Dangerous Drugs

Dangerous Drugs
Medicine is supposed to make people feel better, not worse. But sometimes the drugs we are prescribed come with side effects that the manufacturer didn’t warn us about. Whether it’s an addictive opioid or a drug linked to disease, an inadequately tested, a poorly made or an improperly prescribed drug, each can cause serious damage.

How Drugs Can Cause Harm

When drugs cause unexpected harm, it’s often due to a failure in one of these areas:

  • Testing and approval: Drugs need to be extensively tested and studied before they can be approved by government agencies and hit the market. Any mistakes, oversight or errors in this phase can mean that dangerous risks are overlooked. 

  • Manufacturing and distribution: Drug manufacturing must be done with the utmost care, precision, and quality control. If not, drugs can be imprecisely formulated and that can lead to serious consequences. A lot of drug manufacturing today happens outside the U.S. in countries like India and China, where quality control can be harder to enforce. Drugs must also be properly stored and shipped. If not, dangerous impurities and contamination can occur. 

  • Prescriptions: Even a properly tested and well-made drug can cause harm if prescribed to the wrong person. It is essential that manufacturers issue correct guidance on which patients are prescribed a given drug. 

  • Side effects: Nearly every drug carries the risk of adverse side effects. These must be listed and explained clearly. If not, patients may run risks that they would not have accepted had they been informed beforehand.

Getting Compensation

If a drug does cause harm due to manufacturer/seller error or negligence, the victims deserve compensation, usually achieved through a lawsuit. If successful, the victim receives compensation for some or all the harms they have suffered through either a negotiated settlement or a trial verdict.

In these cases, victims can expect to receive compensation for some of or all the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Pain and suffering

Taking on Big Pharma

It may seem intimidating to go up against massive pharmaceutical companies. Litigated as Mass Tort, these cases are among the most challenging. Most plaintiff law firms don’t have the resources, time or energy to take them on, leading to thousands of Mass Tort cases left on the table every year.

Each case that isn’t handled is a victim left without rightful justice, but Morgan & Morgan is uniquely capable of reaching success even in the most complicated Mass Tort situations. We make it easy for you to send us the Mass Tort cases that are outside of your scope. The victims gain an ally, the at-fault party is held accountable, and, of course, your client gets a fair share of the fees when a case is resolved successfully.

Over the past 30 years, Morgan & Morgan has recovered more than $9 billion for our clients. We are the nation's largest plaintiffs law firm, and so we have what it takes to go up against massive drug and insurance companies and win. Every one of our more than 800 attorneys is ready to go to trial for you if that’s what it takes.