million hospitalizations a year. 128,000 people die. These numbers should put anyone who is taking medication on high alert.
Drugs get tested before the public has access to them. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must issue approval before drugs can be prescribed and sold to doctors and patients. Drug manufacturers must follow strict rules about clinical trials, warnings, marketing and more before a drug is deemed ready for approval, which can take years. But, even after approval, new drugs have a 1 in 5 chance of causing severe reactions.
There are times when drugs that are approved and marketed as safe cause serious side effects that result in dangerous, permanent and often deadly injuries to unsuspecting patients. When this occurs, drug manufacturers may be held responsible for the harm their medications cause. An innocent victim of a dangerous drug may be entitled to file a lawsuit against the manufacturing company to recover monetary damages to compensate them for their injuries and suffering.
Dangerous Side Effects
Prescription drugs can have dangerous side effects when they interact with other medications or when they get properly prescribed for a recognized use. Some of the common side effects and serious conditions that we see from dangerous drugs include:
- Heart attack
- Kidney failure
- Birth defects
- Cardiovascular problems
- Psychological problems
- Liver damage
- Blood clots
- Suicidal thoughts
- Muscle pain
- Blood pressure changes
- Coordination problems
Failure to Warn
Manufacturers test drugs to ensure they are safe for use. When, after testing, the FDA approves a drug for sale and distribution, the public assumes it is safe as do the doctors prescribing it. Drugs usually come with warnings about side effects, interactions with other medications and dosage requirements. However, there are often serious dangers that manufacturers fail to warn about or fail to warn about in a way that appropriately communicates the gravity of the risk of harm.
Many dangerous drug lawsuits hold drug manufacturers liable because they:
- Do not adequately warn doctors or patients of the risks of taking the medication,
- do not accurately convey the true nature of the side effects of taking the medication, or
- do not adequately warn about the drug interacting with other medication.
The failure to warn can result in people unknowingly exposing themselves to unnecessary risks and injuries of certain drugs.
Sometimes a dangerous drug will be the subject of a manufacturer’s recall in the months or even years after it receives FDA approval. A recall can occur after thousands of people take the drug and the manufacturer becomes aware of new dangers and wants to pull it from circulation to prevent further injuries.
A medication recall may also occur when the pharmaceutical company learns that its product is dangerous because of a design defect or manufacturing defect. For example, if a batch of medicine is tainted by harmful germs or otherwise contaminated during production, it may be dangerous to the public. A manufacturer may also design a drug in a way that is defective. Perhaps the size of the pill makes it risky to swallow, or the percentage of one of its components can cause a severe allergic reaction. In either situation, a recall is an attempt to prevent patients from getting ill or worse. If you or someone you love was injured or died while taking a drug that is the subject of a recall, the manufacturer might be liable for your injuries.
Contact Farris, Riley & Pitt to Discuss Your Case
If you suffered a serious injury because of a dangerous drug or someone you love had fatal side effects from prescription medication, contact personal injury lawyers at Farris, Riley & Pitt today. Our attorneys have the knowledge, skill, and experience to help you navigate a dangerous drug claim.
The goal at Farris, Riley & Pitt is to provide all of our dangerous drug clients with personal service that gets you the results you want. We are not afraid to stand up to pharmaceutical companies and can negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf or aggressively represent your interests in a court of law. We recognize that not all cases are the same and work tirelessly to meet the individual needs of each one of our clients. With combined experience of over 100 years, our personal injury attorneys have seen it all and know how to handle a wide variety of matters.
Call Farris, Riley & Pitt today for a free case evaluation. You can reach our office at 1-888-580-5176 24/7. Your consultation is free so don’t wait. There is a time limit to file a dangerous drug claim, and we can’t know how much time you have left until we hear the facts of your case.