All of us will take prescription drugs at some point, whether for a cold, a virus, an infection, or a serious illness. For the vast majority of people, the medicine will help us get better. From time to time, though, prescription drugs have dangerous properties that somehow slip through the examination and approval process or manufacturers introduce a defect that renders a drug harmful. When these drugs injure people, the results can be disastrous.
If you took a dangerous or defective drug and suffered harmful effects, the personal injury legal team at Cordisco & Saile LLC can help. We have helped many of our clients win substantial settlements after run-ins with dangerous drugs. We can put our resources and successful track record to work for you and hold the drug company accountable.
To find out more, call our office today and schedule a free consultation. We do not get paid until we recover money for you. We look forward to making you our next happy client. Call 215-642-2335 today for a consultation with a dangerous and defective drug lawyer in Philadelphia.
How Do Dangerous and Defective Drugs Reach Consumers?
Every year, patients suffer serious injuries—or even death—after taking dangerous and defective drugs. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) puts all prescription medications through a stringent testing and evaluation process before giving its stamp of approval. Doctors and pharmacists must also have a thorough understanding of what a drug does and its potential side effects and contra-indications before they can prescribe or dispense it. Even with these safeguards in place, mistakes happen—and patients pay the price.
Taking a bad drug presents numerous potential consequences. Some are minor, causing only minor pain or discomfort and lasting only a day or two. Other times, the effects of a dangerous or defective drug can be debilitating, even life-changing. Regardless of how a bad drug affected you, you deserve compensation for what you have been through. Our attorneys can help you get it.
How Do Dangerous and Defective Drugs Differ?
Whether the medication that injured you is dangerous or defective, our team can help. There is a difference between a dangerous and defective drug, however. Though they are often lumped together, they are not the same thing.
A defective drug is properly researched and, when formulated, manufactured, shipped, and stored properly, does what it should do. However, a mistake somewhere along the line introduces a problem that renders the drug harmful.
Defective drugs can occur when:
- A lab worker includes too much or not enough of an active ingredient when formulating a batch of the drug;
- A breakdown in communication between the research and development team and the manufacturing team causes an improper formulation; or
- Excessive heat or moisture during shipping or storing adulterates the drug and makes it harmful.
Drug defects often affect only a small quantity of the total amount of the medication on the market. That means you could suffer adverse effects from a drug even if a friend or relative took the same medication and had no problems. Our legal team will investigate how the drug’s defect harmed you before we gather evidence and go after the responsible parties.
A dangerous drug is one that has side effects or contra-indications not identified during the process of researching, developing, and testing the medication. Some dangerous drugs are universally harmful, meaning they cause negative effects in just about everyone who takes them. Others are harmful only to patients who have certain pre-existing conditions or who take other specific drugs. In those cases, a doctor should know not to prescribe the drug to those individuals. Occasionally, doctors mistake one drug for another or pharmacists make errors while they fill prescriptions. Either way, we can fight for your rights if you took a dangerous drug. Our attorneys will help you recover compensation for your damages by filing a claim or lawsuit.
What Compensation Can I Recover With a Dangerous or Defective Drug Claim?
You deserve compensation after taking a dangerous or defective drug, but trying to get it from the drug company on your own is a difficult endeavor. These companies are big and have seemingly unlimited financial resources. They also have massive legal departments whose job is to shield them from liability. You need a legal team that can fight them and win. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we have a track record of doing just that.
We will file a claim with the responsible parties’ insurance company. We will request compensation to pay for a variety of accident-related losses.
You deserve compensation for any medical costs associated with taking a dangerous or defective drug, such as hospital bills, surgery costs, doctor visits, rehabilitation, and more. We pursue the responsible party for both your current and expected future medical bills.
If you have to miss work while you recover, we make sure you receive compensation for the income you are unable to earn. Similarly, if your injuries reduce your capacity to earn a living in the future, we seek damages for your diminished earning capacity.
Pain and Suffering
The law allows for damages to compensate you for your pain and suffering. Because it is hard to quantify or assign a dollar amount to your pain, you need an aggressive legal team that will pursue the maximum award in this category.
If the responsible party demonstrated malicious intent or a reckless disregard for your safety, we can seek punitive damages, as well. A judge may order punitive damages to punish a drug manufacturer for purposefully putting people as risk with a dangerous product.
Call 215-642-2335 Today to Set up Your Free Consultation With the Accomplished Legal Team at Cordisco & Saile LLC.
Are you ready to get started? At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we offer free consultations to patients who suffer injuries due to dangerous or defective drugs. Our skilled team fights relentlessly for every bit of compensation you deserve. We do not get paid until we recover money for you. Call us today at 215-642-2335 to schedule your consultation.