Drug Injury

We Don’t Let Pharmaceutical Companies Get Away with Selling Dangerous Drugs

by Staff Blogger | October 15th, 2018

When you go to the doctor and get a prescription for a new medication, you expect it to help manage your symptoms or begin treating your underlying illness. But for countless Americans, taking a new prescription drug is the beginning of a devastating journey of side effects, complications, and life-threatening drug-related injuries.

The Norfolk drug injury attorneys at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers know how devastating it can be for victims and their families to be hopeful about the impact of a new medication, only to find out it should never have been on the market in the first place. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is tasked with making sure medications available in pharmacies, doctor’s offices, and hospitals are safe, but drug manufacturers don’t always provide it with accurate information.

Developing a new drug can cost pharmaceutical companies billions of dollars, and they’ll do everything they can to make sure their investments are recouped. That means they may hide potential side effects and adverse reactions, leaving doctors—and even the FDA—in the dark about the dangers lurking in their products. But months, years, or even decades later, patients may begin to exhibit serious complications that can put their lives at risk.

If you or someone you love was hurt by a dangerous medication, you deserve experienced and dedicated legal representation on your side. Drug companies and their insurance providers play hardball when it comes to paying damages to victims, but we aren’t afraid to fight. Call today for a free consultation to find out how we can help.

How We Can Help If You Were Hurt by a Medication

by Staff Blogger | July 23rd, 2018

The number of drugs approved for sale and usage in the U.S. in 2017 reached a 21-year high, with 46 new medications getting the green light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Every year, dozens of new drugs are released to the consumer market. And while most of those drugs are safe due to rigorous testing, some aren’t. That’s because drug manufacturers don’t always test their drugs as thoroughly as they’re supposed to. And in some cases, drug companies are aware of potentially dangerous complications, but they don’t report them to make sure their drugs get FDA approval.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we believe that multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical companies should be held liable when their negligence or greed causes innocent victims like you to suffer serious drug-related side effects or injuries.

When you call our Norfolk drug injury lawyers, we’ll take the following steps to build a strong claim for you:

  • We’ll prove the drug caused your health problems—Drug companies are skeptical of injury reports associated with their drugs—especially when the injuries aren’t consistent with publicized side effects. But other information, including FDA recalls/warnings and scientific studies, can establish a link between your health problems and the drug you took.
  • We’ll prove the drug manufacturer was negligent—When a potentially dangerous drug gets released, there’s a good chance its manufacturer was negligent. Whether the drug company skipped steps in the testing process or obfuscated evidence that the drug you took could cause harm to patients, we’ll hold it accountable for its negligence.

Trust our experience—we know drug injury claims, and we know what it takes to win. Call today for a free consultation.

What Should You Do if You Suspect You’ve Been Injured by a Drug?

by Staff Blogger | May 29th, 2018

Prescription medications are supposed to help you heal and manage your symptoms—not make you feel worse or put your health or even your life at risk.

Many new medications are approved for usage in the U.S. every year by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). And while all medications are supposed to receive extensive safety testing before being released to the public, sometimes drug manufacturers fail to properly test their products or they may even hide known adverse effects to improve the chances of their drugs being approved by the FDA.

When that happens, innocent victims like you can suffer serious injuries and health complications. If you or someone you love was hurt by a prescription medication, taking the following two steps can help you protect your health and your rights to compensation:

  1. Call or visit your doctor as soon as possible—While you should never stop taking a medication without first speaking to your doctor, you also shouldn’t wait to find out if the medication is causing your health problems. The sooner you can see your healthcare provider, the sooner you’ll be able to pinpoint what’s harming your health.
  2. Call a Roanoke drug injury lawyer—Drug injuries can cause victims to require expensive medical treatment while putting them out of work indefinitely—and sometimes permanently. Having an experienced legal team on your side means you’ll be able to maximize your chances of receiving compensation for your drug injury-related expenses.

Get in touch with Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today to find out how a drug injury attorney can help. Just fill out a free consultation form.

How Can a Drug Injury Lawyer Help You Get Compensation?

by Staff Blogger | March 19th, 2018

Developing an injury or illness after taking a prescription or over-the-counter medication can be devastating. The drug you took was marketed as being effective for treating the health problems you suffer from, but instead, it only made you feel worse. You may even be facing disabling or life-threatening side effects and complications.

Despite the serious nature of your drug-related injury or illness, we know that you may be reluctant to file a claim for compensation. After all, how can you possibly stand up against a multi-billion-dollar drug corporation and its teams of lawyers?

The answer is having an experienced and qualified Virginia drug injury lawyer on your side. When we take on your claim, you can count on us to:

  • Prove the drug manufacturer knew of the drug’s risks – Whether the manufacturer used misleading data or failed to properly disclose potential side effects and complications, we’ll make sure their negligence is known when you have our legal team on your side.
  • Prove the drug caused your injury or illness – By collecting medical records and utilizing expert witnesses and testimony, we can conclusively link the health problems you’ve suffered with the medication you took.

Having a lawyer on your side can maximize your chances of getting the money you deserve after illness, injury, or complications caused by a drug. Call Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.

Type 2 Diabetes Medications Linked to Injuries

by Staff Blogger | December 5th, 2017

Type 2 diabetes is a disease that can have widespread effects throughout the body. Because the risk of severe side effects and potentially life-threatening complications is so high with this condition, many patients who have it are prescribed medications to help them manage their symptoms.

