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Defective Drugs Lawyers
Kentucky and Ohio Attorneys for Dangerous and Defective Drugs
When you fill a prescription or purchase over-the-counter drugs, you have faith that the medication will help and not harm you. Unfortunately, each person reacts differently to individual pharmaceuticals. While one person may have a good experience, another may have an adverse reaction. Plus, physicians and pharmacists may make prescription errors, and nurses and other medical professionals may administer the wrong dose or drug to a patient. When this happens, serious side effects or death may occur. If this sounds like something that has happened to you or a loved one, you need the help of our Cincinnati and Covington defective drugs lawyers.
TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm exclusively focuses on helping clients who have suffered a catastrophic personal injury. Patients using dangerous drugs may experience devastating harm that inflicts lifelong trauma or even wrongful death.
Our Covington personal injury lawyers possess extensive experience going up against the pharmaceutical industry, hospitals, and medical professionals. We provide compassionate representation when a dangerous or defective drug has hurt you or a loved one. Please call our Kentucky litigators at (859) 898-2472 or our Ohio offices at (513) 643-1689.
What Are Dangerous and Defective Drugs?
Dangerous or defective drugs are medications that cause the user physical, psychological, or emotional harm. Harmful drugs may even cause death.
What Are Some Common Dangerous or Defective Drugs?
Pharmaceutical companies and drug manufacturers must make safe drugs and thoroughly test their efficacy and safety. In addition, companies must list any dangers or side effects on the product packaging. The warning allows consumers to make informed decisions regarding drug use.
Consumers may suffer serious consequences or death when a company fails to uphold these legal duties.
The dangerous drug attorneys at TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm help clients injured by a vast array of medications, including:
- ADHD Medications
- Birth Control Pills
- Blood Pressure Medications
- Blood Thinners
- Cholesterol-Reducing Statins
- Cortisone or Prednisone
- Heartburn Medication
- Medicines for Type II Diabetes
- Osteoporosis Medications
- Propecia for Hair Loss
- Testosterone Replacement
- And More
The attorneys at TLF have also had past success working with many physicians involved in the research end of drugs like Yaz, Benicar, Albuterol, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drugs, and Vioxx.
A wide selection of medications is available to consumers, so do not fret if the drug you suspect harmed you or caused your injury is not on this list. Our Kentucky and Ohio dangerous drug lawyers offer a free consultation to discuss the details of your defective drug case.
Common Defective Drug Injuries
Pharmaceutical companies churn out hundreds of new drugs each year. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates and approves each new product before it is ready for consumer use. Even so, FDA-approved drugs harm or kill hundreds of thousands of consumers each year.
Often, consumers do not know that the drug they consume may harm their health. Consumers frequently find out about a defective medication after it gains national exposure or after they experience adverse effects themselves. In fact, drug users may take a prescription or over-the-counter medication for years before becoming aware of the risks or experiencing severe injuries. The hazardous side effects caused by pharmaceuticals can include:
- Birth defects
- Blood clots
- Bone problems
- Eye disorder
- Heart attack
- Increased blood pressure
- Internal organ damage
- Interstitial cystitis
- Type 2 diabetes
- Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
- Vision Loss
- And much more
Nearly half of Americans rely on daily medication. If an over-the-counter medication or prescription drug hurts you, please contact the Cincinnati and Covington defective drug attorneys at TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm. Our lawyers have extensive experience with dangerous drug lawsuits and holding negligent drug companies liable for the harm they cause.
When is a Drug Dangerous Enough for an FDA Recall?
The safety of prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs falls under the purview of the FDA. The administration regulates the release of products to the public for purchase and consumption. When information emerges that a drug is potentially harmful or defective, the FDA has the power to recall it from the market. Vaccines, defective medical devices, and human drugs are among the products subject to FDA recall.
Recall participation is typically voluntary. Therefore, drug manufacturers may voluntarily recall a product or wait until the FDA makes contact. The FDA may ask that the manufacturer add warning labels to the product packaging or initiate a recall.
The FDA places recalls into categories based on the product’s risk level:
- Class I: Class I recalls include the most hazardous medical devices and drugs. Consumers may suffer severe harm or death due to the product’s defects.
- Class II: This level includes products posing a temporary risk or minor threat.
- Class III: Products unlikely to negatively impact consumer health but violate the FDA’s manufacturing or labeling laws may be part of a Class III recall.
Unfortunately, the FDA begins many drug recalls after a defective or dangerous medication has already harmed or killed many people. In these cases, victims may seek the help of a dangerous drug lawyer to pursue compensation for any losses they’ve suffered as a result.
Who Is Liable for Prescription Drug Damages?
One or more of the following parties usually hold liability in dangerous and defective drug cases:
When a physician prescribes a medication, patients trust that it is the correct drug to treat their medical condition. Patients also expect that medical professionals review their current medication and ensure no harmful interactions may occur by mixing the two. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and physician malpractice occurs every single day across the country.
A pharmaceutical company may be at fault for performing incomplete or inadequate product testing. In addition, consumers face risk when a drug manufacturer fails to warn or hides information about adverse side effects.
Pharmacists must confirm the correct dose and fill prescriptions correctly. Persons injured by a pharmacist’s negligence may have grounds for a Cincinnati or Covington drug injury claim.
Dangerous pharmaceuticals that injure thousands of consumers may be the subject of a class action lawsuit or multi-district litigation that involves hundreds or thousands of plaintiffs.
