Defective Drug Injury Lawyers in Pittsburgh
Many Americans rely on prescription and over-the-counter drugs for various health reasons. According to the CDC, almost half of all Americans take at least 1 prescription drug. The young and the elderly are especially reliant on medication. In the US, 20% of children and 90% of seniors take prescription drugs. Those who are vulnerable and need medication have a right to safe and effective drugs.
However, despite strict regulation by the FDA, thousands of injuries and deaths result from drugs that were later found to be defective, dangerous, or produced severe side effects that caused the worsening of a disease or even death.
In the event of an injury from a defective drug, pharmaceutical companies and drug manufacturers can be held liable. Medical practitioners and pharmacists can also be responsible if the drugs are improperly prescribed, administered, or filled. The medical malpractice attorneys at Tom Crenney & Associates in Pittsburgh can help your family recover financially from drug injury trauma by claiming what is owed to you.
Legal Rights for Prescription Drug Injury Victims
Laws protect victims who have been seriously injured by either prescription or over-the-counter drugs. Drug manufacturers are responsible for thoroughly testing the safety of their product as well as labeling the package with all potential side effects so users are aware of the risks. Doctors and other medical professionals are responsible for their patients’ safety, avoiding potentially dangerous medications, unsafe dosages, and drug interactions. Damages against pharmaceutical companies or medical practitioners for dangerous drug side effects and injuries include:
- Physical pain, impairment and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Medical expenses, past and future
- Lost wages and earning capacity
If injuries from drugs resulted in a patient’s death, the family of the victim may file for wrongful death.
PA Drug Injury Statue of Limitations
In the state of Pennsylvania, a drug injury claim must be filed within 2 years of the taking of a defective drug or within two years that a reasonable person realizes the drug caused their injuries. The statute of limitations is many times difficult to determine in a drug injury case so you should contact a lawyer right away to know your legal rights.
Contact Tom Crenney & Associates about Drug Injury Liability
If you have been harmed by medication, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us for a free initial consultation. Call us in Pittsburgh at 412.644.5545 or toll free at 888.644.5545. We also make house calls and hospital visits.