Modern medicine has saved millions of lives, but it is not a perfect industry. Some players in the health care sector, including drug manufacturers, may break the rules to make money. One example of this is manufacturing unsafe, defective or dangerous drugs by failing to conduct proper safety tests. Another is concealing known risks from consumers to make sales.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dangerous drug in Fairfax, Virginia, the lawyers at Koonz McKenney Johnson & DePaolis LLP may be able to help you. Seeking damage reimbursement from an at-fault drug manufacturing company can be difficult alone. Our attorneys may be able to take over claim negotiations on your behalf, fighting for justice while you concentrate on recovering. Call us today for a free consultation.
You may need to hire a lawyer to represent you during a Fairfax dangerous drug case if the medication gave you a serious injury, illness or adverse side effect. If you lost a loved one because of a dangerous drug, an attorney may also be necessary to fight for fair compensation. Without an attorney, a drug manufacturing company might not offer enough money to compensate a victim for serious losses. Insurance companies often take advantage of clients who negotiate settlements without legal representation. Hiring an attorney could help you force an insurer to take your claim seriously.
A dangerous drug is a prescription or over-the-counter medication that contains a design, manufacturing or marketing defect. Defective drugs may not work as they should or at all, causing harm to consumers. A dangerous drug could contain a harmful ingredient that causes deadly side effects without adequate warnings on the box, for example. Several dangerous drugs have made headlines over the years.
The list of known dangerous drugs is long and constantly growing. It is a drug manufacturer’s legal responsibility to create and package drugs according to industry safety standards. Unfortunately, many manufacturers negligently or intentionally breach this duty to cut costs or maintain their reputations in the industry. Drug manufacturer misconduct can cause serious and fatal patient injuries.
In Virginia, drug manufacturers will be strictly liable for the injuries and damages defective drugs cause. Strict liability laws eliminate the burden of proving negligence. Instead of an injured consumer needing the resources to prove a manufacturing company’s negligence at court, all the victim’s attorney must prove is the drug contained a defect, and that this caused the injury. A lighter burden of proof holds manufacturing companies accountable for the drugs they create. It also makes it easier to obtain compensation as a victim.
Prescription and over-the-counter medications can help a patient control or abate symptoms, prevent illnesses or survive. If a drug contains a dangerous defect, however, it could do more harm than good. If you or someone you love suffered injuries because of a dangerous drug, you could be eligible for compensation. A successful product liability lawsuit may end in payment for your medical costs, related lost wages and emotional damages. Call our firm to discuss what your claim could be worth. Call (703) 498-2928 or contact us online today.