Medications are intended to help. When prescribed or administered, the idea is to heal. Sadly, for thousands of Americans, medications that were promised to improve health have actually done the opposite – in some cases fatally.
When you are injured or a loved one is killed by a defective or dangerous medication, you are entitled to seek compensation through swift and aggressive legal action. The product liability attorneys at Kirtland & Packard can help. We have decades of experience helping victims of serious injury get justice. We are here to listen to your claim, free of charge, to help you understand all of your options.
Please call Kirtland & Packard at 310-536-1000 to schedule your complimentary case review today. Located in Redondo Beach, we welcome clients from all Surrounding South Bay Communities.
What is a Dangerous Drug?
There are some drugs that are dangerous by design. Controlled substances, such as narcotics, can easily harm or kill when self-administered. Misuse of prescription medications, particularly opiates, may disqualify victims of serious injury from seeking compensation. This is, of course, not always the case and it is best to discuss your options with an experienced lawyer to fully understand your rights.
Dangerous drugs in defective product lawsuits are often those that have been manufactured for daily use. Common over the counter products that may prove dangerous include:
- Acid Reducers
These are in addition to several prescription medications that may prove harmful, such as:
- Oral Birth Control
- Antiemetic Medications
- ADHD Medications
- Blood Thinners
- Diet Medications
Some of these medications are dangerous when used inappropriately or administered in a manner inconsistent with directions. In these cases, a drug injury may actually be related to medical malpractice. However, many medications are poorly manufactured, improperly tested, or otherwise tainted during production, making any harm they cause an issue of product liability.
A Lack of Oversight
Many new medications are rushed to market with very little oversight. The approval process for new medications can be almost humorously lax, with drugs that are similar to those already on the market getting quick FDA approval. This process overlooks ingredient changes that can have a profound impact on a product’s efficacy and safety, often resulting in the recall of newer medications. Unfortunately, recalls only happen after injury.
When a medication is rushed to market, there is often a profit motive outweighing a company’s larger responsibility to those who may use its products. In cases involving oversight, negligence, or other reckless behaviors, it may be possible to hold those responsible to account, and to seek compensation for all of your damages. These cases may also prove useful for setting precedent and helping to prevent others from being harmed in the same way.
Do You Need Help?
When you or a loved one suffer injury from a defective medication, it can be difficult to understand your options and your rights. One of the best ways to gather all of the information you will need to make the best decision for your family is through a one-on-one consultation with a product liability lawyer.
Free of both cost and obligation, your initial consultation gives you an opportunity to meet with a qualified attorney who understands the complexities of product liability cases. This is your opportunity to ask any questions you have and to get information about all of your options, and it can prove very useful in determining your next best move.
We are Here to Help
The product liability attorneys at Kirtland & Packard welcome the opportunity to meet with you for a free consultation where we can answer your questions and provide you with honest and useful information about your rights and options. Our Courtroom Warriors have experience both in litigating and negotiating, and are here to take viable claims as far as needed to help victims of serious injury get the justice they are due. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed by a defective drug, we are here to listen to your story and help you decide on the best path forward.
Contact Kirtland & Packard for a Complimentary Case Review
Please use the form on this page or call 310-536-1000 to schedule your free consultation at Kirtland & Packard today. We serve Manhattan Beach, Torrance, and all surrounding South Bay communities from our comfortable and convenient Redondo Beach office.