Unfortunately, several prominent Type 2 diabetes medications are linked to serious drug injuries. Those drugs include:

  • Byetta® and Januvia® – These drugs are designed to help Type 2 diabetes patients better regulate their blood sugar levels, but they’re linked to serious and often deadly conditions like acute pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.
  • Invokana® and Invokamet® – These drugs are designed to lower blood sugar in Type 2 diabetes patients. However, they’re linked to a serious condition called ketoacidosis, which results in an excess production of blood acids.
  • Onglzya®– Another drug designed to lower blood sugar in people with Type 2 diabetes, Onglyza is linked to heart failure—an often fatal condition that causes the heart to weaken.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia drug injury lawyers are here to stand up for the rights of anyone who was injured by an unsafe medication. If you or someone you love was hurt by a Type 2 diabetes drug, call today for a free consultation.

Antidepressants Can Have Devastating Effects on Unborn Children

by Staff Blogger | October 2nd, 2017

A class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) is designed to treat a wide range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and social phobia. SSRIs are prescribed to a wide range of patients from all age groups and medical backgrounds.

However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported on Dec. 14, 2011, that when taken by pregnant women, SSRIs may put unborn babies at risk of developing a rare heart and lung condition called persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).

PPHN is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that causes complications and symptoms, including:

  • Breathing problems, including rapid or slow breathing
  • Skin that’s blue in color and cold to the touch
  • Low blood pressure
  • Low blood oxygen levels

Babies who are affected by PPHN can take weeks or even months to recover, and in severe cases, the condition can even be fatal. The Norfolk drug injury lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers know how devastating it is for mothers and families when babies are born with serious health problems, and we want to help them get compensation.

Get in touch with our legal team today for a free consultation.

Your Rights as a Prescription Drug User

by Staff Blogger | December 19th, 2016

We depend on our doctors to provide the best medical treatment possible. A large part of that treatment is prescribing the right medication at the right dosage. For that, doctors rely on the latest research to discover safe medications that will work as described and cause no harm. Unfortunately, many patients and their doctors are finding that many medications aren’t as safe as the pharmaceutical companies claim.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we help Norfolk drug injury victims harmed by large pharmaceutical companies. These companies didn’t specifically target their victims, but their harmful drug caused irrefutable damage and for that, they must be held accountable. We fully investigate the cause of our clients’ injuries and fight to help them get maximum compensation from the drug manufacturer for their injuries.

Here are some of the drug injury cases we can assist victims with:

If you or someone you love suffered complications after taking any of the above medications, call our Norfolk drug injury attorneys today for a free consultation. Don’t let the drug manufacturers profit off of your misfortune. Contact us today.

We Fight Greedy Pharmaceutical Companies

by Staff Blogger | October 10th, 2016

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, there’s no love lost between us and the pharmaceutical companies. It seems like for every medical breakthrough that helps patients combat a medical condition there’s an equally dangerous medication that puts millions of people at risk. What makes matters worse, some pharmaceutical companies know their drug is dangerous but release it anyway, all in the name of profits.

Why would they release something that they know will harm users and therefore lead to lawsuits? Simple. They know they’ll make more money selling the drug than they’ll pay out in drug injury lawsuits. In other words, they know their drug may harm or even kill patients, but in the long run will be profitable, so they put it out anyway. It’s just plain wrong, but it happens more often than you might think. Thankfully, if it has happened to you, there’s something you can do about it. Call a lawyer.

Our team of Norfolk drug injury lawyers have years of experience holding pharmaceutical companies accountable for the damage their medications cause, and we’re ready to help you too.

If you suffered health complications after taking a prescription drug, give us a call immediately for a free evaluation of your claim. You may be entitled to significant compensation, but your time to bring a claim may be limited, so contact us today.

Norfolk Drug Injury Lawyers Discuss Medications That Have Been Tied To Liver Damage

by | November 2nd, 2015

As Americans, we’re lucky to have access to medications that can treat many of our ailments. Still, it’s pertinent to keep in mind that certain medications can cause serious side effects, including harm to internal organs like the liver. That’s why our Norfolk drug injury lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers would like to point out several medications that have recently been tied to serious liver damage in some patients.

Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen is a drug that is found in more than 100 medications, and it’s used to treat pain. Experts have shown that taking too much of the drug can cause serious harm to the liver.

Data indicates that as many as 50,000 patients are treated in the emergency room for Acetaminophen liver damage each year. Another 500 die as a result of the drug injury.

Viekira Pak and Technivie

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warnings regarding two Hepatitis C medications that pose a risk of liver damage in some users.  The Wall Street Journal reports that since the beginning of the year, the FDA has received 26 reports of patients suffering serious liver damage after using the medications.

Getting Help

If you’ve suffered liver damage as the result of taking a medication, you have rights that need to be protected. We’re here to assist you. You can learn more about the options and resources an attorney can provide by visiting our website.

Settlements Moving Forward in Actos® Bladder Cancer Lawsuits

by | October 19th, 2015

The diabetes drug, Actos®, has been linked to the development of bladder cancer in some patients. Many victims are seeking compensation for their losses with lawsuits against the maker of the drug. Now, many of those cases are beginning to come to a close.

In April, Takeda Pharmaceutical, Inc. offered more than $2 billion to settle a majority of the Actos bladder cancer lawsuits. It didn’t seem as though the deal would be closed in August, considering only 75 percent of the victims had agreed to the terms of the settlement. However, the company announced last month that they had reached settlements with 96 percent of the drug’s victims for an estimated $2.4 billion. This laid to rest seven of the nine remaining lawsuits the company is facing in connection with Actos bladder cancer cases.

Now, it seems as though another of those cases has been settled as well. Fierce Pharma reports a case involving to Nevada patients who developed bladder cancer after using Actos® has been settled. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we are aware of the struggles many Actos bladder cancer victims face along their road to recovery. That’s why our drug injury lawyers are hopeful the settlements reached in these cases brings a sense of closure to those whose lives were affected by the dangers of the drug.