Legal Options if a Prescription Drug or Medical Device Caused Harm
In this age of modern medicine, there’s seemingly a prescription drug for just about everything. Unfortunately, some prescription drugs can cause more harm than good. If you’ve been hurt by a prescription drug, you could be eligible for compensation.
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Dangerous Drugs & Devices
Dangerous Drugs and Medical Devices in Ohio
It’s undeniable that prescription drugs can save lives. Without treatment, a person with high blood pressure could suffer a stroke that causes lasting brain damage. A person with diabetes can suffer any number of life-altering complications if blood sugar remains too high for too long.
But what happens when a drug causes worse problems than it solves? We’ve seen the stories in the news about arthritis drugs that alleviate pain, but can cause dangerous heart problems. Some blood pressure medications may keep your blood pressure in the normal range, but can cause liver damage.
We’ve also seen the stories about medical devices intended to improve medical treatment, such as surgery robots, that can cause harm when something goes wrong. When a surgery robot or artificial joint is defective, a patient may be seriously injured.
How Our Ohio Product Liability Lawyers Can Help
If you or a loved one has experienced harmful side effects from a prescription drug or an injury caused by a defective medical device, you may be able to receive compensation through a product liability claim.
A product liability claim can be used to hold the drug or device manufacturer accountable for causing your injuries or losses.
The experienced Ohio product liability lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick have extensive experience helping people injured by dangerous drugs or defective medical devices to obtain compensation for their medical costs and other damages. As one of the largest personal injury law firms in Ohio, we have the knowledge and resources to pursue these types of complex cases and obtain successful results.
Call us at 1-800-HURT-NOW, or use our online contact form, to learn how we can help you if you’ve been harmed by a medication or medical device.
What is a Product Liability Claim?
Product liability is an area of law that allows you to make a claim against the manufacturer, designer, or retailer of a product when you’re injured because the product is defective in some way. There are a few different ways that a product might be defective. Those include:
This is a problem that happens somewhere in the manufacturing process. For example, if a factory where a hip replacement is manufactured isn’t sterile, the replacement joint could be contaminated when implanted in a person and cause an infection with serious consequences.
Sometimes the very way that a product is designed can make it harmful. Harmful side effects of a prescription drug often may be a design defect.
When a product may be dangerous when used as intended, it should come with a warning for consumers. If a drug manufacturer knows that a drug may have a harmful side effect and fails to include a warning label, this may be a warning defect.
Unlike other forms of personal injury claims, you don’t necessarily need to prove that a manufacturer, designer, or seller was negligent in causing your injury. You may only have to prove that the drug or medical device was defective, and that the defect caused you harm.
Through a successful product liability lawsuit, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
Under some limited circumstances, it may be possible to obtain punitive damages from a drug manufacturer, such as when the manufacturer fraudulently withheld information from the Food and Drug Administration during the federal approval process for the drug.
Important Topics in Dangerous Drug and Medical Device Cases
If you believe that you were injured by a drug or a medical device, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure how to pursue a claim. A skilled Ohio product liability lawyer such as those at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can explain the legal process and what to expect. We can also offer some general information about cases involving dangerous drugs or defective medical devices.
However, because each case is unique and based on a specific set of facts and circumstances, we suggest that you call 1-800-HURT-NOW to schedule a free consultation to ask questions about your individual case.
Our lawyers can explain your legal options if you took a drug that was the subject of a safety recall.
We can explain how a lawsuit involving a dangerous drug or defective medical device works in Ohio.
We can explain the types of compensation that may be available in a dangerous drug or defective medical device case.
Because dangerous drugs or defective medical devices often affect numerous people, a lawsuit may be filed as group lawsuit that deals with many people’s claims in one legal proceeding. We can explain more about how class action and mass torts work and how you might be affected by becoming part of such a lawsuit.
Types of Cases We Handle
The lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick are prepared to handle a wide range of cases involving injuries caused by dangerous medications or medical devices, such as those involving:
- Diabetes Drugs
- Arthritis and Pain Drugs
- Cholesterol, Heart and Blood Pressure Drugs
- Anti-Depressant and Anti-Psychotic Drugs
- Drugs Causing Cancer
- Drugs Causing Birth Defects
- Drugs Causing Heart Problems
- Surgery Robots
- Artificial Joints and Implants
- Surgical and Vaginal Mesh
- Birth Control Drugs
- Testosterone Drugs
- Hair Loss Drugs
If you’ve experienced an injury involving any of these or another type of drug or medical device, call the experienced Ohio personal injury lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick at 1-800-HURT-NOW, or use our online contact form, to schedule your free consultation today.