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Reclaim Your Health: Team Up With a Skilled Dangerous Drugs Lawyer

Don't Wait - If You've Been Affected By a Defective or Dangerous Drug, Contact Our Drug Attorneys Immediately

In every prescribed drug lies a promise - relieved symptoms, improved health, or a break from pain. Unfortunately, even though the labels of pill bottles offer warnings alongside assurances, defects or dangerous side effects are rarely considered. Most trust the little white pill to lower a fever, the blue one to manage skin conditions, or the clear capsule to prevent strokes. But when a child's fever spikes instead of receding, when a young mother suffers a miscarriage from her acne medication, or a recalled blood thinner causes a senior to suffer fatal bleeding, that trust is quickly eroded. When a medication harms those it claims to heal, its victims deserve answers, justice, and compensation.

What Makes a Drug Dangerous Or Defective?

Prescription drugs can be legally determined to be dangerous or defective as a result of negligence, misconduct, or deficiency on the part of the manufacturer or other parties involved in supplying the drug. Some examples include:

Design Defects - the drug's formula or composition causes adverse effects.

Manufacturing Defects - errors in production or packaging lead to contamination, incorrect doses, or mislabeling.

Failure to Warn - the drug maker fails to adequately advise doctors and patients of known risks before marketing.

Insufficient Testing - clinical trials are too flawed or limited to uncover common side effects.

Misleading Marketing - pharmaceutical companies promote off-label, unapproved uses that lack scientific support as safe and effective.

Concealing Risks - manufacturers hide or downplay evidence of safety issues to avoid deterring sales.

FDA Violations - the approval process is compromised through negligence, deception, or regulatory noncompliance.

In some cases, an otherwise safe and useful drug can cause injuries without any wrongdoing due to variability in individual patient responses. Plaintiffs may still pursue strict liability claims against manufacturers when harmed.

How Do Unsafe Prescription Drugs Enter the Market?

Despite strict regulations, dangerous drugs continually reach the market and harm patients, primarily due to the profit motivations of drug companies conflicting with public health priorities. Pharmaceutical executives feel pressured to rapidly launch new drugs before comprehensive safety testing is finished in order to maximize revenues. Many tend to conceal any information that could delay approvals. This callous corporate behavior has led to countless avoidable side effects, illnesses, and injuries.

Regulatory failures also play a role. The overburdened FDA lacks funding and staff to adequately audit research, inspect plants, or restrict suspicious drugs. Approval mandates only require that the benefits of the drug outweigh the risks - not total safety. Loopholes might allow fast-tracking drugs for "priority" conditions before final trials are complete, and financial incentives motivate distribution channels to keep drugs moving regardless of questionable safety records. Throughout this dysfunctional system, patient interests lose out to corporate profits.

Below are some of the main factors explaining the presence of unsafe and defective prescription drugs in the healthcare market:

Profit-driven motives - pharmaceutical executives often prioritize sales, growth, and shareholder returns over safety. Speeding dangerous drugs to market before thorough testing can bring in significant revenue - at least until the lawsuits begin.

Approval loopholes - FDA standards require merely demonstrating benefits outweigh risks, not proving total safety. Manufacturers can sometimes exploit shortcuts, like off-label marketing, to bypass trials.

Biased clinical studies - drug makers design trials in ways that skew results to their favor, using limited subject pools, short durations, manipulated conclusions, and statistical tricks to hide adverse effects.

Deceptive data practices - hiding unfavorable research, misrepresenting findings, and paying "experts" to endorse drugs boosts sales of products companies know to be potentially dangerous.

Regulatory failures - the overburdened, underfunded FDA lacks resources to adequately audit drug research, inspect plants, conduct further testing, and block suspicious new drug applications.

Distribution incentives - pharmacy benefit managers, insurers, prescribers, and supply chain links financially benefit from moving product, even items with questionable safety records. Patients' interests come last.

Reckless corporate behaviors and poor oversight result in preventable injuries when patients are unaware of undisclosed risks. If you've been harmed by a dangerous drug, hiring experienced legal counsel can level the playing field against large drug manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies. Call Wettermark Keith at 877-715-9300 for a free consultation.

Who is Liable for Dangerous Drug Side Effects or Injuries?

Patients harmed by dangerous prescription drugs can potentially hold several parties liable for their injuries - not only the drug manufacturer. Our experienced defective drug attorneys will help you identify all individuals and companies that may have contributed to the harm you've suffered as a result of negligence or deception.

Potentially liable parties include:

Drug manufacturers - companies responsible for developing, testing, packaging, marketing and profiting from a dangerous drug bear primary liability for harm caused to patients. Their researchers, executives, sales staff, and marketing teams made deliberate decisions to ignore or downplay risks.

