An Overview of Drug Injuries

Helping Those Injured By Dangerous Medications

Waves of new prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications constantly come on the market. Many of them are helpful, but some medications do more harm than good resulting in drug injuries. In some cases, pharmaceutical companies are more interested in maximizing their profits instead of keeping people safe.

When patients suffer the ill effects of dangerous drugs, the legal system sets out ways for them to seek compensation for their losses – including financial or economic loss, and for their pain and suffering. In most cases, a dangerous drug product lawsuit, known as a “product liability claim,” is the only legal remedy available. Seeking compensation is a way of demanding justice for unjust drug injuries.

Ken Stern and the attorneys of Stern Law, PLLC, take on the big pharmaceutical companies for injured patients and their families from across the country. Claims involving dangerous drugs are complicated and are usually vigorously defended by large and powerful corporations. However, they can be won. Stern Law has fought hard and secured justice for many people like you and your loved ones.

Our legal representation is personalized and uniquely tailored to address the needs and concerns of each of our clients. Let Stern Law speak for you.

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Drugs Often Prove to Be Defective Products

We understand what you are going through if you are looking for answers and hope. We have worked with many clients who have gone through the shock, grief, anger and confusion of seeing a prescription drug or over-the-counter medication fail and cause injury or illness instead of helping.

After working with defective drug cases for more than three decades, we know that dangerous drugs injure and kill people every day. Ineffective government regulation and rapidly advancing technology allow manufacturers to bring unsafe pharmaceuticals to the market quickly and without proper review.

In many cases, problematic drugs have been dangerous from the beginning, but they are shown to be so only after someone has been harmed. Everyone has heard reports in the news about recalls of bad drugs. But when your doctor prescribes a medication or you buy something over the counter, it is easy to rely on assurances from medical professionals and drug manufacturers.

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Do any of these sound familiar? If the drug that injured you or your loved one is on the list above, you may be able to join litigation that is already underway against the developers, manufacturers and distributors of these products. Stern Law can help you pursue compensation through an existing lawsuit (a mass tort or MDL case) or by bringing your own separate claim.

If you do not see the drug that harmed you among those listed, you should still contact Stern Law. Every day brings new reports, recalls and announcements about dangerous drugs. We would be happy to discuss your case with you and begin an investigation on your behalf.

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How Did This Happen to Me?

Helping Those Hurt By Dangerous Drugs

A dangerous medication often turns out to be at the root of a tragic situation where a patient’s medical condition becomes worse or a patient who was expected to recover has died. In some cases, a perfectly healthy individual who has taken a prescribed drug or course of medical treatment becomes ill or injured because the drug or treatment causes harmful side effects that were not properly disclosed to the patient.

In the United States, medical drugs are approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But a study by the Institute of Medicine determined about medical devices said that no premarket regulatory system can guarantee that all medical devices or drugs will be completely safe and effective when they reach the market.

That is why the legal system provides a means of recourse when a drug proves to be unsafe. Stern Law can help you stand up for your rights under the legal protections the law provides if you have been injured because of a dangerous drug.

Answers To Your Questions About Product Liability Cases

Product Liability

What is a product liability lawsuit?

A product liability lawsuit is a case that is filed against a manufacturer of a device or product that causes property damage and/or injuries to its users. Essentially, it allows victims to seek compensation for (i) all physical injuries and property damages sustained as a result of a defective and unreasonably dangerous products and (ii) the failure of the seller or manufacturer to warn consumers about the inherent risks associated with the use of their products.

What types of claims may be brought in a product liability lawsuit?

Generally, there are three alternative types of legal claims that are brought in product liability lawsuits. These are (i) strict liability; (ii) negligence; and (iii) breach of warranty. Depending upon the specific set of circumstances, all three claims may be raised against a product manufacturer in a single lawsuit.

What does strict liability mean?

Strict liability is a legal theory that holds individuals or corporations accountable for physical injuries and/or property damage that occur as a result of the defective products that they create or sell. The defects may be present in the product’s packaging or containers, stem from its design or by virtue of the manufacturing process, or manifest as a result of the safety or use instructions associated with the specific product or device. When raising a strict liability claim, it is not necessary for the claimant to prove that the product manufacturer or seller acted negligently.

How is negligence defined?

Negligence, in the context of a product liability lawsuit, is a legal theory that refers to the breach of a duty of a manufacturer to warn or make safe the products that it releases to the public. Said legal duty extends to the manufacture, assembly, use instructions and warnings about the nature of the product or device. In a negligence case, a plaintiff typically must prove that the manufacturer breached its duty of care to the public by providing unreasonably harmful products for consumer use.

What does a breach of warranty refer to?

A warranty is an express or implied representation to the public about the quality or fitness of a certain product. The most common warranties are that a product is fit for ordinary purposes or for the purposes in which they were specifically intended. When a manufacturer breaches a warranty, it means that their product failed to perform as expected or represented to consumers.

What type of damages may I pursue in my product liability lawsuit?

The specific types of damages with which a person may pursue in a products liability lawsuit depend upon the laws of the state in which they reside. Generally speaking however, a person injured as a result of a defective product may seek monetary damages for medical expenses, out-of-pocket costs, pain and suffering, loss of income, and more. It is crucial that you contact the attorneys at the Stern Law, PLLC to learn more about your legal options in this regard.

Do I need an attorney to represent me?

In order to prevail on a product liability claim, you must successfully prove that a manufacturer’s product specifically caused your injuries. If you fail to do so, your case will likely be dismissed on the merits. Since you generally have only one chance to pursue a lawsuit against a manufacturer for causing your injuries, it is crucial to hire an experienced product liability to represent you. Only a skilled attorney knows how to effectively handle the complexities of these types of cases in terms of proving causation and strategically dealing with opposing counsel. It is never recommended that a person simply give up or attempt to take legal matters into their own hands. Without an attorney by your side, you could end up sacrificing your rights and the ability to obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact attorney Ken Stern at Stern Law, PLLC today to learn more about your legal options.

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Do You Have a Dangerous Drug Product Liability Claim?

Stern Law wants to assist you if you believe a defective drug was the cause of your or your loved one’s injury or death. Our firm can help to investigate the circumstances of your case and what is known about the pharmaceutical product in question.

Our pledge is to listen to you, work to answer your questions and concerns, and vigorously pursue the course of action that’s best for you.

In many cases, because a dangerous drug has been widely used, several lawsuits arise about the same time. This may lead to courts consolidating cases as mass tort lawsuits (combined because plaintiffs’ claims are similar) or as multi-district litigation, or MDL (combined according to geographic origin).

As a plaintiff, you may often join an established mass tort lawsuit or MDL case, or it may be more beneficial to file and pursue a separate claim. This requires close examination of the circumstances of your case and of the existing cases to determine what’s right for you.

Stern Law is prepared to review your circumstances and give you advice about your best legal options. We want to help you determine why and how you or a loved one was harmed by a dangerous drug. Secondly, we want to help you seek compensation for your losses if we believe you have a valid dangerous drug claim.

Our pledge is to listen to you, work to answer your questions and concerns, and vigorously pursue the course of action that’s best for you.

Let Stern Law Fight for Your Rights After a Dangerous Drug Injury

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