Millions of Americans have medical conditions ranging from heart disease to diabetes to depression that require them to take prescription medication. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that as of 2012, nearly half of all adults have one or more chronic health condition. While millions of Americans take prescription medications that improve or alleviate their conditions, others are victims of defective and dangerous prescription drugs.
When you go to the doctor and receive a prescription, the last thing that you expect is for the medication to cause you more harm than good. Unfortunately, this is the reality for some. If you’ve been the victim of a dangerous drug, consult our dangerous drugs lawyers in San Diego so you can explore legal avenues to recover damages.
Most Common Dangerous Drugs
Over the years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved many potentially dangerous drugs. The following is a list of some of the most the well-known drugs that might cause harmful complications.
- Avandia and Actos (type II diabetes medication)
- Yaz and Yasmin (birth control medication)
- Fosamax (medication for osteoporosis)
- Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft and Celexa (SSRI anti-depressant medications)
- Accutane (acne medication)
- Pradaxa (a blood thinner)
- Depakote (a mood-stabilizing medication)
This list is by no means exhaustive – many more drugs may cause serious complications that might lead some to seek help from a dangerous drugs lawyer in San Diego.
The Risks of Dangerous Drugs
Depending upon the type of dangerous prescription drug prescribed, the negative effects that the drugs might have vary greatly. For example, Avandia, a medication typically prescribed for treatment of type II diabetes, may increase a patient’s risk of heart failure. Different antidepressant medications such as Zoloft and Prozac, on the other hand, may be linked to birth defects in the babies of women who take the drugs. Yet other medications may cause kidney failure, stroke, increased risk of bladder cancer and more.
If you have been prescribed a medication that caused dangerous side effects, consider your legal options and grounds for a case with a San Diego dangerous drugs attorney.
Who’s liable for harm caused by a dangerous drug?
If you’ve been prescribed a drug that caused you serious harm, you may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In order to recover compensation, though, you’ll first have to prove the liability of the party responsible for your injuries.
In a dangerous drug lawsuit, those who may be liable include the drug’s manufacturer, the doctor who wrote the prescription, the pharmacy where the prescription was filled and anyone else who was directly involved in the process. The standard by which you must establish liability can vary from case to case. If filing against a manufacturer, you may not have to establish manufacturer negligence. However, if filing against a doctor, you may have to establish negligence.
How a Dangerous Drugs Lawyer in San Diego Can Help
Proving that a prescription drug caused adverse health consequences can be difficult and will require extensive research and diligence in gathering medical documents and proof. To help you prove liability of the drug manufacturing company or doctor who issued your prescription, an attorney can help.
At Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, our attorneys understand just how frustrating it can be when something that’s supposed to help you hurts you instead. To get the damages that you deserve, our attorneys are ready to work on your behalf.
To speak with one of our dangerous drugs attorneys about your case, call our office now at 619-296-5884.