One of the most common and prevalent personal injury actions in the United States today is a personal injury action against pharmaceutical companies for injuries sustained as the result of a defective prescription drug. Pharmaceutical litigation costs continue to soar for the companies and one company set aside close to $1 billion in 2010 to cover costs associated with trials and settlements. Over-the-counter (OTC) medications are not immune to liability either. Industry-giant Johnson & Johnson has been plagued by multifarious recalls and lawsuits associated with its products. If you have recently been injured by a prescription or OTC drug or product, contact a personal injury attorney today.
Pharmaceutical drug companies are required to have their products approved for sale by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA will conduct an investigation into the background of the drug and whether it is safe enough to market to consumers. Unbelievably, the FDA has renewed approval for drugs in the United States that have been pulled off the shelves in other countries due to their adverse side effects. Personal injury attorneys are very experienced in this type of litigation and would love to represent you if you have been injured by the side effects of a prescription drug.
OTC drugs have also been known to cause severe personal injuries in their users. Stories of tainted batches are common and have lead to extreme sickness and suffering by anyone who unfortunately ingested the items. Injuries from OTC drugs such as pain relievers, fever reducers and allergy medication is common.
Drug companies will be eager to settle your claims and rush you through the process. However, your attorney will not stand for that sort of treatment and we will ensure that everything is discussed thoroughly. We would never take legal action without your permission. This includes acceptance or declination of a settlement offer from a drug company. An attorney will not be intimidated by large a pharmaceutical corporation and is not easily influenced by their high-pressure tactics.
It is also common for plaintiffs who have suffered injuries from prescription drugs to join with other plaintiffs and sue in a class action lawsuits. Class action lawsuits are those which join a large number of people who have suffered identical injuries at the hands of one common defendant or party. This might be a legal option for you if you have been recently injured by one of the large pharmaceutical companies.
A personal injury attorney is going to take your claim very seriously and will be committed to helping you realize all the compensation and reimbursement you deserve. Contact our offices today to get started on your personal injury claim. A personal injury attorney will be well-versed in the FDA’s requirements for OTC and prescription medications and will be knowledgeable about trends in the industry with regard to commonly litigated side effects of medication. If you have been injured by a prescription or OTC drug you have rights against the pharmaceutical companies and should exercise those rights as soon as possible.