Albuquerque Defective Drug Lawyers
Regardless of where you get your prescription filled, you expect the medication you receive to be safe and effective. In fact, federal laws require drug manufacturers to test medicines for safety long before they ever hit store shelves. These laws insist that drug companies take comprehensive measures to keep consumers safe and informed about possible interactions and side effects.
If you believe you suffered complications or side effects because of a defective prescription or over-the-counter drug, a bad drug lawyer in Albuquerque from Ron Bell Injury Lawyers can review your case for free today. We can discuss your legal options for holding the drug company liable and recovering compensation.
Recoverable Damages in a Bad Drug Product Defect Case
If you suffered complications or severe side effects because of a defective drug, chances are you required additional medical care and possibly hospitalization. Your recoverable damages might reach hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on your case, the nature and severity of your complications, and your other drug-related expenses and losses. Only after we thoroughly examine your case will we have a good idea of your full range of damages.
In the meantime, we can help you understand the types of damages you may recover if we can negotiate a fair settlement or win a lawsuit on your behalf. Some of the most common economic damages available to our clients after a successful dangerous drug case include:
- Expenses related to emergency medical transportation to the hospital
- Emergency department expenses
- Hospitalization and treatment costs
- Additional drugs to counteract and treat the damage from the defective drug
- Pain management, when necessary
- Ongoing care costs
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity, when applicable
- Out-of-pocket costs related to your illness or injury
We will also request a full range of noneconomic damages for our clients after they suffer complications or side effects related to a possibly defective drug. This could include:
- Physical pain and emotional suffering
- Mental anguish
- Other emotional losses
When there is evidence the drug company may have known about a particular danger but allowed the drug to stay on the market without an adequate warning or if it hid the risk of a particularly bad complication, the judge who hears your case may award you punitive damages. These damages go above and beyond the money you lost because of your injuries, and instead punish the drug company for its bad behavior. Punitive damages in this type of case can be significant.
Understanding Liability and Responsibility in an Albuquerque Defective Drug Case
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must give its approval to each new drug that hits the market. Before it does, the FDA requires the drug company who designed and manufactured the medication to conduct stringent clinical testing to uncover all possible side effects, interactions, and other issues. In most cases, this ensures drugs are relatively safe and carry the proper warnings for any possible side effects.
While some side effects fail to appear during this testing, manufacturers often sweep other issues with a defective drug under the table in the rush the product to market. This can lead to various problems for consumers, including:
- Ineffective medications
- Severe side effects
- Unanticipated interactions with other medications
When consumers identify a defective drug, they have the right to hold the drug manufacturer liable for many of these issues. These are not the only ways a drug can be defective, though. A drug company may also be responsible if it fails to adequately warn users of side effects, hides defects, or fails to disclose all risks associated with the medication.
Holding the Drug Company Liable for your Damages
If a drug manufacturer produced a dangerous drug or otherwise acted in a negligent way and you sustained damages, you may be able to hold it liable by taking legal action against the company. Bad drug cases fall under New Mexico’s product liability laws.
In most cases, the defect does not occur because of an issue with manufacturing the drug. Instead, it relates to the design of the drug and the unwarned side effects it causes. We can try to help you hold the drug company liable for your full range of damages, including any related medical expenses and pain and suffering damages.
Recalled Drugs, Drugs in Litigation, and Other Potentially Defective Medications
When you call our team, we will immediately go to work trying to learn everything we can about your case and the drug that caused your complications. We will search for mass torts — a kind of “group lawsuit” — already underway related to the drug. Even if this is not already in progress, we may be able to identify other civil suits filed against the manufacturer or identify other victims of the same bad drug.
Here are some of the drugs for which we are currently accepting cases:
Discuss Your Case with a Bad Drug Lawyer in Albuquerque Today
If you suffered complications or severe side effects because of a defective drug or missing warnings on a prescription medication in Albuquerque, it is time for you to get serious – Ron Bell Injury Lawyers serious. The defective drug attorneys on our team will evaluate your case for free and can help you understand your options for compensation. We can help you join a mass tort against a drug manufacturer, negotiate a settlement case on your damages, or file a lawsuit to try to hold it liable for your full range of expenses and losses.
Call our Albuquerque office today at 505-898-2355 to get started.
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