Almost every medication has side effects listed on the label. The primary reason for this is to avoid being sued. However, when a side effect is experienced but not listed on the label, then the medication company could be liable. If you suffered unexpected harm from a medication, then you might be able to sue the prescribing medical professional or medication company. Talk to a New York medical malpractice lawyer to explore your options.
Harmful Medication Side Effects
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) describes adverse medication reactions, or side effects, as unwanted effects caused by a medication. In some cases, these side effects are common and mild, rare and
severe, or rare and mild. Medications with common and severe side effects often do not make it into the market.
A single medication can cause adverse side effects but so can mixing medications. This can happen by accident when patients are prescribed multiple medications at once. These medication interactions can lead to worse side effects than if the medications were taken alone.
All of these are reasons why most medication labels have extensive lists of side effects and warnings. Many warning labels will instruct consumers not to mix the medication with specific types of medications. Some medications have labels that warn consumers against driving or operating heavy machinery due to the side effects.
Doctors are also expected to warn patients about potential adverse side effects. This includes side effects that could lead to high risks while driving. pregnant, or consuming certain substances like alcohol. Ignoring these warnings comes down to the liability of the patient. When no warnings are given, liability for harm falls onto the prescriber or manufacturer of the medication.
How to Sue for Side Effects
If you suffered significant harm from a defective medication and you were not warned about this harm, then you might be able to sue. Medical malpractice claims can be filed against doctors who fail to warn patients. A product liability claim can be filed against the medication manufacturer if a mistake was made with the product itself.
Filing a product liability claim related to medication side effects often comes down to identifying marketing defects. A marketing defect occurs when a product fails to properly label or provide instructions for safe use. Medications that exclude information and labels about side effects, negative medication interactions, and what to avoid while on the medication fit this standard.
Consider contacting a New York product liability lawyer if you suspect a marketing defect. Collect evidence by keeping the defective product, documenting your damages, and with copies of medical records.
New York City Product Liability Lawyer
You could be eligible for compensation if you suffered harm from a faulty medication. Call the Sullivan and Brill Law Firm today at (212) 566-1000 to talk to a New York product liability attorney for a free consultation. Our San Juan team of lawyers might be able to increase your chances of compensation for medical bills, emotional distress, and other damages caused by the medication. We serve clients in New York City, Long Island, Kings, Bronx, Queens, Richmond, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, and Rockland Counties, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.