Pharmaceutical companies are required to conduct tests on all the drugs they release prior to gaining FDA approval. These tests must show any side effects and possible risks associated with the drug. If approved, the pharmaceutical company must post these risks in the informational booklet that accompanies the prescription.
However, these tests are often conducted on a small sampling of people, and long term effects of using the drug are not well documented. When the drug hits the open market, reaching a large sampling of people, there can be side effects that the public was not aware of before taking the drug. Many of these side effects can cause permanent injury, with some even resulting in unexpected death.
These side effects can cause permanent and irreversible damage and may also lead to premature death. It is through the negligence of the pharmaceutical company’s testing practices that these events occur. Victims of this negligence are entitled to compensation under the law.
When you are injured from a medication, you must seek immediate medical attention. Once you have been stabilized, it is recommended that you seek counsel from a personal injury attorney. An Atlanta personal injury attorney can represent your claim to the pharmaceutical company, demanding compensation for your event.
The attorney may be able to claim damages for:
- Medical expenses
- Ongoing treatment after you have been stabilized
- Corrective actions for the injury
- Loss of wages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and Suffering
If your loved one died due to using dangerous prescription drugs, you may also be entitled to damages. Our Atlanta Personal injury attorneys can assist you with any type of negligent injury case, including:
- Animal attacks
- Workers compensation
- Car accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Faulty products
- Medical malpractice
- Wrongful death
- Nursing Home Abuse
While it is very important to follow the medical treatment prescribed by your Atlanta physician, and take medications according to the directions, it is also important to seek help if you are having adverse side effects. Dangerous drugs can lead to a disabling injury, causing you more medical nightmares than the original problem.