Defective medicine claims are common in personal injury law. The pharmaceutical industry is held to a very high standard of care when establishing a relationship with consumers. If a person has taken defective medicine, then he or she will be able to obtain damages for the harm caused. Usually defective medicine law suits are personal injury class action suits. This is because a pharmaceutical product will usually be distributed to a large group of people that are negatively affected by the drug. There are personal injury attorneys who specialize in defective medicine law suits with a large number of plaintiffs. However, there are also cases where a single person will be affected by a defective drug.
Many times a drug will be recalled when it is discovered that the drug causes serious health problems to consumer. This will usually not happen, though, until a fairly large number of people experience health problems as a result. After being affected by defective medicines, the injured party should consult a personal injury attorney immediately. If a suit is brought against the drug manufacturer, the plaintiff will be able to obtain reimbursement for medical bills associated with the defective drug. It is also possible that a plaintiff will be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering and emotional distress associated with the resulting medical problems.
A defective medicine law suit will be brought by a plaintiff if this person has developed serious medical conditions as a result of taking the drug. This might include a harmful side effect that was not on the drug's warning. Many times people will discover that they have taken a harmful drug before they even begin feeling the side effects.
They may learn from the news or other drug law suits that this prescription has been recalled after they have already began taking it. In this case the injured party should seek medical attention, as well as legal counsel, as soon as possible. It is important to act right away, because most defective medicine law suits have a statute of limitations. The statute of limitations will put a time limit on when a plaintiff can file a law suit, and this varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. A personal injury attorney will be able to advise a client about the statute of limitations on a particular case.
A defective medicine judgment will usually result in compensatory damages, such as payment for medical expenses, wages lost, future earnings, future medical expenses, as well as emotional pain and suffering. There may also be punitive damages. These will act as a punishment to the pharmaceutical companies so that they will be restricted from repeating this behavior in the future.