Virginia Drug Injury Lawyer

Did You Suffer a Drug Injury or Just a Side Effect?

by Staff Blogger | October 26th, 2020

All medications have side effects. And some of those side effects can be severe. For example, some people may get one or many common side effects when taking a medication, but in much more severe forms than other people, including:

  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • And more

Regardless of their severity, side effects are considered normal outcomes and accepted risks associated with taking particular medications. That’s because the manufacturers of those drugs were aware of those side effects based on evidence when developing the medications. In addition, the manufacturers alerted the FDA, doctors, pharmacies, and patients of those potential side effects.

Drug injuries, on the other hand, typically aren’t publicized, even when the drug manufacturers know that they’re possibilities in people who take their medications. In fact, they’re often hidden from the public in an effort to get their drugs onto pharmacy shelves and ensure that doctors continue to prescribe them.

If you took a medication and experienced severe health problems, worsening of your illness, or a life-threatening emergency that wasn’t publicized by the manufacturer, there’s a good chance you suffered a drug injury. Unfortunately, many potentially dangerous drugs are still on the market in the U.S. Recalls happen every year, but it can take a long time for the FDA to discover that drugs are dangerous to patients and recommend or enforce recalls.

The Virginia drug injury lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers know the differences between side effects and drug injuries, and we help victims of the latter get compensation. Call us today for a free consultation.

3 Steps to Take if You Suspect You’ve Suffered a Drug Injury

by Staff Blogger | August 31st, 2020

When you take a medication, you expect to feel better. But many Virginians not only feel worse after taking a medication, they even develop new health problems and complications that go far beyond the reported side effects their doctors or pharmacists told them about. When that happens, there’s a good chance those people suffered drug injuries.

If you take a medication, whether it’s prescription or over-the-counter, it’s important to keep a close eye on your health and how you’re feeling. If you suspect you’ve suffered a drug injury, taking these three steps can protect your health and your rights to compensation:

  1. Call 911 if it’s an emergency—Many drug injuries develop slowly, but some can produce nearly immediate complications. If you notice signs such as severe bleeding, confusion, extreme nausea and vomiting, or loss of consciousness, call 911 or seek medical attention right away. Some drug injuries can be life-threatening emergencies.
  2. Ask your doctor what to do—Whether the drug injury was an emergency or not, it’s important to speak with your doctor right away about your next steps. Never stop taking a medication without talking to your doctor about your options first.
  3. Call an experienced lawyer—Drug injuries are often caused by dangerous medications. And medications can be considered dangerous when manufacturers fail to design them properly, oversee the manufacturing process, or ensure that they are labeled accurately.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, it’s our goal to help people injured by others’ negligence, and that includes assisting those hurt by big, billion-dollar pharmaceutical companies. Call today to speak with our Virginia drug injury lawyers.

Take Medications? Keep Tabs on Their Recall Status.

by Staff Blogger | May 26th, 2020

All consumer products, whether it’s food, vehicles and their components, household products, and pharmaceutical medications, are supposed to be thoroughly tested and proven to be safe. And while most products that are sold to consumers meet all safety criteria, some don’t—including potentially life-saving prescription drugs.

When medications are defective, patients can experience severe side effects and complications. Unfortunately, patients aren’t always aware of recalls until weeks or months after they occur, especially if they receive large amounts of pills or tablets and don’t need refills for long periods of time.

While your doctor or pharmacist should contact you when a drug recall occurs, that may not always happen in a timely fashion or at all. Thankfully, there’s an easy way for people to keep tabs on the status of prescription medications: the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s drug recall database.

In addition to listing the dates, names, and reasons of recently recalled medications, the database also includes a search function. That makes it easy to look up any medications you’re taking to determine if they may pose an unnecessary risk to your health.

If you find out that any medications you’re taking are recalled, never stop taking them without first speaking to your doctor. Many recalls are issued due to minor problems with labels or packaging, and even more serious recalls should be handled carefully under your doctor’s supervision.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia drug injury attorneys work hard to help people who were harmed by dangerous drugs. If you or someone you love had a bad outcome after taking a recalled medication, contact us today for a free consultation.

Gardasil Still Being Marketed Despite Thousands Of Problem Reports

by los | May 21st, 2012

May 21, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing statements that urge not only teenage girls to receive human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines, but boys as well. According to statistics from the agency, more than half of all sexually active individuals will be infected with HPV at some point in their lives.

In 2006, doctors began recommending the vaccine to girls between the ages of 11 and 12-years-old receive the vaccine as the virus has been linked to certain types of cancers. After research results were released earlier this year that found that nearly 7 percent of American teens carry HPV and that men are three times more likely than women to be carriers, the CDC began recommending that boys receive the vaccination as well.

With an increase in the number of individuals being vaccinated, the number of patients suffering from adverse effects also increased. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that one drug in particular, Gardasil®, has been linked to more than 12,000 reports of individuals developing autoimmune diseases, blood clots, and even dying. Other serious problems associated with the drug include:

  • blindness,
  • paralysis,
  • heart attack or stroke,
  • rheumatoid arthritis,
  • and lupus.

Gardasil lawsuits are being filed to help those who were injured by a drug manufacturer’s negligence. If you have suffered medical complications after taking Gardasil®, the Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley may be able to help you.