If you or a loved one is a victim of a dangerous drug, a Dallas dangerous drug lawyer from Loncar Lyon Jenkins can help you get the financial compensation you deserve. We will handle your dangerous drug claim from beginning to end while you focus on your well-being.
Types of Dangerous Drug Lawsuits
Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medication can offer a wide range of benefits, providing significant relief to patients suffering from illnesses or medical conditions. However, sometimes drugs have potentially dangerous side effects that can cause more harm than good. In recent years, there have been high-profile drug lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies producing these medications, claiming they harm users.
Common examples of dangerous drug companies facing lawsuits include the manufacturers of opioid painkillers such as OxyContin, Vioxx (an anti-inflammatory medication), Invokana (a diabetes drug), Zofran (an anti-nausea medicine), and Benicar (used to treat high blood pressure). These pharmaceuticals can have severe side effects, leading to devastating health complications such as addiction, stroke, heart attacks, and organ failure. Some patients may be entitled to file class action lawsuits against drug makers for negligence in ensuring their products were safe before sending them out into the marketplace. It is important for consumers to stay informed about potential risks associated with any prescription medication they take.
Elmiron® is a prescription drug for treating the painful bladder condition interstitial cystitis (IC). It has been widely prescribed for IC since it was approved by the FDA in 1996, and for many people with IC, it is considered an effective treatment. However, Elmiron® has recently been correlated with serious eye damage that could lead to permanent vision loss. Macular degeneration, pigmentary maculopathy, and an eye disorder called retinal maculopathy are all potential side effects associated with long-term use of Elmiron®.
These links were revealed after research conducted on patients who have taken Elmiron® for an extended period of time showed they developed significant eye damage, much worse than age-related deterioration one would expect from regular aging. Many believe there may be a link between the active ingredient pentosan polysulfate sodium (PPS) in Elmiron® and adverse vision events, even though the exact mechanism remains unclear. While the FDA has not officially recognized this information as being definitive, many doctors now warn their patients of these potential risks when prescribing Elmiron®.
Patients using Zantac® or other medications containing Ranitidine, the active ingredient in Zantac, could be at risk from exposure to a potentially dangerous chemical called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). NDMA is a known carcinogen often found in industrial petroleum products. Unfortunately, due to how this chemical reacts with certain medications through FDA tests simulation, it may also be present in trace amounts within drugs that include ranitidine as its active ingredient.
Patients taking Zantac® for extended periods of time might be affected with an increased risk of developing bladder or esophageal cancer. Research is now being done to determine the potential risks patients may have incurred from prolonged use of Zantac® and similar drugs containing ranitidine. It is paramount for patients who used such medications over the last five years to stay vigilant regarding their health and get regular checkups done if they experience any symptoms associated with long-term exposure to NDMA or these types of medications.
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) affects over one million Americans, and many rely on the medication Truvada® for treatment and to reduce their risk of contracting the virus. The drug contains the active ingredient tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF). Unfortunately, it has been linked to numerous negative side effects in those taking it, such as acute kidney injury and deterioration of bone health. In addition to Truvada®, there are a variety of other medications that also include TDF, including Viread®, Atripla®, Complera®, and Stribild®.
These side effects can seriously affect the quality of life of someone living with HIV who relies on TDF drugs to relieve their condition. As a result, those on these treatments must pay close attention to any signs or symptoms that might point to these dangerous side effects, like changes in urination habits or overall fatigue, to get help as soon as possible. If you have questions regarding potential TDF-related side effects, bring them up with your doctor immediately so that your concerns can be evaluated.
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We Work on a Contingency-Fee Basis
Some victims of harmful drugs worry that they cannot afford legal representation. We take that worry off your shoulders by accepting cases on a contingency-fee basis. This means that we only accept our fee if we win your case. We also offer free, no-obligation consultations so you can understand your legal options.
You should not have to worry about incurring additional financial losses when pursuing justice, and you have nothing to lose by taking advantage of a free case review today. There are no financial risks.
You Generally Have Two Years to File Your Injury Lawsuit
Both personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits must reach the courts within a two-year time period, according to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003. This may seem like a long time. However, it can pass in the blink of an eye when dealing with a serious injury or ailment.
Since some injuries and illnesses caused by dangerous drugs can take years to become apparent, the statute of limitations may vary depending on your situation. For example, if you have cancer due to a defective drug, the countdown for your statute of limitations may begin from the date you became ill or when you received a diagnosis.
Your Attorney Will Ensure You Don’t Miss the Deadline
Because the timeline for these cases can be extremely complex, it is best to speak with one of our attorneys as soon as possible to ensure that you don’t miss the deadline to file your dangerous drug lawsuit.
Filing a civil lawsuit is not something to put off. Our lawyers will need time to investigate your case, gather evidence, and negotiate a fair settlement. If negotiations fail, there may not be much time to file before the statute of limitations ends.
Unfortunately, if you fail to file in a timely manner, you may lose your chance for possible compensation forever. At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, we can manage your case and file it on time.
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Types of Potential Compensation for Injury Claims in Dallas, TX
Each personal injury case is unique, and the value of yours will depend on the specific losses you suffered. You may be entitled to compensation for the following types of damages:
- Ongoing medical costs for rehabilitation or treatment
- Lost wages due to time spent away from work for recovery
- Diminished earning capacity if your ailments prevent you from working the same job as before
- Pain and suffering
You Could Seek Damages if You Lost a Loved One
If you lost someone due to a dangerous prescription or over-the-counter drug, you could file a wrongful death claim or lawsuit. You could seek:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of consortium
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of parental guidance and household benefits
Your ability to seek damages depends on your relationship to the decedent. Usually, immediate family members can file. A representative of the decedent’s estate can also initiate legal action within three months of the death if family members do not, per Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 71.004.
