On behalf of Faricy Law Firm, P.A. posted in blog on Sunday, October 8, 2017.
When a Minnesota doctor prescribes you a drug, you likely assume that it is safe to use and will treat your condition or help you manage your symptoms. Unfortunately, some drugs not only fail to work as intended, they can actually cause harm to the person taking it. If you are taking or were taking a drug that caused you harm or made your condition worse, you may have the right to take action.
Even prescription medications can be dangerous. Sometimes this is because a doctor prescribes the wrong medication, but other times, this happens because the drug itself is dangerous. Unfortunately, some of these risks and dangers do not come to light until after the drug is in widespread use.
Who is to blame?
The companies that manufacture prescription drugs have a duty to warn of potential dangers and thoroughly test the product before release. There are times in which a drug could be harmful or dangerous, but may also provide great benefits to some individuals. In rare cases, the potential benefits of the drug outweigh any risk involved. When it comes to pharmaceutical liability for dangerous drugs, you may need to know the following:
- It is the manufacturer's duty to warn the user of any known side effects.
- The manufacturer bears the responsibility of passing along information regarding side effects to doctors and pharmacists.
- Sometimes, the negative effects of a drug are not clear until well into the future, but this does not necessarily diminish a person's right to compensation.
Whether your child suffered harm from a vaccination, or you became ill or your medical condition worsened after you took certain mediation, you may have a case. It may be possible to seek compensation from pharmaceutical manufacturer for dangerous side effects and adverse impacts from their products, but pharmaceutical liability cases can be complex. If you believe that you may have a case, you would be wise to seek the guidance necessary to navigate this process.
Protecting your consumer rights
While it can be complex to do so, consumers have the right to hold manufacturers accountable for dangerous or defective products that cause harm. Through a civil claim, you may be able to seek financial damages for your medical bills and other financial losses, as well as your emotional pain and suffering.
Drug manufacturers have a serious responsibility to protect the well-being of patients, and when they fail in this duty, innocent people can suffer. You do not have to suffer alone.