Many people take at least one prescription or over-the-counter medicine regularly, in order to deal with various illnesses, aches, and pains. Unfortunately, not every drug that hits the market is perfectly safe, even if you follow your doctor’s instructions and take it only as directed. There are plenty of recalls every year that demonstrate this fact.
If you were harmed by a medication you took, you should reach out to a Blue Bell dangerous lawyer as soon as possible. At Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers, Founding Partner Jon Ostroff and the rest of our skilled legal team are well-known for fighting and winning cases against drug companies. Jon has helped hundreds of clients recover millions of dollars in “misleading marketing” cases due to injuries they sustained from medications, where the pharmaceutical manufacturer failed to disclose risks they were aware of.
How Do Lawsuits Against Drug Companies Work?
A drug company that puts an unreasonably dangerous product on the market can be forced to pay for the harm that any person suffers after using that dangerous product. Additionally, Pennsylvania often allows companies to be held “strictly liable” for injuries rather than having to establish “negligence” against the manufacturer. You must only prove the product was unreasonably dangerous. Lawsuits against multinational drug companies are extremely challenging. These corporations have massive legal teams and millions of dollars to spend fighting these cases.
Fortunately, Pennsylvania also allows multiple injured victims with similar cases to sue a single company and demand compensation through “mass tort litigation.” In a free consultation, a Blue Bell defective drugs attorney at our firm can further explain how this type of case works and, if it’s in your best interest, how to start or join one in progress.
Time Limits for Dangerous Drug Cases in Blue Bell
Whether you pursue a dangerous drug case through a mass tort claim or regular lawsuit, your skilled local attorney can demand money for every form of harm you experienced. This might include:
- Pain and suffering, including “emotional anguish”
- Medical bills for past and future care
- Lost work wages
- Lost ability to work
- Loss of life’s pleasures
However, Pennsylvania does not give you unlimited time to file your claim. Under 42 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes §5524, a person typically has two years after being hurt to sue someone over that injury. There is an often-applied exception to this time limit in cases involving dangerous drugs. In many of these instances, the injured victim has two years from the time the defect was known, or should have been know, by them.
Get Help from a Blue Bell Dangerous Drugs Attorney
Drug companies are supposed to rigorously test every product they make before putting it on the market for doctors to prescribe or consumers to buy. Sadly, these companies sometimes rush new drugs to market before they have time to figure out all their risks and side effects. Even worse, they may intentionally lie to the public about known risks and side effects in order to boost their profits.
Regardless of the situation, a skilled Blue Bell dangerous drugs lawyer at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers will fight tirelessly to ensure you get paid fairly for your injuries and losses. Get in touch with us today to talk about your possible claim. You do not pay anything until we recover compensation for you, so call today for a free consultation.