You can suffer serious injuries or complications from taking dangerous drugs. Even when a doctor prescribes medication, adverse drug interactions or overdoses can occur. Drug manufacturers are supposed to thoroughly test their products before releasing them to the public. They may, however, rush them onto the market before discovering all the risks. As a result, patients can suffer from side effects.
Our South Carolina dangerous drug lawyers can help you hold the appropriate party liable. We can pursue compensation to cover your medical care, lost wages, and other losses.
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You Can Pursue Compensation After Suffering Injuries From a Dangerous Drug
Drug-induced injuries can leave you facing a long road to recovery and mounting medical bills. You may have missed out on wages, and you may not be able to perform the same duties you once did at work. You deserve compensation for such losses.
We can calculate your damages and seek financial recovery for:
- Current and future medical expenses, including surgeries, therapy, and doctor’s visits
- Lost wages, benefits, and bonuses
- Reduced earning capacity if you cannot earn your pre-injury income
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
We fight for fair compensation so that you can get the treatment you need and the justice you deserve. You should not have to continue to face financial strain due to another party’s negligence.
Wrongful Death Damages
If you lost a loved one to a drug-induced injury, we can handle your wrongful death case while you grieve with your family. You may stand to recover:
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of inheritance for the income your loved one provided
- Your loved one’s medical expenses
- Your loved one’s pain and suffering before their passing
- Loss of consortium for the companionship your loved one provided
A sudden loss can devastate your family, and nothing can replace your loved one. Still, financial recovery can help you honor their memory and cope in their absence.
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Who May Be Liable For a Dangerous Drug Injury?
Various parties can play a part in a consumer’s drug-induced injury. Negligence may start with the drug manufacturer, but a doctor or pharmacist may also contribute to an adverse drug reaction or overdose.
Drug Manufacturers Might Have Been Negligent During Drug Production
Drug manufacturers have to meet strict safety requirements when designing their products. They must keep up with current research about a drug’s ingredients and opt for alternatives when they prove unreasonably dangerous.
They also have to place boxed warning labels on any drug that carries serious risks. Packaging should also include instructions on safe dosage amounts, per the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recommendations.
Any failure on their part can constitute negligence.
Doctors Can Also Be Responsible For Dangerous Drug Injuries
A doctor may prescribe the wrong drug or dosage to a patient. Doctors may also fail to properly monitor a patient’s reaction to prescription medication.
From the get-go, they have a responsibility to consider a patient’s medical history and current medications to prevent adverse drug interactions. When they do not do their due diligence, patients can hold them liable for their injuries.
Pharmacists May Have Made Medication Errors
Pharmacists are responsible for filing the appropriate medication in the correct dosages. They should contact the patient’s doctor if they have concerns about the prescribed drug or if they need to verify a prescription. They also have to inform patients about how to take the medication safely.
If a pharmacist fills the wrong medication or fails in their responsibility to a patient, they may be liable for any resulting harm.
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What Can Go Wrong When Patients Take Dangerous Drugs?
Dangerous drugs can lead to several life-threatening situations.
Patients May Be Susceptible to Overdosing
Even reasonably safe drugs can become dangerous in certain amounts. For example, the FDA notes that any more than 325 mg of acetaminophen, an ingredient in Tylenol®, per dosage can result in acute liver failure.
Drug-induced overdoses can have irreparable consequences for consumers, who may not be aware of the appropriate dosage. Without warning labels and instructions, they can easily suffer injuries and medical complications.
Adverse Drug Reactions May Occur
Adverse drug reactions occur when a patient takes an inappropriate medication or one that interacts dangerously with other medications they are taking. Patients can suffer severe side effects and medical complications as a result.
The Drug May Fail to Treat the Condition
Another risk posed by a dangerous drug involves a failure to treat a patient’s condition. Without the appropriate medication, patients can succumb to severe, life-threatening conditions, such as diabetes, stroke, and cardiac arrest.
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Mass Torts For Dangerous Drugs
If you suffered injuries after taking a dangerous drug, you can pursue compensation for your damages through a lawsuit. You may also be able to join an existing class-action suit against a drug company.
The following drugs have prompted lawsuits from consumers who suffered severe injuries after taking them:
- Xarelto®, which can cause uncontrollable bleeding
- Tylenol® (Acetaminophen), which can cause liver damage
- Actos® / Duetact®, which can increase the risk of bladder cancer and cardiovascular problems
- Byetta® and Januvia®, which can increase the risk of cancer
- Fosomax®, which can cause osteonecrosis and abnormal fractures
- Lipitor®, which can increase the risk of muscle damage, kidney damage, and liver damage
- Yasmin® and Yaz®, which can increase the risk of blood clots and related complications, such as aneurysms and stroke
George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can help you file a claim against the manufacturers of these drugs if you have been injured due to serious side effects.
Our Dangerous Drugs Lawyers Serving South Carolina Can Handle Your Case
If you have become sick or injured because of a dangerous drug, don’t wait to take action. George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can pursue compensation to help with your recovery.
We can investigate your injuries, gather necessary medical documentation, and negotiate a settlement. We are not afraid to take your case to trial to seek what you deserve. Call us at (888) 612-7001 for a free consultation.
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