Recent studies have estimated that more than 70 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug, and more than 50 percent take two. Many users turn to prescription drugs to combat and relieve a variety of ailments, from common infections to severe back pain.
Unfortunately, when prescription drugs are not sufficiently tested, improperly manufactured, or otherwise defective, they can end up causing a lot more pain than relief. Every year, more than 200,000 Americans die due to negative reactions and adverse side effects related to defective prescription drugs.
Recently, popular prescription drugs have been linked to issues such as heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, and other severe side effects. Often, these products are released to the public without adequate testing or warnings, or even in spite of negative test results. In many instances, pharmaceutical companies prioritize their profits over consumer welfare, and release unsafe products to the public.
If you or someone you care about has been harmed or adversely affected by a defective or unsafe prescription drug, you may be entitled to compensation for the harm you have suffered. Pharmaceutical companies have a responsibility to ensure their products are safe and adequately inform consumers of potential side effects, and if they fail to live up to this standard, they should be held accountable. A skilled prescription drug lawyer may be able to advise you on your options and stand up for your rights in the face of large drug manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies.
The seasoned attorneys at Lawlor, White & Murphey have successfully handled all kinds of prescription drug cases and understand the complex rules and regulations surrounding this area of the law. Our knowledgeable professionals can provide you with the guidance and legal representation you need to defend your rights against large, powerful pharmaceutical firms and hospitals. With the help of one of our skilled prescription liability lawyers, you can navigate Florida’s complex defective drug liability laws and obtain a just settlement. Our attorneys will work tirelessly to help you secure the compensation you need to recover and move forward with your life, while also shedding light on bad practices within the pharmaceutical industry to force change and make everyone safer.
Turn on the television and it will not be long before you see a commercial for a prescription drug that promises to solve some kind of ailment. Many prescription drugs do relieve pain or resolve certain medical conditions, but others are over-hyped, insufficiently tested, or released prematurely and without full understanding of their effects.
If you have experienced adverse effects from a prescription drug, you may be able to obtain compensation through a prescription drug liability claim. There are many different situations that could merit a prescription drug liability case, but the three most common involve:
Improper manufacturing. Many drug liability cases involve drugs that have been manufactured improperly or tainted during the manufacturing process. Improper manufacturing could taint a single pill or an entire bottle.
Adverse side effects. Drug manufacturers have a responsibility to educate users about all the potential side effects of their products. If a drug company knowingly omits information about a side effect or risk associated with their drug, they should be held accountable if a consumer is harmed by that side effect or risk.
Misleading instructions. Manufacturers have a duty to provide consumers with adequate instructions for usage, as well as information on their drug’s potential to cause harm when combined with other drugs or alcohol. Similarly, doctors and pharmacists may be held liable if they provide patients with improper instructions or misleading advice that results in injury.
While these are some of the most common types of prescription drug liability cases, there are many other situations that could merit a prescription drug lawsuit. Regardless of the reason, if a drug harms you in any way, there may be legal repercussions. A skilled prescription drug liability attorney can advise you of your options and help you determine whether to pursue a claim.
Contact Lawlor, White & Murphey if you or a loved one has suffered harm, injury, or illness because of a prescription drug. Our seasoned prescription drug lawyers will help you stand up for your rights in the face of large pharmaceutical companies, and work to help you obtain the compensation you are entitled to for the harm you have suffered.
In many prescription drug cases, it can be challenging to determine the party who is responsible for the defect. Our skilled defective drug attorneys can help you investigate your claim to determine the at-fault party or parties. We have listed common at-fault parties in drug liability cases below.
Pharmaceutical companies. Drug manufacturing companies have a responsibility to ensure their product is safe, indicate potential side effects, and provide adequate instructions for usage. If they fail to live up to this standard, they should be held accountable for their actions.
Pharmacists. Pharmacists have a duty to label and dispense prescribed drugs properly. If pharmacists mislabel drugs or dispense the wrong dosage or drug, they should be held liable for any harm that befalls someone because of their error.
Research labs. Before drugs are released to the public, they must undergo comprehensive testing. If research labs responsible for testing drugs release false or incomplete results, they may be found liable in a prescription drug case.
Medical professionals. Doctors and clinic or hospital staffers may be held responsible in prescription drug liability cases if they have neglected to inform patients of possible side effects or offer proper instructions for use and this results in harm or negative consequences.
The idea of taking on a large pharmaceutical company or a hospital may seem daunting, but the knowledgeable prescription drug lawyers at Lawlor, White & Murphey can provide you with the expert guidance and aggressive representation you need to stand up for your rights. With a skilled defective prescription drugs attorney on your side, you may be able to take action against the entity that caused harm to you and your loved ones through a successful lawsuit.
Florida statutes allow only a brief window of time for injured parties to file a drug liability claim. That is why it is critical to contact a skilled Florida prescription drug liability attorney as soon as possible after you suffer harm.
If you or someone you care about was harmed by a dangerous or defective prescription drug, we encourage you to reach out to us at Lawlor, White & Murphey. Our lawyers have been recognized for their excellence by clients and colleagues alike, rating 10/10 on Avvo and receiving awards from Super Lawyers and membership from the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. We are not afraid to take on giant corporations with deep pockets, and we will happily go to trial if we believe that it will enable you to get a better settlement.
Get in contact with us and in a free 60-minute initial consultation, we will explain your rights and evaluate the strength of your case. Once your claim has been filed, our talented legal team can either help you negotiate a fair settlement or take your case to trial. When you work with our prescription drug lawyers, you can rest assured that we will invest all of our time, energy, and resources into winning your case and ensuring you get the compensation you need.