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Dangerous Medication And Defective Medical Device FAQ

Crandall & Katt in Roanoke, Virginia, has extensive experience in cases involving defective medications and defective medical devices. We work diligently to hold negligent corporations responsible for their actions and to obtain full compensation for every client.

For a free consultation about a product liability case, call us at 540.342.2000.

What is the statute of limitations in a defective medication or medical device case?

A lawsuit must be filed within two years from the date the plaintiff suffered an injury. When our law firm represents you, we will promptly organize a comprehensive legal effort designed to obtain the best possible settlement of jury award.

What is multidistrict litigation and why is it used?

Many defective medication and defective medical device cases are combined and heard in multidistrict litigation. The purpose for doing this is to efficiently gather scientific and medical evidence that applies to all cases. This can save plaintiffs money and reduce the cost of litigation.

Aren’t defective medical device and medication lawsuits expensive?

They can be. They usually require the use of expert witnesses who can command large fees, and this adds to legal costs. However, Crandall & Katt accepts product liability cases on contingency. You will owe attorney fees only if we obtain compensation for you.

What types of compensation are available in a defective medical device or medication case?

You may be entitled to medical costs, loss of present and future earnings, disfigurement, pain and suffering, and other economic and noneconomic losses. In some cases, you may be eligible for punitive damages. In a case involving a wrongful death caused by a defective medical device or medication, family members may be entitled to additional compensation for such things as loss of consortium and loss of companionship. Our lawyers will place a value on the full amount of your losses and seek the best possible settlement or jury award for you.

Can pharmaceutical companies be sued for someone’s opiate addiction?

Interestingly, lawsuits brought against drug companies are often considered defective product cases, according to FindLaw. To prevail in a defective product case, the plaintiff must prove that there was a design defect, a manufacturing defect or that the warnings were inadequate.

I’ve heard about defective medical devices, but what are some examples of dangerous medication?

You probably have heard of dangerous-medication cases, but you haven’t thought about them in terms of liability. Some well-publicized recent examples include:

  • Yaz, used for birth control, which has caused blot clots, strokes and heart attacks
  • Zoloft, an antidepressant that has been linked to birth defects and suicide
  • Lipitor, an anti-cholesterol drug that has been connected to liver damage

What is the basis for a dangerous-medication lawsuit?

In a dangerous-medication case, the plaintiffs typically allege that the drug manufacturer did not properly test or properly manufacture a drug.

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