Montgomery Pharmaceutical Injury Lawyer
When you take medication or are given medication at the hospital, you trust that the drug was appropriately prescribed and that company who manufactured the drugs did so with care and that the medicine will help you get better. No matter what drug you took, even over the counter medication, there is always a risk that something went wrong in producing the drug.
If you are suffering injuries because of medication that you took, you might have a case against the pharmaceutical company that manufactured the drug, the pharmacy that filled your prescription, or the doctor who prescribed it. The Morrison Law Firm has decades of experience holding companies accountable when their products injure consumers, and we have helped injured victims gain millions of dollars in compensation. Talk to an attorney today about your pharmaceutical injuries to see what compensation might be available to you.
Who is Responsible for Pharmaceutical Injuries?
When you are harmed by medication, three parties are most often responsible for your injuries. When you take medication, the pharmaceutical company manufactures the drugs, your doctor prescribes the drugs to you, and the pharmacy fills the prescription, meaning any of these three could be responsible for your injuries.
The manufacturer of the medication could leave serious errors in their products. Medicine is put through multiple rounds of testing and reformulation before it is ever given to consumers. This process helps ensure that only the best product gets to consumers. Some pharmaceutical companies, however, are negligent in creating their medication. Sometimes, dangerous medication makes it to pharmacy shelves, injuring consumers. If this happens to you, you might be entitled to compensation from the drug company.
Doctors are medical professionals that are held to a high standard for the care they give patients. Some patients should not be prescribed certain drugs because of potential complications with their conditions. Moreover, some drugs should never be mixed with others. Often, it is up to the doctor, as an expert, to warn you about these dangers and to protect patients from the bad effects of drugs. If your doctor negligently prescribed you medication that caused you harm, you might be entitled to compensation from the doctor or hospital.
Lastly, most people get medication from a pharmacy or from a hospital or doctor’s office with its own pharmacy. When we leave the pharmacy, we expect the pills in our bottles to be the correct medication, at the correct dosage, and that the pills are safe. When pharmacies negligently fill prescriptions, consumers can walk away with dangerous drugs, outrageous dosages, or tainted medication. If this happens to you, you might be entitled to compensation from the pharmacy.
There are other possible parties that may also be held accountable for their errors, such as the testing labs and drug sales representatives. Talk to a lawyer to help understand who might be responsible for your injuries.
Holding Drug Companies Accountable
Many of the problems that consumers face from dangerous prescriptions stem from the failures of the big pharmaceutical companies to properly make safe medicine. When suing a manufacturer for injuries, there are few common types of cases that courts hear.
The first common type of case occurs when the pharmaceutical companies fail to warn about dangerous side effects. While drugs are often tested for potential side effects, drug companies may fail to warn about specific complications or rare side effects. When these drugs hit the open market, the side effects may turn out to be much more common than they thought, and could cause injuries to thousands of people. Any medication is required by federal and Alabama laws to clearly state its active ingredients, side effects, and dangers. If a drug company fails to do so, they might be required to pay for your injuries.
Pharmaceuticals are highly scientific chemical formulae, kept as guarded trade secrets by pharmaceutical companies for as long as the law allows. This often means that the chemical makeup is vital to the effectiveness and safety of the drug, and that anything that interferes with this makeup has the potential to made the drug dangerous. If medication is manufactured alongside other medication, cross-contamination may occur. Even the general cleanliness and temperature conditions of the manufacturing plants, transportation facilities, and storage facilities have the potential to taint medication. If drugs break down because of poor handling, or become contaminated by mold or bacteria, the drugs could become especially unsafe.
Any problem with a drug that leads to your injury could ultimately mean high compensation. Failure to properly follow labeling requirements, testing errors, failure to warn doctors of complications, and other failures may be grounds for a court to award substantial compensation. Talk to an attorney today about your possible pharmaceutical injury case.
Contact Our Alabama Pharmaceutical and Drug Injury Attorneys
Our lawyers at the Morrison Law Firm may be able to fight big pharmaceutical companies on your behalf and get you the compensation you need for your injuries. Call today to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys. Because your case may be limited by strict deadlines, talk to a lawyer as soon as possible. Call (334) 625-6128 today.