If a medication left you with persistent and unexpected symptoms, a permanent health condition, or reduced life expectancy, you may have a right to pursue monetary damages from the drug manufacturer. Pharmaceutical companies are responsible for providing medications that are effective and safe and are required to disclose all known side effects and contraindications.
A dangerous drugs lawyer with The Lake Law Firm could review your case and determine whether pursuing damages is a viable option. Our team of skilled personal injury attorneys could demand comprehensive compensation in a mass tort lawsuit to cover your medical costs, lost income, decreased quality of life, and more.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, also known as the FDA, evaluates and approves drugs before they enter the market. Although this process is rigorous, it is not foolproof and has some inherent limitations. The FDA reviews manufacturing data, clinical studies, and other information when deciding whether a drug’s apparent effectiveness against a particular condition, symptom, or disease outweighs the risks it poses in most instances.
The regulatory process relies on the transparency of pharmaceutical companies and drug manufacturers, who spend huge sums of money developing and testing drugs and are eager to quickly recoup their investment. Manufacturers might submit incomplete, misleading, or even false data to the FDA to secure regulatory approval.
In other cases, a drug enters the market before sufficient information is available about its long-term effects. Numerous drugs have been pulled off the market once extended consumer experiences revealed that they caused harmful side effects.
All drugs can cause significant side effects in certain individuals. Often, side effects are relatively minor, do not persist for an extended period, and clear up on their own after ceasing use of the drug. However, some drugs produce side effects that could be life-altering or even life-threatening to specific people.
For example, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and others) have been linked to increased suicidal thoughts in some users and could cause congenital abnormalities. A treatment for Type 2 diabetes, called SGLT-2 inhibitors, may cause kidney damage, blood infections, and diabetic ketoacidosis – a potentially fatal condition. Proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec and Nexium can cause bone fractures and kidney injuries.
Pharmaceutical drugs and medications of any kind must come with obvious and easy-to-read labels that provide adequate warnings about all known side effects, contraindications, drug and food interactions, and other reasonably foreseeable outcomes so the patient can make an informed decision about whether to take them. The label must also offer instructions for safe use, including a recommended dosage and duration of treatment. Our diligent unsafe drugs lawyers could examine a medication’s label to determine whether inadequate warnings or instructions contributed to a claimant’s losses.
The statute of limitations for filing civil claims in New York is generally three years from the date of injury. However, New York Civil Practice Law and Rules § 214-C extends the filing deadline for injuries sustained by ingesting or being exposed to a substance or combination of substances.
In such cases, the three-year timeframe begins running when the individual learns, or should have reasonably learned, of the connection between a specific drug and their adverse condition(s). Regardless of the exact circumstances, it is advisable to speak with an experienced dangerous drugs attorney about a specific case sooner rather than later to ensure it complies with the applicable filing deadline.
If a pharmaceutical medication caused you to suffer an undue illness or injury, the manufacturer should compensate you for your losses. It can be intimidating to take on a big pharmaceutical company, but a capable dangerous drugs lawyer is well-versed and can guide you through the entire legal process with confidence.
Do not let a pharmaceutical company or drug manufacturer get away with harming you and others. Let our diligent legal team assist in asserting your rights and holding the manufacturer accountable through mass tort litigation. Call today to get started.