Did you know that adverse drug reactions are the 4th leading cause of death in the United States? Over 2 million serious reactions and 100,000 deaths happen yearly because of drug-related injury and illness. While the causes of adverse drug reactions vary, they are often due to defective drugs, harmful drug interactions, and prescription errors.
Following the directions included with any medication should mean that they are safe to take, but sometimes they can cause adverse reactions with devastating results. When a medication causes illness or death, victims should consider hiring a drug injury lawyer to recover loss in the form of financial compensation.
Why Choose Us?
These cases are different from typical personal injury cases because the insurance company, pharmaceutical company, and, sometimes, government agencies often fight to keep the information about a harmful drug out of the public’s eye.
Drug injury cases require an attorney who is not only willing to stand up and fight to obtain victory in the form of financial recovery and compensation for losses, but one that is an expert in every complicated detail of the case. Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law has the experience and skill necessary to handle drug injury cases. Contact us to learn more about your options.
An attorney who specializes in these cases needs to not only know the law as it relates to this matter, but also have the specific skills needed, in addition the network of relationships with pertinent experts in the area.
The knowledgeable drug injury lawyers at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law know which category of regulations the specific harm falls under and will go to work on their client’s behalf to recover adequate compensation. If you believe you have suffered harm from defective drugs, we encourage you to fill out our online contact form or call us now.
Why Defective Drug Injuries Happen
Healthcare providers in the United States rely heavily on medications to treat patients. Consider the fact that nearly two-thirds of all doctor visits result in a prescription or that, every year, there are 10 prescriptions filled per every person in the nation. That doesn’t include over-the-counter medications.
The pharmaceutical industry is one of the most powerful and profitable, both nationally and globally. Additionally, the United States accounts for more than one-third of the global pharmaceutical market. It’s not surprising, perhaps, that the United States is one of only two countries that allows direct marketing of prescription drugs to consumers.
Pharmaceutical companies spend a significant amount of money on marketing and advertising and, judging from the statistics, their efforts have paid off. You’ve probably noticed the commercials on television where potential side effects of drugs are quickly listed after the benefits of a medication are highlighted. We’ve become accustomed to these lists, but we trust that doctors and healthcare providers wouldn’t be telling us to take something that would cause us harm.
Unfortunately, we do encounter a certain level of risk when taking medications. The risk of suffering an adverse drug reaction rises significantly after a patient is on four or more medications, but even one dose of one defective drug can have serious, long-lasting implications. These drugs often make it onto the shelves of pharmacies and hospitals because so many Americans are prescribed medications and the screening process is not equipped to ensure the safety of all drugs.
According to the Food and Drug Administration’s website:
“[T]he safety profile for new drugs that come on the market is never totally defined because new drugs are studied only in relatively small and homogenous patient populations. The complete safety profile of a new drug will be defined only after it has been approved and is in use on the market.”
This means that even though there are approval processes in place, the number of new drugs entering the market, the lack of resources by regulators, and the power of pharmaceutical companies to fast-track products create an environment where defective drugs can and do make it into the hands of consumers.
It’s not always clear from the perspective of consumers exactly how and why an injury has occurred. Even from a legal perspective, it can be complex. Sometimes these matters fall under vague or gray areas of the law such as:
- When a person is unduly harmed due to a manufacturer’s failure, it becomes a product liability case.
- When a medical professional makes a mistake, there is a potential medical malpractice claim.
- When one is caused harm because of someone else’s negligence, it is a personal injury issue.
Drug Recalls are Common
If you want to get a clearer picture of just how frequently harmful drugs are sold to consumers, you can begin with the frequent number of drug recalls. The FDA recalls a potentially harmful drug around once every month, and studies suggest companies and regulators often fall short of notifying healthcare providers and patients about them.
When consumers suffer harm from dangerous drugs, they must take matters into their own hands. At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we believe that companies should be held responsible for the harm they cause consumers. If you believe that you have been injured by a defective drug, we encourage you to reach out to our firm.
How an Attorney Can Help
Large pharmaceutical companies have enormous resources at their disposal. Getting justice for the victims of defective prescriptions or over-the-counter medications requires the help of an attorney or law firm equipped to handle these types of claims. Attorneys who defend victims need to stay abreast of pharmaceutical recalls and potentially harmful medications. They also need to have the following skills:
- Specific legal skills necessary to represent you in a prescription or over-the-counter medication case
- Resources, including a network of qualified experts who can testify and work to help prove your claim.
Experienced attorneys who deal with illness and death caused by medication understand the steps to take in various types of cases. For instance, the term Multi-District Litigation, or MDL, is used to describe a situation in which groups of individual lawsuits related to the same medication are consolidated into one large case.
Some of the cases that a drug injury lawyer handles include clients who have:
- Experienced the death of a loved one after taking a medication
- Suffered illness or physical injury caused by a drug
- Experienced adverse side effects caused by a medication
- Sustained injuries from taking a medicine that has been recalled
- Suffered from failure of the drug company or doctor to warn patients of drug interactions or side effects.
A drug injury lawyer usually works on a contingency basis, which means if they don’t win, they don’t get paid. Often, they offer free initial consultations to determine whether they can handle your case. We do both.
We suggest that you seek the help of the qualified drug injury lawyers at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law as soon as possible if you or a loved one has suffered due to the harmful effects of any medication. To schedule a free consultation with our firm, contact us today by filling out our online contact form or giving us a call at 1 (800) 444-5000 or locally in the Houston area at (713) 973-8888.