When it comes to dangerous drugs, we tend to think about illicit drugs of abuse, such as heroin, cocaine, or methamphetamine. Yet many medications can also pose a threat to a person’s health.
Drug manufacturers may not be truthful about the list of ingredients when creating warning labels for their drugs, or undisclosed side effects of prescription medication may lead a person to develop a serious health condition they didn’t have before, like heart conditions.
When a person experiences harm resulting from the failure to warn of a drug’s consequences, side effects, or other defects which can bring them harm, they may have a right to file a claim.
How Do Dangerous Drugs Lead To Lawsuits?
Drugs may lead to lawsuits known as personal injury claims, class action lawsuits, and wrongful death claims. If you have experienced health effects or lost a loved one due to the effects of a drug, you may be eligible to file a claim.
Drug-Related Health Effects And Injuries
Dangerous over-the-counter and prescription medications don’t always lead to drug-related injuries (health effects) right away. Many defective or harmful medications that have led to lawsuits in the past resulted in a health condition that prompted the dangerous drug claim only after years of use.
This is why many drugs or other products are not recalled or changed until hundreds or thousands of people have been harmed.
If you or someone you know is experiencing drug-related health effects and you were not warned about them, you may have the right to file a claim to seek compensation for your loss.
Conditions Caused By Unsafe Drugs
Some side effects of defective drugs may not be apparent to consumers until it’s too late. The lawsuits that stem from the victims in these situations are often what leads to changes in drug makeup, or in pulling the drugs off the shelves altogether.
Drugs that have already caused harmful health conditions, such as cancer or greatly increased risk of stroke, lead to more transparency in marketing of the drugs, more accountability among drug manufacturers, and prompting policy change in the regulation of such drugs.
Examples of health conditions caused by unsafe drugs which led to lawsuits in the past include:
- birth defects
- liver failure
- kidney failure
- suicidal thoughts and ideation
- pulmonary embolism
- cardiac arrest
- heart attack
- heart failure
Which Dangerous Drugs Lead To Lawsuits?
Not all drugs will lead to conditions that are harmful, either in the short-term or long-term. Yet some drugs may cause harm to a person who takes them long-term, who wasn’t made aware of the drug’s effects, or who develops a condition due to a drug manufacturer failing to warn of the drug’s harmful effects.
Drugs which have led to dangerous health effects and resulted in the filing of lawsuits include:
- Actos and Avandia — used in managing Diabetes
- Antidepressant drugs (SSRIs and SNRIs) — used to treat mental health conditions like anxiety and depression, including Zoloft and Prozac
- Benicar — used to treat blood pressure, resulted in celiac disease, heart attacks, and death
- Opioids — used to treat pain and result in thousands of overdoses in the U.S. each year
- Valsartan — used to treat blood pressure, and resulted in liver damage, tumors, and cancer
- Zantac — used to treat acid reflux and heartburn conditions, recently resulting in the development of several types of cancer
- Zostavax — shingles vaccine which resulted in the development of shingles or other serious health conditions
Filing Dangerous Drug Lawsuits
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a prescription or over-the-counter medication, and someone else’s failure to warn you of the risks associated with the drug is to blame, you may be able to file a claim.
Filing a personal injury claim can help you seek compensation for expenses related to the effects caused by the drug, such as medical care, loss of work, and more. Indirect expenses may be included in your claim too for effects that are not so easily measured, like pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment of life.
To learn more about seeking compensation after experiencing adverse health conditions from an unsafe drug, call on the knowledge and experience of Florin|Roebig trial attorneys. We can provide a free, no-obligation consultation and review the details of your case.
With more than thirty years of experience in handling personal injury claims, we have the resources and skills necessary to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact Florin|Roebig law offices today for more information.