Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines are supposed to make you feel better. But, would you buy an OTC medication from a Massachusetts store if you knew it would injure you? Would you allow your family to use a prescription medicine that causes more harm than good?
Most people would answer “no” to these questions. Yet, the CDC reports that adverse drug events are responsible for over 1 million hospital emergency visits every year.
If a dangerous drug injured you or a loved one in Massachusetts, Better Phone Stone® at (800) 577-5188. You can learn how Jason Stone Injury Lawyers can protect your rights and maximize your compensation during your free consultation with us. There’s No Obligation, Just Information®, so please feel free to call anytime, 24/7, to get the answers to your questions.
What Makes a Drug Dangerous
When you use a pharmaceutical product, you are likely seeking to treat or relieve the symptoms of a health condition. As is only reasonable, you expect the drug to be safe to use as prescribed or indicated on the label.
Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Consider the following characteristics of dangerous drugs carefully.
Missing or inadequate medication guides and labels
Medication guides are the little documents that come with prescription drugs. Their purpose is to share information, such as how to safely take the medicine and avoid adverse reactions. If there is a known side effect, the consumer should be made aware.
Your over-the-counter medication should also come with instructions for proper dosage, either printed in the medication guide or on the packaging of the product. If instructions are missing, unclear, or misleading, contact a personal injury lawyer to learn whether you meet the requirements to file a dangerous drug claim.
High risk of severe side effects
Drug manufacturers should research and test a product for unwanted reactions (or side effects) before releasing it to the public. If drug trials reveal serious adverse reactions, the drug manufacturer must decide whether the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.
Here are some factors drug companies must consider before producing a drug:
- Drug interactions: Will the drug interact with other substances, such as other prescription drugs, supplements, foods, or diseases? (e.g. aspirin and blood thinners)
- Allergies: Does the drug contain an allergen? Will the allergic response be mild (e.g. hives, rashes) or life-threatening (e.g. anaphylactic shock)?
- Unwanted reactions: Besides its intended purpose, does the drug cause undesirable effects? (e.g. sleepiness, nausea, constipation)
Greater risk to certain populations
Medication or dosage safe for one person could be hazardous for another. A pharmaceutical company must determine its target consumer and warn at-risk groups about the dangers. For instance, young children, older adults, and people taking several different types of medicine could have a higher risk of experiencing adverse effects.
People with the following health conditions could also be at greater risk:
- Bleeding disorders
- Blood clotting disorders
- Breathing issues
- Enlarged prostate glands
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Autoimmune disorders
- Kidney problems
- Liver problems
- Parkinson’s disease
- Mental health issues
- Thyroid disorders
If the potential for injury or fatality is high enough, the drug should not be put on the market at all. Our legal team can help you get justice and maximum compensation if a negligent company put your health at risk.
Why Report Dangerous Drugs
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates products, such as:
- Prescription and over-the-counter medicines
- Blood components, derivatives, and gene therapies
- Medical devices
- Pre-filled syringes, inhalers, and nasal spray
- Dietary supplements, medical foods, and infant formulas
- Cosmetics, hair dyes, and tattoos
- Foods, beverages, and food additives
- Tobacco products and vaccines
- Medicines, medical devices, and food for animals
Some of these products could cause you harm. The FDA recalls hundreds of “defective and potentially harmful” drugs from the market every year. The agency then alerts the public of the unsafe product and retailers pull it from the shelves.
People like you fall ill every year because of negligent drug manufacturers, distributors, and sellers. Some dishonest companies may try to make money on products even after a recall, which is illegal in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Reporting defective drugs is essential to ending preventable illnesses, injuries, and death. If a prescription drug harmed you or a member of your family, there are probably others out there suffering similar consequences.
You can take a stand against this injustice by contacting Jason Stone Injury Lawyers. Report serious drug-related injuries to our law firm using our brief contact form today.
Protecting Your Rights Under Personal Injury Law
At Jason Stone Injury Lawyers, we rely on Massachusetts product liability law to protect the rights of personal injury victims. If defective pharmaceutical products cause damage, the party in the distribution chain responsible for the injury should pay injured patients for their losses. You could be entitled to significant compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and non-economic damages.
A liability award should cover the cost of all your medical treatment related to the dangerous drug injury. For instance, if you took an ambulance to the hospital and stayed several days, your damages would include the ER bill, hospital stay, and diagnostic tests.
If a pharmaceutical drug makes you sick or worsens your symptoms, you might need to miss work while getting treatment and recovering. Your lawyer can help you to calculate and pursue your lost wages.
What if a defective drug caused permanent disability or pain? You might never be able to do the same job duties again. You can seek damages for your loss of earning capacity if you earn less than you did before the dangerous drug affected your life.
Some illnesses or injuries go hand in hand with psychological issues. If you feel anxious, depressed, or unable to sleep, you should let your physician and attorney know.
Being physically sick can also change the way you live your life. For example, you might have enjoyed active hobbies, such as sports and exercise before, but disability and pain currently make it difficult or impossible to continue.
Our law firm understands these intangible losses that you might face as the victim of a defective drug. Our team will work hard to ensure that we pursue maximum compensation for all related losses, including non-economic ones.
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At times, multiple people are affected negatively by the same pharmaceutical drug. All applicants with similar complaints could be part of a class-action lawsuit. In this type of proceeding, the court’s decision could benefit each plaintiff in a large group without the individuals needing to file separate claims.
Injured by a Defective Drug? Contact Us Now
Massachusetts law demands that actions related to dangerous drug claims be taken before the statute of limitations runs out. It’s understandable why defective drug victims may hesitate.
For instance, are you affected by any of the following concerns?
- Money concerns
- Fear of going to court
- A full schedule of doctor’s appointments
- Family responsibilities
The list of valid reasons could go on and on. Still, the statute of limitations allows you only a specific amount of time after your injury to file a legal claim. If you wait too long, you will lose your chance for justice.
At our law firm, our attorneys focus on your goals to ensure you have the resources for a speedy and complete recovery. Our Stone Cold Guarantee® means:
- We get paid only after you get paid. Our personal injury lawyers value your needs over our fees. This arrangement permits you to put money worries out of your mind and focus on what’s most important.
- We discuss the pros and cons of all your options. You may not want to go to court, and you may not have to. Often, many clients settle their cases without a trial. Yet, if you require court representation, our experienced lawyers will guide you every step of the way. Either way, you will get updates on your case every 2 weeks, so you will be able to make informed decisions based on the most current information.
- Team members are available all day, every day. Your family and health are your top priorities, so we respect your time. When you call our law firm, someone is there to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And when you request a face-to-face meeting, we respond within 24 hours.
The stress and pressure in your life might feel overwhelming, and we understand that. We offer free video initial consultations over Skype, FaceTime, and Google Voice to make getting assistance as easy as possible.
Entrust Your Defective Drug Claim With Our Caring Team
As different drugs are developed and new health challenges arise, there will be more and more need to hold manufacturers and sellers accountable for their products. After a bad experience with a retail or prescription drug, you might be feeling bitter and disappointed.
It’s time that you get the support you need from lawyers you can trust. Jason Stone Injury Lawyers is that team, and we offer free consultations however and wherever you prefer to ease your mind.
If you want to learn your legal options, Better Phone Stone® at 800-577-5188. Your free case review is waiting for you.