Drug Injury Lawyers in Mobile
Whenever a consumer buys an over-the-counter medication or a prescription drug, they generally assume that it is safe to use, and will perform as advertised on the packaging. However, as many drug manufacturers will often rush a drug onto the market before all of its side effects have been thoroughly tested, some of these medications can have adverse – and occasionally life-threatening – effects on the user of the product. If you or a family member has been injured after using a dangerous drug or other types of prescription medicine, you may be eligible for legal and financial recourse. However, due to the fact that dangerous drug lawsuits can be very difficult to try in court, it is very important for injury victims to seek legal guidance from an experienced drug injury lawyer.
Here at Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys, our team of lawyers in Mobile, Daphne, and Foley, AL have won over $40 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients, and can provide decades of experience in your dangerous drug litigation.
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Dangerous Drugs & The Role Of The FDA
The origins of the FDA can be traced all the way back to 1848 – when the Agricultural division of the US patent office required the services of a chemist to review patents for various medical products and devices that were being created at the time.
In 1906 the Pure Food and Drug Act was passed into law, which essentially outlawed misbranded and impure foods to be used in interstate commerce. As a result, the position of the chief chemist of the US patent office evolved into that of the Food and Drugs Commissioner.
It is the FDA’s primary responsibility to approve and monitor the safety of medication that is released in the United States, while also keeping an oversight on the industry as a whole – giving final approval to hundreds of drugs that are used by thousands of people to treat their ailments.
It is important to note, however, that while the FDA gives a manufacturer permission to market and sell a drug or pharmaceutical in the United States, it is the manufacturer that is held accountable for any injuries or deaths that their products may cause.
Common Dangerous Prescription Drugs
Due to the extremely high profits that can be made from the pharmaceutical industry, it has become an extremely competitive marketplace – generating billions of dollars annually just in the U.S. alone.
Unfortunately, to obtain a competitive edge, many drugs are rushed to the market without being thoroughly tested. In fact, several pharmaceutical companies have been caught trying to cover up the evidence that their product caused severe side effects in order to protect their profits.
The drugs listed below may cause patients to experience adverse side effects:
To demonstrate just how competitive the market is, some recent evidence has suggested that certain drug companies have been burying the test results of their products and still deciding to release them for public consumption.
Common Side Effects From Unsafe Drugs
Admittedly, due to the many variables involved in a real world environment, there can be a multitude of reactions to certain medications. Important variables such as age, overall health condition, diet, stress and other factors like genetics can all play a significant role in how someone responds to medication.
However, some common side effects from a dangerous drug may include:
- muscle pain and/or weakness
- skin rashes
- low blood pressure
- severe weight loss and/or gain
- involuntary shaking or twitching
While these are some of the basic symptoms, others can be much more severe and may include brittle bones, cancer, loss of function and heart attack
As with any new product, it’s always a wise choice to do educate yourself and do some research before beginning a treatment regime. There are some easy ways to research prescription drugs. You can simply search online for any reports of side effects of the drugs. Another way is to ask your friends and family if they know of anyone taking the medication. Most importantly, talk to your doctor and ask about possible adverse reactions.
By simply taking some initial precautions, you can help to minimize the chances of becoming the victim of a drug-related personal injury.
Contact A Dangerous Drug Injury Lawyer in Alabama Today
Here at Citrin law firm, we strongly believe that pharmaceutical companies should be held accountable for the harm that their drugs cause. If you or a loved one has experienced a serious side effect from a medication, contact us today.
We offer office locations in Daphne, Foley, and Mobile, Alabama to serve injury victims throughout Mobile and Baldwin Counties. Our personal injury attorneys are licensed to practice law across the entire State of Alabama.
We have the determination to fight for your maximum compensation benefits and will work tirelessly to make sure that you receive the justice that you deserve. To find out more, please contact us at 251-888-8888 – our intake team are standing by and ready to help you today.
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