Fort Lauderdale Medication Error Attorneys Advocating for Clients Injured by Dangerous Drugs
Representing South Florida victims of injury from medication errors
It seems like Americans take prescription medication for countless ailments and diseases. When your doctor prescribes a drug to treat an illness or a disease, you take it trusting that the medicine will help you and not harm you. Unfortunately, due to negligence on the part of drug manufacturers, millions of Americans are exposed to injury and death from taking dangerous drugs. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 82 percent of American adults take prescription medications each day, and about 29 percent of those take five or more medications each day. It’s therefore not surprising that about 1.3 million people each year suffer injury from taking a dangerous drug or from having an adverse reaction to a medication says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The Yeboah Law Group helps individuals throughout Miami-Dade, Fort Lauderdale and South Florida who have suffered injury after taking a dangerous drug. Our compassionate medication error attorneys give every client individualized attention. You do not have to worry that you cannot afford to hire an attorney because we take cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not pay attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you.
What qualifies a prescription drug as dangerous?
Dangerous prescription drugs are medications which are dangerous because they cause harmful side effects or adverse events, because the manufacturer is marketing them for an “off-label” use (without FDA approval), or because the manufacturer failed to warn consumers about known side-effects that could cause injury or death. The FDA sometimes issues safety warnings when they have received a high number of adverse event reports from consumers. Additionally, if the drug has proven to cause serious harm, the FDA can compel the manufacturer to recall the drug and the FDA will warn doctors not to prescribe it and warn patients to consult their doctor about the best way to stop taking the drug.
Examples of dangerous drugs
There are many prescription drugs and medical devices that are in the process of being recalled and some are moving through the court system in medical malpractice lawsuits. Some prescription drugs or devices that injured consumers and have lawsuits filed against the drug manufacturer include:
- Hip Implant Recalls
- IVC Filters
- Testosterone Replacement Therapy
- Transvaginal Mesh
Product liability claims for injury from a dangerous drug
When you suffer an injury after taking a prescription drug and you want to file a lawsuit, the type of claim you would have would be for product liability against the product’s manufacturer. Drug makers owe a duty of care to the consumers of their product to make sure that the products they sell are safe and free from defects, that they do what is promised in the marketing copy, and that they warn the public about potential hazards. Dangerous drugs that cause harm to people have failed in one or several of these areas.
Your Fort Lauderdale “dangerous drug” attorney from Yeboah Law Group will be able to discuss with you the three different categories of product liability claims:
- Manufacturing defect. These cases are for products where there was a mistake in the manufacturing process that resulted in a defective product.
- Marketing defect. In these cases, the manufacturer failed to give adequate warnings about the inherent hazards in a product, or provided inadequate instructions for the proper use of the product.
- Design defect. A flaw in the design process led to a defect in the final product.
If a product is making people sick and causing injuries and it has any of these defects, the manufacturer may have liability for those injuries.
Class action vs Multidistrict lawsuits
When a group of people who suffer similar harms after taking a defective drug or having a defective medical device implanted in their body come together to take legal action against the same drug maker, they form what is called a class action. A group of individual lawsuits that are addressed in a single court are considered multidistrict lawsuits, or MDLs.
Both class actions and MDLs save time and money and lower litigation costs. Your Fort Lauderdale “dangerous drugs” attorney will discuss your options and help you decide whether it makes sense to join a class action, or file your case individually.
Liability for pharmaceutical mistakes that cause injury
You can hold the drug manufacturer accountable when you have suffered a serious injury after taking a dangerous drug or defective medical device. Our experienced Fort Lauderdale medication errors lawyers have experience litigating complex products liability cases against pharmaceutical companies. We will fight for your right to fair compensation when a defective or dangerous drug has injured you.
Let an experienced Miami-Dade medication error lawyer advocate for your interests
If you have been injured due to a medication error, you might be wondering if it makes sense to file a claim for your injuries, your lost time at work and medical expenses. Not sure what to do next? You’re welcome to schedule a free consultation with a trusted medication error attorney near you at the Yeboah Law Group to discuss the merits of your case. Call 954-764-2338 or complete our contact form for a no-cost consultation.
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