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When a person sustains serious reactions, side effects, including addiction, or dies after taking prescription medication or over-the-counter drugs, a drug injury lawsuit may be possible.
In the US, pharmaceutical, prescription, and over-the-counter drugs are approved by the Food and Drug Administration. However, even with oversight, drugs may cause permanent or long-term side effects ranging from mild to severe. When this happens, companies or the FDA may issue a drug recall.
Whether incomplete testing, withheld information, or other unforeseen complications are to blame for drug injuries, serious and unexpected side effects can be frustrating, frightening, and costly. Medical bills that may already have been steep may increase, and drug injury complications might put you out of work or limit your inability to function regularly.
If you believe you are not responsible for drug injuries or have questions about your experience with pharmaceutical or drug products, call our KNR Canton drug injury attorneys at (330) 488-1234 or contact us via our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.
Our attorneys have experience and a record of success helping clients get the best care possible and can walk you through filing a defective drug claim. If you or a loved one suffered because of a dangerous drug our skill can be the difference.
Primary Causes of Drug Injuries
A number of drugs have been involved in drug injury lawsuits over the years. A number of factors could be behind this: poor or inadequate testing, not enough long-term data, irregular bodily reaction, improper prescription or dosage, or a defective product.
While there have been hundreds of FDA recalls and drug injury lawsuits, some of the well-known cases include:
- Nexium: prescribed for acid reflux but is known to cause serious side effects such as heart attacks and strokes.
- Opioids: prescribed to treat pain but linked to severe addiction and abuse/overuse.
- Prilosec: prescribed for acid reflux or stomach ulcers but reported to increase kidney inflammation, chronic kidney disease, and kidney failure.
- Uloric: prescribed for gout but known to cause erratic and extreme cardiac behavior.
- Benicar: prescribed for high blood pressure or hypertension but can result in gastrointestinal problems.
- Viberzi: prescribed for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) but linked to various forms of pancreatitis.
- Actemra: prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis linked to heart failure and pancreatitis.
- Rexulti: prescribed for major depressive disorder (MDD) and schizophrenia, but alleged to cause addiction and gambling tendencies.
- Concerta: prescribed for ADHD but alleged to cause severe depression/suicidal thoughts
- Risperdal: an antipsychotic medication prescribed for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder which causes gynecomastia and even strokes
- Xarelto: an anticoagulant medication known to cause excessive bleeding.
- Tylenol: a mild, over-the-counter painkiller linked to liver failure.
Reportedly, 20 percent of medications prescribed by doctors fall into an “off label” category. This means the medication is on the market but not operating within the FDA’s approved label. Yet “off-label” prescriptions are common and legal. Doctors can prescribe them for any number of maladies not necessarily intended by the drug.
Symptoms of Drug Injuries
Any number of side effects while taking medication can point toward drug injuries. Although your doctor will often warn you about typical adjustment periods and minor side effects, major side effects might indicate something is wrong. Some symptoms to be mindful of when monitoring potential drug injury are:
- Extreme fatigue
- Increased blood pressure
- Coughing up blood
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Erratic behavior
If you start to experience any of these side effects or any additional intensive feelings while taking any kind of prescription or non-prescription drugs, you may be experiencing a drug injury and should seek medical treatment.
Treatment for Drug Injuries
Canton, Ohio has a number of facilities for treating addiction and rehabilitating pharmaceutical injuries and drug injury victims. Mercy Medical Center in Canton, as well as Aultman Hospital just south of the city both, specialize in trauma and emergency care. Crisis Intervention Recovery Center is just one of several rehab centers that helps Canton-area drug injury patients to recover.
Seeking Compensation for Drug Injuries
The medical treatment and rehab related to drug injuries are often long-term and incredibly expensive. You should not carry this financial burden alone if someone else was responsible.
A drug injury claim can help you recover:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
KNR will guide you through the legal process, help you get treatment, negotiate with the insurance and drug companies, and fight for everything you deserve. Our drug injury lawyers have helped several victims get what they need after a dangerous drug caused them harm. We can help you and your family too.
In addition, if a person dies because of drug injury, a wrongful death lawsuit can help compensate you for:
- Funeral or burial expenses
- Loss of prospective inheritance
- Lost of income
- Loss of comfort and society
Our Canton Drug Injury Attorneys Can Help You
The skilled legal team at Kisling, Nestico & Redick is ready to listen and explain your next steps if a medication harmed you or a loved one.
We have 11 locations throughout Ohio and a long history of fighting for people like you. If you have questions, speak to an experienced Canton drug injury attorney today.