Houston Drug Injury Lawyer
When to Call a Drug Injury Attorney About Your Case
If a medication you are taking is making you sick or worsening your condition, you are well within your rights to consider bringing a drug lawsuit to receive compensation for your injuries. What exactly is a drug lawsuit? It is a legal claim for damages when a person is injured due to defective drugs or medication errors. Depending upon the specific circumstances, claims for liability may be made against drug manufacturers, pharmacists, pharmacies, doctors, nurses, hospitals, and others.
It’s unfortunate that the medications we turn to when seriously ill can also make us sick. When this happens, it usually means that someone made a mistake, either in manufacturing the drug, as in defective drug cases, or in prescribing it. Whether you were given a bad drug or an error was made in prescribing your medication, when you have put your trust in the healthcare system and instead of being helped were harmed, it can be highly confusing and physically devastating. A skilled attorney can investigate your case to find out what happened and who was responsible, and then we’ll fight to hold them accountable for your injuries.
Contact an Experienced Drug Lawsuit Attorney
At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we are here to help injured and ill people get the compensation they deserve. Contact our Houston drug injury attorneys at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law to learn more about how we can help. We offer free consultations, and you will not be pressured to move forward with a legal claim if you don’t wish to do so. Call us at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000. We have a No Fee Guarantee.
Damages You Can Seek in a Drug Lawsuit
The many different forms of compensation you can seek in a drug lawsuit are called damages. Whether your injuries were caused by a bad drug or a medication error, damages can include some or all of the following depending upon your specific circumstances:
- Costs of medical treatment and ongoing care that includes doctor visits and hospital stays
- Costs of additional medications required to treat your condition
- Lost income due to time missed at work or reduced work capacity
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering.
Once we have reviewed your case, we can advise you about your options for compensation for your injuries. A drug lawsuit attorney from Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law will work with you to determine how much you should demand in a claim. We will then get to work on your case to make sure the responsible parties pay you for the costs of their negligence. We can be reached at (713) 973-8888 or (800) 444-5000.
What Is a Bad Drug Lawsuit?
Before discussing the details of a bad drug lawsuit, first it is important to understand what defective or bad drugs actually are. Bad drugs are harmful medications that were:
- Improperly manufactured or contaminated during the manufacturing process
- Properly manufactured, but which cause dangerous and harmful side effects due to their design
- Not provided with sufficient instructions or appropriate warnings for proper use of the drug.
When drugs contain dangerous substances or are not labeled correctly, innocent consumers of defective medications are the ones who pay the price. Injuries and side effects that can result from unknowingly taking bad drugs include cardiovascular problems, respiratory effects, mental health issues, organ damage, neurological concerns, and other serious problems – even death.
These types of drug injuries happen more often than many people realize. While drug manufacturers are commonly to blame, liable parties might also include testing laboratories, sales representatives from the pharmaceutical company, doctors, pharmacists, and others who are involved in the design, manufacturing, and distribution process. When you have suffered an injury from a defective drug, you can hold the manufacturer and other responsible parties accountable by bringing a bad drug lawsuit in the form of a product liability claim. Product liability claims are lawsuits resulting from product defects that harm people, including pharmaceutical drugs.
If you suspect a defective drug might be responsible for your condition or injury, we encourage you to contact a Houston drug injury lawyer from our law firm today. We will carefully examine the potential liability of every entity who had a hand in the development, sales, prescribing, and administration of the drug that caused your injury. Our drug injury lawyer will advise you about your options in filing a drug injury lawsuit. Call Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at (713) 973-8888 or 1 (800) 444-5000, or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
Why There Are Still So Many Defective Drugs on the Market
You might wonder why so many bad drugs that can cause serious injuries are still on the market. Why isn’t more being done to keep people safe from defective drugs? Big Pharma corporations have staggering amounts of money available to defend themselves from drug injury lawsuits when they distribute defective drugs. Additionally, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) management of the drug approval process, as well as their procedure for warning the public when a defective drug is on the market, leaves much to be desired.
The FDA recalls at least one potentially harmful drug each and every month, according to news reports, yet studies suggest that companies and regulators continue their lax notification to healthcare providers and patients about their substandard products.
Experienced drug injury attorneys who deal with illness and death caused by Big Pharma’s defective drugs understand the often complicated steps to take in these kinds of cases. A drug injury lawyer from Terry Bryant Law can counsel you about what to do if you have been the victim of a bad drug. Our telephone number is (713) 973-8888, or call us toll-free at 1 (800) 444-5000.
Many defective drug lawsuits morph into a multi-district litigation (MDL) where groups of individual lawsuits related to a particular medication – maybe even in different jurisdictions or states – are grouped into one large case. Others may be grouped into a class action lawsuit. Our drug injury lawyers can advise you about the most beneficial approach based upon the circumstances of your case, including an individual drug injury lawsuit.
What Does a Medication Error Lawyer Do?
While a drug injury lawyer identifies and pursues parties responsible for dangerously designed or manufactured drugs, a medication error lawyer examines mistakes by healthcare professionals in administering drugs, prescribing drugs, and filling drug prescriptions. When it is determined that a mistake was made in one of these areas and the patient was harmed, a medication error lawsuit may be filed to gain the victim compensation for their injuries.
