Prescription drugs are a necessary component of good health. From time to time, all of us have to take medicine to fight off an injury or illness. In the vast majority of cases, drugs do exactly what they should: They make us better and cause minimal adverse effects. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) does a commendable job keeping dangerous and defective drugs from reaching consumers.
Unfortunately, bad drugs occasionally manage to slip through all the safeguards and regulations designed to weed them out, resulting in adverse, sometimes deadly effects for those who take them. If you or someone you love took a dangerous or defective drug and suffered illness or injury because of it, you deserve compensation.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our personal injury attorneys focus on dangerous and defective drug law. If you took a bad drug, we take on the manufacturer and help you win a fair settlement. To schedule a free consultation with a dangerous and defective drug lawyer in Middletown, call us today at 215-642-2335.
How Dangerous Are Bad Drugs?
We generally trust our doctors to prescribe medication to us, which trained and licensed pharmacists carefully dose and dispense. Most of us feel confident taking prescription drugs as directed. After all, trained professionals oversee the process, and government regulators intensely scrutinize the drugs themselves.
Unfortunately, the FDA’s review and approval process is not foolproof. Occasionally, a bad drug slips through. For those who take it before doctors or government officials discover the error, grave consequences can result.
Taking a dangerous or defective drug can cause a range of adverse effects, from the minor—such as nausea, headache, or mild fever—to the severe—including serious complications requiring immediate medical intervention. In some cases, patients have even died after taking a bad drug.
If you suffered the effects of a bad drug, our dangerous and defective drug lawyers identify the responsible party, gather evidence against them, and pursue them for the fair compensation you deserve. We keep you informed throughout the process, so you know where your case stands.
Our lawyers care deeply about getting you the compensation you deserve. We treat our clients like family and have a personal stake in helping dangerous and defective drug victims recover.
Are Dangerous and Defective Drugs the Same Thing?
While they get grouped together so often that many people conflate them, the terms “dangerous drugs” and “defective drugs” actually describe two different things.
A defective drug is one that the FDA determines to be safe and effective. These drugs are safe and effective when formulated, shipped, and stored according to the proper protocol. However, somewhere along the supply chain—between the manufacturing process and the end user consuming the drug—something goes wrong.
Common causes of defective drugs include:
- During the manufacturing process, a lab worker makes a dosing error, adding too much of a potentially dangerous ingredient;
- Poor communication between R&D and the laboratory staff results in an improper formulation; or
- During the transportation or storage process, the drug loses or gains potency due to heat, moisture, or other environmental conditions.
Drug defects are relatively rare. When they do happen, they usually affect only a small quantity of the total supply of the given drug. That means you and your friend or relative could take the same drug, and only one of you would experience adverse effects.
A dangerous drug is one that is inherently harmful. This could occur if the FDA or the manufacturer failed to catch a hazardous ingredient. A drug can also become dangerous if a negligent doctor or pharmacist gives the drug to a patient with a contra-indication, such as a pre-existing condition or an interaction with another prescription. Medical professionals also commonly mistake one drug for another.
Whether it was a defective or dangerous drug that caused your injuries, we will pursue the full value of compensation you deserve.
How Much Is My Dangerous or Defective Drug Claim Worth?
After taking a dangerous or defective drug that caused adverse effects, you deserve compensation. Depending on the circumstances, we can pursue damages from the manufacturer that made the drug, the doctor who prescribed it, the pharmacist who dispensed it, or a combination of the three.
Every dangerous or defective drug claim is different, making it difficult—if not impossible—to estimate the dollar value of your claim without knowing some specifics. We need to understand the type of drug you took, whether it was dangerous or defective, and the scope of damages you suffered as a result.
Our attorneys will investigate every aspect of your claim, determining who is liable and what damages you might be eligible to receive. These could include some or all of the following.
If your medical condition required hospitalization, surgery, or any type of medical attention, we can pursue the responsible party for both your current and expected medical costs. This includes physical therapy, rehabilitation, and the cost of other drugs prescribed to treat the condition the bad drug caused.
Lost Wages and Reduced Earning Capacity
If you missed work due to your illness or injuries—or if the drug impacted your ability to perform your job on a short-term or long-term basis—we can pursue compensation to make up for the wages you missed through no fault of your own.
Pain and Suffering
You might also be eligible for pain and suffering damages. Because these damages are subjective, and they do not lend themselves to easy quantification in dollar terms, you need an aggressive attorney who will fight relentlessly for the full amount for which you are eligible. Our lawyers will pursue the full value you deserve.
If the responsible party was not merely negligent, but demonstrated actual malice or reckless disregard for your safety, we can seek punitive damages on top of any other compensation you are eligible to receive.
Call 215-642-2335 Today to Set up a Free Consultation With a Dangerous and Defective Drug Lawyer in Middletown, PA.
It can be hard to know what to do after taking a dangerous or defective drug. The legal team at Cordisco & Saile LLC can help you purse the compensation you deserve so you can focus on recovering. We have the tools and resources to fight your case aggressively. To schedule your free consultation right away, call us at 215-642-2335.