While drug advertisements usually suggest that manufacturers adequately test all their drugs prior to release, this may not always be the case. Drug manufacturing is a multibillion-dollar business. Manufacturers sometimes rush to place a drug on the market in order to realize a quick profit.
Dangerous drugs may be either prescription or over-the-counter and might be dangerous in various ways. An Alexandria dangerous drugs lawyer could help you pursue compensation for any harmful side effects, injuries, and illnesses that result. If you suspect you suffered harm from a prescription or non-prescription drug, contact a personal injury attorney’s team to learn more during a free consultation.
Seeking Compensation in Your Dangerous Drugs Lawsuit
At Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, our dangerous drug lawyers in Alexandria may be able to help injured parties take legal action against drug manufacturers that engage in negligent behavior. Plaintiffs may also be able to pursue monetary damages, including compensation for medical bills as well as the pain, suffering, and inconvenience they experience.
If you or your loved one is recovering from injuries after using a dangerous drug, you could seek legal action to hold the liable party responsible and collect damages for your losses. Medical treatment for these injuries can cost you time and money, as you may have missed work for some time to heal.
The amount of compensation you receive depends on how severe your injuries and losses are. Our lawyers in our Alexandria office can assess your damages.
Recoverable Economic and Non-Economic Damages
Economic damages, which are those that have a dollar value, can be recovered. They include:
- Medical expenses (past, present, and future care related to your recovery)
- Loss of income, including current and future lost wages
- Reduced earning ability
- Other injury-related expenses
Injured victims can also have non-economic damages, which have no set dollar amount. They are also recoverable losses. These include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Loss of life enjoyment
Hiring an attorney from our firm to calculate both types of losses will give you a clear picture of how much your injury case is worth and help you decide if seeking compensation is right for you and your family. Having this figure in mind can help you avoid lower settlements from insurance companies that fall short of your needs. We can discuss your concerns further during a free case evaluation.
For a free legal consultation with a dangerous drugs lawyer serving Alexandria, call (318) 333-3476
Dangerous Drug Lawsuits Have a Deadline
Per CC §3492, you have one year to bring an injury lawsuit against the liable party in your dangerous drugs case. If a loved one died from their injuries after taking a defective drug, you also have a year from the person’s death to file a wrongful death action, per CC §2315.2.
There are other important reasons to begin your case as soon as possible. For instance, it can take time to build strong evidence for your case. If we only have one year to bring a lawsuit, this time can pass quickly. By beginning your case promptly, you can give your legal team the important time needed to gather evidence and file suit.
You can consult with our legal team to find out if exceptions apply to your case. Sometimes, an injury or a medication’s side effects may not become apparent until after some time passes. We can look into your situation and determine if we can build a case that can hold the manufacturer responsible.
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We Can Handle All Necessary Communications for You
You don’t have to pick up the phone calls, answer the emails, or deal with the back-and-forth communications of your injury case.
We can manage your entire case for you, whether you are pursuing an insurance claim or a lawsuit. We can investigate and determine who is liable for your injuries and seek damages from that party. We can handle all communications and essential legal paperwork in your case and meet all filing and legal deadlines. We will explain the laws that apply to your case and keep you informed about any developments.
We will help you establish liability and negligence by looking at all evidence, collecting additional evidence, if needed, and launching an investigation into the matter so we can determine what happened. Once we have calculated your damages and established liability, we will negotiate with the insurance company for your award. If we do not settle with the drug manufacturer’s insurer or another party, we can take your case to court.
Why Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer From Our Firm?
Many people decide not to hire an attorney because of concerns about cost. We understand these concerns. At Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, you do not have to pay us if we don’t win your case. If we win, our payment will come from your settlement. You do not have to worry about paying upfront fees for us to start on your case – another benefit of the contingency agreement arrangement.
We believe you should not have to pay for medical bills and other expenses and losses related to a dangerous drug injury. The drug company or another liable party should be held legally responsible and left to cover these costs. Our goal is to recover an appropriate settlement or jury award for every client, working to ensure that they do not have to pay for their expenses out of their own accounts.
