Southaven Injury Lawyers Representing Victims of Defective Drugs and Medical Devices
Aggressive medical products liability counsel in Southaven, Olive Branch, Hernando and beyond
People take prescription medications on the advice of trusted physicians in hopes that they will cure an illness or at least ease undesirable symptoms. Individuals place a tremendous amount of trust in the pharmaceutical companies when they willingly ingest these medicines or allow their doctor to implant a medical device into their body. When medicine has an adverse effect, or an implanted device actually makes the situation even worse, you have a right to pursue compensation for your losses.
At Taylor Jones Taylor, their defective medical products liability lawyers in Southaven, Olive Branch and Hernando understand how difficult a dangerous drug lawsuit can be – but they take on the challenge on behalf of their clients. They have no qualms about taking on the big pharmaceutical companies in order to fight for fair compensation when their clients have been injured by a defective medical device.
Examples of dangerous drug lawsuits
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is supposed to keep the American people safe from dangerous drugs and defective medical devices, but sometimes even the FDA does not take action until people have already been injured by defective medical products. Here are a few examples of dangerous drugs that have caused adverse effects and injuries to the patients who took them, and there were products liability lawsuits against the drug’s manufacturer:
- Fentanyl pain patches
- Ortho Evra
Examples of defective medical device lawsuits
Some examples of medical devices that have injured patients and were the subject of negligence lawsuits include:
- Silicone implants
- Transvaginal mesh implants
- Artificial hip replacement
- Artificial knee replacement
- Heart valves
- IVC Filters
- Intrauterine devices (IUDs)
- Surgical warming blankets
- Heater-cooler devices
Product liability lawsuits against defective drug manufacturers
There are three categories of products liability lawsuits:
- Design defects pertain to drugs or devices that are defective due to a flaw in the design process.
- Manufacturing defects are introduced during the process of making the drug or device.
- Defective marketing also referred to as failure to warn, this defect pertains to the lack of appropriate warning labels when a product is contraindicated for certain populations.
There are also different options for litigating a dangerous drug or medical device lawsuit. A class action can be brought in a state or federal court by an individual or a group of individual on behalf of a larger class of people with similar injuries and the same defendant. The class is seeking compensation for their injuries. A class action is an efficient way of grouping together multiple small claims from individuals for whom it would be ineffective to file a lawsuit. Unlike a class action, each lawsuit is still an individual one, but the combination of claims allows the legal teams to work together for the benefit of their clients, and it cuts down on the costs and time expenditures for the defendants.
A multidistrict lawsuit or (MDL) is a method of streamlining related legal proceedings filed in different jurisdictions. Similar to a class action, in that the plaintiffs have similar or common complaints, a MDL creates efficiencies by combining the pre-trial phases of discovery, depositions, interrogatories, etc.
In an individual lawsuit, the plaintiff files a products liability lawsuit against the defendant. The plaintiff must prove the defendant’s negligence and if they prevail the jury awards a verdict based on the facts of the case.
Damages available in defective medical products litigation
If you prevail in your personal injury lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company or device manufacturer, there are monetary damages available to compensate you for your losses. As a general rule, the more catastrophic the loss the greater the damages. Your Southaven products liability attorney from Taylor Jones Taylor will be able to give you an approximate idea of what your case might be worth depending on the extent of your injuries. You may be able to recover compensation for the following:
- Medical treatment for your injuries now and in the future
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- In the event of death, surviving loved ones may be able to recover compensation for funeral expenses, and spouses can receive loss of consortium damages.
A prescription drug is not supposed to cause you harm. If you have been injured because of a defective prescription drug that you took, or because of a defective medical device that was implanted in your body, the defective drug attorneys at Taylor Jones Taylor are ready to meet with you to answer your questions and review your case.
Schedule a consultation today to discuss your defective drug or medical device case
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a defective drug or medical product, you are welcome to contact Taylor Jones Taylor 662-342-1300, or fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment and learn more about the firm’s experience and services. The firm has offices in Southaven, Hernando and Olive Branch, and they serve clients throughout Grenada, Batesville, Tupelo, Cleveland, and Oxford. How can we help you and your family?