When we get sick, we depend on certain medications to help us get better. However, some drugs, whether over the counter or prescribed, do not work as intended. If you or a loved one suffered harm because of a dangerous drug, you might have the basis of a personal injury case. A Houston dangerous drug lawyer can evaluate your situation and explain your financial recovery options.
You may be able to receive compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income
- Reduced future earning capacity
- Costs associated with wrongful death, such as the decedent’s funeral costs
At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, our Houston personal injury lawyers want to give your case the attention it deserves. You can connect with a member of our team today in a free case review. To learn more, call (877) 239-4878.
Potential Causes of Your Injuries
To recover compensation, your lawyer will need to connect the harm you suffered to the dangerous drug in question.
There are many ways that a medication may have harmed you, including:
Unintended Side Effects
Each drug comes with its own set of side effects. These side effects must be clearly outlined on the drug’s packaging so that consumers can make informed decisions regarding their health. Additionally, medical professionals are expected to share the possible side effects of a drug when issuing a prescription.
Some examples of adverse side effects include:
- Gastrointestinal issues, such as nausea, vomiting, heartburn, and diarrhea
- Fainting spells
- An increased risk of heart attack and/or stroke
- Blood clots
This is not a complete list.
Contraindications with Other Medications
Some medications cannot be mixed together, as they negatively interact with one another. If you were prescribed a dangerous drug, your doctor should have examined your medical history before writing the prescription. If they did not do so and you were harmed as a result, you could have the foundation of a medical malpractice case.
Issues with Manufacturing or Distribution
All drugs must be tested before they reach the consumer. Sometimes, errors during the manufacturing process can impact a drug’s effectiveness. Other times, the wholesaler may not have stored the drug properly, causing negative effects.
An Increased Risk of Cancer
Some drugs may be on the market for years before the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issues a recall. Even then, consumers can develop health complications years after they stopped taking the drug. For instance, take the example of Zantac. Zantac, at one point, was considered the most popular heartburn medication on the market. Recently, per the FDA, it was discovered that the drug could cause cancer development in patients.
If you or a loved one suffered harm because of a dangerous drug, you have legal options. A Houston dangerous drug lawyer can evaluate your case and determine what legal action course could help you recover compensation. To connect with Loncar Lyon Jenkins, call (877) 239-4878. You can explore your legal options at no out-of-pocket cost to you.
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Potentially Liable Parties in Your Houston Dangerous Drug Case
Liability in your case will rest on the facts of your situation. After your lawyer establishes the cause of your injuries, they can determine who holds liability for your losses.
Liability could rest on:
A Medical Professional
As noted, a medical professional could share liability for your damages.
This could be the case if:
- Your doctor did not check your medical history before prescribing a medication.
- Your doctor misdiagnosed your condition and prescribed a medication that harmed you.
- Your doctor incorrectly read your lab test results.
- A pharmacist incorrectly filled the wrong medication.
- Your health care team did not alert you to any possible side effects or contraindications.
A representative from Loncar Lyon Jenkins can discuss your case in more detail when you call us today.
Some medications need to be refrigerated. Others do not. Some medications can remain on a store’s shelves for months. Others only last a matter of weeks. If a wholesaler incorrectly stored a medication, causing your injuries, they could share liability for your expenses.
A Drug’s Manufacturer
All drugs must undergo testing before reaching the consumer. However, some drug manufacturers fail in this obligation. Again, let us revisit the circumstances surrounding Zantac. While the drug itself was inherently safe, when it entered the body, it produced unsafe levels of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which can cause cancer. All drug manufacturers must account for how a drug changes in the human body. Otherwise, it could cause widespread injuries and fatalities.
How Our Legal Team Can Help You
When you team up with Loncar Lyon Jenkins, we can determine a suitable course of action for your circumstances. You may be able to file an insurance claim and recover compensation through that avenue. You may be able to join a mass tort, which would allow you to share resources with other people who were affected by the same drug.
We can help you by:
Our team can consult with health care professionals to determine how and why your injuries occurred. We can determine whether your doctor acted negligently or if liability rests elsewhere.
The evidence in your case will rest on the details of your situation. For instance, if a defective drug injured you, you could have the basis of a product liability claim, as explained by the American Bar Association. In this scenario, you would only have to prove that the drug harmed you. However, if a medical professional harmed you, some evidence in your case could include your medical records and third-party testimony.
Negotiating a Settlement
We are determined to help you recover fair compensation for your injury-related expenses. After determining the liable party, we will attempt to settle your case through an insurance settlement. While doing this, we will account for your current and future medical expenses. If we cannot resolve your case in this way, we can file a lawsuit and go to court.
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A Houston Dangerous Drug Lawyer Can Help You Today
Loncar Lyon Jenkins stands ready to help with your dangerous drug case. We can determine the cause of your injuries and recover compensation on your behalf. To get started, call (877) 239-4878.