Americans expect pharmaceutical companies to adequately test for both safety and effectiveness before marketing their products-however, this is not always the case. Injuries caused by inadequately tested drugs can result in life-altering injuries-leaving families struggling with debt from medical expenses. In some cases, families suffer the loss of their loved one due to the unexpected side effects of drugs that are subsequently recalled.
In spite of issues with the safety of their products, pharmaceutical companies make billions of dollars each year. In 2015, prescription drug sales reached $425 billion with analysts predicting sales will exceed $600 billion by 2020. When a drug is recalled for safety issues, the pharmaceutical company involved will fight tenaciously to protect these profits.
Fortunately, the law provides consumers with the option to file a lawsuit for compensation when they become injured due to manufacturer negligence This is considered product liability law, and it applies to anyone injured by faulty drugs. For most people, filing a legal claim is the only way to achieve compensation for physical, financial, and emotional injuries.
An injured party may file a claim for damages and injuries including ongoing medical treatment (including the costs of hospitalization), loss of consortium or companionship, diminished quality of life, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any loss related to the death of a loved one.
While every case is unique, product liability cases have certain things in common. One of which is that the injured party must prove that the product (in this case drug) that injured them is defective. When a drug is recalled, that point is evident.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
Anyone can try to file a lawsuit on their own, however, cases filed against multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical corporations can be complicated and involve specific points of law that most people are unfamiliar with. “Big Pharma” has highly-experienced legal teams working diligently to protect their enormous profits, and the only realistic way to achieve a positive outcome is to make sure you have a knowledgeable legal team on your side- protecting your rights.
Product liability lawyers specializing in drug recalls and pharmaceutical lawsuits can help in numerous ways. They can explain your legal rights and options as well as evaluate the strength of your claim. Additionally, they can file the lawsuit on your behalf, and help negotiate a fair settlement, or take it to trial if necessary.
Contact Our Attorneys for Pharmaceutical Lawsuits
If you or a member of your family has suffered an injury due to a drug that has since been recalled, we strongly recommend that you speak with an experienced drug recall attorney. Our team of compassionate lawyers at Shea Law Group has extensive experience handling these types of product liability cases and we are here to help you attain a fair settlement. If you would like to discuss your legal options, book you free, no-obligation consultation today. Give us a call at (877)-365-0040 or fill out a contact form online.