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Modern medical science has brought our society astounding health benefits. Unfortunately, there are some situations in which pharmaceutical companies and other healthcare professionals may make serious mistakes by giving patients dangerous drugs. In these cases, injured people may find it difficult to compete with big pharmaceutical conglomerates.
If you are given a dangerous drug and experience a serious injury as a result, you may be entitled to significant compensation that our skilled personal injury attorneys could help you fight to obtain from those responsible for your harm. Get in touch with a Washington Township dangerous drugs lawyer as soon as possible to learn more about your legal options.
What is a Dangerous Drug?
New Jersey state law is clear about the definition of a dangerous drug. New Jersey Revised Statues §53:1-18.5 states that dangerous drugs can include those in any of the following categories:
- Improperly prescribed prescription drugs
Dangerous drugs also include any drugs that cause unwanted and unreasonably harmful damage to the user. These types of drugs are typically FDA-approved prescription or over-the-counter with undisclosed negative side effects.
The Role of the FDA
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the federal organization tasked with approving drugs before they hit the market. Unfortunately, the FDA does not always catch dangerous drugs before serious side effects show up in consumers. This means that they may approve a drug for sale and medical usage when the drug is unreasonably dangerous.
Fortunately, New Jersey courts have ruled that having FDA approval does not exempt a drug manufacturer from liability. With help from a skilled Washington Township dangerous drugs lawyer, you may be able to prove liability even in cases that involve previously FDA-approved drugs.
Types of Dangerous Drugs Claims
Depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to make a dangerous drug claim and not realize it. This is because there are several ways that such claims can be made, and not all are intuitive. A dangerous drugs claim may be warranted in the event of:
- Defective manufacturing, including mistakes made when creating the drug as well as mistakes in labeling
- Unreasonable or dangerous side effects, including drugs that are properly manufactured but have serious side effects that were missed by the FDA
- Marketing mistakes, including the failure to adequately label or give notice to consumers about the dangers involved with the usage of the drug
By consulting with an experienced lawyer, you could discuss the specifics of their case and work toward building a viable claim for court.
Talk to a Washington Township Dangerous Drugs Attorney
The devastation of a dangerous drug injury can spread to all areas of your life. You may have additional medical bills as a result of the injury, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of limb, loss of enjoyment in life, loss of consortium with your spouse, and more. Though no one can ever undo the initial mistake that injured you, a Washington Township dangerous drugs lawyer may be able to help you effectively pursue the compensation you need to restart your life and move forward.
If you or a loved one are injured from a dangerous drug, contact our firm to schedule an initial meeting. From collecting evidence to arguing in court against the lawyers of the wealthy pharmaceutical companies, a skilled Washington dangerous drugs attorney from our team could make the difference between losing a claim and gaining significant compensation.