When we take prescribed or over-the-counter (OTC) medication, we expect it to heal, not harm. Unfortunately, some drugs can cause injuries from severe side effects. When that happens, you may be entitled to compensation.

Our experienced dangerous drugs lawyers understand the devastation caused by such injuries. You sought treatment for one issue and instead suffered another. The result is likely pain, suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. You need help. Trust the product liability attorneys at Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., fight for the compensation you deserve after harm caused by defective medication.

If hurt by a pharmaceutical product, contact us for a free case review. Call (212) 490-5700 today or use our convenient online form.

Pharmaceutical Product Liability Claims

The United States holds the largest share of a worldwide pharmaceutical market valued at more than $1.12 trillion in 2019. This country generates nearly 45% of total revenues and is home to five leading drug companies globally. In 2018, Americans spent approximately $335 billion on prescription drugs. The estimated total sales of OTC drugs in the U.S. for 2019 was $32.2 billion.

With so many drugs being purchased and consumed, it’s easy to see how some may lead to injury. Manufacturers must test products and meet FDA requirements before release, but having FDA approval can’t insulate makers from liability if the drug or its warning is found defective.

Some medicines may be “unavoidably unsafe,” meaning no matter how safely they are made, there could be harmful side effects. For those types of drugs, the labeling and warnings play an essential role.

Types of Claims and Potential Parties

Drug manufacturers may be liable when a product harms patients, but there are also other potential parties to a dangerous drug claim. Called “learned intermediaries,” doctors, nurses, and pharmacists might be responsible in these cases as well. Additional defendants could be testing laboratories and drug sales representatives.

These claims come in three categories:

  • Improperly marketed drugs – Being given the wrong or no information about the drug
  • Defectively manufactured drugs – Covering defects or tainting anywhere in the distribution chain
  • Dangerous side effects drugs – Concerning side effects that should have been known or were known and concealed

As a client of Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C, you can count on our dangerous drugs attorneys to use their knowledge and experience to identify which category of claim you have and pursue all those who may be liable for your injures. We work hard to secure the maximum amount of compensation for you.

Dangerous Drugs

Some dangerous or recalled drugs that could cause injuries include:

  • Accutane
  • Avelox
  • Bextra
  • Motrin/Advil/Ibuprofen
  • Chantix
  • Darvon and Darvocet
  • Enbrel
  • Fentanyl
  • Fosamax
  • Humira
  • Micardis
  • Mirapex
  • Ortho Evra
  • Propecia
  • SSRI
  • Topamax
  • Tylenol/Acetaminophen
  • Victoza
  • Yasmin, Yaz, and Ocella
  • Zantac

Many other dangerous and recalled drugs exist. Understand that just because a drug caused harm doesn’t necessarily mean the drug will be taken off the market. We will find if someone’s negligence resulted in the medicine harming you to be compensated for your injuries.

Serious Side Effects

The worst side effect of a drug is death. Aside from that outcome, there are many other severe injuries from side effects, including:

  • Cardiovascular issues (heart attacks, stroke, heart failure, and arrhythmia)
  • Brain and nervous system disorders
  • Kidney failure
  • Birth defects
  • Allergic reactions (anaphylactic shock)

If you suffer anything out of the ordinary after taking medication, contact your doctor or seek immediate medical help. The quicker you receive treatment, the better your chance of recovery.

What About Class Action Drug Cases?

Over the years, drug manufacturers have settled hundreds of lawsuits resulting in billions in damages paid. Many of these were class-action cases. A class-action lawsuit is when a defendant is sued by a group of people with similar injuries caused by the same product.

Some current class action drug cases or investigations include:

  • Elmiron – Failure to warn that serious eye issues could result from taking it or interstitial cystitis
  • Neuriva – False advertising that the brain supplement is clinically proven and scientifically backed
  • Talcum powder – Defective because use near the genitals allegedly causes ovarian cancer
  • Zantac – Failure to warn that it could cause cancer in some patients

Whether to join a class-action lawsuit can be confusing. By consulting with our knowledgeable pharmaceutical product liability lawyers, we can help you understand your options.

Don’t decide about joining a class-action until you’ve spoken to an attorney. You could unwittingly give away critical legal rights.

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Hurt by a Dangerous Drug? Call Us

We trust our doctors, pharmacists, and drug manufacturers with one of our most valuable assets – our health. When hurt by prescribed or OTC drugs, it can be devastating. The underlying condition may worsen, and now there are injuries from the “cure.”

If you’ve suffered injury from a dangerous drug, Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. can explain your options and get you the compensation you deserve.

You pay no fee if you don’t recover compensation. Call (212) 490-5700 today or use our convenient online form to schedule a free consultation about your dangerous drug claim.

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