When Can You File a Lawsuit for Injuries Due to Medication Use?

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Most Americans use prescription or over-the-counter medications to help them feel better. When you are prescribed a drug by your doctor or you pick up medicine from the local pharmacy, you expect that the medicine will not harm you. Everyone knows that drugs can have some side-effects. Usually, your pharmacist will warn you of these effects. In general, side effects are mild. The deadly or more severe side effects are extremely rare.

What happens if you suffer a serious injury or illness due to the drugs that you took? If the medicine turns out to be unsafe, you may be wondering what you can do. After all, a serious injury or illness could compromise your job, your ability to make an income, and force you into medical debt.

Medication Effects

It can take years to find out all of the side-effects of a medication. If you are taking medication and you wind up with a serious illness, you could have a lawsuit against the manufacturer. Sometimes, medicine will be released to the public and later it is found that it causes serious illnesses. These dangerous medicines may be recalled. If recalled, you still have a case. 

Unfortunately, not all medications with severe side effects are recalled. A lawyer can help discuss whether your illness or medication qualifies for you to file a personal injury lawsuit. With dangerous drug cases, the drug companies also have legal teams, so you need a lawyer to help fight against them.

Pharmacy Errors

Sometimes, the pharmacy can make mistakes. Did the pharmacy fail to flag a medication that interacts poorly with another medication that you are on? Pharmacists tend to have patient records on file. They will have access to your other medications and also your list of allergies. If you are prescribed something with an ingredient that you are allergic to or a medicine that will have a severe side effect due to interactions with other medicine, then you may have a case against the pharmacy.

If you took medication for an illness and ended up worse afterward or with a new illness or injury, then you may have a personal injury case against the doctor, pharmacist, or drug manufacturer. When it comes to personal injury lawsuits in the medical field, it can become very complicated, so it’s important to have someone on your side who knows about personal injury law. Set up a consultation with a lawyer, like a personal injury lawyer from Kamper & Estrada, PLLC, as soon as possible.