Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need a lawyer?
If you were injured or became ill because of an unsafe medication, defective product, or another person’s negligence, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. It’s nearly impossible to recoup these costs on your own. It’s our job to listen to your story, understand how the law protects you and your rights, and collect medical evidence to build your case.
We know your injuries can be devastating to you and your family. Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough built our legal practice with the sole purpose of empowering injured victims and their families. Our law firm is here to assist you on the road to recovery by obtaining compensation on your behalf.
How much does Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough charge?
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we use a contingency fee for our legal services. That means you don’t owe us any money unless we get money for you. We believe that everyone deserves equal access to the legal system, and our contingency fee makes it possible for us to help anyone who needs compensation after an injury from a drug, defective product, accident, or illness.
Don’t let the concern of attorney costs prevent you from getting money for your injury-related expenses. Contact us at (800) 210-8503 or fill out a free initial consultation form. We want to help you move forward with your life.
How much money is my case worth?
To determine the value of your case, our lawyers look at several factors, including:
- the drug, defective medical device, or unsafe product which injured you.
- how the resulting condition, sickness, or injury affected your life.
- your medical bills and lost wages.
- your future medical bills and lost wages.
After we consider all of these factors, we present a settlement offer and begin negotiating to help you get the maximum amount of compensation you’re owed.
Will I have to go to court?
If we obtain a favorable settlement offer for you, you will not have to go to court. At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury lawyers have years of experience negotiating with large companies and their attorneys, and we’ve helped many of our clients get the compensation they deserve without proceeding to court.
If you are denied the money you deserve, and court looks like the best option for you, we will discuss this option with you and work to resolve your case in your best interests.
What is multidistrict litigation?
Multidistrict litigation (MDL) allows drug injury victims to expedite the legal process by consolidating their individual lawsuits to be handled by a single judge. Unlike class action lawsuits where claimants receive equal shares of one large settlement, an MDL allows injury victims to receive individually determined compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough has a record of success handling multidistrict litigation lawsuits, and our drug injury lawyers have obtained hundreds of millions* of dollars in gross settlements for drug injury victims throughout the United States.
How does multidistrict litigation work?
A typical MDL case follows five basic steps:
The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, a seven-member panel appointed by the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, decides when federal civil lawsuits should be combined into an MDL.
Lawsuits that meet the criteria of the MDL are transferred from the courts where they were originally filed.
The judge presiding over the MDL consolidates pretrial procedures, allowing plaintiffs' attorneys to maximize their resources and speed up the legal process.
Procedures combined into one court during an MDL include:
Pretrial motions are legal documents or arguments that set limits for plaintiffs' and defendants' attorneys before trial.
Discovery allows both sides of the case to exchange evidence before trial, including official documents, medical records, witness informatiand depositions.
Settlement conferences allow both sides to strike a deal to resolve one or more MDL cases.
- Pretrial Motions
An MDL settlement is reached based on each injury victim's individual case. Factors such as age, date of injury, type of injury, and complications related to the injury may affect the amount of the settlement.
If a settlement can't be reached, individual MDL cases are sent back to the courts where they were originally filed for trial.
The drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough handle MDL cases every day, and we're here to protect your rights from the moment you contact us until the conclusion of your case.
What types of drug injury lawsuits does Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough handle?
With more than 30 years of legal experience, we have the skills and resources to handle a variety of drug injury claims, including cases related to:
- Drug contamination or manufacturing defects
- Harmful drug interactions
- Inadequate warning labels or drug information
- Unlawful or deceptive marketing
If you've been injured by a drug—even if it's not listed on our website—we want to help. Contact our 24/7 legal team at (800) 210-8503 or complete a free initial consultation form to connect with us now.
Is there a time limit to file a drug or defective product injury lawsuit?
Yes. Legal deadlines—or statutes of limitations—set time limits for injury victims to file lawsuits for compensation. Statutes of limitations vary based on the facts of each case, including where you live and the nature of your injury.
If you've been injured by a drug or defective product, don't wait too long to talk to an experienced lawyer and risk missing your chance to file a claim. If you're suffering from a drug or defective product injury, contact us today. We're ready to provide you with the answers you need to protect your rights to compensation.
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What is a black box warning?
Black box warnings—or boxed warnings—are used to notify patients of significant risks of serious or life-threatening side effects. Found on the package insert of certain prescription drugs, black box warnings are issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Unfortunately, black box warnings are often not issued until after drugs harm patients. If a drug has injured you or a loved one, taking legal action can help hold the pharmaceutical company liable for their negligence and may help prevent further injuries to other patients. Contact us today to learn about your legal rights.
Who can be held responsible for drug injuries?
From the corporations that develop drugs to the factories that manufacture them, parties that may be held responsible for drug injuries include:
- Pharmaceutical companies
When pharmaceutical companies fail to thoroughly test medications or improperly market drugs, they put patients at risk of severe injuries.
- Compounding facilities
Compounding facilities produce custom drugs for patients with special needs—such as allergies to certain ingredients or specific dosage requirements. But errors during the compounding process and contaminated ingredients can cause serious harm to patients.
- Drug manufacturers
Pharmaceutical companies often rely on outside manufacturing companies to produce their drugs. But unsafe conditions, lack of oversight, and factory worker negligence can cause problems with drugs that result in severe injury—or even death.
Pharmacists and their technicians can be held accountable for patient injuries when they fail to warn patients of potential drug risks and interactions or make errors filling prescriptions.
You shouldn't have to pay for someone else's negligence when a drug makes you feel worse. The drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough want to help determine who is responsible for your drug injury and hold them accountable for your harm.
What types of product liability cases do you handle?
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we know the physical, financial, and emotional trauma that unsafe products can cause. Our product liability lawyers handle a variety of defective product cases, and we're here to protect your rights if a defective medical device or a dangerous consumer product injured you or someone you love.
Who can be held responsible for defective product injuries?
Determining who can be held responsible for your defective product injury depends on the type of defect that injured you.
- Design Defects
Design defects occur when the design of a product itself—rather than the materials or craftsmanship—creates an injury risk. Examples of design defects include:
- Manufacturing Defects
Manufacturing companies may be held accountable when substandard materials or poor quality control put patients or consumers at risk. Examples of manufacturing defects include:
- Failure to Warn
Companies have a duty to warn the people who use their products of potential safety hazards with clear, easy-to-read instructions and warning labels. Examples of failure to warn can include:
If a product has injured you, our product liability attorneys want to help determine the parties responsible and hold them accountable for their negligence.