Whether you take over-the-counter or prescription medications, you expect them to help you feel better—not worse. Unfortunately, a variety of defective drugs are prescribed and sold every day, leaving those who take them with severe and even life-threatening complications. According to FDA reports, nearly 1.3 million people were hospitalized and 124,000 died due to adverse drug effects in 2014.
We know that defective drug injuries are a serious issue for many Americans. In 2018 alone, the FDA listed 125 drug recalls. If you or a loved one were harmed by a defective drug, Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers wants to fight for the compensation you deserve. Our Appleton drug injury lawyers are available 24/7—just dial (920) 486-9630 anytime or complete our free consultation form now.
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What Makes a Drug Defective?
Before a drug can be sold to consumers, it must first be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Because of this, FDA approval may appear to mean a medication is safe for anyone to use. Unfortunately, this isn’t always true. For example, a drug may be approved for use by adults but not children.
Furthermore, the FDA does not conduct its own tests to determine whether a drug is safe. Instead, the agency relies on drug companies to test the effectiveness and potential risks of the drugs they develop. The FDA then reviews the results of those tests before deciding whether to approve them or not.
Test results may be skewed by an inadequate sample size and/or testing period length, or through deliberate concealment or manipulation of results by companies more interested in profit than consumer health.
Defects can also be discovered months or years after drugs are initially approved, causing the people who take them to develop severe complications and health problems.
Drug injuries can result from a variety of factors, including:
- Design defects resulting in dangerous side effects outweighing health benefits
- Contamination during the manufacturing process
- Incorrect labeling or instructions
- Potential side effects going unlisted on the warning label
- Unclear or inadequate warning label
- Advertising a drug for a use for which it has not been approved
- Harmful interactions with other drugs
When pharmaceutical companies release drugs that cause harm to innocent people, our Wisconsin legal team is prepared to hold them accountable. Drug manufacturers are armed with strong legal teams, but you don’t have to face them alone–get a Wisconsin drug injury lawyer on your side! Contact Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers today for a free case review.
Who is Liable for a Defective Drug Injury?
In most cases, the pharmaceutical company is considered the responsible party in a defective drug lawsuit. While a doctor or pharmacist may be considered liable for failure to provide adequate warning of a drug’s risks, prescribing the incorrect dosage, or prescribing a drug for a use for which it has not been approved by the FDA, those mistakes are often pursued via medical malpractice claims rather than defective product claims.
If you or someone you love suffered from a drug-related injury or health complication, we can collect evidence that proves you were improperly or insufficiently warned of potential risks. Then, we’ll do everything in our power to hold the negligent drug manufacturer liable for your injuries.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Drug Injury Lawyer?
If we don’t win your case, then you pay us nothing. At Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers, we don’t believe that the inability to pay upfront legal fees should prevent a victim from seeking the compensation they deserve for injuries caused by a company’s negligence.
Drug Injury Cases We’re Investigating
At Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers, we want to hold negligent drug manufacturers accountable when their products cause harm to innocent victims. Even if a recall is not in place, you may still be eligible for compensation for your drug-related injury. Our legal team is currently investigating a variety of defective drug injury claims, including:
If you were harmed by a defective drug, contact us today. If you are unsure whether your situation qualifies for a defective drug lawsuit, don’t hesitate to speak with one of our Fox Cities drug injury lawyers—your consultation is always free. We’re ready to help you pursue maximum compensation for your injuries. Dial (920) 486-9630 now to be connected with a member of our legal team.
Types of Compensation for Drug Injury Victims
If you or a loved one suffered adverse or fatal complications after using a defective drug, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Our legal team will investigate your claim to learn how your drug injury has impacted your life and calculate the damages you may be entitled to. Examples of compensation you may receive include:
- Medical expenses, past and future (including hospitalization, surgery, and travel costs)
- Lost income, past and future
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial expenses
Serving Wisconsin Drug Injury Victims
If you or your loved one suffered because of a defective drug, contact a Wisconsin drug injury attorney at Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers today. We know what it takes to build a strong drug injury claim, and we’re ready to help you get maximum compensation. It costs nothing to get started, so contact us at (920) 486-9630 24/7 for your free case review.