Can I Sue a Drug Company?
When a person is adversely affected by a pharmaceutical, they may hold a drug company liable even if it is FDA-approved or prescribed by a physician. You may have a dangerous drug claim in these instances:
In most personal injury lawsuits, plaintiffs and lawyers must demonstrate negligence. However, courts often allow circumstantial evidence in medication and personal liability cases because no proof exists.
The responsibility for warning consumers about a drug’s risks often falls on “learned intermediaries.” Learned intermediaries include doctors, nurses, pharmacists, other medical professionals, or drug representatives promoting a medication.
Negligence and Liability
Over-the-counter and prescription drug claims fall under three product liability case types. The case types include design mistakes, manufacturing errors, and inadequate or false advertising.
How Do You Determine Whether a Drug Company is Liable?
Drug manufacturers, marketers, distributors, or medical professionals may be liable in dangerous drug lawsuits if the plaintiff (and their qualified legal team) proves at least one of the following causes of action:
A design defect may make a drug inherently dangerous. A pharmaceutical company or other parties may be liable if the faulty design or formula’s foreseeable risks exceed the benefits.
Failure to Warn
Manufacturers must warn consumers about a medication’s potential and known risks so consumers may give informed consent before using it. Your doctor or pharmacist must also fully explain a drug’s hazards, such as medication interactions and potential side effects.
A manufacturing defect occurs during the drug manufacturing process. The drugmaker and others may be liable if a specific unit or batch of medication differs significantly from the approved formula or design.
Non-Conformance to a Representation
The pharmaceutical company and other parties may be liable when marketing information about a drug, such as patient instructions, contains inaccurate information.
Please get in touch with the legal team at TLF: The Medical Injury Firm for a free case evaluation if one of these causes of action contributed to your injury. Our dangerous drug lawyers believe each client deserves vigorous representation from a law firm dedicated to defending their legal rights and pursuing justice on their behalf.
How Can Defective Drug Attorneys Help Me?
The Ohio and Kentucky personal injury lawyers at TLF are very familiar with dangerous drug cases. Our firm concentrates on medical malpractice and personal injury, and with our extensive knowledge and resources, we have recovered more than $100 million for victims and their families.
Our legal team strives to hold manufacturers accountable for patients’ preventable injuries. Adverse effects from medications may cause significant emotional, financial, and physical burdens and expenses to you and your family. Hiring a defective drug attorney from our highly respected firm means you have more than 100 years of combined legal experience fighting for you.
How Much Financial Compensation Can I Receive for a Dangerous Drug Lawsuit?
The facts of each dangerous medicine case are unique, so the amount of compensation a plaintiff may receive varies. However, this type of personal injury case may receive significant awards because of the injuries caused.
Victims may receive both economic and non-economic compensation for their serious injuries from dangerous drug lawsuits, including:
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Past and future medical bills
- Wrongful death
Judges and juries also award punitive damages in some cases to punish a defendant for deliberately negligent behavior. The expenses and damages related to the plaintiff’s injury determine the award. Our personal injury lawyers can give you a better understanding of what you can expect to recover from your case.
Assisting Victims Of Dangerous Drugs
Taking a dangerous drug can have catastrophic effects. It may lead to devastating and disabling physical consequences and high financial costs that affect victims for the rest of their lives. You or your loved one might be unable to continue doing your job, taking care of yourself, or even functioning without care. In truly unfortunate cases, you may be the family member of a victim who lost their life because of the dangerous side effects of such drugs.
When you file a claim against a pharmaceutical company, you must ensure that your experienced lawyer effectively resolves your case. You only have one opportunity to recover from your injuries, so it is important to choose wisely. At TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm, we dedicate ourselves to assisting the victims and family members of those who suffer catastrophic damage or even wrongful death from taking these kinds of dangerous or defective goods.
Knowledge of the research process is fundamental to understanding why these drugs are considered dangerous products. It is also crucial to know why they were approved and why the Food and Drug Administration should not have approved them. At TLF, we have decades of experience and success representing clients in Covington, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio, as well as a number of cities across both states. We use our vast resources to help you receive financial compensation. Contact an attorney at TLF today to establish your attorney-client relationship and discuss recovering compensation for your injuries.
Medically Focused Approach To Your Case
Our experienced attorneys take a medically focused approach to product liability cases involving dangerous drugs. We regularly consult pharmacists and other medical experts to research and write about the hazardous aspects of these drugs. Specifically, we enlist their help to determine if the warnings about these drugs’ side effects are sufficient or whether the drugs are just inherently dangerous.
Cincinnati and Covington Defective Drugs Lawyers
Have you taken a drug with dangerous side effects that made it difficult or impossible for you to participate in your regular activities? Have you taken a drug for which there has now been a drug recall? If the answer is yes to either of these questions, you may have a viable defective drug product liability case.
If a bad drug hurts you or a loved one, please get in touch with TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm as soon as possible. An attorney can discuss your legal options with you during a no-obligation consultation. You can reach us by calling 800-698-4054 or you may also fill out our online interest form to schedule a free consultation with one of our Cincinnati and Covington defective drug lawyers.
You Pay No Fees Unless We Win!
We are happy to offer a free consultation to evaluate your case. If you hire us as your legal counsel, we will represent you on a contingency-fee basis. You will pay no attorneys’ fees unless we recover financial damages.