Columbia Defective Drugs & Dangerous Medical Devices Lawyer
Not all drugs and medical devices work as promised. While some defects may simply result in the product’s ineffectiveness to treat a condition, others can actually cause significant harm, immobility, pain, impairment, and other health problems. Tragically, thousands of Americans die every year from defective drugs. Thousands more pass away from defective medical devices. The true number of fatalities is not even fully known, as a recent study found that many deaths caused by defective medical devices are misclassified by the US Food and Drug Administration. Pharmaceutical and medical device manufactures have an obligation to produce high quality, safe medicine. When this duty of care is violated, they can be held accountable for the victim’s damages. The Columbia defective drug and dangerous medical devices lawyers at Simmons Law Firm have the knowledge, expertise, and ability to take on the largest drug makers in the world and come out on top for our clients, many of whom have suffered serious injuries or the tragic loss of their loved ones.
Damages in a Defective Drug or Medical Device Lawsuit
Plaintiffs in defective drug and medical device claims can pursue damages stemming from the following:
- Medical expenses;
- Projected ongoing medical expenses;
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of joy of life;
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity.
If the victim passed away due to the defective or dangerous drug/device, the following additional damages may be sought (in addition to the above):
- Loss of consortium;
- Loss of lifetime earnings; and
- Funeral and burial expenses.
Defective and Dangerous Drugs
There have been countless lawsuits filed against drug makers in the past few decades for various medications that have caused serious harm, birth defects, illness, or death to the victims who unwittingly took them, assuming that what they were being prescribed was safe and effective. Some of these more common dangerous drugs, according to Drug Watch, include:
- Zantac—Bladder and stomach cancer;
- Elmiron—Vision problems;
- Singulair—Mental health disorders;
- Talcum powder—Cancer;
- Risperdal—Heart problems;
- Xeljanz—Shingles and upper respiratory problems; and
- Proton pump inhibitors—Kidney damage and bone fractures.
Defective and Dangerous Medical Devices
Depending on the type and function, defective devices can cause internal bleeding, perforation of organs, pain and immobility from defective joint replacements. A few of the most common dangerous and defective medical devices include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Transvaginal mesh;
- Hernia mesh;
- IVC filters;
- Hip, knee, and other joint replacements;
- Breast implants;
- Pace makers; and
- Philips CPAP.
Contact a Columbia Malnourishment Attorneys Today
Despite the safeguards implemented by the US Food and Drug Administration, a few dangerous drugs and medical devices seem to slip through the cracks every year. There is nothing more tragic than losing one’s health, or life, due to the negligence of a pharmaceutical company.
Defective drugs and dangerous medical devices can have devastating impacts on the patient’s quality and longevity of life. If you or a loved one were harmed in any way, it is in your best interest to speak with a Columbia dangerous and defective drug attorney. Contact Simmons Law Firm today at 803-779-4600 to schedule your free consultation.