Every day, patients suffer injury or severe adverse side effects from taking medications they thought would make them better. At Huber, Thomas & Marcelle, we help you understand your legal rights if you've suffered from drug injuries. These injuries can be life changing and long lasting. We work with a world-class team of medical experts to ensure you receive the compensation you need to heal.
How do prescription drug injuries occur?
As with defective medical devices, the pharmaceutical industry is growing rapidly. In five years, the U.S. spending on medication increased more than $100 billion, from $328 billion in 2011 to $450 billion in 2016.
Due to this, some companies rush products to consumers. This leads to dangerous drugs on the market that could adversely impact patients. In fact, a recent Yale-led study found that:
"Nearly one out of every three drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have a new safety issue detected in the years after approval."
Admittedly, all medications do come with a risk of side effects. And, over the lifetime of a drug's use, the FDA constantly monitors for adverse effects. They do issue safety concerns when warranted.
However, laws also protect consumers when a company's unethical or negligent actions led to harm or needless risk for the patient.
How do prescription drug lawyers help?
Patients expect prescription medication companies to thoroughly test drugs before they go to market and clearly explain their risks. When this doesn't happen, patients may be entitled to compensation from drug companies. This can help cover long-term costs related to:
- Ongoing medical care
- Specialized medical equipment
- Lost wages and productivity
- Emotional and mental health challenges
At Huber, Thomas & Marcelle, we have advanced experience working with prescription drug injury cases and can advise you on your legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation for drug injuries if you or a family member:
- Suffered from severely adverse side effects that led to injury or death
- Were not adequately warned about a medication's side effects and risks
- Were prescribed unwarranted or unadvised medications
These cases are complex, so we collaborate with world-class medical experts to research every aspect of your case. We also work hard to make sure you understand every step of the process.
Overcoming drug injuries related to opioid use
Some of the most serious cases we see at Huber, Thomas & Marcelle are for prescription opioids. Whether a patient received a too-high dosage or was prescribed these dangerous drugs without knowing their risks, these cases can lead to serious life-changing drug injuries.
Opioid risks include:
- Tolerance, or needing to take more for the same pain relief
- Increased sensitivity to pain
- Nausea, vomiting, and dry mouth
- Dizziness and balance issues
It's impossible to overstate the severity of prescription opioid use and abuse in the U.S. The CDC calls it an epidemic. On average, 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.
Worse, new research published in JAMA found that opioids did not reduce pain any better than non-opioid medications.
Our prescription drug injury attorneys are prepared to take opioid cases to court. We ensure you get the compensation and care you need after suffering from the harmful effects of these dangerous drugs.
Get help from lawyers with proven courtroom success
Opioids aren't the only dangerous drugs. From blood thinners to diabetes medications to antidepressants, patients suffer serious side effects and damages from prescribed medications every day.
At Huber, Thomas & Marcelle, we're committed to helping you heal after suffering from prescription drug injuries. If you've been harmed by a company's negligence to properly test or market a medication, you could be entitled to compensation.
We pride ourselves on our excellent trial success record and are ready to help you every step of the way. Don't hesitate to give us a call today to discuss your case.