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Millions of Americans rely on pharmaceutical medications to treat illnesses and conditions and improve their health. Unfortunately, some dangerous drugs on the market have serious side effects that can cause significant injury or lead to death. If you or your loved one has been injured by a dangerous drug, contact The Janda Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation with our Las Vegas dangerous drug lawyer, with no obligation.

Las Vegas Dangerous Drug Attorney

Why Choose Our Pharmaceutical Injury Lawyers in Las Vegas?

  • Our founding injury attorney, Paul Janda, is also a neurologist who serves on several medical advisory boards and is involved in several research studies. He is the only neurologist-attorney in the state.
  • Our medical background enables us to research your case quickly, saving you significant time and money, and assessing the full extent of your losses, allowing you to pursue maximum compensation for your injuries.
  • There are no upfront costs when you retain our firm. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay us no fees until we win your case.

What Is a Product Liability Claim for Dangerous Drugs?

Pharmaceutical manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure that the products they produce are safe for use by consumers. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medications. Unfortunately, pharmaceutical companies do not always uphold that obligation, and dangerous drugs released on the market cause harm to consumers as a result. A product liability claim is a civil action by which an injured consumer may pursue justice and compensation for injuries caused by a dangerous or defective pharmaceutical product.

Common Pharmaceutical Product Defects In Nevada

Product liability claims for dangerous drugs may be based on any of several different types of defects.

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Defects

Improperly manufactured or tainted pharmaceutical drugs can cause serious harm to consumers. The error may have occurred at the manufacturing facility or at a pharmacy that made or packaged the drug. A problem may have occurred during shipping, or there may have been labeling errors. The defect could have occurred at any point between the pharmaceutical factory and the place where you received the drug.

Dangerous Pharmaceutical Side Effects

Even though a drug has been properly manufactured, it can still have dangerous side effects that cause injury. This type of product liability claim may involve a drug that had been on the market for years before a link was discovered between the drug and a higher risk of certain types of injury, such as heart attacks. If the injured party can prove that the manufacturer had knowledge of the dangerous side effects of the drug but attempted to conceal that information, the injured person be entitled to punitive damages, designed to punish the defendant for particularly egregious wrongdoing.

Pharmaceutical Marketing Defects

When we say “marketing” in reference to a pharmaceutical drug, we mean the warnings, instructions, or recommendations for its use. This type of claim may involve injuries caused by:

  • Failure to provide adequate, accurate warnings regarding the dangerous side effects of the drug; or
  • Failure to provide adequate instructions about the safe and appropriate use of the drug.

The failure to warn or provide instructions may have been on the part of the manufacturer, sales rep, doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider.

Common Types of Dangerous Drug Claims in Las Vegas

Dangerous and defective drugs can cause serious, painful injuries and illnesses. Many pharmaceutical manufacturers fail to warn patients and their doctors of the side effects of their products. This inaction leaves patients vulnerable to potentially life-threatening conditions that have a major impact on their quality of life.

Below are some of the most common types of drugs involved in dangerous medication lawsuits:

  • Beta Blockers: These drugs are used to reduce blood pressure and help protect the heart from a heart attack. However, these medications can lead to serious side effects like compromised cardiac function and elevated blood lipids.
  • Prozac: Prozac is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) that is used to treat psychological conditions like depression and panic disorder. However, Prozac is linked to suicidal thoughts, violent behavior, and akathisia, a condition associated with constant agitation.
  • Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs): NSAIDs are primarily used to relieve symptoms of arthritis and other conditions caused by inflammation. However, these medications can cause internal bleeding and damage to the liver and kidneys.
  • Diabetes Drugs: Diabetes is a condition associated with unstable blood sugar levels. Medication to treat this condition can sometimes lead to liver damage and hypoglycemia, or extremely low blood sugar.
  • Statins: This medication is often prescribed to reduce cholesterol. However, long-term statin use can lead to side effects like cataracts, inflammation, and liver damage.
  • Chemotherapy Drugs: Drugs to treat cancer can lead to serious complications. These side effects may include lung disease, liver and kidney damage, a suppressed immune system, and birth defects.
  • Prednisone: This medication is a corticosteroid that helps treat many types of medical conditions, like cancer and arthritis. However, Prednisone can lead to conditions like intestinal bleeding, hypertension, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

Things to Consider Before Filing a Dangerous Drugs Lawsuit in Las Vegas

If you plan on filing a lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company, there are several facts that you will want to consider. Generally, to be eligible for this type of claim, you will need to have taken the medication in question for a substantial period, usually around one year. Additionally, you will need to have been diagnosed with an injury or illness associated with the medication. An attorney from the Janda Law Firm can help you determine your case eligibility.

Second, it’s important to consider that major pharmaceutical companies will do everything in their power to avoid liability for dangerous medications. You could face large corporate legal teams that will try to limit your award. For this reason, it is necessary to hire a personal injury lawyer in Las Vegas who can protect your interests and defend against the tactics of these companies.

Penalties for Federal Drug Crimes

If a doctor prescribed you a dangerous drug that later harmed you, you have the right to pursue a lawsuit against the product’s manufacturer. However, there may be consequences for doctors who unnecessarily prescribe dangerous, highly addictive drugs like opioids to high-risk patients.

In 2019, more than 60 doctors working across Ohio, Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee, and West Virginia were charged with opioid pushing and healthcare fraud. These offenses can carry penalties like jail time and fines. If you suspect illegal activity associated with dangerous drugs on the part of your healthcare provider, speak to an attorney for guidance. In addition to criminal charges, you could pursue civil litigation if the doctor’s actions harmed you.

Contact Janda Law For A Free Consultation With An Expert Las Vegas Dangerous Drugs Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been seriously harmed by a defective and dangerous drug, you deserve to recover full compensation for your injuries. Contact The Janda Law Firm as soon as possible for legal representation from a dangerous drug and wrongful death attorney in Las Vegas who is also a licensed medical professional.