Prescribing doctors - physicians may be sued for negligence if they prescribed a drug for off-label use without sufficient scientific evidence, ignored drug interactions, failed to track side effects, or did not obtain proper informed consent about risks.

Pharmacies - pharmacists can be liable for incorrectly filling prescriptions with contraindicated drugs, ignoring unsafe drug interactions, supplying incorrect doses, or failing to provide adequate information about risks.

Testing labs - laboratories contracted to conduct clinical trials may have skewed data, suppressed adverse findings, used flawed protocols, or failed to report safety issues to the FDA.

Distributors - pharmaceutical distributors and wholesalers may be held liable if they continued supplying drugs they knew were defective or unsafe to pharmacies and hospitals.

How Do I Know If I've Taken a Potentially Defective or Dangerous Drug?

Many widely prescribed drugs have caused severe injuries, leading to countless individual and class action lawsuits. These include medications for diabetes, heart conditions, mental illness, blood clots, chronic pain, acid reflux, and more. If you've suffered side effects from a drug, consult a dangerous drugs attorney about your legal options. You may be able to join a mass lawsuit or file an individual claim.

Some of the medicines involved in recent litigation include:

    Valsartan - contaminated with a carcinogen

    Actos - linked to bladder cancer

    AndroGel - heart attack and cardiovascular risks

    Avandia - heart attacks and cardiovascular issues

    Granuflo/Naturalyte - linked to heart attacks

    Lipitor - diabetes in women

    Mirena IUD - organ and tissue damage

    Pradaxa - uncontrollable bleeding

    Risperdal - male breast enlargement

    Xarelto - uncontrollable bleeding

    Yaz - cardiovascular problems

    Our experienced attorneys can advise you on next steps if you have been harmed by any of these medications or other potentially defective drugs.

    Side Effects of Dangerous Drugs: Signs and Symptoms

    Dangerous drugs can span all areas of treatment. They might include diabetes medications, anticoagulants, acid reflux treatments, antidepressants, hormone-based contraceptives, antipsychotics, cholesterol lowering drugs, and more.
    Be alert for concerning new or worsening health issues that emerge after starting a new medication. Side effects of defective drugs might include:

    Cardiovascular complications - heart attacks, blood clots, stroke

    Organ damage - liver failure, kidney failure, pancreatitis

    Birth defects and developmental disorders

    Suicidal thoughts and behaviors

    Blindness and vision loss

    Paralysis and muscle damage

    Cancers - bladder, pancreatic, breast, skin, colorectal

    Dangerous or defective medication can cause a wide variety of symptoms, may develop rapidly or over time, and may persist even after stopping the medication. Keep notes about when your symptoms started and what medications you are taking, and seek medical advice promptly about any concerning symptoms. Notify your doctor about all medicines you are prescribed or take over the counter to identify possible dangerous drug interactions. Documentation of your diagnosis and treatment from your physicians can serve as critical evidence in pursuing an injury claim against a negligent party.

    If you or a loved one has experienced concerning symptoms or been diagnosed with an illness or injury after taking a prescription drug as directed by a physician, consult a dangerous drugs attorney to learn your legal options. You may have grounds to pursue compensation through an individual lawsuit or by joining a class action with other injured plaintiffs. Our experienced attorneys can review the specifics of your medication usage, medical history, and alleged injuries to provide an assessment of the strength of your potential case and advise on best legal strategies. We maintain current, ongoing knowledge on the drugs attracting lawsuits and can inform you if yours is involved in current or past litigation.

    Don't hesitate - schedule a free consultation at (877) 715-9300 if you took any prescription medication that caused dangerous, unforeseen side effects. You may be entitled to significant compensation, but cases face strict time limits. Our attorneys will evaluate your situation at no charge and help determine appropriate next steps.


    Our 3-Step Process

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    Call our office at (877) 715-9300 or use our online form to arrange a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with our legal team.

    We Assess Your Case

    In our initial review, our experienced team will analyze the details of your case and map out potential strategies. If you've experienced an injury due to negligence, we’ll assign one of our expert personal injury attorneys to handle your case.

    We Defend Your Rights

    As one of the Southeast’s top personal injury firms, Wettermark Keith is fully committed to advocating for your rightful compensation and recovery. If an injury has disrupted your life, let our dedicated attorneys seek justice on your behalf.

    What Damages Are Available in a Dangerous Drugs Lawsuit?

    Economic damages aim to compensate for tangible, quantifiable financial losses caused by the defective drug. These include:

    Medical costs - Dangerous drugs often cause lasting health consequences that require extensive medical treatment over many years. Economic damages cover the costs of hospitalizations, surgeries, medications, devices, rehabilitation services, in-home nursing care, and other healthcare necessitated by the drug-induced injury. Bills and receipts must be carefully organized to claim current and projected future expenses.

