We assume the medications our doctors prescribe will improve the quality of our lives and be safe to use. So, when a drug is defective or has unexpected side effects that destroy your health, you may have a case against at-fault parties. That’s where a Mt. Vernon defective drug lawyer can help.
At Morelli Law Firm, we are committed to holding drug manufacturers and other negligent parties responsible for the harm they cause. If defective or harmful pharmaceuticals have negatively impacted you, our Mt. Vernon personal injury lawyer can evaluate your case and guide you through your next steps.
Medication Side Effects and Personal Injury Claims
Unfortunately, not every side effect of medication provides grounds for a personal injury claim. To qualify for a lawsuit, you or your attorney must demonstrate that the drug was defective and directly harmed you. Side effects alone do not necessarily constitute defects, even if they cause harm.
However, side effects can trigger valid legal action in certain situations. For instance, if we can prove the pharmaceutical company knew about a side effect but failed to notify the public, and that side effect injured you, then you may have a case regarding the insufficient warning. Proving this without legal guidance can be challenging.
Additionally, addiction is a side effect that could warrant a lawsuit if the drug’s addictive properties were not disclosed. Manufacturing defects causing otherwise non-addictive medications to become habit-forming could also prompt litigation. In these scenarios, having an attorney represent you can significantly strengthen your case.
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Compensation in a Defective Product Lawsuit
Injuries from a dangerous medication can lead to physical, emotional, and financial hardship. If you suffered harm from a defective drug, you may recover economic damages, non-economic damages, and potentially punitive damages in certain cases.
Our legal team will fight to help you obtain compensation, such as:
- Current and future medical expenses related to your injuries
- Lost wages for time missed from work
- Loss of earning capacity from chronic conditions, disabilities, or disfigurement
- Pain and suffering based on the severity and duration of your pain
- Emotional distress from all you’ve endured
- Travel costs for medical appointments
- Wrongful death damages (if a loved one passes away due to a defective drug)
We will thoroughly investigate your situation to build the strongest possible case on your behalf.
Liable Parties in Defective Drug Lawsuits
Depending on the specifics of your case, multiple parties may share liability for a defective or dangerous drug injury.
One of our attorneys can analyze your case details to determine who to sue for compensation, including:
- Drug manufacturers: Pharmaceutical companies can be held accountable if their products are improperly designed, use dangerous chemical mixes, or have other defects that increase injury risks.
- Distributors: Medications properly manufactured initially can become defective during distribution due to unsafe protocols, tampering, missing warning labels, and other instances of negligence.
- Pharmacies: You trust pharmacies and pharmacists to fill prescriptions correctly, but misconduct like using the wrong ingredients, providing the incorrect drug, improper dosages, and mislabeled containers can make them liable.
- Doctors and healthcare providers: In rare cases, liability extends to hospitals, doctors, nurses, and other providers if they prescribe unsuitable medications, mix up prescriptions, or fail to meet reasonable standards of care.
With more potentially responsible parties, more options open up for maximizing your compensation. The experienced defective drug attorneys at Morelli Law Firm know how to investigate your case and build strong arguments that pinpoint liability.
Time Limit for Filing a Defective Medication Lawsuit in Illinois
If a private company manufactured or distributed the drug, plaintiffs in Illinois typically have two years to file a lawsuit for damages brought on by the medication. However, the statute of limitations is reduced to only one year if a local governmental entity provides the defective medication.
Once you became aware or should have become aware that a medication flaw or error was to blame for your injury, the one- or two-year clock started ticking. Given the relatively short timeline in Illinois, prompt action is essential.
In some cases, patients may not immediately link their health problems to the medication issue if the side effects mimic other conditions or emerge gradually over time. However, the time limit still applies from the point where a reasonable person would have discovered the connection through diligent investigation and medical evaluation.
Consult With a Mt. Vernon, IL, Defective Drug Lawyer
If you or a loved one suffered harm from a dangerous or defective medication, you don’t have to face this alone. An attorney from Morelli Law Firm can provide the legal help you need during this difficult time. Our Mt. Vernon defective drug lawyers have successfully represented injured victims in complex negotiations with powerful manufacturers.
We know how to prove liability and maximize compensation for your losses. Take the first step and contact our office for a free, no-obligation case evaluation. We’ll review the details of your case, explain your legal rights, and develop an effective strategy for holding negligent parties accountable.
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