Prescription Drug Injury Attorneys

Pharmaceutical manufacturers spend heavily to advertise many prescription drugs directly to American consumers instead of to the doctors who must prescribe them. This drives up demand, sales, and profits.

Like other manufacturers, prescription drug makers have a legal duty to ensure that their products are safe and effective when used as directed or to adequately warn users of the risks they pose. Unfortunately, many of them that have entered the market in recent years have not been thoroughly tested.

Prescription drugs are frequently rushed to market in the name of quick profits and are later shown to cause dangerous side effects. Too often, investigations demonstrate that the pharmaceutical company knew or should have known of the dangers the products posed to patients who used them.

The dedicated drug injury lawyers at Bubalo Law PLC have successfully pursued hundreds of lawsuits on behalf of individuals who were harmed by prescription drugs that had been touted as safe and effective. If you or a family member has suffered injury from a dangerous prescription drug, our nationally respected law firm may be able to help you.

Taking on a large corporation such as a drug manufacturer requires extensive experience and a certain level of knowledge about the industry. At Bubalo Law PLC, we have earned a reputation both locally and nationwide for our successful track record in these types of claims. Both individual clients and referring attorneys choose to work with our firm because:

  • We have the manpower and the resources to tackle complex claims against deep-pocketed drug companies. We won’t let a large corporation evade justice by employing expensive delay tactics with the hope that the victim will have to give up.
  • Our seasoned drug injury lawyers began their careers as defense attorneys for large corporations. We know the tactics drug companies use to defend themselves against cases like this, and we use this knowledge to our advantage.
  • Our respected trial lawyers have secured multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements in high-profile product liability claims for our deserving clients. We have a long track record of success in winning maximum compensation for victims of dangerous drugs.
  • Our nationally recognized law firm handles dangerous drug lawsuits across the United States, from Massachusetts to California. We can fight for clients in various state and federal district courts.

Do not hesitate to contact our personal injury law firm if you believe you have been harmed by a dangerous or defective drug. A consultation is free, and we do not charge any fees to begin work on your claim. In fact, you do not pay us unless we recover compensation in your case.

When you meet with our attorneys to discuss your claim, we will immediately begin investigating to determine the best course of action for you. Some of the actions our law firm will take as part of our efforts to build a strong claim include

  • Researching the history of the drug and identifying cases in which others have been harmed Determining all potentially liable parties who may owe compensation to you
  • Documenting the harm you have suffered as a result of the dangerous drug, including how your health and your life will be affected in the future
  • Hiring medical experts to consult on your claim
  • Evaluating whether your claim should be filed in state or federal court – and explaining the benefits to you
  • Advising you on whether you should join a class-action lawsuit or whether you should maintain your individual claim, which may be consolidated into multicounty litigation (MCL) or multidistrict litigation (MDL)
  • Managing all paperwork, documentation, and communication related to your claim, so you can concentrate on your health and your family

There are strict time limits on how long you have to file a drug injury lawsuit, and these limits (known as the statute of limitations) vary by state. So it is important that you take action immediately if you believe a drug has caused you harm.

Despite the federal regulations in place to protect consumers from harmful drugs, there are many ways in which serious injuries can occur from medications that were deemed “safe.” Some of the more common causes of dangerous drug injuries include:

  • A failure to warn of side effects or other important information, whether on the part of the manufacturer or the drug sales representative
  • Lack of sufficient testing to identify problems that may occur over time or in a particular segment of the population
  • Off-label prescriptions from doctors who want to use the medication to treat conditions that it has not been approved to treat
  • Unexpected drug reactions and side effects that occur when patients are taking drugs as prescribed
  • Negligence on the part of a drug manufacturer who was reckless in producing or testing the medication
  • A failure to investigate reports of problems or failure to recall the drug when the dangers have become clear

In addition to those who manufacture and market medications, doctors and other medical professionals can put a patient in danger by making prescriptions errors. Bad drug interactions, incorrect dosing, and medication mix-ups can all lead to serious and sometimes fatal injuries.

The compensation we pursue in prescription drug lawsuits is intended to make victims financially whole again. Depending on the circumstances of your drug injury claim, we may demand payment for:

Medical bills

including those you have already incurred related to your injury and those you will face in the future.

Lost income

as well as diminished earning capacity if you are not able to go back to the job you had before your injury.

Pain and suffering

including what you’ve been through physically, emotionally and psychologically.

Punitive damages

which can be awarded in extreme cases as a way of punishing the at-fault party.

Wrongful death damages

which can be awarded to families who have lost a loved one due to an unsafe medication

We understand that no amount of money can undo the harm you have suffered at the hands of a callous drug company. However, you and your family deserve justice, and that means holding the at-fault party financially accountable.

