According to the Food and Drug Administration, as many as three billion prescriptions for medications are written annually. While these drugs help in the fight against disease and illness, many carry serious risks. According to the FDA, adverse drug reactions lead to four million visits each year to emergency rooms, doctors’ offices and treatment centers.
At Becker Law Office, our Kentucky and Southern Indiana drug injury attorneys know how devastating drug injuries can be. In some tragic cases, these drugs can cause serious illness or death.
If a prescription drug has harmed you, you need to take legal action. We believe drug makers should be held accountable when they release dangerous products into the marketplace. Our drug injury lawyers can help you to make a claim and get monetary compensation for the injuries you have suffered or for the death of your loved one.
According to the FDA, the four million adverse drug reactions that occur each year can have very serious consequences. These adverse drug reactions result in more than 117,000 hospitalizations every year. The fact is that as many as 40 percent of all adverse drug events and 60 percent of life-threatening or fatal events are preventable.
Adverse drug reactions occur for many reasons – from doctors prescribing the wrong medications to hospital and nursing home staff administering the wrong doses. A number of injuries and fatalities each year occur even when drugs are administered correctly. Patients may use the drugs as intended by the manufacturer but suffer serious, sometimes deadly side effects.
When a drug is released, manufacturers are responsible for testing the drug to ensure that it is reasonably safe. Manufacturers must provide information on clinical testing to the Food and Drug Administration, which will review the information and any drug trials in order to determine whether to allow the drug to be sold.
Almost all drugs have side effects that should be revealed in the testing. If the benefits of the drug outweigh the potential side effects, the drug can be approved despite those dangers. The drug manufacturer must warn patients of the potential, which is usually done by a warning label or fact sheet with the medication. This allows patients to make an informed choice about the use of the drug.
Unfortunately, this system does not work as it is intended, and all too often dangerous drugs are released to the public before the side effects are fully understood.
These are just a few examples of how dangerous drugs can make their way from drug manufacturers to patients. The reality is that you cannot count on the FDA to ensure that you take only safe medications — and there is never any guarantee that a drug that is supposed to help you won’t end up hurting you.
Over the years, many different types of drugs have turned out to cause serious complications for patients.
If you or a loved one was prescribed these or other medications, you may experience a number of unexpected side effects. Serious side effects associated with dangerous drugs include psychological problems, birth defects, strokes, cardiac problems or heart attacks, kidney failure, liver failure or death.
Typically, the dangerous side effects may not show up for months or years after a drug’s use has become widespread. The FDA will begin receiving adverse reactions when problems develop, but manufacturers may be slow to recall dangerous drugs, if they are recalled at all.
If you or a loved one was harmed by a dangerous drug, you do not have to cope with the losses alone. Under the laws in Kentucky and Indiana, drug manufacturers can be held legally liable if they produce and sell a drug that makes people sick.
There are a variety of different claims that you can make when hurt by a harmful drug. For example, you can prove that the company should be held liable based on
Lawyers use these and other legal arguments to prove that a drug maker breached some obligation to you. A successful case can make the company liable for your injuries.
However, you must first prove that the drug caused you injury or harm. This is called proving causation. Sometimes, it can be very difficult to conclusively link a drug to an unexpected side effect. For example, if you have a heart attack from a dangerous drug, the manufacturer could argue there’s no way to know if the drug really was the cause.
Proving causation is hard, but an experienced Kentucky or Indiana harmful drug injury attorney can help. Your attorney can assist in gathering medical evidence, FDA information, medical testimony and other facts to help you prove your case and recover compensation for your losses.
The complications caused by defective drugs can be serious and expensive to treat, and can change your whole life. You deserve to be compensated for medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress or the wrongful death of a family member.
At Becker Law Office, our defective drug lawyers will make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Becker Law Office actually offers you the representation of two law firms in one.
Many drug injury claims are settled outside of court. That’s when you need a skilled negotiator for a settlement agreement. This is what the attorneys at Becker Law Office are known for. Our attorneys have dedicated their careers to advocating for clients with insurance companies and defendants. We use our negotiating skills to get clients the full amount of compensation they deserve, without the stress of a trial.
Sometimes, however, insurance companies or drug manufacturers aren’t willing to offer you the money you deserve. When this happens, an experienced litigator needs to step in. Many firms don’t have trial lawyers who can handle cases when they go this far. But when you are represented by Becker Law Office, you also have legal representation from the AV-rated trial lawyers at Bubalo, Goode, Sales & Bliss, PLC.
The award winning litigators at the Bubalo Law Office have been named among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Kentucky and are ready to use their legal experience to make a compelling case for you in court.
When a drug manufacturer betrays your trust and makes you ill or harms you, you deserve to hold the manufacturer fully accountable. A team of legal professionals can advocate for you and help you to do just that.
Contact Becker Law Office today to schedule a free no obligation consultation to learn how we can help. From our offices in Louisville and Lexington we handle claims across Kentucky and Southern Indiana.