Defective Product and Dangerous Drug Lawsuit Lawyers
We rely on so many different products every day that we take many of them for granted. When we’re sick or hurt, we depend on medical professionals to help us heal and to prescribe medications to improve our lives.
While most of these products are safe, that is not always the case. Trouble arises when any of these products are found to be faulty, defective, or dangerous.
Consider the following statistics from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):
- Dangerous products are related to 28,200 deaths and 33.6 million injuries each year.
- More than 200,000 children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms each year due to toy-related injuries alone.
- Deaths, injuries, and property damage cost the nation more than $700 billion annually.
In terms of pharmaceuticals, events such as the Vioxx disaster of the early 2000s and the $2.3 billion fine Pfizer paid in September 2009 for off-label marketing practices (the largest criminal fine ever levied in the United States for that illegal practice) show that pharmaceutical products often pose serious underlying threats to consumers.
Why do these dangers persist? Some manufacturers may recklessly market and promote products that have not been properly tested – and in a few cases, even when they have been tested. That’s when experienced product liability attorneys step in to help those who have suffered from the use of those products, and to help to try to ensure justice is done.
We divide these products into three categories:
Dangerous Drugs That Have Made It to the Public
While some of the tragic effects of these drugs and medications may truly be unforeseen after rigorous testing, the drug and pharmaceutical industry’s track record hardly instills confidence. Here is a list of dangerous drugs that have sparked lawsuits from their victims. If you or someone you love has suffered because of these drugs, call the product liability attorneys at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078:
Faulty or Defective Medical Devices: More Harm Than Good
Medicine is a constantly evolving profession. Every year, new techniques and products are developed to further help us maintain or recover our health. However, just as in the case with drug companies, there are products that are not properly tested, poorly designed, or otherwise dangerous to the patients they’re intended to help.
People can be seriously injured or even die as a result. And the companies that make these defective medical devices should not be allowed to profit from the suffering they cause. Here are some devices that are known failures. If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of one of these products, contact us immediately.
Call 1-866-900-7078 for a free case evaluation. Together, we can tell them you mean business.
Flawed and Defective Products: Unexpected Danger
How many people do you know whose car has been recalled for its airbags? Millions of cars were because the devices meant to keep people safe in a crash could malfunction and hurt or kill them. This is just one example of a poorly-designed, made, or tested product reaching the public and wreaking havoc.
Sometimes, these products are used for decades before the danger is realized. This was the case with things like leaded gasoline and asbestos. The products appeared to solve a problem or provide an advantage when they were introduced, only to find later that they had serious, life-threatening effects.
Other times, the product’s danger should have been discovered with responsible development and testing. The dangers those products pose should be clearly communicated so that users know the risks and can take precautions. If they don’t know the risks, they’re being exposed to injury or death.
Here are some examples of defective and flawed products. The victims of these products are still being discovered.
- AFFF Firefighting Foam
- Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure
- Paraquat Weed Killer
- Talcum, Baby Powder and Ovarian Cancer
- 3M Earplugs
Who is Responsible for Consumer Product Safety in the United States
On the federal level, that responsibility falls under the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from the thousands of consumer products under its jurisdiction.
Ultimate responsibility for product safety, however, lies with the manufacturer or vendor of goods. These entities are responsible for ensuring that products are safe for consumer use. A product liability case against a manufacturer or vendor may be appropriate if someone is injured due to (a) faulty product design; (b) a manufacturing defect; or (c) insufficient warnings about a product’s known dangers.
Who Is Responsible for Pharmaceutical (Drug) and Medical Device Safety in the United States?
On the federal level, that responsibility lies with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This federal agency was established to regulate the release of new foods, drugs, and other health-related products and devices such as heart defibrillators.
Ultimate responsibility for drug and medical device safety, however, lies with the pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. A product liability case against a pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturer may be appropriate if the manufacturer failed to warn the public about inherent dangers in a drug, hid information about serious drug implications from the FDA, failed to follow marketing protocol, or allowed a product to be introduced to the market when the manufacturer knew or should have known of the product’s potential danger.
The Product Liability Attorneys at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin May Be Able to Help You
If you feel you are the victim of an unsafe drug or medical device, contact the experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin. We understand the financial, physical, and emotional trauma that can accompany a product liability claim. We represent our clients to the best of our ability, allowing them to concentrate on healing and getting on with their lives.
Pharmaceutical, medical device, and defective product claims are complex. They often involve the interpretation of medical documents and interviews with engineers, researchers, or doctors. Our product liability team is experienced in handling dangerous drug and product claims, and we have helped thousands of people with their product liability cases. Call us today at 1-866-900-7078 or contact us online for a free case evaluation and confidential conversation about your potential claim.
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