A defective drug is either a prescription or an over-the-counter medication that has caused an individual harm. Injuries from a drug defect can be the result of many things, including the following:
- Dangerous side effects – the drug could result in unwanted side effects due to insufficient research
- Wrong prescription – your doctor could have prescribed the wrong prescription altogether, causing serious medical issues
- Improperly filled – the pharmacist could have filled your prescription with the wrong medication or a dosage that is not prescribed
Defective Drug Causes injury
There are a variety of drugs that have been deemed ‘defective’ and have resulted in numerous lawsuits. There is a large range of effects that can occur from defective drugs, such as:
- Negative interactions – certain drugs cannot be taken together, so if your doctor prescribed two drugs that result in negative interactions, there is a potential for serious injury
- Risk of heart conditions – some drugs have been proven to increase an individual’s risk for heart conditions; if this occurs, seek a lawyer as soon as possible
- Life-threatening conditions – some defective drugs have been linked to dangerous and life-threatening conditions like blood clots and the blockage of the pulmonary arteries
- Birth defects – certain antidepressant drugs have been linked to birth defects that affect the heart, lungs, and may result in facial abnormalities
Filing a Defective Drug Lawsuit
If you or your loved one has been affected by the side-effects of a drug, whether it be due to an improper prescription or the pharmaceutical company’s failure to research the drug, you may be able to file a product liability claim. However, it is extremely difficult to bring a defective drug lawsuit because there are many Federal and State laws that prevent you from filing a claim even if you’ve been harmed. The first step in doing so is to seek the guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney.
The personal injury attorneys at Contrada & Associates have helped countless individuals and families seek financial compensation for the injuries sustained due to the negligence of another, whether it is the fault of a drug company or a medical professional. To speak to an attorney about your experience with defective drugs or pharmaceutical malpractice, call our office at 419.841.4400.