Prescription drugs have become a normal part of life. Many of the commercials on TV tout how a particular medication can improve your life. As people live longer, they take more medications for various conditions.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of Americans who took at least one prescription drug in the past month has increased from 44 percent to 48 percent in the past decade. The number of people taking two or more drugs increased from 25 percent to 31 percent.
The most common prescription drugs taken by Americans include asthma medicines for children, central nervous system stimulants for adolescents, antidepressants for middle-aged adults and cholesterol-lowering drugs for older people.
While many drugs improve or even save lives, some drugs do more harm than good. Side effects, which a patient may not be aware of prior to taking the medication, may be debilitating or even lead to further medical problems.
Doctors and pharmacists also make mistakes that lead to patients getting the wrong dosage or the wrong medication entirely. Some drugs are later declared dangerous and even pulled from the market.
If you have been harmed by a dangerous drug, the lawyers at Powers & Santola, LLP, can help you pursue a claim for compensation.
Taking a dangerous drug could lead to a lifetime of expensive medical issues, pain and suffering, and affect your ability to earn a living. Some victims die of complications related to the medication.
Contact us now for a free claim review and advice about your legal rights.
How Dangerous Drugs Cause Injuries
There are many ways a patient may be harmed by a dangerous drug or a drug prescribed or dispensed in a dangerous way.
When a dangerous drug injury stems from the negligent actions of a medical professional, a medical malpractice claim could be the way to secure compensation for your injury. These include situations in which:
- Your doctor prescribes the wrong medication, or the incorrect dosage or a medication, or you are given the wrong medication or dosage in a hospital or other healthcare facility.
- The medication you are given causes a bad reaction with other medications you are taking, and the doctor, pharmacist and/or other medical providers failed to check for such interactions.
- The pharmacy makes a mistake when filling your prescription
- You were not made aware of potential side effects of a medication, and it caused serious problems.
Drugs that are approved are sometimes later found to cause serious harm. The drug may be pulled off the market by the government, or its uses curtailed.
Unfortunately, that comes after people – sometimes many people – have been harmed. Manufacturers may also be held responsible when doctors prescribe a medicine for an “off-label” use (something the drug wasn’t approved to treat), and the person taking the medicine is harmed.
Lawsuits against the manufacturers of these drugs are usually considered product liability claims with strict-liability rules. The same laws designed to protect consumers against dangerous toys and motor vehicles also apply to medications.
If a large number of people have been harmed by a particular drug, they may join together in a class-action lawsuit against the drug manufacturer. Other situations involve multi-district litigation (MDL), in which a single judge hears motions in multiple cases.
Contact Our Dangerous Drug Lawyers Today
If you have suffered an injury because of a dangerous drug, the attorneys at Powers & Santola, LLP, can help you sort through your legal options.
Our experience with successfully handling medical malpractice and product liability cases in upstate New York helps us fight for everything dangerous drug victims are entitled to under the law. In every case, our goal is to achieve a result that will make a fundamental improvement in a client’s life.
Contact Powers & Santola, LLP, online or call us to schedule a free initial consultation at our Albany, Rochester, or Syracuse office. The claim review costs you nothing, and there are no strings attached.