Unsafe Medical Devices & Drugs
Defective Drug Lawyers
When Alabama residents go to the doctor, they should be able to trust that the drug they are prescribed or the medical device used is safe and effective. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The Union Springs and Montgomery drug injury attorneys at Jinks, Crow & Dickson, P.C. have years of experience standing up for injured patients from all parts of Alabama. Whether you have been injured by a defective medical device or suffered the ill effects of a dangerous prescription drug, we can help.
We are regularly evaluating and handling cases involving numerous drugs and devices, including:
- Dangerous and Defective Drugs
- Dangerous and Defective Medical Devices
- DePuy Hip Replacements
- Transvaginal Mesh
- Mirena IUD
- Ortho Evra
- Medtronic Insulin Pump
The Dangers of New Drugs May Not be Immediately Known
The pharmaceutical business is one of the largest industries in the country. With billions of dollars at stake, drug and medical device companies try to get new products to market before the competition. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must approve new prescription drugs before they come to market to ensure they are safe, but sometimes a drug’s side effects cannot be discovered until years later. In 2011, the FDA approved 99 new drug applications. Most of these drugs will be safe for consumers, but it is possible that a few may not.
Alabama Law Protects Victims of Unsafe Drugs and Medical Devices
Although the FDA does its best to approve only new drugs and medical devices that do not pose unnecessary risks to patients, unsafe products can still make their way to consumers. In that event, Alabama law provides recourse for injured patients. The Alabama Extended Manufacturer's Liability Doctrine (AEMLD) provides several avenues for victims of defective drugs and medical devices to recover compensation for their injuries.
Depending on the circumstances of the injury and the responsible drug, suits for defective drugs may be brought under one or more of a design defect, manufacturing defect, or failure to warn theory of liability. Suits for a defective medical device may also be brought under any one or multiple of these theories. An experienced products liability attorney can determine which of these claims, or others, best suit your particular case.
Investigating drug and medical device cases can be complex and time consuming. There will be stacks of medical records to review in order to prove the necessary causation. In addition, there are often drug companies, doctors, and insurance companies involved. Each of these parties may be represented by different counsel and have more or less liability relative to one another. Almost surely, each of these defendants will have a team of experienced and aggressive attorneys defending the case, so hiring a lawyer with proven experience in these lawsuits is crucial for plaintiffs.
Patients who have been injured by a defective drug or medical device and bring a successful lawsuit may be able to recover money for their medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other compensatory damages. In some cases punitive damages may also be available.
Turn to Experienced Products Liability Attorneys
A bad experience with a defective drug or dangerous medical device can have costly consequences. The Union Springs products liability lawyers at Jinks, Crow & Dickson have more than 30 years of experience helping injured victims throughout Central Alabama. If you or a family member has been injured by a dangerous drug or medical device, schedule a free, confidential consultation by contacting us online, or by calling us at 334-738-4225.