When individuals are ill or suffer from other medical conditions, they typically look to their doctors for assistance. One of the most common outcomes from a doctor visit, especially as we get older, is a prescription for medication or a directive to take an over-the-counter drug. It comes as no surprise that over 4 billion prescriptions were filled nationwide in 2013.
At these high levels of prescription drug usage, errors are often made. In some cases, doctors prescribe the incorrect drug or dosage for a patient’s medical condition. Under other circumstances, a pharmacist might fill a prescription with the wrong drug, dosage, or instructions. In yet other cases, a drug may be defective in some manner, despite the extensive testing that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) requires.
Any of these situations can result in severe injuries to those who take the medication, and even death in some extreme cases. Fortunately, there may be recourse for victims of drug injuries and medication errors. The drug injury attorneys of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene can investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding your case in Port St Lucie, evaluate your potential claim for compensation, and advise you on the most effective strategy for handling your claim.
Over the years, too many drugs have been removed from the market or relabeled with different warnings after consumers report having been injured – in some cases, fatally – after taking the drugs in question. In the most severe cases, a drug company may voluntarily recall a drug or the FDA may issue an involuntary recall of drugs that have caused injuries to consumers. In other cases, however, even where a recall is not issued, medications can cause unexpected side effects that may lead to serious injuries or death. For instance, some drugs have caused:
A drug may exacerbate a medical condition that led to the usage of the drug in the first place. For people in this situation, there is a way to be potentially compensated for any injuries that result. A drug injury claim for compensation such as lost wages, medical bills, and pain suffering can help an injury victim rebuild his or her life from a financial perspective, while he or she works to recover physically from the injuries. You can learn more about the potential side effects of drugs through the U.S. National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health.
Drugs like Vioxx, Fen-Phen, Accutane, Celebrex, and Yaz all have made headlines in recent years amidst consumer injuries and deaths, FDA recalls, and class-action lawsuits. While some drug defects affect many individuals nationwide, others affect a much smaller group of people.
Whatever your situation may be in Port St Lucie, we are here to help. At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, we pride ourselves on advocating on behalf of those who have been injured by defective drugs. We won’t hesitate to take on large pharmaceutical companies; our goal is to hold those entities accountable for defective drugs and get you the compensation that you both need and deserve.
Call our office today and learn how we can help you with your drug injury claim. We offer you a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced drug injury lawyers, who is prepared to answer your questions and fully address your concerns. In too much pain to visit our office? We’ll meet you at a mutually convenient location in Port St Lucie.