We trust that when a doctor prescribes a particular prescription drug, taking that medication will help alleviate our injury or illness. We do not expect that using the prescription drug will actually make our injury or illness worse, or cause an entirely new injury or illness. Unfortunately, the use of prescription drugs can have dangerous side effects that result in catastrophic injuries. In the worst cases, a prescription drug can cause death.
Doctors are human. So are the people who manufacture the prescription drugs that you take. And so is the pharmacist who dispenses your medication. Humans make mistakes, which is understandable. However, it is not understandable, or acceptable, when a person acts negligently and causes you or a loved one to needlessly suffer.
Common Prescription Medication Injuries
Some of the most common types of prescription drug injuries include:
· Heart attacks and strokes
· Blood clots
· Brain damage
· Kidney failure
· Liver damage
· Lung damage
· Wrongful death
· Depression and other mood disorders
· Birth defects
The extent of the prescription drug injury can be exacerbated by the fact that the patient is likely already using the medication for a medical problem. The end result of your prescription medication injury could be hospital expenses, lost wages due to needing to take time off from work while recovering, and intense pain and suffering. Moreover, all of this could cause severe stress for you and your loved ones.
Causes of Prescription Drug Injuries
Sometimes, a prescription drug injury is caused by a negligent doctor, physician, nurse, or pharmacist who fails to properly administer the prescription medication or who does not sufficiently monitor the patient during use. In these types of cases, you may want to file a medical malpractice claim against the person responsible for your prescription medication injury.
Other times, a patient can suffer a prescription drug injury due to improper testing of the prescription medication prior to release. When a drug manufacturer releases a defective pharmaceutical product to market, it may be necessary to file a product liability claim against the manufacturer in order to recover damages and protect other patients from injury or illness.
An experienced medical malpractice and personal injury attorney can help you get compensation for your prescription drug injuries. If you lost a family member as a result of prescription drug use, an attorney can assist you throughout the legal process and help you file a wrongful death claim against the negligent parties. Keep in mind that the process for recovering damages in a medical malpractice claim is arduous and complex, so you will want to enlist the services of a qualified prescription drug lawyer as soon as possible.
If you suffered a prescription drug injury, it is imperative that you take immediate action to preserve your legal rights. The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC can help you get the compensation you need, want, and deserve. Contact us now to schedule a free initial consultation.