The United States spends much more per capita on prescription drugs than other developed nations do, according to a multi-national study published by the European Journal of Clinical Investigation in March 2013. In fact, the study found that brand-name drug prices in the U.S. are considerably higher as well. One review of the study also noted that the market deceives patients “into taking drugs they do not need, that do not work and even put lives at risk.”

It typically takes time and a large sample of users to identify the dangerous side effects of a newly developed drug. Pharmaceutical manufacturers that rush prescription drugs to the market without adequate testing have failed their legal duty to market safe products. If they ignore or downplay evidence that a drug may be dangerous, they are just as liable for any harm their product causes.

Potentially dangerous drugs are often identified through independent studies. When the results of these studies are reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the regulating body in our country, they sometimes lead to FDA orders directing prescription drug manufacturers to:

  • Change how they promote certain drugs
  • Add warnings to packages
  • Advise physicians of the need to closely monitor patients’ use of the drug

In the worse cases, an FDA recall notice will direct a manufacturer to remove the drug from the market, but this is often too late for many people who have already been harmed.

Bubalo Law PLC assists individuals and families who have been harmed by dangerous prescription drugs. We investigate and accept cases involving numerous medications that have been cited by the FDA and/or independent studies for their dangerous side effects. You should know that a medication does not have to be recalled for a manufacturer to be held liable.

At Bubalo Law PLC, our experienced drug injury lawyers have represented individuals and families in hundreds of lawsuits against manufacturers. Some of the high-profile drug cases we have handled include:

Prescription Drugs

Fen-Phen

a combination of fenfluramine (“fen”) and phentermine (“phen”) prescription medications approved separately for use as short-term appetite suppressants. Many doctors combined the two drugs and prescribed them for long-term use in the 1990s, but studies found that fen-phen caused heart damage and/or primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH), an incurable disease scarring the internal vasculature of the lungs and increasing the blood pressure in the lungs to dangerous levels.

Taxotere

a chemotherapy drug that causes permanent hair loss. Taxotere’s manufacturer knew the damage this drug could cause but failed to warn patients. To make matters worse, Taxotere was not any more effective at fighting cancer than other medications that do not cause permanent hair loss.

Reglan

a drug used to treat gastroesophogeal reflux disease, also known as “acid reflux.” Reglan was linked to a several conditions that cause involuntary repetitive movement, including tardive dyskinesia, dystonia, akathisia and pseudoparkinsonism.

Yaz and Yasmin birth control products

birth control products, which were linked to blood clots and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). If blood clots or DVTs break free and lodge in the heart or lungs (pulmonary embolism), they can cause heart attack or stroke.

Paxil

which is used to treat depression and anxiety disorders. Paxil has been linked to Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in Newborns (PPHN), which is a destructive condition affecting the heart and lungs of newborn infants.

Granuflo

which was provided to tens of thousands of kidney dialysis patients across the country but has been linked to sudden cardiac arrest, injury and death among patients. Evidence indicates that Granuflo’s manufacturer, Fresenius Medical Care North America, knew its products posed a deadly risk to patients but kept the dangers a secret, without adequately instructing doctors and healthcare providers on how to use Granuflo in a way to avoid this harm.

Hormone replacement therapy drugs

including Prempro, Premphase, Premarin, Provera, and other estrogens and progestins. Hormone replacement therapy has been linked to breast cancer, heart attack, stroke, blood clots, auto-immune disease, ovarian cancer and gallbladder cancer.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of the types of dangerous prescription drug cases our law firm has handled in the past or is currently accepting. No matter what type of drug you have been harmed by, our attorneys are here to discuss what has happened and how we may be able to help.

Despite the federal regulations in place to protect consumers from harmful drugs, there are many ways in which serious injuries can occur from medications that were deemed “safe.” Some of the more common causes of dangerous drug injuries include:

  • A failure to warn of side effects or other important information, whether on the part of the manufacturer or the drug sales representative
  • Lack of sufficient testing to identify problems that may occur over time or in a particular segment of the population
  • Off-label prescriptions from doctors who want to use the medication to treat conditions that it has not been approved to treat
  • Unexpected drug reactions and side effects that occur when patients are taking drugs as prescribed
  • Negligence on the part of a drug manufacturer who was reckless in producing or testing the medication
    A failure to investigate reports of problems or failure to recall the drug when the dangers have become clear

There are several steps you should take to protect your health and your rights if you believe you have been harmed by a prescription drug:

See a doctor immediately. The doctor can assess and treat the side effects you are experiencing, as well as determine your options for changing medications.

Keep the medication as well as the packaging or bottle. The doctor may need this, and it can be used as evidence later in your legal claim.

Report your problem to the FDA. File an adverse event report through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s MedWatch database. This will help the FDA track problems related to the medication.

Contact an attorney right away. Our legal team will want to begin building evidence in your case as soon as possible, and your decision to act could save others from the harm you have experienced.

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