Oldsmar Pharmaceutical Injury Lawyer
Prescription drugs play an important role in eliminating physical pain, treating serious illnesses, and helping patients cope with mental issues like depression and anxiety. While these drugs have improved our lives immeasurably in the past few decades, they can also have devastating consequences for users. For instance, it is not uncommon for new medications to be rushed onto the marketplace without proper testing or for a pharmaceutical company to fail to disclose certain risks to users. When this type of conduct results in injuries, the victims could be entitled to compensation for their losses, so if you were recently injured after using a prescription medication, it is critical to speak with an experienced Oldsmar pharmaceutical injury lawyer who can evaluate your case and walk you through your potential legal options.
Before prescription drugs can legally be sold in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires manufacturers to put medications through a rigorous testing process. Unfortunately, this system is not perfect and many manufacturers are able to avoid these requirements by falsifying test results, claiming that a drug is similar to other medications already on the market, and failing to conduct long-term studies to determine whether a drug can cause permanent damage.
Failing to conduct proper tests on a drug isn’t the only way for a dangerous drug to make its way onto the market, as design flaws, mistakes during the manufacturing process, improper labeling, and the use of unfair and deceptive marketing practices can also play a role in causing serious pharmaceutical injuries to patients.
Who Can be Held Liable for Pharmaceutical Injuries?
Designing, producing, advertising, and distributing prescription medications is a complicated process that involves multiple parties. As a result, patients who sustain injuries after taking a dangerous or defective drug could hold a number of individuals and entities liable for damages, including:
- The drug manufacturer itself;
- The manufacturer’s testing facility;
- The company responsible for advertising and packaging the drug;
- A pharmaceutical sales representative; or
- A prescribing physician or pharmacy.
When a consumer suffers an injury after taking a dangerous or defective medication, one or more of these entities could be held liable if the injured party can prove that:
- The defendant failed to use reasonable care when testing, producing, or marketing the product;
- The product was unreasonably dangerous or the risks of its use outweighed the benefits; or
- The defendant knew about the dangers associated with the product, but failed to warn consumers of those risks.
Failing to conduct proper tests, using deceptive marketing practices, and failing to issue proper warnings to consumers can have tragic consequences not only for Florida residents, but for thousands of consumers across the country. To learn more about filing a legal claim against a drug manufacturer, please call our office today.
Experienced Oldsmar Pharmaceutical Injury Lawyers
To speak with a dedicated pharmaceutical injury attorney about your own drug-related injury, please call Pawlowski // Mastrilli Law Group at our office today. A member of our team can also be reached via online message.