When you become ill, your doctor prescribes medication designed to heal you or lessen the symptoms of the disease. You and your doctor put your faith in the pharmaceutical companies that develop, manufacture, and sell drugs to consumers. You have an expectation that these drug companies are acting in your best interest because your well-being, health, and future are in their hands when you take their drugs.
Unfortunately, drug mistakes happen. Some mistakes are not intentional while other mistakes may be intentionally made to secure higher profits. Regardless, the drug company must take responsibility when it places a dangerous or defective drug on the market that injuries people. Our nationwide dangerous drug attorneys help people who have been hurt by defective drugs.
Pharmaceutical Injuries from Defective Drugs
There are several ways a drug can be defective or dangerous. The first way is in the development of the drug. A component of the drug may be inherently dangerous and should never have been used in developing the drug for use by humans. Another way a drug can be defective is in the manufacturing. Manufacturing mistakes can result in a product that is dangerous and can cause harm to anyone using it.
In addition, a drug manufacturer may mislabel or fail to properly label a drug thereby causing a person to misuse the drug. Patients have the right to know the potential side effects associated with a drug as well as the potential for dangerous conditions that may develop because of using the drug. All this information must be provided to the patient and the prescribing physician.
In some cases, a company may try to conceal bad test results or other information that it knows will hurt its ability to gain approval from the FDA. The company may place profits over the well-being of the public. When negligence or criminal acts occur, patients have the right to pursue a pharmaceutical claim against the responsible party or parties to recover compensation for damages.
Results of Using Defective or Dangerous Drugs
It is impossible to tell what might happen to someone who uses a defective drug. Each person is different as is each drug. However, as experienced pharmaceutical injury attorneys, we see a variety of injuries associated with using defective drugs. Injuries that a person may sustain as a side effect of drugs include:
- Heart attacks
- Internal bleeding
- High blood pressure
- Brain damage
- Organ damage or organ failure
- Kidney disease
- Suicidal thoughts
- Birth defects
- Blood clots
- Crohn’s disease
- Liver failure or liver disease
- Seizures and tremors
- Cognitive and memory problems
It is impossible to know exactly how a drug may affect your overall health. However, detailed information is the key to determining if a drug caused a serious or life-threatening condition.
Call a Nationwide Defective Drug Attorney for A Free Consultation
It is important to act quickly if you believe you or a loved one has been injured by a defective or dangerous drug. You are entitled to seek compensation from a negligent party for pharmaceutical injuries, but you must act now. Your time to file a claim may be short and limited. Don’t wait — get a free case evaluation today from an experienced New Orleans drug accident attorney.
Call Attorney Fred Olinde of The Olinde Firm at (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to request a free consultation with one of our nationwide drug injury lawyers. We accept cases on a contingency fee basis — you don’t pay our fees until we recover compensation for you.