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The pharmaceutical industry is vast, with thousands of drugs going to market each year. Therefore, because of the incredible amount of money to be made, sometimes medications are rushed to market. As a result, people can become ill, seriously injured, or even die because they took unsafe medicine.
When dangerous drugs cause a personal injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
The Youngstown drug injury lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick have extensive experience helping victims deal these situations and recover what they need from negligent drug companies, doctors, and anyone responsible.
How Drug Injuries Happen
The FDA must approve all medications sold in the U.S. Unfortunately, the FDA sometimes fails to properly test drugs before releasing them. Other times, the warning labels on some drugs are inadequate. This can lead to misuse, overdoses, and serious harm.
Common Pharmaceutical Drug Issues
Recently, the City of Youngstown has joined more than 1,500 states, counties, cities and other communities suing drug manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacy chains for their role in the national opioid epidemic.
Aside from opioids, there are countless possible claims when it comes to the potential damage pharmaceuticals can cause. Drugs can have harmful side effects, result in permanent bodily damage, or be fatal.
The most common drug injury claims are:
- Defective Drugs: defects can happen at several stages of the manufacturing process. For instance, the plant can mislabel large batches or they can become contaminated.
- Dangerous Side Effects: frequently, drugs that have been on the market for years are discovered to have dangerous side effects. These can be immediate, short-term, or manifest years later.
- Improper Marketing: “marketing” in the pharmaceutical industry relates to the package instructions, warnings, or recommendations. This usually refers to injuries that occur when the manufacturer fails to warn the consumer about potential side effects.
Common Defective Pharmaceutical Injuries
Because pharmaceutical companies release drugs before fully realizing the long-term effects, people often suffer injuries due to these barely-tested drugs. The drug injuries include but are not limited to:
- Heart attack
- Increased Blood Pressure
- Internal Organ Damage
- Depression (which could increase suicide risk)
Who is Liable for Pharmaceutical Drug Injuries in Youngstown
The “Chain of Distribution,” is anyone involved in the process before the drug reaches the consumer. These parties can include:
- Manufacturers: Pharmaceutical manufacturers are typically large companies since creating and testing drugs is complicated and expensive.
- Testing Labs: Every drug that reaches the consumer worked its way through many tests on the way to the market. Some of these labs are independent of the manufacturer, and drug testing failures often lead to injuries.
- Pharmaceutical sales representatives: These representatives work for the manufacturers and are the ones who make drug recommendations to the doctors who prescribe the drugs. If they were negligent in their explanations, the patient could suffer harm.
- Doctors: These are the medical professionals who prescribe the drugs. They may be liable if they fail to alert you about potential side effects or don’t give adequate instructions.
- Hospitals or Clinic: Hospitals and clinics are part of the chain of distribution and may be liable for your injuries. For instance, if proper drug safety measures are not in place at the hospital that dispenses your medication, you can suffer severe injuries.
- Pharmacies: Often, pharmacies are the final point of distribution. Pharmacists also frequently give counseling about using medications. Therefore, they could be liable for incorrect information or providing the wrong drugs.
If you or a loved one suffered because any of these parties failed in their responsibility, reach out to our drug injury lawyers. We can evaluate the situation and help you figure out the best course of action.
Compensation After a Drug Injury
Taking the wrong prescription drug can have devastating consequences.
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 were responsible.
If you suffered after taking prescribed medicines, you might be entitled to compensation for your loss. Usually, this is achieved through a personal injury claim or drug injury lawsuit.
A drug injury claim or lawsuit 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 Youngstown drug injury lawyers have helped numerous injury victims get compensation for their long-term needs after a dangerous drug caused harm.
A Youngstown Drug Injury Lawyer Can Help
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 Youngstown drug injury attorney today.