Under the product liability laws, a pharmaceutical company is responsible for any products that causes people harm in any way. Before the company puts out a new product, it is to conduct experiments to collect information about how the drug will react with people.
The manufacturer is expected to discover all dangers and defects of the drug, so that it can warn the public of the side effects, risks and things of that nature. If a manufacturer does not notify the public of the risks associated with a pharmaceutical product, or it does not take steps to reduce the risks, it can be held liable for any injuries that occur from such a product.
Current Product Liability Cases
Many product liability cases are going on at this moment. Thousands of people are suing a birth control pill manufacturer, because it used a substance that causes customers to develop blood clots and other illnesses. The plaintiffs are claiming that the pharmaceutical company did not notify anyone of the risks of taking the product, which left many people in poor condition with diseases that were life-threatening. Many of these cases have already been settled out of court, due to the company attempting to avoid additional media exposure.
Personal Injury due to Faulty Drugs
If someone is given a faulty pharmaceutical product, such is not reason enough to file a personal injury claim. The individual would have to prove that he or she suffered significant loss, damages and injuries because of such a product. Additionally, the person will have to prove where the manufacturer’s negligence caused the injuries in question. If an individual has enough evidence to prove those things, then that person can possibly receive a lump sum settlement from the manufacturer. The best way to find out if a case is viable is to contact a personal injury attorney.
Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney
The first step in the process of hiring a personal injury attorney is making a phone call or submitting an online request. The prospective attorney will arrange a consultation. Many lawyers offer free consultations so that they can gather more information about a person’s case before moving forward. If the lawyer feels as though the case is viable and strong, he or she may offer to represent the client on a contingency basis. This means that the client would not have to pay retainer fees until the case was settled and completed.