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Defective Drug

American drug manufacturers openly state that the medications they sell can injure or even kill you because, under Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, they don’t have to guarantee 100 percent safety. Approval simply means the FDA has agreed that the medication’s benefits outweigh the potential risks.

However, when medications sold to consumers turn out to cause more harm than good, the manufacturer of such bad drugs can be held legally responsible. If you or a loved one has suffered adverse side effects of a bad medication that was prescribed or sold over the counter, the New York City defective drugs attorneys at Zlotolow & Associates can help. Our team can build a strong claim for compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Funeral and burial expenses in cases of a fatal drug reaction

Contact Zlotolow & Associates for dedicated and compassionate legal assistance today. We have a long track record of helping individuals and families obtain proper compensation for injuries caused by others’ negligence and wrongdoing.

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What You Need to Know About Dangerous Drug Injury Claims

For consumers, the results are serious:

  • Many powerful drugs and medications are allowed into the U.S. market and are routinely prescribed by doctors and hospitals before they understand the real and lasting harm the drugs can cause.
  • In many cases, the harmful side effects of bad drugs aren’t acknowledged until many consumers are injured or die.

Under the law, manufacturers of drugs and other medical products are required to ensure their products are safe when used as directed, and they are required to properly label the risks involved in using them. A consumer injured by a drug taken as prescribed may seek restitution for past and future expenses connected to the medication’s use, including lost income due to being unable to work, pain and suffering from the drug’s side effects, as well as additional losses.

Such a legal claim would have to show that the drug’s maker knew or should have known the product was unduly harmful and failed to adequately warn consumers of the risk it posed.

Have You Been Harmed by One of These Drugs?

Unfortunately, defective drug lawsuits are all too common as patients continue to be unnecessarily harmed by dangerous medications. Among many drugs under scrutiny for the harm they have allegedly caused consumers are:

  • Actos, a diabetes drug manufactured by Merck, which has been linked to bladder cancer
  • AndroGel, a testosterone supplement manufactured by AbbVie Inc., linked to heart attacks and cardiovascular disease
  • Avandia, a diabetes treatment made by GlaxoSmithKline, linked to heart attacks and other cardiovascular issues
  • Granuflo and Naturalyte, kidney dialysis solutions (“dialysates”) made by Fresenius Medical Care North America, which are linked to heart attacks
  • Lipitor, an anti-cholesterol drug made by Pfizer, believed to cause diabetes in women
  • Mirena, an IUD contraception device manufactured by Bayer Healthcare, which allegedly migrates and embeds in abdominal tissue
  • Pradaxa, an anticoagulant (blood thinner) made by Boehringer Ingelheim, which may lead to uncontrolled bleeding for which there is no antidote
  • Risperdal, an antipsychotic medication from Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen, which causes male breast enlargement
  • Xarelto, another anticoagulant product, made by Bayer and Janssen, for which there is no treatment to stop uncontrolled bleeding
  • Yaz, a Bayer Healthcare contraceptive linked to cardiovascular issues
  • Zoloft, an antidepressant made by Pfizer, is linked to birth defects

This A-to-Z list of FDA-approved drugs that are allegedly dangerous is far from comprehensive. Some of these and many others have been recalled and/or are the object of lawsuits that claim they have caused injury and/or death.

If you or a loved one has suffered harm that you believe was related to taking one of these drugs or another medication, Zlotolow & Associates is here to help. Our experienced defective drug attorneys will thoroughly investigate your case, including obtaining and reviewing records of your prior treatment and keeping track of your additional medical records and other costs to you going forward. Schedule a consultation today.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will my case take?

The amount of time it takes to resolve your case will depend on multiple factors. First, it is important that you take the time you need to heal. Once you reach maximum medical improvement, we will be able to estimate the extent of your damages. Second, you are the one who decides when you want to settle or go to court. Our attorneys will present you with every settlement offer and explain whether we feel you are owed more. We will negotiate aggressively and be prepared to take your claim before a judge and jury, if necessary. But a lawsuit does take time, and it is ultimately your decision on how you want to proceed.

What will my lawyer handle for me?

Our full-service personal injury law firm will handle all aspects of your claim, including communicating with the insurance company, filing your property damage claim, and keeping track of your medical records. We will also launch our own investigation into the cause of your accident to identify every possible source of compensation. And we will bring in medical experts and financial professionals to help evaluate your claim and determine what full and fair compensation should be.

What will I have to do for my personal injury case?

You need to stay focused on your health. Make sure you follow your doctor’s orders and make it to all your appointments. Start a journal to document how your injury is affecting your everyday life, both physically and emotionally. And protect your privacy by taking a break from social media and not talking about your case.

You Don’t Need to Wait for a Recall to Demand Compensation

It is not necessary for a drug to have been recalled to seek compensation for injuries caused by a faulty and dangerous medication. One injured patient is too many, and you or your loved one may help many others by being the first to ask questions and demand justice for the harm you have suffered.

However, because they are usually widely prescribed and used, many bad drugs are indeed the object of multiple legal claims and subsequent recalls. As they vigorously fight lawsuits, some drug makers will also set aside millions of dollars in anticipation of paying settlements to injured patients and their families.

Once numerous defective drug lawsuits are active in federal or state courts, the courts often combine similar claims to make them easier to deal with. You may be able to join existing litigation against a manufacturer that is already recognized as a:

  • Class-Action Lawsuit, which combines similar claims by multiple plaintiffs. The court that creates a class-action lawsuit will appoint one or more plaintiffs to represent the class and allow others to sign on as members of the class.
  • Multidistrict Litigation (MDL), which groups together cases with common legal issues and sets a “bellwether trial” to help resolve them. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation creates MDLs so many cases may be heard by a single court.

Zlotolow & Associates can advise you about the pros and cons of joining existing litigation, which ties you to the combined cases’ outcome, or pursuing your own claim. In some cases, there may already be a court-approved settlement you can take part in.

Regardless of existing litigation, we will consider your medical recovery needs and, once you reach your best anticipated medical improvement, the full extent of the costs and losses you have borne. We always seek the maximum compensation available in defective drug claims and will not recommend a settlement that offers less than you truly deserve.

As the drug industry has significantly increased spending over many years, it has also exercised more control over medical research, policy, and practice, according to a recent study. “As a result of these interferences,” the study authors say, “the benefits of drugs and other products are often exaggerated and their potential harms are downplayed.”

Contact Our NYC Defective Drug Claim Lawyers Now

Contact our New York product liability lawyers today to schedule a free consultation about your legal options if you believe you or a loved one has been harmed by a dangerous medication. In addition to helping clients with their personal injury cases in New York City, we also service The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau, and Suffolk. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Zlotolow & Associates by calling us toll-free at (866) 800 – 0092, or visit our contact page for a free consultation.

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