Arkansas Dangerous Drug Attorney
Dangerous & Defective Medications
Pharmaceutical companies develop prescription and over-the-counter drugs to treat a variety of ailments and diseases. Unfortunately, many of these drugs are fast-tracked through the system without enough product development testing. This is a process that the FDA has approved, and drug manufacturers support because they can bring a drug to market—and begin making money—faster.
When a person experiences a severe adverse reaction to a defective or dangerous drug, the results can be devastating. When multiple people experience the same adverse reaction, the matter is typically handled as a class action lawsuit or a mass tort lawsuit. In such cases, multiple people come together against a specific defendant with the same complaint. If the lawsuit is successful, all the plaintiffs in the lawsuit will receive a portion of the settlement from the drug manufacturer.
If you believe you were the victim of a defective medication, contact our Arkansas dangerous drug attorneys at Caddell Reynolds Law Firm to learn more about your rights during a free consultation.
Understanding Defective Drug Lawsuits
Experiencing an adverse reaction to a drug doesn’t always warrant a lawsuit or indicate wrongdoing on the part of the manufacturer. In some cases, the side effects an individual experiences are listed in the warning label and explained in advance by a doctor.
However, a dangerous drug lawsuit may be warranted if:
- The drug company lied about the safety of the drug
- The drug company didn’t adequately investigate the drug’s safety
- The drug company didn’t disclose certain risks or side effects
- The medication was defective
If you think you may have been harmed by a defective or dangerous drug, contacting an attorney with experience in this area of law is the best way to determine whether you have a valid case.
How Defective Drugs Make It onto the Consumer Market
As consumers, we trust pharmaceutical companies to develop medications that will help treat our medical conditions—not make them worse. But many major pharmaceutical companies around the world release medications to consumers before adequately testing them, resulting in severe side effects, injuries, complications, and, in the most serious cases, deaths.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for monitoring all drugs on the market and recalling any defective or unreasonably dangerous drugs. Unfortunately, manufacturers do not always follow all of the FDA’s strict requirements before releasing new medications to the consumer market.
At times, the FDA depends on manufacturers to provide evidence of product safety before allowing the product to be released to the public. This is a direct conflict of interest. Large pharmaceutical companies are notorious for putting profits over people and placing rushed products on the market that have not undergone adequate testing.
Examples of Defective & Dangerous Drugs
There are many defective and dangerous drugs on the market today. Each year, thousands of consumers file lawsuits against drug manufacturers after experiencing severe injuries and complications, such as internal bleeding, heart attacks, strokes, blood pressure problems, kidney failure, cancer, and more.
Examples of some common defective and dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and over-the-counter medications include:
- Proton pump inhibitors
This is not an exhaustive list; if you were injured or suffered harm after taking a dangerous, defective, or recalled drug, you need an experienced attorney on your side to help you fight back against the pharmaceutical company, manufacturer, or another liable party.
Who Is Liable for Your Damages?
Defective drug claims typically fall under an area of Personal Injury law known as product liability. Product liability statutes state that product designers, manufacturers, and distributors have a duty to create products that are reasonably safe and that do not cause undue harm to consumers. When these entities fail to uphold this duty, they can be held legally liable for injured victims’ damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, disability, pain and suffering, and more.
As such, pharmaceutical companies that create, manufacture, distribute, and/or market harmful medications can often be held liable for damages. Whether a drug has unreasonably safety risks associated with normal use, becomes contaminated during production, or is marketed for off-label/non-approved uses, affected individuals (including the loved ones of those who die due to taking defective or dangerous drugs) have the right to hold the liable party accountable.
Our Firm Is Here for You & Your Family
At Caddell Reynolds Law Firm, we want to be your advocate so you can feel protected and have your voice heard as you navigate the legal system. Our Arkansas defective drug attorneys go up against big corporations, medical establishments, and insurance companies every day. Our goal is to provide a protective shield around you and your family in your time of need.
If you have questions about a possible defective drug case, we’ll help you find answers. Let our experienced attorneys help protect your rights, including your right to the full and fair compensation you deserve.
We offer free consultations and have staff members ready to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We do not charge attorneys’ fees unless/until we recover compensation for you, and we are not afraid to take your case to trial if necessary. With multiple offices located throughout Arkansas and a team willing to travel to meet you in your home or the hospital, we are committed to making the process as easy and convenient for you as possible.
Your time to file a claim is limited! Do not wait to contact Caddell Reynolds Law Firm online or by phone at (800) 889-6944 to schedule your free initial consultation.
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