Dangerous Drug Lawyer in Chicago Holding Drug Manufacturers Accountable
If you’re one of the millions of Americans who rely on prescription drugs to live life to the fullest, you expect the products you use to be safe. At the very least, you expect the company producing these products to inform you and your doctors of any risks of harm you encounter with their products. The last thing you want is for them to make your health worse. So when pharmaceutical corporations fail to deliver safe products, the effects could be devastating to your health and your family’s lives.
At Kramer Injury Law LLC, we fight to protect your rights as a patient and a consumer–you deserve to trust in the safety and efficacy of the prescriptions you use to improve your health. Additionally, you have the right to informed consent when making medical decisions. Your doctors simply cannot provide this to you if they are not adequately informed by the drugmaker.
Whether you’ve been personally hurt, or your family member has suffered, Kramer Injury Law LLC is here to help. Our Chicago personal injury lawyers have taken cases through trial against massive international pharmaceutical manufacturers. Our talented legal team has helped recover billions for clients injured by pharmaceutical drugmakers, covering medical costs and helping them heal and move on with their lives.
We know what you’re going through, and we’re here to take some of the burden of your injury off your shoulders. We know that the last thing you need to think about right now is whether you can even afford a lawyer. You deserve the best representation for your case no matter your financial situation, which is why we take personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. You don’t have to worry about paying us until we recover damages for you. Find out if you have a case now–call us at (312) 775-1012 for a free, no-risk consultation.
What Should I Know about Prescription Drugs and Pharmaceutical Injuries?
Millions of Americans take prescriptions every day to maintain and support their health. The public trusts the FDA to properly evaluate and vet any new pharmaceutical drugs to hit the market. And yet, medical recalls happen all the time. Dangerous drug lawyers are there when this happens.
Recent pharmaceutical drug recalls have included:
- Belviq: a weight-loss drug that was found to cause cancer in patients
- Allergan Biocell textured implants: recalled over cancer risk
- Johnson & Johnson talcum baby powder: recalled over traces of asbestos
Sometimes, prescription or over-the-counter drugs that have been on the market for decades are later exposed as harmful. Some drugs have ended up causing worse conditions than they were made to treat–like Zantac’s manufacturing impurities increasing the risk of cancer. At that point, millions of people could have been taking the medication for years, building up their risk over time.
It can be frightening to find out that a drug you’ve been taking is being recalled. It’s natural to feel betrayed, especially if you’ve been making efforts to improve your health. When you find out about a recall that affects you, you should speak with your doctor immediately. If you’ve suffered injury or harm, you should also speak with a drug injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Many drugs still on the market pose an unreasonable risk of harm to the public due to a drug company’s unwillingness to adequately warn about an injury risk they should have known exists. Even if the FDA has determined a drug’s benefits outweigh the risk of it being on the market, the FDA expects drugmakers to inform doctors and patients of any major risk of injury from their drugs as long as available data exists to support the warning.
Pharmaceutical injury cases can seem daunting to patients because they’re facing large international corporations with deep pockets and armies of lawyers. But none of that should matter when justice is on the line. The dedicated attorneys at Kramer Injury Law LLC are passionate about getting our clients the help and compensation they deserve. When you hire us for our drug injury expertise, you level the playing field. We have experience in litigation with billions of dollars at stake.
As your lawyer, we can help you in every aspect of your case, including:
- Getting the medical care you need to get better
- Investigating the facts of your case to find evidence of wrongdoing to take action
- Holding pharmaceutical companies and other responsible parties accountable
- Fighting for your right to compensation for the injuries you’ve suffered
We never give up, even when we encounter resistance from companies reluctant to admit their negligence or fault. With our track record of success recovering millions of dollars for our clients, pharmaceutical companies know they’re in for a fight.
How Does a Defective Drug get on the Market?
There are several reasons a defective drug can get market approval, even with FDA requirements and regulations in place to stop that from happening. While they create products that help people, multinational pharmaceutical companies are ultimately focused on profit. As a result, patients’ rights can sometimes go out the window.
But drug makers have a legal duty to disclose any dangerous side effects and to properly test hair products for safety. Pharmaceutical companies are prohibited from marketing drugs or devices that are unreasonably dangerous or defective.
How does a defective drug get on the market?
