Bad Drug Lawsuits and the Protection of Rights Under Law
Medication lawsuits are one of the major issues in health care today. It is no longer a question of just one or two companies that have been sued, because so many different companies are being held liable for the injuries that have been caused by their products. The courts are allowing companies to be held responsible for damages that have been caused by their products, even if they have done nothing wrong. One lawsuit, filed against GlaxoSmithKline, a major pharmaceutical company, has cost them millions of dollars.
There are other countries in which medication lawsuits are also common.
In Canada, there is a law that holds manufacturers responsible for any injuries caused by their products. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration sets the maximum compensation that can be paid out per claim, but there are no minimum requirements. This means that the amount of money that a person can receive for a defective or dangerous product, is determined by the company’s profitability. In recent years, many lawsuits have been directed towards the GlaxoSmithKline drugs. The company was pilloried in the press because it was found that their antidepressant medications were responsible for thousands of deaths and a huge amount of disability income.
The GlaxoSmithKline case represented a unique situation.
While they were found liable for many deaths and injuries, GlaxoSmithKline was able to successfully defend against claims of financial negligence. Many attorneys representing clients that have been affected by these drugs feel that they are all in GlaxoSmithKline’s favor, since they were found to be within the guidelines set forth by the FDA. This means that they were within the guidelines when they sold these drugs. They were not required to notify anyone that these drugs were dangerous, or that their use could result in injury or death.
Another attorney representing clients that have suffered injury as a result of taking one of these drugs, is called Neuronetics.
Neuronetic is a law firm that represents people that suffered permanent nerve damage as a result of taking drugs manufactured by Neuront Pharmaceuticals and other pharmaceutical companies. Neuront itself is the manufacturer of Xenadrine, an anti-depressant that was recalled a few years back because of the possible danger of its use. Neuronetic feels that the evidence shows that Neuront designed their drug to result in permanent nerve damage and thus there is no way that they can be proven innocent. They also feel that they were the victims of a conspiracy by drug manufacturers to keep their products from being regulated.
A final attorney representing clients that have been injured as a result of medical device negligence is called Carina of Italy.
Her clinic represents clients that are owed millions of dollars due to the injuries caused by the recalled Neurontic drugs. These injuries range from mild to fatal. Her clinic is currently representing a woman that was killed as a result of taking one of the antidepressants in their arsenal. This woman’s family is seeking compensation for the loss of her wife and daughter.
These three attorneys are representing clients who believe that the manufacturers of popular over the counter medications intentionally marketed their products to consumers with dangerous side effects.
In some cases these companies were fined large sums of money by the federal government and thousands of individuals have been injured as a result. The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for the supervision of the manufacturing facilities of prescription and over the counter drugs. The FDA has set up a website where people can check if their medications are safe to purchase by visiting their site. While this may be an excellent tool for people who want to protect themselves from bad drug lawsuits, it does not help victims of these medical malpractice cases.