Some Defective Drug and Product Injuries Take Years to Show Up
When many people think of drug injuries, they picture severe and acute reactions to medications that result in immediate symptoms like pain, swelling, rashes, and organ failure. But many drug injuries are slower acting and more insidious. Due to their defective manufacturing processes or toxic ingredients, these dangerous drugs may slowly poison the bodies of innocent victims. It may take years or even decades for symptoms to show up, but when they do, the diagnoses are often serious and even life-threatening.
A common example of a slow-acting drug injury is cancer. Some drugs, including certain types of antacids, diabetes medications, and hormone injections have been linked to cancer. However, the people who take these medications and injections may not realize the harm they’re doing to their bodies for many, many years. And even if they’re eventually diagnosed with cancer, they may not make the connection that it was caused or accelerated by the medications they took.
The same is true for certain defective products. For example, asbestos exposure doesn’t always result in mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer in the lungs. But over time and after many repeated exposures, enough fibers can build up in the lungs that cancer becomes a distinct, if not certain, possibility. People who developed cancer after using Roundup, a weed killer that contains the carcinogen glyphosate, experienced a similar scenario: years of usage with little to no symptoms, only to be diagnosed with a deadly cancer years later.
If you or someone you love was harmed by a dangerous product, whether the injury or illness occurred immediately or took decades to show up, you deserve compensation. Contact the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough today.