Lawsuits and Prescription Drug Side Effects

In order to measure the true value of a medication in the treatment of a particular condition, the possible benefits of the treatment will often be weighed against the potential risks involved. With adequate information about the potential side effects of prescription drugs, consumers and healthcare professionals can reach a decision together about whether or not a certain medication is worth the possible risks. For example, a medication that may cause life-altering birth defects among infants who are exposed to the drug during pregnancy may not be considered an appropriate treatment for a pregnant woman whose condition poses little risk to mother or child, such as migraine headaches. Unfortunately, some drug companies actually conceal the more serious side effects of their medications in an attempt to make their product more appealing to the public. This deceptive practice puts millions of consumers at risk of suffering severe injury and even death, which may have been avoided if the drug company had taken the necessary steps to avoid consumer harm.

How Does An Attorney Help?

Lawyers that fight for the rights of injured consumers are referred to as plaintiff attorneys and personal injury lawyers. When you hire a lawyer to investigate your injury claim and represent you in a lawsuit you, the consumer, is not responsible for paying any money up front. This assures large wealthy corporations won't railroad the poor and down trodden. An injury lawyer pays for all case expenses including investigations, expert witnesses, studies, filings and medical screening. This money is only recouped by the lawyer if the law firm wins the case or successfully settles with the defendant. Class action and personal injury lawyers earn between 20% and 35% of the total cash award.

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