Pharmaceutical and medical device companies are required by law to deliver safe products for consumers and advise them of potential risks. However, manufacturer negligence can place millions of Americans at risk of serious, long-term injuries, or even death. People who have been injured by pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices may need to file a lawsuit to obtain compensation for their losses.
If you have been harmed by a pharmaceutical product or medical device, contact the lawyers at Pierce Skrabanek immediately at (832) 690-7000. Our firm has a long track record of standing up to large corporations on behalf of those without the necessary resources to recover.
The pharmaceutical and medical device industries have been growing at a substantial rate in recent years. Spending on prescription drugs has surged, and medical devices such as hip implants and transvaginal mesh products are becoming widely recommended, growing into a multi-billion dollar industry.
This surge of new drugs and devices, many of which were not properly tested, has led to many recalls and left Americans requiring additional revision surgeries, and experiencing pain and suffering.
Both pharmaceutical and medical device litigation usually involve product liability claims. Below is a selection of drugs and device cases in which we have represented individuals from around the United States:
“Pharmaceutical litigation” describes lawsuits filed against pharmaceutical companies for injuries involving generic and brand name prescription drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) medication, and other related products.
Common product issues involved in pharmaceutical lawsuits can include:
- Warning label errors
- Failure to communicate drug side effects
- Manufacturing errors (such as a contaminated batch of medicine)
- False claims about a product
- Improper testing of a drug
- Issues with dosing or instructions
- Interactions with other medications
Many pharmaceutical lawsuits can also involve other legal issues, such as when a doctor knowingly prescribes medicine that has already been recalled. Each case is different, so it is important to consult with an attorney about the details of your individual claim.
Pharmaceutical injuries can be particularly dangerous for two reasons. First, because they involve products that are ingested and consumed, they can lead to highly serious injuries, permanent disability, and in many instances, death. Second, since such products are distributed in wide ranges, any type of defect has the potential to injure large numbers of people due to the same cause.
While injuries will depend on the type of medication involved and the specific error or defect, common types of injuries include:
- Headache and nausea
- Vomiting or stomach issues
- Alterations to blood pressure or heart rate
- Damage to internal organs
- Thinning of the blood
- Various other side effects
Thus, pharmaceutical injuries can involve a broad range of side effects. In certain instances, the damage may be permanent and can lead to a fatality. In such cases, it may be necessary to hire a wrongful death attorney, who can help process the claim. Get in touch with Pierce Skrabanek at (832) 690-7000 for legal representation for a pharmaceutical lawsuit.
Defective Medical Device Litigation
In a similar manner, defective medical devices can also cause serious harm to people.
A medical device manufacturer’s negligence can involve:
- Design defects
- Manufacturing errors
- Warning/instruction issues
Medical devices include implants, prosthetics, mobility aids, and other products.
Common types of medical device injuries and issues can include:
- Implant migration
- Corrosion of the device components (often leading to blood poisoning or tissue damage)
- Structural or mechanical failures
- Issues with electronics or batteries
- Various other defects
Medical Device Injuries
A defective medical device can cause serious injuries, such as:
- Torn organs or tissue
- Unnatural tissue growth over an implant
- Joint or bone injuries
- Interference with bodily functions
- Loss of the use of a limb or other body part
Medical device injuries often involve physical or mechanical injuries and can lead to life-changing medical conditions in the victim. This may require a change in lifestyle and can affect a person’s ability to work.
Damages in a Pharmaceutical or Medical Device Lawsuit
Due to the severe nature of the injuries involved, a pharmaceutical lawsuit or medical device lawsuit can help provide the victim with compensation for their losses. The victim may be facing medical bills, a loss of employment, and other expenses.
The damages award in a product liability lawsuit can help cover:
- Medical bills and medication costs
- Additional treatment not usually covered by insurance
- Expenses associated with surgery or rehabilitation and therapy
- Lost wages
- Loss of the ability to earn an income
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death expenses
While no amount of monetary recovery can ever undo the long-term effects of an injury, it can be of tremendous assistance for the victim and their family. At Pierce Skrabanek, we put our client’s needs first and always fight for the highest possible verdict or settlement in every case.
Hire a Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Lawyer
Pharmaceutical and medical device cases can involve complex legal theories that require the assistance of an attorney. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a defective drug or device, contact a pharmaceutical and medical device lawyer immediately. The attorneys at Pierce Skrabanek have the experience needed to obtain the best outcome for your claim.
Pharmaceutical and Medical Device FAQs
You should contact a lawyer immediately if you’ve been injured by a defective pharmaceutical product or medical device. There are filing deadlines associated with these types of cases; once the filing period closes, you may lose your opportunity to recover damages. Therefore, you should take action quickly to ensure your best chance of success.
There is no set time for a pharmaceutical or medical device litigation. The length of time of any injury suit depends on various factors, including the nature of the industries as well as the parties involved. A typical case can take several months to a year or even longer, depending on the circumstances.
If the case has been filed as a class action or multi-district litigation, it can extend the process even longer.
Lawsuits involving drugs and medical devices can be complex and will require the guidance of an experienced lawyer. An injury attorney can help by performing tasks such as:
- Researching the laws applicable to your case
- Gathering and preparing evidence for trial
- Examining the facts of your case
- Arguing for the best possible compensation
- Executing a strong legal strategy
The product liability attorneys at Pierce Skrabanek have decades of experience handling defective drug and medical device litigation against large entities and corporations. Contact us at (832) 690-7000 to learn about your legal options and rights.
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Verdict Secured for Product Liability Injury Victim – $2.5 Million
Mike Pierce was one of the lead attorneys who helped obtain a $117 million settlement award in a catastrophic injury case for a twenty-one-year-old mother. The case involved an automobile collision that occurred while an ambulance was transporting the woman to the hospital. The jury returned a verdict of $117 million, the single largest verdict in Louisiana personal injury history.
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