Millions of Texas residents use prescription drugs every day, and we have every reason to trust that those medications are safe and effective. Unfortunately, that’s often not the case. Pharmaceutical companies often put profits before patients, rushing drugs through the FDA approval process and encouraging doctors to prescribe them before the risks are known.
When that happens, people often get hurt. Sometimes, defective drugs just don’t treat the illness they’re supposed to treat, which means patients are left with an untreated medical condition. In other cases, the drug has serious side effects that can lead to debilitating harm. And in many cases, the manufacturer markets drugs for “off-label use” under circumstances that were not approved by the FDA, adding to the danger. If you suffered losses because of unsafe medication, speak with a College Station dangerous drugs lawyer from our firm. Our personal injury attorneys could review your case and determine how to best represent you.
Actions that May Constitute a Dangerous Drug Claim
The law requires drug companies to ensure their products are safe for use when they provide them to the general public. Texas Health and Safety Code §431.114 requires drug companies to follow the FDA procedures to produce and distribute a new drug. These requirements include thorough testing and warning consumers of any potential side effects in the instructions or on the label.
Unfortunately, some companies fail to disclose all known side effects or do not make this information readily available. In these situations, a drug manufacturer could be held legally responsible for any losses that a consumer suffers as a result of not knowing this information. A pharmaceutical company may also be liable if the manufacturer could have designed or made the drug in a dangerous manner. A skilled College Station attorney could determine if the actions of a pharmaceutical company may result in a viable dangerous drugs claim.
Injuries Caused by Unsafe Drugs
Injuries caused by dangerous drugs can be life-altering and life-threatening, depending on the type of medication and the length of time the injured party took it. A consumer who suffered losses as a result of a dangerous drug could seek help from a College Station attorney when pursing compensation for their illness. While some illnesses or injuries may be mild, unsafe drugs can have devastating consequences. Some common illnesses seen in these situations are:
- Birth defects
- Heart Attacks
- Kidney Failure
- Seizures and Strokes
Damages Available in Dangerous Medication Claims
A claimant has the right to hold a drug manufacturer responsible for the injuries resulting from the use of a dangerous medication. Damages vary depending on whether the injuries resulted from the company’s negligence or the manufacturer’s actions.
A company that unintentionally makes a mistake during the drug production process is liable for the plaintiff’s economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are all financial losses a claimant suffered, including lost wages and medical bills. Non-economic damages consist of the pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life the plaintiff has suffered due to the harmful medication.
A company that purposely fails to test a product or warn of the drug’s potentially harmful effects could be responsible for economic and non-economic damages, along with punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded to the plaintiff to punish the company for knowingly putting a potentially dangerous product on the market. A claimant seeking punitive damages in a dangerous drug case could benefit from talking with a College Station attorney.
Types of Dangerous Drugs
People hurt by defective drugs deserve justice. That’s why you should call Chad Jones Law, P.C. today. Our attorneys in College Station are currently reviewing cases involving the following dangerous drugs:
● Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella
● Zantac (Renitidine)
Contact a College Station Dangerous Drugs Attorney
With new drugs hitting the market every day, consumers need to be vigilant. If you’ve been hurt by a drug not listed here, we’d still like to hear from you and see if we can help. Contact us today.
A dangerous drug injury can have devastating consequences for your life. Often, additional medical procedures are needed to treat the side effects, at significant expense. You may be permanently disabled and unable to work, or you may be dealing with a chronic medical condition for the rest of your life. You may have even lost a loved one to cancer, heart disease, or another deadly side effect.
To us, you’re an injured person in need of help. But the pharmaceutical companies and drug distributors don’t see it that way – after all, they sold you the dangerous drug in the first place. They’ll do everything in their power to limit their own liability, at your expense.
We’re not afraid to stand up to those companies and demand justice. Our College Station dangerous drugs lawyers could review medical records, thoroughly research the manufacturer’s activities and come up with a plan to fight for the justice you deserve. Attorney Chad E. Jones can be your advocate in negotiations and in court.