When you've been injured by the negligent use of prescription drugs
Prescription drugs are often rushed to market without adequate testing, and long-term effects of prescription medications are difficult to determine. If, after a drug has gone to market, it is found to be dangerous or to pose a health risk, it should be recalled to prevent any further damage to other patients. It is the responsibility of the pharmaceutical manufacturer to provide the public with safe and effective medications and dietary supplements. Unfortunately, however, it has sometimes taken injuries to the consumer, or even deaths, before pharmaceutical companies decide to institute a recall. In these instances, depending on how the injury occurred, the prescribing doctor or pharmacist may be liable by issuing a wrong dosage, or it may be the drug manufacturer itself that is liable for the harm that their product caused. When someone dies due to a medication, a wrongful death case may be filed on behalf of that person’s estate or survivors.
The law in Washington state provides several kinds of claims for persons who have been seriously injured by a prescription drug, including “strict liability” for defective products, breach of warranty, negligence, and misrepresentation. Damages sought against pharmaceutical companies for dangerous drug side effects and injuries include compensation for:
- Physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and physical impairment;
- Medical expenses, past and future; and
- Loss of earnings and/or earning capacity.
If you have taken any of the following drugs, you may be at risk for serious side effects, many of which could be fatal:
- Ortho Evra
If you have suffered complications from prescription drug use, or have lost a loved one due to a doctor or pharmaceutical company’s negligence, contact Perez & Perez Law, PLLC as soon as possible. Our staff of skilled Seattle personal injury lawyers will work diligently to investigate, prosecute, and hold the negligent parties responsible for the effects of their products.
As with all personal injury cases, it’s important that you act quickly before time limits run out and your claims are forever barred. Call Perez & Perez Law, PLLC today for a free consultation.