What Do I Need to Know Before I File a Medication or Class Action Lawsuit?
It is a rather common misconception, but a medication class action lawsuit is not the same thing as a malpractice lawsuit. Malpractice suits are filed against doctors, institutions, and surgeons when referring to the medical options. A medication lawsuit is one that is filed against the pharmaceutical company or representative. This is typically done when the medication in question posed a health risk that was not warned against.
The Necessity of a Medication Lawsuit
Unfortunately, there is a growing need for medication lawsuits. The damage done by medicine alone is staggering. For Chance and his brother, Bill, the outcome of the lawsuit would determine whether Bill would live at home with his brother or have to be institutionalized at a state facility. Caring for a family member at home that has a permanent mental or physical disability due to the proper use of prescribed medication is not only a challenge, but it is also expensive.
Bill had been taking a medication to thin his blood. Bill had several medical issues, but all were considered to be manageable via the proper medication. Despite a long history or proving to cause necrosis (deadening and blackening of the skin) Bill had been unaware of this potential complication. He was unaware of the earliest stages and the warning signs as they were not included on the list of serious side effects.
By the time Bill realized that there was something wrong, both of his legs had necrosis so severe that the decision was made to amputate them. A medication lawsuit was filed, and it turned out that Bill was far from the only patient to suffer such severe consequences. In such cases, many lawyers make recommend a class action lawsuit.
Wrongful Death Medication Lawsuits
Some medications cause very few threatening side effects when properly taken but can cause death when stopped abruptly. Gina had been taking methadone for addiction recovery while her cousin was taking methadone for pain. Gina’s cousin, Lydia, filed a medication lawsuit after Gina stopped taking the methadone and died suddenly. Because Lydia took her medication for pain control, her drug information warned against stopping the drug cold. Methadone for substance abuse control is given to the patient at a clinic. The manufacturer’s website did not list death as a possible side effect for stopping the medication and there was no information provided by the pharmaceutical company for patient hand outs. Thus, Gina was only aware that she would go through a difficult withdrawal period. She was not aware that there was any risk of death.
A Good Lawyer for Medication Lawsuits
A good lawyer can be your best tool and your only voice when filing medication lawsuits. It is not always easy to find the right representation for the events in question. Many attorneys are literally afraid of them because they require extensive medical understanding as well as high levels of understanding regarding the law.
Secure a good lawyer before you file your suit. Whether you need the lawsuit in order to take care of a family member or you are bringing attention to the possibility of death, your lawsuit helps to shape the future of information and pharmaceuticals for a safer tomorrow.