Dangerous Drugs & Medical Devices
Dangerous Drug or Medical Device Lawyer in Bossier City
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Thousands of people rely on the use of drugs and medical devices to address health issues and significantly improve their quality of life. There are many health products that help people, but there are many others that do more harm than good. Injuries caused by dangerous drugs and medical devices are frequently the result of negligence by manufacturers, retailers, and regulatory injuries. The victims of this negligence may be entitled to compensation for their injury damages.
If you were injured because of a hazardous product, Joseph A. Gregorio, A Professional Law Firm can help. Discuss your case with our Shreveport dangerous drugs and medical devices lawyer to learn your rights.
What is Considered a Dangerous Drug or Medical Device?
Every drug and medical device has side effects and potential risks. Dangerous drugs are over-the-counter or prescribed medications that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but have also injured or even killed consumers. Dangerous medical devices may cause serious side effects or injury to those who are using them. Some common examples are: breast implants, artificial knee joints, pacemakers, bone grafts, dental implants, and more. Manufacturers should do whatever they can to prevent those risks, but the use of health products will impact every person differently — side effects are unavoidable in many instances.
Our expectation of side effects does not excuse medical businesses from liability if a patient is injured by their product. If you were harmed because of the use of a drug or medical device, you may have an injury claim. A product does not necessarily need to be recalled to be considered hazardous. In some cases, dangerous drug and medical device lawsuits inspire recall orders. You can check media outlets or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website to learn if a drug or device you use has been recalled.
Examples of Dangerous Drugs and Medical Devices
A variety of products are identified as hazardous every year. From over-the-counter drugs that treat common ailments to lifesaving medical devices, anything can cause injury to patients.
In recent years, the following drugs and medical devices have been the subject of multiple lawsuits:
- Hip replacements
- Knee replacements
- Blood pressure medications (such as valsartan)
- Ranitidine-based heartburn drugs (such as Zantac)
Causes of Dangerous Drug and Medical Devices
A drug or medical device can become defective due to the negligence of anyone involved in the production, manufacturing, or sale process. A health product can also be considered dangerous if its risks are not outlined by manufacturers or doctors.
Drug and medical device injuries may be caused by:
- Quality assurance oversight
- Inadequate or absent warnings
- Misleading advertisement
- Errors in design
- Manufacturing errors
Who is Liable?
Drug and medical device injuries are frequently caused by the negligence of manufacturers. Companies are responsible for creating medical products in a safe manner. If a drug or device does have associated side effects, drug companies are responsible for including warnings on the packaging and advertising of their products.
It’s possible that a regulatory agency could also be responsible for drug and medical device injuries. When a manufacturer fails to produce quality products, it is the duty of regulatory agencies to protect consumers from harm. Regulators who fail in this responsibility may be just as liable for injuries as the negligent manufacturer.
In some cases, doctors could be liable for injuries if they negligently use a dangerous drug or medical device despite knowing the risks to patients. Doctors are responsible for understanding how their patients may respond to different treatments and providing safe options.
Start a Consultation With a Dangerous Drug or Medical Device Lawyer
Dangerous drugs and medical devices often cause severe injury to people who are already in a weakened condition. If you were injured by a product you require for medical care, discuss alternative treatment plans with your doctor. Then, contact our attorney to learn about your legal rights.
A medical product injury may need to be addressed with surgery, rehabilitation, in-home care, or the use of other medications and devices. Damages include medical bills, lost income, the cost of transportation, and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.
At Joseph A. Gregorio, A Professional Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping people harmed by the negligence of pharmaceutical companies recover the compensation they deserve.
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