Pharmaceutical Wrongful Death Claim
There are times when the drugs and medications that are supposed to make a patient recover actually contribute to their death. Pharmaceutical products must be designed to be safe and effective, but they can cause death under certain circumstances. Not all drugs are properly tested before entering the marketplace. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration only approves drugs that are safe, but they can’t keep every product off the shelves.
Some dangerous drugs slip through the cracks without proper testing or analysis. It’s often the consumer who pays the ultimate price for the pharmaceutical company’s negligence. At Farah & Farah, our Jacksonville serious injury attorneys are committed to holding drug manufacturers accountable and helping families that lost loved ones to dangerous drugs get the justice they rightfully deserve.
If you’ve lost a loved one to a dangerous drug, you may be able to receive financial support for damages including medical bills, lost future income, funeral and burial costs, pain and suffering and loss of love and companionship. A wrongful death claim is usually filed by the victim’s immediate family members or by anyone financially dependent on the victim.
Forms of Pharmaceutical Negligence
The most common forms of drug manufacturer negligence that lead to a wrongful death include:
- Inadequate testing
- Insufficient warning
- Design defects
- Manufacturing errors
- Problems with the testing of the product
- Inadequate instructions for use
- Promoted uses not approved by the FDA
- Incorrect distribution by the pharmacist
- Failure to disclose adverse testing results
- Failure to disclose reactions to the product
- Allowing contaminants to affect the product during the manufacturing
If your loved one has died as the result of pharmaceutical drugs, it may be in your best interest to research if other people also died because of the drug your loved one took. There may be a class action lawsuit in place because others also suffered harm because of the drug. The pharmaceutical drug company could be under investigation or their product recalled because of cases similar to yours.
What Causes Pharmaceutical Wrongful Death?
We’ve seen many cases over the years where pharmaceutical products have caused wrongful deaths. This happens when a drug isn’t manufactured properly, when the dosage is incorrect or when it’s mislabeled. In other cases, a drug may react adversely with other products, resulting in death. It is the responsibility of drug manufacturers to test if their product is safe for all to use and to know what other drugs their product can’t be taken with. Failure to test and to warn consumers is a kind of negligence that can be deadly.
When a pharmaceutical product causes death, the victim’s family can sue the manufacturer for wrongful death. A wrongful death happens when someone is killed by the wrongdoing of another person or an entity such as a corporation. In a wrongful death case, the victim’s family has to prove negligence on the part of the drug manufacturer.
Safeguarding Your Rights
The experienced Jacksonville fatal drug side effect attorneys at Farah & Farah provide aggressive yet compassionate legal representation to families who lost a loved one because of negligence or wrongdoing. We’re committed to holding corporations accountable for their bad actions. Call us at 855-797-9899 to obtain a no-cost, no-obligation consultation and case evaluation.