When you take a pharmaceutical drug, you expect it to help with whatever ailment you’re trying to treat. Most of us are aware of the potential side effects these drugs can have because we were warned by the manufacturer of them on the packaging. In some cases, though, manufacturers fail to warn consumers of these potential hazards in product liability cases.
Pharmaceutical Drug Lawsuits
If you were injured or became seriously ill because you took a drug that failed to warn you of its potential side effects, you may be able to hold the manufacturer liable for damages. To prevail in this type of lawsuit, you must be prepared to prove that your illness or injury was caused by or connected to two important factors.
These factors are as follows:
- Dangerous side effects
- Failure to warn of potentially dangerous side effects
It’s important to note that negative side effects experienced don’t always have to be so severe. While particularly strong lawsuits are those where adverse side effects are as serious as increased risks of cancer or heart disease, it’s not impossible to hold manufacturers accountable for failing to warn of less serious side effects.
Who Can I Hold Accountable in My Lawsuit?
The drug manufacturer may not be the only entity you can sue. In product liability claims involving drugs, there are a number of entities and individuals that plaintiffs can name in their lawsuits.
Some of these include the following:
- The doctor who prescribed the drug to you
- The laboratory involved in making the drug
- The pharmacist who issued the drug
- Any sales representative who sold the drug
- The hospital that provided the drug
All of these individuals and entities have a responsibility to the end consumer when it comes to warning of the risk of dangerous side effects, especially if they’re known.
If you need help holding someone accountable because you became seriously sick or injured by a pharmaceutical drug, reach out to Bertram & Graf, L.L.C. today for help. With our assistance, you may be able to recover damages associated with the negative side effects that you experienced.
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