    Lost income and reduced earning capacity - Many dangerous drug injuries prevent victims from being able to work full-time or at all, resulting in wage loss. Diminished ability to earn may persist even after returning to work. Expert economists can calculate the total lost income over a victim's expected working lifetime.

    Cost of living with disability - Injuries like blindness, organ failure, and loss of mobility cause major lifestyle changes and costs. Victims may need to modify homes, vehicles, pay for assistance with tasks, and incur other disability-related expenses. Documentation helps convince insurers or juries of the real economic toll of the defective drug.

    Non-economic damages involve losses that cannot be precisely measured or compensated with money, but for which monetary awards are the only available legal remedy. These include:

    Pain and suffering - Victims of dangerous drugs may endure years or lifelong pain, reduced mobility, embarrassment over disfigurements, severe depression, and other sources of mental anguish and physical discomfort that profoundly reduce quality of life. Juries determine reasonable compensation for having to live with these conditions.

    Loss of enjoyment of life - Injuries like paralysis, stroke, blindness, or cognitive impairment prevent victims from participating in activities and passions they previously enjoyed, from sports to hobbies to socializing.

    Emotional distress - In addition to physical pain, victims must cope with fear, grief, anger, and hopelessness over health declines, disability, costs, and dashed dreams. Therapist testimony helps establish fair payouts for emotional harms.

    Loss of consortium - Spouses lose companionship and intimacy when a partner is severely injured, and children lose parental nurturing and guidance. These partner and family damages help compensate for the harm dangerous drugs can cause to a family.

    An experienced lawyer can help calculate and document all categories of damages and negotiate the maximum possible compensation on your behalf.


    How an Experienced Dangerous Drugs Attorney Can Help Your Case Succeed:

    An experienced lawyer can help calculate and document all categories of damages and negotiate the maximum possible compensation on your behalf.

    Experienced defective drug attorneys will devote substantial upfront effort to gathering and scrutinizing all records and evidence pertaining to your medication history, prescribing doctors, dosage information, treatment for side effects, and medical expenses. Constructing an accurate timeline of drug usage and development of symptoms demonstrates causality.

    The attorney will retain respected medical specialists to review your records and determine if the drug likely caused your claimed injuries, based on research and clinical experience. The lawyer helps experts explain conclusions in plain terms understandable to juries. Credible medical causality opinions are critical.

    Counsel thoroughly investigates everyone involved in the drug's journey from R&D to pharmacy shelf to identify all individuals and companies that may share liability for a dangerous product reaching consumers. Researchers, marketers, distributors, pharmacy chains, and prescribing doctors could potentially be named in lawsuits.

    Successful lawsuits require a variety of tangible evidence - such as company emails, sales documents, scientific data, and prescription records - to prove misconduct and the cause of the defect. Our skilled attorneys carefully gather and organize this evidence to ensure your case is well-supported.

    Quantifying pain, suffering, and other intangible losses into dollars required for fair compensation can be difficult. However, our seasoned attorneys have time-tested methods to establish compensation values and maximize recoveries.

    Once liability is determined, attorneys often negotiate directly with the pharmaceutical companies responsible for producing the defective drug. In some cases, other parties like distributors, pharmacies, or healthcare providers may also be held accountable. Legal teams leverage the compiled evidence of side effects, inadequate warnings, or faulty design to negotiate fair out-of-court settlements. This process saves both the plaintiff and the defendant the time and expense associated with a trial. Even large pharmaceutical corporations, which have vast resources, often prefer to settle these matters discreetly to avoid the negative publicity and potential damage to their brand.

    Thorough preparation of plaintiffs and expert witnesses helps convey stories effectively during depositions, talks, and testimony, preventing confusion. Your attorney will provide ongoing guidance throughout this process.

    If defendants refuse reasonable settlement offers, experienced litigators are prepared to file claims and aggressively advocate for clients before judges and juries. This requires expertise in regulations, case law, and procedures.

    By explaining legal intricacies in simple terms, managing expectations, and providing regular case updates, your attorney can help you make informed decisions throughout the complex claims process.

    Victims of dangerous prescription drugs and their families deserve justice. Our determined lawyers have the resources and experience to build strong claims and fight for maximum compensation. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation if you believe you have suffered harm from a defective medication.

