Call Now
Representing injured people nationwide

Proving Harm in a Defective Drug Lawsuit

When you take a prescription medication, you trust that it will help you manage your health condition and improve your quality of life. Unfortunately, pharmaceutical companies sometimes release defective drugs that cause more harm than good.

A defective drug is a medication that has flaws in its design, manufacturing process, or marketing that make it unreasonably dangerous for consumers to use. These defects can lead to severe side effects, complications, and even life-threatening conditions.

If you have suffered injuries or developed a serious health condition after taking a defective drug, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer and other liable parties. However, you will need strong evidence to prove the harm that you have suffered. Our Ozempic injury law firm has a team of attorneys prepared to assist you during this challenging time.

Common Injuries and Health Conditions in Defective Drug Claims

Defective drugs can have a devastating impact on your physical, emotional, and financial well-being. You may require extensive medical treatment, miss work, and experience significant pain and suffering. To avoid potentially dangerous complications, it is crucial to seek medical attention as soon as possible if you suspect that a medication has caused you harm.

Some common injuries and health conditions that have been linked to defective drugs include:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Blood clots
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney failure
  • Birth defects
  • Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Lung damage
  • Allergic reactions
  • Vision problems
  • Immune system disorders
  • Reproductive system damage

Who May Be Liable in a Defective Drug Lawsuit?

Several parties may be responsible for the harm caused by a defective drug, depending on the specific circumstances of your case. The drug manufacturer is often the primary target of lawsuits because they are responsible for designing, producing, and testing the medication. They may be liable if they failed to adequately test the drug, used substandard ingredients or manufacturing processes, or failed to warn consumers about potential risks.

In certain circumstances, other parties may be liable for the effects of a defective medication. These may include:

  • Doctors who prescribed the drug without properly warning patients of the risks
  • Pharmacists who dispensed the wrong medication or dosage
  • Testing laboratories that failed to identify defects or safety issues

How to Establish Liability in a Defective Drug Lawsuit

To succeed in a defective drug lawsuit, you need to prove several important facts, which are also known as elements. These elements form the backbone of your claim and help establish a link between the harm that you suffered and the defective medication in question. An attorney can help you gather evidence and develop arguments to establish each of the following facts.

Element #1: You Suffered Injuries

First, you must show that you suffered actual, physical injuries or developed a serious health condition after taking the defective drug. Medical records, doctor’s notes, and expert testimony can help demonstrate the extent and severity of your injuries. This evidence should clearly outline the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of your condition. You should also gather evidence that proves that you took the medication, such as your prescription, receipts, and empty bottles that are still in your possession.

It is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after experiencing adverse effects from a medication, as this will create a clear timeline and establish a link between your injuries and the defective drug. Your attorney may also connect you with medical specialists who can evaluate your condition and testify on your behalf.

Element #2: The Drug Was Defective

Next, you must prove that the drug you took had a defect that made it unreasonably dangerous. There are three main types of defects:

  • Defective manufacturing: The drug was contaminated or improperly produced, deviating from its intended design. This could include issues with the ingredients, dosage, or packaging of the medication.
  • Dangerous side effects: The drug had inherent risks that outweighed its potential benefits. This means that even when manufactured properly and used as directed, the medication poses a threat to the health and safety of consumers.
  • Improper or false marketing: The drug was promoted for off-label use or without adequate warnings. This could include failing to disclose known side effects, misrepresenting the effectiveness of the medication, or encouraging use for conditions not approved by the FDA.

Evidence such as FDA recalls, internal company documents, and expert analysis can help establish the defect. Your attorney may also look for similar reports of adverse events from other patients to demonstrate a pattern of harm caused by the drug.

Element #3: The Drug’s Defect Caused Your Injury

You must show a direct link between the drug’s defect and your injuries. This typically requires medical expert testimony to explain how the defect specifically caused or contributed to your health condition. The expert will review your medical records, the drug’s documentation, and any relevant studies or literature to form an opinion on causation.

In some cases, you may also need to demonstrate that you took the drug as directed and did not have any preexisting conditions that could have caused your injuries independently. This can help counter any defenses raised by the drug company that your own actions were to blame for your condition.

A Defective Drug Lawyer Can Build a Compelling Case in Your Favor

Pursuing a defective drug lawsuit can be a complex and challenging process. Pharmaceutical companies have teams of lawyers and vast resources to fight these claims. That is why it is essential to have a defective drug lawyer on your side who can level the playing field and advocate for your rights.

A lawyer can help you build a strong case that proves that the harm you have suffered is linked to the defective medication. Your attorney can:

  • Investigate your claim and gather evidence to support your case
  • Consult with medical experts and other specialists to strengthen your claims
  • Handle all communication and negotiation with the drug company and its lawyers
  • Calculate the full extent of your damages, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering
  • Represent you in court and fight for the maximum compensation you deserve every step of the way

Contact Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC Today and Begin Your Legal Journey

Proving harm in a defective drug lawsuit can be a complex and challenging process, but Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC can help. We can gather the necessary evidence, consult with medical experts, and build a compelling case to demonstrate the link between the defective drug and your injuries. Contact us today at (800) 220-0984 for a free case evaluation and explore your options for compensation.