SKILLED IN DRUG INJURY CASES
WE TRUST PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS TO BE SAFE AND EFFECTIVE. UNFORTUNATELY, ILLNESS AND INJURY DO HAPPEN.
Each year, about 70% of Americans take prescription drugs to treat a range of health conditions. When you fill a prescription, you expect the drugs to be safe and effective. The job of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to make sure that only safe drugs are sold to the public and that they contain proper labeling.
Unfortunately, many people will become ill after taking drugs. These drugs might cause surprise side effects or have ingredients that are contaminated.
Many innocent people find that they are in worse shape after taking the drugs than if they had taken nothing at all.
If you or a loved one has fallen sick or died after taking prescription drugs, you might have a legal claim for compensation. Reach out to an attorney at Groth & Associates today.
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Despite widespread testing of drugs, many unsafe prescriptions are sold to consumers every year. They can lead to a variety of complications, including death. At our firm, we have seen many defective drugs including:
- Antibiotics, such as Levaquin® and Diflucan®, with the latter being linked to serious birth defects in children.
- Painkillers, including codeine, acetaminophen, oxycodone and OxyContin®, Meperidine, and many others.
- Antidepressants, including Zoloft® and Prozac®, which have been linked to birth defects after mothers have taken the drugs.
- Birth control medications that have caused heart problems and other complications in women.
- Drugs that treat erectile dysfunction, which have been proven to increase the risk of developing skin cancer, including aggressive and deadly melanomas.
- Diabetes drugs, such as drugs containing pioglitazone, which increases the chances of developing bladder cancer. Other diabetes drugs increase the risk of pancreatic cancer or of heart failure.
The above are only some of the more common dangerous drugs that we know about that are currently on the marketplace and have injured thousands of innocent people. If you have suddenly become sick after taking prescription drugs, the drug might be to blame. Reach out to one of our lawyers.
OTHER PRACTICE AREA CASES
HOLDING MANUFACTURERS LIABLE
WHILE PERSONAL INJURIES ARE OFTEN REFERRED TO AS ACCIDENTS, THEY ARE OFTEN THE RESULT OF ANOTHER PERSON’S RECKLESS OR NEGLIGENT CONDUCT.
Manufacturers are ultimately responsible for making sure that their drugs are safe. Even if a drug has been tested and “approved” by the FDA, it still must be safe. When it is not, and innocent people are injured, then someone must pay compensation for the injuries and loss of life that result. Under Ohio law, this party is often the drug manufacturer.
Drug injury lawsuits also play a vital role in improving public safety. An expensive lawsuit can cost pharmaceutical companies billions of dollars, so they have an incentive to properly test and manufacture their drugs. We like to think that our lawsuits are helping to supplement the work that the FDA does in ensuring that Americans only have the highest quality prescription drugs.
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DO YOU HAVE A LAWSUIT?
The fact that you became sick does not necessarily mean that the manufacturer is to blame. For example, the drug might be the wrong dose, or it could contain something that triggers a known allergy. These complications are usually the fault of the doctor who prescribed the medication and/or the pharmacist who filled the prescription.
In other cases, the side effect is a known one. Almost all drugs cause side effects, and the key is determining whether patients and doctors were warned about it. If so, then this does not mean that you have a potential lawsuit. For example, some drugs might cause impotence. If you were warned of this fact, then you probably can’t sue if you become impotent.
Many drug injury lawsuits stem from situations where the side effect was unknown. For example, a drug might cause a dramatic increase in risk for cancer, which means that patients have not been warned of this fact before agreeing to take the medication.
Other lawsuits stem from a bad batch of drugs. Some ingredient was contaminated, which ultimately causes patients to become ill. Here, the manufacturer should not have sold a defective drug to the public.
In other situations, improper labeling or instructions make the drugs dangerous to the typical consumer. Had there been proper instructions or labels, then the patient likely would not have been injured.
AFFORDING LEGAL HELP
If you were injured by a dangerous or defective drug, you should seek compensation for your injuries. Many of our clients have received money to pay for medical care and to make up for other economic losses, such as lost wages. Our clients might also receive money for the pain and suffering they have endured.
It is surprisingly affordable to hire an attorney. At Groth & Associates, we don’t charge fees unless we win your case. This type of contingency fee arrangement makes getting an experienced lawyer within reach for most people, with no upfront cost.
Many drug injury cases are brought as class actions, where hundreds or even thousands of patients band together to bring a lawsuit because they have suffered common injuries at the hands of a defective drug. Even those with relatively minor injuries could join a class action and gain the help of a seasoned Toledo drug injury lawyer.
DOES IT MATTER IF THE DRUG WAS FDA APPROVED?
No. A drug can’t really be sold unless it is FDA approved. If this were a bar to a lawsuit, then no successful drug injury cases would be brought in court. The FDA approval process is key, but it cannot root out all dangerous drugs. There are many drugs for common illnesses that cause unknown side effects or which are dangerous to use because of inaccurate or insufficient labeling or instructions.
CONTACT A TOLEDO DRUG INJURY LAWYER TODAY
Groth & Associates is a prominent personal injury law firm that has served the Toledo community for years. If you or a loved one has been injured by a prescription or over-the-counter drug, please contact our firm today. We can investigate your claim and determine whether you have a valid lawsuit against a drug manufacturer or other entity. Please call today to meet for a free consultation with one of our lawyers.