    If You've Been Harmed by a Defective or Dangerous Drug, Contact Our Team Today

    If you or a loved one experienced significant health declines after taking a prescription medication as directed, you may have grounds for legal action against the manufacturer and other culpable parties. Do not delay reaching out for help. These cases face strict deadlines, and early attorney involvement maximizes your chances of success. Our legal team has the expertise and resources to stand up to large pharmaceutical companies, no matter how intimidating. Consult our experienced defective product attorneys today if you:

    Took a drug now subject to recalls or safety warnings

    Suffered an injury listed as a medication side effect

    Developed health problems shortly after starting a new drug

    Lost a loved one following the use of a new medication

    We realize your situation may have caused you serious financial strain. For your benefit, we provide free, no-obligation case evaluations. You will pay nothing unless we secure compensation on your behalf - and you will never owe us anything upfront or out-of-pocket. You deserve justice - and no company is exempt from the law. Your lawyer will work tirelessly to ensure you receive full compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain, suffering, and a reduced quality of life due to a dangerous drug. Don't wait - schedule your free consultation today at (877) 715-9300 or through our website. During this free evaluation, we will listen to your story and thoroughly assess the details of your case.

    Wettermark Keith, with offices located throughout Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida, has an excellent reputation as one of the most accomplished personal injury firms in the country. Our reach is not only regional but includes a diverse range of practice areas, including premises liability law, personal injury cases, auto wrecks, trucking wrecks, nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, on-the-job injuries, social security disability, and veterans’ disability claims, to name just a few. At Wettermark Keith, we believe in taking cases personally. Our purpose is to practice with care and compassion- to tell our clients’ stories and make their voices heard. We do this by building strong relationships based on constant communication and an unwavering dedication to truth and trust. You should never wonder what’s going on with your case. We will keep you in the loop and represent you as if you are family- because to us, you are.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    If you experienced serious and unexpected health issues after taking a prescription medication as directed, you may have grounds for a dangerous drug injury case. There are several factors an attorney will evaluate to determine if you have a viable legal claim:

    • Timing of symptoms - Did concerning symptoms emerge shortly after starting on the medication in question? The close proximity strengthens the link between the drug and effects.
    • Severity of injury - Minor side effects are unfortunate but generally not litigable. However, grave injuries like organ failure, cancer, stroke, or death may indicate negligence.
    • Known side effects - Does your injury match risks disclosed by the drug maker in warnings, or exceed/differ from them in potentially defective ways? Unexpected risks often form the basis for lawsuits.
    • Medical opinion - What do your treating doctors say about the likely cause of your diagnosis? Statements from physicians attributing your condition to the medication provide expert causality opinions.
    • Company knowledge - Did the manufacturer downplay or hide risk information they were aware of? Internal documents may prove willful deception.
    • Negligent behavior - Can mismarketing for off-label use, flawed clinical trials, contamination, or other wrongdoing be demonstrated? Strict liability may still apply in their absence.
    • Ongoing litigation - Is the drug already subject to lawsuits indicating likely defectiveness? Joining an existing claim can be easier than launching an individual one.

    Consult with an experienced attorney to review the specifics of your medication history and medical records. If they conclude you have a strong case, they will advise you on the best legal strategies for obtaining compensation for your injuries.

    The pharmaceutical company responsible for researching, developing, and marketing the drug typically pays compensation. However, other parties like distributors or prescribing doctors may share liability in some cases. Your attorney can identify all responsible parties.

    Our dangerous drug lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning legal fees are never paid out-of-pocket, and no upfront payment is required. If there is no recovery, you pay nothing in fees. All costs will be advanced by your attorney and reimbursed from settlement proceeds.

    Each state sets legal time limits called statutes of limitations on how long after an injury occurs that a person has to file a lawsuit seeking damages. For cases concerning personal injury and product liability, these limits generally range from 1 to 4 years, depending on the jurisdiction.

    It is extremely important to consult with an attorney and evaluate your legal options promptly. If the statute of limitations passes before filing, you forfeit the ability to pursue compensation - even if you have a very strong, million dollar case. Never assume there is plenty of time, as windows close faster than people realize.

    An experienced lawyer will inform you of the specific statute applying to your situation and strategically file the claim well in advance of deadlines to allow maximal time for settlement talks or trial preparation. Time is always on the plaintiff's side early on.

    Yes, many defective and dangerous drug lawsuits ultimately settle out of court prior to trial. Pharmaceutical companies are often eager to negotiate settlements that compensate victims fairly in exchange for avoiding lengthy, publicly damaging court proceedings that force them to reveal scandalous internal documents.

    Our lawyers, being experienced negotiators, can leverage convincing liability evidence and skillful tactics to secure valuable settlements on clients' behalf while avoiding the risks and stress of trials. However, if defendants refuse to offer reasonable settlement terms, Wettermark Keith's attorneys stand ready to take your case all the way to the courtroom if necessary to maximize your recovery.


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