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Dangerous Drugs

Holding companies accountable for dangerous drugs

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More Americans than ever ― roughly 7 out of 10 ― take at least one prescription medication, and more than half take at least two. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves new drugs every year designed to treat almost every medical condition imaginable.

Many of these medications improve the quality of people’s lives. But the rush to develop new drugs, fueled by record-breaking corporate profits, has come at a tragic cost to thousands of consumers. The truth is that not all medications are safe and effective. In fact, some dangerous drugs are prescribed “off-label” or for uses other than what the FDA originally approved.

When drug manufacturers put profits before consumer safety, our attorneys are prepared to hold them accountable. We will deliver full and fair compensation to you and your family for the harm done.

See our article discussing some of the most common mass tort FAQs we receive.

How to find out if you have a valid dangerous drug claim

There are known health risks and adverse side effects with many medications, and some are the source of ongoing lawsuits in courts around the country. If you have been harmed by one of these or other dangerous drugs, you may have a claim.

  • SGLT2 Inhibitor. These prescription medications, used to treat Type 2 diabetes by reducing the amount of glucose absorbed by the kidneys, have been associated with patients developing diabetic ketoacidosis.
  • Talcum Powder. Frequent and long-term use of talcum powder in the genital and perineal areas has been associated with increased risk of ovarian and mesothelioma cancer in women.
  • Valsartan. One of the world’s most widely prescribed medications for the treatment of high blood pressure, Valsartan was recently recalled because many batches of the drug contained N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a known carcinogen.

The first step in determining whether or not you have a valid claim is a free consultation with one of our attorneys. We will conduct a thorough review of your medical records and answer any questions you might have. There are strict statutes of limitations in dangerous drug cases, so it’s important to get in touch with us as soon as possible if you believe you have a claim.

Why are some medications dangerous?

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There are a number of reasons why medications can be dangerous, including:

  • Drug companies sometimes fail to conduct the studies needed to identify risks that emerge after approval.
  • Failure by a drug manufacturer to properly warn the medical community and consumers about risks.
  • Marketing of a medication for uses not approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

More than 30 dangerous drugs have been approved and later taken off the market because of serious health risks since the 1970’s. These drugs have killed or seriously injured thousands of Americans. Dozens of other dangerous drugs remain available. Some of them come with warnings from the FDA, but those warnings are not always clear or well communicated.

All of these failures come back to the basic principle of accountability. Drug manufacturers can and should be held legally accountable if they put consumers at risk.

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Dangerous Drug FAQs

  • What do I prepare for the first call or meeting with you?

    For your first meeting with us, simply tell us your story and explain in your own words what happened and how your life has been affected. If you're meeting with us in person, you can bring notes about what happened to you, driver insurance information, names of any witnesses, photos of the accident damages or injuries, medical records, and other related paperwork if you have it and if it's applicable, but that information isn't necessary. Really all you need to do is be yourself, speak with us honestly, and be willing to tackle your problems with us.

    Initial conversations between potential clients and our staff members are often done over the phone. Rest assured that everything we discuss is confidential and protected under law.

  • How much will a lawyer cost me?

    The lawyers at Berman & Simmons work on a contingency basis. That means you pay nothing up front and nothing unless we settle or win your case. We will consult with you, evaluate your situation, and do initial research free of charge. This is true even if we decide you don’t have a valid claim. We will also cover all necessary case expenses and you will not be obligated to reimburse us until and unless we recover monies on your behalf. if we do take your case and win a settlement or a jury verdict in your favor, a percentage of the compensation goes to pay for our costs and the work done by our legal team.

  • How will you know know if I have a case?

    To pursue a case, we will need to prove that you suffered a substantial personal injury and the injury was directly caused by the negligence of another party. A bad result alone is not enough to establish negligence. We let you know upfront if we are able to move forward with the legal process, or if we don’t think you have a case. Generally, we will know if you have a case after our first phone call or meeting.

    If we believe you have a valid claim and decide to move forward with litigation, our attorneys and staff will then take it from there and do everything else that needs to be done, including obtaining and reviewing records relevant to your case, such as accident reports and other law enforcement documents, employer records, medical records, and other information.

  • How long will it take to resolve my case?

    Every case is different, and there is no way to predict how long it will take for your case to be resolved. Some cases end in a matter of months, while the most complex and challenging cases, such as a medical malpractice case, can span several years. The vast majority of cases, however, are resolved before a trial and usually within a year.

    The goal is to make sure you receive fair compensation for your injuries, no matter how long it takes whether that comes in the form of a pre-trial settlement, or with a jury verdict in your favor.

  • How much is my case worth?

    There are many factors that need to be considered when determining the value of your case. Every case is unique and it takes a team effort — including your attorney, staff researchers, and outside experts — to determine the extent of your damages and how much your case is worth. There are two types of damages for which you could receive compensation: Economic and non-economic.

    If your case goes to trial and a jury agrees you deserve compensation, the jury members will decide how much the money you should receive for each category of damages.

A Law Firm That Listens

Berman & Simmons is widely recognized as the best personal injury lawyers in Maine and among the best in the U.S., having won many of the largest jury verdicts and settlements ever obtained for injured people in Maine.

Our trial lawyers have won thousands of claims on behalf of those injured in a car accident, and each year we build on that successful track record.

Our attorneys and staff members will take the time to listen to you, work to understand your concerns, and come up with solutions that can make your life better, including obtaining payment for or deferral of your debts until your case is resolved. We help you recover and make sure you receive full compensation for your injuries and loss.

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Protecting Consumers Against Dangerous Drugs and Medical Devices

What compensation can I receive if I was harmed by a dangerous drug?

Under state and federal law, victims of dangerous medical devices have the right to recover financial damages for various categories of loss, including:

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    Pain, suffering, and emotional distress, past and future

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    Interference with your enjoyment of life

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    Medical expenses, past and future

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    Time lost from work

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    Loss of future earnings

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    Wrongful death damages (for the estate)