Baltimore Dangerous Drugs Lawyer

Although the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) does have requirements that must be met before drugs are released, sometimes the companies that make these drugs are more concerned with profits. This can lead to certain medications being released that have not been properly tested. The FDA relies on the drug manufacturers to test these drugs and provide proof that they are safe. When dangerous drug result in injuries, it may be grounds for a personal injury case, in which case the injured party should consult with a Baltimore dangerous drugs lawyer. Our firm does not handle dangerous drug cases, but we can help you find an attorney who does.

FDA and Recalls of Dangerous Drugs

In the past several years, a number of prescription drugs have been recalled because they have been found to be dangerous. A number of other prescriptions for which the FDA and other investigative organizations have warned of serious side effects are still being issued. One prime example includes injuries related to the drug Chantix, which was released in 2006. Since this time there have been more than 800 cases of depression and/or psychosis linked to taking this prescription drug. There have been 55 suicides reported and approximately 500 cases of suicidal behavior (although some people think this estimate is too low because many cases were unreported to the FDA). In addition, the FDA has sent warning notices to many drug companies for failing to provide evidence of the safety of certain medications while they were already being marketed and taken by the public. Studies and regulation by the FDA can support claims brought by your Baltimore dangerous drugs lawyer and help strengthen your case.

State Laws for Dangerous Drugs

Each state has laws that help to protect those who have been injured by prescription drugs. Serious injuries can include physical pain and suffering, loss of earnings, medical expenses incurred due to taking the drugs and death. In such a case, a family member has the right to seek compensation for the death of a loved one. FDA approved drugs have been linked to thousands of injuries and deaths over the years. Therefore, even though a drug that is being prescribed may have been approved by the FDA, the drug company may still be liable for injuries sustained. Still, you need an attorney knowledgeable on each state’s laws, which is why you need to contact a Maryland dangerous drug lawyer and, preferably, one with experience in Baltimore.

Wrongful Death in Baltimore from Dangerous Prescription Drugs

Within the city of Baltimore, as elsewhere in Maryland, a wrongful death action can be claimed by a surviving member of the family. Wives, husbands, parents, and children are the primary beneficiaries. If there are no primary beneficiaries, secondary beneficiaries can also seek compensation. Secondary beneficiaries include any member of the deceased person’s family related by marriage or by blood that relied on the deceased for at least half of their support.

Another claim covered by Maryland law is a survival action. This is not filed by the survivors, but by the estate of the deceased for suffering of the deceased person before his or her death. Effectively, it is a claim that could have been filed by the deceased if he or she had survived. The damages covered under this action include wages lost, funeral expenses, medical expenses and pain and suffering. The beneficiaries of a survival action are the beneficiaries of the estate of the deceased.

Dangerous Prescription Drug Side Effects

Symptoms of dangerous prescription drugs can include the following:

  • Heart attack and other heart conditions
  • Stroke
  • Memory loss
  • Hypertension
  • Birth defects
  • Insomnia
  • Numbness of the extremities

These are just a few of the serious side effects that are the result of dangerous prescription drugs. Often, chronic medical conditions are experienced and they can require expensive long-term care. Compensation is commonly needed to cover these medical expenses, along with other costs such as time away from work. Many times, people do not know what their recourse is when faced with this situation. The services of a medical personal injury attorney can be a serious asset.

How a Baltimore Dangerous Drug Lawyer Can Help

A Baltimore dangerous drugs attorney has the experience needed to prove that your injuries are the result of the prescription drug. From negotiating for you with a pharmaceutical company’s attorneys to obtaining expert witness testimony, a personal injury attorney can make all the difference in a successful recovery. The rules and regulations can be quite confusing for someone with no law background, but the dangerous drugs lawyers at our firm can help you find a qualified attorney who can provide you with a consultation on how to steer your case through the relevant legal channels. Call our office today and get started on the road to recovery.