South Carolina Dangerous Drugs Attorney
If you’ve been prescribed a medication, the expectation is that the medication will improve or stabilize your condition, as intended by your physician. In the United States, we expect that prescription medicines have passed the FDA ‘litmus test’ and are safe to take.
You are undoubtedly aware that certain drugs can cause side effects — as detailed on the container label and/or extended information printed out by your doctor or pharmacy. Certain prescribed medications may also have contraindications; either they can cause harm if taken with other medicines, or if you have an existing condition or allergy which makes the prescription absolutely inadvisable.
An Auger & Auger Accident and Injury Lawyers South Carolina dangerous drugs attorney will be knowledgeable about the regulations and laws in place, and also be familiar with any current prescription medication under question. Although we are handling many litigations involving dangerous drugs, the following are examples of just a few:
- Xarelto® — Blood thinning medication prescribed to patients with conditions including atrial fibrillation, stroke, recent surgery with risk of blood clotting, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms. Xarelto® carries a high risk of internal bleeding which can be uncontrollable due to the lack of an antidote; possibly leading to extended hospital admission, blood transfusions, and even death. Update – We are no longer accepting Xarelto cases. The Xarelto MDL litigation that we were part of was successfully resolved in March of 2019.
- Risperdal® — Medication prescribed to adolescents to treat some disorders like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. The downside and unlisted side effect was that this Risperdal® can increase the amount of prolactin. This hormone stimulates breast growth — an extremely problematic effect for young men who have developed male breast due to long term use.
- Invokana® and other similar Type 2 Diabetes medications such as Invokamet®, Farxiga®, Xigduo® XR and Jardiance®. These diabetic drugs are intended to improve glycemic control while lowering your blood sugar. However, these dangerous drugs have been linked to devastating side effects which include kidney failure, heart attacks, bone fractures and even diabetic ketoacidosis — a complication which arises when your body manufactures extremely high levels of ketones (blood acids) — and even amputations.
Please give our office a call when you or a loved one has suffered unexpected adverse outcomes or dangerous side effects from any prescribed medication. Meanwhile, we have provided answers to the three frequently asked questions listed below:
- What are my rights if I’m harmed by a dangerous drug?
- How can I receive compensation for injuries caused by a dangerous drug?
- How can a South Carolina dangerous drugs attorney help me?
What are My Rights If I’m Harmed by a Dangerous Drug?
If you were hurt by unexpected drug side effects, you can pursue a case under the product liability laws. These laws hold manufacturers of products — including drugs — accountable for releasing high-risk products to consumers.
When a drug manufacturer fails to warn you of potential dangers, or when a pharmaceutical company releases a drug that causes unexpected harm when used as intended, they can be held liable for losses. Victims do not even need to prove negligence for a drug company to be held accountable and made to compensate them — they simply need to prove the drug was used as intended and was the direct cause of the damage they’ve endured.
How Can I Receive Compensation for Injuries Caused by a Dangerous Drug?
In the case of dangerous drugs, it will sometimes require going to court to receive compensation for injuries or adverse reactions that have caused you harm. You may need to file a claim and prove that the drugs hurt you in order to convince a jury to award you damages. However, not all plaintiffs pursue their own independent court case. Because so many people tend to be hurt when a drug turns out to be defective, class actions and multi-district litigations (MDLs) are common in defective drug cases.
Before you become part of one of these mass claims, give our South Carolina dangerous drugs attorney at Auger & Auger a call — so they can determine the best way to get the compensation you deserve. It may also be possible to negotiate a settlement with the drug company, which would mean avoiding court altogether while receiving an agreed-upon payment for damages.
How Can a South Carolina Dangerous Drugs Attorney Help Me?
If you have experienced harmful reactions from a prescribed medication, your local South Carolina dangerous drugs attorney at Auger & Auger Accident and Injury Lawyers would like to speak with you! Our firm has successfully stood up to big drug companies and won fair compensation for our clients. We care about your losses and will work hard to get you the money you deserve.
Contact us today for your free consultation, with no fees due until recovery!