With over 100 years of combined experience in the personal injury field, we have represented victims like you who want to hire injury attorneys to handle their cases. Let us go to work for you and seek compensation on your behalf. Learn more about our services during a complimentary consultation.
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Dangerous Drug Recalls
While the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) or the drug manufacturer may recall dangerous drugs from the market in certain cases, an Alexandria dangerous drugs lawyer may still be able to file a suit on an injured patient’s behalf if this recall happens too late to prevent damages. Drug recalls are divided into various classifications depending on the seriousness of the risk presented:
- Class I drug recalls: In order to issue a Class I drug recall, there must be a reasonable probability that using the drug will cause death or other severe health problems
- Class II drug recalls: In order to issue a Class II drug recall, there must be a risk of temporary health consequences associated with using the drug, as well as an unlikely risk of experiencing serious side effects
- Class III drug recalls: In order to issue a Class III drug recall, there must be an unlikely yet possible risk of an adverse reaction upon using or consuming the drug.
You do not necessarily need to have suffered injuries because of a recalled drug to recover compensation. In some cases, a drug company or the FDA never issues a recall or issues one only after many cases have reached a conclusion. We may be able to build a case for you based on your medication-related injury or illness regardless of the recall status of the drug.
Proving Negligence on the Manufacturer’s Part
Drug manufacturers have a duty to ensure that they adequately test drugs prior to placing them on the market. They also have a duty to warn potential consumers of dangerous side effects associated with the drug. This may be particularly true about the drugs that the consumer may not ordinarily know.
Past cases have revealed various types of drug company negligence in Alexandria and elsewhere in the United States. Some pharmaceutical companies have released drugs on the market that they knew were dangerous or had dangerous side effects. In such cases, consumers can seek compensation for the company’s failure to warn the public of these known dangers.
Parties We Can Help You Hold Liable in Your Case
We could hold multiple parties liable in your dangerous drug case. Our lawyers can determine who’s responsible for your injury. Defendants could include:
- The pharmaceutical company
- The manufacturer of the drug
- Medical staff
- Safety testing labs
We will also seek to prove negligence on the part of whoever is found responsible for your injuries. If you are unsure who to hold responsible, we can offer guidance and help you understand how you can protect your rights.
Evidence Available to Help Prove Your Case
Our legal team knows how to investigate and prove dangerous and defective medication claims. We have experience navigating these cases, including managing investigations and building strong arguments for recovering just compensation. The steps we will take include:
- Researching the history of the medication
- Analyzing reports of adverse effects from the medication
- Interviewing others who experienced problems with the drug
- Obtaining your relevant medical records
- Enlisting the help of medical and industry experts as necessary
- Laboratory testing as needed
- Documenting your physical, financial, and emotional harm
In dangerous drug cases, we often go toe-to-toe with large pharmaceutical companies for our clients. We will not back down from any corporate legal team or insurance company, regardless of its size. We fight for our clients’ best interests and the appropriate compensation they deserve based on the injuries they suffered and the damages they incurred.
How Our Attorneys Can Help Clients During This Time
When our attorneys represent a client in an Alexandria dangerous drugs case, we manage all parts of their claim from beginning to end. We protect their rights by handling all communication related to the case and fighting for their best interests in every action we take.
We know how stressful and frustrating it can be for those who suffered injuries and their families during this time. We strive to make things as easy as possible for our clients by keeping them up to date while handling the daily work on their cases so they can focus on treatment, healing, and living their lives.
Contact an Alexandria Dangerous Drugs Attorney’s Team Today for Help
If you suffered a harmful side effect or medical complication from using a dangerous drug, you may have legal options available to you. An attorney from our team could review the drug’s history, including whether the FDA (or the drug manufacturer) has previously issued a recall, and help you craft a strategy for taking legal action.
An Alexandria dangerous drugs lawyer from our team could fight for your right to compensation by working towards a favorable settlement on your behalf or litigating your case through the court system. Call (318) 777-7777 today to get an initial consultation and get started on your case.