If you receive a prescription for medication, you should expect the drug to help you feel better and improve your condition. Occasionally, however, the drug may not have gone through proper testing, and it may unexpectedly cause additional health problems for you.
If this happened to you consider hiring a New Orleans dangerous drug lawyer to represent your interests. The team at the Morris Bart law office knows how drug companies and their insurers may attempt to treat victims in cases such as these, and we may be able to help victims receive the fairest possible settlement they may be entitled to.
Whether a drug company is looking to reach a settlement during the negotiation phase, or it is ready to take the case to court, our team can help protect your rights if you hire us. Call us at (504) 613-4771 for a free, no-obligation case review.
Cases We Are Currently Handling:
Past Cases We’ve Handled:
- Belviq (Belviq XR/Lorcaserin)
- Plavix / Pradaxa
- Testosterone therapy
- Zantac (Ranitidine)
Understanding Side Effects
With nearly any prescription or over-the-counter drug you take, side effects are a possibility. A side effect is any unwanted or unexpected reaction a person has after taking the drug. Each drug is intended to help with a particular health problem, so anything it does beyond that could be considered a side effect.
Some of these side effects are serious, possibly leading to additional health problems, a lengthy illness, or even death. Other times, the side effects may be mild, causing only a little discomfort that may disappear quickly.
During the testing phase for any drug that a company intends to sell, the drug must go through multiple rounds of testing. During these tests, the drug maker keeps track of the success of the drug, as well as any side effects that it may cause.
Weighing the Risk
Any time a doctor prescribes a drug, he or she needs to weigh the benefits that the drug is expected to provide versus the danger of the side effects that it may cause. This is why it is important to know the exact side effects.
For example, patients should not drive under the influence of prescription drugs that may impair their driving abilities. If the patient works as a commercial driver, their doctor should look for safer alternatives.
Without proper information about side effects at hand, a doctor may prescribe a drug that ends up causing more harm than good. The doctor may not have known about the side effect, because the drug company failed to disclose it.
If you have taken a drug that negatively affected your health because of dangerous side effects, you may have the right to seek damages. The types of compensation you may be entitled to receive may include:
- Hospital bills
- Doctor bills
- Lost wages
- Emotional trauma
If you hire a New Orleans dangerous drug lawyer, you can learn about all of the options you have when filing this type of lawsuit. At the Morris Bart law office, our team may work to study the facts in your case, presenting your side of the story to help you gain the fairest possible settlement.
Call our team at (504) 613-4771 for a free consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not accept payment for our services unless the case reaches a satisfactory conclusion.
For a free legal consultation with a Dangerous Drugs lawyer serving New Orleans, call 800-537-8185
Why Drugs Are Possibly Recalled
Even though prescription drugs are required to go through an extensive testing and approval process before they are sold to the public, problems with these drugs may appear after a larger sample of people begin taking them.
Should a significant problem become evident after a drug is released to the public, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) may choose to issue a recall. This occurs only if the FDA finds that a medication may cause significant health concerns for those who take the drug.
Drug Manufacturing Errors
Some of the reasons the FDA may issue a drug recall include:
- Health concerns: where the drug’s side effects are shown to cause more serious health problems for those who take the drug than initially thought.
- Mislabeling: where a drug’s packaging is not labeled according to FDA guidelines, which means doctors may not prescribe the drug correctly or patients may not take the drug in the proper manner.
- Testing concerns: where the FDA learns, after the drug has been released, that the testing procedures the drug company followed were improper, creating inaccurate expectations for the drug.
Additionally, the manufacturing process that the drug company is following may not be up to FDA standards. This could lead to a contaminated drug or could affect the potency of the drug.
Determining a Settlement in a Dangerous Drug Case
If you end up filing a personal injury case in Orleans Parish after taking a dangerous drug, you may be wondering what type of settlement you may be entitled to receive.
Understand that the awards you could receive may be different from someone else who has taken the same drug. There are many factors that may play a role in the amount of compensation you could receive in a successful drug injury lawsuit, including:
- The amount of time you took the drug.
- The dosage you took.
- The nature of the injuries you suffered from the dangerous drug.
- Any hospital or doctor bills you may have accumulated while recovering.
- Any work you may have missed while recovering.
- Compensation for pain, suffering, and emotional trauma.
- Any potential reduction in your quality of life.
If you are just one of many who fell victim to a dangerous drug, a mass tort may be a better option for addressing the magnitude of the problem. Here, multiple plaintiffs sue a defendant for injuries suffered. The main benefit of joining others in a mass tort case is that it increases your chance to claim damages from a pharmaceutical company.
Morris Bart, LLC May Work Tirelessly to Help You Receive a Fair Settlement
Although the majority of prescription drugs on the market do the job they are expected to do, occasionally these drugs may reach circulation and cause harm to some people.
Whether the drug company did not do enough testing or failed to disclose some of the harmful side effects of a particular medication, you may have the right to seek compensation after taking a drug that has negatively affected your health. You and a New Orleans dangerous drug lawyer may be able to work together to prove the facts in your case, and determine what you may be entitled to.
At the Morris Bart law office, our team serves victims of dangerous drugs throughout the greater New Orleans area. Contact us for your free, no-obligation consultation at (504) 613-4771. Once you have hired us, we can begin working on your behalf.
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