There are few things more distressing to patients than taking a prescription or over-the-counter medication thinking it will help them feel better, only for their health to become worse than before. When that happens, it’s often because the medications they took were defective, mislabeled, or contaminated.
Patients who are harmed by medications that are supposed to be safe are often eligible to seek compensation through drug injury lawsuits, but it can be difficult to tell the difference between a drug injury and a side effect. If you suspect you or someone you love is a drug injury victim, ask yourself the following questions:
- Has the drug been recalled? When drugs are recalled because of defects and after causing new injuries or illness, there’s a good chance the patients who experienced bad outcomes suffered drug injuries.
- Was the bad outcome a known possibility? Some drugs have the potential to cause serious complications, but the manufacturers know about these side effects and publicize them. When drug manufacturers either don’t know about adverse effects or hide them, harmed patients may be eligible for drug injury compensation.
- Was the complication severe? Minor side effects or complications, even when they aren’t publicized or noted, may not result in patients being eligible for compensation. Most drug injury lawsuits involve serious injuries or illnesses that are caused by defective or dangerous medications.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we work hard to help drug injury victims get maximum compensation. Contact our Virginia drug injury lawyers for a free consultation if you suspect that you or a loved one were harmed by a dangerous medication.