- It is unethical to conduct clinical studies to see if a drug will cause a certain type of harm, so practically speaking no research is specifically designed to determine if a drug causes any particular type of harm. As a result, certain long-term side effects are only discovered decades after market approval
- The company did not appropriately investigate what were considered minor safety issues in the product development process
- Market and legal realities allow a pharmaceutical company to rush to get approval before doing enough research to fully understand the side effects of the drug or device
- A defect in the manufacturing process contaminates batches of product
When pharmaceutical drugs turn out defective, severe injury, illness, or death can result. You may end up developing additional medical conditions while you’re already being treated for something else. In the worst-case scenario, some patients even lose their lives.
Even a small act of negligence by a large corporation will hurt millions of people across the country. And while a lawsuit cannot undo your injury, the law can help offset the pain you’ve suffered and hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for their mistakes.
Have there been Cases of Wrongful Death Caused by Defective Drugs?
In the worst-case scenario, patients who take defective drugs can lose their lives. Previous bad drug lawsuits have proven that drugs can cause heart attacks, strokes, aneurysms, and terminal cancer. Side effects like these are devastating for the families they leave behind.
Nothing can make up for the void of losing a loved one. In addition to your grief, you may be dealing with a major loss of income for your family. You may have mounting medical bills from trying to treat your loved one’s illness and making arrangements after their loss. Severe illness treatment costs are the number one reason for bankruptcy in the United States.
While a lawsuit cannot undo your loss, a settlement or trial judgment can help you move forward with less of a burden on your family. A lawsuit can help you cover:
- Any medical expenses that your family takes on while treating your loved one’s condition
- Lost wages and future earnings as a result of losing your loved one
- Expenses relating to the funeral and other arrangements
- Pain and suffering—mental anguish and loss of companionship, society, and services
When filing a lawsuit on behalf of someone who has passed away, your case is called a “wrongful death” lawsuit. In Illinois, you have up to two years after the date of your loved one’s passing to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
The two years may sound like a long time, but it’s important to get started on your case as soon as possible instead of delaying it. A wrongful death lawsuit based on defective medical products can take many years to complete for many reasons, including:
- When lives are lost, the stakes are higher than ever. The large corporate defendants demand the strictest proof for your claims.
- Cases that involve defective medical products tend to be complex both in terms of gathering evidence and establishing fault, with thousands of communications and decades of highly complex scientific factual material involved.
- Large corporations with massive resources have started to stonewall or try to delay the resolution of your case more frequently than ever.
- If your family member was affected by a product on the market, it’s possible that millions of other people were affected as well.
- A multidistrict litigation or consolidated litigation case always spreads wide in scope, involving anywhere from hundreds to over a hundred thousand claims from all over the country.
As a result, you want to contact a personal injury lawyer about your wrongful death case as soon as possible. Our lawyers at Kramer Injury Law LLC are trained and highly experienced in complex medical injuries like the one you may be facing now. Whether you settle out of court or go to trial, no case is too big or small for us to handle. Call our Cook County offices for a free consultation of your case. You may also request a free case evaluation online.
What Result Can I Get in a Dangerous Drug Claim?
Dangerous drug cases can go one of two ways:
- After many years of hard-fought litigation, all injured plaintiffs manage to negotiate an out-of-court settlement agreement with the responsible parties, or
- You go to trial, and a judge or jury decides the judgment.
If a case ends up going to trial, it usually must be selected for trial by the plaintiffs or the defendants out of a pool of many cases. In the event your claim is selected as one of the first cases for trial, which is something that happens for a very small percentage of cases, it could take years until you get a resolution or compensation for your serious injuries.
Ironically, the more prepared you are to succeed in a trial, the more likely you are to negotiate a settlement agreement outside of court. The better you can show your chance of success in front of a judge or jury, the more incentive you’ll give the responsible party to settle early. This is why it’s best to get a bad drug attorney involved that knows the law as early as possible.
At our law firm, we work to get you the best outcome possible – whether that means a settlement agreement or a trial judgment. We prepare all of our drug and device injury cases as if they’re going to trial from the beginning. That way, you can present your strongest case straight out of the gate, increasing your chances of settling early.
On the other hand, you don’t want to take just any settlement agreement offered to you. A large corporation could offer you a quick but low settlement that seems attractive to cover some expenses and move on. But you only have one chance to bring up your case. Once you settle or a judgment is made, you cannot bring up the same claim again. So if you settle for much less than you’re owed, you could be leaving a lot on the table. Our experienced lawyers can help you get the settlement you deserve. Call us today at (312) 775-1012.