A wrongful death lawyer at Loncar Lyon Jenkins can help you navigate the complex legalities you experience after the death of a loved one.
How Your Dangerous Drug Lawyer in Dallas Can Seek Damages
We can handle your Dallas County case from beginning to end, whether you are filing an insurance claim or a lawsuit against a liable party. Our team can help you by:
Investigating Your Case
We may find that your dangerous drug case was a result of the following:
- A negligent healthcare provider who improperly prescribed or administered medication.
- A healthcare provider who did not explain a drug’s possible risks or side effects.
- A drug manufacturer that produced an inherently dangerous or otherwise defective drug.
- A wholesaler that did not properly store a certain type of medication.
- An advertising agency that incorrectly marketed a medication.
Depending on your situation, multiple parties could be liable for your losses.
Proving Negligence or Strict Liability
We need to prove various factors of your case to recover damages. However, these factors depend on how you or a loved one was hurt. For example, we must prove that the drug or healthcare provider in question injured you or a family member. Either way, our firm can prove your case’s required elements.
Consulting With Field Experts
While our team has over 30 years of legal experience, we are not healthcare professionals. To prove your case’s requirements, we may get testimony from the following:
- Representatives from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
- Drug counselors
- Mental health professionals
Filing a Claim
Once we determine the liable party in your case, we will file your claim. We can manage your claim’s progress, including its paperwork, filing, and negotiations. You may be tempted to file a claim with the insurance company or at-fault party on your own. While you can file a claim without an attorney, it is not recommended.
Protecting You From Insurers
Drug companies and their insurance carriers will aggressively pursue injury victims to try and find any way to reduce or eliminate their own liability. They may ask you to settle for far less than you are owed or try to get you to sign an agreement absolving them of responsibility.
When you are recovering from your illness or injury, it can be difficult to know how to proceed. These companies will not hesitate to take advantage of your confusion and stress to press their case, to your detriment.
When you work with a Dallas dangerous drug lawyer from Loncar Lyon Jenkins, you don’t have to worry about settlement negotiations. We will handle all the legal aspects of your claim for you, so you can focus on your recovery. If we cannot reach a fair agreement with the other party, we will take your case to court without hesitation.
Filing Your Lawsuit
When an insurance company fails to offer fair compensation during the negotiation process, we are ready to take the at-fault party to trial. No matter how complex your case, we will defend your right to fair compensation before a judge and jury. We firmly believe that even the largest companies should be held accountable for their actions, and we will not hesitate to pursue justice on your behalf.
Most insurance companies and opposing lawyers want to avoid going to court, so once they see that we have filed suit, they may return to the negotiation table.
In fact, most injury cases are settled out of court, even after the trial has already begun. Regardless, we are ready to represent you in a trial to seek a court-awarded offer.
We Help People Who Develop Addictions to Dangerous Drugs
When a doctor prescribes a medication, they must warn patients of all possible risks––including the possibility of addiction. If they fail to warn a patient of this risk, they could bear liability for any resulting damages.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Schedule II drugs are among the types of prescription drugs that have a high potential for severe psychological or physical dependency. Examples of Schedule II drugs include:
Addiction is devastating for your career and relationships. It can also affect your finances, along with your physical and emotional health. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) drug addiction can alter the way your brain functions and cause long-term health issues such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and mental illness.
The Importance of Seeking Treatment for Addiction
If you believe that you or a loved one may be addicted to a dangerous drug, timely intervention is critical for a safe recovery. Seek medical attention as soon as possible to begin treatment and rehabilitation. A doctor who specializes in addiction can prescribe a combination of medical treatment and behavioral therapy to treat addiction and help you return to normal.
While it is imperative that you seek treatment for your addiction, pursuing legal action is also important for holding the negligent parties accountable. When you seek medical treatment, you also create documentation that can support your claim for compensation.
If you or a loved one was prescribed one of these drugs and developed an addiction, a dangerous drug lawyer with our firm can help you with a personal injury claim or lawsuit.
New Analysis Suggests Paxil Is Unsafe for Teenagers
The British Medical Journal (BMJ) recently published a new analysis that has revealed that paroxetine, which is found in Paxil, may be unsafe and ineffective in teenagers. Some of the negative effects of this drug include suicidal ideation and cardiovascular problems.
If your child was hurt or passed away after they took Paxil, you may qualify to bring an injury or wrongful death action. Our compassionate personal injury and wrongful death lawyers can help.
Seek Medical Attention for Your Injuries
After suffering injuries from a dangerous drug, it is important to seek medical attention. If you do not, an insurer may claim you worsened your injuries to undervalue or deny your claim.
Documentation from your doctor’s appointments can help link your injuries to the dangerous drug. This can help you establish your losses when you seek compensation.
Make sure you follow through with any treatment plan your doctor prescribes. Keep any medical records and receipts, as well.
With this information, your dangerous drug attorney will be able to establish the cause of your injuries, pinpoint the at-fault party, and place financial value on your losses.
Contact Loncar Lyon Jenkins Today
If you or a loved one suffered harm due to a dangerous drug, our lawyers in Dallas can seek damages. You might have sustained an illness, injury, or addiction.
Loncar Lyon Jenkins proudly serves Dallas and other areas throughout Texas. Call in the Strong Arm for your dangerous drug case today.