Miami Beach Defective Drug Lawyer
Every year, hundreds of new prescription drugs are introduced into what has become a gigantic industry. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 48% of Americans had used at least one prescription medication during the previous month. But every year, over 200,000 Americans die, and numerous more are injured, as a result of false and misleading claims by pharmaceutical companies. The CDC reports that adverse drug effects are responsible for more than 700,000 ER visits each year, and that the number of such events is likely to grow as new medications are developed and new uses are discovered for existing drugs. Prescription drug recalls are a recurring feature in the national news.
Deaths caused by prescription drug overdoses have become a huge problem in Florida. In addition, many drug manufacturers fail to properly warn consumers of the harmful side effects of otherwise beneficial drugs. Deaths and injuries can also occur due to prescriptions that are improperly filled by a negligent pharmacist, or due to harmful interactions between various drugs that are negligently prescribed together. Older Americans (those 65 and older) are twice as likely as others to seek Emergency Department care as a result of harm caused by medications.
If you or someone you love was harmed by a prescription drug, you should discuss your situation with an experienced Florida personal injury attorney. You may be able to get compensation for your medical expenses, loss of wages or earning capacity, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life. Such losses would be covered whether the harm was caused by a defective drug (under the theory of product liability) or by the negligence of the health care provider who prescribed the drug or the pharmacist who dispensed it. The actions of the health care provider may have constituted medical malpractice; however, a thorough investigation and analysis by medical experts may be required to determine whether this was the case.
If one of your family members lost his or her life as a result of using a prescription drug, you may also be entitled to various forms of compensation through a claim of wrongful death. By pursuing such claims you would not only be protecting your rights, but also hopefully generating changes that will contribute to lowering the rate of prescription drug deaths and injuries in the future.
Located in Miami Beach, Florida, Esquenazi Law is a full-service civil trial firm that focuses on personal injury claims, including those related to prescription drug deaths and injuries. We offer a free initial consultation, and we don't get paid unless we obtain compensation for our clients.