Causes of Defective Medications and Your Legal OptionsMississippi Legal News
Knowing the cause of a defective medication is vital when you want to file a lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company. Defective medications can cause adverse reactions, injuries, worsening symptoms, and death in the worst of cases. You may not have to pay for the damages caused by the medication if you can prove there was a defect. Do not hesitate to ask a Mississippi pharmaceutical products attorney for help if this happened to you.
Causes and Consequences of Defective Medications
Identifying the cause of the defective medication is the first step to any product liability lawsuit involving defective medications. Looking at some of the most common causes of defective medications might help with this. You may also want to ask a lawyer about how this could be investigated.
Many defective medication problems come from too much or too little of the active pharmaceutical ingredient. This can either lead to adverse or dangerous side effects or medicine that fails to treat the patient. A medication that fails to work can be detrimental for patients with serious or life-threatening medical conditions.
Impurities can also render a medication useless. Ingredients that appear to be the substance needed but are not actually the substance are considered impurities. These can be added to the medication without realizing it because of faulty manufacturing or inadequate storage. Some impurities can be toxic.
Some medications can change chemically when not packaged properly to withstand various environmental conditions. Heat, humidity, and strong light can all potentially change the chemical structure of a medication when improperly packaged.
Defective medications can significantly harm customers depending on how severe the defect is and what the medicine is used for. Injuries, major side effects, decreased lifespans, and deaths can all be caused by defective medications.
Who to Sue for Defective Medicine
You might be wondering if you should sue the pharmacist or pharmaceutical manufacturer. When it comes to defective medicine, you will likely need to sue the medication manufacturer. This involves filing a product liability lawsuit, something that requires proving:
- The manufacturer sold you the medicine
- Any injuries or harm you suffered
- The medicine was defective when the medicine was sold to you
- This defect is what caused your injuries
If the medication itself caused your injuries, you will need to prove a manufacturing defect or design defect. Manufacturing defects happen during the mass production of the medicine. Whereas, design defects exist in all released forms of that medication and have likely affected other people.
Proving the defect is the hardest part, especially when the company tries to cover this up. Consider contacting a Jackson defective product lawyer to see what evidence you need for your claim.
Pharmaceutical Products Attorney in Jackson
Going up against a pharmaceutical company can be intimidating. Call the Germany Law Firm, PLLC today at (607) 487-0555 to talk to a Mississippi defective products lawyer for a consultation. Our experienced team of attorneys might be able to help you obtain compensation for lost income, emotional distress, and medical costs. We serve clients in Jackson, Madison, Gulfport, Oxford, and other cities in Mississippi.