Pharmaceuticals are used to treat a wide variety of conditions. Unfortunately, these medications could have worse side effects than the illness or condition they were intended to treat.
When a drug causes severe or life-threatening side effects in many patients, that drug could be considered dangerous. Adverse pharmaceutical side effects are more common than you might think. According to the FDA’s Adverse Events Reporting System, just one recent year had over 2.2 million total adverse event reports – more than double the number of reports received just seven years before.
Since 1991, the dangerous drugs lawyers of Wocl Leydon, LLC, have helped injured victims in Bridgeport and throughout Connecticut pursue compensation and justice from large pharmaceutical companies that put dangerous or defective drugs on the market.
Our firm is known for our thorough preparation and vigorous advocacy on behalf of our clients. We are prepared to stand up to even the largest corporations. Our track record includes successfully recovering compensation for our clients in some of the most complex and high-profile cases. We work tirelessly to hold drug companies accountable when their products cause harm to innocent people.
If you’ve been injured by side effects or other conditions caused by dangerous or defective drugs, contact our firm today. We stand ready to provide a free, no-obligation initial case review. You can speak to a dangerous drug attorney in Bridgeport about your legal rights and options for holding the drug manufacturers accountable for the harm you’ve suffered.
What Makes a Drug Dangerous?
Every drug – even the most common over-the-counter medications – comes with some risk of side effects. In many cases, potential side effects are considered relatively mild and tolerable, such as nausea, headaches, or fatigue.
Some drugs do have a risk that more severe side effects, or ones that significantly impact quality of life or cause harmful or life-threatening medical conditions, will occur in a small number of people who take the drug.
Examples of severe side effects may include:
- Increased risk of birth defects
- Stroke/heart attack
- Loss of bone density
- Memory problems
- Blood clots
- Depression or suicidal thoughts
Often the risk of serious side effects is considered acceptable when a drug has life-saving benefits. But when a drug causes severe or fatal side effects in a larger number of patients, then the drug may be considered dangerous.
Types of Drug Injury Cases in Bridgeport
Drug manufacturers must perform clinical testing of their drugs to identify all potential side effects and calculate the risk those side effects will occur in patients.
Manufacturers must also produce the medications under various regulations intended to ensure drugs can be safely administered to patients. When pharmaceutical companies fail to meet these obligations, they risk causing injury from dangerous drugs.
A drug injury case may take one of several forms, including:
- Manufacturing defects, including improperly mixing ingredients in the medication or allowing medications to become contaminated with other chemicals or with disease-causing viruses, bacteria, or fungi.
- Inadequate clinical testing, which may result in a pharmaceutical company not identifying potentially dangerous side effects that occur soon after taking a drug. A drug may also cause previously unknown long-term side effects in a substantial number of patients.
- Inadequate warnings or false advertising, when drug companies conceal potential side effects or downplay the risk of certain side effects, or otherwise fail to adequately convey a drug’s risks to prescribing physicians and patients.
Examples of Dangerous and Defective Drugs
Some examples of notable drugs that have been linked to serious or potentially fatal side effects include:
- Zantac, Nexium, and Prilosec – Medications that came in prescription and over-the-counter forms used to treat acid reflux, these drugs are believed to increase the risk of certain types of cancers, including liver, stomach, and esophageal cancer.
- Truvada – A drug used to reduce the risk of HIV infection, suspected of having side effects such as decreased bone density and osteoporosis from long-term use.
- Zostavax – A vaccine for the shingles virus that in some cases may actually cause the disease from the shingles virus or increase the risk of severe symptoms.
- Elmiron – A drug used to treat bladder and urinary tract conditions, also used as a blood thinner. Recent studies have linked use to changes to the retina that can cause vision problems or vision loss.
- Belviq – A drug used to promote weight loss that has been linked to increased risks of cancer.
- Levaquin and Cipro – Antibiotics that are believed to cause heart damage and increase the risks of potentially fatal conditions such as aortic aneurysm or aortic dissection.
- Taxotere – A drug used in chemotherapy treatments that is believed to result in permanent hair loss.
- Oxycontin and Vicodin – Painkillers that are believed to have contributed to the current opioid epidemic due to their highly addictive quality and the fact that many physicians prescribed these drugs without evaluating patients’ suitability or monitoring patients for signs of addiction.
What Types of Compensation Can Be Recovered in a Dangerous Drugs Claim?
When you’ve been harmed by side effects and other conditions caused by a dangerous drug, you may be entitled to recover compensation for the expenses and losses you’ve incurred due to your injuries, including:
- Costs of medical treatment, such as doctor’s appointments, routine screening, surgeries, or other treatments and procedures for diseases or conditions caused by side effects from a dangerous drug
- Lost income or earning capacity if you miss work during treatment for conditions caused by side effects or if your illness or injuries from a dangerous drug render you unable to work
- Physical pain and emotional/mental distress or suffering
- Loss of enjoyment or quality of life due to physical scarring or disfigurement, or due to the inability to perform daily tasks or to participate in activities you once enjoyed
How Our Bridgeport Dangerous Drugs Attorneys Can Help
If you believe you may have a drug injury case in Bridgeport, the attorneys of Wocl Leydon, LLC can help you seek compensation by:
- Investigating the underlying facts and circumstances of your case
- Consulting with medical experts and identifying studies that support a link between the drug you were taking and the injuries or conditions you’ve experienced
- Documenting your expenses and losses, including medical bills and lost wages
- Building a persuasive case to support a claim for compensation for pain and suffering or lost quality of life
- Filing your claims with the pharmaceutical companies and their insurers
- Aggressively pursuing fair and full compensation through settlement
- Preparing your case to go to court if a settlement cannot be reached
- Advocating on your behalf in front of a judge or jury to fight for a verdict and judgment that provides you with the compensation and justice you deserve
Legal Help for Dangerous Drug Victims in Bridgeport
If dangerous or defective prescription drugs have harmed you in Bridgeport, you’re not alone. Contact Wocl Leydon, LLC today for a free, confidential consultation with a dangerous drug lawyer in Bridgeport. We’re ready to help you seek the fair compensation you deserve.