Dangerous Drugs Personal Injury Overview
Prescription Drugs and Medications for use and sale in the United States
are governed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), whose purpose is to provide reasonable assurance of safety
and effectiveness for all medications. The FDA has developed classes and categories of these items to determine the
level of scrutiny that a drug must undergo in order to reach the market.
Pharmaceutical companies who fail to notify the public and health care providers of risks
associated with taking their drug face potential liability for adverse reactions caused by the drugs under a legal
doctrine known as failure to warn. In a drug defect case we generally do not sue the prescribing physician unless
they inappropriately prescribed the drug. Pharmaceutical products are tested under laboratory conditions using a
very select group of volunteers. Everyone's body is different and drugs that passed the FDA testing may mean that
there can be unexpected and dangerous side effects. Pharmaceutical and prescription drugs have the potential of
leaving large numbers of innocent people severely or fatally injured.
Medication administration and drug dispensing errors can cause prolonged hospitalization
due to worsening of illnesses, permanent prescription drugs injuries, and even
death. Negligence claims involving prescription medication errors are some of the most common personal injury
lawsuits that an attorney will handle. If you or a loved one has been injured because of a prescription medication
error it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer right away so that they can gather important relative
documents, depose witnesses and file papers before the statute of limitation runs out.
Negligent manufacturers of medical devices and dangerous drugs must be held accountable
for the risk they pose to the health of innocent consumers and patients. But those who have already been injured
have the right to take their cases to a court of law; indeed a lawsuit may help prevent unsafe drugs still on the
market from harming others. Patients who have been injured by the negligence or carelessness of drug makers have
the right to seek compensation for their injuries. However, it is nearly impossible to take on those large
companies on your own.
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