How do these egregious mistakes occur, and who is responsible for them? They can happen at many stages of the drug prescription process, from the time the drug is first ordered through its being administered. Errors are most common at the prescribing stage. In some cases, doctors write down the wrong medication, wrong dosage, or wrong frequency. In other cases, the patient’s doctor prescribed the correct drug, but the pharmacist or pharmacy technician fills it with the wrong medication or the wrong dosage of the right medication. There are a whole host of possible reasons for these dangerous errors:
- Distracted and overworked doctors and nurses, including in hospital settings
- Negligent pharmacy policies focused on speed and prescription volume over patient safety
- Improper abbreviations
- Illegible writing by hurried physicians
- Improperly labeled drugs
- Confusing drugs that look alike or have similar sounding names
- Miscommunication between pharmacist and physician
- Pharmacist or doctor failing to protect against harmful drug interactions or identify drug allergies
- Failure of a pharmacist to provide adequate counseling
- Doctors’ not including the indication for a drug so the pharmacist knows what it is being prescribed to treat.
When medication errors happen, it is the patient who suffers the consequences. Whether in an outpatient clinic, in a hospital setting, or at the pharmacy counter, doctors, nurses, and pharmacists who administer the wrong drug or the wrong dose of a drug greatly endanger people who are already suffering from serious medical conditions.
If you have been the victim of a medication error during any step of the prescribing and administering process, an experienced medication error lawyer from Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law can advise you about your rights and work in your best interests. Our drug injury attorney will look at the actions of the doctors, pharmacists, and nurses involved in the ordering and filling of a prescription or the administration of a drug to find out who made the mistake. Additionally, in some cases, patients who are using certain drugs need careful and regular monitoring, and if this due diligence does not happen, injuries can occur. Call our injury attorneys at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000 to learn more.
Drug Injuries from Medication Errors Are a Major Problem in the U.S.
The statistics show in black and white just how prevalent medication errors are. They harm an estimated 1.5 million people every year and cost at least $3.5 billion annually, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. The Center also says that preventable medication errors (not all of which harm people, fortunately) impact more than 7 million patients and cost almost $21 billion annually. These types of errors can occur any time during the process of selecting, prescribing, and dispensing medications.
When an improperly prescribed drug causes illness, a medication error lawyer assists victims who wish to recover financial compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages through a medication error lawsuit. They may also seek punitive and wrongful death damages, if either applies. Punitive damages are intended to punish the party being sued when their actions are especially negligent or egregious. Wrongful death damages may be sought by family members on behalf of a person who died because of a medication error.
The Thread of Liability When Medication Errors Harm Patients
Healthcare providers have an obligation to act in a manner that the medical profession requires of any qualified provider in similar circumstances. This duty of care applies to physicians and healthcare providers in all specialties. Regarding the prescribing of medications, the healthcare provider’s duty is to be aware of the patient’s allergies or other medications they may be taking. Unfortunately, in many cases hurried doctors, pharmacists, and others do not always fulfill this duty and injuries and worse can occur.
When a healthcare provider fails to meet their duty of care, they can be found negligent and consequently liable for breaching their duty. When a doctor or pharmacist fails to inquire about the patient’s medical history, allergies, or other prescriptions, they may be liable for any harm caused by their oversight.
When the medical professional’s negligence is directly responsible for the injury, and the injury causes damage to the patient’s health, this completes the thread of liability and makes the healthcare provider a potential defendant in an injury lawsuit. A medication error lawyer can review all the facts to help determine liability.
If you’ve been injured due to a medication error, you should be focusing on your health and recovery. You shouldn’t have to try and figure out the complexities of how your medication error injury or illness occurred and who should be held responsible in a medication error lawsuit. The Houston drug injury attorneys at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law will find out who was responsible. Contact us today at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000 to get started with a free consultation.
Overprescribing of Medications Also Causes Drug Injuries
Another way that drug injuries occur and for which medication error lawsuits might be warranted are when drugs are overprescribed by doctors. In theory, drugs are prescribed only to patients who need them. In practice, doctors often prescribe medications when they shouldn’t. The trend of overprescribing is talked about a lot in the news and in medical journals. Many in the medical community believe that the opioid epidemic was at least partially caused by overprescribing. Doctors are also widely criticized for prescribing antibiotics when they aren’t needed. Some studies suggest that doctors practicing telemedicine, which is when doctors diagnose patients virtually rather than in person, prescribe antibiotics to children at higher rates than doctors practicing in a traditional setting.
Estimates suggest that every year doctors write 10 outpatient prescriptions for each American. That’s approximately 2.8 billion annual outpatient prescriptions. Are all of these drugs really necessary?
Contact an Experienced Drug Injury Law Firm for Help
Though not every medication error leads to injury, a significant number of them unfortunately do. Many serious injuries also occur because of defective drugs.
If you’ve suffered health complications and additional medical expenses due to a medication mistake or a bad drug, or if a family member has died and you suspect that it was because of a medication, we can advise you about your options for seeking compensation for your damages or on behalf of your family member. Our skilled drug lawsuit attorneys have extensive experience fighting for the rights of people who have been injured due to defective drugs or medication errors.
We are proud to represent injured victims in drug injury cases and help them get the financial compensation they deserve. We have the resources to effectively pursue your claim, including relationships with qualified pharmaceutical experts and leading consumer advocates as expert witnesses.
The Houston drug injury lawyers with the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant have successfully handled cases on behalf of clients who were injured after a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist failed to take proper care when prescribing, administering, or dispensing medication. We are also not afraid to take on pharmaceutical companies who have introduced defective drugs into the medical marketplace. If you have been injured by a medication error or a defective medication, or if a family member has suffered a wrongful death, contact us today through our online form or call (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000.