Prescription drugs and medications can be very helpful if they work properly. However, manufacturers can sometimes mislead the public about the safety of these drugs. This can lead to mental and physical health problems, drug addictions, or even death. Those who have suffered due to negligent companies may be able to earn compensation.
How Prescription Drugs Can Cause Harm
Prescription drugs and medications have been a blessing for many. For minor ailments like headaches, drugs sold at local pharmacies are very convenient. Those with more serious problems can consult their doctors and get medications to keep them healthy.
On the other hand, stronger prescription drugs may have side effects. In addition, some people may develop addictions if they use them improperly. These complications can lead to serious health problems or even death.
If someone is harmed by a prescription drug, the first instinct may be to blame the person for improper use. However, some of the largest pharmaceutical drug companies are responsible for many major health problems plaguing American citizens.
Companies, manufacturers, or medical experts may be responsible when:
- They downplay the side effects of prescription drugs
- They do not perform sufficient testing before they start selling the drug
- Medications are inappropriately prescribed and cause adverse reactions in unsuspecting people
These drugs can actually do more harm than good when misused, leading to severe health problems instead of healing. The worst part is that almost anybody can be a victim when companies hide the dangerous truth.
Receiving Compensation From Companies
Those who were harmed by prescription drugs may be able to seek compensation for their suffering. In the legal sense, cases involving drugs fall under personal injury law.
A personal injury case examines how another party — such as the makers of a prescription drug — could be responsible for your injuries. It also examines how badly you were injured.
One of the best ways to receive compensation is by filing a legal claim with a personal injury law firm. These firms will have the resources and experience to increase your chances of success.
Sokolove Law is a personal injury law firm with over 40 years of experience.
Sokolove Law handles these types of cases because:
- Drug companies may rush a medication to the market and downplay its negative side effects. In some cases, companies conceal the dangers of their medications from the general public.
- When citizens have been wrongly injured, they deserve to be compensated — and the drug companies need to be held accountable.
- By filing legal claims against corporations responsible for people’s injuries, medical industry companies are kept in check, and future wrongdoing is deterred.
Types of Dangerous Drugs
Dozens of drugs have been linked to severe health problems. They can cause mental or physical damage or even death. Even when you have taken every precaution, you still be harmed if pharmaceutical companies hide the risks.
Below, we have compiled a list of drugs that have put people at risk of serious health consequences. Because the risks are widely known, you may be able to file a legal claim if you were harmed. Previous legal claims regarding these drugs have helped thousands of people receive compensation.
Abilify has been used to treat patients with serious mental disorders like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. However, studies have shown it could cause gambling addictions.
An FDA report noted that prior to 2016, the drug already had a warning about compulsive gambling. However, the FDA stated that these warnings were not severe enough.
The agency’s study noted that many suffered from uncontrollable and compulsive urges after using Abilify. These gambling urges were not present beforehand and stopped within a few weeks after using a drug.
If you used Abilify and developed a harmful gambling problem, you may qualify for compensation.
Certain prescription drugs can be used to manage ADHD in children. The problem is that ADHD can often be misdiagnosed. If your child is taking ADHD drugs but does not have the disorder, they could suffer serious health problems.
Conditions that may be misdiagnosed as ADHD include:
- Anxiety disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
If you suspect your child’s ADHD medications are causing health problems, consult a doctor right away.
Antidepressants are helpful for many who are suffering from depression and other mental conditions. However, these drugs come with serious side effects. Some of these side effects can put your life in danger.
Zoloft® is a common antidepressant with notable side effects. For some, Zoloft may actually worsen their depression and increase their suicide or self-harm risk.
Pregnant mothers who take Zoloft also put their unborn children at risk of birth defects. These birth defects range from mild to deadly.
Birth defects associated with Zoloft include:
- Club foot
- Cleft lip and palates
- Possible autism risk
- Spinal deformities
Taxotere is a form of chemotherapy. It is typically used in breast cancer patients. Recently, it has been suggested that Taxotere causes permanent hair loss. Cancer treatment often causes hair loss, but the hair regrows after the treatment stops.
As a result, legal action has been brought forth against the makers of Taxotere. These actions claim that the company did not warn doctors or patients ahead of time. Documents show that the company knew permanent baldness was a risk for years but did not update its product warnings in the U.S.
Viagra has been a very popular drug for men suffering from erectile dysfunction. However, the drug may increase their risk of cancer. They are at the greatest risk of developing melanoma, a highly aggressive form of skin cancer.
A 2014 study noted that men who used Viagra or related drugs were 84% more likely to develop melanoma than those who did not. Other studies from Harvard and New York University found similar connections.
Other Dangerous Drugs
The medications listed above are only a few that may cause harm. Sokolove Law has experience with handling numerous different types of cases. Contact us today to learn more. Our case managers will determine if you can file a legal claim.
How Sokolove Law May Help You
If you or someone you love has been harmed or become sick from using a prescription drug, it may not have been your fault.
Companies that make and sell prescription drugs may not have performed a significant amount of testing or lied about the safety of their products. If this is the case, they could be to blame for your injuries.
If you suspect a company could be at fault, consider filing a legal claim. A legal claim will investigate the company’s actions. If they are found to be in the wrong, you could earn financial compensation for your suffering.
Sokolove Law may provide you a better chance at financial success. Over the last 40 years, Sokolove Law has helped thousands receive compensation.
In total, we have recovered $1.2 Billion for people hurt by prescription drugs — and that number is only increasing.