Doctors and other medical personnel are the people we trust when we are in pain, sick, or have been involved in an accident resulting in injury. When you visit your doctor’s office and are given a prescription to treat whatever issue you are having, you assume the drug is safe and will ‘fix’ you, not cause more problems. Oftentimes, we can hardly even correctly pronounce the name of the prescription, let alone remember the laundry list of precautions that comes along with it. In most cases, your pain and other symptoms will subside after taking the drugs your doctor prescribed you within a few days. Ahhh, you’ve been cured! But hold on a minute, now you are experiencing a whole different kind of pain that you must be rushed to the hospital for. This is the problem with certain prescription drugs, as they are often prescribed without being properly tested or have been recalled.
What Are Dangerous Drugs?
Dangerous drugs are defined as those that are prescribed to a patient that leads to severe side effects. Many people can suffer serious medical problems and complications after taking a drug that is intended to help them. So, how do these drugs make it all the way to your medicine cabinet? In some cases, the dangerous side effects of the drug are not frequent or serious enough to warrant an FDA recall. In other cases, the results and screenings are skewed, causing the dangerous drug to appear safer than it really is. Perhaps the best way to avoid taking potentially dangerous drugs is to ask questions and speak openly with your doctor about all the potential risks, dangers, and side effects of the drug. Once you have all the information necessary, you will have the tools to make an informed decision about whether or not you want to take the drug.
Now, this all sounds pretty simple, right? Unfortunately, things don’t always go as planned. If you have been in a serious accident or are suffering unimaginable pain and your doctor prescribes you a drug, you are likely to take it, no questions asked. In many cases, your doctor may not be aware of the negative side effects of the drug either. So who is to blame? The manufacturer or maker of the drug. In the United States, there are strict regulations in place by the FDA to avoid as many side effects and drug recalls as possible. However, sometimes these regulations are not enough. Because most of the testing of these FDA approved drugs is done by the makers of the drugs, it creates unfair results and is quite honestly a systematic problem that needs to be fixed.
When Should I File a Claim?
If you have been prescribed a drug by a trusted medical professional that has caused you harm, or worse, you should file a dangerous drug claim. Attorneys at Atkins & Markoff can help you recover compensation for the economic and non-economic losses you have suffered as a result of taking the drug, and we will do everything in our power to hold the manufacturers of the drug accountable. By taking action against the pharmaceutical company that manufactured the dangerous drug, you may benefit in a couple different ways:
- By potentially getting money to compensate for the side effects you experienced by taking the drug
- By aiding society in general by helping raise awareness and get these dangerous drugs off the market
It is important to note that there is a statute of limitations that regulates the time allowed for you to file a claim against the drug manufacturer. This time limit varies from state to state, so please contact a dangerous drug lawyer from Atkins & Markoff today so that we can help you get started on your claim today.