When a doctor writes us a prescription or we grab an over-the-counter remedy at the local pharmacy, we trust that these medicines will help us feel better. We do not expect to become gravely ill or suffer debilitating injuries. However, such unfortunate events happen frequently, more often than most people know.

If you or a family member suffered from a drug you took, the effect on your lives could be devastating. Turn to a reputable Tacoma dangerous drugs lawyer to help you get fair compensation for the suffering you have endured. A knowledgeable attorney could investigate the cause of your injuries nad help you seek the compensation you need.

Certain Drugs are Riskier Than Others

All pharmaceuticals must receive Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. Despite a rigorous approval process, many drugs with dangerous side effects reach the marketplace. Sometimes the risk is known at the time of drug approval, requiring manufacturers to include notices warning the public about the potential hazard. In other instances, the danger presents itself after the drug launch once people begin using the therapy.

Over time, a long list of dangerous prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs has been compiled, many of them familiar to millions of Americans and are found in countless homes. Due to the harm suffered, users of these medicines filed class-action lawsuits:

  • Accutane
  • Crestor
  • OxyContin
  • Prempro
  • Vioxx
  • Talcum powder
  • Nexium

With the introduction of new drugs approved each year, this list will continue to grow. Injured patients will need tenacious lawyers familiar with dangerous drug cases to help them seek legal recourse.

Adverse Reactions to Harmful Medication

No medication is 100 percent safe. Every medicine has a list of associated side effects. Society assumes this risk because of the overall benefit rendered by pharmaceutical therapies. However, at some point, the adverse health implications become too great and are no longer acceptable. Examples of prevalent adverse events include:

  • Bone fractures
  • Muscle degeneration
  • Addiction
  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack
  • Blood clots
  • Severe complications with pre-existing conditions (e.g., diabetes)
  • Organ damage
  • Risks to unborn children
  • Mental and emotional changes (sometimes leading to suicide)
  • Depression
  • Death

While not every reaction translates into legal liability, those injured may not know their chances of success unless they consult with legal counsel. Attorneys familiar with dangerous drug cases may help patients evaluate their options and, where appropriate, hold manufactures and others accountable.

Liability Beyond Big Pharma

In these cases, the most apparent defendants are the pharmaceutical companies, but liability may not end there. Many others in the supply chain may bear responsibility for the patient’s adverse reaction if they disregarded their duty of care and acted negligently. Other defendants may include doctors, pharmacists, pharmacies, hospitals, distributors, and ingredient suppliers.

Establishing a Case for a Dangerous Drug Injury

Despite all the good pharmaceuticals do, they are inherently dangerous, which is why every drug comes with a lengthy information sheet. However, this reality does not allow pharma companies and others to escape all liability. The Revised Code of Washington §§ 7.72.030 and 7.72.040 establish liability for situations when something goes wrong with drugs offered for public consumption.

Under these code sections, defendants may be liable for manufacturing defects, improper marketing, and inadequate warnings. Production mistakes may introduce tainted drugs to the market, placing consumers in grave danger. Improper packaging or advertising may mislead the public regarding safe drug usage. Failure to warn about known dangers – from the manufacture down to prescribing doctors – violates the patient’s right to informed consent.

These cases are incredibly complex. They often involve multiple defendants, reams of scientific and medical documentation, complicated jargon, and numerous witnesses (both expert and fact). A plaintiff’s chances of success may increase when they trust their case to attorneys experienced in this area of law who has a track record of handling unsafe drug litigations.

Hire a Seasoned Tacoma Dangerous Drugs Attorney to Take on the Pharmaceutical Industry

Manufacturers and others in this sector have teams of attorneys ready to defend them, and you deserve equally skilled and dedicated representation. Our team at The Ye Law Firm is an experienced Tacoma dangerous drug lawyer. We welcome the opportunity to fight by your side – we are small enough to care but big enough to win. Call us today to set up an appointment with Chong Ye so we can get started.