Florida Dangerous Drugs Attorneys
Drug manufacturers produce and promote hundreds of new medications each year. Sometimes these drugs, which are meant to help people get better, cause adverse side effects that outweigh their benefits. Even though these products are tested, regulated, and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), many drugs have harmful side effects. Pharmaceutical companies have a legal obligation to you for any injuries you suffer from their dangerous drugs or defective medical products.
If you or someone you know has suffered an injury after taking a dangerous pharmaceutical drug, please contact our class action lawyers in Orlando or at (407) 712-7300 for a FREE case evaluation. We represent our clients on a contingency fee basis, meaning we don’t get paid unless we reach a settlement.
Colling Gilbert Wright serve clients in Orlando, Florida and nationwide.
There are many details involved in dangerous drugs claims, and our lawyers want you to know:
- When to File a Dangerous Drugs Claim
- What Makes a Drug Dangerous
- Who Can Be Held Liable
- Dangerous Drugs Claims We Represent
- How Our Lawyers in Orlando Can Help
When to File a Dangerous Drugs Claim
When pharmaceutical companies put a new drug on the market, they have a responsibility to you, as the consumer, to make sure what they are selling is safe. If unforeseen problems develop while the drug is available to consumers, these same companies are responsible for alerting doctors and consumers to the problem.
Unfortunately, some unscrupulous companies continue to market the drugs even after serious health hazards and side effects (even wrongful death) have been reported. Sometimes drug companies don’t recall certain drugs because they have a lot invested in the drugs and more money to make from them.
You could have a dangerous drug claim if the drug you were prescribed had adverse side effects you were not made aware of such as:
- Your medication has been linked to cancer and you were diagnosed with cancer after taking the drug.
- You suffered an injury such as heart failure or kidney damage due to the medication.
Time is of the essence when pursuing a claim regarding dangerous drugs and their effect(s) on you. If you’re not sure if you have a valid case, reach out to our attorneys to discuss your options.
What Makes a Drug Dangerous
Drugs are studied before being allowed on the market to ensure they are safe, but unfortunately, manufacturers have learned how to manipulate the system for profit. The U.S. Supreme Court has made it clear the manufacturer is the only one with access to the knowledge necessary to properly label drugs, and therefore, it is their responsibility to make sure the labeling is accurate and complete. Drug companies, though, regularly decide they would rather hide risks and market dangerous drugs for profit. Their hope is that by the time risks come out they will already have made their profit.
Defective or dangerous drugs can result from design flaws, errors in the production process and serious side effects that are not publicized. Additionally, these drugs can become dangerous when deceptive marketing techniques are used, or they are prescribed for off-label, non-approved uses. There are also times when a pharmaceutical drug is given FDA-approval and released for patient use before it has been fully tested.
Other ways a drug can become dangerous include:
- Studies were not conducted long enough to determine the long-term side effects.
- The drug was approved with little testing because it was similar to another medication already on the market.
- The medication was manufactured in a facility that doesn’t require FDA-approval.
- Side effects of the drug were underplayed by sales representatives or not printed on the label even after research showed a link to that side effect.
Who can be Held Liable
There are many moving parts when it comes to the release, production and distribution of a pharmaceutical drug, and each party has a responsibility to follow the FDA’s guidelines. When a patient is harmed by a medication, they can file a dangerous drug claim against the responsible party for negligence, strict product liability or failure to warn. Our lawyers can help you determine who is at fault for your injuries or the loss of a loved one, which may include:
- The manufacturer
- The testing facility
- The pharmaceutical sale representative
- Your doctor for medical malpractice
- Your pharmacy
- The hospital or clinic you were treated at
How Our Orlando Dangerous Drug Lawyers Can Help With Your Claim
The Law Offices of Colling Gilbert Wright are known for our tenacity in fighting for our clients and are ready to help you with your dangerous drugs claim. The impact pharmaceutical injury can have on your life, and the lives of your loved ones, is often severe, and you should be focused on getting well. Our lawyers can make sure you receive the compensation you deserve for damages you’ve incurred such as medical expenses, loss of quality of life and wrongful death.
If you or a loved one have experienced a pharmaceutical injury after taking a defective or dangerous drug, please contact our attorneys in Orlando today at (407) 712-7300 to schedule a FREE consultation. Colling Gilbert Wright serve clients in Orlando, Florida and nationwide.