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Can I Receive Compensation if I Was Harmed by a Defective Medication?

 Posted on July 29, 2020 in Defective Products

IL injury lawyerMost people take prescription or over-the-counter medications from time to time. Whether the medication is for a heart defect, blood pressure problem, skin condition, or another medical concern, you probably trust that the medications you take are safe and effective. Unfortunately, medications with dangerous defects sometimes make their way into consumers’ hands. If you were harmed by a defective drug, you may be left with terrible side effects and insurmountable medical expenses. In some cases, a person who was injured by a defective medication may be entitled to financial compensation.

Drug Defects That May Lead to Product Liability Claims

The United States pharmaceutical industry is worth approximately $482 billion. Although pharmaceutical companies are responsible for countless beneficial and often life-saving medications, there are also times when a medication causes more harm than good. Pharmaceutical companies have a legal duty to ensure that the drugs they manufacture and sell are safe, effective, and meet quality standards. They must also disclose the potential side effects associated with the medication. A medication may be considered defective if it:

  • Was manufactured using the wrong ingredients
  • Contains ingredients of the wrong amounts
  • Poses severe side effects
  • Contains only inactive ingredients

Pharmaceutical companies also have a legal duty to warn consumers of the risks associated with the drug. If a pharmaceutical company knew that the drug carried certain risks and failed to make this information available, it may be liable for any harm caused to consumers of the drug.

Consequences of Taking a Defective Medication

Drugs that are flawed due to their design, manufacture, or marketing put consumers’ lives at risk. Consumers who have used defective drugs have reported injuries including stroke, heart attack, liver damage, uncontrolled bleeding, blood clots, brain damage, gastrointestinal problems, pregnancy complications, birth defects, and much more. If you or a loved one have been harmed due to a defective drug, you may have a valid product liability claim. You may be able to hold the responsible party accountable for the harm you have suffered as well as collect compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more.

Contact a Waukegan Defective Drug Lawyer

When a pharmaceutical company produces a drug that is unsafe, the results can be catastrophic. To learn more about how to pursue compensation after being injured by a defective medication, contact Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. Call our office today and schedule a free consultation with a highly experienced Lake County drug injury attorney.




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