While pharmaceutical companies and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) take many steps to ensure that medication is safe before issuing it, there can still be side effects that can be devastating. When this happens, the medication is removed from the counter to prevent further problems, but this does not solve all the issues the medication already caused. If this happened to you, here are three things you should know.
There might be a class action suit in place
When personal injury lawyers find out about problems with prescription drugs, some of them will immediately begin investigating. They will look for people that have experienced adverse effects and will research the causes for these reactions. If there is enough evidence, these lawyers will begin pursuing class action lawsuits against the pharmaceutical company that created the medication.
If you took a drug that had adverse effects, you might be able to join in on one of these lawsuits. To do this, you must locate a lawyer that is handling a case for this particular medication right now.
You could start a lawsuit
If you cannot locate a current class action suit, you could still talk to a personal injury lawyer about your problem. You might end up being the only person that experienced bad effects, or your inquiry to the attorney could result in a class action lawsuit of its own.
The main thing to realize is that you will need proof that links your illnesses, problems, or damages to the medication, and this is not always easy to find. It can be easier, though, if other people step up and have similar reports as you.
To prove the link, you may need to obtain doctor reports that demonstrate a link between the medication and your reactions. You may also need to obtain your entire medical history, which may prove you were completely healthy before taking the medication.
It is important to do something
If you are not sure that you want to become part of a lawsuit, it is important to consider what could happen if you do not stand up against the drug manufacturer. If you fail to report your problems, other people may end up with the same issues.
A personal injury lawsuit against the manufacturer will put a stop to this bad drug's availability, and it will help you receive compensation for your injuries. If you would like to learn more about this issue, contact a personal injury lawyer (such as Kornfeld Robert B Inc PS) that specializes in bad drugs.